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Speedbowl results 6-16-18

Owen holds off Janovic for first win
Puleo stays undefeated in SK Lite Modifieds
Porter grabs second Sportsman win
Canfield finds redemption in Mini-Stocks

WATERFORD — Todd Owen was the winner of the SK Modified® feature.
Jonathan Puleo won the SK Modified® Light feature. Jon Porter was the feature winner in the Sportsman. Charles Canfield won the Mini Stock feature.Scott Payea was the ACT 150 feature winner.
Todd Owen didn’t just drive the winning car in Saturday’s 40-lap SK
Modified race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday. He also built it.That made it a particularly satisfying win for Owen, who held off Rob Janovic Jr. on every restart to post his first victory of the season.

Jonathan Puleo, meanwhile, continued to be the Speedbowl’s hottest driver. He held off a frantic comeback bid from Wayne Burroughs over the final two laps to win his third consecutive SK Lite Modified race.Jon Porter muscled his way back into the winner’s circle for his second

30-lap Sportsman win of the season while Charles Canfield bounced back from a disqualification the week before to win the 25-lap Mini-Stock feature.

Owen dominates SKs

Owen said his SK Modified win is a special one.
“This is my first win in a car that I’ve built from scratch,” Owen said,
“ and it feels great. It’s a credit to my crew chief Butch Shea and all
the people in my crew for their hard work.”Owen need to work hard to hold the lead after he passed Andrew Molleur to whistle his way to the front on the opening laps. There were several restarts over the final 20 laps and Owen had to dig down deep to survive
every one of them.“My car would take a couple of laps to come in,” Owen said. “After the first few laps, the car was good. But before that, it would be a battle. “

Owen suffered severe damage to his primary Waterford car, so he was forced to use the No. 81 car that he had built for Thompson Speedway.“”The car was good,” Owen said. “The restarts were tough because I was going against so many good cars. The more laps I put on the car, the better it was.”
Janovic finished second for the second consecutive race.
“I think our car might have been better than his, but it wasn’t better
enough to get the lead,” Janovic said. “Todd is a veteran and he knows what to do.”He kept the glued to the bottom groove to maintain his lead.“It’s a great Father’s Day present,” Owen said.

Puleo stays perfect
Puleo knew what to do in his late restart in the SK Lite Miodified
feature. It took him a half-lap to do it, but he pulled away from
Burroughs with five laps to go to grab win No. 3.“Wayne raced me hard, but he also raced me clean,” Puleo said. “He raced with classand I won’t forget it.”

Few will forget the blistering start Puleo has had to the 2018 season.
“When the season started, all I wanted to do was log laps,” Puleo ,said. “But my team gave me a great car. All I have to do is drive it.”
Porter prevailsJon Porter was slowed down by a leaking transmission in practice, but when the feature got under way, the car was its old self — and so was Porter.
He grabbed the early lead from Jason Chicolas and held off point leader Shawn Gaedeke down the stretch to put his second win of the season on the board.Gaedeke made it interesting over the final few laps, but Porter was able to hang on to  his lead.
“”I know I said this the last time I finished second, but if there were
a couple more laps, I could have been the winner,” Gaedeke said. “I had a good car.”Canfield’s redemptionCharles Canfield dominated for 50 laps in the long-distance Mini-Stock feature, but there was one lap he didn’t dominate — post-race inspection. He was disqualified from the win.He came out breathing fired Saturday, buzzing past Andrew Krzemiski with 19 laps to go on his way to victory lane. It was Canfield’s first win of the season.
“I love the outside at this track, and if they give me the outside, I’m
going to take it,” Canfield said. “And we did it with legal power.”
Doug Curry, for the second straight race, came along strongly at the end of the race. He settled for second place, but he held on to his point lead.“My car was good,” Curry I said. I didn’t want to see that last caution with five laps to go or I might have had something at the end.”Payea’s payoff

Defending American-Canadian Tour champ Scott Payea made a vicious outside move against Jimmy Hebert with 45 laps to go to win the special ACT Summer Showdown 150. Eddie MacDonald rallied for second and Hebert finished third. Payea was able to extend his lead in the 2018 standings.Racing resumes Saturday at the Speedbowl with a seven-division show, including the SK Modifieds, the SK Lites, the Late Models, the Mini Stocks, the Sportsman, the Legends, and the Pro 4 Modifieds.

