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Sitterly Steals Win from Didero by 0.010 Seconds in Oswego Thriller

OSWEGO, NY (August 12, 2018) – In what turned out to be the fourth closest finish in speedway history, current Novelis Supermodified point leader Otto Sitterly edged returning hall of fame driver Doug Didero by a margin of just 0.010 seconds for his third victory of the 2018 season on U-Pull U-Save ‘Family Night’ this past Saturday at Oswego.

Charging from all the way back in the tenth starting spot, Sitterly was able to reel down sixth starting Didero late in the race for an incredible victory that will leave race fans talking for many, many years to come.

Didero slowly and methodically worked past the likes of Jerry Curran, Jeff Abold, Brandon Bellinger, Dave Gruel, Tyler Thompson, and Aric Iosue over the course of the 50-laps before finally closing in on Dave Danzer to take the lead.

Unfortunately, Didero fell short of victory by the slimmest of margins possible, but drove a remarkable race, making just his second start in eight years piloting the brand new Tammy Ten Media No. 3 built by John Colloca of Oswego.

With fifteen former feature winners in the field, the lead changed hands three times in the last four laps. First, Didero took the top spot away from polesitter Danzer with three laps to go. At this point in time, Sitterly had also just passed Gruel for fourth, but he wasn’t staying outside of the top three for long.

No sooner than Didero grabbed the lead away from Danzer on the exit of turn four, did Sitterly go to the outside of the No. 52 to then take second. There were now just two laps remaining for the No. 3 out in front.

There were no cars separating the leaders, but when Didero crossed the line with two to go, he had heavy lapped traffic to deal with in front of him which included the No. 0 of Tim Snyder and the No. 73 of Jerry Curran.

Didero, in search of his first victory at Oswego since the 2008 International Classic, used every inch of the race track in the final two circuits trying to do anything and everything he could to get by the 0 of Snyder who was still battling for position with Curran at the back of the field.

As Didero looked low on Snyder, Sitterly began to show a wheel on the outside lane, first looking high coming off of turn two as the field came around to complete lap 48.

Approaching the white flag, Didero first looked under Snyder going into turn three, but was unable to clear him, and then immediately tried the outside coming off of turn four. This didn’t work either, and Didero nearly handed the lead over to Sitterly with the white flag now being displayed.

Didero got a bit out of shape in turn four with just over a lap to go, but was able to hold on to the lead, at least for the time being. One more time over in turn two, Sitterly tried the high road with a half a lap remaining, but again was unable to muster enough bite to make the pass.

With Curran, Snyder, Didero, and Sitterly all making their way through turns three and four nose to tail, the crowd was on its feet as they anticipated a storybook return to victory for the 57 year-old Hamilton, Ontario native, but after driving a brilliant race, Doug Didero fell just inches short of what was set to be a hugely popular win.

As the No. 3 car rounded turn four, Didero elected to stay on the high side of the race track, but was still stuck behind Snyder. Despite literally pushing the No. 0 car down the front straightaway, it was not enough to keep seven time speedway Otto Sitterly at bay.

Diamonding the John Nicotra owned No. 7 car off of turn four, Sitterly got just enough momentum down low to beat Didero to the line by one one thousandth of a second over Danzer, Gruel, and Michael Barnes in the top five.

After the checkered flag was thrown, Sitterly, Didero, and Snyder all collided briefly in turn 1, with Didero spinning around and keeping the crowd off their seats with his signature ‘360,’ a brilliant move which allowed the John Brush owned Supermodified to escape the incident without damage.

Notably, Saturday night’s main event marked the first time since July 21, 2007 when Didero beat Greg Furlong that two drivers with over 30 wins finished one-two in a feature at the Oswego Speedway.

Sitterly, who is no stranger to close finishes at Oswego as many fans will recall his jaw dropping dead heat ‘tie’ alongside Michael Muldoon in 2015, was elated to be in victory lane and all but bookend an eighth championship; which will move the Canajoharie, N.Y. driver into sole possession of most track titles in speedway history.

