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Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Ushered in at Oswego Speedway’s Championship Banquet this Saturday, November 3

By CAMDEN PROUD

OSWEGO, NY (November 1, 2018) – The 21st class of Oswego Speedway’s hall of fame is set to be officially inducted at the track banquet scheduled for this Saturday, November 3 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego.

The speedway’s class of 2018 inductees include Tim and Denny of Snyder Racing, Tom Aaserud of Crowe Motorsports, track historian Dave Rice, and the Burritt Family of Burritt Motors.

A weekly Supermodified team since the year 1994, the father/son duo of Denny and Tim Snyder have racked up a masterful list of accomplishments over the course of the past 25 seasons that includes a victory for the Zero team in the 2001 Budweiser International Classic 200.

Snyder, originally from Oswego, has since moved to New Hampshire yet remained dedicated to the track he grew up at, making that long drive back to New York for the better portion of his career before finally moving his family back to Clay this past summer.

‘The Zero Hero’ joins a list of less than forty other names in track history that have been selected as hall of fame members based on driving accomplishments in the Novelis Supermodified division.

In 25 seasons, Snyder has garnered ten main event victories including in the aforementioned 2001 Classic along with an impressive 71 top five finishes, which is tied for 15th all-time at the Oswego Speedway.

Snyder is third to only Joe Gosek and Hal LaTulip as far as the longest running active driver currently in competition is concerned, and that is reflected in his statistics. Tim has accumulated nearly 17,000 points in his career, which is 13th all-time.

The driver of the Oswego Quality Carpet No. 0 is known for his success in the International Classic, and has five top five finishes in the event since 1994. He also has seen half of his wins come in ‘Twin’ feature races at Oswego, including his most recent victory in 2009.

Tim, Denny, and Snyder Racing, still backed by longtime sponsors Oswego Quality Carpet and Raby’s Ace Home Center after all these years, continue to be one of the most dedicated teams in Supermodified competition and intend to return to the track on a weekly basis in 2019.

The second hall of fame inductee is Pathfinder Bank SBS car owner Tom Aaserud, who serves as the co-owner of the Crowe Motorsports No. 18 currently driven by Andrew Schartner.

Aaserud grew up in the area and has fielded cars at the Oswego Speedway for the past 17 years.

Russ Brown, Dave Gruel, Andrew Schartner, and Kreig Heroth have all driven for Aaserud on a full-time basis, and are thus responsible for Crowe Motorsports’ 26 victories in the Small Block Super ranks, which is second on the all-time car owner win list at Oswego.

Despite four runner-up efforts in points between Gruel and Schartner, Aaserud was only able to manage one championship with Schartner in 2014, which certainly is a career highlight for the Auburn, N.Y. resident.

All in all, Tom has ten wins with Gruel, three with Heroth, and thirteen with Schartner. Wins include victories in the Tony White Memorial twice, Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS once, and the Bud Light Classic 75 on two occasions.

Aaserud is also SBS ‘Car Owner of the Year’ two times over, first winning it in 2005 with Gruel before being declared recipient once again last season, this time for his efforts with Schartner.

As of banquet time, Tom wasn’t sure what his plans were for 2019, but no matter what the future holds, there is no doubt that his past at Oswego warrants an induction into the track’s storied Hall of Fame.

Next up is track historian Dave Rice, who joins Snyder Racing and Aaserud as yet another very well deserving inductee into Oswego Speedway’s storied hall. Husband of longtime tech employee Brenda Rice, Dave has attended virtually every single Oswego race for the past six decades.

At a place where history is so rich, Rice has been sure to document every event in every season and every class of car in Oswego Speedway history.

If not for Rice’s archives, which include win lists, top fives, track champions, all-time points, all-time Classic points, and even all-time starts for every driver that has taken a green flag at the speedway, some of the key statistics that lay within the track’s 69 year history may just as easily have been overlooked.

Thanks to Dave’s dedication, which for the past year has included a project alongside speedway PR director Camden Proud to bring all of Rice’s records to digital format at OswegoSpeedway.com, the statistics and history from one of the most beloved asphalt short tracks in the country can now be preserved for many years to come.

The final hall of fame inductee for 2018 is Rich Burritt and the Burritt Family of Burritt Motors in Oswego.

