OSWEGO, NY – There were several stories coming out of Oswego Speedway’s 66th annual season opener this past Saturday and two of them revolved around up and coming drivers Aric Iosue and Jesse Bearup.
Iosue, a sophomore driver in the Novelis Supermodified ranks wheeling car No. 11, earned Oswego’s Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, scoring one top ten finish during the ’15 campaign.
After one event in 2016, Iosue has already outdone himself, scoring a career best fourth place finish after the 50-lap feature go, his best career result in any racecar.
Never having driven any form of racing machine prior to last season, Iosue started on the outside of row one on Saturday night and held onto the second position for some 34 laps before giving way to seven-time Speedway champion Otto Sitterly.
Eventually another Supermodified veteran in Tim Devendorf was able to work by Iosue, but for the remainder of the event Iosue held strong in the fourth spot out running Pat Lavery and Michael Muldoon across the stripe.
Now in only his second season in Super racing, Iosue rides tied for third in the driver’s championship heading into this Saturday’s $10 admission special.
Joining Iosue as a head turner on Saturday was Pathfinder Bank SBS shoe Bearup, driving the No. 37.
Wheeling a homemade SBS creation coming out of Redwood, NY, in the north country, Bearup first showed speed at the Speedway’s open practice session on May 7, but backed it up this past week as well.
While Beraup is not a rookie in the division, having finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings in 2014, Saturday was certainly a coming out party for the young racer after setting one of the quick laps in practice and then managing to hold off four-time champion Mike Bond for his first career Oswego heat race victory.
Bearup ran into issues in the main event, completing just 11 laps with an 18th place finish, but keep an eye on Bearup this Saturday as a front runner with a chance at victory.
The Speedway returns to action this Saturday with a fan appreciation $10 admission special presented by Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego.
Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps with the day’s first green flag waving at 6:30 p.m.
The day’s action will be highlighted by a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016 with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
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