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Supermodified Racing’s Biggest Stars Converge this Saturday, July 21 in $10,000 Mr. Supermodified

Presented by Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront of Oswego

OSWEGO, NY (July 17, 2018) – One of the most anticipated events on Oswego Speedway’s 2018 schedule will commence this Saturday, July 21 as Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront of Oswego will present race fans with the 32nd running of Mr. Novelis Supermodified and the 27th running of Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS.

A full field of Supermodified racing’s biggest stars is assembling in search of the $10,000 top prize on Saturday night with over 25 cars expected for the historic main event, which has notably returned to a distance of 75 laps this season.

Joining Novelis Supermodified championship hopefuls Otto Sitterly, Keith Shampine, Michael Barnes, and Dave Shullick Jr. in the fray will be track regulars Dave Danzer, Aric Iosue, Brandon Bellinger, Dan Connors Jr, Dave Gruel, Joe Gosek, and Jeff Abold, who will all be searching for their first victory of the 2018 season come Saturday night.

In addition, Mr. Supermodified has always brought out a few different faces to the pit area and this year’s edition will be no exception as Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer Doug Didero will return to the track this Saturday night in a brand new car built by John Colloca.

Didero, the 1995 Mr. Supermodified champion, will go head to head with another former IndyCar campaigner, Davey Hamilton, who will again pilot the Nicotra Racing No. 6 this weekend.

Hamilton last competed in the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ back on June 30, while Saturday will mark Didero’s first race since the 2009 International Classic.

Other drivers expected in the field for Saturday night that have competed at the speedway part time this season include Canadian campaigner and 2017 Supermodified Rookie of the Year Logan Rayvals.

Joining Rayvals and coming in all the way from Chicago is Shaun Gosselin, who proved that his reworked No. 77 Hawk Chassis has a ton of speed in this past Saturday night’s ‘Summer Championship’ when the former Oswego feature winner clocked off 16.3 second laps in practice.

Jeff West made his comeback to the speedway last season for the first time in well over a decade piloting a proven Hawk Chassis formerly part of the Muldoon Racing stable that has since been entirely reworked by Supermodified veteran Jerry Curran.

This past winter, Curran sold his familiar No. 24 and purchased the former Jeff Holbrook No. 35 built by Brian Alegresso.

The car was most recently driven by Bob Magner in 2016, but Curran hopes to test with it on Friday and compete with his teammate West come Saturday.

Also returning Saturday night behind the wheel of the familiar No. 0 is the ‘Zero Hero,’ Tim Snyder, who has been absent thus far in 2018 while moving his family back to Central New York. Rookie Brent Murray has done a fantastic job filling in for the 2001 International Classic champion, but Snyder will be back at the controls this weekend.

Throw Supermodified veterans Bill Sharkey, Hal LaTulip, Lou LeVea Sr, Lou LeVea Jr and Roger Clark into the mix plus impressive rookies Nathan Schultzkie and Tyler Thompson and Saturday night’s action will surely provide all the thrills and spills ‘Mr. Supermodified’ has become known to offer.

Race night presenting sponsors Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront of Oswego are located on East 1st Street on the beautiful Oswego River and offer breathtaking views of the Oswego Harbor and Lake Ontario. Within walking distance from local shopping, fishing, parks, Fort Ontario, and the Marine Museum, Best Western/Quality Inn is your riverfront home away from home.

The host location of the Oswego Speedway banquet open with seating for up to 600 people is the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center. Located within the Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters, the conference center offers an expansive menu, breakout meeting rooms, and of course its adjoining lakeview restaurant and bar ‘Alex’s on the Water.’

To find more information on either the Best Western or Quality Inn, be sure to visit online at BayshoreGrove.com/LOCC.

For Saturday’s can’t miss event, pit gates will open at 3pm, grandstands will open with the start of hot laps at 4:30pm, time trials will hit the track at 6:15pm, and racing is set to take the green at 6:45pm. Tickets remain available by phoning the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

 

Bob Clark Photo

Oswego Begins Busy Month of July with Helena Agri-Enterprises ‘Road to the Championship’ this Saturday, July 7

OSWEGO, NY (July 3, 2018) – Oswego Speedway kicked off its busiest month of the season this past Saturday, June 30 with the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ event beginning a stretch of four races in four weeks at the ‘Steel Palace’ which will continue this Saturday, July 7 with a ‘Road to the Championship’ event presented by Helena Agri-Enterprises.

