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WEEKEND WASHOUT BRINGS RIVERHEAD RACEWAY 2018 RAINOUT TOTAL TO 8

I LOVE AMERICA NIGHT FIREWORKS & KIDS BIG WHEEL RACE SHIFT TO THIS SATURDAY

Riverhead, NY Aug. 13th.

The wet weather continues to plague the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All American Series and Enduro race series at Riverhead Raceway as both ends of the weekend doubleheader set for Saturday night and Sunday afternoon again fell victim to inclement weather. Track management announced that the I Love America Night Fireworks spectacular as well the Kids Big Wheel Race would now join the originally scheduled August 18th race program this coming Saturday night.

The weekend washout brings the rainout total to 8 for the season with five Saturday night shows lost to rain while three Sunday Enduro programs have also bowed to the wet stuff. Track officials confirmed the 8 rainouts in one season is a modern day record for the 68-year old race track. Prior to this weekend’s total loss Riverhead Raceway management had announced two upcoming Wednesday Night NASCAR specials on August 22nd and again August 29th. Due to the lateness of the season trying to put together another mid week show or a make-up date for the Summer Showdown Enduro show is not feasible. The Sunday rain out was particularly tough to take as the 2nd annual Laura Zegel Memorial 55 for the Street Stocks was to highlight the Summer Showdown Enduro card. A suitable make up date for the 55 will be announced early this week after management confers with the Zegel family.

A busy late summer night of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing is set for this Saturday with all seven classes in action. The Late Models will take center stage with a 50-lap feature and be joined by the NASCAR Modifieds, Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars. A Truck Enduro will round out the racing action with the I Love America Night Fireworks and Kids Big Wheel Race completing the entertaining night.

Qualifying will start at 5:30 pm with opening ceremonies and first feature event to follow. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm. Adult admission is $30, kids 6-11 $10 with 5 & under free. Questions can be directed in e-mail form to riverheadraceway1@gmail.comwhile further information can be obtained at www.riverheadraceway.com.

29th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO TOMMY DRUAR / TONY JANKOWIAK 110 UP NEXT FOR THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED SERIES

-Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Racers Make Their Fourth Stop at Lancaster-

 Lancaster, NY – (August 13, 2018) – The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will visit Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway this Saturday night for the 29th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak 110. It will be the fourth visit of the season for the Series during the 2018 campaign. The 110-lap race will be the first race of the season to offer infield pitting at Lancaster.

To date there have been three different winners at Lancaster; Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, N.Y., in May, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, N.Y., in June and Mike Leaty of Williamson, N.Y., in early August.

Last season, George Skora, III, of Eden, N.Y., captured his first-ever Race of Champions Modified Series victory in this event and this past Saturday, Skora, took home the checkered flag in Lancaster’s Sportsman Modified division.

“This is a big night for all of us,” offered Skora. “We are there to race, but we are also honoring two great racers and their legacies, as well as having all of their families, friends and fans present. It’s always a great turnout and great atmosphere. We are really looking forward to it. I think we are back on track with things and hopefully we’ll be in contention once again when it matters.”

The Race of Champions Super Stock Series will join the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series for this event, along with the Street Stocks and Four Cylinders on Saturday.

Qualifying will begin at 6:30pm on the 18th. Grandstand tickets will be $22, Students (12-17 years old) $10; Children under 11 admitted Free; Grandstand Family Pass is $55 (2 Adults and 2 Students); VIP Suite Seat is $27 while if you would like the VIP Suite Experience they begin at $500. Please contact Lancaster National Speedway at 716.759.6818 if you have additional questions.

 Where: Lancaster National Speedway, Lancaster, NY

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018. Grandstands open at 5:00 pm.  Racing at 6:30 pm

Directions: The track is located at 57 Gunnville Road in Lancaster, N.Y., just North of Route 33 and minutes from the New York State Thruway.

What: The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified and Race of Champions Super Stock Series.  29th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar / Tony Jankowiak 110-lap Modified race, 37-lap Super Stock race.

More Information: http://speedway.lancasternationalspeedway.com/ (Track Phone: 716.759.6818) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

For more information, contact;

Race of Champions Media at media@rocmodifiedseries.com

Follow us on Twitter; Instagram and Facebook; @RoCModSeries or visit our website: www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Sitterly Steals Win from Didero by 0.010 Seconds in Oswego Thriller

OSWEGO, NY (August 12, 2018) – In what turned out to be the fourth closest finish in speedway history, current Novelis Supermodified point leader Otto Sitterly edged returning hall of fame driver Doug Didero by a margin of just 0.010 seconds for his third victory of the 2018 season on U-Pull U-Save ‘Family Night’ this past Saturday at Oswego.

