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Violet M. Pulvere, 86

PHOENIX, NY – Violet  M. Pulvere, 86, of Buckley Road, North Syracuse, and former town of Granby resident, passed away peacefully at the Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville on Saturday August 30, 2014.

She was born in Oswego, NY, to her late parents, Eva Crocker and George Maddock on July 19, 1928.

Violet  M. Pulvere

Violet M. Pulvere

She was a bank teller for Merchants Bank Syracuse for 36 years.

Violet was a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Church, in Phoenix.

Her daughters remember her fondly for her love of nature and all of God’s creatures.

Other passions include: travel, reading and being with her family and friends.

Violet was married to Louis Pulvere for 25 years and they remained loyal friends throughout his lifetime.

Surviving are her two daughters, Maria Gay of Liverpool and Theresa Pulvere of San Diego, Calif.; two grandsons, David and Brian Gay; one sister, Erma Payne of Hinmansville; several nieces and nephews; a godson, William Yochum; and beloved long-term friend, Nadine Yochum.

Services will be held on September 12 at  6 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, with Rev. Philip Brockmyre officiating.

Calling hours will be prior to the service from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home.

Contributions in Violet’s memory to: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Austin J. ‘Archie’ Crandall Sr., 75

PHOENIX, NY – Austin J. “Archie” Crandall Sr., 75, of Phoenix, passed away on Saturday August 30, 2014.

He was born in Troy, NY, on July 30, 1939.

Austin J. 'Archie' Crandall Sr

Austin J. ‘Archie’ Crandall Sr.

Archie was a member of #317 Teamsters Union, Syracuse.

Surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth (Chad)  Wooding; his three sons, Austin J. (Suzanne) Crandall, Jr., James (Shawn) Crandall and Robert (Molly) Crandall; and 13 grandchildren.

Services will be held on Thursday in the Pennellville United Methodist Church, 389 County Route 54, Pennellville, NY, with the Rev. Jeff Hodge officiating.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.

Ke-Nekt season series to cross musical boundaries

OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series this season will offer star power and a wide array of instrumentalists and styles, including classically trained musicians who cover Radiohead and Led Zeppelin, a renowned much-studied trumpeter/composer, a homegrown orchestral violinist and a respected bassoonist.

SUNY Oswego's 2014-15 Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series features Sybarite5 -- a string quintet known for its eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style -- as well as violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo, bassoonist Gregory Quick, British trio Voice and trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas.

SUNY Oswego’s 2014-15 Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series features Sybarite5 — a string quintet known for its eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style — as well as violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo, bassoonist Gregory Quick, British trio Voice and trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas.

All performances in the Ke-Nekt series will take place at 7:30 p.m. on selected Wednesdays in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Each event’s host will deliver a preconcert talk at 7.

Violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo, former associate concertmaster and frequent soloist with the now-dissolved Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, will launch the 2014-15 season on Sept. 17. Now playing regularly as guest principal second violin with Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mastrangelo recently served as guest associate concertmaster for the orchestra’s tour in China. Juan La Manna of the SUNY Oswego faculty will host Mastrangelo.

“Jeremy is coming back to Central New York for this performance, and we are happy to have him back,” said Trevor Jorgensen of the college’s music faculty, who organizes the Ke-Nekt series.

Sybarite5 — a string quintet pushing the envelope of chamber music and touring from Cordoba, Argentina, to New York City — will take the stage Oct. 29 at SUNY Oswego, thanks to a graduate school connection with pianist Rob Auler of the college’s music department.

The award-winning ensemble has drawn acclaim from reviewers, including the Sarasota Tribune: “Their rock star status … is well deserved. … Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience, whether on Piotr Szewczyk’s ‘The Rebel’ or Radiohead’s ‘Weird Fishes.’”

Not only has Sybarite 5 bridged gaps in musical eras, its popularity has grown rapidly, Jorgensen said.

“As a string group, they’re killing it now, because of how good they are and their adventurous repertoire,” he said.

‘Gorgeous sound’

Bassoonist Gregory Quick — the guest of Jorgensen, who conducts the Wind Ensemble at SUNY Oswego — will appear Nov. 12. Quick played at Oswego last year in a concert featuring works of composer Samuel Barber. He formerly was principal bassoonist with Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the philharmonic orchestras in Rochester and Buffalo and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal.

“He is one of the finest musicians I’ve ever played with — he’s got a gorgeous sound,” Jorgensen said.

In a cross-listing with the college’s Artswego Performing Arts Series, the three-woman a cappella ensemble Voice will perform Feb. 18 as part of Ke-Nekt. The acclaimed British trio brings a program of songs exploring the beauty, heartache and humor of love for Valentine’s season, from medieval to contemporary music.

“Voice will do a collaboration with (SUNY Oswego’s) State Singers under Mihoko Tsutsumi,” Jorgensen said. “So the student involvement is a nice aspect of this concert.”

Ke-Nekt’s finale on April 8 will feature trumpeter Dave Douglas, whose broad stylistic range has attracted musicians across genres. He is noted for expressive manipulations of timbre and pitch, and for the integration of distinctive compositional and improvisational conceptions. Eric Schmitz of Oswego’s music faculty will host the prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City.

