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Ryan Preece Claims First Oswego Victory in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Toyota Mod Classic 150

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (September 2, 2017) – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour points leader Ryan Preece etched his name into Oswego Speedway’s history books as a winner this past Saturday night in the second annual NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ‘Toyota Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s.

Preece, a recent first time winner on the NASCAR Xfinity Series trail, qualified fourth with the TS Haulers, Maynard Troyer Tribute No. 6 and it showed in the early stages of the event that he was an immediate threat to win, quickly driving around Timmy Solomito to pull in behind the original front row of Matt Hirschman and Patrick Emerling on lap 2.

“I’ve been here at Oswego before, but never in victory lane,” Preece commented. “This really is pretty cool and a special one to me. The other one I want to win is the Race of Champions so hopefully I can come back for that one day and get here again. We just want to keep on winning.”

Less than ten laps after moving into third, Preece made his jump to the second spot under Emerling as ‘Big Money Matt’ was the early leader with Preece, then Solomito, Emerling and defending event winner Doug Coby leading the way at lap ten.

Hirschman hit traffic by lap 16 and the top five remained tightly knit until the yellow flag came out on lap 38 for a slowing Kyle Ebersole with Hirschman still in front as Preece, Solomito, Emerling, Coby, Pennink, Lutz, and Bonsignore continued to trail.

The green flag was back in the air six laps later for a lap 44 restart which saw Hirschman take off again despite a valiant effort by Preece to challenge him on the top side.

With 100 laps to go, Hirshman continued his dominance, at one point opening up a half staightaway advantage on the No. 6 of Preece. That was all put to rest when the competition caution was thrown on lap 75, allowing all drivers to head pitside for fuel and tires, which set up a perfect second half strategizing opportunity for the Preece team.

Unfortunately for Emerling, who had ‘home track advantage’ as far as the tour is concerned with several victories under his belt at Oswego, the Buffalo Auto Auction No. 07 was forced pitside on lap 86 with handling issues. This was the only major shakeup in the top five as Hirschman still continued to lead, Preece, Solomito, Coby and the 46 of Craig Lutz at lap 100.

The lone crash of the race occurred on lap 107, when the No. 82 driven by pavement star Ted Christopher made heavy contact into the turn three foam with something apparently breaking on that car. Christopher was done for the night.

It turned out to be the lap 112 restart after the track was cleared that set Preece up for victory as he took the top spot on lap 114, inching by Hirschman at  the entrance of turn three after yet another solid pitstop for the Ed Partridge owned machine.

The other car on the move after the restart was that of Bonsignore, who had restarted way back in the seventh spot before working his way by Luts to take fifth, but he didn’t stay there as everything went in Eric Goodale’s favor after his late-race pitstop, allowing the No. 58 to go from eighth to fifth on the final green flag run, impressively working by Max Zachem, Lutz and Bonsignore all on the top side to take the final spot wiithin the top five with just over ten laps to go.

Preece had never won at Oswego prior to Saturday night, but that sure didn’t show as he went on to dominate Hirschman in the closing stages as the two led Solomito, Coby, and Goodale to the checkered flag with with Bonsignore, Lutz, Zachem, Dave Sapienza and Rowan Pennink completing the top ten.

Hirschman, a former Race of Champions 250 winner at Oswego, felt he had the car to win, but the Pee Dee Motorsports team came up just a little bit short in their second NASCAR start of the 2017 season.

“We had a good run tonight,” Hirschman offered. “The car was really good the first half to stay ahead of (Ryan) Preece but not in the second half. He’s got the late race pit stops figured out and we just missed a little. We were pretty equal the first half but he was better the second half. Hopefully they have us back next year so we can do this again.”

Solomito was happy as well, coming home third in just his second career start at the ‘Steel Palace.’ He is now fourth in points heading into the next NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Riverhead Raceway.

“We had a real solid car lately and tonight we have continued our momentum,” he stated. “We were in the points race all through last week but had a couple bad nights, so  this should put us back in it. I think we will be alright and it’s nice to podium at Oswego.”

The Mod Squad appears at Riverhead for it’s second consecutive stop in New York State on Saturday, September 16th.

