Driver Autograph Session Highlights RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/Thunder Road Bar and Grill Night at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY – Ever wanted to meet your favorite racecar driver on the front straight at Oswego Speedway?  Now you have your chance.  This Saturday will mark the first of two driver autograph sessions on Oswego Speedway’s main straight as a part of RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/Thunder Road Bar and Grill Night at the Races.

The autograph session is scheduled for 5:30pm, in between practice and the night’s first heat race.  The evening’s first green flag is scheduled for 6:30pm with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m.

The annual driver autograph sessions serve as the perfect avenue to be up close and personal with the heroes of Oswego Speedway and their racing machines.  The Speedway novelty stand will have driver calendars available for sale, ideal for autographs and personal messages from drivers.  All proceeds from calendar sales will go back to the Speedway race team owners and drivers in 2012.

General admission prices for Saturday’s event are set at $17, with Price Chopper ‘Tickets to Go’ available at any Price Chopper location for just $14.

Kids 16 and under are admitted for free once again with a paid adult.  Active Military with ID are also free on Saturday night.

Saturday’s racing will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event as well as a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS series main.  Joining the two regular Speedway divisions on the racing card Saturday will be the ultra-light and competitive Tobias SpeedSTR Series.

Sporting a tubular chassis that weighs just 1,250 pounds with a 150 cubic inch, dual overhead cam powered Mopar engine, the SpeedSTR Series provides excellent side by side racing in a hurry.

For more information on the series be sure to visit www.speedstr.biz

Oswego Speedway is honored to welcome back a long-time race night partner in RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, and welcome a new partner Thunder Road Bar and Grill this Saturday night.

Located at 364 East Ave. in Oswego, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting has been a longtime supporter of Oswego Speedway, and their primary goal is to maximize their client’s greatest potential.  RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting accomplishes this with a team of motivated professionals, dedicated to meeting the highest professional standards in a responsible, efficient and cost-effective manner.

RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting takes pride in the belief that no client is too small, yet their professional team has the experience to accommodate any of the larger, growing companies throughout the community.

For more information on RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting visit their website at www.rjcarusotax.com or call (315) 342-4900.

Thunder Road Bar and Grill, located on East Albany Street, just outside the first turn of Oswego Speedway, is now entering its second year of business and is looking better than ever.

With live music, several flat panel HD televisions, Thursday night Ladies Night and karaoke, and Friday Open Mic night, Thunder Road Bar and Grill is a one stop shop for summer time entertainment.

After the races Saturday night race fans can also head over to Thunder Road Bar and Grill for the race night DVD and the high energy rock show of F-5.  A $2 cover charge will be charged at the door, or a Thunder Road Bar and Grill race night ticket from the Speedway will get you in free.

For more information on Thunder Road Bar and Grill visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThunderRoadBarGrill.

Last Saturday nights racing provided more side by side action in the Novelis Supermodified division.  In fact, the only thing that changed was the driver in victory lane.

Oswego’s Joe Gosek made a lap 24 pass of young Dan Connors Jr. to take the lead in the Best Western Plus Captains Quarters/Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront 50-lap main event to sail on to his 41st career win at Oswego, tying him for 4th on the All-Time win list with legendary Speedway champion Nolan Swift.

The win was Gosek’s first since 2010 and he bested the field of 24 Supermodifieds with a smoking Burke’s Home Center No. 00.  After being stopped at the start/finish line early in the race to check the car, the machine was deemed to be fine and Gosek proceeded to smoke all the way to victory.

After two rough weeks to open the season, which did not see Gosek finish either event, he now moves to 7th in the overall Novelis Supermodified championship standings.

Canajoharie’s Otto Sitterly continues to lead the point standings and actually extended his lead by five points with a 5th place finish on Saturday night.  Sitterly started in the 13th position last week and was able to slice his way through a couple incidents to a Top 5 finish, his 3rd of the season.  The 2011 Budweiser International Classic winner is the only driver to finish in the Top 5 in all three races this season.

Fulton’s Dave Gruel lost five championship points to Sitterly last week, but still rides 2nd overall.  Gruel continues to knock on the door, finishing in the Top 10 yet again, as last week he managed a 7th place finish after making contact with Michael Muldoon damaging the front wing on the No. 50.

With a great runner-up drive last Saturday, Oswego’s Pat Lavery now moves to 3rd in the championship hunt.  Lavery passed four cars after a lap 30 restart Saturday night to move from 7th to 3rd before eventually making his way past Dan Connors Jr. for the 2nd spot.  The No. 22 has been one of the fastest cars at the Speedway each Saturday night, and now puts both of the Double Deuce Racing machines in the Top 3 of the point battle.

Hawthorne, NJ driver Joey Payne has quietly moved his way into the 4th position of the Speedway standings.  After being knocked out of the opener while running up front and finishing 2nd in the Jim Shampine Memorial, Payne returned to the track fast again last Saturday.  A 3rd place finish in his heat race set Payne up nicely for the feature, but a lap 15 pit stop forced Payne to tail of the field.  The Muldoon Racing No. 20 charged back though with a 9th place effort. The ‘Jersey Jet’ is 50 points off the lead after three events.

