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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

Scott Holcomb Takes ESS Victory at Evans Mills Speedway

When the start of the show is delayed just a few minutes to allow all the arriving fans to move through the admission gate, you know it’s going to be a good night.  With the afternoon rain, the track provided Facebook updates every 30 minutes.  When it became clear there would be a complete night of racing, another full house of fans enjoyed a super evening of tribute to Kevin Ward. Jr. and the blistering speed of the cars from the visiting Empire Super Sprint Car series.  The evening was sponsored by the Westward Painting Company and Caskinette Ford.  The sprint cars were timing in the low 13 second mark, approximately 2 seconds faster than the heavier Caskinette Ford Modifieds that run at Evans Mills.  The fastest lap of the evening was turned in by the #10H of Kelly Hebing at 13.06 which is just shy of 104 mph.  Kelly won her heat race which put her on the pole for the 25 lap feature.  During intermission, several T-shirts were shot out of an air-gun from the back of the Caskinette Ford F-150 pace truck into the crowd.  

The first feature race of the evening was for the Fidelis Care INEX legends, who had bolstered their car count from earlier weeks.  Unfortunately it would prove to be another slam bang affair with much contact throughout the race resulting a number of bent up race cars.  Dalton Rombough started on the point in the #41 but got pushed out of the way on the very first lap.  Josh Marchese in the #31 and Coleby Felber in the #14 put on a spirited battle for the lead, but they too would make contact.  A multi-car tangle midway through the race took out a few more cars.  Breanne Gilligan in the #33 had moved nicely through the field and held the lead till the end, with Brad Salatino finishing second in the #13, Marchese getting back to third, Zach Anderson fourth in the #46 and newcomer James Anderson fifth in the #25. 

The Caskinette Ford Modifieds were not able to run side by side as effectively as previous weeks, but still provided a spirited battle for position on the track.  Larry Welling Jr. in the #48 led the entire way from the pole position, but he received heavy pressure from both Mason Spencer in the #30 and Mike Ramos in the #09 for most of the race.  Spencer had to be particularly alert as Ramos was making several moves and waiting to take over the second spot if Spencer got out of shape at all in trying to get by Welling.  At the end, it was Welling over Spencer in second and Ramos in third.  Casey Sykes had a fine race in the #1 and finished fourth, while Steve Fuchs finished fifth in the #4 and Geoff Sharkey had one of his better finishes in the #66 for sixth.

There was a break at this point as the ESS cars were wheeled on the track so fans could come down and get photos and autographs.  A large number of fans descended to the track, each one greeted personally by Peggy Gill.  The autograph session was followed by a special presentation of the Kevin Ward Jr. scholarship award by Peggy Gill.  Orange rally towels were distributed to race fans in the bleachers.  As the track was cleared of fans and the sprint cars pushed off, the ESS field of 12 drivers formed three rows for the famous four wide tribute that is commonly seen at sprint car venues.  This special formation and the fans standing and waving the orange towels in tribute to the memory of Kevin Ward Jr. was a stunning moment of the evening, all under a rising orange tinted moon off the third turn.

With Kevin Ward Sr. grandson Tucker Cavanaugh waving the green flag, pole sitter Kelly Hebing got a poor start but got a second chance when the #2 of Dave Axton sailed off the first turn and had to be picked up on the hook and taken to the pits.  Hebing got a better start the second time, but Scott Holcomb was a little better in the #91 and shot out into the early lead.  Holcomb set a blistering pace and opened up a massive lead over the field, but a couple drivers starting hitting their groove and moving forward.  The #90 of Matt Tanner was flying as was the #10 of Jeff Cook.  They were starting to close the gap on Holcomb, and up till lap 23 Cook had the fastest lap of the race at just a little over 13.1 seconds.  A yellow flag with two laps left bunched up the field but Holcomb was not to be denied and subsequently turned in the fastest lap of the race on his way to the win.  Cook finished second and Dylan Swiernik in the #7c was able to get by Tanner for third.  The Ward family joined winner Holcomb for the victory lane photo and it was a large group of happy people on the track.

The final race of the night was a green to checker affair with Josh Verne Sr. in the X car barely able to hold off Tim Dunn in the #96t for the win in the Sport Compact division.  Trevor Halliday was third in the #61x followed by Chuck Powelczyk in the #17 and Amanda Dafoe in the #61.  Josh Verne Jr. won the Serv Pro Thunder Stock class in a special tribute car numbered #200 in memory of his grandfather Niles Busler.

The large crowd and some extra prizes for the 50/50 drawing swelled the winning ticket amount to $1443, easily the largest jackpot of the season.  Next week Aug. 24th, the track will honor all tickets that were purchased for the rained out Aug. 10 show and the amount from previously purchased 50/50 tickets will be added to the evening sales.  Watertown Savings Bank will return as a sponsor for Autograph Night, kids are asked to make posters for their favorite racer and there will be a second round of spectator racing during intermission. Go to the Facebook page for a list of rules and entry requirements.  Evans Mills Raceway Park continues its rise in the asphalt racing world as large crowds and great racing have become the norm.  See you Aug. 24th!