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Consistency Leads Otto Sitterly to Ninth Supermodified Title Becoming Oswego Speedway’s Grand Champion

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OSWEGO, NY (October 23, 2019) – Using a season of consistency which included two wins and nine top fives in twelve main events, 52 year-old Otto Sitterly from Canajoharie, NY put together another tremendous campaign in 2019 and in doing so, earned his record breaking ninth title. 

Just a season ago, Sitterly had surpassed legends Bentley Warren and Jim Shampine for most Supermodified titles of all-time at eight. This year, Sitterly outdid the great Nolan Swift; who also earned eight titles between both Modifieds and Supers, securing the right to be known as the ‘grand champion’ of Oswego. Now, nobody in 69 years has won more titles than Otto. 

“It is obviously very meaningful to have my name mentioned with those guys,” Sitterly said. “I think winning all of these championships shows consistency, but more importantly the level of commitment from the Nicotra Racing team. I can’t say enough about all of those guys.” 

Sitterly’s season began with two Shampine Memorial wins on Opening Day. Otto became the first driver to see victory with the track’s new rear wing package, while teammate Alison Sload broke the gender barrier that same day becoming the first female Supermodified winner in a car prepared by Sitterly. 

“I guess it was kind of nice to have a new challenge this year,” Sitterly added. “We won the first two races with the new wing and got a third win in June which was my second of the year and no one else did that, so I guess the 7 car won twice as many races as everybody else.” 

Otto, who won on May 25 and again on June 22, is in fact correct. Sitterly was one of eleven different Supermodified winners in 2019; joining the likes of Sload, Abold, Gruel, Bellinger, Shullick, Shampine, Danzer, Gosek, and Thompson, who all won no more than one regular race.

“The cars are very, very even,” Sitterly commented. “We started out good at the beginning of the year, but slowed down at the end. “We actually come with a different setup every week and did learn a few things, but later in the year was a struggle. Fortunately we got a big lead early.”

What got Sitterly that huge lead over championship runner-up Jeff Abold; who was essentially his only challenger, is again consistency. Through the first seven features, nobody passed as many cars as Sitterly, and the No. 7 car never finished worse than fifth place.

“I think winning championships certainly shows a lot of consistency,” Sitterly reiterated. “It is all about the (Nicotra) team though. Nobody in the whole pit area works as hard as these guys for all these years and it shows winning multiple titles.”

Bringing up an excellent point was car owner John Nicotra, who mentioned that Sitterly not only broke the record for most titles in Oswego history this season, but has also now won ten of the last fourteen Supermodified championships as either a driver or mechanic. 

“This is very special to our team,” offered Nicotra, who is now the second winningest car owner in Oswego history behind only Shampine. “Counting the years 2006 to 2019, that’s fourteen seasons and ten titles out of Otto’s personal garage and I think that is absolutely incredible.” 

Nicotra, who began fielding cars in 2007 for Sitterly and Davey Hamilton, has now amassed a grand total of 46 wins between Sitterly, Hamilton, Sload, and Shullick, along with nine titles between Sitterly and The Shoe 2, which is an all-time Oswego record as well. 

“Sitting in the stands as a kid, I never thought I would even be involved let alone run for so many years and win multiple championships,” Nicotra added. “Otto always told me ‘don’t be expecting it’ and I told him ‘Why not? If you can get one, you can get ten,’ and here we are pretty close.” 

The common thread that Sitterly and his car owner attribute to the longstanding success of Nicotra Racing is John’s dedicated crew who along with Otto, prepare three race cars to hit the track each and every Saturday night. 

“The guys Otto has assembled are a great bunch of people,” Nicotra stated. “They all volunteer and work so hard and that means a lot to me. Nobody gets paid, everybody pays their way in, they supply all their food, and pretty much do everything. They are a loyal, dedicated bunch.” 

What most may not realize is that despite all those years of having an extra car at his disposal, Sitterly never used more than one enroute to winning a title. Now, the Nicotra stable will have one less piece with 2020 on the horizon as the backup No. 6 was sold to Connors Racing. 

“We’re starting to wind our inventory down,” Nicotra admitted. “I would have liked to do a deal to run the full ISMA tour one year and go for that title, but I don’t see it at this point. I think Otto and I are on the same page and we are going to play this Oswego deal out and see what happens.”