Finishing the Top 5 in the Novelis standings is the most improved driver of 2012, Oswego’s Shaun Gosselin.  After two great runs to start the season, Gosselin began last Saturday much the same.  The driver of the No. 26 ran a blistering lap of 16.683 seconds in hot laps, then backed it up with a 2nd place finish in his heat race.  However, come feature time Gosselin lost the handle on the machine spinning multiple times and ending the night with an 18th place finish.

Sitting 6th in the point standings at this point of the season is Ankeny, IA driver Ray Graham Jr., who brought out the brand new No. 90 Xtreme Chassis on Saturday night.  With a sleek low slung look and large rear tail section, the new design caught the eye of many.  With no practice at all, Graham quickly climbed his way up the speed chart with a time of 16.7 seconds.  Come feature time Graham was dicing inside the Top 10 before being tangled up in a lap 30 incident with Gosselin, Brian Sobus, and Tim Devendorf.

Finishing the Top 10 in the standings includes last week’s winner Gosek, Jeff Abold, Sobus, and Dave Danzer.

Danzer had a fine run on Saturday night, picking up a heat race win and a 4th place finish in the main event.  Like Gosek, Danzer has been fast all season but had a rough first couple weeks. The 2011 Cleaning for a Reason Rookie of the Year finally got the bugs worked out Saturday night.

Connors also was able to get the bugs worked out of the No. 01.  The hard luck driver of the past season at the Speedway, Connors led several laps of the main event holding off the hard charging Gosek.  If it weren’t for a late charge by Lavery, Connors would have put his machine in the 2nd spot on the podium.

Dropping out of the Top 10 on Saturday was Tim Snyder.  Snyder had a hard trip into the 3rd turn foam during heat racing action and was unable to start the main event.

Dave Cliff and Andy Noto were back again on Saturday night, and again had issues.  Each driver would take hot laps, but neither would start a qualifying race.

Jarett Andretti was in town for the first Novelis Supermodified event of his career, and was certainly impressive.  In just laps Andretti was down into the 17.0 second range in the Muldoon/Paternoster No. 1 machine, and even managed a 16.9 second lap in his qualifying heat race. Scheduled to start 15th in the main event, Andretti made contact with the front stretch outside wall during the preliminary warm-up laps and was unable to take the green flag. An apparent stuck throttle was the culprit.

There was yet another full field in the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series on Saturday night and pulling into victory lane was Oswego’s Rob Pullen in the No. 2.  It was Pullen’s 4th career victory at Oswego and he did it holding off late race advances of Mike Bond and Dalton Doyle.

Charlotte, NC, driver Andrew Schartner now leads the way in the Pathfinder Bank championship standings after a 6th place finish on Saturday night.  Schartner has finished in the Top 10 in every race this season, with two previous Top 5 finishes.  The driver of the No. 18 has made the weekly commute from the south to race at the Speedway, and now that he is in the series point lead, that commute will likely continue.

Defending series champion Bond has managed to resurface at the top of the point charts in the 2nd spot.  After finishing a dismal 18th in the opener, the No. 26 has roared back with two consecutive podium finishes.  Last week Bond’s machine had their new Mike O’Connor engine in place, and the Terry Solazzo owned team is looking to get to victory lane this weekend for the first time in 2012.

Won4 Racing driver Kreig Heroth sits in the 3rd spot in the point battle.  Like Schartner, Heroth has two Top 5 finishes this season, and has been in the Top 10 every week after an 8th place finish Saturday night.  The brand new No. 04 Hedger chassis flirted with the 18-second bracket in hot laps Saturday night, and has consistently been one of the fastest machines at the Speedway.

Dropping from the point lead to 4th last week was Team Tapout driver JJ Andrews in No. 93.  Andrews was caught up in an early race accident Saturday night which forced him to the pit area.  The No. 93 would return to garner championship points, and finished the night in 17th.  After leading the points the first two weeks of the season, Andrews is now 14-points back.

Completing the Top 5 in the standings, tied with Andrews, is your feature winner from last Saturday, Pullen.

Finishing the Top 10 spots in the year-long Pathfinder Bank championship battle are Tim Barbeau, Jack Patrick, Jason Simmons, Doyle, and Mike Bruce.

Doyle had a career day last Saturday, picking up a heat race win and an outstanding 2nd place finish in the SBS main event.  Doyle, an Oswego Kartway graduate, drives the No. 01 and looks to continue the momentum heading into Saturday’s racing.

At the track for the first time on Saturday night were Barry Kingsley and Brian Osetek.

Kingsley was behind the wheel of the Teddneck Racing No. 27 in place of Nate Sitterly, who was at the prom. Kingsley brought the machine home in the 19th spot.  The defending Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS sold the majority of his equipment before the season, but will look to return to action later this summer in a new ride.

Osetek returned to action Saturday in a brand new home built No. 00 SBS.  Osetek and team used the evening to work some of the bugs out of the car, as the No. 00 did not start a qualifying heat.

Oswego Speedway events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15.

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