June 18th Results

25-lap Mini-Stocks: 1. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 2. Doug Curry,
Groton; 3. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction, R.I.; 4, Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 5. Andrew Krzeminski, Hadden; 6, Sean Caroin, East Hampton; 7. Jake Christian, Norwich; 8. Dale Sherman, Charlestown, R.I.; 9. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 10. Matt Brown, NA.

40-lap SK Modifeds: 1. Todd Owen, Somers; 2. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; . Dylan Izzo, Monroe; 4, Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 5. Nicholas Salva, Prospect; 6. Justin Albernaz, Rehobeth, Mass.; 7. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 8. Matt Galko, Meriden; 9. Kyle James, Ashaway, R.I.; 10. Bill MvNeil, Old Lyme.

30-lap Sportsmen: 1. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 2. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 3. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 4. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 5. Bo Norman, Clinton; 5. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 7. Norm Root, Old Saybrook; 8. Adrien Paradis, Plainville; 9. Chuck Harrison, Woodstock; 10. Dave Paradis, Auburn, Mass.

25-lap SK Lite Modified: 1. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 2. Wayne
Burroughs, Oakdale; 3. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 4. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 5. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 6. John O’Sullivan. Old Saybrook; 7. Keith Caruso, Millbury, Mass.; 8. Jake Taylor, Jewett City; 9. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 10. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck.

RACE OF CHAMPIONS LATE MODEL AND SUPER STOCK SERIES RETURN TO THE TRACK @ HILLSIDE BUFFALO

– Two Exciting Events on Tap this Saturday for the Late Models and Super Stocks –

Holland, N.Y. – (June 18, 2018) – The Race of Champions Late Model and Super Stock Series will return to the high banks of The Track @ Hillside Buffalo this coming Saturday night.

It is the highly anticipated return of Late Models to the high-banks. Late Models are steep in tradition at Holland dating back to the track’s beginning and spanning throughout its history including the celebrated career of the legendary Art Clark of West Seneca, N.Y., who is now inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall-of-Fame.

Sam Fullone of North Collins, N.Y., has witnessed the Late Model tradition firsthand and is excited about the return of Late Models to The Track @Hillside Buffalo (formerly Holland Speedway).

“We are really looking forward to it,” stated Fullone, who won the Race of Champions Late Model event last year at Lake Erie for the first time and finished 4th in the season opening event at Lake Erie on June 9th. “It’s a big deal for Late Model racers. Holland has always been a Late Model track and now we have the opportunity to bring it back there. We are exciting and I think it will be a great race.”

In addition to the Late Models returning to Holland the Race of Champions Super Stock Series will take part in the June 23 Autograph Night event. Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., won the first race of the Super Stock season at Lancaster (N.Y.) National Speedway and leads the Series into the event.

“We have a competitive Series,” offered Gullo. “Hillside is a different challenge for us. The Series hasn’t been there in quite some time (since it was run under the Big 10 banner) and we’re looking forward to it. I think fans are in store for a treat on Saturday night. It’s going to be a good show.”

The grandstands will open at 3:00 pm with Qualifying beginning at 4:00 pm for the Saturday, June 23, 2018 event. The Track @ Hillside will host a practice on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:00pm and going until sundown for $15 per car.

Where: The Track @ Hillside Buffalo, Holland, N.Y.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018. Grandstands open at 3:00 pm, Qualifying at 4:00 pm

Directions: The track is located on Holland / Glenwood Road off of Route 16 just minutes from downtown Buffalo and the Southtowns of Western New York.

