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Oswego Title Contenders: ‘The Hustler’ Michael Barnes Chasing First Career Oswego Speedway Championhip

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OSWEGO, NY (August 17, 2016) – Oswego Speedway veterans Michael Barnes and Syrell Racing are on the doorstep of a Novelis Supermodified track championship at the ‘Steel Palace’ with only current point leader Dave Gruel standing in their way at this Saturday’s $5 admission championship finale presented by Bosco’s Food Market and U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts.

Barnes is the only one of the four main title contenders with a main event win this season, coming at the Speedway’s 66th opening night special all the way back in May.

From that point, Barnes would stand as the Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified track championship point leader after four separate race events coming on May 14, May 21, June 11, and July 16 – more than any other driver, but now finds himself trailing Gruel for the title top spot by a mere 12.5-points with one event remaining.

Through the season Barnes swapped the championship lead on two occasions with Otto Sitterly, who sits fourth in the current rundown, and most recently with current leader Gruel.

With a win, seven top five finishes, and eight top ten runs, Barnes trails only Gruel as far as feature event points scored this season.  Unfortunately, Barnes lost another 6-points to Gruel in qualifying action as well, making the 12.5-point deficit.

To some a 12.5-point gap may seem insurmountable; however of the six lead changes in the Novelis Supermodified standings this season the swing in points has averaged exactly 12.5-points with the highest point swing being 21-points in a single night for the championship lead.

Barnes’ run at the championship this season is his first true quest for the title since driving for Strong Racing in 2012 and 2013.  Barnes would finish 9th and 7th in the championship in those two seasons.

Back in 2007, driving for Double Deuce Racing, Barnes fell short of Greg Furlong in the championship battle by an 18-point margin.
Saturday’s action at Oswego Speedway will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event as well as 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature presented by U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts and Bosco’s Food Market with green flag racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The season’s second driver autograph session will also take place at 5:15 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear teal to support Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

Adult general admission will be set at only $5 for the evening with kids 16 and under free with paid adult.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, follow on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or like on Facebook at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Classic Moments Countdown: Tim Snyder Shocks Oswego Crowd with Budweiser Classic 200 Win in 2001

OSWEGO, NY (August 17, 2016) – As the days continue to tick away toward the 60th running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 for Novelis Supermodifieds on Sunday, September 4, we look back on one of the most improbable Classic wins of all-time, by a local ‘Zero Hero’.

Tim Snyder’s main concern going into the 2001 Budweiser International Classic was to simply make it by lap 17.

In 1999 Snyder was involved in the infamous third turn fire with Dave Shullick Sr. and Danny Soule at lap 17 and in 2000 Snyder tangled with Shannon Groves and Dave Shullick Jr. at lap 17, losing several laps in the process.

After eight years of Supermodified competition under his belt coming into the 2001 Classic, Snyder had seen his shares of ups and downs, and had yet to visit Oswego Speedway’s victory lane.

By the end of the afternoon on that fateful Classic Sunday, Snyder’s outlook on his career was dramatically altered.

Dave McKnight and Mike Ordway led the Classic field to green in ’01 with Ordway jumping to the point from the outside of row one to lead the first two laps in the Clyde Booth owned No. 61.

Ordway was quickly overtaken by Joe Gosek, driving the Jeff Holbrook owned No. 35, and Gosek quickly ran away from the pack, leading the first 100-laps of the event with Bob Bond, Ordway, McKnight, Snyder, and Greg Furlong making up the front runners.

Snyder would then gain the third position after lap 100 as McKnight did a 360-spin in the Brad Lichty No. 94, losing only the one position to Snyder.

Eventually Ordway came on to take the top spot from Gosek around lap 150 when the motor seemed to start acting up on the Gosek No. 35.  Still looking for his first Classic win at the time, Ordway sped away with the fastest car on the circuit in the last 50-laps.

Over the course of the final 30-laps the top four drew together nose to tail with Ordway leading Gosek, Snyder, and Furlong.

