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See the Supermodifieds for $5 on Track Championship Night at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (August 14, 2017) – The past two weeks of excitement at Oswego Speedway have just about decided two new track champions as the speedway’s regular racing program for 2017, believe it or not, comes to a close this Saturday on $5 ‘Fan Appreciation’ Track Championship Night presented by Bosco’s and U-Pull U-Save.

Last year’s International Supermodified Association Champion Dave Shullick Jr. has remained consistent all season long to continue his dominance of the competitive Novelis Supermodified division for car owner John Nicotra.

Shullick currently leads the Supermodified standings by over sixty points ahead of his teammate and chief mechanic Otto Sitterly, who maintains both the No. 2 and No. 7 in his Canajoharie shop during race weeks.

One of the biggest storylines this season and last is that Sitterly remains winless since September of 2015 when he won on championship night, but still fell just a few points short of eventual champion Bobby Bond. Hopes are high that Sitterly can return to victory lane once again on this year’s championship night, but unfortunately for ‘seven-time,’ all Shullick will need to do is start the feature to clinch the title. Otto has managed six top fives finishes this season in his Royal Purple backed ride.

Behind the Nicotra cars sits recently explosive North Carolina pilot Keith Shampine, who has been blistering fast all season long in his Chris Osetek built No. 55. Shampine scored his first ever victory in his uncle’s Jim Shampine Memorial 75 this past May and then another win just one week later in the Twin 35’s. Shampine however sits ninety one points out of the lead, making his championship hopes relatively impossible.

Further back in the top five is defending track champion Michael Barnes, who has been unable to get a win so far this season. Most will recall his remarkable, “you have to see it to believe it,” drive from last to first in this very same event one year ago to clinch the 2016 Novelis Supermodified Driver’s Championship ahead of a very consistent Dave Gruel. Undoubtedly the fastest car on the track in last week’s CNY CPR and OswegoCountyToday.com 50-lapper, there’s no question that Barnes will be out for blood this Saturday night after a broken rocker arm sidelined him in last week’s feature event.

Last in the top five, is a driver who has had a ‘top five’ season, collecting more of them than any other driver at the track; Joe Gosek. ‘00 Joe’ went back to victory lane in 2017 for the first time since a victory in the 2014 running of the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ 75, winning the ‘Retro Night’ 45 special, igniting the fans. While Gosek, who last won a championship in 2011, is a bit too far out of reach this season to win another one, hopes are high for 2018 as the iconic Burke’s Do It Best Home Centers machine will be back at the track once again with the legendary pilot at the helm.

In the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, it continues to be multi-time and defending track champion Dave Cliff leading the way, but on the back side of the Oswego pits, things are quite a bit closer as far as the rights to track champion go.

For the past four weeks, it has been a head to head battle between Cliff, Andrew Schartner, Camden Proud and Dalton Doyle for the top four spots in the standings. While Cliff has been able to maintain a relatively large edge over Schartner, who has also kept himself out of striking distance as far as Proud and Doyle concerned, the battle has been between the two former quarter midget racers for the third and fourth spots.

Cliff has had almost a perfect season, without facing any kind of incident in the No. 50, while the same can be said for Schartner and Doyle, who have not been involved in a single on track incident all season long. Proud had a disastrous Tony White Memorial showing when a part failure caused a practice crash on May 27, sending his No. 54 hard into the foam. From there it has been an uphill climb for the Step One Creative ride, as Camden has been able to overcome a horrendous points showing to score two seconds, and then two fifth place finishes in a row, good enough to allow the speedway’s public relations director to battle back and forth with a stout Doyle for the third spot in the point standings over the course of the past several races.

The driver of the Barbeau Racing No. 50 machine, Cliff, has recorded six top fives this season while Proud and Doyle have each recorded five themselves. Schartner has posted four top five efforts.

Surprisingly, Cliff has been winless this year, unlike Supermodified points leader Shullick who has mastered his craft with four victories, including his first ever in the non-wing division on Opening Night, dismantling the field with redemption following a fuel-starved finish to the 2016 Budweiser International Classic 200.

Schartner won on Opening Night with his potent Schartner Racing Chassis built by his father Karl and has returned to the podium just once more since then, finishing 2nd to Mike Bond on July 15, as both drivers have spent the year proving the point that “wins” don’t get you track championships. Although the victories don’t hurt, it’s appeared to have been the consistency for the front four in the points chase that have gotten the four speedway veterans to where they are in the standings.

Doyle has had a breakout season with his No. 01 despite also going winless, he’s scored himself five trips to the podium in the lone ‘Hawk Chassis’ SBS in the pit area. With two thirds in the Twin 20s one week earlier, Doyle passed Proud, who is still in search of his first career victory, to take third back in the standings as well in a night of ‘thirds’ for the hot shoe.

