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Otto Sitterly Passes Aric Iosue on Late Restart to Become First Repeat Novelis Supermodified Winner of 2019

OSWEGO, NY (June 23, 2019) – Defending track champion Otto Sitterly became the first repeat Supermodified winner of 2019 when he passed race long leader Aric Iosue with eight to go and captured his 44th career victory on Helena-Agri Enterprises Night at Oswego Speedway.

Making up the front row for the 50-lap main event were Lou LeVea Jr. and Iosue. Despite LeVea Jr. taking the lead at the green flag, it took Iosue less than a lap to go under the No. 83 and thus begin to build a humongous advantage over the field.

One of the earliest cars on the move was the Brandon Bellinger No. 02. Bellinger started sixth, but had gone around both Dan Connors Jr. and Dave Danzer with two laps in the books, moving him into the fourth spot.

Second generation Canadian pilot Logan Rayvals was the next to make an early bid inside the top five. The fourth starter put his No. 94 to the inside of LeVea and took over second place with five laps in, but Iosue was already way out in front.

For the next eight laps, Bellinger and Danzer worked LeVea over for third. On lap 13, the door opened as Bellinger got to the inside going into turn three with Danzer following through. It was now Iosue, Rayvals, Bellinger, Danzer, and LeVea making up the top five.

On lap 15, the driver of the No. 7 car decided it was “time to go.” Using the extreme outside lane of the speedway, Sitterly made an unbelievable move to go by four cars in one lap including Joe Gosek, Dave Shullick Jr, Connors Jr, and LeVea Jr. to get up to sixth.

Meanwhile, Dave Gruel had gone by the LeVea No. 83 as well, moving his No. 50 into fifth place. With twenty laps in the books, Iosue had since built a half track lead over Rayvals, Bellinger, Danzer, Gruel, and Sitterly.

At halfway, the second and third place cars began to close in on the Iosue No. 11 as he was now maneuvering through heavy lapped traffic. That is also when Sitterly went around both Gruel and Danzer to grab fourth.

With Sitterly on the charge, Iosue continued his march through lapped traffic without hesitation. The fourth year driver gave no ground to second and third place running Rayvals and Bellinger, who had begun to battle for position.

When Rayvals and Bellinger got hung up in lapped traffic in the midst of their duel for second, this allowed Sitterly to close almost instantly. On lap 30, both Bellinger and Sitterly worked by the Rayvals No. 94, dropping him back to fourth.

On lap 37, Sitterly drew to Bellinger’s back bumper as the No. 02 had difficulties getting by a lapped car. When Bellinger hesitated going into turn three, Sitterly went underneath both of them to inherit the runner-up spot.

At this point, it appeared as if Sitterly was the fastest car on the race track, but he only had a mere thirteen laps to catch Iosue who was still at least a half track ahead. That was only until the yellow flag flew with seven to go for a jam up just outside the top five.

On lap 43, Shullick and Rayvals got together in turns one and two, sending the No. 94 around. This also collected the Connors No. 01 and the Gosek No. 00, both of which ended up out for the night. Rayvals was able to continue on, but the spin threw out a sure top five finish.

The caution flag also proved to be very costly for Iosue, as his gigantic lead was thrown away as well, bringing Sitterly right to his back bumper. On the restart, Iosue got sideways coming off of turn two, allowing Otto to capitalize and drive right on by up high.

With three laps to go, Iosue was able to close back in on the Sitterly No. 7, but the yellow flag came out twice on lap 47. First, Keith Shampine spun in turn two. One lap later, Gruel’s strong run ended in the foam in between turns three and four.

Iosue had one last shot at Sitterly on the final restart, but this time around it was ‘Ottomattic’ as Sitterly picked up the race win over Iosue in second and Bellinger in third. Shullick finished in fourth and Danzer in fifth.

Completing the top ten were Alison Sload, Michael Barnes, Rayvals, Shampine, and Jeff Abold. Snyder, LeVea Jr, rookie Jack Patrick, and Gosek rounded out the top fifteen.

Sitterly was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger for yet another week, coming from row six to pick up the win. Rayvals picked up his second Lighthouse Lanes Up & Comer Award of the year as he recovered for an eighth place run.

Oswego Speedway is off this Saturday, June 29, but its 69th Season will continue with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Prix Special on July 6 featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Supermodifieds.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, you can visit the track’s website online at OswegoSpeedway.com. Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway 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.

BOX SCORE

Helena Agri-Enterprises Night

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Novelis Supermodifieds

Feature (50-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 11 Aric Iosue, 3. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 4. 95 Dave Shullick Jr, 5. 52 Dave Danzer, 6. 39 ® Alison Sload, 7. 68 Michael Barnes, 8. 94 Logan Rayvals, 9. 55 Keith Shampine, 10. 05 Jeff Abold, 11. 0 Tim Snyder, 12. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 13. 90 ® Jack Patrick, 14. 50 Dave Gruel, 15. 00 Joe Gosek, 16. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 17. 54 ® Camden Proud, 18. 56 Hal LaTulip

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 2. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 3. 94 Logan Rayvals, 4. 11 Aric Iosue, 5. 39 ® Alson Sload, 6. 90 ® Jack Patrick

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 0 Tim Snyder, 2. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 3. 95 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 55 Keith Shampine, 5. 00 Joe Gosek, 6. 56 Hal LaTulip

