OSWEGO, NY – In a recent column published by Area Auto Racing News, written by correspondent Jay Andrews, Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame driver Joe Gosek indicated that his options are open for a run at Oswego’s Novelis Supermodified championship in 2015.
A three-time champion of the Budweiser International Classic at Oswego and a two-time Speedway track champion, Gosek has driven the same Xtreme chassis Supermodified at the Steel Palace since 2007, driving the machine to a Speedway title in 2011 and nine feature wins.
Initially built for independent front suspension, the current Gosek ride lacks the consistency needed to compete with a front axle, according to Gosek as told to Andrews.
“I was hoping that independent front suspension would come back for 2015, so we haven’t modified (the current) car,” Gosek told Andrews. “They took a vote, and decided to stay with the front axles. I think the guys with the new cars were afraid of me with my seven-year-old car.”
With no change in front end rules, the Gosek Racing team is now faced with a decision.
The team could modify its current car, put in an offer on the Brian Sweeney 2013 Hawk No. 3 Supermodified which has been for sale since the fall, or take up John Nicotra on an offer to field his older Hawk chassis driven in 2014 by Dave Shullick Jr.
Since the Jay Andrews column was published on January 6, the Sweeney portion of the decision looks to have been dropped. Sweeney recently registered the car for himself with Speedway officials.
Nicotra told Andrews that the option to run one of his machines has been and will be open for his old friend, Gosek.
“My car is there for Joe to use, if he wants it or needs it,” Nicotra told Andrews. “Otto (Sitterly) has run that car in three Classics with two wins and a second. Everything is brand new on the car, it is all set. They can take the car put their own sponsors and number 00 on it, whatever they want. Joe has been one of my best friends.”
As published in Andrews’ column, Gosek said that with only one or two more years remaining in his career, that modifying the current No. 00 would be the team’s first option.
Regardless, Gosek did state that one way or another, he will return to the Steel Palace in search of another title in 2015.
Oswego Speedway’s racing season begins on May 9 with the Speedway’s 65th opening night celebration featuring the Novelis Supermodified Kickoff main event as well as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Richie Evans Memorial and the Pathfinder Bank SBS.
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