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Oswego Speedway’s Jack Murphy Memorial to Air Thursday, June 23 on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV

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OSWEGO, NY (June 21, 2016) – Oswego Speedway’s second national broadcast of the 2016 season will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. ET with the airing of the prestigious 50-lap ISMA Supermodified Jack Murphy Memorial on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.
Originally taped on Saturday, May 28, the Murphy Memorial will feature the best in ISMA Supermodified racing on the fast 5/8 mile ‘Steel Palace’ oval brought to you by veteran motorsports broadcasters Ralph Sheheen and Derek Pernesiglio, as well as former Supermodified driver Dan Kapuscinski on pit lane.
The broadcast will mark the second consecutive week that Oswego Speedway is featured on MAVTV.
Top ISMA pilots Mike Lichty, Dave Shullick Jr., Chris Perley, Tim Jedrzejek, Mark Sammut and more will all be featured in the 60-minute broadcast, which will serve as the second of seven Speedway broadcasts to air on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV this season.
Broadcast coverage will continue with the 30th annual $10,000-to-win Mr. Novelis Supermodified to be run on July 23, before returning for Budweiser International Classic Weekend.
Classic Weekend will be covered top to bottom by SPEED SPORT with coverage of the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals on Saturday, September 3, while the Budweiser International Classic 200 and Bud Light SBS Classic will each be covered on Sunday, September 4.
The Speedway’s final event of the season will be the return of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified 250 on Saturday, September 17, announced earlier this month by SPEED SPORT and RoC officials.

SPEED SPORT, a multimedia motorsports news organization with roots dating to 1934, was built on short-track racing. The feature-based SPEED SPORT Magazine is delivered monthly while breaking news is available as soon as it happens at www.SPEEDSPORT.com, which is also where fans can register for the free “Daily presented by General Tire” that rounds up all of the major stories from the previous 24 hours.


Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT
on MAVTV is entering its third season, with 30 one-hour shows scheduled to broadcast at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. every Thursday.

Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Oswego Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and
Race of Champions Weekend.

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Jack Patrick Brings MOPAR Back to Victory Lane at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (June 19, 2016) – For the first time since 2013, Oswego Speedway Pathfinder Bank SBS veteran Jack Patrick returned to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane, driving his MOPAR powered Hedger Chassis during the Speedway’s Twin 35 night presented by Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers and A&P Auto Parts.

Patrick started from the inside of the second row, snagged the lead from front runner Cameron Rowe on lap three, and held off a hard charging Dave Cliff in the late going to secure his fifth career SBS win at the Steel Palace.

Cliff, who pulled double duty on Saturday also driving the Strong Racing Supermodified, took the runner-up spot with Rob Pullen, Kreig Heroth, and Mike Bruce filling the front five spots.

“Dave (Cliff) was right there,” said Patrick.  “I felt him a few times on my bumper, but he raced me pretty clean.  Once I knew he was there I just picked it up and I had to go.  The MOPAR was pretty strong tonight.”

Camden Proud, Anthony Losurdo, Mike Bond, Russ Brown, and Jesse Bearup completed the top ten in the 30-lap SBS main on Saturday.

Rowe and Bearup would lead the field to green with Rowe gaining the early edge as Bearup quickly backslid through the field.

Two early caution flags bunched the field.

The first was for Greg O’Connor, Josh Kerr, and Mark Castiglia in the second turn with the next mishap occurring in turn four between Andrew Schartner and Dalton Doyle.

Doyle would immediately be done for the night with damage to the No. 01 while Schartner later dropped out at lap 7.

As the field came back to green Rowe led Patrick, Heroth, Cliff, Proud, Pullen, Bruce, Losurdo, Bond, and Bearup.

Once up to speed Patrick rolled under Rowe to take the point into turn three on lap three and began to pull away in the lead.

Further back Cliff was making his mark and on lap nine drove around Heroth on the back stretch to take the runner-up position, with Patrick now in sight.