“Do I have to say anything about Doug Didero? He is an awesome driver,” Sitterly said after climbing from his car. “Those guys have only had their car here a couple times and obviously they’ve got it going good. Any time I’ve ever been behind that guy, he just wheels the shit out of a race car. If it weren’t for the traffic I wouldn’t have had a shot at him. I need to thank all my crew. They are incredible.”

A very emotional Didero, aiming for his 34th career victory which would have moved him past Doug Heveron for seventh all-time, was visibly gutted to lose by only a matter of inches. At the same time, the Charlotte, N.C. resident was thrilled with the progress of his new car and also the show that was provided for the fans on hand.

“All night, the guys ahead of me were people  I have never ran with before so I tried to learn how they drive and what they do and just have the patience to pick them off one by one,” Didero commented. “We were fortunate that the car stayed with us all night and we could really maneuver and make passes. But man, I really wanted that win. Damn, you know? It must have been two inches, but congratulations to Otto (Sitterly). He must have drove one hell of a race. It was good racing tonight, I really enjoyed it.”

After a tremendous run, we can’t forget about Danzer, who brought the Premiere Landscaping No. 52 home with a fine third place finish; his first podium effort of the season for the many time feature winner. Danzer currently rides fifth in the Novelis Supermodified point standings.

“We just lost tires towards the end. Those cautions at the beginning really hurt us. With a straight axle car, you really need it to go green and keep the heat cycles off it,” Danzer explained. “I knew they were coming, I just tried to pinch it down a little bit and make them drive around me which they did. I’d like to thank all my guys. I think we are finally making some headway with the car.”

With fine runs in fourth and fifth, Gruel and Barnes lead the remainder of the top ten which included  Iosue in sixth, Bellinger in seventh, Thompson in eighth, Dave Shullick Jr. in ninth and Keith Shampine in tenth.

Because Bellinger was again using the Oswego Speedway prototype rear wing for testing, he will be credited with his seventh place finish, points, and money, but everyone finishing behind him will move up one position in the running for points and prize money.

For the duration of 50-laps, the race went virtually caution free less a lap 3 spin by Snyder which caught up the likes of Joe Gosek, Nathan Schultzkie, Dan Connors Jr, and Bill Sharkey; ending all of their evening’s early with damage in the initial laps of the main event.

Three time Budweiser International Classic champion Bob Bond was also on hand for his first time of the season with the No. 47, but brought his car pitside before the completion of lap 10.

After a simultaneous spin in turn three with just over lap 20 in the book, both Shampine and Jeff Abold were forced to come from the tailside of the pack to recover for respectable tenth and eleventh place finishes.

Another big storyline from Saturday night’s feature were the struggles for defending track champion and four time feature winner this season; Dave Shullick Jr. Shullick made a pit stop after the first caution to fall all the way back to 17th, but later returned for a disappointing ninth place finish.

Lou LeVea Jr, Snyder, Curran, and LaTulip completed the on track running order in twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth with Logan Rayvals, rookie Brian Osetek, Bond, Gosek, Lou LeVea Sr, Connors, Schultzkie and Sharkey all going pitside before the completion of lap 30 to be credited with positions sixteen through twenty three.

For his drive from tenth to the unforgettable victory, by inches, Sitterly was credited with D&S Landscaping ‘Hard Charger’ for August 11 while Thompson, the impressive rookie from Fulton, N.Y., picked up another Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award for his eighth place run with the No. 98T.

Thompson also grabbed his second heat race win of the season earlier in the program, joining Shampine and Iosue as preliminary victors.

Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ comes to a close this Saturday, August 18 with CNY CPR and Skip’s Fish Fry $5 Admission Track Championship Night as Sitterly will make history by tying the knot on his eighth career championship. Otto is set to pass Jim Shampine and Bentley Warren for most track titles all-time. Tickets for this historic event are available by calling the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

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.


