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Otto Sitterly Passes Doug Didero Late to Win Fifth International Classic

OSWEGO, NY (September 2, 2018) – 35 cars took the green flag for the 62nd running of the Budweiser International Classic at Oswego Speedway this past Sunday, and the race came down to two of the best in Supermodified history with Canajoharie’s Otto Sitterly picking up a fifth Classic victory in the No. 7 car owned by John Nicotra.

2018 Bud Classic winner Otto Sitterly with his half way bonus and winners check Sept 2nd 2018 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo

“I wanted to lead at the end and wanted to lead at halfway,” Sitterly said after an exciting late race battle with Doug Didero. “I saw the halfway bonus was $1,500. Once I got it, I was content to let him (Didero) go by for awhile. I didn’t want to get into heavy lapped traffic and use up my stuff, there’s just no reason for it. So, when Doug went I let him go, and just figured I would stay in his tire tracks until the end. He is a heck of a racer.”

From his third starting spot, Sitterly sat patiently in second for the first fifty laps before a turn three parking lot involving Tim Snyder, Brian Osetek, Lou LeVea Jr, Joe Gosek, and Aric Iosue finally allowed Otto to take the lead from polesitter Michael Barnes on a restart at lap 53.

Soon after taking the top spot, the black No. 7 car pulled away from the field by over a straightaway, but that comfortable lead did not last very long as Didero no sooner dove under Barnes and Dave Shullick Jr. to take second just after lap 70.

It became apparent early on that the outcome of the race would come down to a battle between Sitterly and Didero, and when the yellow flag flew on lap 79 for a spinning Michael Muldoon in turn one, that put Didero right on Sitterly’s back bumper.

The Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag, which found Muldoon’s right rear tires hung up on the grassy area in turn two, took eight laps to clean up and when the green flag was waved again on lap 87, there were only thirteen more laps until the halfway point.

Out in front, Sitterly was eyeballing the $1,500 halfway bonus from Insinger Performance, but Didero was keeping him honest the entire time, also in search of the extra cash.

At halfway, Sitterly and Didero were long gone from the rest of the top five which included Davey Hamilton, Barnes, and Shullick as the No. 7 and No. 3 had well over a half track lead on the field.

For the next 20 laps, Sitterly and Didero continued to run away and hide until they finally caught up to lapped traffic, which was when Sitterly started to slow his pace just a little bit.

On lap 122, Didero went right on by to take the lead and pulled away from Sitterly with Hamilton, Barnes, and now Brandon Bellinger in the top five.

Fifth starting Keith Shampine was running sixth with the Jim Shampine tribute No. 55, while Shullick had fallen back to seventh ahead of Shaun Gosselin, Dave Danzer, and Jeff Abold in the top 10 with 80 laps remaining.

The Classic remained clean and green until lap 129 when Bellinger’s solid run was finished in the foam as the No. 02 and the No. 12 of Pat Lavery got together going into turn three with this crash ending the day for both drivers.

After the cleanup, the green flag was put back in the air with 138 laps in as it was now Didero, Sitterly, Hamilton, Barnes, and Shampine making up the top five running order.

On this restart, Didero wasted little time hitting the throttle and opened up over a straightaway lead on the Sitterly No. 7.

Unfortunately, this lead was diminished with a yellow flag for a hard crash in turn 1 involving rookie Tyler Thompson in the No. 98 and Jeff West in the No. 1.

This particular accident started when the lapped car of West and the No. 50 of Dave Gruel came together going into the corner with West being spun around, collecting Thompson and sending him into the foam with heavy force. Thompson was uninjured in the crash.

During the yellow flag, Shullick decided he was going to pull pitside to put a new right rear tire on the No. 2 car, but this wound up being disastrous as the 2017 Classic winner lost a lap in the pits, all but ending the Ohio driver’s hopes of becoming a back to back champion.

This time, the green flag was displayed on lap 153 for Didero and he yet again began to run away from Sitterly with Barnes taking third from Hamilton on the restart.

As the laps clicked off, things continued to show that the race would come down to Didero and Sitterly as they pulled away from Barnes, Hamilton, and Shampine one more time.

On lap 159, a mediocre day for Shullick became even worse as the No. 2 was forced pitside with issues at just over 40 laps to go, removing DJ from contention.

