By – Chris Porter
Having been absent from the podium since June 4th’s second-place finish to teammate, Andrew Schartner, small block supermodified driver Kreig Heroth took an additional step up on the stairwell Saturday night, driving the Crow Motorsports No. 44 into victory lane at the Oswego Speedway. It was Heroth’s’ second career win, coming one year after he notched win No. 1 in July of 2010.
“We went back to Ray Hedger’s (chassis builder) place and kind of started all over again,” Heroth said. “It has a basic setup in it and it has really worked out great. The car feels like a totally different car. Hopefully, we can keep it up front. We’ve had a few rocky weeks the last few weeks. Last week, we had a distributor issue right at the start. That hurt us, but if we keep going at it, I think we’ll be OK.”
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Having come from the inside of the second row, Heroth inched out Cameron Rowe to score himself second on the leader board after the field’s maiden voyage around Oswego’s fast five-eighths mile. Moments later, he put his No. 44 by opening lap leader Lou LeVea, Jr. to take command for good.
After Heroth moved out in front, the only question was whether anyone would be able to catch him. Leading by 20 lengths at the halfway mark, a caution flag closed up the field, erasing Heroth’s advantage. However, when the lights turned green, Heroth picked up where he’d left off, building a sizeable advantage that even points chase leader Mike Bond (Who’d just taken over second place) couldn’t even chip into. There would be no repeat of Bond’s feat of running down Jason Simmons in the closing laps of July 2nd’s race.
The first caution of the event occurred after Rob Pullen’s No. 2 spun between turns one and two. With two laps recorded, Heroth led Cameron Rowe, LeVea, Simmons and Mike Bruce. Schartner, Bond, David LaTulip, Mark Castiglia and Barry Kingsley completed the top 10.
Heroth pulled away as the green flag sent them back to racing again. Rowe began to distance himself from the pack as well, leaving LeVea to fend off Simmons and the heated battle for fifth between Schartner, Bond and Bruce.
Lap No. 9 saw Bruce work his way under Schartner as Simmons found his way around LeVea. Bruce quickly worked his No. 22 under LeVea as well, opening up a pathway for Bond and pinning Schartner behind LeVea’s No. 95.
Lap No. 15 saw LeVea spin in between turns one and two, bringing out the caution flag. Heroth’s 20-length lead was erased as the field filed into line. Heroth led Rowe, Simmons, Bruce and Bond. Schartner, Castiglia, Jack Patrick, LaTulip and Kingsley completed the top 10.
Again, Heroth eased away at the drop of the green. Two trips later, Bruce nudged his way past Simmons for third. Bond and Schartner were right there to follow.
Schartner took to the outside of Bond on the 19th lap and was looking to mirror the move on Bruce. However, contact between his No. 18 and Bond’s No. 26 sent the 18 reeling back to seventh.
Two laps later, a seemingly lonely but harmless second-place run for Rowe literally went up in smoke as his No. 77 coasted into the pits.
With Rowe out of the picture, an inside dash underneath Bruce’s No.22 put Bond into second place, with a clear track in front. Perhaps too clear, as Heroth’s No, 44 was a full straightaway ahead, with just eight laps remaining.
Running nearly identical times, the gap between Heroth and Bond neither shrank nor grew. Heroth cruised the final five laps onto victory. Unable to win his third in a row, Bond was still pleased with his second-place run.
Listen to – Mike Bond
In the closing laps, Patrick’s No. 9 seemed to come alive. Outside passes on Simmons and Bruce helped land the Dodge-powered small block super No. 9 a third-place finish.
Listen to – Jack Patrick
Bruce seemed to bounce around the front of the pack all race, finally settling in for fourth.
Listen to – Mike Bruce
Schartner had a seesaw of a race himself, surging forward before falling back, only to work his way back up into the top five before race’s end.
Listen to – Andrew Schartner
Oswego County Federal Credit Union/Subway SBS 30: 1. Kreig Heroth (44), 2. Mike Bond (26), 3. Jack Patrick (9), 4. Mike Bruce (22), 5. Andrew Schartner (18), 6. Jason Simmons (98), 7. Mark Castiglia (90), 8. Dave LaTulip (27), 9. Barry Kingsley (23), 10. Tim Barbeau (50), 11. A.J. Bernys (24), 12. Rob Pullen (2), 13. Brian Osetek (00), 14. Dennis Rupert (99), 15. Dalton Doyle (1), 16. Will Hadcock (43), 17. Cameron Rowe (77), 18. Lou LeVea, Jr. (95), 19. Brian Haynes (37)
Heat wins went to Heroth, Bond and Rowe.