Otto Outruns ‘Em All for Fourth $10,000 Mr. Supermodified Title at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (July 22, 2018) – Otto Sitterly showed right from the get go that he was the class of the field in last night’s 32nd annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified main event presented by Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront of Oswego.

At the end of 75-laps, the race resulted in sheer domination by the seven time speedway champion from Canajoharie, N.Y. as Sitterly picked up his fourth Mr. Supermodified title overall and third driving for car owner John Nicotra.

“The car was hooked up pretty good,” Sitterly said in victory lane. “It just got a little tight at the end and that seems to be the problem with this car, but we’ve just kept sort of chipping away at it and even knocked the wall down a couple times last week, but that didn’t seem to hurt it.”

Sitterly started way back in tenth, but that didn’t matter. By the drop of the green, Sitterly was already in the eighth spot as polesitter Dan Connors Jr. spun at the entrance of the first corner collecting fifth starting Brandon Bellinger as well as thirteenth starting Tim Snyder, who was making his first appearance of the year at the speedway.

Bellinger and Snyder both wound up out for the night with Connors able to return for only a few laps before heading back pitside.

When the field was restacked again, it was an original restart with outside polesitter Tyler Thompson moving to the point and third starting Jeff Abold lining up to his outside.

With 1 lap complete, Abold inherited the lead from the high side going into turns three and four.

Almost right away, Sitterly had gotten by Dave Shullick Jr, Aric Iosue, and Dave Gruel to move into fifth and soon began chasing down Michael Barnes for fourth and Dave Danzer in the third spot.

Incredibly, Sitterly blew by Barnes, Danzer and also second place Thompson in one corner to move into the runner up position with only two laps complete.

One circuit later, Sitterly used the exact same outside move in turns three and four to inherit the race lead from Abold while Barnes simultaneously drove around the outside of Thompson for second with three laps in the books.

Meanwhile, Shullick was also working his way up through the field in quick fashion coming from ninth to take away the fifth position from Danzer on lap 4.

With only ten laps complete, Sitterly was already in lapped traffic nearly a straightaway ahead of second place Abold as he was trying his best to fend off a hard charging Barnes right behind him.

On lap 11, Barnes shot to the outside of Abold to take the second spot, but by then Sitterly was long gone as Abold fell to third with Thompson and Shullick battling for fourth.

A bobble by Thompson off of turn 2 was all Shullick needed to take fourth at the completion of lap 20, with Sitterly still way out front, Barnes second, Abold third, Shullick now fourth, Thompson fifth, and Gruel sixth.

Further back in the pack, Keith Shampine was working hard on the No. 52 of Danzer and no sooner took away the seventh position from the former Mr. Supermodified champion

Also following Shampine through to move up into eighth was fellow North Carolina pilot Doug Didero, who won his heat race in his return to Supermodified action for the first time since 2010 with a brand new car built by John Colloca.

Back up front, by lap 35, Sitterly had lapped up to eleventh place Iosue and tenth running Danzer.

Lapping cars while making his way back through the top ten for a second time, Sitterly then began to reel in teammate Davey Hamilton, who was making his second appearance of the season at Oswego.

Hamilton had charged from 17th to 9th early on and found the low side of Didero to move into eighth with Sitterly following him to lap the No. 3 car just before lap 40.

With 42 laps in the books, Sitterly was absolutely dismantling the field as only eight cars remained on the lead lap in the 75-lap main event.

The second Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag of the race flew on lap 45 when twelfth running Shaun Gosselin brushed the outside wall coming out of turn four, bringing the No. 77 to a stop in turns one and two.

Under caution, Didero took the No. 3 to the pits with handling issues as Gosselin took his ride pitside as well with the help of the track safety crew.

With 30 laps to go, the field was thinning out as Sitterly lead Barnes, Abold, Thompson, Shullick, Gruel, Shampine, Hamilton, Danzer, Iosue, West, Gosek, LeVea Jr, and LeVea Sr.

On the restart, Sitterly continued his dominance by walking away from Barnes and Abold in the top five with Shullick finally getting by Thompson for fifth on the short run.

