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Oswego Speedway’s Small Block Super Stars Hit the Road this Sunday for ‘Fall Brawl 50’ at Evans Mills Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (September 11, 2017)  – Before offseason maintenance begins in anticipation of Oswego Speedway’s 27th consecutive season of Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified action to begin in May 2018, the stars and cars of the SBS division will have one more shot to compete before the long wait until spring in this Sunday’s ‘Fall Brawl 50’ for the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series at Evans Mills Speedway.

This Sunday’s show will be the second attempt this season by the series to run an event at Evans Mills, with the original June 18 event being postponed to this Sunday, September 17 due to weather.

‘The 1st Annual ‘Fall Brawl 50’ will pay $1,000 to the winner of the 50-lap main, which will be lined up based on the afternoon’s heat races. Every car in the field is guaranteed at least $100 to compete, with a total payout of over $3,000 at stake.

“We are really looking forward to finally getting some racing in with the Lighthouse Lanes Small Block Supermodified series this Sunday, September 17,” said series coordinator Mike Bruce. “The weather looks fantastic and we are expecting a very large field of cars, much bigger than any of our other scheduled shows so far. We invite all of our Oswego fans to come up and take in this show and encourage all of the SBS competitors to make the trip to support our class as the season comes to a close. Hopefully we can show everyone at Evans Mills what our class is all about and we thank Vern LaFave and his staff for having us back this year”

Expected to compete for the large payout this weekend are several Oswego veterans, former drivers and soon to be rookies including 2017 championship runner-up Andrew Schartner, longtime series campaigner and feature winner this year Jack Patrick, series coordinator Mike Bruce, former Bud Light SBS Classic 75 Champion Cameron Rowe, ‘Mr. Small Block Supermodified’ Jesse Bearup, multi-time feature winner Barry Kingsley, recent third place Classic finisher Dalton Doyle, five time SBS victor Rob Pullen, another five time winner in former high school young gun Anthony Losurdo, four year division veteran Cameron Black, O’Connor Racing teammates Greg O’Connor and Tony Pisa and even track owner and former Oswego campaigner Vern LaFave.

Competing with the series regulars will be a pair of drivers planning to return to action this weekend as former Supermodified driver turned car builder Tim Proud will again pilot his self-built Proud Motorsports No. 54 in the Fall Brawl, with his brother, eight time Oswego feature winner Chris Proud, returning to action for the first time since 2015 in his Martin’s Contracting No. 3 machine.

Two 2018 Oswego rookies are also eyeing their first race at Evans Mills, with both Addison Bowman’s No. 12 and Josh Sokolic’s No. 26 to join the already rather full field of cars. The soon to be Pathfinder Bank SBS rookie of the year contenders have logged hundreds of laps at the Jefferson County facility in testing sessions over the past few weeks.

Any other competitors planning to participate in the ‘Fall Brawl 50’ are asked to inform series social media coordinator Camden Proud.

Joining the Small Block Supermodifieds on Sunday at Evans Mills will be the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, 4-Cylinder  and 4-Cylinder truck divisions in the track’s season finale. Heat racing is set to begin at 3pm, with hot laps at 1pm. General admission tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the gate. Kids 15 and under are FREE at the Evans Mills Speedway. Pit passes are $25. For more information, log on to EvansMillsSpeedway.com.

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series ‘Fall Brawl 50’ Expected Roster (September 2017):

01 – Dalton Doyle

2 – Rob Pullen

3 – Chris Proud

9 – Jack Patrick

12 – Addison Bowman

15 – Mike Bruce

18 – Andrew Schartner

23 – Cameron Black

26 – Josh Sokolic

37 – Jesse Bearup

54 – Tim Proud

69 – Anthony Losurdo

77 – Cameron Rowe

89 – Tony Pisa

90 – Greg O’Connor

91 – Barry Kingsley

Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series Payout (September 17):

