OSWEGO, NY – When Oswego Speedway opens its gates for action in early May of 2016, Novelis Supermodified veteran Lou LeVea Jr. will take on the ‘Steel Palace’ with the best opportunity of his driving career.
Over the weekend LeVea, and car owner Marion Naramore of Naramore Racing, took ownership of a former Nicotra Racing Supermodified driven periodically in 2015 by Joe Gosek, as the No. 00.
Gosek took the machine to a third place finish in Oswego’s 2015 season opener behind teammate Otto Sitterly and eventual Speedway track champion, Bob Bond.
LeVea, who finished 17th in the 2015 driver standings wheeling his 1999 Belfab chassis, finished last year’s campaign with a season high 13th place finish in the yearend Fall Championship 75.
“We got the car to its new home late Sunday night,” said LeVea. “We cannot wait for the 2016 season to get started.”
While Gosek took the Nicotra machine to a podium finish in 2015, Sitterly racked up quite the record with the racer in recent years.
The car, which helped Sitterly escape injury in his violent Mr. Novelis Supermodified crash of 2011, was totally revamped following the incident and was promptly driven to victory lane by Sitterly the very next week.
With Sitterly at the controls, the car would go on to win the Budweiser International Classic in 2011 and 2012, while also claiming Oswego track titles in 2012 and 2013.
The duo even managed redemption in the Mr. Novelis Supermodified title event in 2013.
“We figure that car and I had a 25% win record over three years,” said Sitterly. “I think it is a very good move for Lou Jr.”
With Oswego’s Supermodified techonology continually evolving, Sitterly says the 2011 reboot of this Hawk chassis can still be very competitive.
“I believe it is still a very competitive car,” said Sitterly. “How many features are won running faster than 16.7? Not many. That car has run 16.9 many times at the end of a feature and it is maneuverable. We’ll be offering some tips and advice to Lou and his team and hope to see the car run well.”
LeVea came onto the Supermodified scene at Oswego back in 2009, finishing just 10 points shy of Dan Connors Jr. for that season’s rookie of the year title.
After starting 33rd in the 2009 International Classic, LeVea took a 19th place finish in his first attempt, his best to date having qualified for four Classics in his career.
LeVea’s first open opportunity for track time at Oswego will be the Speedway’s open practice on May 7.
The 66th season of racing at Oswego Speedway will begin on May 14 with the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, as well as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Richie Evans Memorial 61.
Oswego’s full 2016 schedule will be announced in its entirety in the coming weeks.
Individual ticket pricing and season ticket packages will be announced following the full schedule release.
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