Charging from all the way back in the tenth starting spot, Sitterly was able to reel down sixth starting Didero late in the race for an incredible victory that will leave race fans talking for many, many years to come.

Didero slowly and methodically worked past the likes of Jerry Curran, Jeff Abold, Brandon Bellinger, Dave Gruel, Tyler Thompson, and Aric Iosue over the course of the 50-laps before finally closing in on Dave Danzer to take the lead.

Unfortunately, Didero fell short of victory by the slimmest of margins possible, but drove a remarkable race, making just his second start in eight years piloting the brand new Tammy Ten Media No. 3 built by John Colloca of Oswego.

With fifteen former feature winners in the field, the lead changed hands three times in the last four laps. First, Didero took the top spot away from polesitter Danzer with three laps to go. At this point in time, Sitterly had also just passed Gruel for fourth, but he wasn’t staying outside of the top three for long.

No sooner than Didero grabbed the lead away from Danzer on the exit of turn four, did Sitterly go to the outside of the No. 52 to then take second. There were now just two laps remaining for the No. 3 out in front.

There were no cars separating the leaders, but when Didero crossed the line with two to go, he had heavy lapped traffic to deal with in front of him which included the No. 0 of Tim Snyder and the No. 73 of Jerry Curran.

Didero, in search of his first victory at Oswego since the 2008 International Classic, used every inch of the race track in the final two circuits trying to do anything and everything he could to get by the 0 of Snyder who was still battling for position with Curran at the back of the field.

As Didero looked low on Snyder, Sitterly began to show a wheel on the outside lane, first looking high coming off of turn two as the field came around to complete lap 48.

Approaching the white flag, Didero first looked under Snyder going into turn three, but was unable to clear him, and then immediately tried the outside coming off of turn four. This didn’t work either, and Didero nearly handed the lead over to Sitterly with the white flag now being displayed.

Didero got a bit out of shape in turn four with just over a lap to go, but was able to hold on to the lead, at least for the time being. One more time over in turn two, Sitterly tried the high road with a half a lap remaining, but again was unable to muster enough bite to make the pass.

With Curran, Snyder, Didero, and Sitterly all making their way through turns three and four nose to tail, the crowd was on its feet as they anticipated a storybook return to victory for the 57 year-old Hamilton, Ontario native, but after driving a brilliant race, Doug Didero fell just inches short of what was set to be a hugely popular win.

As the No. 3 car rounded turn four, Didero elected to stay on the high side of the race track, but was still stuck behind Snyder. Despite literally pushing the No. 0 car down the front straightaway, it was not enough to keep seven time speedway Otto Sitterly at bay.

Diamonding the John Nicotra owned No. 7 car off of turn four, Sitterly got just enough momentum down low to beat Didero to the line by one one thousandth of a second over Danzer, Gruel, and Michael Barnes in the top five.

After the checkered flag was thrown, Sitterly, Didero, and Snyder all collided briefly in turn 1, with Didero spinning around and keeping the crowd off their seats with his signature ‘360,’ a brilliant move which allowed the John Brush owned Supermodified to escape the incident without damage.

Notably, Saturday night’s main event marked the first time since July 21, 2007 when Didero beat Greg Furlong that two drivers with over 30 wins finished one-two in a feature at the Oswego Speedway.

Sitterly, who is no stranger to close finishes at Oswego as many fans will recall his jaw dropping dead heat ‘tie’ alongside Michael Muldoon in 2015, was elated to be in victory lane and all but bookend an eighth championship; which will move the Canajoharie, N.Y. driver into sole possession of most track titles in speedway history.

“Do I have to say anything about Doug Didero? He is an awesome driver,” Sitterly said after climbing from his car. “Those guys have only had their car here a couple times and obviously they’ve got it going good. Any time I’ve ever been behind that guy, he just wheels the shit out of a race car. If it weren’t for the traffic I wouldn’t have had a shot at him. I need to thank all my crew. They are incredible.”

A very emotional Didero, aiming for his 34th career victory which would have moved him past Doug Heveron for seventh all-time, was visibly gutted to lose by only a matter of inches. At the same time, the Charlotte, N.C. resident was thrilled with the progress of his new car and also the show that was provided for the fans on hand.

“All night, the guys ahead of me were people  I have never ran with before so I tried to learn how they drive and what they do and just have the patience to pick them off one by one,” Didero commented. “We were fortunate that the car stayed with us all night and we could really maneuver and make passes. But man, I really wanted that win. Damn, you know? It must have been two inches, but congratulations to Otto (Sitterly). He must have drove one hell of a race. It was good racing tonight, I really enjoyed it.”

After a tremendous run, we can’t forget about Danzer, who brought the Premiere Landscaping No. 52 home with a fine third place finish; his first podium effort of the season for the many time feature winner. Danzer currently rides fifth in the Novelis Supermodified point standings.

