By – JJÂ Andrews
This weekâ€™s SuperStar is the best driver this season that hasnâ€™t won a feature at Oswego Speedway.Â Every week he runs great, proven by the fact that heâ€™s been on the podium each of the last three races.
Mike Bruce signed on to drive Rob Pullenâ€™s small block supermodified for the season in 2010, since Rob had planned to take the year off to build his new business, Pullenâ€™s Plumbing Supply in Oswego, N.Y.Â The family friends struck the deal, and Bruce has had an amazing rookie season.Â As the season winds down, Bruce finds himself just three points out of 5th place in points, 752 to Tim Barbeauâ€™s 755.
Most notable of Bruceâ€™s accomplishments is the fact that although just barely out of high school, he has earned the respect of his co-drivers.Â He has had plenty of opportunity to use the â€œchrome hornâ€, and muscle another driver out of the way for a deserved victory.Â But heâ€™s clean – to a fault.
Now that heâ€˜s got the experience, he can – and should – win some races by being more aggressive.Â Nice guys finish last in the small block supermodified division.Â Or 2nd or 3rd.
The Bruces recently purchased Shawn Walkerâ€™s car so they can give Rob Pullen his FFB car back.Â Of course Pullen wants to run Classic, so you may see him back behind the wheel shaking off the rust as early as this week.Â Hopefully Walkerâ€™s car is as fast as Pullenâ€™s car, so Bruce can stay up front.Â A handicap that includes three podium finishes will have him starting way back in the pack, so his work is cut out for him.
Put your swagger on, Mike!Â Itâ€™s expected and accepted in this class. Iâ€™m not saying that itâ€™s time to dump somebody for a win, but youâ€™re a good enough driver to muscle someone safely – scare them but donâ€™t wreck them -Â when youâ€™re three tenths faster.Â (Unless itâ€™s an orange carâ€¦)Â No more mister nice guy!Â I bet your Dad already told you that.