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20 Years Ago: Double ‘O’ Joe Gosek Qualifies for Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

OSWEGO, NY (May 19, 2016) – Twenty years ago today – May 19, 1996 – Oswego, NY Supermodified veteran Joe Gosek officially qualified for the 80th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At the time, Gosek was a two-time champion of Oswego’s Budweiser International Classic and a former ISMA Supermodified champion.  Known in racing circles as Double ‘O’ Joe for his racing machines which carried No. 00, Gosek made right on the newly formed Indy Racing League, which provided fresh opportunities for American open-wheel talent to make a run at Indianapolis.
GosekIndyHeadshotGosek first signed with the Tempero/Giuffre Racing team, which brought Lola race cars with Buick power plants to the Speedway.  However, in time it could be seen that this pairing would not work to get Gosek in the show.
Eventually Gosek was able to strike a deal with Andy Evans and Team Scandia which also competed with Lola chassis but were powered with the Ford Cosworth XB.  Team Scandia was looking to field an incredible seven cars in the ’96 Indy field.
After the completion of three full days of qualifying it was finally Gosek’s turn to make a shot at the field on Bump Day – Sunday, May 19 of 1996.
When Gosek took to the Speedway Scott Harrington had just filled the field of 33 starters with a four lap average of 222.185 mph, meaning that Gosek would need to bump his way into the lineup to qualify for the 500.

On the bubble was the ride of Billy Boat.

Not even an hour earlier, Boat had been injured after crashing an AJ Foyt entry he was trying to get up to speed in case his current machine was bumped from the field.  Boat suffered a leg injury and would not be able to drive.

Either way the Pagan Racing No. 99 driven by Boat on day three of qualifying was still the slowest car in the field at 221.824 mph, the mark Gosek would have to beat to get into the lineup.

When called upon Gosek answered in the bright red No. 43 Lola cutting laps of 223.730 mph, 223.093 mph, 222.231 mph, and 222.036 mph for a four lap average of 222.793 mph to put him 31st in the field of 33 come race day.
After climbing out of his machine as a 500 qualifier, Gosek took hugs and high fives from several well-wishers including wife Vicki, brother Ed, and current Supermodified car owner John Nicotra.

Gosek had this to say on that historic day to ESPN infield report Gary Gerould.

“I don’t know what to think right now,” said Gosek.  “It’s a thrill that I have never experienced.  When I was out there I was just trying to concentrate and Andy (Evans) gave me a hit of confidence before I went out, do the best you could for what we had.  I just tried to relax and it came to me and everything worked really well.  I don’t know exactly what it was but I’m happy for everyone on Team Scandia and the whole deal is fantastic.”
Gosek would be joined in the 11th and final row of the 80th Indianapolis 500 field by Harrington and Danny Ongais, who was driving the car qualified on pole position by the late Scott Brayton who lost his life at Indy just two days prior on May 17, 1996.
Come race day Gosek would complete 106 of the 200 laps, ending with a 22nd place finish in his one and only start in the 500.

An unofficial report on race day indicated that no driver had ever received more phone calls, faxes, or fan mail to the Speedway prior to 1996, than Gosek.

In 1998 Gosek would make another attempt at the field, but was unable to qualify.

Since Double ‘O’ Joe’s run at Indianapolis, Oswego’s only Indy starter has secured two Oswego Speedway Supermodified track championships as well as another International Classic victory.

Gosek now owns a total of 43 Supermodified wins at Oswego outdone only by fellow Oswego legends Jim Shampine, Bentley Warren, and Ed Bellinger Jr., with his most recent victory coming on July 5, 2014.

Oswego Speedway returns to action this Saturday with a fan appreciation $10 admission special presented by Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego.
Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps with the day’s first green flag waving at 6:30 p.m.

The day’s action will be highlighted by a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.

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

Up to Speed: Clear Forecast to Welcome Second Round of Oswego Championship with $10 Admission

OSWEGO, NY (May 18, 2016) – While one round of Oswego Speedway’s Road to the Championship is already in the books, this Saturday’s $10 Fan Appreciation special at the Speedway figures to be a true homecoming for ‘Steel Palace’ fans as the current weather forecast shows a favorable high of 70-degrees with partly cloudy skies.

