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Oswego Speedway’s Twin 35 Format Explained

Bob Clark Photo

OSWEGO, NY (June 12, 2018) – The month of June is here and with that comes the second ‘twin’ format event of the 2018 season for Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodifieds. After two exciting Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on May 26 won by Dave Shullick Jr. and Chris Perley, the track is set to go with its familiar ‘Twin 35’s’ this Saturday, June 16 presented by Burke’s Do It Best Home Center and Bosco & Geers of Oswego.


Following a sixteen year long hiatus, the Twin 35’s returned to the speedway in 2014 and have produced exciting action ever since with not a single repeat winner visiting victory lane with the exception of the infamous ‘dead heat’ in 2015 that credited both Michael Muldoon and Otto SItterly with the victory in the second Twin 35 after Sitterly had already dominated the first one.


Other drivers to win a Twin 35 since the format’s return include Randy Ritskes and Michael Barnes in 2014, Dave Danzer and Jeff Abold in 2016, and most recently Keith Shampine and Dave Shullick Jr. last season. Joe Gosek is also a former winner of the event in 1986, 1990 and 1991.

Once again, the speedway’s group time trial format will set heat race lineups for the Novelis Supermodifieds this Saturday before lineups for the first twin will be based on lap times ran in the qualifying events.

For the first Twin 35, officials will take the top four finishers in each of the three heat races and use their fastest lap to set the starting grid for the feature. The sixth fastest car will start on the pole of the first Twin 35, with the lineup being set as follows: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 9, 10, 11, 12.

The times taken from the heat races will be the fastest lap for any car and they can be used on any lap.

The lineup for the second feature will be set using the track’s normal handicapping system based on the last three events. There will be no re-handicapping for the second feature. The winner of the June 9 race (Dave Shullick Jr.) may start no better than twelfth in the second twin.

Supermodified commitment cars will be guaranteed $600 minimum for the night and must start at least the first feature for minimum money.

New in 2018, both features will be full points, serving as two totally separate events, unlike seasons past.

The time schedule for this Saturday, June 16 will see pit gates open at 2:30pm, grandstand gates open at 4:00pm with the start of hot laps, the autograph session taking place on the frontstraightaway at 5:15pm and heat racing going green at 7pm. Group time trials will run prior to the heats beginning with the Supermodifieds at 6:30pm. Due to running two features, Supermodified heat races will be run first this weekend to allow teams enough time to make changes to their cars between main events.

General admission seating for adults is set at just $20 with reserved seating and VIP packages still available. To order tickets, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646 or email the track at oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

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

Shullick Takes Second Win of the Season in A&P Auto Parts Spring Championship

OSWEGO, NY (June 10, 2018) – Defending speedway champion Dave Shullick Jr. drove to his thirteenth overall Oswego Speedway victory and second of the season in last night’s A&P Auto Parts ‘Spring Championship.’

Dan Connors Jr. and the A&P Auto Parts sponsored car of Jeff Abold lead the field to green with Abold jumping to the top spot right away using the high road off the exit of turn two.

Fourth starting Joe Gosek quickly followed suit moving the No. 00 into second with the other A&P car of the Dave Gruel No. 50 also on the move just behind Gosek, soon inching out into the third spot.

Rookie Tyler Thompson brought out the first yellow flag of the 50-lap main event with a simple spin in turn four and on the ensuing restart is when things got a little bit exciting.

Keith Shampine, the division’s points leader one race in, brushed wheels with Aric Iosue trying to make his way into the top five, catching air time in the Chris Osetek No. 55. Somehow Shampine kept the car off the fence, but was slowed when the incident caused mechanical issues on his race car.

Back out front, Shullick and teammate Otto Sitterly, who started ninth and seventh, had just cleared the Connors No. 01 for fourth and fifth by lap five with Michael Barnes driving the Syrell Racing No. 68 from tenth to sixth in just four laps as Iosue and third starting Lou LeVea Jr. fell to seventh and eighth.

Just as Abold came across the line to complete lap ten, Dave Danzer, who was debuting a beautiful new graphics scheme on his No. 52, unfortunately found the foam in turn three after spinning sideways heading into the corner. Shampine was also involved, spinning to avoid in the No. 55. Keith was able to continue, but Danzer was done for the night.

On the restart, Gruel was on the move immediately going to the outside of Gosek to take away the runner up spot before challenging his cousin Abold for the lead going into turn one. Abold was too strong as Gruel got a little out of shape trying to battle back on the high side.

