Otto Sitterly, Pat Lavery One-On-One for Speedway Championship

OSWEGO, NY – It all comes down to this weekend.  The prize is one of the most prestigious in all of short track open wheel racing, the Oswego Speedway Supermodified Track Championship.  Otto Sitterly and Pat Lavery are separated by only 11 points coming into the season finale, and each have a legitimate shot at putting their name in the history books as the 2012 champ.

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Four-Time Oswego Speedway champion, Otto Sitterly, is in search of Championship number five this weekend at the ‘Steel Palace.’ Bill Taylor Photo

No one has accumulated more points in the supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway since the turn of the century than Otto and Pat.  Through the years, they have consistently been at the top of the point battles year in and year out.  Both drivers have had the best of equipment, top shelf crews, and a tireless work ethic to get them to the top of the supermodified game.

While the prize is the same, both have taken different paths to get there in 2012.  Coming into the finale, Otto Sitterly leads Pay Lavery by 11 points. While others have outside chances, its basically down to these two.  The Nicotra 7 and Double Deuce 22.

Otto Sitterly is a four time track champion at Oswego, turning the trick in 2006, 2008, 09, and 2010.  He joins only track legends Jim Shampine, Doug Didero, and Mike Muldoon as the only drivers to ever win three consecutive track championships. Otto is in the thick of the point chase year in and year out.

He started out 2012 in Victory Lane the first two weeks to take an early lead in the points.  Consecutive 5th place finishes followed, but the wheels came off for a couple of weeks in late June.

June 16, the 7 was charging to the front in the midstages of the race, as he was well into the top five.  As he maneuvered around another car for position, the duo touched, sending the 7 hard into the third turn wall, out for the rest of the race, with a 14th place finish.  The following week, Sitterly was up to second place, gaining on the leader, when a competitor got sideways on the front stretch, with the 7 touching, sending the Sitterly car sliding on its roof, upside down.  Otto pulled himself out of the upside down machine quickly, but for the second week in a row and first time in recent history, out of the top ten in the finishing order.

Two wins, six total top fives, and 8 total top tens have propelled the Canajoharie driver to the top of the point standings, as he looks for his fifth speedway championship.

Oswego driver Pat Lavery has been a model of consistency since joining the supermodified division 12 years ago.  Whether it was for the Plum Crazy Strong Racing Team, or the Double Deuce Team, Pat is always up front and always near the top of the point standings.  He is neck and neck with Sitterly gathering points since the calendar went from 1999 to 2000.

Year after year, Lavery is in the thick of the point battle as well.  In 2008, we had the same scenario as we do this year.  One week to go for the championship, ironically it was Lavery and Sitterly to decide the title between themselves.  That year, twin 30;s ran the last point race, with Sitterly having the better last night, winning the title by 30 points.  Pat ended a fine 2008 in second place in points.

2009, Pat wheeled the Deuce to a third in points, while in 2010, he piloted the Double Deuce to third once again.  Both years he had a mathematical chance at the title as the season wound down. Consistent top five finishes in the point standings, show Pat Lavery is one of the most talented drivers week in and week out, year in and year out in the supermodified division at Oswego.  In 2012, Pat is one of the few drivers willing to try and make the outside groove work.

His drive to the 2012 title is a prototypical Pat Lavery season.  He is the only driver in either division to finish in the top ten every week this year.  He started out the year with a seasons worst 10th place finish.  He wheeled and dealed the 22 to a runner up finish on June 2 behind friend Joe Gosek.  Pat has accumulated five top fives, and ten top tens to reach within 11 points of the 7 with one to go.

Adrenaline will be rushing, and drama will be at a fever pitch as the teams take to the line in the 50 lap finale of 2012.  Not only is an Oswego Speedway feature win at the end of the rainbow, but so is the big prize, the 2012 Oswego Speedway Supermodified Track Championship.  Otto Sitterly looks for title number 5, while Pat Lavery is in the hunt once again for his first ever championship.  Every eye in the house will be on the 7 and 22, as they each look to etch their name in the Oswego Speedway history books as – 2012 Supermodified Champion.