Located at 340 State Route 104 just east of the track, Burritt Motors and Oswego Speedway have been partners for 52 seasons. Most notably, Burritt’s has provided track management with the pace vehicle for every race held at Oswego over the course of the past five decades.

The ‘pace car’ has been a fixture at the speedway since its beginning in the mid-50s and was originally supplied by Tiffany Motors in Oswego.

Shortly thereafter, Burritt Motors bought out Tiffany and continued to supply the pace cars.

Then, Dick Burritt would bring a different Chevy car each week to pace the field and to display the variety within the line of Chevy cars currently available.

In 1966, the Burritt car would become an official pace car and run all summer. Since that year, the pace car has now been changed to a pace truck, but has always come from Burritt Motors.

The dealership has sponsored several other events at the speedway over the years including serving as a traditional race night sponsor while also backing special awards such as the Classic Weekend front row prizes.

Last fall, Burritt Motors acquired Shapiro Motor Sales, with plans to expand the current Burritt location into a ‘Burritt’s Superstore,’ now set to include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram all in one location.

Through all of the changes and expansions underwent at Burritt’s over the years, their partnership at the speedway has kept up with the times, first with the traditional speedway pace car, then the Chevrolet Avalanche, and now the Chevrolet Silverado pace truck, allowing for one of the most loyal partnerships in Oswego Speedway history and an induction into the hall of fame this weekend.

Ticket sales for the baquet are now closed, but as part of the event, discounted room rates at host location Best Western PLUS in Oswego will be available to all ticket holders for $119. For more information, you can call the hotel at (315)-342-4040 or visit their website at BestWesternOswego.guestreservations.com. Plan to bring your banquet ticket with you upon check-in.

Oswego Speedway’s 2019 schedule, along with a full rule book, are both a work in progress. The speedway’s 69th annual Opening Day has been set for Saturday, May 25th. Open Practice will take place a week earlier on Saturday, May 18.

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Tickets On Sale for Oswego Speedway’s Hall of Fame Banquet Beginning this Monday, September 17

OSWEGO, NY (September 14, 2018) – With Oswego Speedway’s 2018 ‘Road to the Championship’ in the record books, focus now to shifts to the Hall of Fame Banquet set for Saturday, November 3, which will again be hosted by the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego.

Festivities will begin with a cocktail hour tentatively set at 6pm, with a buffet style dinner and awards to immediately follow.

2018 track champions Otto Sitterly and Anthony Losurdo will be honored for their efforts, with Sitterly taking home a plaque for his record breaking eighth Supermodified championship.

In addition to Sitterly and Losurdo, the top ten drivers in each division will also receive plaques for their participation in the speedway’s 2018 campaign.

Several special awards are also set to be distributed throughout the ceremony including rookie of the year presentations for 16 year-old Tyler Thompson in the Novelis Supermodified division and Joshua Sokolic in the Pathfinder Bank SBS ranks.

Oswego Speedway’s 2018 hall of fame class was also revealed on Classic Weekend and includes a host of popular names such as Tim and Denny Snyder of Snyder Racing, track historian Dave Rice, Crowe Motorsports co-owner Tom Aaserud, and longtime track sponsor the Burritt Family, all of which will be officially inducted at the banquet.

Tickets for the event are available for $45 and can be purchased at the Oswego Speedway box office by calling (315) 342-0646 or emailing oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

To reserve a room at either the Best Western PLUS Captain’s Quarters or Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront for the night of the banquet, both hotels can be reached by phone at (315) 342-4040 and the Quality Inn at (315) 343-1600. Be sure to mention Oswego Speedway.

The Best Western PLUS Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn is within walking distance from local shopping, fishing, parks, Fort Ontario, the Marine Museum, the Safe Haven Museum and the Richardson-Bates House Museum. A short drive will give you access to local industry, including the Oswego Speedway, SUNY Oswego, the Renaissance Festival and Fair Haven Beach State Park.

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Otto Sitterly Passes Doug Didero Late to Win Fifth International Classic

OSWEGO, NY (September 2, 2018) – 35 cars took the green flag for the 62nd running of the Budweiser International Classic at Oswego Speedway this past Sunday, and the race came down to two of the best in Supermodified history with Canajoharie’s Otto Sitterly picking up a fifth Classic victory in the No. 7 car owned by John Nicotra.