“We just lost tires towards the end. Those cautions at the beginning really hurt us. With a straight axle car, you really need it to go green and keep the heat cycles off it,” Danzer explained. “I knew they were coming, I just tried to pinch it down a little bit and make them drive around me which they did. I’d like to thank all my guys. I think we are finally making some headway with the car.”

With fine runs in fourth and fifth, Gruel and Barnes lead the remainder of the top ten which included  Iosue in sixth, Bellinger in seventh, Thompson in eighth, Dave Shullick Jr. in ninth and Keith Shampine in tenth.

Because Bellinger was again using the Oswego Speedway prototype rear wing for testing, he will be credited with his seventh place finish, points, and money, but everyone finishing behind him will move up one position in the running for points and prize money.

For the duration of 50-laps, the race went virtually caution free less a lap 3 spin by Snyder which caught up the likes of Joe Gosek, Nathan Schultzkie, Dan Connors Jr, and Bill Sharkey; ending all of their evening’s early with damage in the initial laps of the main event.

Three time Budweiser International Classic champion Bob Bond was also on hand for his first time of the season with the No. 47, but brought his car pitside before the completion of lap 10.

After a simultaneous spin in turn three with just over lap 20 in the book, both Shampine and Jeff Abold were forced to come from the tailside of the pack to recover for respectable tenth and eleventh place finishes.

Another big storyline from Saturday night’s feature were the struggles for defending track champion and four time feature winner this season; Dave Shullick Jr. Shullick made a pit stop after the first caution to fall all the way back to 17th, but later returned for a disappointing ninth place finish.

Lou LeVea Jr, Snyder, Curran, and LaTulip completed the on track running order in twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth with Logan Rayvals, rookie Brian Osetek, Bond, Gosek, Lou LeVea Sr, Connors, Schultzkie and Sharkey all going pitside before the completion of lap 30 to be credited with positions sixteen through twenty three.

For his drive from tenth to the unforgettable victory, by inches, Sitterly was credited with D&S Landscaping ‘Hard Charger’ for August 11 while Thompson, the impressive rookie from Fulton, N.Y., picked up another Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award for his eighth place run with the No. 98T.

Thompson also grabbed his second heat race win of the season earlier in the program, joining Shampine and Iosue as preliminary victors.

Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ comes to a close this Saturday, August 18 with CNY CPR and Skip’s Fish Fry $5 Admission Track Championship Night as Sitterly will make history by tying the knot on his eighth career championship. Otto is set to pass Jim Shampine and Bentley Warren for most track titles all-time. Tickets for this historic event are available by calling 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.

BOX SCORE

U-Pull U-Save ‘Family Night’

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Novelis Supermodifieds

Feature (50-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 3 Doug Didero, 3. 52 Dave Danzer, 4. 68 Michael Barnes, 5. 50 Dave Gruel, 6. 11 Aric Iosue, 7. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 8. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 9. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 10. 55 Keith Shampine, 11. 05 Jeff Abold, 12. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 13. 0 Tim Snyder, 14. 73 Jerry Curran, 15. 56 Hal LaTulip, 16. 94 Logan Rayvals, 17. 69 Brian Osetek® , 18. 47 Bob Bond, 19. 00 Joe Gosek, 20. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 21. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 22. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®,  23. 71 Bill Sharkey

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 2. 68 Michael Barnes, 3. 52 Dave Danzer, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 6. 00 Joe Gosek, 7. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®, 8. 69 Brian Osetek®

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 55 Keith Shampine, 2. 73 Jerry Curran, 3. 3 Doug Didero, 4. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 5. 94 Logan Rayvals, 6. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 7. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 8. 71 Bill Sharkey

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 11 Aric Iosue, 2. 50 Dave Gruel, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 7 Otto Sitterly, 5. 47 Bob Bond, 6. 0 Tim Snyder 7. 56 Hal LaTulip

Group Time Trials: 1. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.093, 2. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.102, 3. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.104, 4. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.126, 5. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.214, 6. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.243, 7. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.355, 8. 3 Doug Didero – 16.378, 9. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.431, 10. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.646, 11. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.671, 12. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.676, 13. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.691, 14. 01 Dan Connors Jr. – 16.715, 15. 98T Tyler Thompson® – 16.784, 16. 47 Bob Bond – 16.886, 17. 73 Jerry Curran – 16.912, 18. 83 Lou LeVea Jr – 17.090, 19. 69 Brian Osetek® – 17.392, 20. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.462, 21. 56 Hal LaTulip – 17.729, 22. 26 Nathan Schultzkie® – 17.872

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #7 Otto Sitterly

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

Bob Clark Photos