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Mike Bond Opens 25th Anniversary Oswego SBS Campaign with Dominating Kick-Off Victory

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OSWEGO, NY (May 15, 2016) – Years from now when fans look back on the 25th anniversary season of the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super division it will only be fitting to see that the winningest driver in division history, Mike Bond, dominated Saturday’s season opening event, leading all 30-laps on his way to victory presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego.

A nearly five hour rain delay forced the cancellation of SBS time trials, meaning a heat race draw and feature redraw would be used to set the night’s lineup.

By the luck of the draw Bond drew the pole position in the No. 74, storming to the point and cruising away for his 33rd career Oswego victory and his fourth opening night win.

Matt Magner, Kreig Heroth, Anthony Losurdo, and Dave Cliff chased Bond across the stripe with all four finishing within one second of the race winner.

“I think I’d like to start up here more often,” said Bond, who typically has to drive from closer to the sixth row to earn a main event victory.  “I have to thank Denise Merrill, all my guys, and all the sponsors for their hard work.”

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

Bond and former Mr. Small Block Super champion Kingsley led the 19-car SBS field to the Cam’s Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Bond gaining the early edge as Magner, Heroth, Losurdo, and Cliff quickly jockeyed their way into top five shuffling Kingsley back to sixth.

In the first third of the race it was clearly a five car runaway as Bond, Magner, Heroth, Losurdo, and Cliff cruised away from the pack.  Further back though, Brown was charging hard in the No. 13 after having started from the outside of the sixth row.

Before long Brown was in sixth position and a caution at lap 12 helped him to close on the leaders.

The yellow lights came on for a slowing Scott Shafer in the No. 76 and the restart order would see Bond lead Magner, Heroth, Losurdo, Cliff, Brown, Kingsley, Doyle, Patrick, and Proud.

Two laps later yellow lights came on again for a tangle between Mark Castiglia and Jason Simmons on the back stretch and on his restart Doyle would jump passed Kingsley to seventh to join the lead pack.

As the lap counter ticked to 21 the intensity began to pick up and Brown was now testing the outside lane.  But, as Brown looked high on Cliff in the fourth corner the No. 13 slid wildly out of shape, nearly spinning out.  A seasoned veteran, Brown made the save, but would have to regroup.

With five laps to go Brown was able to close back in on the race leaders but by this point Bond was well in control over Magner, Heroth, Losurdo, and Cliff as the field crossed the finish line to officially put an end to the first event of the 25th anniversary SBS campaign.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge victories went to Patrick, Cliff, and Jesse Bearup.

Bearup, who pulled out of the main event on lap 11 in the No. 37, showed tremendous improvement from a year ago, picking up his first career qualifying heat race win on Saturday.

The D&S Landscaping Hard Charger was Mike Bruce, driving the James Babcock No. 15.  Bruce had motor issues with his No. 22 early in the evening.

The Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer was Magner while Losurdo earned the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.

Bond would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award, while Simmons was declared the Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award recipient.

Pathfinder Bank SBS

Pathfinder Bank SBS Kick-Off (30-laps): 1. 74 – Mike Bond, 2. 87 – Matt Magner, 3. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 4. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 5. 50 – Dave Cliff, 6. 13 – Russ Brown, 7. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 8. 9 – Jack Patrick, 9. 54 – Camden Proud, 10. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 11. 15 – Mike Bruce, 12. 8 – Josh Kerr, 13. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 14. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 15. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 16. 98 – Jason Simmons, 17. 76 – Scott Shafer, 18. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 19. 23 – Cameron Black  DNS: Cameron Rowe, Alex McRae, James Babcock

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #15 – Mike Bruce

Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer: #87 – Matt Magner

White’s Car Care 4th Place: #1 – Anthony Losurdo

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #74 – Mike Bond

Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award: #98 – Jason Simmons

Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 50 – Dave Cliff, 2. 87 – Matt Magner, 3. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 4. 76 – Scott Shafer, 5. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 6. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 7. 90 – Greg O’Connor

Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 9 – Jack Patrick, 2. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 3. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 4. 01 – Kreig Heroth, 5. 23 – Cameron Black, 6. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 7. 14 – Alex McRae

Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 2. 74 – Mike Bond, 3. 13 – Russ Brown, 4. 98 – Jason Simmons, 5. 54 – Camden Proud, 6. 8 – Josh Kerr, 7. 15 – James Babcock

Michael Barnes Outlasts Lengthy Rain Delay to Score Oswego’s Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off

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OSWEGO, NY (May 15, 2016) – Despite cold and windy conditions and a rain delay of nearly five hours, Mexico, NY driver Michael Barnes, known as “The Hustler”, wheeled the Syrell Racing No. 68 Novelis Supermodified to his eighth career Oswego Supermodified main event win on Saturday, his first ever score on opening night.

