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Skip’s Fish Fry Presents Oswego Speedway’s $5 Admission Track Championship Event this Saturday, August 17

OSWEGO, NY (August 15, 2019) – Oswego Speedway will close out its regular season with the annual $5 admission Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified track championship event presented by Skip’s Fish Fry this Saturday, August 17

Saturday will mark the third season in a row that the Speedway has offered $5 admission on Fan Appreciation Night, a tradition that began with the memorable 2016 edition, when Michael Barnes came from the last row to earn both the win and track championship for Syrell Racing. 

This weekend, eight time and defending track champion Otto Sitterly, who already holds the all- time record for most Supermodified titles, will only need to take the green flag to surpass Nolan Swift’s overall record of eight track championships between the Super and A-Modified divisions. 

While Sitterly has not been dominant, he has certainly been very consistent, having finished in the top ten for all eleven features contested throughout 2019. Among the top tens were nine top five runs including an incredible seven podium efforts. 

Jeff Abold, who has finished podium in back to back races, sits second sixty points back. Behind him, only forty three points separate Dave Gruel, Alison Sload, Brandon Bellinger, Dave Shullick Jr, Keith Shampine, Dave Danzer and Joe Gosek in a very tight race for third through ninth. 

Rookies Jack Patrick and Camden Proud, who have gone neck and neck all season long in the duel for rookie of the year, sit fifteenth and sixteenth in points with Proud leading the rookie race by only eleven markers.

In the Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions, Anthony Losurdo has all but locked up both track titles. The defending Small Block Super champion has a fifty point lead over Dave Cliff in the SBS ranks and a forty point lead over Barry Kingsley in the 350 Super. 

Losurdo, who on July 5 became the first driver to earn features wins in two different divisions on the same night since Jack Murphy in 1957, has finished in the top five for all but one SBS feature and picked up five wins along the way. The driver of the No. 1 also has a 350 victory. 

Barring any significant shake ups in the point standings, should Losurdo take home the track titles in both the Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified divisions, he would be the first driver since Jim Shampine in 1972 to win track championships in more than one division in the same season. 

Behind Losurdo in the top five of the Small Block Super standings are Cliff, David LaTulip and Joshua Sokolic. Losurdo, Kingsley, Dalton Doyle, John Burke and Michael Bruce make up positions one through five in the 350 Supermodified contingent.

Saturday’s presenting sponsor and concession vendor Skip’s Fish Fry serves the only authentic New England Fish Fry in the area. Despite opening Skip’s just over one year ago, owner Shawn Cathcart has already earned a reputation for serving some of Oswego County’s best seafood. 

At its restaurant location downtown at 42 West Second Street and in Oswego Speedway’s concession area, Skip’s Fish Fry offers its delicious haddock sandwiches, fried shrimp, clams, and classic favorites such as Hofmann Hot Dogs, and ‘speedway style’ french fries. 

For more information on Skip’s Fish Fry, or to view a menu, please visit Skip’s Fish Fry online at SkipsFishFry.com. You can also LIKE Skip’s Fish Fry on Facebook or FOLLOW on Twitter at @SkipsFishFry.

Oswego Speedway will open its gates for Saturday’s track championship event at 4:15pm. Hot laps will also take the green at 4:15 with time trials scheduled for 6:00 and heat racing set for 6:45pm. 

If you would like to purchase advance sale tickets for the Skip’s Fish Fry Track Championship, including seating in Oswego Speedway’s VIP areas, please phone the track box office at (315)-342-0646 or send an email to oswegospeedway@gmail.com

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

History Maker – Tyler Thompson Breaks Track Record; Becomes Youngest Novelis Supermodified Feature Winner at Oswego Speedway

History Maker – Tyler Thompson Breaks Track Record; Becomes Youngest Novelis Supermodified Feature Winner at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (August 11, 2019) – For 17-year old driving sensation Tyler Thompson, this past Saturday’s U-Pull U-Save ‘Family Night’ at the Oswego Speedway could not possibly have gone any better. 

Thompson started his evening by breaking the Novelis Supermodified track record in group time trials; besting Joey Payne’s 15.802, which had stood since August of 2014, by a mere two one thousandths of a second. 

For the 50-lap feature, Thompson started sixth and stormed around Dave Danzer, Tim Snyder, Aric Iosue, Camden Proud, and Jack Patrick before taking the lead on lap 11 and dominating to become the youngest Supermodified feature winner in Oswego Speedway history.