“Dave Douglas goes beyond traditional jazz to do very contemporary stuff, including cutting-edge techniques with electronics,” Jorgensen said. “He’s pushing the envelope.”

Tickets for each concert in the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series are $15 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available at the Hewitt Union, Marano Campus Center and Oswego State Downtown box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of a ticket, and is available in the lot in front of Culkin Hall and the employee and commuter across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

For more information on the Ke-Nekt series, including links to video clips of featured performers, visit oswego.edu/arts

Neil E. McLenna, 71

OSWEGO, NY – Neil E. McLenna, 71, a resident of New Haven, died suddenly at home on Saturday August 30, 2014.

Neil was born in Fulton and graduated from Manlius Military School and attended Hartwick College.

Neil E. McLenna

Neil E. McLenna

He worked for Frito Lay Inc. as a route salesman for 29 years before retiring.

Neil was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy (Hoelzel) McLenna; his son, Lane E. McLenna, in 2005; and his daughter, Lauren (McLenna) Scaglione, in 2007.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Diane (Barina) McLenna and daughter, Janine McLenna of Oswego; two grandchildren, Bianca and Desi Scaglione of Buffalo.

Neil enjoyed life to its fullest.

He enjoyed playing cards with good friends, bragging rights over his garden, sword and Corvette collections, and every sport game on TV, rock music and computer Scrabble.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, mass cards may be sent in Neil’s memory at St. Stephen’s Church, 138 Niagara St. Oswego, NY 13126.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com

Nelson Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

M. Pauline Sheridan, 93

OSWEGO, NY – M. Pauline Sheridan, 93, a resident of Drumlins Heights in Radisson, and a former resident of Oswego and St.Augustine, Fla., passed away on Sunday August 31, 2014, at the Francis House.

Born in Oswego, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Genevieve (Faber) Raby and had attended Oswego schools.

She was employed with the Campbell’s Department Store for 30 years.

Pauline was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and was an avid reader.

Surviving are her four children, Anne (William) Dodds of Minetto, Jack (Susan) Sheridan of Remsen, NY, Linda Sheridan of Baldwinsville and Mary Beth (Raymond) Pauldine of Fulton; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Pauline has gone to be with her husband of 76 years, Jack E. Sheridan, who predeceased her on November 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Minetto.

Entombment will be in All Saint’s Mausoleum, Oswego.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral  Home on Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool NY 13088 or The Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse NY 13208.

United Way to Kick Off Annual Campaign

OSWEGO, NY – Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Campaign Cabinet are busy putting the final touches on the agenda for one of Oswego County’s most impactful events the United Way’s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler meets with members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet in preparation for United Way’s Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast. Seated from left are: United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber, Ali McGrath, and United Way Executive Director, Melanie Trexler. Standing from left are Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck and King; Brian Cummings of Oswego County Federal Credit Union; and campaign chairperson, Robert Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services. Absent from photo are Campaign Cabinet members Brian Finn of Entergy and Terry Syrell of Exelon.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler meets with members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet in preparation for United Way’s Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast. Seated from left are: United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber, Ali McGrath, and United Way Executive Director, Melanie Trexler. Standing from left are Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck and King; Brian Cummings of Oswego County Federal Credit Union; and campaign chairperson, Robert Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services. Absent are Campaign Cabinet members Brian Finn of Entergy and Terry Syrell of Exelon.

Scheduled for September 10, the event will be held from 8 – 9 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St. (behind Fajita Grill on Route 104 West) in Oswego.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler, said that the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, under the direction of chairperson, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, has been working diligently to ensure that the United Way’s Campaign Kickoff Breakfast is an enlightening and inspiring event that will provide community members with a better understanding of the positive impact the United Way has on Oswego County and the results that its programs have on those that access them.

“Our Campaign Cabinet is looking forward to this year’s campaign and are 100% committed to achieving our goals.  They will be sharing their enthusiasm for United Way at our Campaign Kickoff Breakfast by championing the positive impact of United Way funded programs and the measurable results these programs have on the three of the most important aspects of a strong community: Ending Hunger, Helping Children and Youth Succeed, and Health and Well-Being,” said Trexler.

The results of United Way funded programs and their true impact on the community will come to life through guests Jeanne Unger, executive director of Farnham Family Services who will speak of the success stories made possible through the agency’s programs; and Michael Curtis, criminal investigator with the Fulton City Police Department who will share his experiences with Catholic Charities’ CYO Program and the positive impact it’s had on his life.

“We invite you to hear for yourself these personal accounts of how United Way funded programs make a real difference. Supporting the United Way Annual Campaign is way for our community to come together as a whole to create a stronger, healthier environment for Oswego County. There is no greater way to positively impact the quality of life in our communities than donating to the United Way Annual Campaign,” Trexler said.

The cost to attend the breakfast is $15. For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, contact Resource Development Director, Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net

Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club Presents Scholarships

FULTON, NY – The Great Eastern Whiteout held in February at Fulton War Memorial and Lake Neatahwanta was once again a great success.

During the off season, Fulton Area Snow Travelers Snowmobile Club spread the success.

