OSWEGO, NY – A veteran of racing at Oswego Speedway in both the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super and Novelis Supermodified divisions, owner/driver Brian Sobus is looking to make a fulltime return to Supermodified action at the ‘Steel Palace’ in 2015 behind the wheel of the beautiful No. 79.
After purchasing the former Double Deuce Racing No. 50 Supermodified in 2014, driven for several seasons by Dave Gruel, Sobus is hunting sponsorship to help make his weekly racing dreams a reality in 2015 after establishing himself as one of the Corr/Pak Merchandising ‘Fast 14’ qualifiers in last year’s Budweiser International Classic.
A three time feature winner in the Speedway’s Small Block division, with three top five finishes in points from 2008-2010, Sobus made the jump to the Novelis Supermodifieds by qualifying for his first Budweiser International Classic 200 in 2010 in his first attempt.
Driving in a joint effort with Ray Graham and Mike Murphy, in an older C&C designed chassis, Sobus wowed the International Classic crowd that year by not only qualifying 17th fastest of 38 entries, but promptly driving the No. 92 racer to a finish of eighth in his first start in the world’s biggest Supermodified event.
Sobus’ early success in a Supermodified helped his partnership with Murphy to grow into a fulltime effort in 2011, with the ride now showing as No. 79.
In his first full season driving a Novelis Supermodified, Sobus took 16th in the final standings with his first career top five finish coming in Twin 30 action on June 18 of that season behind Bob Bond, Dave McKnight, Dave Gruel, and Joe Gosek.
Sobus again excelled in the International Classic in 2011, with yet another top ten effort.
In 2012 the Murphy/Sobus team made an upgrade, purchasing a former Kody Graham Hawk Supermodified, with Sobus again adapting quickly.
Now as No. 60, in a ride on par with most of the field, Sobus charged to a career best third place finish on opening night of 2012, finishing one spot higher later in the season with a runner-up during the Grand Prix 75.
Sobus ended 2012 with an eighth place finish in the overall Supermodified standings, with a third consecutive top ten finish in the International Classic.
Unfortunately, prior to the 2013 season Murphy and Sobus went separate ways with the Murphy No. 60 moving out of fulltime competition and Sobus returning to his roots, the Small Block Super division.
Sobus took third in the Small Block Super portion of Race of Champions Weekend in 2013 with a top ten finish in the Bud Light SBS Classic, but the feeling was not the same.
Prior to 2014, Sobus made the commitment to purchase his own Supermodified, returning to his familiar No. 79 and unveiling the car just two weeks prior to the International Classic.
After managing to find some speed in the car early in the day, trouble struck during main event hot laps as the No. 79 veered into the outside wall, ending Sobus’ hopes of running that day’s feature and putting his International Classic hopes in doubt.
In his first true effort as an owner/driver in Supermodified racing, the Sobus team regrouped and rebuilt the racer prior to the International Classic last year and in amazing fashion Sobus qualified 14th fastest of 41 competitors with a lap of 16.467 seconds.
An early incident ended a Classic run for Sobus during the 200, his first DNF in his fourth start in the great race, but Sobus now knew that he and his team could no doubt field a competitive racer at the Oswego oval.
With the same machine and crew at his disposal from 2014, Sobus is aiming at making a weekly return to Oswego in 2015, and with the right amount of support Sobus believes it can become a reality.
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Oswego Speedway’s racing season begins on May 9 with the Speedway’s 65th opening night celebration featuring the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off main event as well as the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Richie Evans Memorial and the Pathfinder Bank SBS.
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