“This Hawk car is so good from start to finish,” said an emotional Thompson after the historic win. “I have to thank my sponsors and crew. Kelly’s Zen Den, Lindsey Aggregates, Slack Karts, Ashley Lynn Winery, and everyone that helps on the car. This feels amazing.” 

Rookie of the Year contenders Patrick and Proud, who won his first Supermodified heat race earlier in the evening, lead the field to green with Patrick jumping out to the number one spot from the inside lane. 

The Pathfinder Bank SBS graduates ran away early, with Patrick out front and Proud in second while Iosue, Snyder, Danzer, Thompson, Abold, Dave Gruel, and Brandon Bellinger all battled it out behind them. 

Thompson wasted little time working towards the front. He first got under Danzer on the initial start before beginning to reel in third running Snyder and second place Proud.

On lap 6, Thompson drove around the outside of Snyder coming off of turn four and pulled the same exact trick on Proud one lap later. With forty three laps to go, only one car stood between Thompson and the race lead. 

It took the Thompson No. 98T only three laps to reel in Patrick for the lead, and it was less than surprising when he once again used his lane of choice between turns three and four to take over the point on lap 11. 

By lap 15, last week’s feature winner Bellinger had passed five cars to work his way into the top five, but his evening came to an unfortunate end with a hard shot into the turn three foam just a handful of laps later. 

Out front, it was still Thompson leading Patrick and now Abold, who moved by both Snyder and Proud to take third just prior to the caution flag on lap 18. Meanwhile, Proud and Snyder remained fourth and fifth while Iosue and Danzer continued to battle for sixth. 

On the restart, Snyder was able to work to the outside of Proud and take over fourth, but that was the only pass made before the yellow flag came out in back to back laps, this time for Lou LeVea Jr. and Jerry Curran who were spun out in turn three. 

When the green lights came back on, the field was again only able to make it a lap before yet another yellow flag for Iosue spun out of turn two. Now, the top five was Thompson, Patrick, Abold, Snyder, and Danzer, but before long, Dave Shullick Jr. made his presence felt up front. 

Charging hard, the ‘Shoe 2’ had come from all the way back in fifteenth to crack the top five by lap 22 after working past Proud and Danzer on the ensuing restart. 

One lap later, seventh running Proud and eighth running Alison Sload got together going into turn three, bringing Sload’s day to an end. The Proud crew was able to make repairs on the No. 54, but Camden returned to the track several laps down.

Finally, Abold was able to get around Patrick on the lap 23 restart, moving his No. 05 into the second position with Patrick now third, Snyder fourth, and Shullick fifth. Behind the top five at halfway were Danzer, Connors, Gruel, Sitterly, and Logan Rayvals. 

By lap 26, Shullick had passed Patrick for third, but had a very long way to go if he wanted any chance at catching the No. 05 of Abold or race leader Thompson who continued to absolutely dismantle the field in the No. 98T. 

With fifteen to go, Thompson was a full straightaway ahead of Abold, but now Shullick was on the move as he began reeling in the No. 05 for second. It took Shullick ten more laps, but he made his move by Abold for second while in lapped traffic with five to go. 

Back out front, Thompson was long gone and he went on to pick up the very emotional victory over Abold, Shullick, Patrick, and Snyder in the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Danzer, Connors, Sitterly, Gruel, and Rayvals. 

Thompson was the obvious recipient of the Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up & Comer’ Award while Shullick advanced thirteen positions to take the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger prize. 

Oswego Speedway’s regular season will conclude this Saturday, August 17 with $5 Admission Track Championship Night for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and the 350 Supermodified division. 

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

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U-Pull U-Save Family Night

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Novelis Supermodifieds 

Feature (50-laps): 1. 98T TYLER THOMPSON, 2. 95 Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 05 Jeff Abold, 4. 90 ®  Jack Patrick, 5. 0 Tim Snyder, 6. 52 Dave Danzer, 7. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 8. 7 Otto Sitterly, 9. 50 Dave Gruel, 10. 94 Logan Rayvals, 11. 56 Hal LaTulip, 12. 54 ® Camden Proud, 13. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 14. 99 Jerry Curran, 15. 39 ® Alison Sload, 16. 11 Aric Iosue, 17. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 18. 78 Guard Nearbin 

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 50 Dave Gruel, 2. 98T Tyler Thompson, 3. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. DNF – 55 Keith Shampine, 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 01 Dan Connors Jr, 7 Otto Sitterly 

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 54 ® Camden Proud, 2. 52 Dave Danzer, 3. 11 Aric Iosue, 4. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 5. 39 ® Alison Sload, 6. 99 Jerry Curran, 7. 56 Hal LaTulip 

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 0 Tim Snyder, 2. 90 ® Jack Patrick, 3. 68 Michael Barnes, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 94 Logan Rayvals, 6. 95 Dave Shullick Jr, 7. 78 Guard Nearbin

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #95 Dave Shullick Jr. 