As Sitterly crossed the line to complete lap 50, Thompson was busy working on the lapped car of LeVea Jr. and that’s when the rookie got way high in turns one and two, allowing the Gruel No. 50 to his inside to take fifth with Hamilton and Shampine following through as well to move up to sixth and seventh.

In just one lap, Thompson’s impressive top five effort soon diverted to a still solid eighth place run for the 16 year old hot shoe.

Unfortunately, Hamilton’s drive from the back all the way up to 6th came to a sudden halt on lap 56 as he took the No. 6 car pitside off the exit of turn four with apparent mechanical issues.

At this point, Sitterly had caught lapped traffic yet again as Barnes, Abold, Shullick, Gruel, Shampine, and Thompson had nothing for ‘seven time’ as the laps clicked off one by one.

With fifteen to go, Shampine got up high in lapped traffic allowing Thompson back into sixth, with Sitterly soon catching and putting both the No. 98T and 55 a lap down.

By lap 63, only five cars remained on the lead lap; Sitterly in the lead, Barnes in second, Abold in third, Shullick in fourth, and Gruel in fifth.

Sitterly’s huge lead was thrown away on lap 64 when third place running Abold got together with the lapped car of LeVea Sr. LeVea spun in turn four, but kept it off the wall with no damage, however this did bend the nose wing on the Abold No. 05.

On the restart, it was no surprise when Sitterly walked right away again with lapped cars in between himself and second place Barnes, but that was not the final caution flag of the night.

Wth eight to go, LeVea Jr. lost the handle on the No. 83, bringing out the caution flag one final time.

This particular restart brought Barnes, Shullick, Abold, and Gruel right to the back bumper of Sitterly, but it didn’t matter whatsoever.

Sitterly continued on his Saturday night cruise for what was by far the most dominant victory of the season thus far ahead of Barnes who brought the Syrell Racing No. 68 home runner up.

Shullick was eventually able to get by Abold for third with less than 10 to go after the nose wing was damaged on the No. 05 and with just two to go, the Abold car began running out of fuel. This misfortune found Jeff limping the car home and handing fourth over to Gruel.

Abold held on to round out the top five with Thompson sixth, Shampine seventh, Iosue eighth, Jeff West ninth, LeVea Jr tenth, Joe Gosek eleventh, and LeVea Sr. finishing out the on track running order in twelfth.

Gosek was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger after driving from 22nd to 11th and Thompson was again the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award winner for yet another impressive run in sixth by the Rookie of the Year contender.

Heat race wins on Best Western and Quality Inn & Suites night went to Didero, Connors, and Sitterly.

Oswego Speedway will be off next Saturday, July 28 in observation of Harborfest and the ISMA Hy-Miler Nationals at the Sandusky Speedway.

The next event at the ‘Steel Palace’ will take place on Saturday, August 4 when JP Jewelers presents ‘Retro Night’ featuring a 45-lap Novelis Supermodified feature and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature. Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased by calling the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

Don’t forget the 13th Oswego Speedway Old Timers Reunion also takes place on August 4 prior to the races. The event will be held from 10am to 3pm at Lighthouse Lanes adjacent to the speedway. $12 tickets include a delicious chicken bbq or pulled pork dinner from Lighthouse Lanes. For more information, you can find the Old Timers Reunion on Facebook.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.


BOX SCORE

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified

Feature (75-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 68 Michael Barnes, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 50 Dave Gruel, 5. 05 Jeff Abold, 6. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 7. 55 Keith Shampine, 8. 11 Aric Iosue, 9. 1 Jeff West, 10. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 11. 00 Joe Gosek, 12. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 13. 6 Davey Hamilton, 14. 52 Dave Danzer, 15. 3 Doug Didero, 16. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 17. 56 Hal LaTulip, 18. 94 Logan Rayvals, 19. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 20. 71 Bill Sharkey, 21. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 22. 0 Tim Snyder, 23. 4 Roger Clark

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 3 Doug Didero, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 4. 11 Aric Iosue, 5. 0 Tim Snyder, 6. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 7. 94 Logan Rayvals, 8. 4 Roger Clark

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 2. 1 Jeff West, 3. 05 Jeff Abold, 4. 68 Michael Barnes, 5. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 6. 6 Davey Hamilton, 7. 56 Hal LaTulip, 8. 71 Bill Sharkey

