OSWEGO, NY – Andrew Schartner had won nearly every major Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super event at Oswego Speedway, except the Tony White Memorial 35.
That all changed Saturday night, as Schartner cruised to his second consecutive win of the season in the Crow Motorsports No. 18 Hedger and first career White Memorial championship presented by RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting and A&P Auto Parts.
The victory is Schartner’s 11th of his career, increasing his gap as the series’ Road to the Championship point leader.
Schartner started the main from 12th position, using a multi-car pile-up in the first corner of the event to jump to fourth position at the start without passing a single car.
In eight laps Schartner would pass Josh Kerr, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau to gain the lead and never looked back.
Bond, Gareau, Kreig Heroth, and Kerr would complete the top five.
Schartner was ecstatic with the drive on multiple levels, especially battling Bond wheel to wheel for the win.
“That’s the first time I have passed Mike Bond on my way to winning a race, in fact I never pass Mike Bond,” joked Schartner after the race. “That was gratifying. To pass the best of the best, excluding Russ Brown, that was nice. My car owner says to win here it’s 80% luck and 20% talent, and you could see that tonight. Everyone saw what happened in turn one there at the start, if I got touched any different way in that I could have been in the hub rail with a flat tire.”
Schartner went on to speak on his tremendous start to the season and winning the White Memorial.
“This is the fastest this car has been in a while,” said Schartner of his Crow Motorsports No. 18. “My guys work so hard while I am in Charlotte all the time and this is the result. Winning the Tony White Memorial is what we needed, everything clicked tonight, and it is very gratifying. This is a team effort here, now we just have to find a way to get a championship.”
With the win, Schartner continues to lead the series standings holding a coveted guaranteed starting spot for the Novelis Supermodified Budweiser International Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31.
Jon Tesoriero, Steve Abt, Alex Hoag, Danny Abt, and JJ Andrews finished the top ten spots in Saturday’s main event.
Hoag and Dalton Doyle, driving the brand new Hawk chassis Small Block Super, took the 26-car Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super field to green with trouble developing right at the start.
Front row starters Hoag and Doyle brushed wheels in the first corner with the No. 01 of Doyle spinning in front of the entire field.
Nearly the entire starting lineup was involved in the incident, bringing red lights on around the Speedway.
Doyle, Rob Pullen, Cameron Rowe, Dennis Rupert, and David LaTulip would all be done for the night as a result of their damage.
All other drivers were given their spots back on the Speedway, with the exception of Hoag who was penalized for contact with the No. 01.
Due to other cars heading to the pit area to cure minor damage, the starting lineup was now drastically affected with Gareau now leading Kerr, Bond, Schartner, Heroth, Tesoriero, Camden Proud, Greg O’Connor, Jack Patrick, and Danny Abt with zero laps completed.
As green lights came on again, the race settled into a pace with Gareau, Kerr, Bond, and Schartner pulling out to a lead.
On the second circuit Bond and Schartner began their drive, dipping under Kerr to move to second and third, now bearing down on Gareau at the point.
With the front three runners driving away, Bond was searching the race track for room to work Gareau out front. In doing so, the low lane was left open for Schartner to take advantage on lap seven heading into turn one. The very next lap Schartner would again find the low lane in turn one, sliding passed Gareau for the lead.
Bond would follow suit into second and the race was now on between Schartner and Bond for the White Memorial Championship.
After two laps of bumper to bumper action between the leaders, red lights would come on again at lap 13 for an incident involving Proud and Zach Amo.
Running a great race inside the top ten, 15-year old Proud was sent into a broad slide into the third corner leaving little room for competitors to clear. Amo did his best to avoid contact slamming on the brakes, but momentum carried the No. 44 sideways into the door panel of the Proud No. 54 with tremendous force.
Both drivers exited their racecars without injury, but each car took on considerable damage ending the night for each driver.
Back under green Schartner and Bond continued to run away, but it was the Mopar powered machine of track record holder Jack Patrick making all the right moves.
Restarting 9th after the turn one melee, Patrick was on the charge, driving under Kerr for the fifth spot on lap 18 into turn three.
Unfortunately, only seven laps later the Patrick No. 9 pulled to the low side on the front stretch with apparent rear end issues ending his night.
With the top eight positions pretty much settled in, a hard fought battle was waged further back between JJ Andrews, Barry Kingsley, and Mike Bruce for top ten positions.
At one point Team Tapout teammates Andrews and Kingsley has each worked into the top ten ahead of Bruce at lap 28, but the battle would continue to rage. By lap 32 it was Danny Abt and Andrews in the front ten spots with Bruce and Kingsley on the outside, looking in.
As the race wore on out front Schartner began to creep away from Bond, until the races final caution waved on lap 33 for rookie Jesse Bearup.
The caution allowed Bond to pull back up on Schartner’s rear deck followed by Gareau, Heroth, Kerr, Tesoriero, Steve Abt, Hoag, Danny Abt, and Andrews.
As the race went back to green, Bond has used all he had, as Schartner went to the checkered ahead of the same top ten that took the final green flag.
Hoag, Gareau, and Bond earned Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge wins on Saturday. Tesoriero went to victory lane in the consolation.
Kerr collected the Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer Award.
Tesoriero would be the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger finishing sixth after starting 19th.
The White Car Care 4th place Award went to Heroth, while Schartner was awarded the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award.
Oswego Speedway returns to action May 31 for the Best Western Plus/Quality Inn and Suites, U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts Spring Championship. Racing starts next Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
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Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers
Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Tony White Memorial (35-laps): 1. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 2. 74 – Mike Bond, 3. 5 – Tim Gareau, 4. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 5. 8 – Josh Kerr, 6. 47 – Jon Tesoriero, 7. 67 – Steve Abt, 8. 7 – Alex Hoag, 9. 57 – Dan Abt, 10. 93 – JJ Andrews, 11. 22 – Mike Bruce, 12. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 13. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 14. 98 – Jason Simmons, 15. 76 – Scott Shafer, 16. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 17. 02 – Jesse Bearup, 18. 9 – Jack Patrick, 19. 54 – Camden Proud, 20. 44 – Zach Amo, 21. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 22. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 23. 2 – Rob Pullen, 24. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 25. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 26. 27 – David LaTulip
D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #47 – Jon Tesoriero
Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer: #8 – Josh Kerr
Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #18 – Andrew Schartner
White’s Car Care 4th Place Award: #04 Kreig Heroth
Heat #1 (10-laps, 6-qualify): 1. 7 – Alex Hoag, 2. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 3. 9 – Jack Patrick, 4. 8 – Josh Kerr, 5. 57 – Danny Abt, 6. 67 – Steve Abt, 7. 47 – Jon Tesoriero, 8. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 9. 02 – Jesse Bearup
Heat #2 (10-laps, 6-qualify): 1. 5 – Tim Gareau, 2. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 3. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 4. 93 – JJ andrews, 5. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 6. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 7. 76 – Scott Shafer, 8. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 9. 27 – David LaTulip
Heat #3 (10-laps, 6-qualify): 1. 74 – Mike Bond, 2. 2 – Rob Pullen, 3. 22 – Mike Bruce, 4. 44 – Zach Amo, 5. 98 – Jason Simmons, 6. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 7. 54 – Camden Proud, 8. 69 – Mark Castiglia
Consolation (8-laps, 6-qualify): 1. 47 – Jon Tesoriero, 2. 54 – Camden Proud, 3. 76 – Scott Shafer, 4. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 5. 27 – David LaTulip, 6. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 7. 02 – Jesse Bearup, 8. 69 – Mark Castiglia