1st – $1,000

2nd – $400

3rd – $225

4th – $200

5th – $170

6th – $160

7th – $150

8th – $135

9th – $130

10th – $125

ALL OTHERS – $100

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LaFAVE CAPTURES HARD-EARNED SECOND MILLS MOD WIN AT EVANS MILLS

EVANS MILLS, NY – For the second time this season, Vern LaFave found himself in Victory Lane on the 3/8-mile asphalt oval at Evans Mills Speedway when the checkered flag dropped on the 30-lap Mills Modified feature event. With handicapping rules in play for the first time this season, LaFave was originally slated to start fourth, but found himself on the outside of the front row when Mike Hall Jr. – who had been experiencing mechanical issues throughout the day – elected to start at the rear of the field.
Robby Newman took off from the pole, but LaFave was able to grab the lead with Newman hot on his heels. Behind the pair, Terry Gardner initially held third with two-time Mills Modified winner Randy Brunelle all over his back bumper. Brunelle was able to work his way past for the third spot with five laps in the books. During the long green flag run, the top five cars all ran in close quarters, and a single mistake by any one of them could have changed the entire outcome of the race. LaFave continued to lead, with Newman throwing everything he could at the leader to no avail.
Heartbreak struck for Brunelle with 24 laps in the books as the first caution flag of the event flew after Brunelle brushed the backstretch wall and was forced to retire from the event with front suspension damage.
On the ensuing restart, Newman made his presence behind LaFave known, but Newman was unable to mount a successful challenge. Newman would get one last shot at LaFave, when the caution flew once again with just two laps remaining in the event, erasing the marginal lead that LaFave was able to build.
With everyone’s lap times slowing gradually at the late point in the race, LaFave managed to put down two final laps that were a tenth of a second faster than nearly the entire rest of the field, keeping the competition behind him. LaFave was first to the checkers, followed by Newman and Gardner.
Ironically, rookie Mason Spencer, who was making his first start of the season in the class, turned in the fastest lap of the race.
Teenage Legends driver Daniel Carter had patience on his side this past Sunday, as he picked up his first win. Carter led only the final two laps, but it was enough to claim the win. Jason Christman and Dalton Rombough took off from the front row. While Christman led briefly, it didn’t take Rombough long to take control of the race. By lap three, Canadian Dave Riopelle – making his first start of the year at the track – had worked his way to the second spot. The stage was then set for an exciting battle up front when the caution came out for oil on the track, putting Rombough and Riopelle on the front row for the restart, with current point leader Anthony Riforgiato in third. Carter sat patiently in the fourth spot. After the caution waved with four laps remaining, Riopelle experienced mechanical issues as the field was getting ready to take the green for the restart, ending his night. Carter inherited third, and the battle up front intensified when the green flew again. Riforgiato grabbed the lead on lap 18, and Carter took second as Rombough fell back to third. As the white flag waved, Carter took over the top spot. Contact up front on the final lap led to a yellow-checkered finish, and Carter crossed the line ahead of Nate Plantz. Riforgiato crossed the line third.
Tyler Christman notched his first Bandolero win of the season, taking the checkers over Cole Perry. Christman started on the pole and led every lap. Perry, who suffered damage to his car during the heat race, was able to repair it in time for the feature event, but he was unable to overcome the lead Christman built early in the event.
For the second time in 2017, defending Pro Stock division champion Ray Bancroft took home the win. Both Bancroft and Bill Miner – who finished second in 2016 standings – have recorded two wins on the season, setting the stage for what is expected to be a heated points battle over the course of the new season. Jason Duke and Bancroft made up the front row for the start, but Bancroft was able to hold the outside line and nosed out ahead of Duke as the two ran side-by-side in the opening laps. Corey Trombley – in only his second start – was able to take over second early in the race, and set his sights on Bancroft, who began to distance himself from the field. Behind the pair, Miner and Duke battled for the third spot. Late-race contact between the two led to both having to restart from the rear of the field, handing the third spot to Terry Gardner, who was driving double-duty in both the Pro Stocks and Mills Modified classes. Bancroft was first to the line, followed by Trombley and Gardner.
Defending Thunder Stock champion Richard “Ike” Stone emerged victorious for the third time this season, as his brother and son looked on from behind. Earlier in the week, Zac Stone was at the speedway’s practice day, helping his uncle David Ayen shake down a car that he had recently purchased. Z. Stone and his father I. Stone sat on the front row for the start, and I. Stone got out to the lead. Ayen as able to wrestle second from Z. Stone with two laps in the books. The sole caution of the 20-lap event came with four laps complete, as Ryan Rarick lost a wheel on his car, bringing his night to an early end. While this temporarily closed the gap between I. Stone and the rest of the field, the long green flag stretch that followed allowed him to once again distance himself from the competition, and he grabbed the checkers over Ayen and Z. Stone.
In just his first appearance of the season at Evans Mills Speedway, Scott Lampson took home the win in the 4 Cylinder Truck feature, coming from the eighth starting spot to grab the victory. Zack Christman and Charles Sibley started on the front row. Sibley – who thanked several of his fellow competitors after the event for assisting him with mechanical issues earlier in the day – took the early lead, while Bob Schroy and Kyle Simpson swapped the second spot behind him. Pete Willsie was able to take over the lead briefly, shuffling Sibley back in the field. Lampson used a lap six restart to his advantage, snatching the top spot, and leading the remainder of the event. It was no easy task, however, as Willsie and Simpson remained in close quarters with him over the entire race distance and challenged Lampson continually, with both waiting for the slightest error on Lampson’s part that would enable one of them to take over the lead. That error never came, however, and Lampson claimed the checkers by a mere 0.417 seconds over Willsie, and 0.686 over Simpson.
This coming Sunday, July 2nd, Evans Mills Speedway will present a full night of racing action, including twin 15-lap features for the INEX Legends, with both races carrying INEX national points. Also on the schedule are the Mills Modified, Bandolero, Pro Stock, Thunder Stock, and 4 Cylinder Truck classes. Gates open at 2:30 pm, with hot laps at 3:30 pm, and racing set to go green at 5 pm. Grandstand admission is just $10, and children 15 and under are admitted to the grandstands free of charge. There is a $2 discount for military with valid ID. VIP booth upgrades are also available. Pit entry fee is $25.
More information, including a complete 2017 schedule, can be obtained online at www.evansmillsspeedway.com, or by calling (315) 221-9180.
MILLS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 laps): 1. Vern LaFave, 2. Bobby Newman, 3. Terry Gardner, 4. Mike Hall Jr., 5. Mason Spencer, 6. Randy Brunelle.
LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Daniel Carter, 2. Nate Plantz, 3. Anthony Riforgiato, 4. Dalton Rombough, 5. Bryan Chirico, 6. Jason Christman, 7. Chris Malbeuf, 8. Breanne Gilligan, 9. Dave Riopelle, 10. Kyle Hafemann, 11. Mike Riforgiato, 12. James Holland, 13. Bailey Brown.
BANDOLERO FEATURE FINISH (15 laps): 1. Tyler Christman, 2. Cole Perry.
PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH (25 laps): 1. Ray Bancroft, 2. Corey Trombley, 3. Terry Gardner, 4. Bill Miner, 5. Jason Duke.
THUNDER STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Richard “Ike” Stone, 2. David Ayen, 3. Zac Stone, 4. Bill Megnin, 5. Ryan Rarick.
4 CYLINDER TRUCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps): 1. Scott Lampson, 2. Pete Willsie, 3. Kyle Simpson, 4. Bob Schroy, 5. Charles Sibley, 6. Zack Christman, 7. Zak Petrie, 8. Brianna Dinzler, 9. Ron White.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rob Brierton