Heat 3 (12-laps):1.  7 Otto Sitterly, 2. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 3. 50 Dave Gruel, 4. 52 Dave Danzer, 5. 55 Keith Shampine, 6. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 7. 00 Joe Gosek

Group Time Trials:1. 7 Otto Sitterly – 15.997, 2. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.013, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.023, 4. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.035, 5. 6 Davey Hamilton – 16.054, 6. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.351, 7. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.375, 8. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 16.398, 9. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.399, 10. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.405, 11. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.410, 12. 3 Doug Didero – 16.413, 13. 98T Tyler Thompson® – 16.427, 14. 01 Dan Connors Jr. 16.497, 15. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.532, 16. 1 Jeff West – 16.541, 17. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.696, 18. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.820, 19. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 16.860, 20. 71 Bill Sharkey – 17.116, 21. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.345, 22. 4 Roger Clark – 20.651

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #00 Joe Gosek

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #98T Tyler Thompson

 

James holds off Owen in SK Modified battle at The New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — During the first half of the 40-lap SK Modified feature at the New London Waterford Speedbowl, Kyle James of Ashaway, R.I., depended on his overpowering car. During the second half of the race, however, he needed to depend on his driving skills to hold off a hard-charging Todd Owen.
It all added up to a victory for James, his fourth of the season in six races to highlight Saturday’s action at the Speedbowl.
In other action, Jason Palmer and Ryan Morgan posted Late Model victories, Shawn Gaedeke made an impressive move midway through the race on his way to a Sportsman win and Charles Canfield chalked up a win over Doug Curry in the Mini Stocks.
Jonathan Puleo continued his amazing season in the SK Lite Modifieds, charging past Keith Caruso for his fourth win in five
races.
Peter Bennett pulled off a come-from-behind win in the Legends while Duane Noll was a winner in the Speedbowl Trucks after apparent race winner Tom Metcalf was disqualified following a post-race inspection.
James was the dominant factor in the early laps of the SK Modified feature. He took the lead on lap 5 and quickly blistered his way to a huge advantage.
After a caution flag came out in the middle of the race, however, James’ car suddenly lost its edge.
“For whatever reason, the car got crazy, crazy loose,” James said. “From then on, Todd had the better car. But we had the lead, and I had to protect it,” Owen tried to dive-bomb underneath James several times over the final 10 laps, but couldn’t complete the move to get by.
“After the caution came out, we definitely had the better car,” Owen said. “But the deal at Waterford is that whoever is on the bottom has the preferred line and you either have to pass him or go around him. And he had a good enough car to stay ahead of us.”
There was plenty of contact over the final laps, an indication of how determined James and Owen were to get the victory.
“There was nothing that we couldn’t handle,” James said. “It was fun racing him. He didn’t wreck me.”
Palmer used his expertise on the Speedbowl’s outside groove to hold off Morgan over the final laps en route to a victory in the first of two Late Model features.
Palmer had the lead for most of the race, but Morgan challenged him late, especially during a green-white-checker finish over the final two laps.
Palmer elected to re-start on the outside lane and it turned out to be the right call as he nosed out Morgan at the finish.
“It’s always good to go on the top groove,” Palmer said. “That’s the fastest way around.”
Morgan made some adjustments to his car between features and they paid off as he dominated feature No. 2.
“The adjustments turned out to work pretty good,” Morgan said. “We had a good car tonight.”
He also was in the safest place on the track — in the lead — when a mid-race accident took out half the cars in the field, including Palmer, the first-race winner.
Anthony Flannery was able to hang on to finish second.
Morgan, thanks to his second- and first-place finishes, was able to take over the point lead.
A bold mid-race move by Gaedeke, blurring from third to first, overtaking both Adrien Paradis and Phil Evans, turned out to be the difference as Gaedeke grabbed his third Sportsman win. In eight races this season, Gaedeke, the point leader, has finished no worse than fourth place.
“We struggled in practice today, but Chris Meyer, who helps me out, made all the right calls,” Gaedeke said. “He knew what to do for an adjustment and we made it to victory lane.”
Once Gaedeke made his pogo stick move from third to first, he gashed open a huge lead throughout the second half of the race.
Jordan Hadley made a late move to finish second.
“We needed a caution flag,” Hadley said. “Shawn was far ahead, but we definitely would have had something for him.”
Canfield was at his unpredictable best on the restarts during the Mini-Stock feature. He elected to take the inside lane on one restart and the outside lane on two others. The strategy worked perfectly, however, as he fought off Curry to get to the winner’s circle.
“The motor was great again tonight” Canfield said. “I can’t thank Al Stone enough for the stet-up. We just want to keep getting closer and closer to the top of the standings.”