Near the halfway point Cliff had closed on Patrick for the lead while Pullen found the room he needed to slide by Heroth for the third position into turn three.

Over the course of the final half of the race it would be a bumper to bumper battle between Patrick, Cliff, Pullen, Heroth, Bruce, Proud, Losurdo and the rest.

Cliff had several low side glances at Patrick down the back stretch, but was unable to make it stick, as Patrick rolled away to win number five of his career.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge victories went to Patrick, Proud, and Schartner.

The D&S Landscaping Hard Charger was the No. 69 of Mark Castiglia.

The Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer was Proud while Heroth earned the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.

Patrick would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award, while Doyle was declared the Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award recipient.

Pathfinder Bank SBS

Pathfinder Bank SBS Feature (30-laps): 1. 9 – Jack Patrick, 2. 50 – Dave Cliff, 3. 2 – Rob Pullen, 4. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 5. 22 – Mike Bruce, 6. 54 – Camden Proud, 7. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 8. 74 – Mike Bond, 9. 13 – Russ Brown, 10. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 11. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 12. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 13. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 14. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 15. 15 – James Babcock, 16. 76 – Scott Shafer, 17. 8 – Josh Kerr, 18. 14 – Alex McRae, 19. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 20. 23 – Cameron Black, 21. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 22. 88 – Ron Pratt, 23. 01 – Dalton Doyle

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #69 – Mark Castiglia

Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer: #54 – Camden Proud

White’s Car Care 4th Place: #04 – Kreig Heroth

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #9 – Jack Patrick

Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award: #01 – Dalton Doyle

Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 9 – Jack Patrick, 2. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 3. 2 – Rob Pullen, 4. 13 – Russ Brown, 5. 76 – Scott Shafer, 6. 15 – James Babcock, 7. 14 – Alex MCRae, 8. 23 – Cameron Black

Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 54 – Camden Proud, 2. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 3. 50 – Dave Cliff, 4. 22 – Mike Bruce, 5. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 6. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 7. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 8. 88 – Ron Pratt

Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 2. 74 – Mike Bond, 3. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 4. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 5. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 6. 8 – Josh Kerr, 7. 90 – Greg O’Connor

Jeff Abold Breaks through for First Career Oswego Supermodified Victory

OSWEGO, NY (June 19, 2016) – Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s have produced several first time winners through the years including last season, and last night the streak continued as second generation Supermodified pilot Jeff Abold finally broke the ice to score his first Oswego Supermodified victory in the second twin event of the night presented by Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers and A&P Auto Parts, driving his home built racer.

Abold becomes the 13th different driver to earn his first career win in a Twin 35 main event at Oswego, scoring the 23rd overall Supermodified victory for the Abold family as father Pat, the 1992 Speedway track champion, visited Oswego victory lane on 22 occasions.

As fate would have it, father Pat also scored a Twin 35 victory 22 years ago to the day –June 18, 1994.

Chasing Abold across the line in an attrition ridden second Twin of the night were Brandon Bellinger, Bob Bond, Dave Gruel, and Michael Muldoon.

The entire Abold family was all smiles in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane.

“I just can’t thank my guys enough,” said Abold.  “This has been a long three years with this car.  I just can’t tell you what this means.  This has been something I have dreamed of since I’ve been coming to the Speedway, watching my dad growing up.  This one victory, this one night, in our home built car – these guys have stuck with me because there have been times I’ve wanted to quit in the last couple years – means more to me than anything I have achieved.  I’m 27 years old and I feel like it took about 40 years to get to this point.”

Pat Lavery, Dave Cliff, Dave Danzer, Lou LeVea Jr., and Otto Sitterly filled the top ten spots in Twin #2 on Saturday night.

Joining Abold in victory lane on Twin 35 night was Danzer, scoring his second win of 2016, and his first career Twin 35 score behind the wheel of the Danzer Racing No. 52.

The victory marks Danzer’s ninth career Supermodified win, tying Fred Graves and Dave McKnight on the all-time Supermodified win list at the Steel Palace.