Behind the top two, Shullick and Sitterly were continuing their march through the field, getting by Gosek as well to take over third and fourth.

Barnes was right behind the Nicotra Racing teammates, but ran into mechanical problems with the No. 68 and pulled pitside on lap 11.

Shortly after the restart, Abold began to pull away from Gruel, Shullick and Sitterly as it appeared as though the A&P Auto Parts car may very well win on A&P Auto Parts Night at Oswego Speedway.

Shaun Gosselin was also back in action with the independent front suspension in his renumbered No. 77, but struggled all evening long, spinning down the backstretch on lap 20 while running ninth and dropping out of the race after bringing out the yellow flag. The leaders were just catching lapped traffic as Gosselin’s rear end came around.

On the restart, Abold pulled away from Gruel again with the 50, 2, and 7 all locked in a very entertaining battle for spots two through four.

Four laps later, heartbreak struck the No. 05 team as Abold seemed to lose power off the exit of turn two, with Gruel inheriting the lead on lap 24 and the Abold Racing machine just barely making it down the short track and into the pits.

Just as the leaders had caught the back of the pack again, Bill Sharkey lost the handle on the No. 71 coming out of turn two to bring out the yellow flag and it was that caution that allowed Shullick to set up his pass for the lead.

Gruel drifted just a little bit high on the restart allowing Shullick to stick a nose in and complete the pass going into turn one to take the top spot with eighteen laps to go.

Sitterly was not immediately able to take over second, but did find his way under Gruel for the runner up position two laps later only to find himself about fifteen car lengths behind race leader Shullick.

Sharkey spun again after getting into the marbles on lap 34, drawing the field tight together on yet another occasion with Shullick, Sitterly, Gruel, Gosek and Iosue all riding in the top five.

Another restart had allowed Shampine to continue his recovery from the early race incident to make his way into the fifth spot as Gruel was forced to fend off Gosek for the final podium position with the Nicotra Racing teammates off to the races ahead of him.

Sitterly had closed ground a little bit on Shullick, but not by much as the front two were each running laps at 16.8 seconds with about ten laps to go.

Traffic was again a factor on lap 42 and things got a little interesting as Shullick struggled to get by a few lapped cars allowing Sitterly to nearly draw to the back bumper of the No. 2 coming off the west end of the speedway.

With only six circuits remaining, Sitterly was at one point within two car lengths of Shullick heading into turn one, but as soon as the blue deuce was able to clear the final lapped car, it was smooth sailing for the ‘Shoe 2.’

The white flag was finally in the air on lap 49 and the race seemingly over, but just as Shullick was working his way off of turn number four the yellow lights came on the speedway as Iosue spun going into turn one and collected a whole bunch of cars including Tyler Thompson and fellow rookies Nathan Schultzkie and Brent Murray who were all impressing in this particular main event.

Although Don Forbes had the checkered flag in hand, the yellow was out before Shullick and Sitterly crossed the line, calling for a green and then checkered finish with just one more restart coming up.

The track ended up being completely blocked in turn one, forcing officials to throw the immediate yellow flag as several of the cars inside the top five all had to take evasive action before the red flag was eventually put out to stop all of the cars on the frontstretch.

Thompson and Schultzkie were able to continue, but unfortunately Iosue had to go off on the hook along with Murray who ran very, very well in just his first ever Supermodified main event.

One lap to go and one more restart gave Sitterly one more shot, but it was Shullick’s night as he went on to win the A&P Auto Parts ‘Spring Championship’ ahead of his teammate with Sitterly, Gruel, Gosek, and Connors completing the top five.

“The car was good tonight,” Shullick said. “Everyone was out front and running fast. The 50 was fast, the 05 was fast and I hate to see that happen for the Abold guys. They work hard. I hope we put on a good race for the fans. Having Otto behind me made me drive as hard as I possibly could.”

With a new crew chief on the car this year in longtime Supermodified mechanic Jim Paternoster, the combination appears to be “so far, so good” for Shullick and Nicotra Racing with two wins in three races.

“I gave it everything I had tonight,” Shullick added. “I really have to thank John Nicotra and Futuri Media for coming onboard to help us this year. I’d also like to thank Jimmy Paternoster for everything he’s done. He’s worked really hard over the winter.”

Sitterly was back on the podium, scoring his third top five in three races and showing he is continuing to knock on the door for his first feature win since September of 2015. The seven time speedway champion will also take the points leader after June 9 action.