Classic Weekend action concludes at Oswego Speedway concludes on Sunday with the 61st Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds plus the Bud Light Classic 75 for Pathfinder Bank SBS. Tickets remain available for the most prestigious Supermodified race in the world and can be purchased at the track or by phoning a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

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Toyota Mod Classic presented by McDonald’s (150-laps): 1. 6 Ryan Preece, 2. 60 Matt Hirschman, 3. 16 Timmy Solomito, 4. 2 Doug Coby, 5. 58 Eric Goodale, 6. 61 Justin Bonsignore, 7. 46 Craig Lutz, 8. 20 Max Zachem, 9. 36 Dave Sapienza, 10. 3 Rowan Pennink, 11. 64 Rob Summers, 12. 89 Matt Swanson, 13. 21 Ronnie Williams, 14. 77 Gary Putnam, 15. 39 Calvin Carroll, 16. 33 Wade Cole, 17. 82 Ted Christopher, 18. 07 Patrick Emerling, 19. 78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr, 20. 5 Kyle Ebersole, 21. 01 Melissa Fifield

Time Trials: 1. 60 Matt Hirschman – 17.640, 2. 07 Patrick Emerling – 17.662, 3. Timmy Solomito – 17.673, 4. 6 Ryan Preece – 17.709, 5. 2 Doug Coby – 17.720, 6. 3 Rowan Pennink – 17.836, 7. 51 Justin Bonsignore – 17.837, 8 46 Craig Lutz – 17.839, 9. 36 David Sapienza – 17.884, 10, 64 Rob Summers – 17.906, 11. 5 Kyle Ebersole – 17.918, 12. 58 Eric Goodale – 17.932, 13. 89 Matt Swanson – 18.012, 14. 77 Gray Putnam – 18.012, 15. 20 Max Zachem – 18.013, 16. 21 Ronnie Williams – 18.062, 17. Ted Christopher – 18.362, 18. 39 Calvin Carroll – 18.548, 19. 01 Melissa Fifield – 18.889, 20. 33 Wade Cole – 19,229, 21. 78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr. – 20.638

Shampine Blisters Oswego to Sit on Pole for 61st Budweiser International Classic 200

OSWEGO, NY (September 1, 2017) – North Carolina’s Keith Shampine made history on Friday night at Oswego Speedway, becoming the first Shampine on the pole of the Budweiser International Classic 200 since his Uncle Jim in 1979. Shampine and the Syrell Racing No. 68 of Michael Barnes will sit on the front row for the 61st annual ‘Classic.’

Not even a season removed from his first Oswego victory, which came this past May, fittingly in the Jim Shampine Memorial, Shampine showed all day long that the TJ Toyota No. 55 built by Chris Osetek was the car to beat on Central New York Chevy Dealers Qualifying Night as Shampine brought the crowd to it’s feet by putting the legendary Shampine name back on the front row of the Classic for the first time since 1981, when Jim qualified on the outside pole.

“The car was outstanding,” Shampine said. “It’s a real pleasure to drive such a great piece and all the credit goes to Chris Osetek for designing and building it. I thought we had a good shot at the pole this year. The weekly time trials helped us gain experience in qualifying trim. I think we have a good shot at winning the Classic. Thanks to Chris, Brian Osetek, John Coe, TJ Toyota, and all my crew and fans.”

Starting on the outside of Shampine in the front row will be 2016 Track Champion Michael Barnes, as the two will split over $1,000 in cash from Central New York Chevy Dealers. The second row will be all Nicotra blue as teammates Otto Sitterly and Dave Shullick Jr. will fire alongside each other while Aric Iosue, Jeff Abold, last year’s polesitter Michael Muldoon, Tim Devendorf, Kody Graham and Joey Payne were the remaining top ten qualifiers.

Perhaps one of the most competitive International Classics we’ve seen in the past several years, every driver who qualified twentieth or higher was under the 17 second bracket. Locking in with the top ten were Joey Moriarty, Chris Perley, Bobby Bond, Brandon Bellinger, Tim Snyder, Bobby Santos, Tim Jedrzejek and Pat Lavery who qualified from eleventh to eighteenth.

With only top the top eighteen cars advancing directly into the the Classic to take place on Sunday, September 3, drivers who qualified from nineteenth on back will be forced to race their way into the big dance with Sunday’s semi-finals.