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #98T Tyler Thompson

Dave Cliff Drives Around Anthony Losurdo on Late Restart for Third Pathfinder Bank SBS Victory of 2019

Bob Clark Photo

OSWEGO, NY (August 4, 2019) – Dave Cliff took advantage of a late restart to drive around defending Pathfinder Bank SBS champion and current high point man Anthony Losurdo for his third victory of 2019 piloting Tim Barbeau’s No. 50. 

The 30-lap main event was marred by several caution flags, including one before the first lap was completed when Mike Bruce climbed over the top of David LaTulip’s rear end going down the back stretch, causing significant damage to the No. 27 machine. 

On the second original start, it was a family affair on the front row as Russ Bartlett and nephew Travis brought the field to green. Things went smoother this time, and it was Russ who took the early lead piloting his recent acquisition; the former Tyler Shullick No. 67. 

Almost immediately, Travis Bartlett experienced problems in the No. 03, dropping back through the field up high and allowing the dominant inside row of Greg O’Connor, Josh Sokolic, Anthony Losurdo, and Andrew Schartner all to slip underneath. 

One lap later, Bartlett’s frustrating start took a turn for the worst as Travis looped it out of turn two with apparent mechanical issues. Just prior to the spin, Losurdo had found a lane under Sokolic for third, but shortly thereafter blew the power steering on his No. 1. 

Following a cleanup on the back stretch and a quick check of Losurdo’s car, the points leader was able to keep his position behind leaders Bartlett and O’Connor with Sokolic, Schartner, Cliff, Mike Bruce, and Cameron Rowe all in tow. 

The double file restart with two laps in brought O’Connor to Bartlett’s outside, and that did not pan out for the driver of the No. 90, who immediately lost four spots to Losurdo, Schartner, Cliff, and Bruce. Sokolic also got way out of shape, losing several positions in his No. 26. 

When the field finally made it through the first five circuits, it was still Bartlett out front, but he was now feeling pressure from Losurdo, Schartner, and Cliff. Meanwhile, battling several car lengths behind the front four, were Bruce, O’Connor, Rowe, Brad Haynes, and LaTulip. 

Just as the lap board showed five complete, Losurdo made his move under Bartlett to take the lead going into turn one and it was not a surprise to anyone when the No.1 car began to open up a rather comfortable advantage over the rest of the field. 

The next car to make a move was Cliff, who went low under Schartner on lap 7. This pair battled side by side for over a lap before the inside lane finally prevailed, moving the No. 50 car into the third spot right behind Bartlett. 

When Cliff tagged Bartlett in the tail looking for second two laps later, this created a parking lot in turn one. The list of cars involved included Bartlett, Cliff, O’Connor, Haynes, LaTulip, Rowe, and Sokolic. 

With the exception of O’Connor, all seven cars were able to drive away, but Bartlett and Cliff had to surrender the second and third positions due to the contact that brought out the initial caution. 

Following this major shakeup, the new top five consisted of Losurdo, Schartner, Bruce, Rowe, and Haynes, with Losurdo and Schartner leading the field back to green with nine laps in the record books. 

In yet another less than ideal situation, Schartner hung tough on the high side of Losurdo, but that hole closed very quickly coming out of turn two, causing the two cars to brush wheels. This contact sent the No. 18 into the back stretch wall with tremendous force. 

Schartner’s ride lost the right front tire on impact and sustained very heavy damage, but the driver was uninjured. Losurdo and his race car were also able to drive away unharmed, while three other drivers were collected in the melee including Rowe, who wound up out for the night.

Following this unpleasant turn of events, the entire field was shook up yet again and there were still twenty laps remaining as Losurdo would have to keep Bruce, Haynes, LaTulip, Steve Flack, Bartlett, Cliff, Sokolic, Ken Moody Jr, and James Babcock all behind him. 