With weather conditions forcing a late start to the evening, Supermodified time trials were scrapped in favor of a heat race draw and top twelve redraw for the feature.  Based on the luck of the draw, Barnes drew the pole position for the 50-lap Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off, presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press of Oswego, and never looked back leading all 50 circuits on his way to the win.

While a brand new independent front suspension Supermodified is being prepared for Barnes and the Syrell team, Barnes drove to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane on Saturday driving the older straight axle racer to defeat seven-time Speedway champion Otto Sitterly in his updated IFS machine, Tim Devendorf, sophomore driver Aric Iosue, and Pat Lavery in the top five positions.

Recently engaged to be married just one week ago, Barnes was all smiles in Oswego victory lane following his hard charging feature win.

“The car was really good all night,” said Barnes, who now has three wins driving for car owners Gary and Eric Syrell.  “We haven’t run early in the season in the past and work was trying to call me away again, but we want to run all the races this season.  I’d say we’re off to a good start.  Thanks to the Syrell team and all of our sponsors, this is a great way to start the season.”

Michael Muldoon, Jeff Abold, Dave Gruel, Jerry Curran, and Hal LaTulip crossed the Pole Position Raceway Finish Line in the front ten spots at the conclusion of the 50-lap opening night main.

A total of 18 Novelis Supermodifieds made the main event call Saturday night with Barnes and Iosue leading the field to the Cam’s Pizzeria green flag, followed by Sitterly, Devendorf, Dave Danzer, and Curran.

At the start it was no surprise to see Barnes surge to the lead in the No. 68, but it was a surprise to see Sitterly start slowly, allowing both Iosue and Devendorf to slide to the inside and ahead of the Sitterly No. 7 in the early going to snag the second and third positions, relegating Sitterly to fourth.

Over the first handful of laps Barnes found his pace, gaining a bit of an advantage over a bumper to bumper battle for second between Iosue, Devendorf, Sitterly, and Danzer.

With Barnes leading, Gruel began to position himself in the No. 50, darting to the inside of Curran in turn one on lap eight to snag sixth.

Just one lap later however the night’s first caution would wave as Phoenix, AZ shoe Joey Moriarty found the front stretch wall in the Total Seal No. 51 machine.  Moriarty, who also ran into issues in his qualifying heat race, was attempting a low side move on Lou LeVea Jr., when the two cars touched sending the Moriarty ride head on into the main straight steel.

After spinning some two or three times down the front straight, Moriarty’s car finally came to rest past the start/finish line, with Moriarty climbing out of the ride uninjured.

Both LeVea and Moriarty would be done for the night, finishing 16th and 17th respectively.

The restart order would see Barnes leading Iosue, Devendorf, Sitterly, Danzer, Gruel, Abold, Curran, Lavery, and Joe Gosek.

The first restart of the night was a wild one with cars darting all over the racing surface looking for racing room.

Danzer would eventually try a move on Sitterly into the third turn, but just behind the Abold No. 05 suddenly appeared sideways and facing in the wrong direction with the field bearing down on him.

Several cars spun to avoid the machine including Curran, Gosek, Lavery, Brandon Bellinger, Dan Connors Jr., and Kody Graham.

All cars would resume except for the Graham No. 90, which found the outside foam.  Graham’s incident was the conclusion of a rough night for the Liverpool, NY shoe as his primary No. 21 ride lost an engine at the conclusion of his heat race after finishing second.

Father Ray Graham would then give up the seat of the No. 90 for Kody to take over in the feature.  His night lasted only nine laps.

On the ensuing restart Iosue came to life in the No. 11, giving chase to the Barnes No. 68 as the two hooked up to begin to pull away from Devendorf, Sitterly, and Danzer.

Further back in the field the all black No. 00 of Gosek was making his presence known.