What: The Race of Champions Late Model Series – Autograph Night “30”; Race of Champions Super Stock Series – Autograph Night “25”

More Information: www.hillsidebuffalo.com (Track Phone: 716.418.7223) / www.rocmodifiedseries.com

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico Performance, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

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

Barnes, Syrell Racing Sweep Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s

Bob Clark Photo

OSWEGO, NY (June 17, 2018) – For the first time since his unforgettable Championship Night drive to victory in 2016, Michael Barnes and the Syrell Racing No. 68 were back in Oswego Speedway victory lane on two occasions this past Saturday night. ‘The Hustler’ swept the Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s presented by Burke’s Do It Best Home Center and Bosco & Geers in sole possession of victory for the first time since Doug Didero pulled the trick back in 1995.

Dave Gruel and Dave Shullick Jr. lead the first Twin 35 to green with Shullick jumping to the point from the outside part of the speedway almost immediately.

Fourth starting Aric Iosue jumped in front of third starting Dave Danzer to take away the final podium position before the completion of lap 1 with the third row of Michael Barnes and Otto Sitterly doing battle just behind them.

Barnes and Sitterly soon both cleared the Danzer No. 52 to take over third and fourth with Keith Shampine following suit from the seventh spot right on Barnes’ back bumper.

By lap five, Sitterly was on the move getting by Barnes and Iosue, and then shooting under Gruel in turns three and four to take over second and begin to chase down leader Shullick who was since long gone.

Approaching the halfway point, Dan Connors Jr. took a nasty ride into the frontstretch wall when a part failed on the No. 01. Connors road the steel all the way into the turn 1 foam before the car finally came to rest. All corners of the family owned racer were more or less a write off, but Connors was OK.

The Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow for Connors drew the field together and out of lapped traffic with 17 laps to go as Shullick lead Sitterly, Barnes, Gruel and Iosue inside the top five.

On the restart, Iosue took advantage of the lapped traffic in front of Gruel and made the lowisde move for fourth with Shullick again off to the races ahead of Sitterly and Barnes, who had also pulled away from the rest of the top five.

By lap 24, Shullick had caught more traffic in the form of the No. 02 of Brandon Bellinger and that’s when Sitterly was finally able to close ground on the race leader.

Shullick tried to go around Bellinger on lap 25, but was unsuccessful and this allowed Sitterly to get a nose under the No. 2 off the exit of the second corner. The two brushed wheels, but both continued on.

The contact between the teammates actually allowed Bellinger to pull away from the top two as Shullick and Sitterly would again have to handle lapped traffic just a lap and a half later.

When the leaders caught back up to the No. 02, Shullick washed out again trying to make a high side pass in between turns three and four and for the second time in three laps, Sitterly got a nose underneath with the two brushing wheels for a second time.

On this occasion, Shullick lost the handle on the car and touched the outside wall off of turn four, causing noticeable damage to the No. 2 and bringing out the Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag.

Shullick then gave Sitterly a tap on the back bumper in between turns one and two before taking the car to the pits. He did not return for the second feature.

In a dramatic turn of events, Sitterly was penalized for the contact and sent to the rear of the field, but later recovered for an eighth place finish.

What looked to be a sure Nicotra Racing 1-2 finish soon resulted in Barnes and Iosue taking over the front two positions, Gruel inheriting third, Shampine fourth, and Gosek making a run from twelfth to fifth.

Barnes ran away with the remaining three circuits to grab his tenth career Oswego victory with Iosue and Gruel completing the podium for the first of two 35 lappers.

“I figured those guys weren’t playing nice when I heard Chuck talking to the 2 and 7 on the radio,” Barnes commented in victory lane. “I had a good car, but those Nicotra guys were so far ahead. They were so much better. We were really third, but I would rather be lucky than good any day so we will take it. I’m happy to be back in victory lane”

Second place finisher Aric Iosue was also pleased with his effort in the former Graham Racing No. 11 to grab the first podium finish of 2018 for his family team.