Classic Weekend action continues on Saturday with the second annual Toyota ‘Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s plus the ‘Supernationals’ 60 for the winged warriors of the ISMA Supermodifieds. Tickets remain available and can be purchased at the track or by phoning a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

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Novelis Supermodified Budweiser International Classic 200 Time Trials: 1. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.104, 2. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.241, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.348, 4. 2 Dave Shullick Jr – 16.349, 5. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.357, 6. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.422, 7. 15 Michael Muldoon – 16.551, 8. 5 Tim Devendorf – 16.485, 9. 91 Kody Graham – 16.601, 10. 14 Joey Payne – 16.625, 11. 51 Joey Moriarty – 16.647, 12. 44 Chris Perley – 16.664, 13. 47 Bobby Bond – 16.680, 14. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.707, 15. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.731, 16. 21 Bobby Santos – 16.657, 17. 72 Tim Jedrzejek – 16.862, 18. 6 Pat Lavery – 16.876, 19. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.891, 20. 01 Dan Connors – 16.975, 21. 50 Dave Gruel – 17.001, 22. 70 Dave McKnight – 17.118, 23. 79 Brian Sobus – 17.192, 24. 94 Logan Rayvals – 17.264, 25. 83 Lou LeVea Jr – 17.799, 26. 69 Brian Osetek – 17.874, 27. 71 Bill Sharkey – 17.890, 28. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 17.905, 29. 24 Jerry Curran – 17.916, 30. 56 Hal LaTulip – 18.334, 31. 66 Lou LeVea Sr – 18.611, 32. 1 Jeff West – NT

Bobby Santos Tops First Bud Classic Weekend Thursday Test Session in Graham Racing No. 21

OSWEGO, NY (August 31, 2017) – On Thursday’s early afternoon testing session for Oswego Speedway’s 61st annual Budweiser Classic Week, it was pavement racing star Bobby Santos leading the way in the Graham Racing No. 21 built by John Colloca.

Santos went 16.970 on old tires in his first Supermodified appearance of the year. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, USAC Silver Crown, and Must See Racing Series regular wasted no time showing that he will again be a threat to compete for victory at the conclusion of the 61st running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 this Sunday, September 3.

“Not too long ago I found out I was coming back here for the Classic after being given this opportunity by Ray Graham,” Santos said. “We’ve had some success together in the 200 and I definitely appreciate the continued opportunity from Graham Racing. I love Oswego Speedway and I love this race, it’s a lot of fun, so I just look forward to racing and hopefully we can have a good weekend.”

The Franklin, MA talent admitted that it’s a bit challenging for him whenever he comes to Oswego as it is usually on a part time basis and going up against drivers who compete each and every Saturday night at the ‘Steel Palace.’

“This is a little bit hard for me going up against guys that run a weekly deal every Saturday night, so you are definitely kind of starting behind everybody,” Santos explained. “Just to get in the seat of a Super again, get comfortable again and get acclimated to everything helps out a lot so hopefully at the end of 200 laps we will be right where I need to be which is up at the front.”

While many had hoped the Tinio Racing No. 44 tour Modified would also be in attendance on Classic Weekend for this Saturday’s ‘Toyota Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s, Santos says that will unfortunately not be the case, as his only goal this weekend is to simply be there at the end of 200 laps in the Budweiser International Classic 200.

“Unfortunately we won’t be here with the Mod on Saturday, they aren’t coming this year,” Santos mentioned. “So the big goal this weekend is to just be there at the end of the 200 to contend for the win and like I said, I just love this race and really enjoy coming here.”

Second on the speed charts in the 11:30am to 3:30pm session was the Don Penix owned No. 14 of Joey Payne, which is sporting a new look for Classic Weekend. ‘The Jersey Jet’ got down to a 16.996 second lap. Payne is also scheduled to take part in this afternoon 4pm to 8pm session.

Also taking time Thursday were teammates Jerry Curran and Jeff West. Curran, making his first appearance of the season with his own ‘Nuclear Banana’ No. 24, got down to a solid 17.172 second lap, while West never fully got up to speed.

In the Small Block Supermodifieds, Tyler Thompson lead the way in the Jason Simmons owned, former Kreig Heroth No. 98 machine, which is sporting a very sharp look for Classic Weekend. The dirt Sportsman campaigner ran a 19.285 lap, putting him ahead of the 19.348 second time put in by Ray Sand Jr, who was making his second appearance of the season in his No. 71 formerly driven by Russ Brown.

Michael Barnes, Payne, Brian Sobus, Dan Connors Jr, Anthony Losurdo, Jon Tesoriero, and Scott Shafer are all scheduled to participate in the second session of day, set for 4-8pm, before all attention then shifts to Oswego Speedway’s Central New York Chevy Dealers ‘Pole Day’ qualifying to take place on Friday evening.

Tickets for Classic Weekend remain available, including $5 general admission seating for Friday, September 1. To purchase tickets, please call a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

Fore 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.

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