“That’s two team cars up front so it’s all good,” commented Sitterly, who was piloting the former Moriarty No. 51 this past weekend. “This is a new car for us and we are learning with it. Tonight we missed it just a little bit. I was a little too tight. I think if the roles were reversed and we were out front first things would have been a little different. Congrats to DJ, those guys were running great and we will keep plugging away.”

Last year’s Mr. Supermodified, Gruel was able to hold off Gosek for the final spot on the podium, but was a bit disappointed that neither of the two A&P Auto Parts cars were able to visit victory lane after both lead several laps in the main event.

“On A&P Night it would have been nice to bring home a victory for one of my big sponsors, so I’m a little disappointed,” Gruel stated. “We started sixth, got up to the front, lead some laps. It was bad luck for my cousin Jeff too, it would have been nice for either of us to win tonight honestly, but we were really close. I could charge right to the front but didn’t have quite enough to stay there so we will make some changes in the shop and come back next week.”

The top five finish for Gosek was the 232nd of his career at Oswego, while Sitterly’s third place run allowed him to bypass Nolan Swift for seventh on that list with 130 total for his career.

Connors was able to get back up front after struggling early on, with rookie Thompson continuing to impress in the Jason Simmons owned No. 98T, driving to a sixth place finish just ahead of Shampine while Iosue, Lou Le Vea Jr, and Lou LeVea Sr. completed the top ten.

Hal LaTulip was eleventh while Schultzkie also had a fine run finishing twelfth in the Uni Fi No. 26 machine. Murray was credited with a thirteenth place finish in his first race of any kind at the speedway.

Gosselin, Sharkey, Abold, Barnes, and Danzer completed the field all with DNF’s.

Connors, still in search of his first feature win, edged out Thompson for Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer while Thompson was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger for his drive from fourteenth to sixth.

Iosue, Gruel, and Sitterly won their respective heat races earlier in the evening.

Oswego Speedway gets right back to it this coming Saturday, June 16 when Burke’s Do It Best Homecenter and Bosco’s presents Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s plus Autograph Night and a Pathfinder Bank SBS 30-lap main event. General admission is only $20 with kids 16 and under still FREE. Autographs will take place at 5:15pm with heats going green at 6:45pm.

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 at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Oswego, NY

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A&P Auto Parts ‘Spring Championship’

Feature (50-laps): 1. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 2. 7 Otto Sitterly, 3. 50 Dave Gruel, 4. 00 Joe Gosek, 5. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 6. 98T Tyler Thompson ®, 7. 55 Keith Shampine, 8. 11 Aric Iosue, 9. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 10. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 11. 56 Hal LaTulip, 12. 26 Nathan Schultzkie ®, 13. 0 Brent Murray ®, 14. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 15. 71 Bill Sharkey, 16. 05 Jeff Abold, 17. 68 Michael Barnes, 18. 52 Dave Danzer

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 11 Aric Iosue, 2. 55 Keith Shampine, 3. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 71 Bill Sharkey, 6. 56 Hal LaTulip

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 50 Dave Gruel, 2. 68 Michael Barnes, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 5. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 6. 0 Brent Murray®

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 7 Otto Sitterly, 2. 00 Joe Gosek, 3. 52 Dave Danzer, 4. 26 Shaun Gosselin, 5. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 6. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #98T Tyler Thompson®

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #01 Dan Connors Jr.

 

A&P Auto Parts Springs Oswego Into Month of June this Saturday Night

SWEGO, NY (June 4, 2018) – After a week off following the completion of Oswego Speedway’s 68th annual Season Opener on May 26, the ‘Steel Palace’ will return to action this Saturday, June 9 when A&P Auto Parts presents ‘Spring Championship’ events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS.

The 2018 season has already started out with a bang in both divisions after full points in each of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s two weeks ago have allowed Keith Shampine to jump out to the early lead in the Novelis Supermodified standings

Sitting nine points behind Shampine tied for second are seven time speedway champion Otto Sitterly and 2016 track champion Michael Barnes while Chris Perley, who picked up his first ever non-wing checkered flag at the Big O to begin the season, sits in fourth.

Further back in the standings, Dave Danzer is in good shape to start the season after top five finishes in each of the twins on May 26 while defending speedway champion and race winner two weeks ago Dave Shullick Jr. is in sixth as an early crash in the second season opening twin provided a bit of a setback for the No. 2 team approaching the month of June.

