OSWEGO, NY (July 8) – The 2012 season at Oswego Speedway has been one of change for Mark Castiglia. The Oswego driver came into the year with a brand new racecar, new number, and a new outlook.
In doing so he managed to pull into Chris Nelson Insurance Victory Lane on Saturday night for the second time in 2012, and in his career at Oswego Speedway in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division as a part of Burke’s Home Centers/CNY Central King of Wings weekend in front of a near capacity crowd.
Castiglia muscled the point away from long-time leader Andrew Schartner on lap 26 of the 35 lap battle, and would then have to hold off garage mate Rob Pullen in the closing stages for the big win.
Kreig Heroth, Mike Bond, and Schartner completed the Top 5 order at the conclusion of the SBS main event.
“Andrew (Schartner) and I had quite the battle,” said Castiglia in Chris Nelson Insurance Victory Lane. “I got into him a little bit, I apologize for that, but we were slugging it out there for a couple laps and I finally got by him. I knew Robby (Pullen) was behind me, I felt him a couples times, and saw him high there and I was just trying to make laps. The car was pretty loose tonight, but I held on.”
Mike Bruce, who was involved in a nasty heat racing accident just one week ago which required nearly a total rebuild of the No. 22, led the first two laps of the Burke’s Home Centers/CNY Central main event until Schartner slipped by to the point on lap 3 in the No. 18.
Schartner, the defending Bud Light SBS Classic Weekend winner, began to distance himself from the pack once out front. Further back Castiglia and Pullen began to hook up and work their way through the field and by lap 7 worked into the Top 5 with low sides passes of Dalton Doyle in No. 01.
The duo would not stop there.
On lap 11 Castiglia would again make a hole, this time under Bruce in turn two leaving room for Pullen to again follow through. The No. 69 and No. 2 would then set their sights on leaders Schartner and Cameron Rowe in No. 77.
Caution lights would come on at lap 13 for the No. 88 of Brad Haynes, who made contact with the third turn foam.
The order for the restart would show Schartner, Rowe, Castiglia, Pullen, and Bruce in the Top 5 followed by Doyle, Heroth, Tim Barbeau, Mike Bond, and AJ Bernys.
As the field picked up the pace in turn three the No. 77 of Rowe suddenly locked up and slid towards the outside wall making contact with the foam while running 2nd. Upon further review, a stuck throttle was the culprit.
“I dropped the hammer and it wouldn’t come back,” said Rowe. “Once I got it slowed down some and hit the kill switch I turned it to the right to try and hit as square as possible.”
With Rowe out of the action, that would move Castiglia up into the runner-up slot with Pullen, Bruce, and Doyle in tow.
On the restart Schartner pulled away, appearing well in command as both Heroth and Bond began to mount a charge near halfway. Bond followed Heroth through the pack and on lap 15 each made their way into the Top 5, sliding passed Doyle in No. 01.
The cross flags for halfway showed Schartner, Castiglia, Pullen, Heroth and Bond up front with Schartner still holding a decent distance on Castiglia for the lead.
That would change however on lap 21.
A caution for Jack Patrick’s No. 9 in turn two gave Castiglia the opportunity he was looking for to draw back behind Schartner, and when the green lights came back on it was clear that Castiglia had something for the leader.
The two waged a spirited battle for the next five laps, trading paint and scuff marks, with Castiglia finally making the pass for the top spot on lap 27. With Pullen having the best seat in the house running 3rd, he eventually did what he had done all night, follow through in the tire tracks of the No. 69. One lap later Pullen moved passed Schartner into 2nd and now tried to move high on the leader Castiglia.
With Castiglia and Pullen battling, Schartner began to back slide as both Heroth and Bond would in time make moves by Schartner dropping him to 5th after leading much of the event.
As the closing laps wore on Pullen threw everything he had at Castiglia in search of his third win of the season, but instead it was Castiglia joining Pullen as the only two drivers to pick up multiple wins so far in the Oswego SBS season.
“That was pretty exciting,” said Pullen after the event on the Budweiser interview podium. “They (Castiglia and Schartner) got locked up there for a second coming out of turn four, and I thought they were both going to end up in the wall. I backed down a little bit, but probably should have taken advantage of it and got by both of them. Mine and Mark’s car both come out of my shop each week so this is good.”
Heroth, who has battled in the Top 5 all season long, finally pulled through for a Top 3 finish in 2012.
“I think the best we’ve started all season is 10th, but it has done nothing but make me a better driver,” said Won4Racing pilot, Heroth. “This is a heck of a place to be on a Saturday night. I probably pass about 10 race tracks on my way here on Saturday’s but I would rather be here. I have to thank my crew and everyone. Ray Hedger puts a great racecar underneath us and my new car owner Doug Soucy took a chance on us and bought all new stuff and I think it is paying off.”
Doyle, Bruce, Barbeau, Nate Sitterly, and Jon Tesoriero finished the Top 10 rundown in the Burke’s Home Centers/CNY Central SBS main event.
Next week at Oswego Speedway is Century 21 Galloway Realty/Turning Stone Resort & Casino Night at the races featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS Series, and the always exciting ATQMRA TQ Midgets. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. with racing getting under way at 6:30 p.m.
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Saturday, July 7th, 2012
Burke’s Home Centers/CNY Central King of Wings IV
Saturday, July, 14th – Century 21 Galloway Realty/Turning Stone Resort & Casino Night
Novelis Supermodified 50, Pathfinder Bank SBS 30, ATQMRA TQ Midgets
PATHFINDER BANK SBS SERIES
Feature (35-laps): 1. 69-Mark Castiglia, 2. 2-Rob Pullen, 3. 04-Kreig Heroth, 4. 26-Mike Bond, 5. 18-Andrew Schartner, 6. 01-Dalton Doyle, 7. 22-Mike Bruce, 8. 79-Tim Barbeau, 9. 27-Nate Sitterly, 10. 47-Jon Tesoriero, 11. 98-Jason Simmons, 12. 8-Josh Kerr, 13. 5-Tim Gareau, 14. 87- Bryan Haynes, 15. 9-Jack Patrick, 16. 24-AJ Bernys, 17. 44-Justin Cornell, 18. 93-JJ Andrews, 19. 99-Dennis Rupert, 20. 17-David LaTulip, 21. 77-Cameron Rowe, 22. 88-Bryan Haynes, 23. 11-John Ketcham
1st Heat (10laps/All Qualify): 1. 18-Andrew Schartner, 2. 04-Kreig Heroth, 3. 79-Tim Barbeau, 4. 98-Jason Simmons, 5. 27-Nate Sitterly, 6. 8-Josh Kerr, 7. 44-Justin Cornell, 8. 17-David Latulip
2ndHeat (10laps/All Qualify): 1. 22-Mike Bruce, 2. 2-Rob Pullen, 3. 01-Dalton Doyle, 4. 93-JJ Andrews, 5. 99-Dennis Rupert, 6. 5-Tim Gareau, 7. 87-Bryan Haynes, 8. 88-Brad Haynes
3rd Heat (10laps/All Qualify): 1. 77-Cameron Rowe, 2. 24-AJ Bernys, 3. 69-Mark Castiglia, 4. 9-Jack Patrick, 5. 26-Mike Bond, 6. 47-Jon Tesoriero, 7. 11-John Ketcham