“I was really happy,” Iosue stated. “We were able to get rolling early and turn some laps. On the restart I was able to get by Dave (Gruel) and I was thinking fourth place wasn’t so bad then I don’t know what happened to DJ and Otto, so we ended up second. The car is in one piece and it’s handling pretty good.”

After starting pole, Gruel was on the podium for the second time in as many weeks, but wasn’t completely thrilled, noting, “We kind of lucked into third place tonight. I’m not really sure what happened with the two blue cars up front. We took advantage of their issues and got up to third. The car was just a little bit off, so hopefully we can make some gains and it will be better for the second twin.”

In that second main event, the field was to the green this time by Iosue and Gosek with Gosek jumping out to the early lead from the outside in the iconic No. 00.

Danzer had started third, but dropped back to sixth on the restart after getting out of shape heading into the third corner. This allowed fifth starting Gruel, sixth starting Barnes, and eighth Shampine to all get by.

With one win already to his credit on the evening, it didn’t take but five laps for Barnes to work to the outside of Gruel and take away the third spot. Shampine tried to use the same move one lap later, but ninth starting Sitterly was up to sixth and then passed the No. 55 for fifth after Keith pushed high off of turn four.

After cracking the top five, Sitterly then made an exciting inside move on Gruel on lap 9 to take away fourth heading into turn one before giving chase to the top three of Gosek, Iosue and Barnes. Shampine followed Otto under the Gruel No. 50 shortly thereafter to crack the top five.

The first Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag of the race was thrown on lap 11 for a spinning Rayvals in turn 1. Logan was able to keep the car off the foam and be pushed back off.

Barnes used the outside lane to shoot to second past Iosue on the ensuing restart and began to give chase to Gosek with Sitterly also finding the outside of the Iosue No. 11 on the same circuit as well as  the No. 55 of Shampine.

An exciting four way battle for the lead between Gosek, Barnes, Sitterly and Shampine then took place for the following three laps before the yellow was thrown once more on lap 15 when Lou  LeVea Jr. spun in turn 1 and was hit by the No. 71 of Bill Sharkey. The No. 56 of Hal LaTulip also stopped at the scene, but was uninvolved.

On this caution flag, Gruel brought the U-Pull U-Save No. 50 pitside for adjustments before returning to the speedway and driving back up to sixth at the end of the main event.

Out in front, Gosek was able to keep Barnes at bay for the next several laps before Barnes finally found the inside of the No. 00 on a daring three wide move down the backstretch splitting a lapped car.

Sitterly and Shampine were just behind the front two, but were both unable to take advantage despite the No. 68 of Barnes opening the door.

After taking the lead on lap 25, Barnes walked away from Gosek for the final ten circuits to grab his second victory of the night and the eleventh of his Supermodified career with Sitterly hanging on for third, Shampine fourth, and Danzer in fifth.

“At least we earned this one, that feels good,” Barnes said back in victory lane. “The car was pretty good. Joe (Gosek) is a veteran and I had to wait for the right time to make my move. He got a little high with a lapped car down the backstretch and I was able to slip him under him.”

Barnes admitted that had Gosek not washed out trying to get around the lapped car, it may have been a lot more difficult to get by the No. 00.

“Gosek is just so good,” Barnes added. “It would have been a lot harder to make something happen if I didn’t have the chance to use the move that I did. I had to keep telling myself that I was falling into the bait and using up my stuff. I just kept getting looser and looser, so I was trying to slow myself down, but then again, you can’t slow down with the 7 behind you. We really lucked out. It feels great. I’d like to dedicate this win to my buddy Joe Scanlon. He passed away a couple weeks ago and was a big fan and crew guy when I drove for Double Deuce Racing. Thanks to Doug Holmes for all the time he spent dealing with our motor issues today, Furdi’s, all the sponsors, crew, and everyone that supports our team. They make my job easy.”

