OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Speedway is set to take the green flag again this coming Saturday, which will continue a four week stretch of consecutive racing action.
This Saturday’s event, which is presented by Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego, will take the green flag at 6:30 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m.
Joining the strong contingent of Novelis Supermodified racers on June 2, and for the rest of the season, will be 19-year old Jarett Andretti.
Young Jarett, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup winner and Indianapolis 500 veteran John Andretti, will pilot the Muldoon/Paternoster No. 1 Supermodified on Saturday night as he tries to chase down the Oswego Speedway Rookie of the Year title, despite missing the first two events of the season.
General admission prices for Saturday’s event are set at $15, 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. The Speedway’s two headline divisions will be the only two divisions on the racing card.
This weekend’s race night partners, Best Western Plus Captain’s Quarters and Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront of Oswego, are platinum partners with Oswego Speedway this season.
It was also announced earlier in the season that this year’s annual Mitchell’s Speedway Press Oswego Speedway Banquet will be held in the newly constructed Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center on East First Street in Oswego. The 2012 post-season gala will mark the first time in several years that the affair has been held in the Speedway’s hometown.
“The speedway is such an important part of the Central New York and Oswego culture,” said Shane Broadwell, of The Broadwell Hospitality Companies. “And, we are extremely excited to see the positive changes and momentum that the Torrese family is making at the race track and how it is impacting the Oswego and CNY community.”
“We are proud to partner with the Oswego Speedway on our new platinum sponsorship, and also grateful for the opportunity to play host to their annual post-season banquet,” he added.
Oswego Speedway Co-owner John Torrese, looks forward to the growing partnership with the Broadwell family.
“Working with everyone at the Best Western Plus, Quality Inn and the Lake Ontario Conference Center has been great,” said Torrese. “Having such a great facility here in Oswego will be outstanding for the city and community as a whole, and we are honored to have our post-season champion’s banquet at the Conference Center this season. It makes sense for us to stay local and support other local businesses and we look forward to a continued partnership with the Best Western Plus and Quality Inn & Suites.”
After yet another exciting weekend of racing at the Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend, Canajoharie, NY, driver Otto Sitterly remains as the man on top of the Novelis Supermodified standings, after pulling off his second consecutive main event win in dramatic style.
For the second time in as many races, Sitterly made a late race pass to garner the win, this time with an outside move on New Jersey’s Joey Payne on lap 72 of 75 in the Mitchell’s Speedway Press Jim Shampine Memorial 75. The win marked Sitterly’s third Memorial Day Weekend victory, and his 22nd overall Novelis Supermodified triumph at Oswego.
Sitterly is now tied with Pat Abold in the 11th spot of the All-Time Supermodified win list.
Dave Gruel, who nearly won the opening night main event at Oswego on May 5, sits in the runner-up position in the standings in No. 50. After coming home in the Shampine Memorial with a 6th place finish, Gruel is now 30-points back of Sitterly in the early season.
Ray Graham and his No. 90 team bounced back from a rough opening night for a 3rd place finish last Saturday, which now puts him 3rd in the overall chase for the title.
Graham and Sitterly, who have a history of wheel to wheel racing, certainly ran in some pretty tight quarters at times on Saturday night. Eventually Sitterly was able to move around Graham on the back straight late in the race to the runner-up position, and eventually on to the win.
In his post-race interview, Graham voiced his opinion of the pass.
“I’m not sure what happened down the back straightaway there, but I see my tail section is smashed up,” said Graham. “I assume the No. 7 car (Sitterly) ran into the back of us. I’m not sure, but that is ok. If that is the way they want to race I’m ok with that, good hard racing, just expect the same in return.”
Shaun Gosselin, driver of the No. 26, continues to be the most improved Novelis Supermodified driver of 2012, and he proved it again on Saturday night. After finishing 3rd in his heat event, Gosselin ran strong for the entire 75-lap Jim Shampine Memorial, coming home with a career best 4th place finish. That effort also moves him into the 4th position in the overall point standings, just eight markers behind Gruel for 2nd.
Rounding out the Top 5 in the standings is the driver of No. 60, Brian Sobus. Sobus, who surprised nearly everyone in the Speedway on May 5 with an outstanding 3rd place run, struggled some during the day last Saturday. After running 2nd in the consolation event, Sobus started deep in the Shampine Memorial field, but ran consistent and charged his way to an 8th place finish in the rundown. His two Top 10 finishes are enough to hold him in 5th for the overall championship hunt.
With a great run on Saturday night, Joey Payne rides 6th overall in the point standings driving the Muldoon Racing No. 20. Payne developed steering issues after making contact in an early race altercation involving Michael Muldoon and Joe Gosek. With a loosening steering wheel, Payne tried to hold off the advances of Sitterly late in the action but was unable to do so.
Tim Snyder, Pat Lavery, Jeff Abold, and Randy Ritskes complete the Top 10 in the Novelis Supermodified championship standings are two weekends of racing.
First time visitors to the Speedway last weekend were Canadian TJ Woolsey, Dave Cliff, and Andy Noto. Cliff and Noto of course are no strangers to the Speedway with previous experience in both the Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions.
Both Cliff and Noto had issues throughout the day and neither one was able to take the green flag in the Shampine Memorial.
Woolsey, a first time driver at Oswego Speedway and in the Supermodified division, qualified for the main event with a fifth place finish in the consi. Driving No. 43, Woolsey gradually improved throughout the night and ended the evening with a 22nd place finish.
The Pathfinder Bank SBS Series saw a full field of 24 cars take the green flag last Saturday night, and pulling into victory lane was Oswego’s Cameron Rowe in the FFB Race Chassis No. 77. For Rowe, it was his second career win and an emotional one at that, being in memory of Tony White one of the founders of the FFB SBS Chassis.
After picking up his second career win on opening night, JJ Andrews continues to lead the Pathfinder Bank championship standings in the Team Tapout No. 93. Andrews finished 7th last Saturday night, which was enough to keep him five points up on Andrew Schartner in the point chase.
Schartner moved to 2nd overall after passing his way from 14th to 3rd in the Tony White Memorial last Saturday. The North Carolina resident is hoping to be back this Saturday, but is currently waiting on a plane ticket.
Kreig Heroth continues his consistent ways in the Won4 Racing No. 04. Heroth drove to another 5th place finish on Saturday night, which was enough to move him to the 3rd spot in the standings. The No. 04 is just 8 points behind Andrews for the series lead.
SBS veteran Tim Barbeau drove a fine race last Saturday night in honor of Tony White, as he passed his way to a 4th place finish in the 35-lap affair. Driving the HRW Construction No. 79, Barbeau now finds himself 4th in the championship hunt after two racing weekends, 18 points back of the lead.
2012 Tony White Memorial winner Rowe now sits 5th in the overall series standings.
Mike Bond, Mike, Bruce, Jack Patrick, Mark Castiglia, and Jason Simmons complete the Top 10 in the point chase. Bond, who had a terrible opening night bounced back with a runner-up finish in the Tony White Memorial. Both Patrick and Castiglia, who ran in the Top 3 on opening night, were knocked out of last Saturday’s main on the races first turn.
Lou LeVea Jr. and multi-time feature winner Chris Proud made their first appearances of 2012 last Saturday. LeVea ended the night 19th in the No. 95.
Proud, who had not run at the Speedway since 2010, returned last Saturday with his familiar No. 3 and proceeded to run to a 9th place finish in the main event.
Oswego Speedway events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15.
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