Fulton Area Snow Travelers Members awarding one of the scholarships to Delvin Kilmer-Allen

Fulton Area Snow Travelers Members awarding one of the scholarships to Delvin Kilmer-Allen

Four scholarships at $250 each were given to Oswego County students.

Each scholarship was funded by the Great Eastern Whiteout Committee.

Two scholarships were awarded to two Phoenix high school students in memory of Everet Regal, a Phoenix resident and racing snowmobile engineer and builder whose team “The Widow Makers” won the 1971 World Championship Snowmobile Races in Wisconsin.

The other two scholarships were to two Oswego County BOCES students in memory of Floyd “Spike” Nolan who was a former small engine teacher at Oswego County BOCES and snowmobile racing expert.

One recipient of the Everet Regal Scholarships were Daniel Taylor of Phoenix H. S.

He plans on furthering his education at O.C.C. in the fall.

The second award was given to Ian Evans.

He will further his studies in engineering at SUNY Oswego.

The two Spike Nolan scholarships were awarded to Joshua Ernestine and Delvin Kilmer-Allen.

Both students studied at BOCES.

Joshua was a graduate from Phoenix H. S. He will seek a career in the small engine repair field.

Delvin of Mexico H.S. will further his education in the heavy equipment repair field.

The Fulton CYO benefited this year with much needed sports equipment.

This was given to them by the Fulton Area Snowtravelers Snowmobile Club and funded by the Great Eastern Whiteout.

Club members Mike Schmid, Bill Monette and Tracy Doyle try out new CYO equipment.

Club members Mike Schmid, Bill Monette and Tracy Doyle try out new CYO equipment.

Mary-Margret Pekow, the executive director since 2008 said the donation was much appreciated.

The Fulton CYO is a great asset for the youth of Oswego County.

Club members have also given back to the community that supports them.

They have given back to the community by doing  much needed services.

The bumper post in front of the city gazebo and in front of the Lock Restaurant were sanded and painted by Jim Latino and Ken Wheelock.

Latino also took it upon himself to paint the grates around the trees and the garbage cans with paint and supplies donated by The Great Eastern Whiteout Funds.

Plans for new benches will be donated when the Broadway bridge construction is completed.

These benches will be placed on Broadway and West First Street.

The Fulton Area Snow Travelers Members enjoyed participating in this year’s Memorial Day Parade with Lysander Construction donating time and equipment for the club to join in this great community event.

In closing, the Fulton Area Snow Traveler Snowmobile Club wants to thank all of its sponsors who helped make this winter event possible.

Come out February 14 and 15, 2015 for the Greatest Show on snow and ice.

Buying Local Assists Economy, Friends and Local Tax Base

By Assemblyman Will Barclay

During the first week of September, the nation pauses to celebrate Labor Day. The holiday was created in the 1880s and by 1894, Congress passed an act naming the first Monday in September officially as Labor Day.

The holiday grew in popularity as labor organizations grew across the country.

Labor Day was created to encourage families to stop working for the day and to have fun. As such, parades and picnics are traditionally part of the weekend’s activities for many.

New York was a leader in the movement.

In fact, a parade which took place in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, is often credited as the first unofficial Labor Day event. Workers from local unions gathered to rally workers and draw attention to labor issues of the day.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were as many as 10,000 to 20,000 marchers who participated and gathered in Reservoir Park.

Through the years, Labor Day continued to be celebrated and images such as the Rosie the Riveter illustrated how woman too were working in previously male-dominated manufacturing jobs, to help the U.S. fight the war while men fought overseas.

In this country, we have a long history of strong work ethics and ingenuity.

The early industries such as paper mills, flour mills, sawmill, and textile manufacturers shaped our region.

Today, our current job creators can be found in food, machinery, energy, agriculture, health and service industries.

We continue to be innovative and industrious about reaching markets locally and internationally.

In fact, according to a recent report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average weekly wage in 2013 for Oswego and Onondaga counties is higher than the national average. Oswego County averaged at $742 and Onondaga County averaged at $858. Jefferson County came in at $647.

The national average weekly wage registered at $673.

One thing still holds true as it did in our early beginnings: buying local matters. It is estimated that for every $1 spent locally, up to $.45 is reinvested in our communities. It is closer to $.15 cents for every $1 when spent outside of the region.

Studies also indicate that if Americans shifted just 10% of their purchases to support the local economy, it would infuse millions of additional dollars per year to the community’s economy.

The dollars spent locally help our neighbors and friends stay in business.

It also keeps tax dollars local. It is estimated that local sales tax comprises 45% of a county’s total budget.

These dollars help maintain local roads, health care, pensions and prisons.

In 2013, according to the State Department of Tax and Finance, Jefferson County collected $73 million in sales tax, Onondaga County collected $322 million and Oswego County collected $42 million. These collections help offset property taxes as well.

Late summer goes hand and hand with back to school shopping. This is another way we can support our local economy.

It’s estimated that nationwide, there are 78 million students from nursery school to college who will need to purchase goods, from clothing to books, in preparation for school. That’s about 26% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Clothing items under $110 is also exempt from New York state sales tax (4%) this year again.

If you have any questions or comments or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling (315) 598-5185.

