OSWEGO, NY – For the first time since 2013, Oswego Speedway Pathfinder Bank SBS veteran Jack Patrick returned to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane, driving his MOPAR powered Hedger Chassis during the Speedway’s Twin 35 night presented by Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers and A&P Auto Parts.
Patrick started from the inside of the second row, snagged the lead from front runner Cameron Rowe on lap three, and held off a hard charging Dave Cliff in the late going to secure his fifth career SBS win at the Steel Palace.
Cliff, who pulled double duty on Saturday also driving the Strong Racing Supermodified, took the runner-up spot with Rob Pullen, Kreig Heroth, and Mike Bruce filling the front five spots.
“Dave (Cliff) was right there,” said Patrick. “I felt him a few times on my bumper, but he raced me pretty clean. Once I knew he was there I just picked it up and I had to go. The MOPAR was pretty strong tonight.”
Camden Proud, Anthony Losurdo, Mike Bond, Russ Brown, and Jesse Bearup completed the top ten in the 30-lap SBS main on Saturday.
Rowe and Bearup would lead the field to green with Rowe gaining the early edge as Bearup quickly backslid through the field.
Two early caution flags bunched the field.
The first was for Greg O’Connor, Josh Kerr, and Mark Castiglia in the second turn with the next mishap occurring in turn four between Andrew Schartner and Dalton Doyle.
Doyle would immediately be done for the night with damage to the No. 01 while Schartner later dropped out at lap 7.
As the field came back to green Rowe led Patrick, Heroth, Cliff, Proud, Pullen, Bruce, Losurdo, Bond, and Bearup.
Once up to speed Patrick rolled under Rowe to take the point into turn three on lap three and began to pull away in the lead.
Further back Cliff was making his mark and on lap nine drove around Heroth on the back stretch to take the runner-up position, with Patrick now in sight.
Near the halfway point Cliff had closed on Patrick for the lead while Pullen found the room he needed to slide by Heroth for the third position into turn three.
Over the course of the final half of the race it would be a bumper to bumper battle between Patrick, Cliff, Pullen, Heroth, Bruce, Proud, Losurdo and the rest.
Cliff had several low side glances at Patrick down the back stretch, but was unable to make it stick, as Patrick rolled away to win number five of his career.
Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge victories went to Patrick, Proud, and Schartner.
The D&S Landscaping Hard Charger was the No. 69 of Mark Castiglia.
The Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer was Proud while Heroth earned the White’s Car Care 4th Place Award.
Patrick would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award, while Doyle was declared the Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award recipient.