With none of the leaders having made pit stops, tire wear was an issue, and the leaders were slipping and sliding all over the race track in the low 18-second range.

Gosek was the first to falter at lap 182 as he slid high in turn one allowing both Snyder and Furlong to make their way by.

Heavy lapped traffic would become a factor with 15-laps to go and at lap 188 Snyder managed to steal the lead from Ordway down the back stretch.  But, before the field could make it back to turn one Snyder had lost the lead to Ordway and second position to Furlong.

Then two laps later, Furlong would slide out, handing second back to Snyder.

All of a sudden at lap 191 the whole complexion of the race changed as Ordway appeared out of fuel down the back straight with Snyder amazingly inheriting the lead in the No. 0.

Snyder’s glory was short lived however as he slipped in lapped traffic handing Furlong the lead of the race for the first time all day with only six laps remaining.  It looked as though Furlong would be destined for a record third consecutive Classic win.

Dramatically two laps later on lap 196 Furlong would slide high lapping a series of cars on the top side of the track, with Snyder storming back to the low side to muscle the lead away yet again with only four laps to go.

Could Furlong steal the lead back in the final four laps?

It was not meant to be, as Snyder ran flawlessly from laps 197-200 to shock Speedway onlookers, winning his first Oswego Speedway main event in the Budweiser International Classic 200 over Furlong, Gosek, Chris Perley, and Lou Cicconi.

“It’s been a dream of mine just to win a feature here,” said Snyder.  “It’s unbelievable that it happened on Classic Weekend.  I made a bet with the guys in the garage that if we didn’t win a race this year, we were going to retire and quit.  I didn’t try to win this race today.  I just tried to pace myself and save the car.  Believe it or not, I was happy with fifth!”

Scott Martel, Tim Jedrzejek, McKnight, Bob Goutermout, and Tim Gareau filled the top ten positions in the ’01 Budweiser International Classic.

Jedrzejek was the Rookie of the Race.

For more information on Oswego Speedway and Budweiser International Classic Weekend visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, and to purchase tickets for the 2016 event call (315) 342-0646.

Oswego Title Contenders: Mike Muldoon Quietly Rises as Championship Finalist this Saturday

OSWEGO, NY (August 16, 2016) – With most eyes focused throughout 2016 on championship combatants Dave Gruel, Michael Barnes, and Otto Sitterly – third generation racer Mike Muldoon has quietly climbed into the third position of the Novelis Supermodified driver standings heading into this Saturday’s $5 admission track championship finale presented by Bosco’s Food Market and U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts.

Like Gruel and Sitterly, Muldoon has yet to win a feature event in ’16, but his consistency and stellar performances during qualifying action this season has put him right in the thick of the final round of the championship battle on Saturday.

Muldoon has finished in the top ten in nine of the ten races this season but has also earned four heat race wins, more than any other driver and he has scored more qualifying event points than any of the other three contenders with 107-points tallied.

Gruel has scored 105-points with Sitterly racking up 104-points and Barnes just 99-points in qualifying action this season.

In total, Muldoon trails Gruel in the championship hunt by 27.5-markers, a deficit that can be easily erased under the right circumstances.

In a career that dates back to 2011, Muldoon’s previous highest finish in the championship was eighth back in 2013 with a tenth place effort in 2014.  Last year Muldoon earned his first two career main event wins, but only finished 14th in the final driver tally.

Muldoon’s heralded father was a three time Oswego Speedway track champion driver from 1997-1999 and would also win championships as a car owner in 2002 with his brother Shawn Muldoon at the wheel and in 2003 with veteran Joe Gosek at the controls.
Saturday’s action at Oswego Speedway will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event as well as 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature presented by U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts and Bosco’s Food Market with green flag racing scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The season’s second driver autograph session will also take place at 5:15 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear teal to support Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

Adult general admission will be set at only $5 for the evening with kids 16 and under free with paid adult.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, follow on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or like on Facebook at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.