Sitterly Scores Fourth Career Budweiser International Classic 200 in Extra Distance

UPDATE 9/1/14

OSWEGO, NY – Despite an extra distance of 209 laps and a rain delayed start in Oswego Speedway’s 58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200 on Sunday, which saw two late race green-white-checkered attempts, Canajoharie, NY pilot Otto Sitterly once again reigned supreme in the Classic as he drove away from the 34 car field for his fourth career International Classic triumph worth well more than $18,000.

The victory, Sitterly’s fourth in the last six years, takes him one step higher on the all-time International Classic win list now trailing only five-time champion Eddie Bellinger Jr., and six-time champions Greg Furlong, Bentley Warren, and Nolan Swift.

After starting the Classic from the tenth position in the Nicotra Racing No. 7, Sitterly methodically worked his way to the runner-up spot by lap 74, then took the point from early leader and pole sitter Joey Payne after he went to pit road for adjustments at lap 79.

Once out front, Sitterly was never again headed over the course of the final 120 laps, leaving several outstanding battles behind him from second on back.

“This feels pretty good,” said Sitterly in the Speedway’s post-race press conference.  “I have an awesome team behind me with great support and good equipment.  I wasn’t surprised at all to see Joey (Payne) jump out like that, it is sort of the Jet’s style, but I was watching the 52, the 68, the 6, and the 37.  That was sort of the four that I wanted to be with and once I got to the tail of the 37 and saw he wasn’t making too many moves I just rolled to the outside of him in turn three.  That was really my move all day from there.  The car was perfect, it stayed tight all day, and it was relatively easy to roll by guys.”

Oswego’s own Pat Lavery charged hard at race’s end for a runner-up finish, collecting the AJ Michaels Memorial Award ahead of Sitterly’s teammate Davey Hamilton, Bobby Santos III, and Joe Gosek in the top five.

Michael Barnes, Brandon Bellinger, David Danzer, Tim Snyder, and Michael Muldoon finished the front ten spots in the 200.

A beautiful and stout field of 34 Novelis Supermodifieds took the green flag on Sunday, paced by the masterfully restored Jim Shampine radical offset Supermodified, driven Sunday by Fingerlakes Machine engine builder Doug Holmes.

Team Xtreme Supermodified teammates Payne and Kody Graham led the field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag, with Payne wasting no time in blasting to the lead in the No. 99.

Within the first four circuits, Payne established nearly a full straight lead on the field leaving Graham, David Danzer, Michael Barnes, Davey Hamilton and the rest to sort out the order behind him.

The race’s first caution would wave at lap 5 as ‘Fast 14’ qualifier Brian Sobus tagged the inside hub rail with the No. 79, collecting Stephen Gioia III’s No. 9 as well.  Each would be done for the day ending the afternoon in 33rd and 34th positions.

During that caution Oswego Speedway’s current Supermodified championship runner-up Dave Gruel made his first of several pit stops with issues in the No. 50.  Gruel battled gremlins all day, ending several laps down in 16th position.

Once back to action, Payne again played his role as the rabbit in Sunday’s field, charging to another full straight away lead in the No. 99 while running sub 17 second laps.

Behind the leader Randy Ritskes, Joe Gosek, and Sitterly began to inch their way closer to the front.

After another caution for Mike Barbera’s No. 45, Ritskes had worked to sixth with Sitterly eighth and Gosek ninth.

By lap 31 Payne had now built a dominating half-track lead on contenders Graham, Danzer, Barnes, Hamilton, Ritskes, and Sitterly.

With one Xtreme currently blasting away from the pack, second running Graham began to conserve in the No. 90.

Danzer charged by at lap 33 for second and before long Barnes, Hamilton, Ritskes, and Sitterly worked by Graham as well.

At lap 50 Payne continued to lead ahead Danzer, Hamilton, Barnes, Ritskes, Sitterly, Graham, Gosek, Mike Lichty, and Ray Graham.

On the very next circuit, Sitterly first found the top five spots, driving by the Ritskes No. 37 with Barnes now in his sights.

Just four laps later, Sitterly continued his methodical charge through the pack, driving around Barnes into turn one to head to fourth.

With Sitterly charging, the most interesting battle on the race track was not for position.

Payne was now in traffic trying to put a lap on another of his Graham teammates, Bobby Santos III who had dropped back in the field in the No. 11 after starting in the top ten.

Payne and Santos swapped positions at least twice, with Santos fighting for his life to stay on the lead lap in case of another caution.

While Payne and Santos were racing wheel to wheel, dicing in and out of other lapped traffic, Sitterly and the rest of the field was able to draw in on the leader after he had built such a commanding lead.

Hamilton and Sitterly were now hooked in tandem as they drove under Danzer at lap 59 to move to second and third in the lineup.  Once ahead of the No. 52, the Nicotra duo pulled away and began to reel in Payne.

At lap 74 Sitterly was able to work by his teammate Hamilton for second and just two laps later, with Santos still dueling Payne to stay on the lead lap, Sitterly was able to draw in to the back bumper of the Payne No. 99 in a battle for the lead.

The battle was slowed though at lap 78 as Brian Sweeney found the inside hub rail in a collision with Bobby Haynes Jr.

During the caution Payne, who began to slip some in the No. 99, headed to pit road for adjustments handing the lead over to Sitterly.