Currently completing the top ten in the standings are Brandon Bellinger, Dave Gruel, Aric Iosue, and ISMA regular Dan Bowes, who drove to two top ten finishes May 26 in his non-wing debut.

In addition to what is already shaping up to be a very exciting championship battle, just nine  points separate impressive rookies Tyler Thompson and Nathan Schultzkie heading into the second race of the season.

Throw in Joe Gosek, Dan Connors Jr, and Jeff Abold, who will all be in search of success for the opening night jitters and the competition is sure to be stout this Saturday with Abold barring race night sponsor A&P Auto Parts on the side of his No. 05.

After a solid showing of 20 Supermodifieds on Opening Night, Bowes, McKnight and Perley will all take June 9 off, but instead, we will have five new competitors in the pits for this coming weekend.

Former rookie of the year Logan Rayvals will make his first appearance of the season with the No. 94, two time feature winner Shaun Gosselin will bring the No. 77 out for the first time of the season, Tim Devendorf plans to return with his No. 5 after an impressive run in last year’s Budweiser International Classic, Roger Clark will have the No. 4 ready to go for his first race since 2000, and longtime Snyder Racing crewman Brent Murray will pilot the No. 0 as a rookie this Saturday night.

On the Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the pits, Dave Cliff is off to a hot start in 2018 following back to back championships in the prior two seasons. Cliff won the Tony White Memorial 35 on Opening Night and is the current points leader with the Barbeau Racing No. 50.

Russ Brown, the only five time track champion in the history of the division, sits second following a runner-up effort on Opening Night while Anthony Losurdo also started his season on a high note with a masterful charge to third from outside the top twenty.

Jesse Bearup, Jack Patrick, Camden Proud, David LaTulip, Cameron Rowe, Cameron Black, and Barry Kingsley currently complete the top ten in the standings after all seven finished in the top ten on May 26.

All-time series wins leader Mike Bond will be back this weekend in search of redemption behind the wheel of the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74 following a crash on Opening Night, as will championship hopeful Dan Kapuscinski in the Missile Motorsports No. 00M. Kapuscinski was caught in the same incident.

Tyler Shullick invaded the Big O May 26 with Denise Bond’s No. 67 machine and nearly wound up with a top five finish before running into mechanical issues with just a handful of laps to go. It’s possible that the full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew member could return to action Saturday night.

Also hoping to turn their disappointing starts to the 2018 season around are Mike Bruce, Dalton Doyle, Josh Kerr, Greg O’Connor, and Dennis Richmond, who were all either caught up in accidents or struggled on May 26.

Following a very impressive twelfth place effort to begin his Oswego career, rookie Joshua Sokolic leads Steve Flack, Tim Glidden Jr. and Tyler Henry in the healthy battle for Pathfinder SBS Rookie of the Year. All four rookies are expected to return this weekend.

Action at Oswego is set to get underway at the regular start time of 6:45pm this Saturday night with time trials for the Pathfinder Bank SBS and Novelis Supers taking place at 6:15pm. Hot laps will start off the afternoon at 4:00pm. General admission seating is available for just $15 with kids 16 and under FREE.

WHAT:

Novelis Supermodified Spring Championship 50, Pathfinder Bank Spring Championship 30 presented by A&P Auto Parts

WHEN:

Saturday, June 9, at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY. Pit gates will open at 3:00pm, grandstands at 4:30pm, hot laps at 4:30pm, time trials at 6:15pm, and racing at 6:45pm.

WHERE:

Oswego Speedway is located at 300 East Albany St. in Oswego, NY.

TICKETS:

Padded reserved seats $20, general admission $15, Pit Passes $30, VIP $75. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 342-0646. Kids 16 and under are FREE with paid adult. Active military are free with proper ID.

ON THE INTERNET:

Oswego Speedway – www.OswegoSpeedway.com

Twitter – @OswegoSpeedway

Facebook – facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway

YouTube – OswegoSpeedwayOnline

Live updates can be seen on Twitter and Facebook. Live video can be purchased at AsphaltVision.com

ABOUT THE TRACK:

Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Joey Payne with a time of 15.802 seconds at 142.397 mph, established on August 29, 2014.  The wing Supermodified track record is 14.730 seconds at 152.749 mph, set by Mike Lichty on May 28th, 2016. The official SBS track record is held by Russ Brown with a lap of 18.504 seconds at 121.595 mph set on September 2, 2016.

