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Evans Mills Raceway Park First Annual John Burr Classic

The weather was perfect for the inaugural John Burr Classic on the 3/8-mile oval at Evans Mills Raceway Park and fans responded in large numbers.  By race time, the lot was full, and vehicles
were parked alongside the Steinhilber road entrance lane to be part of the festivities. Nostalgia style programs were even available, right down to the mini pencil used to score the results.  A personal message from the Burr family was on the inside cover.  Over 60 cars spread out among four classes filled the pit area.


After eleven heat races were run, the first feature out was the Sport Compacts.  On the first lap, the #03 of Andre Roggie got sideways and was hit by another car to bring out the caution.  Roggie quickly went to the pits but returned before the drop of the green flag to provide fans the opportunity to see if he could come from the back to win.  Trevor Halliday in the #61x and points champion Craig Caskinette in the #19 took turns battling for the lead for the first half of the race.  But after running mid-pack for a while, Roggie began to turn up the wick and shot into the lead on lap 11.  At the end of the 20 laps, it was Roggie for the win followed by Halliday
and Caskinette.

The New York Super Stocks came out for their second event of the year at Evans Mills and provided their usual bumper to bumper and side by side battles throughout the field.  Jacob Gustafson in the yellow #5 tailed early leader AJ Potrzebowski in the #172 but managed to get by to take the lead.  Unfortunately, a spin collected Gustafson and the front end of the car was t-boned by another machine.  Gustafson would go to the pits, make repairs, and return in time for the green flag to make an amazing run from the back of the field.  At the finish, it was Potrzebowski for the win followed by Jason Dinzler in the #37 for second and Gustafson back up through the field for third.  


The visiting Small Block Super Modifieds from Oswego came out for their 35-lap feature and suffered a caution through the first turn that took out the #90 of Greg O’Connor.  After that, it was a fast green to checker run for the open cockpit machines with Mike Bruce in the #04 taking the win, followed by Russ Bartlett in the #02 for second and an impressive run by Griffin Miller for third in the #03 in his first drive ever in a small block super.  Winner Mike Bruce
complimented the large crowd and the facility, drawing applause when he said he hopes the SBS traveling series can add a couple races next season at Evans Mills.


21 Caskinette Ford Modifieds were on hand for the inaugural 75 lap John Burr Classic.  A unique format divided the field into two segments.  At the end of 30 laps, Kevin Timmerman was in
front in the #17 followed by Mike Ramos in the #09 and Randy Brunelle in the #007.  All three were paid bonus money from Tiger Chapman for their positions at the end of 30 laps.  Pit crews

were invited on to the track to work on their cars and a young fan drew a #6 card out of the hand of race director Jamie Jeffers, inverting the top six for the remaining 45 laps.  After the resumption of the race, two grinding accidents caused a delay, with Casey Sykes slamming the 1 into the front stretch wall and was fortunately uninjured.  Later, Brad Winters in the #92 would get out of shape and spin off the track into the Evans Mills fire truck parked high off of turn three. 

The remainder of the night featured the intense racing competition that has been common all year in this class.  Points champion Mason Spencer in the #30 had been steadily moving up through the field and took the lead with about 30 laps left.  Mike Ramos and Kevin Timmerman were right there to put on some pressure.  Timmerman would lose traction into the high groove and get passed by Brunelle and Ramos would also later get out of shape, moving Brunelle to second.  The moving car toward the end of the race was Tony Pettinelli in the #2ny.  At the end, it was Mason Spencer for the win with a slam bang finish between Brunelle and Pettinelli.  The two would make contact coming out of the final turn, with Pettinelli spinning across the line in a shower of sparks for second.  Mike Ramos in the #09 would be scored in third place to complete the podium.


Overall it was an amazing night of racing with a 50/50 jackpot of nearly $1400 going to the winning ticket.  T-shirts and lapel pins featuring the John Burr classic were available, and many
were seen throughout the stands.  A large number of John’s extended family were in attendance and many racing old timers as well.  It was a great tribute to a great man.

One more event will close out the Evans Mills calendar this Saturday, Sept. 28.  It’s the Excel Tower Services Day of Destruction with spectator races, enduro competitions, another skid plate race, a mini-van race, a figure 8 race, and a big demolition derby to close out the day. 


