OSWEGO, NY – With a fourth place finish in last weekend’s Novelis Supermodified main event, Otto Sitterly has regained the series point lead in search of his historical seventh Speedway title.
Despite a point penalty earlier this season which withdrew 19 markers from Sitterly’s overall total, the driver of the Nicotra Racing No. 7 has rebounded, now leading championship runner-up Dave Gruel by 7 points.
With equal finishes in their qualifying heats, Gruel held a 2-point edge heading into the JP Jewelers 50-lap main last Saturday night, but Sitterly’s fourth to Gruel’s seventh place feature finish was enough to slide Sitterly back to the top spot in the standings, a position he held from May 10 through July 19.
Sitterly’s up front consistency with eight top five finishes on the year has kept him in line for the title, and is no doubt the difference in the championship, along with his Jim Shampine Memorial main event win on May 24.
A seventh championship for Sitterly would place him in unprecedented territory in the history of Oswego Speedway, tying Bentley Warren and Jim Shampine with seven Supermodified titles at Oswego.
Gruel has five top five finishes on the year, three fewer than Sitterly, despite collecting a total of nine top ten finishes on the season, which is a series tying lead with Sitterly driving the A&P Auto Parts No. 50.
Two point races remain in the battle for the Novelis Supermodified championship, including this weekend’s 50-lap Oswego County Federal Credit Union and Bosco’s Famous Italian Sausage main, which will see heat races begin at 6:30 p.m.
The final night of point racing will be September 14, as a part of SUNCO Race of Champions Weekend, which will see the Supermodified contend in their 75-lap Fall Championship main.
Former teammate to Gruel, Pat Lavery rides third in the series standings in the Lighthouse Lanes No. 22, 37.5 points behind series leader Sitterly. Lavery had just three top five finishes on the season, but with eight top ten scores, the Oswego driver no doubt remains in touch in the championship battle.
Fourth in the standings is the only 3-time main event winner this season, Randy Ritskes in the Locke Crane Services No. 37. Ritskes scored victories in the Spring Championship, the Supermodified Twin 35s, as well as the Speedway’s Summer Championship and has a total of six top ten runs this season. Riding 64.5-points out of the lead, Ritskes is still mathematically in the title but needs a top result on Saturday.
Rounding out the top five is 2-time series champion and Grand Prix main event winner this season, Joe Gosek in the Burke’s Do-It-Best Home Centers No. 00. Trailing the championship by 74 points, Gosek needs to bring only his A-game in the final two point events to have a chance at the title.
David Danzer, Tim Devendorf, Michael Muldoon, Michael Barnes, and Joey Payne finish the top ten in the Novelis Supermodified driver’s championship heading into Saturday night’s 50-lapper.
Pit gates open at 2 p.m. on August 16 with grandstand gates opening and hot laps beginning at 4 p.m.
General admission seating is available for only $17 with Price Chopper Tickets to Go again available at any Price Chopper Supermarkets store for only $14.
Once again in 2014, kids 16 and under will be admitted free of charge with a paid adult with active military also admitted free with ID.
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