Proud enters August 19 action just ten notches behind Doyle, while points leader Cliff will have some work to do this week, only nineteen points ahead of Schartner, but forty five ahead of Doyle and Proud, who both more or less have seen their championship hopes go by the wayside.


2012 SBS Track Champion Kreig Heroth has put together a strong season as well, winning his first feature since 2014 last week with his Dick Myers owned No. 04 and climbing to fifth in the standings. Making his final regular season start in the SBS this weekend, Heroth will look to finish strong, as he has gained several points on the top four in recent weeks, now just five points behind the Proud No. 54 while Jack Patrick is only ten points behind Heroth.

The third and final Novelis Fan Can Chase will also be a part of this Saturday night’s busy festivities which will feature 50 and 30-lap main events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS along with a driver autograph session, which will kickstart the busy program at at 5:15pm. Hot laps will begin at 4:30pm, while group time trials will see the green at 6:30pm. Heat racing action will get underway at 7pm.

Fans are reminded to call the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646 for $10 reserved tickets, while general admission seating will be just $5, with kids 16 and under admitted free.

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About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

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A Closer Look at the Bellinger Family’s Oswego Legacy

By CAMDEN PROUD

After third generation driver Brandon Bellinger picked up his second career victory at Oswego Speedway this past Saturday night, there is no time better than now, at what is perhaps the peak of Brandon’s career, to take a closer look at the history of the Bellinger family at Oswego, a name that is going on eight decades old at the speedway.

The ‘Bellinger name’ has been making it’s historic mark on ‘The Steel Palace’ since the year 1952, which was Oswego’s first full season as a 3/8 mile dirt oval, a year after the track opened in 1951 as a dirt racing surface.

It didn’t take the “original Bellinger,” Eddie Bellinger Sr, long to rack up a Hall of Fame Career at Oswego, scoring his first victory on what was then the pavement in 1956 before winning three track championships in ’57, ’59, and 1960.

Between the track’s original ‘Class A’ and ‘Class B’ vintage coupe Modified classes ran from the years of 1951 to 1961, Eddie Sr. collected 33 Oswego victories, although none of those were done in a Supermodified.

When the first of the ‘Eagle Class’ Supermodifieds debuted in ’62, Eddie Sr. attempted to build what is thought of as the first rear engine car in Oswego Speedway history, but he was unsuccessful with it in the year 1963. This was his final go at Oswego; at least as a driver.

Ten years later, Eddie Sr. returned as a crew chief and his son Eddie Jr. made his Oswego debut in the ’73 Supermodified field. One year later he went to victory lane in ’74 in a 100-lap main event ran on July 6. Bellinger visited victory lane twice more that year, before one victory in 1975, two in 1977, one in 1978, and one in 1979, recording 51 top five finishes in the 1970’s alone.

It was in the 1980’s that things really got rolling for Eddie Jr, taking five victories in ’80, two in ’82, and five in ’83 including his first Budweiser International Classic 200 crown, the infamous ‘Eddie B in 83’ victory, a phrase still heard echoing through the walls of the speedway to this day.

In 1984, Bellinger took two more wins followed up by an impressive six victories in 1985, when he recorded his second Classic crown.

Bellinger went winless in 1986, before returning to victory lane in August of 1987 and four more times in 1988 including, again, the International Classic. ’88 was a pinnacle year, as ‘Eddie B’ took his third Classic, and first ever Track Championship, becoming an Oswego feature winner, track champion and Classic champion, something his father was never able to do despite having five years worth of fair shakes at it in 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961. Eddie Sr’s best career finish in the Classic was sixth in 1958.

Eddie was almost as successful in the 1990s, winning eleven more times, posting 51 top fives, and taking the Classic AGAIN in 1993, then ‘once more in ’94’ before calling it a career at the conclusion of the 1998 season, in which he won his last event on May 28 alongside his three sons Brandon, Trevor and Jared.

All in all, Bellinger racked up a grand total of 52 career main event wins, topping his Dad’s 37. An astounding 206 top fives were also posted over the course of his 23 year career, third all-time at Oswego.

When Eddie retired, the hope was always that we would see a third generation Bellinger hit the track at Oswego, and although some may not recall, we’ve seen two of them. And that sure made the fans happy.

Young Brandon Bellinger made his non-wing debut at Oswego in 2005 with an older Graves Chassis, and despite hardly any racing experience at all, brought what was now an older style racer home in tenth in his first ever Bud Classic 200, before running the Classic again in 2006, this time not fairing as successful.