2018 Bud Classic winner Otto Sitterly with his half way bonus and winners check Sept 2nd 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo

“I wanted to lead at the end and wanted to lead at halfway,” Sitterly said after an exciting late race battle with Doug Didero. “I saw the halfway bonus was $1,500. Once I got it, I was content to let him (Didero) go by for awhile. I didn’t want to get into heavy lapped traffic and use up my stuff, there’s just no reason for it. So, when Doug went I let him go, and just figured I would stay in his tire tracks until the end. He is a heck of a racer.”

From his third starting spot, Sitterly sat patiently in second for the first fifty laps before a turn three parking lot involving Tim Snyder, Brian Osetek, Lou LeVea Jr, Joe Gosek, and Aric Iosue finally allowed Otto to take the lead from polesitter Michael Barnes on a restart at lap 53.

Soon after taking the top spot, the black No. 7 car pulled away from the field by over a straightaway, but that comfortable lead did not last very long as Didero no sooner dove under Barnes and Dave Shullick Jr. to take second just after lap 70.

It became apparent early on that the outcome of the race would come down to a battle between Sitterly and Didero, and when the yellow flag flew on lap 79 for a spinning Michael Muldoon in turn one, that put Didero right on Sitterly’s back bumper.

The Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag, which found Muldoon’s right rear tires hung up on the grassy area in turn two, took eight laps to clean up and when the green flag was waved again on lap 87, there were only thirteen more laps until the halfway point.

Out in front, Sitterly was eyeballing the $1,500 halfway bonus from Insinger Performance, but Didero was keeping him honest the entire time, also in search of the extra cash.

At halfway, Sitterly and Didero were long gone from the rest of the top five which included Davey Hamilton, Barnes, and Shullick as the No. 7 and No. 3 had well over a half track lead on the field.

For the next 20 laps, Sitterly and Didero continued to run away and hide until they finally caught up to lapped traffic, which was when Sitterly started to slow his pace just a little bit.

On lap 122, Didero went right on by to take the lead and pulled away from Sitterly with Hamilton, Barnes, and now Brandon Bellinger in the top five.

Fifth starting Keith Shampine was running sixth with the Jim Shampine tribute No. 55, while Shullick had fallen back to seventh ahead of Shaun Gosselin, Dave Danzer, and Jeff Abold in the top 10 with 80 laps remaining.

The Classic remained clean and green until lap 129 when Bellinger’s solid run was finished in the foam as the No. 02 and the No. 12 of Pat Lavery got together going into turn three with this crash ending the day for both drivers.

After the cleanup, the green flag was put back in the air with 138 laps in as it was now Didero, Sitterly, Hamilton, Barnes, and Shampine making up the top five running order.

On this restart, Didero wasted little time hitting the throttle and opened up over a straightaway lead on the Sitterly No. 7.

Unfortunately, this lead was diminished with a yellow flag for a hard crash in turn 1 involving rookie Tyler Thompson in the No. 98 and Jeff West in the No. 1.

This particular accident started when the lapped car of West and the No. 50 of Dave Gruel came together going into the corner with West being spun around, collecting Thompson and sending him into the foam with heavy force. Thompson was uninjured in the crash.

During the yellow flag, Shullick decided he was going to pull pitside to put a new right rear tire on the No. 2 car, but this wound up being disastrous as the 2017 Classic winner lost a lap in the pits, all but ending the Ohio driver’s hopes of becoming a back to back champion.

This time, the green flag was displayed on lap 153 for Didero and he yet again began to run away from Sitterly with Barnes taking third from Hamilton on the restart.

As the laps clicked off, things continued to show that the race would come down to Didero and Sitterly as they pulled away from Barnes, Hamilton, and Shampine one more time.

On lap 159, a mediocre day for Shullick became even worse as the No. 2 was forced pitside with issues at just over 40 laps to go, removing DJ from contention.

With Shullick now in the pits, Shampine started to show late race speed in the No. 55, working the low side under Hamilton to take fourth on lap 164.

Back up front, Sitterly had caught Didero with just over thirty laps remaining, but a caution flag for his teammate Hamilton on lap 170 gave this year’s track champ the golden opportunity he had been waiting for.

With Hamilton hitting the fence after contact with Abold and Shullick pulling in the pits a handful of laps earlier, it was now up to Sitterly to pick up the $15,000 Classic prize for Team Nicotra.

