OSWEGO, NY – Three-time speedway champion Dave Cliff and car owner Tim Barbeau have wreaked havoc on Oswego Speedway’s Pathfinder Bank SBS division the past three seasons and the same trend appears to be continuing early on in 2018.
Following the season opening victory in the Tony White Memorial 35 for the back-to-back track champion, Cliff officially moved into sole possession of fifth all-time in Small Block Super victories at Oswego with fifteen just ahead of Bob Goutermout and Andrew Schartner.
“It’s good to start off the season with a win,” said Cliff, who didn’t win a single race in 2017 until track championship night in August. “I’ve never won the opener before, so that’s pretty cool. The car handled great and I was able to make a lot of passes, especially on the top side. I feel really confident about the rest of this season, but it’s early. There are a lot of tough guys we have to compete with in this division.”
Barbeau, Cliff’s car owner for the past three seasons and a four-time Oswego winner himself, also moved up the all-time ranks in the car owner wins category. The Memorial Day Weekend checkered flag was the seventeenth of Barbeau’s career, allowing him to bypass Jim Paternoster and take fourth on the car owner wins list.
The owner of the C.P. Force LLC sponsored ride now has four victories as an owner and driver, five wins with Cliff, plus eight more in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with Dave Gruel and Chris Proud doing the driving. Barbeau has also been onboard for two of Cliff’s three championships.
To start off the 2018 season, Cliff now has a three-point lead ahead of current championship runner-up Russ Brown in the division standings.
Oswego Speedway returns to action June 9 when A&P Auto Parts presents the ‘Spring Championship’ featuring a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event plus a 30-lap feature for the Pathfinder Bank SBS. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (315)-342-0646.
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All-Time Pathfinder Bank SBS Feature Win Leaders (1992-2018):
Mike Bond – 41
Russ Brown – 21
Dave Gruel – 17
Dean Hoag – 16
Dave Cliff – 15
All-Time Pathfinder Bank SBS Car Owner Win Leaders (1992-2018):
Crow Motorsports – 27
Denise Merrill – 23
Terry Solazzo – 20
Tim Barbeau – 17
Jim Paternoster – 16