On the lap 85 restart Sitterly now led Hamilton, Barnes, Danzer, Ritskes, Gosek, Lichty, Lavery, Bob Bond, and Dave Shullick Jr.

Just ten laps later, caution would again wave, this time for Tim Jedrzejek’s No. 60, who was turned into the inside hub rail in turn four.

At the caution period, Payne again headed to pit lane with the No. 99 and this time changed a right rear tire, but lost a lap in the process.

Under caution the field hit lap 100 as Sitterly continued to lead Hamilton, Barnes, Danzer, and Ritskes in the top five.

Back to green after halfway, the front runners began to settle in running a pretty even pace across the board.

Before long the duo of Payne and Santos would again find each other, and again they were on separate laps, with Santos this time on the lead lap in the No. 11.

Santos was battling Shaun Gosselin for position at the time, diving to the inside of the No. 26 in turn three.  In doing so, Santos found the rear bumper of Payne who was running just ahead of him.  The Payne No. 99 ended up turned into the hub rail, with Santos continuing on.

Payne would be done for the day at lap 109, after leading nearly 80 circuits of the event early on, finishing with a 21st place effort.

Back to green at lap 117, Sitterly shot to a full straight lead on the rest of the pack in clean air with Ritskes continuing to impress in the No. 37.  At lap 130, Ritskes took advantage of a loose Danzer to take fourth.

Further back in the field was a quiet running Bond, the defending champion of the Classic, who began to turn up the wick passed lap 135.

However, trying to drive to the outside of two cars on the high side out of turn four, the Bond No. 47 scrubbed the outside wall, flattening the right rear tire of his machine and sending him to the pits at lap 140.

As the front of the field was sorted out for the time being, a great battle was being waged for eighth through tenth between Muldoon, Shullick, and Lavery.

As the three diced for positions, Shullick came upon the lapped car of Tim Devendorf going into turn three.  Shullick dove to the low side in the third corner and the two cars touched, sending the Devendorf No. 5 to the foam. Devendorf was done for the day and Shullick with right front damage would also head to the pits out of the action.

Ironically, during the caution Lavery and Muldoon, who were battling with Shullick for position, each headed to the pits for adjustments. Both Muldoon and Lavery got out of the pit area without losing a lap.

The lap 154 restart order showed Sitterly leading Hamilton, Barnes, Danzer, Ritskes, Gosek, Lichty, Santos, Snyder, and Gosselin.

To this point in the race Payne, Hamilton, Sitterly, Ritskes, and Barnes had all shown some muscle at various points, but with less than 50 laps remaining it was Danzer now showing his might in the No. 52.

Danzer stormed by Barnes on the restart and quickly reeled in runner-up Hamilton in the No. 6, who had taken on some nose wing damage earlier in the event.

Despite Danzer’s charge, Sitterly still stood tall, again driving away from the field.

By lap 160 the handling began to go away on the Barnes No. 68 as he slipped back through the lead pack.

Ritskes took advantage to head to fourth and just three laps later a hard charging Santos slipped by for fifth.

Santos, who at one point ran 25th in the order a lap down, was perhaps the fastest car currently on the Speedway behind Sitterly.  Santos continued to roar to life approaching 30 laps to go, now sliding by Ritskes for fourth on lap 169.

Battles were being waged all over the race track inside of 30 laps to go as Hamilton and Danzer dueled with Santos closing.  Further back, Muldoon and Lavery, who had pit together, were charging back through the field into the top ten.

With Sitterly, Hamilton, and Danzer comfortably running in the top three, attention turned to the Lavery No. 22 and the Muldoon No. 51.

Muldoon had managed to drive through the pack to sixth at this point, driving by Gosek, Barnes, and Ritskes on his way through the top ten.

Meanwhile Lavery had driven to the back bumper of Santos as they ran fourth and fifth at lap 177 and on lap 180 Lavery now appeared to be one of the best cars on the racing surface, as he drove by Santos for fourth now behind only Sitterly, Hamilton, and Danzer after making his pit stop under the lap 146 caution.

The urgency of the field running second on back could be sensed and Danzer again tried to make a run at runner-up Hamilton. Unfortunately for Danzer, as the two battled out of turn four the No. 52 swapped ends bringing out another caution at lap 185.

Danzer did not take on any damage in the spin, but did lose two laps being corrected and pushed away.

When the field came back to green with 10 laps to go Hamilton had another chance at Sitterly with Lavery, Santos, Muldoon, and Ritskes still running on the lead lap ahead of Gosek, Barnes, Bellinger, and Snyder in the top ten.

With several lapped cars in between Sitterly and second place running Hamilton, Sitterly again charged away leaving the battle for second between Hamilton and Lavery.

Lavery rose to the challenge in the No. 22, wowing the crowd with another veteran move on Hamilton for second in turn three on lap 193.

At this point Hamilton continued to slip as Santos took advantage of the No. 6 as well on lap 195 to head to a podium position.

As if there was not enough drama to this point from second on back, Santos began to run out of fuel at lap 198 and started to slow.

As Sitterly charged away, a full straight away ahead of the pack with the checkered flag in sight, Muldoon and Ritskes were attempting to overtake the slowing Santos and wound up coming together sending both Ritskes and Muldoon spinning on the final lap.