2018 Oswego Speedway – Novelis – Hoosier Tire – SUNOCO

Supermodified Driver’s Championship:

POS. ## DRIVER PTS.

1

55

Keith Shampine

200

2

68

Michael Barnes

191

3

7

Otto Sitterly

191

4

44

Chris Perley

187

5

52

Dave Danzer

178

6

2

Dave Shullick Jr.

177

7

02

Brandon Bellinger

172

8

50

Dave Gruel

152

9

11

Aric Iosue

152

10

25

Dan Bowes

150

11

00

Joe Gosek

144

12

66

Lou LeVea Sr.

140

13

71

Bill Sharkey

139

14

56

Hal LaTulip

135

15

98T

Tyler Thompson

134

16

83

Lou LeVea Jr.

131

17

05

Jeff Abold

130

18

01

Dan Connors Jr.

129

19

26

Nathan Schultzkie

125

20

70

Dave McKnight

108

Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year:

POS. ## DRIVER PTS.

1

98T

Tyler Thompson

134

2

26

Nathan Schultzkie

125

RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting Heat Race Challenge:

#44

Chris Perley

1

#2

Dave Shullick Jr.

1

#7

Otto Sitterly

1

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger Award Winners:

May 26th

#66

Lou LeVea Sr.

May 26th

#71

Bill Sharkey

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award Winners:

May 26th

#25

Dan Bowes

May 26th

#71

Bill Sharkey

Novelis Supermodified Top 5 Finishes:

#55

Keith Shampine

2

#7

Otto Sitterly

2

#52

Dave Danzer

2

#2

Dave Shullick Jr.

1

#68

Michael Barnes

1

#44

Chris Perley

1

#50

Dave Gruel

1

Novelis Supermodified Top 10 Finishes:

#68

Michael Barnes

2

#55

Keith Shampine

2

#7

Otto Sitterly

2

#52

Dave Danzer

2

#02

Brandon Bellinger

2

#44

Chris Perley

2

#11

Aric Iosue

2

#25

Dan Bowes

2

#2

Dave Shullick Jr.

1

#50

Dave Gruel

1

#00

Joe Gosek

1

#71

Bill Sharkey

1

2018 Oswego Speedway – Pathfinder Bank- Hoosier Tire – SUNOCO

Small Block Supermodified Driver’s Championship

POS. ## DRIVER PTS.

1

50

Dave Cliff

111

2

13

Russ Brown

108

3

1

Anthony Losurdo

98

4

37

Jesse Bearup

95

5

9

Jack Patrick

94

6

54

Camden Proud

89

7

27

David LaTulip

89

8

77

Cameron Rowe

85

9

23

Cameron Black

79

10

91

Barry Kingsley

78

11

74

Mike Bond

77

12

8

Josh Kerr

74

13

67

Tyler Shullick

74

14

26

Josh Sokolic

71

15

90

Greg O’Connor

68

16

12

Dennis Richmond

67

18

22

Mike Bruce

66

19

00M

Dan Kapuscinski

65

20

15

James Babcock

64

21

01

Dalton Doyle

63

22

32

Steve Flack

63

22

94

Tim Glidden Jr.

61

23

88

Tyler Henry

57

Pathfinder Bank SBS Rookie of the Year

POS. ## DRIVER PTS.

1

26

Josh Sokolic

71

2

32

Steve Flack

63

3

94

Tim Glidden Jr.

61

4

88

Tyler Henry

57

RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting Heat Race Challenge:

#74

Mike Bond

1

#27

Dave LaTulip

1

#37

Jesse Bearup

1

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award:

May 26th

#50            Dave Cliff

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger Award Winners:

May 26th

#1

Anthony Losurdo

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award Winners:

May 26th

#54

Camden Proud

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 5 Finishes:

#50

Dave Cliff

1

#13

Russ Brown

1

#1

Anthony Losurdo

1

#9

Jack Patrick

1

#37

Jesse Bearup

1

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 10 Finishes:

#50

Dave Cliff

1

#13

Russ Brown

1

#1

Anthony Losurdo

1

#9

Jack Patrick

1

#37

Jesse Bearup

1

#54

Camden Proud

1

#27

David LaTulip

1

#77

Cameron Rowe

1

#23

Cameron Black

1

#91

Barry Kingsley

1

UP NEXT at Oswego:

Saturday, June 16 – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s and Pathfinder Bank SBS 30 plus Autograph Night presented by Burke’s Do It Best Homecenters and Bosco & Geers.

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 at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.