OSWEGO, NY – By all accounts, the early start to Oswego Speedway’s 65th anniversary season has been nothing short of spectacular with exciting, tight quarters racing, and last lap heroics becoming a weekly fixture at the popular ‘Steel Palace’ oval.
Of the five racing weekends at Oswego so far this season, four of those have seen their finishes in doubt until the very last trip around the 5/8 mile oval.
The most recent of those finishes was the amazing dead heat tie that took place in the second Novelis Supermodified Twin 35 event on June 20, between seven-time Speedway champion Otto Sitterly, and now – first time feature winner Michael Muldoon.
While Muldoon looked to have the event well in hand, Sitterly made a heroic charge in the races final ten laps to close in on Muldoon off of turn four on the final circuit, diving to the inside to force the tie.
The tie was officially only the second in the Speedway’s 65 years, going back to the Doug Didero/Eddie Bellinger Jr. dead heat in 1997. Jack Greedy and Jim Shampine were the first to capture a dead heat in 1969, although Greedy was officially declared the victor.
Just two weeks prior to the dead heat on June 20, Muldoon was involved in yet another barn burner – this time with Dave Gruel, Ray Graham Jr., and again Sitterly.
The June 6 main event at Oswego appeared to be Muldoon’s first career victory, after having outdueled Gruel, Graham, and Sitterly through a thick band of lapped traffic.
However, as Muldoon came out of the fourth corner on lap 49 to take the white flag; his machine began to sputter out of fuel. With the crowd on its feet, Gruel would charge around Muldoon on the final lap to steal the victory.
While the Novelis Supermodifieds have provided their share of heart stopping action in 2015 at Oswego, the winged ISMA Supermodifieds have as well, and they officially got the trend started in the Jack Murphy Memorial as a part of the wildly successful Port City Super Spectacle on May 23.
Mike Lichty had had a stranglehold on the Oswego oval in winged competition in recent years, and looked as though he would continue that notion on Memorial Weekend.
But, it would be fellow Canadian runner Mark Sammut, surprising nearly everyone in the house with a daring high side move on the races final corner to miraculously storm by Lichty for his first career Oswego victory.
Just three weeks later ISMA returned on June 13 with Lichty again in the hunt, this time chasing down super sub Timmy Jedrzejek in the Howie Lane No. 97.
While a change of position did not occur on the final lap, Lichty hounded Jedrzejek relentlessly leaving everyone in doubt until the cars crossed the finish line on lap 50, as to who would be the winner.
Jedrzejek would hold off Lichty, in yet another breathtaking finish, after traveling last minute from his vacation in Myrtle Beach to hop into the Lane Supermodified.
Five weeks of racing, four unforgettable finishes – all at Oswego Speedway.
Before fans even have the opportunity to catch their breath, the Speedway will be back in action this weekend with more in store as the always exciting Grand Prix main events will take place with a 75-lap Novelis Supermodified feature and a 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS main to celebrate Independence Day this Saturday, July 4.
Ending the evening of racing and fun will again be a gigantic fireworks display to cap the night and put a patriotic finishing touch on the Speedway’s Fourth of July celebration.
Fans are also reminded that July 4 will be the second Novelis Fan Can Chase Night of the year. Bring your aluminum cans for recycling for a chance to win Speedway race tickets. Redemptions will take place in front of the Speedway from 3-6 p.m.
Grand Prix Night and Christmas in July will also be a Price Chopper Tickets to Go event with tickets available at any Price Chopper Supermarkets location for only $14.
As always kids 16 and under are free with a paid adult.
Grandstand gates will open on July 4 with the beginning of hot laps at 4 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for the kids at 6 p.m., with the night’s first heat race taking the green at 6:30 p.m.
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