So, what’s next for Nicotra Racing? An attempt at that tenth title sounds pretty likely, as Nicotra recently announced an agreement to welcome Sload back as a full-time commitment car in 2020, leaving little doubt that Sitterly will again do the same.

“Alison and her team have committed for next year and we pretty much plan on doing the exact same thing that we did this season,” Nicotra confirmed. “If we were ever able to secure a tenth title, it would really be like that crystal ball we were staring into once upon a time.” 

Sitterly and Nicotra will be honored for their track championship at the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Banquet this Saturday, October 26. Cocktail hour will be at 5pm, with dinner at 6pm, and awards to follow.

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Oswego Speedway’s Hall of Fame Awards Banquet this Saturday, October 26 at Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego

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Oswego Speedway’s Hall of Fame Awards Banquet this Saturday, October 26 at Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego

OSWEGO, NY (October 26, 2019) – Oswego Speedway’s Hall of Fame Banquet will take place this Saturday, October 26 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center, honoring champions Otto Sitterly and Anthony Losurdo, along with the latest class of hall of fame inductees.

Oswego Speedway’s 2019 hall of fame class includes driver Bobby Stelter, car owners Clyde Booth and Andy Graves, crew member Don Gioia, and longtime track officials Dawn and Clyde Rowlee. 

Sitterly, who became the Speedway’s grand champion this season winning his ninth career Novelis Supermodified title, will join Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified champion Anthony Losurdo on the podium to accept their accolades. 

Also scheduled to be honored Saturday evening are 2019 Rookie of the Year Award recipients Camden Proud and Travis Bartlett, along with the Crew, Car Owner, and Most Improved Driver of the Year in both the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions. 

The recipients of the long standing Ed Clark Spirit and Lois Matczak Woman of the Year Awards will also be decided, while the two first-time Supermodified feature winners; Alison Sload & Tyler Thompson, will be honored with commemorative key plaques.

Joining in on the ceremony will be representatives from the Oswego Eagles Fan Club, who will be handing out all Eagles Fan Club Awards along with distributing payout from the 2019 Eagles Point Fund. 

The schedule for this year’s banquet has been moved up one hour with cocktails at 5pm, dinner at 6pm, and awards to follow. DJ Mike will be providing music from approximately 8:30 to 10pm before the party moves to Alex’s on the Water with entertainment from Cam Caruso. 

Any last minute ticket orders may be submitted to Paul Conzone at (315)-887-0813 or emailing oswegospeedway@gmail.com. The ticket cost is $45 and includes admission to the ceremony and dinner. 

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Legendary Joe Gosek to Take Part in His Third NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at Oswego

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OSWEGO, NY (October 8, 2019) – 63 year-old racing legend Joe Gosek will once again extend his Oswego Speedway season to the dirt this Wednesday, October 9 through Sunday, October 13 for NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. 

Super DIRT Week 48 will be the third edition that Gosek has participated in at his home track of Oswego. ‘00 Joe’ has also competed on Syracuse’s Mile a number of times, earning two ISMA Supermodified wins while also attempting qualification for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. 

For the past three years, Gosek has driven Sportsman Modifieds owned by Robbie Gunther of Oswego. Gosek competed with an older Troyer first at Fulton’s 2017 Outlaw Weekend and later at Super DIRT Week 46 before upgrading to a 2015 Troyer 2.5 for 2018. 

Last season, Gosek made stops at the Fulton, Weedsport, Brewerton, and Oswego Speedways, and showed much improvement with the newer frame. The three-time Classic winner qualified 54th out of the 92 cars at DIRT Week, but was later sidelined due to a heat race accident. 

This year, Gosek has raced at Fulton on two occasions, leading the opening half of his heat race for the DIRTcar Showdown at Sundown in June. He was running near the top ten in the main event that evening, but was again collected in an accident just ahead of him. 

The No. 00 DIRT Sportsman most recently saw action in Weedsport Speedway’s Classic in July, and last week in the Stadium International Trucks Outlaw Weekend DIRTcar Sportsman event at the Fulton Speedway. 

For Super DIRT Week 2019, Gosek will again attempt qualification for the Chevy Performance DIRTcar Sportsman 75. He will first hit the track for Wednesday’s practice, and may also return to Weedsport and Brewerton for the satellite shows on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Gosek’s heat race will be on Friday while LCQ’s are scheduled for Saturday. The main event will run Sunday morning. To view a full schedule or to purchase tickets for NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week 48, visit the official DIRTcar Racing website at SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com. 

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