Danzer is now the only repeat feature winner in the Novelis Supermodified division in 2016.

Danzer held off eventual Twin #2 winner Abold for the score ahead of Gruel, Sitterly, and the evening’s point leader Michael Barnes.

“We’ve got a really good handling car, it is the fastest it has been in a while,” said Danzer.  “It’s tough.  You have to beat these guys to turn one and I sailed the thing down there as hard as I could.  I knew I had to get ahead of him (Abold).  Getting out front is the best place to be.  I have to thank my guys and all the fans for coming out tonight to enjoy the Twin 35’s.”

Kody Graham, Joe Gosek, Keith Shampine, Dan Connors Jr., and Tim Snyder filled the top ten spots in the first Twin event of the night.

The night’s first 35-lapper saw Abold and Danzer start on the front row after a time based heat race inversion, which saw the 6th fastest driver in heat racing claim the pole.

Danzer would gain the edge from the get-go in the No. 52, blasting to the point with the field settling in behind him.

Deep in the field Gosek, who finalized last second repairs to his No. 00 late in the day Saturday after a first turn crash at the Speedway on June 11, was starting to make his presence known.  Gosek started deep in the field and by lap 10 had worked his way by LeVea Jr. for the tenth spot.

The night’s first feature caution waved on lap 15 as Aric Iosue looped the No. 11 in turn four.

The caution would tighten the field up for a restart with Danzer leading Abold, Barnes, Gruel, Graham, Sitterly, Shampine, Connors, Snyder, and Gosek.

Once back to green, Gruel made a crucial high side move on the restart to steal the third spot from the No. 68 of Barnes.  Gruel then quickly tucked into line and gave chase to leaders Danzer and Abold.

Gosek also continued his charge as the No. 00 quickly slid by Snyder and Connors to steal the eighth position by lap 17.

However another caution would wave shortly thereafter for Muldoon who backed the No. 15 into the foam in turn three.  Muldoon made mention on social media that his pant leg became tangled in the throttle, causing the car to spin.  Fortunately Muldoon was ok and the car only suffered minor damage, but enough to relegate Muldoon to his back-up No. 14 for the night’s second feature.

With green lights back on Sitterly came to life in the No. 7.

First darting by Graham, Sitterly then set his sights on point rival Barnes, driving to the top side of The Hustler to take away the fourth position.

Gosek tried to mimic Sitterly’s drive to the front as he snuck by Shampine for seventh late in the going, but it would be too little too late for Sitterly, Gosek and the rest of the field as Danzer was checked out and gone in the No. 52, scoring his second win of the season.

The Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award for Twin #1 went to Abold with Gosek scoring as the Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger.

The Radical Racegear Lap Leader was Danzer with Iosue claiming the Xtreme Sim Racing Series Last Car on Lead Lap Award.

The night’s second Twin 35 event featured LeVea Jr. and Abold on the front row, based on handicap, with Abold leaving the field from the outside pole position after an initial start was waved off as Jerry Curran and Hal LaTulip tangled in the third turn coming to green.

Unfortunately the next start would not make a full lap either as the night’s first winner Danzer was sent sideways in front of the majority of the field in the second turn, causing a massive pileup.

Sitterly and Gosek would go to the high side of the track to try and avoid the carnage, but ended up being the worst of it.

Gosek would catch Sitterly’s right rear wheel sending him up and over the No. 7 as both cars then slammed the outside steel.  The force of the collision caused Gosek’s machine to then pirouette on Sitterly’s roll cage, with each car eventually coming to rest on all four wheels.

Gosek’s car, which was just fixed from the previous week’s accident, was put on the roll back and carried back to the pit area.

Sitterly’s machine, which had considerable damage was hooked back to his pits, but miraculously the Nicotra Racing crew made enough repairs to get the car back on track some 25-laps down later in the event with hardly any bodywork for Sitterly to limp around the track and score a crucial top ten finish.

The finish for Sitterly became crucial as point contender Barnes would drop out of the event on lap six with a broken torque arm bolt after having just moved to the runner-up spot around Bellinger and LeVea Jr.

