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Oswego Title Contenders: Otto Sitterly Trails in Search of Record Eighth Supermodified Championship

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OSWEGO, NY (August 15, 2016) – One of the Novelis Supermodified contenders aiming at the 2016 Oswego Speedway track championship as a part of this Saturday’s $5 admission track championship special presented by Bosco’s Food Market and U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts is seven-time Speedway champion Otto Sitterly of Canajoharie, NY.

Despite scoring eight top five finishes in ten starts this season, Sitterly has yet to find Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory lane this year, the first time since 2007 that the winner of 37 Supermodified main events at Oswego has gone this long without a win in one season.

Two different main event crashes this season have slowed Sitterly’s usual assault on the competition.

After claiming his seventh title in 2014, Sitterly has been on the hunt for Supermodified title number eight, which would break his current championship tie with legends Jim Shampine and Bentley Warren.

Only the Speedway’s grand champion, Nolan Swift, has won more track titles than Shampine, Warren, and Sitterly – as the Old Grey Fox won eight championships between Modified and Supermodified competition at the ‘Steel Palace.’

With a 31-point deficit to current point leader Dave Gruel, Sitterly will have his work cut out for him in his bid for title eight.  But, with a maximum of 115 points available between heat and feature action, the 31-point difference can quickly be erased and Sitterly is just the driver to make it happen.

Since his first title in 2006, Sitterly has not finished worse than fifth in the Novelis Supermodified driver’s championship, a streak that he hopes will continue in 2016 as fellow combatants Jeff Abold, Pat Lavery, and Dave Danzer sit behind the driver of the Nicotra Racing No. 7.
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.

Oswego Speedway Action Rained Out; Track Championships on the Line August 20 with $5 Admission

OSWEGO, NY (August 13, 2016) – A severe thunderstorm, coupled with a line of showers expected to fill the evening, has forced Oswego Speedway officials to cancel tonight’s racing program which was scheduled to feature Twin 20 Pathfinder Bank SBS features and a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main presented by CNY CPR and www.OswegoCountyToday.com.

There will not be a make-up date for tonight’s events.

With the cancellation, the 2016 regular season will now come to a close next Saturday, August 20 with the season long battle for Oswego Speedway’s track championships on the line.

The final event of the regular season will feature a driver autograph session at 5:15 p.m. as well as the Teal Palace Ovarian Cancer Awareness drive, all for only $5 adult general admission with kids 16 and under still admitted free with a paid adult.

Heading into the regular season finale Dave Gruel, Michael Barnes, Mike Muldoon, and Otto Sitterly will be locked in a four way battle for the 2016 Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track championship.

Gruel currently holds a 12.5-point edge on Barnes in the race for the championship with Muldoon 27.5-points back and Sitterly sitting 31-points shy of the top spot.

Gruel, Barnes, and Muldoon are each searching for their first career Oswego Supermodified track title, while Sitterly is seeking his record breaking eighth Supermodified title crown.

Jeff Abold sits fifth in the standings 58.5-points behind Gruel with Pat Lavery, Dave Danzer, Kody Graham, Aric Iosue, and Brandon Bellinger in the top ten spots.

On the SBS side of the pit area Dave Cliff will be able to breathe a bit easier heading into next weekend as he will carry a 47-point lead into the track championship finale on August 20 over Jack Patrick.

The 2010 SBS track champion, Cliff will still have to hit all of his marks next Saturday over a tough field of trailing championship contenders including Patrick, Mike Bond, Anthony Losurdo, and Mike Bruce if he hopes to be a two-time Speedway champion.

Next 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.

Adult general admission will be set at only $5.

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

First Wave of International Classic 200 Entries Filed; NASCAR Mod Vets Bobby Santos, Ron Silk to Compete

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OSWEGO, NY (August 10, 2016) – The first wave of entries have been filed for the Budweiser International Classic 200 at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, September 4 with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veterans Ron Silk and Bobby Santos III looking to pull double duty on the weekend as they are slated to drive for the Graham Racing Supermodified stable.

Both Silk and Santos have victories on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season.

Silk, driving the Danny Watts Jr. owned Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet, earned a win earlier this season in the New England Cycle Center 161 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl and currently rides ninth in the overall NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour standings with three top five and five top ten finishes.

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Dan Watts #82 at Riverhead Raceway racing #84 John Fortin. (Michael Jaworecki Photo)

A veteran of Modified racing, Silk does have one career Novelis Supermodified start coming at Oswego Speedway back on September 20 of last season.

Silk made a surprise visit for the Speedway’s 2015 Fall Championship 75 a year ago and promptly drove his Graham Racing entry to a solid fifth place finish in his only Oswego start.

Silk will join Davey Hamilton Jr. as currently entered Budweiser International Classic 200 rookie drivers looking to qualify for the 34-car starting field.

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Bobby Santos III #44 (Michael Jaworecki Photo)

Santos has two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories under his belt this season in the Tinio Corporation-Curb Records No. 44, with a point victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and an All-Star Shootout win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

A veteran of the International Classic, Santos will return to the familiar confines of the Graham Racing team this Labor Day Weekend, as he continues his quest for Classic victory.

Last year Santos qualified 14th fastest for the 200 and quickly jumped into the top ten spots before dropping out of the event with mechanical issues at lap 91.

Santos has yet to make a Supermodified start this season but has twice finished in the top five of the International Classic including a runner-up drive back in 2004.

Other drivers currently entered for the Classic include Graham Racing teammates Aric Iosue, Pat Lavery, Kody Graham, and team owner Ray Graham.

John Nicotra Racing has also filed three entries, two of which are for former Classic winners Otto Sitterly and Davey Hamilton Sr.

The third Nicotra ride will be driven by defending ISMA Supermodified champion Dave Shullick Jr.

Mike Muldoon Racing will be bringing two cars to the Classic lineup with drivers Mike Muldoon and Hamilton Jr.

Others currently entered to make an attempt to qualify are Jeff Abold, Hal LaTulip, and the returning Brian Sobus.

In all 14 drivers are currently entered, coming in from a total of seven different states.

The states of New York, Ohio, Iowa, Idaho, California, Indiana, and Connecticut are all currently spoken for with several more entries expected to be filed in the coming days.

Entries are also coming in for the Bud Light SBS Classic 75 to be contended on Sunday, September 4.

Alex Hoag, Jesse Bearup, Jon Tesoriero, former winner Cameron Rowe, defending champion Bryan Haynes, Barry Kingsley, rookie Tyler Thompson, and Jason Simmons are all currently entered to make a run at qualifying for the 75-lap Classic field.

With Haynes entered that makes for an eighth different residing state for a driver in this year’s overall lineup, as Haynes will be coming in from Maryland to compete.
This Saturday’s action at Oswego Speedway will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event as well as Twin 20 Pathfinder Bank SBS features presented by CNY CPR, www.OswegoCountyToday.com, and KROCK.

Adult general admission will be set at $17 this Saturday with $14 Price Chopper Tickets to Go available at any Price Chopper Supermarkets locations.

Kids 16 and under will be admitted 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.