OSWEGO, NY – It was a ‘Shullick Sweep’ this past weekend at the Oswego Speedway as Tyler Shullick from Vermillion, Ohio, collected his first career Oswego checkered flag in the Pathfinder Bank SBS Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ 35 presented by Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D Bus.
Shullick, who is the cousin of defending Supermodified track champion Dave Shullick Jr. and the son of former competitor Pat Shullick, has spent the past several seasons traveling to New York in search of a win at the ‘Steel Palace’ behind the wheel of the potent Four Sevens Motorsports No. 67.
Saturday, the full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crewman for Grant Enfinger finally pulled it off as he held off the division’s all-time wins leader Mike Bond for an exciting trip to victory lane in the Four Sevens FFB Chassis owned by Denise Bond and sponsored by Royal Purple.
“I don’t have any words,” Shullick said. “Mike Bond is the best. Obviously Denise (Bond) owns his car too and he helped me out tremendously over the winter. He got bottled up behind the 22 and I knew my shot was present to take the lead and I went for it. He showed me a wheel on the outside a few times late in the race and I wasn’t really expecting it, so it took my breath away a little. I have no idea how we held him off. It’s unbelievable to win here.”
At the drop of the green, Mike Bruce and Greg O’Connor made up the front row for the 35-lap extra distance main event on Independence Weekend with Bruce leading the way 1 lap in.
On the initial start, Greg O’Connor, third starting Barry Kingsley, and fourth starting Cameron Rowe all dropped back several positions with the Four Sevens teammates Bond and Shullick quickly taking over positions two and three using the outside lanes of the speedway.
With three laps complete, Bond immediately began challenging Bruce for the race lead with Shullick in tow for third, Kingsley riding fourth, while sixth starting Dan Kapuscinski had worked back by a hard charging Andrew Schartner, who came from ninth to crack the top five.
At the completion of lap three, Bond took a peek to the inside of Bruce heading into turn 1 and that’s when the No. 74 got a bit out of shape, opening the high road for the No. 67 of Shullick.
Shullick worked the highside of the speedway for a full lap before finally inheriting the runner up position from Bond with the ‘Spring Champion’ from June 9 falling back to the third spot.
One lap later, Shullick found the low lane on Bruce to take the lead going into turn three and began to open up some distance in front of the field.
Further back in the top five, Kapuscinski had worked his way under Kingsley to grab the fourth position with Kingsley fifth and Schartner, Russ Brown, Anthony Losurdo, Camden Proud, Dave Cliff, and Dalton Doyle all doing battle inside the top ten.
Four laps later, Bond finally got under Bruce to take second with 8 laps complete, but by that time, Shullick had opened up a rather large gap ahead of the field.
Ten laps after Bond had passed Bruce for second, Kapuscinski had since closed in on the third place car and later made his move on the No. 22 heading into turn three as well.
At this point, Shullick and Bond had checked way out in front.
The lone Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag was thrown on lap 23 when Bruce slowed with brake issues on the No. 22 machine.
The caution flag for Bruce moved Kingsley into fourth, Schartner into fifth, Brown into sixth, Losurdo into seventh, Proud into eighth, Cliff into ninth, and Doyle into tenth with twelve laps to go.
When the green flag was thrown back in the air, the restart gave Bond the opportunity he needed and the veteran made the most of it, breathing down Shullick’s neck on the outside lane for the remaining ten circuits in search of victory.
Bond gave his teammate everything he had, nearly touching the wall with two laps to go, but it was Shullick’s night at Oswego Speedway as he picked up the win over Bond and Kapuscinski on the podium.
Finally working under Kingsley for fourth was Schartner, while Brown followed him through for fifth, Losurdo for sixth, Proud for seventh, and Cliff for eighth. Doyle and Kingsley completed the top ten.
Completing the on track running order was AJ Bernys in eleventh, Jack Patrick in twelfth, Cameron Rowe in thirteenth and James Babcock in fourteenth.
Bryan Haynes, Cameron Black, O’Connor, Bruce, Josh Kerr, and Joshua Sokolic completed the field with DNF’s while Mark Castiglia and Ray Sand Jr. each did not start the main event.
Heat race wins on Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D Bus night were awarded to Kerr, Brown, and Losurdo.
Schartner was the White’s Car Care 4th Place Finisher, Kapuscinski was the Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer, and Bernys was the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger for his charge from nineteenth to eleventh
Shullick received Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader honors for leading 31 of 35 laps.
Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ continues next Saturday, July 7, when Helena Agri-Enterprises presents a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event and a 30-lap feature for the Pathfinder Bank SBS.
GA seating is just $15 with kids 16 and younger free. To purchase tickets, please call the track box office at (315)-342-0646.
For more information on Oswego Speedway, visit OswegoSpeedway.com.