After a popular ‘Retro Night’ victory last season, Gosek was certainly happy to be back on the podium after picking up what was unbelievably his 234th career top five finish. Joe said, “My move in traffic set Barnes up perfect. I got committed to the outside and slowed down and he got to diamond underneath both of us. Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. I want to thank my sponsors since 1980, Tom and Chuck and everyone at Burke’s Home Center.”

Nearly picking up his first win since September of 2015 earlier in the evening, Sitterly was back on the podium for the second Twin 35 with a fine third place for the current Novelis Supermodified points leader. Despite the solid showing, the seven time speedway champion was still a bit upset with the outcome of the first main event.

Sitterly said, “The car was OK. We got our caged rattled in the first race so it wasn’t as good in the second. The 2 got into me in turn two and bent the front end on the car, so I stuck it underneath him in turn three and yup, we brushed, but I don’t know what happened to him. I kept going, but got sent to the back so I don’t really know what that was all about.”

Completing the top ten in the second main event were Gruel, Gosselin; who finished seventh in both features, rookie Tyler Thompson who had another impressive run in eighth, Hal LaTulip in ninth, and Brent Murray; who also impressed in the Snyder Racing No. 0 to finish in the tenth spot.

Lou LeVea Sr. and Sitterly were D&S Landscaping ‘Hard Chargers’ this past Saturday night while LeVea Jr. and Thompson were the two Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up and Comers.’

Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ continues in two more weeks when Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D-Bus will present the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ featuring extra distance 75 and 35-lap events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS plus the second Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase’ of the season and a gigantic fireworks display. To order tickets, please phone 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

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Burke’s Do It Best Homecenter and Bosco’s Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s

Twin 1 (35-laps): 1. 68 Michael Barnes, 2. 11 Aric Iosue, 3. 50 Dave Gruel, 4. 55 Keith Shampine, 5. 00 Joe Gosek, 6. 52 Dave Danzer, 7. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 8. 7 Otto Sitterly, 9. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 10. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 11. 94 Logan Rayvals, 12. 71 Bill Sharkey, 13. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 14. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 15. 0 Brent Murray®, 16. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 17. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 18. 56 Hal LaTulip, 19. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®, DNS – Jeff Abold.

Twin 2 (35-laps): 1. 68 Michael Barnes, 2. 00 Joe Gosek, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly, 4. 55 Keith Shampine, 5. 52 Dave Danzer, 6. 50 Dave Gruel, 7. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 8. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 9. 56 Hal LaTulip, 10. 0 Brent Murray®, 11. 11 Aric Iosue, 12. 94 Logan Rayvals, 13. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 14. 71 Bill Sharkey, 15. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 16. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 17. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®, DNS – Dan Connors Jr, Dave Shullick Jr, Jeff Abold.

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 7 Otto Sitterly, 2. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 3. 00 Joe Gosek, 4. 52 Dave Danzer, 5. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 6. 56 Hal LaTulip, 7. 0 Brent Murray®

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 68 Michael Barnes, 2. 50 Dave Gruel, 3. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 4. 55 Keith Shampine, 5. 71 Bill Sharkey, 6. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 11 Aric Iosue, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 4. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 5. 94 Logan Rayvals, 6. 66 Lou LeVea Sr.

Group Time Trials: 1. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.122, 2. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.174, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.309, 4. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.313, 5. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.612, 6. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.625, 7. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.644, 8. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.745, 9. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 16.770, 10. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.790, 11. 01 Dan Connors Jr. – 16.965, 12. 98T Tyler Thompson® – 17.015, 13. 94 Logan Rayvals – 17.125, 14. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 17.272, 15. 71 Bill Sharkey – 17.417, 16. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.824, 17. 0 Brent Murray® – 18.902

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger – Twin 1: #66 Lou LeVea Sr.

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer – Twin 1: #83 Lou LeVea Jr.

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger – Twin 2: #7 Otto Sitterly

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer – Twin 2: #98T Tyler Thompson®