With Barnes, who appeared to be Abold’s only threat in the early going now out of it, Abold would quickly lengthen his lead in the No. 05 leaving the battle behind him.

Bellinger would eventually slide under LeVea Jr. at lap 12 to take second with Bond’s No. 47 now charging from the back of the pack.

Making his first appearance of the season, Bond went under Gruel for fourth at lap 13 and just one lap later drove under LeVea Jr. for third and quickly reeled in Bellinger in a battle for the second position.

Locked bumper to bumper with Bellinger, Bond could not make a move stick in the late going as neither could come close to Abold who had sped to a near four second advantage on the field, flying to his first career Supermodified victory.

For the final time in his career, Abold would be the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer with Muldoon picking up the Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger Award in his back-up No. 14 roadster.

Abold would also take home the Radical Racegear Lap Leader Award with Danzer scored as the Xtreme Sim Racing Series Last Car on the Lead Lap.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge wins went to Graham, Sitterly, and Abold.

Racing at Oswego Speedway continues on Saturday, July 2 with the Walker Enterprises D-Bus Grand Prix Night featuring a 75-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature with fireworks to end the night.

Kids 16 and under with paid adult and active military with I.D. are free.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or call (315) 342-0646.  Visit the Speedway on social media @OswegoSpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.
Oswego Speedway
Oswego, NY
Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s pres by.
Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers and A&P Auto Parts

BOX SCORE:

Novelis Supermodifieds

Novelis Supermodified Twin #1 (35-laps): 1. 52 – Dave Danzer, 2. 05 – Jeff Abold, 3. 50 – Dave Gruel, 4. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 5. 68 – Michael Barnes, 6. 21 – Kody Graham, 7. 00 – Joe Gosek, 8. 55 – Keith Shampine, 9. 01 – Dan Connors, 10. 0 – Tim Snyder, 11. 12 – Pat Lavery, 12. 99 – Dave Cliff, 13. 11 – Aric Iosue, 14. 24 – Jerry Curran, 15. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 16. 47 – Bob Bond, 17. 15 – Michael Muldoon, 18. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 19. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 20. 14 – Kreig Heroth

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #00 – Joe Gosek

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #05 – Jeff Abold

Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #52 – Dave Danzer

Xtreme Sim Racing Series Last Car on Lead Lap: #11 – Aric Iosue

Novelis Supermodified Twin #2 (35-laps): 1. 05 – Jeff Abold, 2. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 3. 47 – Bob Bond, 4. 50 – Dave Gruel, 5. 14 – Michael Muldoon, 6. 12 – Pat Lavery, 7. 99 – Dave Cliff, 8. 52 – Dave Danzer, 9. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 10. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 11. 55 – Keith Shampine, 12. 01 – Dan Connors, 13. 68 – Michael Barnes, 14. 21 – Kody Graham, 15. 0 – Tim Snyder, 16. 11 – Aric Iosue, 17. 00 – Joe Gosek, 18. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 19. 24 – Jerry Curran

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #14 – Michael Muldoon

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #05 – Jeff Abold

Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #05 – Jeff Abold

Xtreme Sim Racing Series Last Car on Lead Lap: #52 – Dave Danzer

Heat #1 (12-laps): 1. 21 – Kody Graham, 2. 01 – Dan Connors, 3. 50 – Dave Gruel, 4. 68 – Michael Barnes, 5. 47 – Bob Bond, 6. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 7. 14 – Kreig Heroth

Heat #2 (12-laps): 1. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 2. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 3. 0 – Tim Snyder, 4. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 5. 00 – Joe Gosek, 6. 24 – Jerry Curran, 7. 99 – Dave Cliff

Heat #3 (12-laps): 1. 05 – Jeff Abold, 2. 55 – Keith Shampine, 3. 52 – Dave Danzer, 4. 12 – Pat lavery, 5. 11 – Aric Iosue, 6. 15 – Michael Muldoon