With his victory on opening night, Michael Barnes is the current Novelis Supermodified point leader with an 8-point edge on seven-time champion Otto Sitterly.

Barnes led all 50-laps of the Mitchell’s Speedway Press season opening event, defeating Sitterly by just under one second for his eighth career Oswego Supermodified win.

Sitterly opted to compete with his redesigned independent front suspension chassis on Saturday, while Barnes contended in his tried and true straight axle machine.  This combination figures to be the same on Saturday night as the remainder of the field looks to play catch up.

Trailing Barnes and Sitterly in the Supermodified standings are Tim Devendorf, Aric Iosue, Michael Muldoon, Pat Lavery, Dave Gruel, Jeff Abold, Dan Connors Jr., and Dave Danzer.

Mike Bond picked up where he left off on the Pathfinder Bank SBS side of the pit area, leading all 30-laps of the season opening SBS main last Saturday, to stand on top of the SBS driver point standings.

Matt Magner, Kreig Heroth, Anthony Losurdo, and Dave Cliff gave Bond fits on Saturday however, and they stand as the current top five in the series championship.

Jack Patrick, Russ Brown, Dalton Doyle, Barry Kingsley, and Camden Proud stand in the top ten positions.

WHAT:

Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego $10 admission Fan Appreciation Special featuring a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.

 WHEN:

Saturday May 21, at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY.  Pit gates will open at 3 p.m., grandstands at 4:30 p.m., hot laps at 4:30 p.m., racing at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

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

TICKETS:

Padded reserved seats $15, general admission $10, 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.

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Live Updates can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, as well as the Oswego Speedway website

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 14.829 seconds at 151.730 mph, set by Mike Lichty on May 23, 2015.  The official SBS track record is held by Russ Brown with a lap of 18.554 seconds at 121.268 mph set on August 29, 2014.

2016 Oswego Speedway – Novelis – Hoosier Tire – SUNOCO

Supermodified Driver’s Championship

POS.   ##     DRIVER        PTS.

1        68      MICHAEL BARNES* 112

2        7        OTTO SITTERLY      104

3        5        TIM DEVENDORF    97

4        11      ARIC IOSUE  97

5        15      MICHAEL MULDOON         93

6        12      PAT LAVERY 92

7        50      DAVE GRUEL 91

8        O5      JEFF ABOLD  86

9        O1      DAN CONNORS JR. 85

10      52      DAVE DANZER        83

11      24      JERRY CURRAN      83

12      56      HAL LATULIP          78

13      O2      BRANDON BELLINGER       76

14      21      KODY GRAHAM       74

15      OO     JOE GOSEK   70

16      83      LOU LEVEA JR.       68

17      51      JOE MORIARTY       66

18      14      KREIG HEROTH ®   64

19      90      RAY GRAHAM         48

 

Novelis Supermodified Rookie of the Year

 

POS.   ##     DRIVER        PTS.

1        14      KREIG HEROTH       64

 

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      56      HAL LATULIP

 

Ligthouse Lanes Up & Comer Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      5        TIM DEVENDORF

 

Radical RaceGear Lap Leader Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      68      MICHAEL BARNES

 

Xtreme Short Track Sim Racing ‘Last Car on Lead Lap’

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      50      DAVE GRUEL

 

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge

 

WINS  ##     DRIVER

1        50      DAVE GRUEL

1        52      DAVE DANZER

1        O1      DAN CONNORS JR.

 

Supermodified Top5 Finishes

 

Top5’s ##     DRIVER

1        68      MICHAEL BARNES

1        7        OTTO SITTERLY

1        5        TIM DEVENDORF

1        11      ARIC IOSUE

1        12      PAT LAVERY

 

Supermodified Top10 Finishes

 

Top10’s        ##     DRIVER

1        68      MICHAEL BARNES

1        7        OTTO SITTERLY

1        5        TIM DEVENDORF

1        11      ARIC IOSUE

1        12      PAT LAVERY

1        15      MICHAEL MULDOON

1        O5      JEFF ABOLD

1        50      DAVE GRUEL

1        24      JERRY CURRAN

1        56      HAL LATULIP

 

2016 Oswego Speedway – Pathfinder Bank – Hoosier Tire – SUNOCO

Small Block Supermodified Driver’s Championship

 

POS.   ##     DRIVER        PTS.