Gates open at 12:30 pm and racing starts at 2 pm.  It promises to be fun end to an amazing first racing season under the direction of the Gill family.  We hope to see everyone this Saturday
September 28!

Mike Bruce Brings Home $1,000 Payday with Fall Brawl Victory at Evans Mills Raceway Park

EVANS MILLS, NY (September 22, 2019) – A determined Mike Bruce started on the pole for the 35-lap Oswego Speedway Small Block Supermodified Fall Brawl at Evans Mills Raceway Park this past Saturday and drove the RBI Racing No. 04 to a commanding victory worth $1,000. 

Bruce, a Small Block Super veteran and many-time feature winner at Oswego, spent several weeks coordinating this event with the Gill Family; new owners of Evans Mills Raceway Park. He was thrilled with the turnout of both cars and fans in the North Country over the weekend.

“Racing here is a blast,” Bruce said in victory lane. “The SBS teams love coming to the Mills and it showed today. My crew has worked so hard this year and it feels great to end it with a win. Big thanks to the Gill Family for having us and the fans for being here. This crowd is awesome.”

The heat race inversion draw would put two of the three qualifying winners on the front row for the main event with Bruce jumping to the early lead ahead of Russ Bartlett and Tony Pisa, who had picked up the first Small Block Super heat win of his career earlier in the evening. 

Unfortunately, an early accident in the first corner would end the night for Pisa’s teammate and car owner, Greg O’Connor. Bryan Haynes; who made the trip from Maryland to compete in the Fall Brawl, was also involved, and had to tag the tail in the early going. 

On lap 2, Griffin Miller, a second generation New York Super Stock Series regular making his first start in a Small Block Super, drove around the outside of Pisa into third behind teammate Bartlett. Travis Bartlett had tabbed the teenager as driver of his No. 03 for this special event. 

While Bruce began to run away in the lead, Miller showed he was certainly going to make the most of his opportunity. In almost no time, he closed the gap between himself and runner-up Russ Bartlett. Before long, the Oswego Kartway graduate was pressuring for second.

At halfway, fifth starting Cameron Rowe got to the inside of Pisa and moved his No. 77 ride into the fourth spot. Around the time Rowe made his move, his teammate had entered the heaviest lapped traffic of the race thus far. Bruce had built about a half straightaway lead in the No. 04.

Behind the top five of Bruce, Bartlett, Miller, Rowe, and Pisa, Jim Babcock, Steve Flack, Bryan Haynes, Stan Gates, and rookie Mark Denny Jr. were all battling for spots six through ten. The veteran Babcock was very fast, and had nearly won his first heat race earlier in the evening.

The race went green to checkered from lap 2 on and by the checkered flag, no one had even remotely challenged Bruce despite his fight through traffic. The Oswego, NY driver picked up the third Evans Mills Raceway Park victory of his career over Bartlett, Miller, Rowe, and Pisa. 

Babcock, Flack, Haynes, Gates, and Denny rounded out the top ten in that order with Steve Wood, Travis Bartlett, Joshua Sokolic, Ken Moody Jr, and Greg O’Connor completing the field. 

For more information on the SBS Traveling Series, visit online at SBSTravelingSeries.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSBSSeries or LIKE the series Facebook page at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedwaySBSTravelingSeries.

About the SBS Traveling Series: The Oswego Speedway SBS Traveling Series is a northeast Small Block Supermodified touring club showcasing the stars and cars of Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS class. Formed in Spring 2017 by drivers Mike Bruce and Camden Proud, the series will hold its fourth event at Evans Mills Raceway Park in 2019. The series is made possible with the support of Cam’s NY Pizzeria, Lighthouse Lanes, Route 37 Building Supply and the dedicated team owners, drivers, and fans of Small Block Supermodified racing.