Bellinger’s full-time Supermodified beginnings came in 2007 with ISMA, running for nearly the full schedule in ’08, ’09 and 2010, before finally taking to the ‘Big O’ with the top off in point events in 2011, when Brandon made only a handful of starts. This came after the aforementioned several ISMA starts, following in his Dad’s footsteps, as Eddie had also posted ten ISMA wins in his career, including (ironically enough) on the pavement at the Fulton Speedway, which of course now sits covered in dirt. Brandon has yet to win with a wing on.

In 2012, a bit newer of a piece was established for Bellinger in what was then the backup Daratt Racing ride, and he grabbed the win in the Bud-Light B-Main on Classic Weekend.

Notably, that year, one of the “other” third generation Bellinger driver(s) in Jared, made his Supermodified debut with the Graves Chassis his brother had ran one year earlier. Jared looked smooth and appeared to have fun wheeling the race car, until a stuck throttle sent him hard into the turn 1 foam in just his second attempt at racing. He has not gotten back behind the wheel since the scary impact while his other brother Trevor has yet to try his hand at Supermodifieds at all and if Mom Phyllis has anything to say about it, that probably won’t ever happen.

Brandon struggled to crack the top ten in the Classic in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with finishes of 12th, 14th and 12th again. In 2014, he finally got there with a solid seventh place run, then in the midst his second season driving for Randy Daratt.

2015 was ‘the’ year, as for the first time in seventeen seasons, a Bellinger was back in victory lane at Oswego as Brandon held off seven time track champion Otto Sitterly for his first career victory in front of an electric Oswego crowd on August 15.

In six full-time seasons at Oswego, two wins have been accumulated along with ten top fives, nearly twenty heat race wins, and a rather solid handful of podium finishes.

This past Saturday night, we all saw another key piece of Bellinger Family Racing history. And the hope is that we will all see it again someday very soon. And maybe someday…someday…we will see a FOURTH generation Bellinger in victory lane at the fast 5/8ths.

Bellinger Family Victories at Oswego:

1. Eddie Bellinger Jr  – 52  (Classic: 1983, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1994)

Brandon Bellinger Dominant in Second Career Novelis Supermodified Checkered Flag

OSWEGO, NY (August 14, 2017) – For the 87th time in Oswego Speedway history and the second time in his career, a ‘Bellinger’ visited victory lane this past Saturday night at the ‘Steel Palace’ as third generation driver Brandon Bellinger took advantage of his outside pole starting spot to put the Daratt Farms Racing, Eddie Bellinger maintained iconic yellow No. 02 in the speedway’s victory lane.

When Dan Connors Jr. and Bellinger lead the field to green for the 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event presented by CNY CPR and OswegoCountyToday.com, Bellinger wasted no time at all jumping to the top spot from the outside pole position, leading every circuit enroute to his first victory at Oswego since 2015, when he held off defending track champion Otto Sitterly for his first career triumph.

Although Bellinger got to start up front following motor issues a week earlier, the victory did not come easy for the Fulton native who has a unique profession; crafting his own premium Mexican tequila, dubbed ’21 Tequila.’ As the grandson of 37-time main event winner Ed Bellinger Sr. and son of 52-time Supermodified feature winner and multi-time Budweiser International Classic 200 champion Eddie Bellinger Jr, it was a popular victory for Brandon and his fans, who have seen the familiar Bellinger racer tour the speedway for what has been over three decades. This time, he had to hold off another Nicotra Racing machine, Dave Shullick Jr, to get it done.

“Our car has been pretty strong for the last month and we felt like we were on the verge of getting a win. We’ve been making small tweaks each week,” Bellinger noted in victory lane. “We were finally able to put it all together and I’m happy to be back here. The 02 was really handling great for the entire night. I need to thank my sponsors Darattt Farms, Bellinger Auto, Vashaw’s Collision, Sheffield Motorsports, Orange Crate Brewing Company and 21 Tequila for the continued support.”

Keeping defending ISMA Champion and four-time feature winner this year ‘The Shoe 2’ at bay was no small task, but Bellinger didn’t have to do that until the closing stages of the event.

The Canale Insurance and Accounting yellow flag was thrown in the air on lap 2 for an incident involving Jeff Abold in turn three. Abold made contact with the backstretch wall while battling with Dan Connors Jr. for the third spot. The driver of the A&P Auto Parts No. 05 was quickly done for the night.

it appeared as if the man to watch all race long would be defending champion Michael Barnes in the Syrell Racing No. 68 as he promptly made the drive to second early on, but Barnes’ night took a turn for the worst when he was sent tailside for jumping the restart on lap 2. ‘The Hustler’ made it back up to the seventh spot before a broken rocker arm forced him to retire from the contest very early, to the the sheer disappointment of the fans.