With caution in the air at lap 199, the race would now head to a green-white-checkered finish, which has been the rule in Oswego’s Classic since 1987.

Under the caution Santos went to pit lane to refuel the No. 11 with Muldoon being corrected to rejoin the field and Ritskes taking enough damage to end his day.

Sitterly would now have to restart the race at lap 205, hoping he too had enough fuel for the finish ahead of Lavery, Hamilton, Gosek, Barnes, Santos, Bellinger, Danzer, Snyder, and Muldoon.

With green lights on, the drama continued as Santos got way out of shape in the second corner trying to race through the pack, nearly slapping the outside wall in turn two to bring out yet one more caution.

There would now be two green-white-checkered attempts with the field returning to green at lap 207.

This time Sitterly was able to set sail for two consecutive laps in the No. 7, driving under the twin checkered flags at lap 209 in the richest and most prestigious Supermodified race in the world for the fourth time in his illustrious career.

Lavery and Hamilton joined Sitterly on the podium, and for Lavery it was his best career finish in the International Classic, a race he had sat on the pole for three times.

A total of 42 Supermodifieds attempted to qualify for the International Classic on Labor Day weekend, the most since 2008.

Jerry Curran, Ryan Litt, Haynes, Barbera, and Lou LeVea Sr. would all qualify for the Classic out of the 13 bar Bud Light B-Main contended on Sunday afternoon.

Lou LeVea Jr. was the race’s 34th starter as Oswego Speedway’s commitment program provisional.

Shawn Muldoon, Hal LaTulip, Dave McKnight, Joe Chillemi, Brian Osetek, Dave Sanborn, and Gene Lee Gibson all fell short of qualifying for this year’s Classic.

Muldoon, the bubble car, took home $1,000 from Oswego Speedway and Doug and Sherri Heveron.

The first $500 was part of the guaranteed starters pay for this year’s B-Main with the remaining $500 coming from the Heveron family in memory of Tom and Gail Heveron.

 

OSWEGO, NY – Despite an extra distance of 209 laps and a rain delayed start in Oswego Speedway’s Budweiser International Classic 200, which saw two late race green-white-checkered attempts, Canajoharie, NY, pilot Otto Sitterly once again reigned supreme in the Classic as he drove away from the 34 car field for his fourth career International Classic triumph worth more than $18,000.

Otto Sitterly celebrates his fourth career Budweiser International Classic 200 win at Oswego Speedway, which covered a total distance of 209 laps.

Otto Sitterly celebrates his fourth career Budweiser International Classic 200 win at Oswego Speedway, which covered a total distance of 209 laps.

Sitterly took the point from early leader and pole sitter Joey Payne after he went to pit road for adjustments at lap 79.

Once out front, Sitterly was never again headed over the course of the final 120 laps.

“There are a lot of fast cars here,” said Sitterly in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane.  “With all that good iron in front of you, I knew I had to get to the front as soon as I could.  We took our time and once in the lead, I could do anything I wanted to.  This means so much; I have a great group of people behind me.  I cannot thank my car owner John Nicotra and my family enough.”

Oswego’s own Pat Lavery charged hard at race’s end for a runner-up finish, collecting the AJ Michaels Memorial Award ahead of Sitterly’s teammate Davey Hamilton, Bobby Santos III, and Joe Gosek in the top five.

Michael Barnes, Brandon Bellinger, David Danzer, Tim Snyder, and Michael Muldoon finished the front ten spots in the 200.

A full recap of the day’s events will be available on Monday.

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Budweiser International Classic Weekend – ‘Classic Sunday’

BOX SCORE:

Novelis Supermodifieds

58th annual Budweiser International Classic 200: 1. 7 – OTTO SITTERLY, 2. 22 – Pat Lavery, 3. 6 – Davey Hamilton, 4. 11 – Bobby Santos, 5. 00 – Joe Gosek, 6. 68 – Michael Barnes, 7. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 8. 52 – David Danzer, 9. 0 – Tim Snyder, 10. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 11. 05 – Jeff Abold, 12. 24 – Jerry Curran, 13. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 14. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 15. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 16. 50 – Dave Gruel, 17. 84 – Mike Lichty, 18. 2 – Dave Shullick Jr., 19. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 20. 47 – Bob Bond, 21. 99 – Joey Payne, 22. 60 – Tim Jedrzejek, 23. 90 – Kody Graham, 24. 3 – Brian Sweeney, 25. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr., 26. 21 – Ray Graham, 27. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr., 28. 88 – Ryan Litt, 29. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr., 30. 55 – Keith Shampine, 31. 45 – Mike Barbera, 32. 18 – Howard Page, 33. 79 – Brian Sobus, 34. 9 – Stephen Gioia III

Margin of Victory: 1.781 seconds

Cautions: 9 for 50 laps

Lap Leaders: Joey Payne 1-79, Otto Sitterly 80-200

Budweiser International Classic Bud Light B-Main (15 laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 24 – Jerry Curran, 2. 88 – Ryan Litt, 3. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr., 4. 45 – Mike Barbera, 5. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr., 6. 1 – Shawn Muldoon, 7. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr., 8. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 9. 70 – Dave McKnight, 10. 14 – Joe Chillemi, 11. 66 – Brian Osetek, 12. 07 – Dave Sanborn, 13. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson

Provisional Starter: #83 Lou LeVea Jr.

