OSWEGO – On Friday night, Baldwinsville’s Michael Muldoon earned something his father had come close to, but could never lay claim to – the pole for the International Classic 200. In time-trials, the younger Muldoon circled Oswego Speedway’s five-eighth’s mile in 16.082 seconds, just one-tenth faster than outside pole starter, Pat Lavery.
The two will set the pace for Sunday’s 60th running of supermodified racing’s most prestigious race. Pocketing a $1,000 dollars for his qualifying efforts, Muldoon says he knew the car was fast right from the start of practice on Friday afternoon. His confidence in it turning a good time-trial lap only grew as the day wore on.
Listen to – Michael Muldoon
Oswego native, Lavery, says he was very pleased with his time and starting position, despite having played conservative with his setup. A two-time feature winner in 2016, Lavery will take another shot at winning his first Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Listen to – Pat Lavery
Speeding around the lakeside oval just two one-thousandths of a second behind Lavery was 2016’s Novelis Supermodified Track Champion, Michael Barnes. Barnes will start on the inside of row No. 2. Starting aside Barnes will be ISMA’s current championship points leader, Dave Shullick, Jr. Driving the John Nicotra-owned No. 2, the Ohio invader landed the fourth starting spot with a time of 16.258 seconds.
Piloting another one of Nicotra’s entries, Idaho’s Davey Hamilton landed his No. 6 in fifth. He is the only former winner starting in the first three rows. North Carolina’s Keith Shampine piloted the Chris Osetek-owned No. 55 to the sixth-best time of 16.299 seconds. He’ll be starting alongside Hamilton.
Timmy Jedrzejek, Otto Sitterly, Jeff Abold and Joe Gosek rounded out the top 10 qualifiers. Connecticut, California, Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Canada were all represented from 11th on back. Second round qualifying will take place early on Sunday.
In the Pathfinder Bank small block division, Mansville’s Russ Brown broke the track record he had set just two years ago. Wheeling the Ray Hedger-owned No. 13, Brown blistered the paved oval with a time of 18.504 seconds. The top six drivers would later redraw for their SBS Classic starting spots. Brown would end up pulling the pole, arguably taking what he’d earned in the first place.
Listen to – Russ Brown
Last year’s SBS series champ, Mike Bond, raced the Denise Bond-owned No. 74 to the second best time of 18.632 seconds. Bond redrew position No. 3. 2016’s SBS Track Champion, David Cliff, earned the third best time, with a lap of 18.775 seconds. Redrawing starting position No. 2, the newly crowned champion will look to beat Brown to the point come Sunday.
Camden Proud impressed with the fourth fastest lap, 18.780 seconds. He would redraw in position No. 5. Dalton Doyle and Andrew Schartner would end up scoring the fifth and sixth best times. Doyle would redraw fourth and Schartner would end up staying put, pulling No. 6.
Alex Hoag, Anthony Losurdo, Mike Bruce and Jack Patrick filled out the top 10 time trialers and will start in positions seven through 10.
Helping fill out the rest of the field, Jason Simmons and Jesse Bearup earned semi-final race wins. The top five drivers in each race earned starting spots in Sunday’s season finale. The balance of those who’ve yet to qualify will run in Sunday’s last-chance race.