With Shullick now in the pits, Shampine started to show late race speed in the No. 55, working the low side under Hamilton to take fourth on lap 164.

Back up front, Sitterly had caught Didero with just over thirty laps remaining, but a caution flag for his teammate Hamilton on lap 170 gave this year’s track champ the golden opportunity he had been waiting for.

With Hamilton hitting the fence after contact with Abold and Shullick pulling in the pits a handful of laps earlier, it was now up to Sitterly to pick up the $15,000 Classic prize for Team Nicotra.

When the race went back green there were only 23 laps to go, and Sitterly immediately showed he was no longer messing around.

On the restart, SItterly stayed glued to Didero’s back bumper for 7 laps before Didero got a bit wide in turn four, allowing Otto to slip by and make the race winning move on lap 185.

When Sitterly dove low on Didero going into turn 1, this caused the car to wash up the race track and gave Didero a hole back under the No. 7. The two battled down the backstretch side by side, with Sitterly inching back out in front.

For the next 10 laps, Sitterly showed the speed he had been saving all race long, walking away from Didero clocking in laps at 16.6 seconds and putting considerable distance in between himself and the rest of the field.

It looked as though the race was over, but when Gosselin spun going into turn 3 with just five laps to go, this gave Didero one more opportunity in International Classic overtime.

The field remained under caution for the next five circuits before a green white checkered finish was organized with 201 laps in the books.

This GWC gave Didero one last shot at yet another Classic victory, but he had nothing for Otto in the late stages.

Once again, the Classic was Sitterly’s race as he took win number five in the 62nd running and his first victory in the 200 since 2014 over Didero, Barnes, Abold and Shampine in the top five.

Dave Danzer brought the No. 52 home with a nice run in sixth place while Gruel, Bob Bond, rookie Tyler Shullick, and Logan Rayvals completed the top ten.

A full rundown of earnings, contingency winners, and more from the 62nd annual International Classic will be revealed in the coming days.

Oswego Speedway’s 2018 pavement schedule has now come to a close. Oswego Bacon Fest will take place at the track next Saturday, September 8 before NAPA Auto Parts Super Dirt Week XLVII comes town October 3-7. For more information on Bacon Fest, please visit BestBaconFest.com.

The speedway’s annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center. Teams will be informed when tickets are available for purchase.

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

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Sunday, September 2, 2018

62nd annual Budweiser International Classic 200

Novelis Supermodifieds

62nd Budweiser International Classic (200-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 3 Doug Didero, 3. 68 Michael Barnes, 4. 05 Jeff Abold, 5. 55 Keith Shampine, 6. 52 Dave Danzer, 7. 50 Dave Gruel, 8. 47 Bob Bond, 9. 25 Tyler Shullick®, 10. 94 Logan Rayvals, 11. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 12. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 13. 1 Jeff West, 14. 5 Jack Patrick®, 15. 6 Davey Hamilton, 16. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 17. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 18. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 19. 12 Pat Lavery, 20. 21 Mike McVetta®, 21. 69 Brian Osetek®, 22. 15 Michael Muldoon, 23. 56 Hal LaTulip, 24. 11 Aric Iosue, 25. 00 Joe Gosek, 26. 0 Tim Snyder, 27. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 28. 96 Lou LeVea Sr, 29. 73 Jerry Curran, 30. 71 Bill Sharkey, 31. 78 Mark Sammut, 32. 22 Camden Proud®, 33. 44 Chris Perley, 34. 66 Tony Pisa®, 35. 70 Dave McKnight

Semi-Final 1 (15-laps): 1. 94 Logan Rayvals, 2. 73 Jerry Curran, 3. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 4. 96 Lou LeVea Sr, 5. 78 Mark Sammut, 6. 71 Bill Sharkey, 7. 66 Tony Pisa®

Semi-Final 2 (15-laps): 1. 1 Jeff West, 2. 70 Dave McKnight, 3. 69 Brian Osetek, 4. 21 Mike McVetta®, 5. 12 Pat Lavery, 6. 56 Hal LaTulip, 7. 22 Camden Proud®, 8. 5 Jack Patrick®

Indy Performance Composites Polesitter ($1,000): #68 Michael Barnes

Indy Performance Composites Outside Polesitter ($500): #2 Dave Shullick Jr.