When the race went back green there were only 23 laps to go, and Sitterly immediately showed he was no longer messing around.

On the restart, SItterly stayed glued to Didero’s back bumper for 7 laps before Didero got a bit wide in turn four, allowing Otto to slip by and make the race winning move on lap 185.

When Sitterly dove low on Didero going into turn 1, this caused the car to wash up the race track and gave Didero a hole back under the No. 7. The two battled down the backstretch side by side, with Sitterly inching back out in front.

For the next 10 laps, Sitterly showed the speed he had been saving all race long, walking away from Didero clocking in laps at 16.6 seconds and putting considerable distance in between himself and the rest of the field.

It looked as though the race was over, but when Gosselin spun going into turn 3 with just five laps to go, this gave Didero one more opportunity in International Classic overtime.

The field remained under caution for the next five circuits before a green white checkered finish was organized with 201 laps in the books.

This GWC gave Didero one last shot at yet another Classic victory, but he had nothing for Otto in the late stages.

Once again, the Classic was Sitterly’s race as he took win number five in the 62nd running and his first victory in the 200 since 2014 over Didero, Barnes, Abold and Shampine in the top five.

Dave Danzer brought the No. 52 home with a nice run in sixth place while Gruel, Bob Bond, rookie Tyler Shullick, and Logan Rayvals completed the top ten.

A full rundown of earnings, contingency winners, and more from the 62nd annual International Classic will be revealed in the coming days.

Oswego Speedway’s 2018 pavement schedule has now come to a close. Oswego Bacon Fest will take place at the track next Saturday, September 8 before NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVII comes town October 3-7. For more information on Bacon Fest, please visit BestBaconFest.com.

The speedway’s annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center. Teams will be informed when tickets are available for purchase.

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.

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Sunday, September 2, 2018

62nd annual Budweiser International Classic 200

Novelis Supermodifieds

62nd Budweiser International Classic (200-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 3 Doug Didero, 3. 68 Michael Barnes, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 55 Keith Shampine, 6. 52 Dave Danzer, 7. 50 Dave Gruel, 8. 47 Bob Bond, 9. 25 Tyler Shullick®, 10. 94 Logan Rayvals, 11. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 12. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 13. 1 Jeff West, 14. 5 Jack Patrick®, 15. 6 Davey Hamilton, 16. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 17. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 18. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 19. 12 Pat Lavery, 20. 21 Mike McVetta®, 21. 69 Brian Osetek®, 22. 15 Michael Muldoon, 23. 56 Hal LaTulip, 24. 11 Aric Iosue, 25. 00 Joe Gosek, 26. 0 Tim Snyder, 27. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 28. 96 Lou LeVea Sr, 29. 73 Jerry Curran, 30. 71 Bill Sharkey, 31. 78 Mark Sammut, 32. 22 Camden Proud®, 33. 44 Chris Perley, 34. 66 Tony Pisa®, 35. 70 Dave McKnight

Semi-Final 1 (15-laps): 1. 94 Logan Rayvals, 2. 73 Jerry Curran, 3. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 4. 96 Lou LeVea Sr, 5. 78 Mark Sammut, 6. 71 Bill Sharkey, 7. 66 Tony Pisa®

Semi-Final 2 (15-laps): 1. 1 Jeff West, 2. 70 Dave McKnight, 3. 69 Brian Osetek, 4. 21 Mike McVetta®, 5. 12 Pat Lavery, 6. 56 Hal LaTulip, 7. 22 Camden Proud®, 8. 5 Jack Patrick®

Indy Performance Composites Polesitter ($1,000): #68 Michael Barnes

Indy Performance Composites Outside Polesitter ($500): #2 Dave Shullick Jr.

Lakeside Property Services ‘Last Car to Qualify’ In Memory of Joe Paeno ($100): #01 Dan Connors Jr.

RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting Semi-Final Winners ($50): #94 Logan Rayvals, #1 Jeff West

Insinger Performance Halfway Leader ($1,500): #7 Otto Sitterly

Oswego Classic Can-Am Camping Group Last Car on the Lead Lap ($300): #25 Tyler Shullick®

Oswego Classic Can-Am Camping Group Highest Canadian Finisher ($200): #3 Doug Didero

Area Auto Racing News Best Car & Crew: #55 Keith Shampine