Bob Bond Sets Fastest Lap of Classic Week Testing, Speeds Continue to Climb

Bob Bond set the fastest lap of Classic Week testing on Wednesday at Oswego Speedway.

Bob Bond set the fastest lap of Classic Week testing on Wednesday at Oswego Speedway.

OSWEGO, NY – The third day of Budweiser Classic Week testing at Oswego Speedway continued on Wednesday as Bob Bond, Dan Connors Jr., Joey Moriarty, Joe Gosek, Brian Sobus, and Aric Iosue all took to the fast 5/8 mile to begin preparation for ‘Fast 14’ pole day time trials on Friday as well as the Budweiser International Classic 200 on Sunday.

Bob Bond led the test session on Wednesday, which ran from 4-8 p.m.

Bob Bond set the fastest lap of Classic Week testing on Wednesday at Oswego Speedway.
Bob Bond set the fastest lap of Classic Week testing on Wednesday at Oswego Speedway.

Bond, a two-time winner of the Budweiser International Classic 200, set the fastest lap of testing so far this week with a blistering circuit of 16.4-seconds.

The former Speedway track record holder for Novelis Supermodifieds, Bond has thrown down the gauntlet as a pole favorite in ‘Fast 14’ time trials on Friday at 6 p.m.

Out of competition for a few weeks, Dan Connors Jr. cranked several laps under the 17-second bracket in his Hawk redesigned No. 01 Supermodified, hitting a best lap of 16.5-seconds on Wednesday.

Still looking for his first career feature win at Oswego, Connors may be able to play the role of spoiler this weekend, as his team continues to find more speed in his new ride.

It was no surprise to see Joey Moriarty quickly turn laps in the 16.5-second bracket on Wednesday in the Total Seal No. 51.  Moriarty has completed several test laps at the Speedway this season, all showing great speed, but the Classic will be his first competitive laps at the Speedway in several years.

Like Bond and Connors, Moriarty will be looking for a locked in spot on Friday night, and may well be a threat for the front row.

Three-time Classic Champion Joe Gosek was next on the testing charts, turning 16.7-seconds in the No. 00. Gosek has several top five finishes this season and finished fifth in the Classi cone year ago. Looking to make his 36th consecutive start in the 200, Gosek hopes a fourth Classic crown is in sight.

Brian Sobus turned the ‘Steel Palace’ in 17.0-seconds during day three testing.

After qualifying in the ‘Fast 14’ one year ago, Sobus has two runner-up finishes in 2015, including the 75-lap Jim Shampine Memorial.

The last of the cars testing on Wednesday was rookie Aric Iosue.  Iosue turned a best lap of 17.3-seconds as he looks to become one of potentially six first timers in the Classic on Sunday.

Budweiser Classic Week testing continues on Thursday from 11-3 p.m. with the Supermodifieds of Ryan Litt, Moriarty, Mike Lichty, Gene Lee Gibson, and Logan Rayvals.  Modifieds of Nick Barzee and Jan Leaty will also be in action as well the SBS machines of Mike Bruce and Jack Patrick.

Budweiser International Classic Weekend runs from September 4-6.

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