1        74      MIKE BOND* 112

2        87      MATT MAGNER       106

3        O4      KREIG HEROTH       100

4        50      DAVE CLIFF  99

5        1        ANTHONY LOSURDO         99

6        9        JACK PATRICK        91

7        13      RUSS BROWN         91

8        O1      DALTON DOYLE      86

9        91      BARRY KINGSLEY    82

10      54      CAMDEN PROUD     81

11      22      MIKE BRUCE 75

12      8        JOSH KERR   74

13      37      JESSE BEARUP        74

14      90      GREG O’CONNOR    71

15      99      DENNIS RUPERT     70

16      98      JASON SIMMONS    69

17      69      MARK CASTIGLIA    69

18      76      SCOTT SHAFER       68

19      23      CAMERON BLACK    65

20      77      CAMERON ROWE    46

21      14      ALEX MCRAE 45

22      15      JAMES BABCOCK     40

 

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      15      MIKE BRUCE

 

Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      87      MATT MAGNER

 

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      74      MIKE BOND

 

White Car Care 4th Place Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      1        ANTHONY LOSURDO

 

Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award

 

DATE  ##     DRIVER

May 14th      98      JASON SIMMONS

 

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge

 

WINS  ##     DRIVER

1        50      DAVE CLIFF

1        9        JACK PATRICK

1        37      JESSE BEARUP

 

Small Block Super Top5 Finishes

 

Top5’s ##     DRIVER

1        74      MIKE BOND

1        87      MATT MAGNER

1        O4      KREIG HEROTH

1        1        ANTHONY LOSURDO

1        50      DAVE CLIFF

 

Small Block Super Top10 Finishes

 

Top10’s        ##     DRIVER

1        74      MIKE BOND

1        87      MATT MAGNER

1        O4      KREIG HEROTH

1        1        ANTHONY LOSURDO

1        50      DAVE CLIFF

1        13      RUSS BROWN

1        O1      DALTON DOYLE

1        9        JACK PATRICK

1        54      CAMDEN PROUD

1        91      BARRY KINGSLEY

 
UP NEXT at Oswego:

Saturday, May 28th – Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified 75, the Jack Murphy Memorial ISMA Supermodified 50, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 5.  Grandstand gates will open at 1:30 p.m. with the beginning of hot laps and ISMA time trials will start at 4 p.m.

 

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To purchase tickets or order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-06

 

Rides Available for 2-Seat Supermodified Future Legends Program on May 28

OSWEGO, NY (May 18, 2016) – Ever since it arrived on the scene, the Canale Insurance and Accounting 2-seat Supermodified has been doing Ride with the Legends every International Classic Weekend.

Some of the top drivers in Supermodified racing have given rides to people who want to know the thrill of being in a real race car, with a top notch driver behind the wheel.

Over the years drivers such as Pat Abold, Eddie Bellinger, Joe Gosek, Davey Hamilton, Mike Ordway, Randy Ritskes and Bentley Warren, all members of the Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame, have driven the car.

Now something new has been added.  By popular demand in 2016 the Oswego Speedway will be offering Rides With the FUTURE Legends.

Five of the most popular young drivers will be taking people for the ride of a lifetime Saturday morning of Port City Weekend.  Saturday morning, May 28, 2016 you will be able to take a ride in the 2-seat Supermodified with one of these drivers behind the wheel:  Jeff Abold, Michael Barnes, Dan Connors, Dave Danzer, or Dave Gruel.

Imagine yourself taking the green flag with one of the Future Legends behind the wheel.  All rides will be five laps under the green around the fast 5/8 mile Oswego Speedway.  You’ll be hitting speeds you never thought possible, feeling G forces you’ve only heard about.  Talk about a great gift for that special person in your life!

All rides are $250.00.  Each driver will give just four people the ride of a lifetime.  To schedule your ride call the Oswego Speedway at 315-342-0646. Ride with the Future Legends, Saturday, May 28, 2016, Port City Weekend at the Oswego Speedway.

Oswego Speedway office hours are MondayThursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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