BOX SCORE

Evans Mills Raceway Park 

Evans Mills, NY 

Saturday, September 21, 2019 

Oswego Speedway SBS Traveling Series 

Feature (30-laps): 1. 04 MIKE BRUCE, 2. 02 Russ Bartlett, 3. 03 ® Griffin Miller, 4. 77 Cameron Rowe, 5. 89 Tony Pisa, 6. 15 James Babcock, 7. 32 Steve Flack, 8. 86 Bryan Haynes, 9. 28 Stan Gates, 10. 14 ® Mark Denny Jr, 11. 93 Steve Wood, 12. 03 ® Travis Bartlett, 13. 26 Joshua Sokolic, 14. 01 ® Ken Moody Jr, 15. 90 Greg O’Connor, DNS – 88 Brian Langer

Heat 1 (10-laps): 1. 89 Tony Pisa, 2. 03 ® Griffin Miller, 4. 93 Steve Wood, DNS – 88 Brian Langer

Heat 2 (10-laps): 1. 02 Russ Bartlett, 2. 77 Cameron Rowe, 3. 90 Greg O’Connor, 4. 32 Steve Flack, 5. 26 Joshua Sokolic 

Heat 3 (10-laps): 1. 04 Mike Bruce, 2. 15 James Babcock, 3. 86 Bryan Haynes, 4. 28 Stan Gates, 5. 15 ® Mark Denny Jr, 6. 01 ® Ken Moody Jr.

Strong Field Assembled for 3rd Annual Small Block Super ‘Fall Brawl’ at Evans Mills Raceway Park this Saturday, September

OSWEGO, NY (September 19, 2019) – A strong field of Oswego Speedway Small Block Supers are set to converge on the ⅜ mile bullring that is Evans Mills Raceway Park for the third annual ‘Fall Brawl’ special this Saturday, September 21. 

This weekend’s program will mark the twenty sixth Evans Mills appearance for the Small Blocks, but neither Dave Cliff or Anthony Losurdo; both former Fall Brawl winners, will attend the season ending race, leaving the door open for a new winner. 

Among the field will be five Oswego feature winners including Mike Bruce, Stan Gates, Cameron Rowe, Bryan Haynes, and Greg O’Connor. Bruce, who is coordinating the event, has also won two independently sanctioned Evans Mills Raceway Park features.

Bartlett Racing will field three cars for the 35-lapper with one driven by team owner and 2019 Pathfinder Bank SBS Rookie of the Year, Travis Bartlett. Travis’ uncle Russ Bartlett will pilot a second car, while Super Stock regular Griffin Miller will make his SBS debut in the third ride. 

At least six additional teams which frequent Oswego plan to tow to the North Country including rookie Ken Moody Jr, veteran Jim Babcock, sophomore Steve Flack, third year driver Tony Pisa, and another veteran; Steve Wood. Haynes Racing will also enter a second car.

Pit gates open at 3pm for Saturday’s big event, which also features the first annual 75-lap John Burr Classic for the Sportsman Modifieds, plus a 35-lap feature for the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series. Stands will open for hot laps at 4pm while heat racing takes the green at 5:30.

Admission prices will be $15 for adults, $12 for active military, and $10 for children ages 10 to 17. For more information, please visit EvansMillsRacewayPark.com or contact an Evans Mills Raceway Park representative via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

For more information on the SBS Traveling Series, visit online at SBSTravelingSeries.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSBSSeries or LIKE the series Facebook page at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedwaySBSTravelingSeries.

About the SBS Traveling Series: The Oswego Speedway SBS Traveling Series is a northeast Small Block Supermodified touring club showcasing the stars and cars of Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS class. Formed in Spring 2017 by drivers Mike Bruce and Camden Proud, the series will hold its fourth event at Evans Mills Raceway Park in 2019. The series is made possible with the support of Cam’s NY Pizzeria, Lighthouse Lanes, Route 37 Building Supply and the dedicated team owners, drivers, and fans of Small Block Supermodified racing.

Projected Roster – Third Annual Evans Mills Raceway Park ‘Fall Brawl’ – Saturday, Sept. 21: 

01 – Ken Moody Jr. 

02 – Russell Bartlett 

03 – Travis Bartlett 

04 – Mike Bruce 

15 – James Babcock 

28 – Stan Gates

32 – Stephen Flack 

39 – Bartlett Racing 

77 – Cameron Rowe 

86 – Bryan Haynes 

88 – Haynes Racing 

89 – Tony Pisa 

90 – Greg O’Connor 

93 – Steve Wood 

Former Evans Mills Raceway Park Small Block Super ‘Fall Brawl’ Champions: 

2017 – Dave Cliff

2018 – Anthony Losurdo