Driving a revamped machine with IFS and new sheet metal, Gosek did not turn any hot laps and only three circuits in his heat race due to a fuel pick-up issue.  But, after starting 15th in the feature, Gosek darted low under Lavery into turn three on lap ten to take over the sixth position and immediately began to give chase to the top five runners.

Unfortunately for Gosek his woes continued as on lap 16 the No. 00 pulled low down the back stretch and into the pits, out for the night.

Meanwhile out front Iosue, who had never driven a racecar prior to hopping in the No. 11 Supermodified in 2015, was on occasion turning faster laps than leader Barnes.  But, as the field approached halfway the entire top five began to tighten up including Devendorf, Sitterly, and Danzer on lapped traffic.

The first four front runners managed to work their way through, but Danzer was not so fortunate.

As Danzer rolled to the outside of LaTulip into the third turn the rear end of the No. 52 stepped out, sending the Danzer machine backwards into the third turn foam.  The damage to Danzer’s rear tail wing was too much to overcome, putting Danzer out for the evening on lap 24 in 12th position.

At halfway the field surged down the front stretch with Barnes leading Iosue, Devendorf, Sitterly, Lavery, Muldoon, Gruel, Connors, Abold, and Curran.

It was at this point that Sitterly turned up the wick in the Royal Purple/Nicotra Racing No. 7.

Once the lap counter hit 33 it took Sitterly only two laps to blast to the runner-up spot, first driving under Devendorf in turn one before sliding under Iosue for second in turn four.

Now the race was on for the point, but did Sitterly have enough time?

In chase mode, Sitterly turned the fastest lap of the main event on lap 40 with a time of 16.749 seconds as he tried to reel in the race leader.  However, Barnes ripped off a 16.906 second circuit on the same exact lap as Sitterly, keeping himself at just enough of an advantage to beat Sitterly by just under one second at the finish for his eighth career Supermodified win.

With the victory Barnes joins Norm Mackereth, Dave Paul, Bob Smith, Ray Graham, and Chris Perley in a tie for 27th on the Speedway’s all-time Supermodified win list.

Sitterly, who stands at 37 career Super wins, said the handling was a bit off on his IFS racer this day.

“We had some new car blues tonight,” said Sitterly.  “The car would not turn.  It was a strange race for me, as everything is new to me in this car, so we’re still getting used to it.  I think in the long-run this design will be the way to go, but tonight I think the right car was sitting in the pits.”

Devendorf made a charge at race end to slip past Iosue for third to take a podium position.

“We had a good car but not good enough for those guys (Barnes, Sitterly) tonight,” said Devendorf.  “We were just a bit too tight.  We struggled all day but we finally got it going by the end of the night.”

Overall there were a total of 20 Novelis Supermodifieds in the pit area including the back-up Nicotra Racing No. 7 and the Graham Racing No. 21 which did not take the main event green flag.

The back-up Mike Muldoon Racing Supermodified did take the green on Saturday with 2012 Pathfinder Bank SBS Series champion Kreig Heroth at the controls of the No. 14.

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race victories went to Danzer, Connors, and Gruel.

The Radical Race Gear Lap Leader Award went to Barnes with Devendorf scoring the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer and LaTulip earning the Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger.

Gruel would also score an extra $50 cash from the Xtreme Short Track Sim Racing Series for being the last car on the lead lap.

Racing at Oswego Speedway continues on Saturday, May 21 with a fan appreciation night special featuring just $10 admission.

The Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS will be on the card with racing to get underway at 6:30 p.m.

Kids 16 and under with paid adult and active military with I.D. are free.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or call (315) 342-0646.  Visit the Speedway on social media @OswegoSpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

66th annual Opening Night

presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press

BOX SCORE:

Novelis Supermodifieds

Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off (50-laps): 1. 68 – Michael Barnes, 2. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 3. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 4. 11 – Aric Iosue, 5. 12 – Pat Lavery, 6. 15 – Michael Muldoon, 7. 05 – Jeff Abold, 8. 50 – Dave Gruel, 9. 24 – Jerry Curran, 10. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 11. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 12. 52 – Dave Danzer, 13. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 14. 00 – Joe Gosek, 15. 90 – Kody Graham, 16. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr., 17. 51 – Joey Moriarty, 18. 14 – Kreig Heroth  DNS: Ray Graham

