Novelis Supermodifieds Return this Saturday at Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY – The Novelis Supermodifieds return this Saturday, July 14 as the headline division at Oswego Speedway as a part of Century 21 Galloway Realty/Turning Stone Resort · Casino Night at the Races.  Joining the mighty Supermodifieds as always will be the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series with the added attraction of the lightning fast ATQMRA TQ Midgets.

Joey Payne in action at Oswego Speedway behind the wheel of a TQ Midget (Bob Clark Photo)
Joey Payne in action at Oswego Speedway behind the wheel of a TQ Midget (Bob Clark Photo)

The ATQMRA TQ Midgets will take on the inner short track at Oswego Speedway on Saturday, and do so in spectacular fashion.  Weighing just 810lbs. with top wings and versatile open-wheel maneuverability, the TQ Midgets are always a fan favorite and typically see Supermodified drivers of the past and present behind the wheel.  For more information on the series visit online.

Grandstands will open at 4 p.m., with racing getting under way at 6:30 p.m.

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After having one week off for King of Wings IV at the Speedway last Saturday night, the Novelis Supermodifieds will be back in action this weekend for their 7th main event of the championship season.

Otto Sitterly continues to lead the way in the standings, but only by a small 6-point margin over Pat Lavery.

Sitterly won the first two races of the year back in May, but recently has run into a bout of bad luck with DNFs in the two most recent races.  The Grand Prix 75 on June 30 saw Sitterly end the evening on his lid after attempting to chase down then leader Ray Graham.  Sitterly is scheduled to be at the Speedway at the end of this week for another Fast Friday session from 4:30-8:30, which again is open to the public.

Championship runner-up Lavery has been the master of consistency this year with Top 10 finishes in all six events so far this season.  With Sitterly’s string of bad finishes, Lavery has been able to capitalize drawing to within just 6-points of the championship lead.  The No. 22 has wowed fans all season long with its late race high side passes, as Lavery continues his push for career win number one in Novelis Supermodified action at Oswego Speedway.

Muldoon Racing driver Joey Payne is just 4-points behind Lavery and only 10 behind Sitterly in the battle for the title.  Payne finished 2nd to Sitterly back on Memorial Day Weekend and most recently took 3rd in the Grand Prix 75 on June 30.  In what was supposed to be a race by race deal with Muldoon, Payne now finds himself right in the battle for the championship.

The Brian Sobus/Mike Murphy team now sits 4th in the championship with the red No. 60.  Sobus has five Top 10 finishes this season and after June 30 has finished on the podium twice in 2012.  The Grand Prix 75 saw Sobus finish the night right on the back bumper of the Randy Ritskes No. 88 at the line as Ritskes was running out of fuel.  Sobus likely came up one lap short in his quest for his first career Novelis Supermodified win.

Completing the Top 5 in the Novelis Supermodified championship is your newly crowned King of Wings, Dave Gruel.  Gruel, who gave ISMA Supermodified owner Steve Miller his first career win in 45 years of trying on July 7, is the normal driver of the Lighthouse Lanes No. 50 at Oswego and looks to return to victory lane this weekend without the wing.  History however is not on Gruel’s side as since 1992 no driver has ever won at Oswego with a wing one week and returned to victory lane without the wing the next.

Finishing the Top 10 in the championship hunt is your previous race winner Ritskes, Mike Barnes, Dan Connors Jr., Dave Danzer, and Shaun Gosselin.

While the Novelis Supermodifieds had the week off, the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series was in full swing last Saturday, July 7 with Mark Casitglia picking up his second win of the season in the No. 69.  Castiglia muscled his way passed Andrew Schartner late in the running to join Rob Pullen as the only SBS shoe to win two events this season.

With another Top 5 finish, Mike Bond continues to lead the Pathfinder Bank standings in No. 26.  The defending series champion currently has a 16-point edge on Kreig Heroth for the top spot.  Once again Bond had to come from deep in the field Saturday for his Top 5 finish, following Heroth through the pack in the No. 04.

With several Top 5 finishes this season, Heroth finally managed to reach the podium on July 7 with a 3rd place effort on the heels of Castiglia and Pullen.

Heroth and the Won4 Racing team have managed to find a good setup underneath their brand new racecar and look to try and chase down Bond during the summer stretch run at the Steel Palace.

With a hard charging runner-up finish on July 7, Pullen rides 3rd in the SBS title chase.  Only 3-points behind Heroth, the No. 2 of Pullen was on the door step of his 3rd win of the season last Saturday, but could not manage to work his way around the Castiglia No. 69.  Pullen is having his best season in the division and is one of the drivers to watch during the championship stretch.

Another driver having one of the best starts in his career is the driver that is 4th in the standings, Tim Barbeau in the No. 79.  Barbeau once again finished in the Top 10 on July 7 with an 8th place run, backing up his podium finish from June 30.  With that 8th place run last weekend, Barbeau joins Heroth as the only two drivers who have finished in the Top 10 in every event this season.

Completing the Top 5 in the order is the Schartner No. 18.  After leading much of the event on July 7, Schartner wound up with a 5th place finish bringing his Top 5 total to three for the season.

Schartner led the standings at one point this year, but a couple tough nights and a DNF on June 30 have pushed Schartner on the verge of dropping out of the Top 5.

Jason Simmons, JJ Andrews, Castiglia, Dalton Doyle, and Jack Patrick round out the Top 10 runners in the Pathfinder Bank championship so far in 2012.

Currently, Jon Tesoriero leads the Rookie of the Year battle behind the wheel of the No. 47 by 57-points over the No. 8 of Josh Kerr.

Oswego Speedway events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15.

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