This Saturday night, pit gates will open at 3:00pm, grandstands and hot laps at 4:30pm, time trials will take place at 6:15pm, and heat racing will get the green flag at 6:45pm with regular distance 50 and 30-lap main events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS to follow.

General admission seating is only $15 for this Saturday’s regular show with kids 16 and under free with a paid adult.

Reserved seating and $75 VIP packages including seating in one of our VIP suites, all you can eat and drink, plus Sky Deck passes are available by phoning the track office at (315)-342-0646 or sending an email to oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

Race night sponsor Helena Agri-Enterprises headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, is one of the foremost agronomic solutions providers in the United States.

Helena markets and sells inputs that improve agricultural productivity for greater customer returns. This includes seed and seed treatments, fertilizer and application services, crop protectants, financial services and precision ag services.

Helena also has its own line of products through Helena Products Group, which includes adjuvants, crop protection products, fertilizers, crop production products and seed treatments.

Helena’s theme of People…Products…Knowledge… reinforces the company’s commitment to helping customers succeed through knowledgeable and dedicated people, useful and unique products and the latest proven technologies.

Across the country, Helena has over 4,000 employees that work in about 450 branch locations, as well as division offices.

For more information on Helena Agri-Enterprises, you can visit their website online at HelenaAgri.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

For the latest updates from Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

 

Shullick Dominates Independence Weekend 75 for Third Victory of 2018

OSWEGO, NY (July 1, 2018) – Dave Shullick Jr. dominated this past Saturday night at Oswego Speedway to grab his third victory of the season and eighth of his non-wing Supermodified career in the Independence Weekend 75 presented by Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D Bus.

Shullick, the defending Novelis Supermodified track champion, was back in championship caliber form following an incident that took the North Ridgeville, O.H. driver out of both Twin 35’s just two weeks earlier.

“This is a really good way to come back after a couple weeks ago,” Shullick said in victory lane. “Emotions ran high and it really was a hard battle between everyone tonight. All three of us were going for the lead and that’s the way I like racing. I want to race hard and nobody touched anybody so that’s the way to be.”

Brandon Bellinger and rookie Tyler Thompson lead the 75-lap ‘Grand Prix’ to green after joining Shaun Gosselin as heat race winners earlier in the program.

Bellinger outfoxed the impressive 16 year old rookie on the front row to lead lap 1 with third starting Aric Iosue quickly jumping up to the runner up spot and giving chase to the Bellinger No. 02.

For the first ten laps, Bellinger ran away out front before things began to get a little tricky on lap 13 as Brandon caught the first round of lapped traffic while leading.

On lap 14, Bellinger looked to the inside of the No. 56 of Hal LaTulip with Iosue using the extreme outside to make a daring three wide move for the lead going into turn three. All three cars made it through the corner cleanly and Iosue came away with the top spot.

Meanwhile, Sitterly and Shullick were on the charge, as Otto had worked from ninth to fourth while DJ drove from tenth to sixth after each got by Joe Gosek, Keith Shampine, Logan Rayvals, and Gosselin who started fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

One lap later, however, the red flag was put in the air for a scary incident in turn three involving race leader Iosue.

Iosue was attempting to work to the outside of lapped car Lou LeVea Sr, but the two touched going into turn three, sending the No. 11 machine into the foam with tremendous force, causing an oil fire to erupt on the car. Aric emerged from the wreckage right away and was unharmed in the incident, but the car was significantly damaged.

The terrible misfortune for Iosue handed the lead over to Bellinger with Thompson the rookie now in second, Sitterly third, Danzer fourth, and Shullick fifth.

On the lap 17 restart, Shullick immediately moved up to the fourth spot around the outside of Danzer with Sitterly going to the outside of Thompson to take second.

One lap later, Shullick shot to the inside of Thompson and then began chasing down Sitterly for second setting up another exciting battle between the two Nicotra Racing cars.

For four laps, the 2 and the 7 stalked the No. 02 of Bellinger for the lead, but on lap 23, Sitterly got a little too high on the outside off of turn four, handing over the second position to Shullick.

Shullick worked on the back deck of Bellinger for three laps before lapped traffic came into play once again as the leaders split LaTulip on a second occasion, this time with Bellinger on the outside, but it still did not work out in Brandon’s favor as Shullick dove low into turn three to take the lead on lap 26.