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #56 – Hal LaTulip

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #5 – Tim Devendorf

Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #68 – Michael Barnes

Xtreme Short Track Sim Racing Series Last Car on Lead Lap: #50 – Dave Gruel

Heat #1 (12-laps): 1. 52 – Dave Danzer, 2. 68 – Michael Barnes, 3. 11 – Aric Iosue, 4. 90 – Ray Graham, 5. 24 – Jerry Curran, 6. 51 – Joey Moriarty, 7. 14 – Kreig Heroth

Heat #2 (12-laps): 1. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 2. 15 – Michael Muldoon, 3. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 4. 12 – Pat Lavery, 5. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr., 6. 56 – Hal LaTulip

Heat #3 (12-laps): 1. 50 – Dave Gruel, 2. 21 – Kody Graham, 3. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 4. 05 – Jeff Abold, 5. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 6. 00 – Joe Gosek

Waterford Speedbowl Sees First Career Win

Rain Shortens Night After Three-and-a-Half Features

Even with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in town, the weekly divisions that race at the Speedbowl weren’t forgotten about as four divisions were set to race Saturday night in addition to touring modified series.  With the grandstands packed with fans from all across the Northeast, the four weekly divisions had plenty of race fans to show what New London-Waterford Speedbowl has to offer, and they did not disappoint giving the fans in attendance the chance to see a first time winner in the Late Models.

Jordan Hadley wins his first career ministock race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Jordan Hadley wins his first career ministock race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

The Mini Stock feature was set to be 25 laps; Jordan Hadley was the man on the pole and took the lead on the first lap. Hadley never looked back as he held a commanding lead on every lap on his way to the victory in a race which had no cautions. This was the first win of the season for Hadley.

The Late Models took to the track after the Mini stocks for their 30 lap feature. This race surely did not disappoint as there was constant side-by-side racing for the front positions.  After a disappointing week in the season opener, Ray Christian II claimed the pole for the nights feature race and jumped out to an early lead over Jason Palmer and Anthony Flanery.  The first caution of the race came out with 26 laps remaining when Walter Sutcliffe spun out on the front stretch.

After leading early, Christian III would lose the lead to Palmer and get shuffled back to a third place battle with Bruce Thomas Jr. The second caution flew when there were 15 laps remaining, Bruce Thomas Jr., spun on the front stretch and was able to get the car going again. The 3rd caution came out with 6 laps remaining in the race when Mathew Carlson and James Banfield got into each other in turn 4. Christian III was able to move from the third position into the lead on the restart after there was contact between the cars of Palmer and Flanery. Christian III would go on to win the race marking his first victory in a Late Models.

Ray Christian III gets a good jump on Jason Palmer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ray Christian III gets a good jump on Jason Palmer at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

At the beginning of the season Christian III said that the biggest goal for this season was to get a victory and he was able to do that tonight. When asked about his thoughts on the race he had this to say, “The race was up and down for me. We really weren’t the best car tonight.”

Christian III would go on to say, “We were going to settle for third on that last restart, but for the first time in my racing career I was in the right place at the right time.” “To win your first race in that fashion against that competition is amazing”, Christian III added.

Ted Christopher during the SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)
Ted Christopher during the SK modifieds feature at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen FUrst/Myracenews.com)

The tracks premier division of the SK Modifieds was the third division to race and their race was a 35 lap feature. Timmy Jordan qualified on the pole and took the lead on the start. The first caution of the race came out with 32 laps remaining in the race, the caution was thrown because Kevin Shea, Michael Benevides, Jeff Fialkovich, and Justin Gaydosh all got together on the back stretch. The next caution came out on the restart, Jordan got sideways on the restart wrecking half of the field many were able to pull away. Jeff Gallup received the lead after the 2nd caution. The 3rd caution came out with 31 laps remaining in the race because it started raining. The race was able to start up again after a few minutes and a quick rain shower. Diego Monahan took the lead away from Gallup when there were 28 laps remaining in the race. The fourth caution came out when there were 18 laps remaining in the race because Rowan Pennink, Joey Gada, Fialkovich, and Gaydosh all got together in turn 4, Pennink was able to pull away from the accident. The rain set in and cancelled the remaining 18 laps of the event.

The Limited Sportsman race was unable to take place due to the rain taking place in the area.