Heat 3 (12-laps): 1. 52 Dave Danzer, 2. 50 Dave Gruel, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 68 Michael Barnes, 6. 54 ® Camden Proud

Group Time Trials: 1. 00 Joe Gosek – 15.918, 2. 39 ® Alison Sload – 16.016, 3. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.029, 4. 95 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.046, 5. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.112, 6. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.164, 7. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.189, 8. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.225, 9. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.303, 10. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.328, 11. 01 Dan Connors Jr. – 16.349, 12. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.369, 13. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.528, 14. 54 ® Camden Proud – 16.670, 15. 90 ® Jack Patrick – 16.768, 16. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 16.849, 17. 56 Hal LaTulip – 17.734, 18. 05 Jeff Abold – 18.378

Bob Clark Photo 

Helena Agri-Enterprises to Present Full Program Plus Driver Autographs at Oswego Speedway this Saturday, June 22

OSWEGO, NY (June 18, 2019) – Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Super point leaders Otto Sitterly, Anthony Losurdo, and John Burke will carry Oswego Speedway into its final event of the month this Saturday, June 22.

This weekend, Helena-Agri Enterprises will present a full card of racing for the Supermodified, Small Block Super and 350 Supermodified divisions plus the always popular driver autograph session which will take place on the front straightaway prior to the racing program.

With five feature events in the books, defending Supermodified champion Otto Sitterly now has four podium finishes to his credit with the John Nicotra Racing No. 7. Sitterly currently leads Jeff Abold by forty points in the standings with teammate Alison Sload trailing in the top three.

Each of the five events have brought a different winner thus far with Sitterly, Sload, Abold, Dave Danzer, and Dave Shullick Jr. all finding victory lane. At least eight other Oswego Supermodified winners are expected to challenge those five drivers this weekend.

In the Pathfinder Bank SBS ranks, the other defending track champ, Anthony Losurdo, has rebounded from a large points deficit on week one to win back to back races and in turn pass Dave Cliff for the points lead once again driving Mark Castiglia’s No. 1.

Through only three Small Block Super features, it is Losurdo leading the way by just eight points ahead of Cliff, David LaTulip, Josh Sokolic, and Cameron Rowe in the top five. Top ten drivers are Greg O’Connor, Russ Bartlett, Travis Bartlett, Tony Pisa, and Brad Haynes.

One week ago, New England campaigner John Burke broke into Oswego victory lane for his first career win at the track. Driver of the No. 01 machine, Burke has now assumed the points lead as well with Vern LaFave, Losurdo, and Barry Kingsley all in striking distance.

The race order for June 22 will again bring the Pathfinder Bank SBS class up first followed by the 350 Supers and Novelis Supermodifieds. All three divisions will run a complete program with group time trials, heat racing, and feature events.

Tickets for Saturday’s program are $20 for GA, $25 for reserved seating, $35 for a pit pass, or $75 for an all access VIP ticket which includes admission to the sky deck, grandstand, pit area, and a climate controlled VIP suite. Kids 16 and under are FREE with a paid adult.

Grandstands will open with the start of hot laps at 4:00pm. The three divisions will then rotate for two full practice sessions before autographs at 5:15. After the track is cleared, group time trials will begin immediately at 6:20 before heat racing at 7:00.

A longtime supporter of racing at the Oswego Speedway, Helena Agri-Enterprises is one of the foremost agronomic solutions providers in the United States. Helena markets and sells inputs that improve agricultural productivity for greater customer returns.

Helena’s services include seed treatments, fertilizer and application, various crop protectants, and precision AG. Helena also has its own line of products through the Helena Products Group, which includes adjuvants, crop protection products, fertilizers, and seed treatments.

To learn more about Helena Agri-Enterprises, please visit their website at HelenaAgri.com. You can also find Helena-Agri Enterprises on social media using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, visit www.OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

To purchase tickets for the June 22 event, please phone the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646 or email oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

Oswego Speedway Hosts Local High Schools for CNY Electrathon 2019

OSWEGO, NY (June 18, 2019) – Prior to the races last Saturday, June 15, Oswego Speedway had the honor of hosting the Central New York Electrathon.

Five different high schools across New York State competed in this year’s event. Schools that entered included Chenango Forks High School, Oneida High School, Oswego High School, the Palmyra-Macedon High School, and Westhill High School.

In order to compete in an Electrathon event, competitors must build a fully electric vehicle to drive in a one-hour race. The team that completes the most laps at the end of that hour is later declared the winner.

Each team consisted of one to two drivers along with a teacher or advisor, family member, and fellow student(s). All members worked very hard and were enthusiastic about getting their cars on track for the race.

From the drop of the green, teams worked tirelessly to complete as many laps as they possibly could. Between the twenty and forty minute mark of the race, each team was required to come pitside and perform a driver change.

At the checkered flag, Palmyra-Macedon was declared the winner of the event. Drivers for Palmyra-Macedon were Zach Morrison and Cale Bartosch.

The second place school was Chenango Forks. Their car was driven by Tyler Smith and Ayden Daniels. Third place was Oneida. Their drivers were Patrick Zagr and Tom Smolen.

Rounding out the top five were the fourth and fifth place cars of Oswego and Westhill. OHS drivers were Deepi Pryor and Bond Photos. Sydney Hart was the lone pilot for WHS.

Oswego Speedway would like to congratulate all of the schools, team members, and drivers who competed in this year’s CNY Electrathon. Our staff hopes that all participants enjoyed their time at the track, and we look forward to seeing them again next year.