Lakeside Property Services ‘Last Car to Qualify’ In Memory of Joe Paeno ($100): #01 Dan Connors Jr.

RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting Semi-Final Winners ($50): #94 Logan Rayvals, #1 Jeff West

Insinger Performance Halfway Leader ($1,500): #7 Otto Sitterly

Oswego Classic Can-Am Camping Group Last Car on the Lead Lap ($300): #25 Tyler Shullick®

Oswego Classic Can-Am Camping Group Highest Canadian Finisher ($200): #3 Doug Didero

Area Auto Racing News Best Car & Crew: #55 Keith Shampine


Jack Patrick Purchases Shawn Muldoon No. 1; Preparing Car for 62nd Bud Classic 200 This Weekend

OSWEGO, NY (August 27, 2018) – Longtime Pathfinder Bank SBS campaigner Jack Patrick has driven a full blown Supermodified, but has never before been a big block car owner. That will change as the 62nd Budweiser International Classic 200 approaches.

With Classic Week underway and a switch over to crate engines imminent for the Pathfinder Bank SBS division, the man known as the driver of the No. 9 MOPAR powered Small Block Super has now purchased the No. 1 Supermodified from Shawn Muldoon.

“23 years ago I bought my first house and my first race car, a SBS, in the same week,” Patrick recalled. “Fast forward to this week and I just accepted a purchase offer on that same house that was previously rented. I’m now using that to buy Shawn’s car and live my dream of driving the baddest cars on this planet. With the rule change, I said now or never.”

For his Supermodified endeavor, Patrick is teaming up with longtime Oswego fan and crew member James Rusaw for Classic Weekend as well as the 2019 season.

“A couple of days ago I saw on Facebook that James Rusaw was interested in getting into Supermodified racing and so here we are,” Patrick said. “It certainly eases the grief I’ve been feeling about not being able to run my Mopar SBS anymore.”

Patrick will attempt to qualify for the Classic this weekend, first taking on ‘Pole Day’ qualifying on Friday. Should the seven time Small Block Super feature winner fail to make the big show on August 31, he will then turn to the two semi-final events set for Sunday afternoon.

“I’m excited beyond belief about the chance to race in the cars I grew up watching in the biggest race of all,” commented Patrick. “We’re hoping to get some practice and start learning about these cars this weekend, and most of all have some fun.”

As part of his Pathfinder Bank SBS career, Patrick has those seven wins, as well as fifty one top five finishes to his credit. The ‘Flying Fireman’ from Fulton is also second in all-time Small Block Super points with an impressive total of over 15,000 points.

Classic Weekend 2018 is scheduled to feature ‘Pole Day’ qualifying for the Budweiser International Classic 200 on Friday, August 31. On Saturday September 1, ISMA rolls into town for the 25th Bud Light Supernationals alongside the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Toyota Mod Classic 150 before the three day event concludes with the 62nd annual Budweiser International Classic 200, the 27th annual Bud Light Classic 75, plus the first ever 350 SMAC Supermodified Classic 35 on Sunday, September 2.

Three day GA seating is still available at just $90 with 3 day pit passes also on sale for $125. For more information on ticket pricing or to purchase tickets, call the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646, email oswegospeedway@gmail.com, or visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com

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Paul Murphy Photo

Otto Outruns ‘Em All for Fourth $10,000 Mr. Supermodified Title at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (July 22, 2018) – Otto Sitterly showed right from the get go that he was the class of the field in last night’s 32nd annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified main event presented by Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront of Oswego.

At the end of 75-laps, the race resulted in sheer domination by the seven time speedway champion from Canajoharie, N.Y. as Sitterly picked up his fourth Mr. Supermodified title overall and third driving for car owner John Nicotra.

“The car was hooked up pretty good,” Sitterly said in victory lane. “It just got a little tight at the end and that seems to be the problem with this car, but we’ve just kept sort of chipping away at it and even knocked the wall down a couple times last week, but that didn’t seem to hurt it.”

Sitterly started way back in tenth, but that didn’t matter. By the drop of the green, Sitterly was already in the eighth spot as polesitter Dan Connors Jr. spun at the entrance of the first corner collecting fifth starting Brandon Bellinger as well as thirteenth starting Tim Snyder, who was making his first appearance of the year at the speedway.

Bellinger and Snyder both wound up out for the night with Connors able to return for only a few laps before heading back pitside.

