OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Speedway was built on the foundation of creativity and ingenuity, and Saturday night Dalton Doyle continued that model by driving a machine he built with his own two hands to victory lane at the ‘Steel Palace’ as a part of the Speedway’s 65th annual opening night presented by Mitchell’s Speedway Press and Planet Fitness.
A full-time fabricator and builder for the Hawk Chassis Supermodified shop, Doyle built his own Hawk Small Block Super prior to the 2014 season. After limited success in ’14, Doyle started 2015 off on the right foot, driving from fourth position to the lead on lap ten to claim his third career Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super victory at Oswego.
“This is my racecar,” said Doyle in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “I picked up the tubing for this car with my own two hands, I polished every piece of tubing, I notched every piece of tubing, I cut it, bent it, welded every square inch of it, built the body, everything. I have been waiting for this day for so long. I just won a feature at Oswego Speedway with a car I built with my two hands, I’m ecstatic.”
Defending Small Block Super track champion Andrew Schartner chased Doyle across the line in second with Dave Cliff, Russ Brown, and Mike Bruce finishing the top five positions.
JJ Andrews, Jason Simmons, Alex Hoag, Jack Patrick, and Kreig Heroth finished in the top ten in Saturday’s main.
A total of 21 Pathfinder Bank SBS machines took the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green on Saturday with Matt Magner and Simmons leading the front row.
Simmons jumped to the early race lead in the all-new No. 98 with Magner and Bruce tucking into line behind.
The race’s first caution would fly on lap seven for 2012 track champion Heroth, who spun in turn four.
The restart order would see Simmons leading Magner, Bruce, Doyle, Cliff, Schartner, Anthony Losurdo, Brown, Mike Bond, and Andrews.
On the restart, Doyle took advantage of Bruce to the low side out of turn two to move to the third position and one lap later yellow lights would again fly as the No. 87 of Magner went spinning on the front stretch.
As a result, Doyle would now restart second on the back bumper of Simmons at the front of the field.
Like in the Supermodified feature, restarts were again key, and as the green lights came on Doyle drove underneath Simmons into turn three to take the point bringing the No. 18 of Schartner along with him into the runner-up spot.
Cliff, Bruce, and Brown would eventually follow dropping Simmons to sixth.
The second half of the race went trouble free with Doyle and Schartner being the class of the field. Schartner tried high and low over the course of the last several laps but was unable to make a move on the Doyle No. 01, settling for second.
Continuing to make his weekly commute from Charlotte, NC, Schartner spoke with Keith Zehr following the race.
“We were just too tight,” said Schartner. “Usually the car is pretty balanced. Dalton did a heck of a job and I wasn’t going to touch him once the car got tight. We are fighting some of the rule changes that were made and it is making it a little more difficult to figure the car out.”
Cliff put on a great drive in his first race behind the wheel of the Tim Barbeau owned No. 50, after becoming involved in an accident with his No. 06 Supermodified earlier in the night.
“We just can’t catch a break with our Super,” said Cliff. “We finally got it going tonight and Stephen’s (Gioia) steering broke and I had nowhere to go. We struggled some in the heat race with the Small Block but we made some adjustments and started eighth. Andrew and I had some great racing there coming up through the field. We passed each other a few different times. I started running those guys down some, but that last restart the car just didn’t come back.”
Mark Castiglia drove from 21st to 12th to earn the night’s D&S Landscaping Hard Charger Award with Camden Proud being the Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer in 11th position.
The Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award winner was Matt Magner with Doyle leading the most laps as the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader.
Russ Brown earned the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.
Doyle, Losurdo, and Bond were Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge winners.
Bond, who stared 12th on the grid, was in a torrid battle with Brown on their way through the field until overheating issues sidelined the No. 74 on lap ten.
The $50 bonus in Memory of Rosemary Myers was drawn in victory lane by Doyle and awarded to Jack Patrick.
Racing at Oswego Speedway continues on May 23 with the highly anticipated Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’ featuring the ISMA Supermodified Jack Murphy Memorial 50, the Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial 75, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial 35.
Pit gates will open on at 11:30 a.m. with practice getting under way at 1:30 p.m. Time trials for ISMA Supermodifieds will be held at 4 p.m., with the first heat race scheduled for 5 p.m.
Kids 16 and under with paid adult and active military with ID are free.
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