Canfield has been on a tear with four wins and one second-place run in his last five races. He has moved into third place in the standings, 19 points behind Curry.
Curry, however, had a great run with his second-place effort.
“This is the fourth time I finished second to this guy,” Curry said. “Eventually I’m going to get by him. I haven’t finished out of the Top 5 all year — eight consecutive Top 5s.”
Puleo claimed his car was hot and cold and off and on, but he still had enough firepower to get by Caruso with a sizzling move in Turn 3 with 12 laps remaining.
“In the beginning of the race, the car was really bad, but toward the middle, the car was better and we took the lead,” Puleo said. “Then the yellow came out and on the last restart, the car was tight, I fell sorry for the 06 (Caruso). He ran me good. I really didn’t mean to use the bar that much. It was tight racing and I do appreciate him running me clean.”
Caruso said he didn’t care for the caution flag that came out in the middle of the race.
“The car was getting better and better, but then the caution came out and the car freed up on me. I want to congratulate the kid (Puleo). I would race wheel to wheel with him any time.”
Bennett changed his strategy in the Legends race and he wound up with perfect results.
For several laps, he tried to pass leader Scott Limkemann on the inside with no success. So he veered to the outside and was able to vapor past Limkemann on the high groove with five laps to go en route to his third straight Saturday night win.
“I feel my car is best on the long runs,” Bennett said. “So when the race goes caution free like it did tonight, it’s right in my wheelhouse. Scott ran me hard, so it was a good race.”
In the Truck feature, Noll tried lap after lap to get inside Metcalf, but couldn’t find the racing room. On the last lap, he threw his truck to the outside and almost lost control.
Noll held on for second, however, and that turned out to be good enough when Metcalf was disqualified in post-race tech.
Racing will continue at the Speedbowl Saturday night when Nostalgia Night takes Place. The New England Antique Racers and the Senior Tour Auto Racers will be on hand to showcase their vintage cars. The NEMA Lites will be the guest division, competing in a special 50-lap feature, the Jim O’Brien Memorial.
Also on hand will be the Pro-Four Modified, joining the SK Modifieds, the SK Lite Modifieds, the Sportsman and the Mini Stocks.
Speedbowl Results Top 10
40-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Kyle James, Ashaway, R.I.; 2. Todd Owen, Somers; 3. Matt Galko, Meriden; 4. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 4. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 5. Joe Ternullo, Middletown; 7. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 8. Bryan Narducci, Colchester; 9. Kris Watson, Kenduskeag, Maine; 10. Brent Sweet, Monroe.
30-Lap Late Models Feature No. 1: 1. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 2. Ryan Morgan, Pawcatuck; 3. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 4. Michael Benevides, Westerly, R.I.; 5. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 6. Tyler Chapman, Mystic; 7. Dave Etheridge, Portland; 8. Dylan Cabral, Richmond, R.I.; 9. Brian Norman, Clinton; 10. Keith Scalia, North Branford.
30-lap Late Model Feature No. 2: 1. Ryan Morgan, Pawcatuck; 2. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 3. Dave Etheridge, Portland; 4. Brian Norman, Clinton; 5. Tyler Chapman, Mystic; 6. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 7. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 8. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 9. Michael Benevides, Westerly, R.I.; 10. Dylan Cabral, Richmond, R.I.
30-lap Sportsman: 1. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 2. Jordan Hadley, Quaker Hill; 3. Adrien Paradis, Plainville; 4. Phil Evans, Uncasville; 5. Bo Norman, Clinton; 6. Ronnie Oldham, Waterford; 7. Jon Porter, East Lyme; 8. Jason Chicolas, Sutton, Mass.; 9. Rit Shawn, Westerly, R.I.; 10. Corey Fanning, Mapleville, R.I.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Charles Canfield, East Haven; 2. Doug Curry, Groton; 3. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddem; 4. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 5. Ian Brew, Wood River Junction R.I.; 6. Larry Loomis, Moosup; 7. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 8. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 9. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 10. Evan Bourgois, East Haddem.
25-lap SK Lite Modifieds: 1. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 2. Keith Caruso, Millbury, Mass.; 3. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 4. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 5. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 6. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 7. Steven Chapman, Ellington; 8. Chris Gombos, Naugatuck; 9. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck; 10. Alina Bryden, West Springfield, Mass.
25-lap Legends: 1. Peter Bennett, Cromwell; 2. Scott Limkemann, Lebanon; 2. Kyle Rogers, Waterbury; 4. Connor Holderbach, Wolcott; 5. Corey Caddick, Richmond, R.I.; 6. Brian Zimowski, Enfield; 8. Anthony Bello, Newtown; 8. Tyler Palmer, Watertown; 9. Jordan Churchill, Lisbon.
24-lap Speedbowl Trucks: 1. Duane Noll, Monroe; 2. Jeff Karns, Quaker Hill; 3. Todd Taylor, Stonington; 4. Dylan Cabral, Richmond, R.I.; 5. Tyler Chapman, Mystic; 6. Scott Harkin, Portsmouth, R.I.; 7. Lucas Leone, Southington; 8. Cassandra Coates, Uncasville; 9. Pete Pollard, Oakdale; 10. Brandon Plemons, Uncasville.