When the field was restacked again, it was an original restart with outside polesitter Tyler Thompson moving to the point and third starting Jeff Abold lining up to his outside.

With 1 lap complete, Abold inherited the lead from the high side going into turns three and four.

Almost right away, Sitterly had gotten by Dave Shullick Jr, Aric Iosue, and Dave Gruel to move into fifth and soon began chasing down Michael Barnes for fourth and Dave Danzer in the third spot.

Incredibly, Sitterly blew by Barnes, Danzer and also second place Thompson in one corner to move into the runner up position with only two laps complete.

One circuit later, Sitterly used the exact same outside move in turns three and four to inherit the race lead from Abold while Barnes simultaneously drove around the outside of Thompson for second with three laps in the books.

Meanwhile, Shullick was also working his way up through the field in quick fashion coming from ninth to take away the fifth position from Danzer on lap 4.

With only ten laps complete, Sitterly was already in lapped traffic nearly a straightaway ahead of second place Abold as he was trying his best to fend off a hard charging Barnes right behind him.

On lap 11, Barnes shot to the outside of Abold to take the second spot, but by then Sitterly was long gone as Abold fell to third with Thompson and Shullick battling for fourth.

A bobble by Thompson off of turn 2 was all Shullick needed to take fourth at the completion of lap 20, with Sitterly still way out front, Barnes second, Abold third, Shullick now fourth, Thompson fifth, and Gruel sixth.

Further back in the pack, Keith Shampine was working hard on the No. 52 of Danzer and no sooner took away the seventh position from the former Mr. Supermodified champion

Also following Shampine through to move up into eighth was fellow North Carolina pilot Doug Didero, who won his heat race in his return to Supermodified action for the first time since 2010 with a brand new car built by John Colloca.

Back up front, by lap 35, Sitterly had lapped up to eleventh place Iosue and tenth running Danzer.

Lapping cars while making his way back through the top ten for a second time, Sitterly then began to reel in teammate Davey Hamilton, who was making his second appearance of the season at Oswego.

Hamilton had charged from 17th to 9th early on and found the low side of Didero to move into eighth with Sitterly following him to lap the No. 3 car just before lap 40.

With 42 laps in the books, Sitterly was absolutely dismantling the field as only eight cars remained on the lead lap in the 75-lap main event.

The second Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag of the race flew on lap 45 when twelfth running Shaun Gosselin brushed the outside wall coming out of turn four, bringing the No. 77 to a stop in turns one and two.

Under caution, Didero took the No. 3 to the pits with handling issues as Gosselin took his ride pitside as well with the help of the track safety crew.

With 30 laps to go, the field was thinning out as Sitterly lead Barnes, Abold, Thompson, Shullick, Gruel, Shampine, Hamilton, Danzer, Iosue, West, Gosek, LeVea Jr, and LeVea Sr.

On the restart, Sitterly continued his dominance by walking away from Barnes and Abold in the top five with Shullick finally getting by Thompson for fifth on the short run.

As Sitterly crossed the line to complete lap 50, Thompson was busy working on the lapped car of LeVea Jr. and that’s when the rookie got way high in turns one and two, allowing the Gruel No. 50 to his inside to take fifth with Hamilton and Shampine following through as well to move up to sixth and seventh.

In just one lap, Thompson’s impressive top five effort soon diverted to a still solid eighth place run for the 16 year old hot shoe.

Unfortunately, Hamilton’s drive from the back all the way up to 6th came to a sudden halt on lap 56 as he took the No. 6 car pitside off the exit of turn four with apparent mechanical issues.

At this point, Sitterly had caught lapped traffic yet again as Barnes, Abold, Shullick, Gruel, Shampine, and Thompson had nothing for ‘seven time’ as the laps clicked off one by one.

With fifteen to go, Shampine got up high in lapped traffic allowing Thompson back into sixth, with Sitterly soon catching and putting both the No. 98T and 55 a lap down.

By lap 63, only five cars remained on the lead lap; Sitterly in the lead, Barnes in second, Abold in third, Shullick in fourth, and Gruel in fifth.

Sitterly’s huge lead was thrown away on lap 64 when third place running Abold got together with the lapped car of LeVea Sr. LeVea spun in turn four, but kept it off the wall with no damage, however this did bend the nose wing on the Abold No. 05.