On the restart, Losurdo took off this time, and was able to build a huge lead over Bruce and Haynes, who soon had company in the form of Dave Cliff. Cliff had come from eighth to fifth  and had actually rolled the outside groove around both Bartlett and LaTulip to do so. 

At halfway, it was now Losurdo’s race to lose, with Bruce, Haynes, Cliff, LaTulip and Bartlett all locked in a very entertaining battle a little further back. For the time being at least, those five cars were over a half straightaway behind the leader. 

The next driver to fall victim to Cliff was Haynes. On this occasion, Cliff made a bold move to the inside of the speedway and took third on lap 17. It took the No. 50 car less than half a lap to reel in runner-up Bruce and he no sooner began applying pressure on the No. 04. 

With eleven laps to go, Cliff made his way under Bruce going down the front stretch, but on the very next circuit, LaTulip made contact with Haynes while working him over for third, causing the No. 27 car to swap ends and also bringing the caution lights back on. 

Now, this spin set up a double file restart with ten laps to go. It also meant that Losurdo and Cliff; the two fastest cars all season long, would restart side by side, providing fans with a very exciting sprint to the finish. 

After Bruce spun the RBI Racing No. 04 on the first restart attempt, he had to go tail, now bringing Haynes and Bartlett to row two, and LaTulip and Sokolic to row three behind the top two of Losurdo and Cliff. 

The second try at the restart went much better, especially for Cliff, who rocketed around the outside of Losurdo in a rather improbable move to take the race lead. Bringing the crowd to its feet, Cliff cleared the No. 1 car going into turn one, and from there it was all over. 

In the final ten laps, Cliff simply outran the field, pulling away from Losurdo, Haynes, and Bartlett to pick up the win. Bruce recovered for fifth over Sokolic, Flack, Moody, LaTulip, and Babcock who completed the top ten. 

Bruce drove from fourteenth to fifth for the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger Award, Haynes recovered for a podium to earn Lighthouse Lanes Up & Comer Award Honors, and Bartlett was recipient of the White’s Car Care ‘4th Place’ Award. 

Just two events remain in Oswego Speedway’s 2019 ‘Road to the Championship’ with U-Pull U-Save Family Night up next on Saturday, August 10. The Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supers will all be in action.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, Instagram @OfficialOswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

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JP Jewelers ‘Retro Night’

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Pathfinder Bank SBS

Feature (30-laps): 1. 50 DAVE CLIFF, 2. 1 Anthony Losurdo, 3. 88 Brad Haynes, 4. 02 Russ Bartlett, 5. 04 Mike Bruce, 6. 26 Joshua Sokolic, 7. 32 Stephen Flack, 8. 01 ® Ken Moody Jr, 9. 27 David LaTulip, 10. 15 James Babcock, 11. 18 Andrew Schartner, 12. 90 Greg O’Connor, 13. 77 Cameron Rowe, 14. 03 ® Travis Bartlett

Heat 1 (10-laps): 1. 26 Joshua Sokolic, 2. 02 Russ Bartlett, 3. 27 David LaTulip, 4. 50 Dave Cliff, 5. 90 Greg O’Connor, 6. 32 Stephen Flack, 7. 15 James Babcock, 8. 93 Steve Wood

Heat 2 (10-laps): 1. 18 Andrew Schartner, 2. 1 Anthony Losurdo, 3. 77 Cameron Rowe, 4. 03 ® Travis Bartlett, 5. 01 ® Ken Moody Jr, 6. 88 Brad Haynes, 7. 04 Mike Bruce 

Group Time Trials: 1. 1 Anthony Losurdo – 18.657, 2. 50 Dave Cliff – 18.860, 3. 04 Mike Bruce – 18.895, 4. 27 David LaTulip – 18.900, 5. 77 Cameron Rowe – 19.008, 6. 02 Russ Bartlett – 19.026, 7. 18 Andrew Schartner – 19.101, 8. 90 Greg O’Connor – 19.123, 9. 88 Brad Haynes – 19.142, 10. 26 Joshua Sokolic – 19.393, 11. 03 ® Travis Bartlett – 19.516, 12. 32 Stephen Flack – 19.556, 13. 15 James Babcock – 19.920, 14. 01 ® Ken Moody Jr. – 20.050, 15. 93 Steve Wood – 21.349 

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #04 Mike Bruce

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #88 Brad Haynes 

White’s Car Care 4th Place Award: #02 Russ Bartlett