U-Pull U-Save ‘Family Night’

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Novelis Supermodifieds

Feature (50-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 3 Doug Didero, 3. 52 Dave Danzer, 4. 68 Michael Barnes, 5. 50 Dave Gruel, 6. 11 Aric Iosue, 7. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 8. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 9. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 10. 55 Keith Shampine, 11. 05 Jeff Abold, 12. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 13. 0 Tim Snyder, 14. 73 Jerry Curran, 15. 56 Hal LaTulip, 16. 94 Logan Rayvals, 17. 69 Brian Osetek® , 18. 47 Bob Bond, 19. 00 Joe Gosek, 20. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 21. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 22. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®,  23. 71 Bill Sharkey

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 2. 68 Michael Barnes, 3. 52 Dave Danzer, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 6. 00 Joe Gosek, 7. 26 Nathan Schultzkie®, 8. 69 Brian Osetek®

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 55 Keith Shampine, 2. 73 Jerry Curran, 3. 3 Doug Didero, 4. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 5. 94 Logan Rayvals, 6. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 7. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 8. 71 Bill Sharkey

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 11 Aric Iosue, 2. 50 Dave Gruel, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 7 Otto Sitterly, 5. 47 Bob Bond, 6. 0 Tim Snyder 7. 56 Hal LaTulip

Group Time Trials: 1. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.093, 2. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.102, 3. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.104, 4. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.126, 5. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.214, 6. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.243, 7. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.355, 8. 3 Doug Didero – 16.378, 9. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.431, 10. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.646, 11. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.671, 12. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.676, 13. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.691, 14. 01 Dan Connors Jr. – 16.715, 15. 98T Tyler Thompson® – 16.784, 16. 47 Bob Bond – 16.886, 17. 73 Jerry Curran – 16.912, 18. 83 Lou LeVea Jr – 17.090, 19. 69 Brian Osetek® – 17.392, 20. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.462, 21. 56 Hal LaTulip – 17.729, 22. 26 Nathan Schultzkie® – 17.872

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #7 Otto Sitterly

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #98T Tyler Thompson®

Bob Clark Photos

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.


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


Get Your Cans to the Speedway,’ 2018 Novelis Fan Can Chase Wraps Up Saturday, July 21

OSWEGO, NY (July 19, 2018) – The fourteenth edition of the Novelis Fan Can Chase wraps up this Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway as part of Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront Mr. Novelis Supermodified and Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS.

So far this season, nearly 40,000 cans have been collected with the overall total creeping up on 1.5 million cans turned in all-time.

With just one event to go, Jim Larkin once again leads the way in the 2018 Fan Can Chase at 2,420 cans.

Gary Rookey, Mary Spaulding, Marty Beeman, and Chris Lupa all sit close behind Larkin in the top five, each collecting 2,000 or more cans as well.

A total of 17 fans donated over 1,000 cans back on Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ night on June 30.

The collection will again be held outside the speedway’s main entrance this weekend during hot laps.

The winner of the 2018 Fan Can Chase will receive his or her choice of two 2019 regular season reserved seat tickets, two 2019 season pit passes, or two 2019 regular season SkyDeck passes for their efforts.

Positions two and three in the Fan Can Chase will have the opportunity to pick from the remaining two prizes.

Fans representing households four through twelve in the running will all receive 2018 general admission grandstands passes for two as part the 62nd running of Budweiser International Classic Weekend on September 1 and 2.

All households with donations of 1,000 or more cans will also win guaranteed general admission passes for two on Saturday and Sunday of Budweiser International Classic Weekend.

Households with donations of 200-499 cans will earn one general admission ticket for a future regular race night, while those who donate between 500-999 cans will be rewarded with two general admission tickets for a future regular race night.

Only one reward, per household, per redemption can be cashed in on a single race night. Once a household donates to a certain prize level (200, 500, 1000) they will receive only that level’s rewards, not all those below as well.

On track action at Oswego Speedway will get underway at 6:15pm this Saturday night with group time trials. Qualifying races for the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS $10,000 and $1,500 to win specials get the green flag 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.com/OswegoSpeedway.