For the next eight laps, Shullick was off to the races as Bellinger and Sitterly continued to do battle for the second spot with Thompson in fourth and Danzer in fifth.

On lap 34, the red flag was thrown again for a scary crash in turn 1 as Gosek got into the wall very hard after something broke on the Burke’s Do It Best Homecenters No. 00.

Gosek was quite shaken up after the impact and was taken to the Oswego Hospital for a checkup, but is otherwise OK this afternoon.

It was a lengthy cleanup, but on the restart, not much changed as Shullick lead from green to checkered for the remainder of the main event to pick up the win which was the 37th career Oswego victory for car owner John Nicotra.

Bellinger crossed the line in second, Sitterly finished third while Thompson was beyond impressive in fourth, and Danzer rounded out the top five.

After heading to the pits early on, Davey Hamilton recovered for a sixth place finish in the No. 6 machine while Gosselin finished seventh, Shampine eighth, and Rayvals ninth all a lap down.

Dan Connors Jr. was back at the speedway Saturday night with his backup car and struggled getting up to speed, however he was able to hang on for a tenth place finish in the main event following a hard accident on June 16.

Rookie Brent Murray put together another top twelve finish with an eleventh place run in the Snyder Racing No. 0.

Michael Barnes, who swept the Twin 35’s on June 16, struggled all race long in the Syrell Racing No. 68 and was only able to finish twelfth with a DNF after pulling in on lap 62.

LeVea Sr, LaTulip, Lou LeVea Jr, Gosek, Iosue, Bill Sharkey, Brian Sobus in the Schultzkie Racing No. 26, and Dave Gruel, who only took a lap of the main event after his heavy heat race crash earlier in the evening, were all DNF’s.

Shullick was awarded the D&S Landscaping ‘Hard Charger’ for his drive from tenth to the win while Thompson was by far the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer picking up his first career top five effort at Oswego.

Roger Clark was back at the track for his first start in nearly two decades and was able to take the green flag in his heat race with the No. 4, but immediately took the car pitside and did not start the 75-lap main event.

Dave McKnight’s misfortune continues as he spun out and hit the turn three wall after blowing yet another engine in his heat race. McKnight was out for the evening after the crash as well.

Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ continues next Saturday, July 7 when Helena Agri-Enterprises presents a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event and a 30-lap feature for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. GA seating is just $15 with kids 16 and under FREE. To purchase tickets, please call the track box office at (315)-342-0646.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Oswego Speedway
Oswego, NY
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Galloway Century 21 Realty and Oswego D Bus Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’

Feature (75-laps): 1. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 2. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly, 4. 98T Tyler Thompson ®, 5. 52 Dave Danzer, 6. 6 Davey Hamilton, 7. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 8. 55 Keith Shampine, 9. 94 Logan Rayvals, 10. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 11. 0 Brent Murray ®, 12. 68 Michael Barnes, 13. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 14. 56 Hal LaTulip, 15. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 16. 00 Joe Gosek, 17. 11 Aric Iosue, 18. 71 Bill Sharkey, 19. 26 Brian Sobus, 20. 50 Dave Gruel, DNS – 4 Roger Clark, 70 Dave McKnight Jr.

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 98T Tyler Thompson ®, 2. 7 Otto Sitterly, 3. 52 Dave Danzer, 4. 00 Joe Gosek, 5. 68 Michael Barnes, 6. 71  Bill Sharkey, 7. 0 Brent Murray ®, 8. 56 Hal LaTulip

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 2. 55 Keith Shampine, 3. 94 Logan Rayvals, 4. 6 Davey Hamilton, 5. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 6. 70 Dave McKnight Jr.

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 11 Aric Iosue, 4. 26 Brian Sobus, 5. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 6. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 7. 50 Dave Gruel, 8. 4 Roger Clark

Group Time Trials: 1. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.040, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.066, 3. 6 Davey Hamilton – 16.069, 4. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.185, 5. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.262, 6. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.315, 7. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.414, 8. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.487, 9. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 16.613, 10. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.669, 11. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.749, 12. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.765, 13. 98T Tyler Thompson ® – 16.803, 14. 70 Dave McKnight Jr – 17.077, 15. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 17.475, 16. 0 Brent Murray ® – 17.608, 17. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.701, 18. 26 Brian Sobus – 19.568

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger – #2 Dave Shullick Jr.

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer – #98T Tyler Thompson ®