MONTH OF JULY RACING AT GRANDVIEW CLOSES OUT WITH A.D.MOYER LUMBER NASCAR TRIPLEHEADER

 COMING EVENTS IN EARLY AUGUST INCLUDES FORREST ROGERS MEMORIAL

BECHTELSVILLE, PA JULY 22, 2018 . . . The action packed month of July auto racing at Grandview Speedway closes out on Saturday, July 28th, with the A.D.Moyer Lumber sponsored night of NASCAR tripleheader stock car racing that will include the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models. Racing action gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

                Current Modified point leader Mike Gular will be looking to pick up his first feature win of the season and take a giant step toward earning his first NASCAR and track titles. With just eight Saturday nights of racing remaining that offer events counting toward the lucrative titles each race becomes more important.

                Close behind Gular are Craig Von Dohren and Jeff Strunk, each ten time champions at the Bechtelsville clay oval. And there are a long list of others hoping to improve their position in the standings including five time champion Duane Howard, Brett Kressley, Jared Umbenhauer, and a host of others.

                In the Sportsman division sophomore racing talent Louden Reimert is looking to be able to hold on to his top spot in the standings by winning the 25-lap feature race. And Danny Snyder, who has lead the Late Model standings since opening night, is hoping to visit victory lane again.

                More than seven dozen racing talents are expected to take part in the racing action on Saturday night and close out the month of July.

                Kicking off August will be Checkered Flag Fan Club Night on Saturday, August 4th. Another tripleheader show of NASCAR stock car racing will be the attraction with the T.P.Trailers 358 Modifieds using the night to tune-up for the rich classic Pioneer Pole Buildings Forrest Rogers Memorial Classic set for Saturday, August 11th. The annual race, a 50-lapper for Modifieds paying $10,000 to the winner, is run to remember the man who had the idea for building the track and carried it through to create Grandview Speedway with the help of his son Bruce.

                The Forrest Rogers Memorial is considered one of the most prestigious events to win and often attracts a bevy of visitors to try for the rich win. In addition the Late Models and Sportsman will be a part of the night of racing.

                Admission for the August 11th special event is $25 for adults, $5 for youngsters 6 through 11 and FREE admission for those under 6.

                New Jersey race fan Jim Gilmore, a big supporter of racing at Grandview, has posted $100 for the leader of lap number 18 in the name of the late racer Mike Bailey.

                Spectator gates for Saturday night racing at Grandview open at 5:30 p.m. with racing action getting the green at 7:30 p.m. Regular events are offered for a $15 adult admission while youngsters 11 and under being admitted free.

                At 5 p.m. the Low Down and Dirty Internet Radio Show sponsored Meet & Greet takes place with fans having the opportunity to meet racers, collect autographs, hear interviews and get an up close look at their race cars.

                Information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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