For yet another week, there were several drivers forced to work their way through the field from the bottom half of the top ten, one of them again being Shullick, who drove from eighth to second while Joe Gosek worked from ninth to fourth and Keith Shampine from tenth to fifth.

Otto Sitterly was also on the move for much of the race from the seventh spot in his No. 7 and it didn’t take ‘seven-time’ long to find the podium as he pulled in behind race leaders Bellinger and Connors by lap 13 with Gosek, Shullick and Shampine following.

Sitterly spent would what end up being the next nearly twenty circuits trying to find a way by the Connors No. 01, but he was unable to do so and that is when his teammate Shullick took advantage, getting by Gosek for fourth to pull in behind Sitterly.

On lap 33, ‘The Shoe’ made his move down the inside part of the backstretch to make work of Sitterly before finding his way under Connors for the runner up spot just two laps later.

Approaching ten to go, Joey Payne, who had his best run of the season going in the Penix Racing No. 14, found himself hard into the turn two wall after contact with Gosek while battling in the top five. Payne was running fourth and unfortunately his Muldoon Chassised machine was done for the night.

With 11 laps to go, many thought that it would be Shullick finding a way by Bellinger for victory as the four time feature winner in 2017 has been practically dominant in the division, but that was not the case this past weekend as Bellinger was able to hold off the red hot Ohio racer for the remaining ten circuits. Shullick tried high, he tried low, and he raced Bellinger clean. But this time, ‘DJ’ was unable to bring the No. 2 home to victory lane.

“We had a really good car, that’s for sure,” Shullick offered. “That late race caution actually hurt us a little when I was trying to get to Brandon (Bellinger). It was a good night and I’m looking forward to the season championship next weekend.”

While Sitterly was finally able to work back by Connors to the third spot on lap 43, he did not have enough to reel in race leaders Bellinger and Shullick, who crossed the line first ahead of Otto, Gosek, Shampine, Connors, Lavery, Shaun Gosselin, Logan Rayvals, and Brian Sobus.

“We had a very solid car going into the night,” Sitterly said. “Come heat race time we had a problem with a wheel leaking and we chased that situation for the rest of the night. All in all for the team it was a good night, basically the 2 and 7 just have to show up next week to accomplish one and two in the championship so we are very happy about that.”

It was an unfortunate night for many drivers who found themselves pitside early either with issues or simply due to withdraw from the race including Payne, Lou LeVea Jr, Barnes, Lou LeVea Sr, Aric Iosue, Dave Gruel, Guard Nearbin, Abold, Hal LaTulip and Tim Snyder. These drivers completed the running order.

Gosselin was strong in his first appearance of 2017 with his now IFS Supermodified numbered 77. He was declared Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger for his drive from seventeenth to eighth. Connors was the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer.

Just one more regular event remains for the Supers this season in this Saturday night’s Track Championship event presented by Bosco’s and U-Pull U-Save. Fans will be admitted for just $5 in the fan appreciation, action packed program. Kids 16 and under will remain free for the night’s festivities, which includes the always popular driver autograph session.

In the standings, Shullick and Sitterly share a comfortable lead ahead of Shampine, Barnes, and Gosek.

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Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Novelis Supermodifieds 

BOX SCORE

Feature (50-laps): 1. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly, 4. 00 Joe Gosek, 5. 55 Keith Shampine, 6. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 7. 6 Pat Lavery, 8. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 9. 94 Logan Rayvals, 10. 79 Brian Sobus, 11. 14 Joey Payne, 12. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 13. 68 Michael Barnes, 14. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 15. 11 Aric Iosue, 16. 50 Dave Gruel, 17. 78 Guard Nearbin, 18. 05 Jeff Abold, 19. 56 Hal LaTulip, 20. 0 Tim Snyder

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 68 Michael Barnes, 2. 7 Otto Sitterly, 3. 14 Joey Payne, 4. 79 Brian Sobus, 5. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 6. 94 Logan Rayvals, 7. 83 Lou LeVea Jr

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 6 Pat Lavery, 2. 55 Keith Shampine, 3. 05 Jeff Abold, 4. 11 Aric Iosue, 5. 50 Dave Gruel, 6. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 7. 78 Guard Nearbin

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 2. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 00 Joe Gosek, 5. 56 Hal LaTulip, 6. 0 Tim Snyder

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: 77 – Shaun Gosselin

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

Brad Penn Oil Supermodified Heat Winners: Michael Barnes, Pat Lavery, Brandon Bellinger