Oswego Speedway Small Block Supers Hit the Road this Sunday, June 18

OSWEGO, NY (June 16, 2016) – The stars and cars of Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodifieds will hit the road for Father’s Day this Sunday, June 18 for a 50-lap, $1,000 to win special as part of the brand new Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series at the Evans Mills Speedway.

The traveling series, sponsored by longtime speedway supporter and owner of Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego, Bob Hoefer, is under the leadership of series coordinator Mike Bruce, who is a weekly campaigner and many time feature winner at Oswego in the Bruce Racing No. 22 along with Camden Proud as series promoter. Proud took over the role of public relations director at Oswego prior to the 2017 season and can also be seen in weekly competition at the ‘Steel Palace’ behind the wheel of the Proud Motorsports No. 54. Bruce is looking forward to hitting the road with the SBS class in an attempt to expand the division not only at Oswego, but across the region. He hopes Oswego fans and teams will support Sunday’s action presented by Route 37 Building Supply and Bruce Construction.

“We are very excited to head out to Evans Mills this weekend,” Bruce said. “I have been looking forward to this event since we first announced it in early April. We have had a large list of teams showing interest along with a huge deal of support at our fundraiser last month coupled with some sponsors that jumped onboard. I’m expecting a solid car count and hope that all of our Oswego teams and fans will continue to support the new series as we provide everyone with a place to compete and watch a race for the next couple of weeks while we are off at our home track. I think it will be a fantastic show and we thank the Evans Mills Speedway for having us. Hopefully it’s a great event for everyone involved.”

Several familiar names will take part in Sunday’s action including Oswego Speedway regulars Dalton Doyle, Rob Pullen, James Babcock, Cameron Rowe, Mark Castiglia, Bruce, Cameron Black, Jesse Bearup, and Greg O’Connor.

Expected to join the familiar names of the Pathfinder Bank SBS division are returning drivers JJ Andrews, Tim Proud, Steve Woods, Ron Pratt, Vern LaFave, and more TBA.

Pit gates will open at 2:30pm this Sunday at the Evans Mills Speedway with grandstand gates opening at 3:30pm for the start of practice. Racing will begin at 5pm. General admission tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the track. Kids 15 and under are FREE at the Evans Mills Speedway. Pit passes are $25. For more information, log on to EvansMillsSpeedway.com.

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