OSWEGO, NY – With Budweiser International Classic Weekend on the doorstep, we continue our look back on Classic Moments from Classic Weekend, including a night of firsts in the Bud Light ISMA Super Nationals from 2005.
The Soule Racing team had been a main stay at Oswego Speedway for several seasons with Danny Soule driving to victory lane on more than one occasion in non-wing action. However, the patented baby blue No. 32 had never seen victory lane at Oswego in winged ISMA action.
Nokie Fonoro, the Soule Racing Supermodified driver in 2005, was a highly talented midget racer, who had never visited victory lane at Oswego in Super action.
All that changed on Classic Weekend ‘05.
A stout field of winged machines would take the green flag on that Saturday night of Classic Weekend with Joey Payne and Vern Romanoski leading the charge.
Payne leaped to the early lead with multi-time Oswego winner Dave McKnight hot on his heels in the Patco Transportation No. 94, but quickly moving through the field was Fonoro in the No. 32.
Out of nowhere, in one fell swoop, Fonoro somehow blasted by both McKnight and Payne to steal the lead of the Super Nationals at lap 17, and quickly drew away from the pack.
Before long the Vic Miller teammates of Chris Perley and Bentley Warren made their presence known driving the No. 11 and No. 0 machines, with Perley working the outside of the Speedway masterfully.
By lap 30 of the main event, Perley had worked from 11th on the grid to drive by Pat Abold and McKnight to take the runner-up spot. Perley now was giving chase to race leader Fonoro.
With Perley making moves, Warren kept the No. 11 in his sights, taking advantage of spinning McKnight before going by both Abold and Payne to move into the third position.
As the laps wore on Perley began to reel in leader Fonoro at the front of the field, but the charge would prove to be too little, too late, as Nokie Fonoro would drive on to his first career Supermodified win at Oswego Speedway, giving Soule Racing their first ISMA win at the ‘Steel Palace.’
Fonoro was elated in victory lane.
“I have to thank Danny Soule and the crew,” said Fonoro. “I also want to thank all the fans that come here to Oswego. It doesn’t get any better than this. I love coming here because the people are racers. Thank you for supporting racing and this track. I looked at the board and saw the 11 and 0 coming behind me. Those are two of my good friends. Heck, I used to sit on Bentley’s lap when I was little. These are two great race car drivers. This was a fun night.”
Despite falling short of victory, Perley was pleased with a runner-up after having won the NEMA Midget feature earlier in the night.
“I thought we were catching Nokie for a while there, but then we tightened up. I think this is great. I think it’s the first second we have had here. It’s a good thing I stayed ahead of Bentley to lead him around. He doesn’t know his way around here anymore,” Perley joked.
Warren would finish in the third position, much to the joy of the crowd. Abold took the fourth spot with Joe Gosek finishing the top five.
Russ Wood, Payne, McKnight, Jon McKennedy, and Justin Belfiore would be the top ten runners in the 27-car field.
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