OSWEGO, NY – The 25th season of Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super racing at Oswego Speedway has certainly provided exciting racing so far in 2016, including a third different series point leader in the last three races in former series champion Dave Cliff, driving the Barbeau Racing No. 50.
Cliff, who finished second in the standings one year ago, has yet to win a main event this season but leads the division with four top five and five top ten finishes on the season.
On top of that, Cliff has also played double duty on more than once occasion this year, piloting both the Jerry Curran No. 24 and Strong Racing No. 99 Novelis Supermodifieds along with his weekly SBS ride.
Cliff joins Mike Bond and Anthony Losurdo as fellow point leaders during the last three events of the season and currently holds court over Losurdo by a slim 11-point margin heading into next weekend’s Grand Prix 35 to be held on July 2.
The series champion in 2010, Cliff knows what it takes to hold onto the series championship lead, but keeping the lead has proven difficult in recent weeks.
Bond started the season on top for three consecutive events, but a dismal 19th place finish in the Speedway’s Spring Championship on June 11 has been difficult to rebound from, as the No. 74 now rides seventh in the driver’s championship some 35 points out of the lead.
When Bond faltered, Losurdo was there to take advantage, heading into June 18 with a mere 5-point lead on Cliff. However, despite a third place finish in his heat race and a seventh in the main event, a tremendous evening for Cliff saw Losurdo slip to an 11-point disadvantage by the end of the night.
That swing of events goes to prove the tight competition in the SBS ranks, which sees a total of eight drivers currently within 65-points of the championship lead.
With his victory on June 11, Jack Patrick now rides third in the title hunt only 18 points behind Cliff with Camden Proud and Kreig Heroth filling the top five positions.
Mike Bruce, Bond, Dalton Doyle, Barry Kingsley, and Jesse Bearup are the top ten in the championship, all within 110 points of the top spot.
Oswego Speedway returns to action on July 2 for the Speedway’s Grand Prix night featuring extra distance features and the annual Christmas in July Toy Drive.
All those who bring a new and unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the Hannibal Central School Christmas Bureau in association with Toys for Tots of Oswego County, will receive a free hot dog combo meal.
Pit gates will open on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4:30 p.m. with the start of hot laps.
Santa Claus will arrive in the Tiki Bar for kids at 6 p.m. and the night’s racing action, which will be capped with a 75-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature, will go green at 6:30 p.m.
To celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend – an exciting fireworks display will end the evening, post-race.
Kids 16 and under will again be admitted free at all Speedway events in 2016, including the rear grandstand this weekend, with the exception of Budweiser International Classic Weekend and Race of Champions Weekend.
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