On the restart, it was no surprise when Sitterly walked right away again with lapped cars in between himself and second place Barnes, but that was not the final caution flag of the night.

Wth eight to go, LeVea Jr. lost the handle on the No. 83, bringing out the caution flag one final time.

This particular restart brought Barnes, Shullick, Abold, and Gruel right to the back bumper of Sitterly, but it didn’t matter whatsoever.

Sitterly continued on his Saturday night cruise for what was by far the most dominant victory of the season thus far ahead of Barnes who brought the Syrell Racing No. 68 home runner up.

Shullick was eventually able to get by Abold for third with less than 10 to go after the nose wing was damaged on the No. 05 and with just two to go, the Abold car began running out of fuel. This misfortune found Jeff limping the car home and handing fourth over to Gruel.

Abold held on to round out the top five with Thompson sixth, Shampine seventh, Iosue eighth, Jeff West ninth, LeVea Jr tenth, Joe Gosek eleventh, and LeVea Sr. finishing out the on track running order in twelfth.

Gosek was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger after driving from 22nd to 11th and Thompson was again the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer Award winner for yet another impressive run in sixth by the Rookie of the Year contender.

Heat race wins on Best Western and Quality Inn & Suites night went to Didero, Connors, and Sitterly.

Oswego Speedway will be off next Saturday, July 28 in observation of Harborfest and the ISMA Hy-Miler Nationals at the Sandusky Speedway.

The next event at the ‘Steel Palace’ will take place on Saturday, August 4 when JP Jewelers presents ‘Retro Night’ featuring a 45-lap Novelis Supermodified feature and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature. Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased by calling the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

Don’t forget the 13th Oswego Speedway Old Timers Reunion also takes place on August 4 prior to the races. The event will be held from 10am to 3pm at Lighthouse Lanes adjacent to the speedway. $12 tickets include a delicious chicken bbq or pulled pork dinner from Lighthouse Lanes. For more information, you can find the Old Timers Reunion on Facebook.

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


Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn & Suites Riverfront $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified

Feature (75-laps): 1. 7 OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 68 Michael Barnes, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 50 Dave Gruel, 5. 05 Jeff Abold, 6. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 7. 55 Keith Shampine, 8. 11 Aric Iosue, 9. 1 Jeff West, 10. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 11. 00 Joe Gosek, 12. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 13. 6 Davey Hamilton, 14. 52 Dave Danzer, 15. 3 Doug Didero, 16. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 17. 56 Hal LaTulip, 18. 94 Logan Rayvals, 19. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 20. 71 Bill Sharkey, 21. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 22. 0 Tim Snyder, 23. 4 Roger Clark

Heat 1 (12-laps): 1. 3 Doug Didero, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 02 Brandon Bellinger, 4. 11 Aric Iosue, 5. 0 Tim Snyder, 6. 83 Lou LeVea Jr, 7. 94 Logan Rayvals, 8. 4 Roger Clark

Heat 2 (12-laps): 1. 01 Dan Connors Jr, 2. 1 Jeff West, 3. 05 Jeff Abold, 4. 68 Michael Barnes, 5. 77 Shaun Gosselin, 6. 6 Davey Hamilton, 7. 56 Hal LaTulip, 8. 71 Bill Sharkey

Heat 3 (12-laps):1.  7 Otto Sitterly, 2. 98T Tyler Thompson®, 3. 50 Dave Gruel, 4. 52 Dave Danzer, 5. 55 Keith Shampine, 6. 66 Lou LeVea Sr, 7. 00 Joe Gosek

Group Time Trials:1. 7 Otto Sitterly – 15.997, 2. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.013, 3. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.023, 4. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.035, 5. 6 Davey Hamilton – 16.054, 6. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.351, 7. 50 Dave Gruel – 16.375, 8. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 16.398, 9. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.399, 10. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.405, 11. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.410, 12. 3 Doug Didero – 16.413, 13. 98T Tyler Thompson® – 16.427, 14. 01 Dan Connors Jr. 16.497, 15. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.532, 16. 1 Jeff West – 16.541, 17. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.696, 18. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.820, 19. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 16.860, 20. 71 Bill Sharkey – 17.116, 21. 66 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.345, 22. 4 Roger Clark – 20.651

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #00 Joe Gosek

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #98T Tyler Thompson