Hulsizer Holds Off Fulton Speedway’s Best, Winning Modified Feature; Wight The 2014 Big Block Modified Track Champion

FULTON, NY – Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway exciting final point race features were won and a season worth of hard work was celebrated in victory lane with track championships.

In feature racing on Ingles Performance and VP Small Engines Fuels night the winners were, Matt Hulsizer, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds,  Nick Webb, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, Haiden Burdick, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman, Gordy Button, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.

2014 Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Track Champion #99L – Larry Wight

2014 Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Track Champion #99L – Larry Wight

Drivers and crews who celebrated 2014 Track Championships were:  Larry Wight, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds, Ron Davis III, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models, John Cunningham, A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprints and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive  Four Cylinders.

In the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified feature there were two races to watch. The first was who was going to take the final checker flag of the season before the Outlaw 200 Weekend. The second was the three-car battle for the track championship. Billy Decker held a one point lead over Larry Wight and a twenty-five point advantage over Jimmy Phelps.

In the feature itself, Matt Hulsizer was on rails running the top of the speedway hitting his marks lap after the lap the entire distance. Drivers like Larry Wight and Tom Sears Jr. could get to Hulsizer but never mount a serious challenge. Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps and Ryan Phelps finished second through fifth.

Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar  Modified Feature Winner #55 – Chris Hulsizer

Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Feature Winner #55 – Chris Hulsizer

“This is a pretty good way to end the season. We struggled for the most part but can’t complain right now,” Hulsizer said after putting his Thompson Road Tavern/Muddy Paws Dog Grooming/MBH Racing/No.55 in victory lane for the first time this season on the ‘High Banks.’

Hulsizer was asked if he felt any pressure knowing Larry Wight, Tom Sears Jr. and Jimmy Phelps were behind looking to take the win away from him. “I saw Larry (Wight) on the restart and I knew he’d try to get to the outside as hard as he could, so I knew I had to get up there (top) quick.

Hulsizer finished up how much the win meant after a hard two years and how the win Saturday sure carries momentum into the rest of the season and next season.

The plan was simple for Larry Wight to win the track championship. Finish ahead of Billy Decker. Wight drove a strong race finishing third to Billy Decker’s sixth place, winning the title by five points.

Anyone who watches Larry Wight race when he straps into his Gypsum Express/Tracey Road Equipment/NAPA Auto Parts/Saftey-Kleen/Syracuse Haulers/Industrial Tire Of CNY/LJL Kevlar Racing Engines/No.99L/Troyer/ knows there is no cruise control. It’s flat out racing green to checker.

When asked, knowing all he had to do was finish ahead of Billy Decker, were there any thoughts of playing scoring tower watching to see where Decker was? “No. We got into second and I started to run down Matt (Hulsizer) and I really didn’t want to see that caution. I think he was getting his right rear hot because he was slowing down and I was hoping to catch him in lapped traffic. As soon as we got the bottom (restart) I knew we were in trouble. We were able to fall in line in third and we were able to keep Billy behind us we were good.”

“It’s huge (track championship) crew chief- Rob (Hile), Jeff (Hadden) Jake (Pietrowicz) everyone has been working so hard on this car. We had a good point lead all year and then two weeks with some really bad luck. It almost took us out, but we were able to rebound and come out on top.”

Jeremy Pitcher led the opening 13 laps of the 25 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature before Beth Schneider took away the lead. Schneider knew coming in that she had to win the race and have point leader Ron Davis III finish 12th or below to win her second straight title.

Just when it looked like Schneider might do her part while running the top-side, Nick Webb had other ideas. Running a lane even higher than Schneider, Webb took the lead on lap 18 and never looked back for his first Fulton Speedway win. Beth Schneider, Jeremy Pitcher,Tony Finch II and Jason Occhino finished second through fifth.

In victory lane Nick Webb dedicated his win to his good friend and Sportsman driver Brandon Hagan who lost his life earlier in the day to a non-related racing incident.

Ron Davis III final race to title started from the back of the pack after qualifying through the consi. During the feature he was on the defensive as it seemed most of the yellows happened right in front of him. In the end Davis brought home a sixth place finish and his first ever SUNY Canton Sportsman Track Championship.

“There was a couple close ones, I thought I messed up the front end after a hit it took. After that it wasn’t handling the way I wanted it to,“ Ron Davis said about his wild ride in Bratt Farms/Bibbens Sales/Oakland Acres Firewood/Brian McDeid Contracting/Advantage Plumbing & Heating/Brenda’s Diner/No.32R/Bicknell to the title.”

“We took the gamble with the Hoosiers in the beginning of the year and it paid off,” Davis said, talking about how most race teams ran the American Racer tire until the mandatory July 1st switch to Hoosiers only. That gave Davis a jump on the competition how the car reacted to those tires and the best setup.

Davis finished up by saying with enthusiasm, “This was one of my goals to get a track championship and I can’t believe it.”

Tim Sears Jr. went out and won the 20-Lap NAPA Late Model feature and the Championship. The feature win wasn’t an easy one as he had to throw everything he had at Sean Beardsley as the two battled from lap-4 till Sears was able to make the winning pass on lap-16 with Sean Beardsley coming in second.  In final points AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell and Dave Talbot finished second through fifth.

Sears knew coming into the feature all he really had to do was start the feature for the title. “Just finishing isn’t fun. You got to come right here (victory lane) then it’s fun.”

“He’s (Sean Beardsley) been really fast lately, it’s been a lot of fun racing with him,” Sears said, talking about the last two races when it has been a battle between the two of them right down to the checkers.

Sears thanked Gypsum Express, his grandparents, girlfriend and everyone behind him who makes it possible for him to race and win like he does.

Gordy Button dominated the 15-Lap A-Verdi Storage Containers 305 Sprint feature over Track Champion John Cunningham. Cunningham will go in the record books as the first ever champion in the division.

Haiden Burdick was impressive once again in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman winning his second feature in a row. Amy Holland, Joe Buonagurio, Mike Phelps and Trevor Lindsey chased Burdick across the line.

Tim Dunn and Chuck Powelczyk once again put on an epic battle in the 15-Lap Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders that saw Powelczyk grab his eighth feature win of the year. He also backed up his Brewerton Speedway title the night before with the Fulton Speedway Track Championship.

Plans are now full speed ahead for one of the most prestigious events in dirt racing, the 29th Annual Sunoco Fulton Ethanol Facility Outlaw 200 Weekend presented by SUNY Canton on October 3-4. For everything you need to know from ticket sales, camping, parking and the weekend race schedule go www.fultonspeedway.com and click on the Outlaw 200 tab at the top of the page. Keep checking back to the website for updates leading right up to the big racing weekend. Also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/FultonSpeedway for fun Outlaw 200 historical facts and looks back at the rich history.

Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at cory@fultonspeedway.com or call (315) 593-6531.

(TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDS 35LAPS) –  MATT HULSIZER, Tom Sears Jr., Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, Ryan Phelps, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Chris Mackey, Vinnie Vitale,

Adam Roberts, Rob Bellinger, Tim Sears Jr.,Chris Hile, Jim Witko Jr., Tim Currier, Chad Phelps, Tom Kinsella, Katelyn Kane, Brad Godshalk, Chuck Bower, Matt Fink, DNS Dan Vauter.

(OMNI SERVICES HEAT WINNERS) – Matt Hulsizer, Tom Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps.

(2014 TRACEY ROAD EQUIPMENT DIRTcar MODIFIEDTRACK CHAMPION) – Larry Wight.

(SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN 25 LAPS) – NICK WEBB, Beth Schneider, Jeremy Pitcher, Tony Finch II, Jason Occhino, Ron Davis III, Earl Rudy, Jeremy Vunk, Brent Joy, Brandon Sweet, Chris Hulsizer, Wade Chrisman, Taylor Lamb, Jason Parkhurst, Todd Root, Jeff Hunter, John Christian, James Carlson, Joe Kline, Bill Clark Jr., Gregg Kimball, Mike Button, Rocco Leone, Corey Barker.

*Winner’s Engine Pulled For Tech At LJL Racing Engine Shop*

(DNQ) – Josh Van Brocklin, Ricky Yelle, Rocky Grosso, Bryan Van Tassel, Austin Murphy, Jeremy Dygert.

(2014 SUNY CANTON SPORTSMAN TRACK CHAMPION) -  Ron Davis III.

(NAPA LATE MODELS 20 LAPS) – TIM SEARS JR., Sean Beardsley, AJ Kingsley, Dale Caswell, Dave Talbot, Harry Haliday, Kevan Cook, Bret Belden, Aron Backus, Alan Chapman, Steve Coit, Johnny Hill.

(2014 NAPA LATE MODELS TRACK CHAMPION) – Tim Sears Jr..

(E&V ENERGY NOVICE SPORTSMAN 15 LAPS) – HAIDEN BURDICK, Amy Holland, Joe Buonagurio, Mike Phelps, Trevor Lindsey, Brady Gill, Dorian Wahdan, Shannon Pitcher, Brett Draper, Taylor Jackson, Josh Van Tassell, Rylee Gill, Kyle Hulsizer.

(A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS) – GORDY BUTTON, John Cunningham, Doug Crews, Casey Williams, Tom Fletcher.

(2014 A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS 305 SPRINTS CHAMPION) – John Cunningham.

(HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDERS 15 LAPS) – CHUCK POWELCZYK, Tim Dunn, Colby Herzog, Skip DeGroff, Jack Taskey, Kyle Young, Ray Bechler, Phil Desormeau III, Jeremy Lueck, Keith Zirbel, Joe Buske Jr., Lorraine Powelczyk, Robert Jimenez, Sam Curcie, Dakota Bechler, Sam Carista, David Denova, Mark Johnston, Derrick Reeves.

(2014 HILTON’S AUTOMOTIVE FOUR CYLINDER TRACK CHAMPION) – Chuck Powelczyk.

(Ladies Race Winners) – Four-Cylinder – Brandy Rose. Sportsman/Late Model – Karen Finch.

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