By – Chris Porter
Photo – Oswego Speedway PR
Shaun Gosselin took the checkered flag for the second time in as many weeks Saturday night at the Oswego Speedway, leading all 50 laps of the Novelis supermodified feature. Having gone winless as a regular weekly competitor at the lakeside oval since his 2010 debut, Gosselin only had six days to savor win No. 1 before returning to victory lane. In fact, Gosselin hasn’t allowed anyone else to lead lap the past two weeks and has thrown his hat back into title contention with just one points race remaining.
Gosselin’s path to the checkers was a little less strenuous this time around. No one was able to keep pace with his No. 26 supermodified.There were no adventures in lapped traffic, no near spin-outs and no decorated veterans chasing him to the finish line. Once nabbing the lead at the drop of the green, the Enfield, CT resident was off and running, slowed only a single caution flag.
Listen to – Shaun Gosselin
Gosselin and Cornelius, NC’s Keith Shampine led the field to the green to begin the 50-lapper. Gosselin pounced on the race lead quickly, leading Tim Snyder, David Gruel, Shampine and Brandon Bellinger across the stripe to complete the maiden lap.
As Gosselin eased away, Dave Danzer moved into the top five. Gosselin’s lead was at 10 lengths by the fifth lap. The margin would double by the lap No. 10.
Shampine would become the first casualty of the race, pulling pit-side on the 12th lap with what would end up being a faulty temperature gage. This promoted Danzer to fourth and Bellinger to fifth.
Gosselin would catch the tail-end of the field on the 18th lap. Danzer would catch Gruel and Snyder by lap No. 20.
Heading into the night, Joe Gosek sat just seven points ahead of Otto Sitterly in the track title hunt. In the midst of a mid-pack battle, Sitterly’s super suddenly spun as it headed into the third turn. With nowhere to go behind the out-of-shape No. 7, Gosek was forced into the outside wall. Sitterly’s machine suffered rear wing damage as it slowly backed into the foam, but he was able to return. Unfortunately for Gosek, damage to his No. 00 would end his night.
24 laps into the race, Gosselin led Snyder, Gruel, Danzer and Bellinger. Michael Muldoon, Pat Lavery, Bob Bond, Mike Barnes and Jerry Curran filled out the top 10.
The ensuing restart saw Gruel challenge Snyder’s left side. Snyder would hold, but only for one trip around Oswego’s fast five-eighth’s mile. Gruel would take second place the next time around. Danzer would slip his way underneath Snyder’s No. 0 to move into third.
Gruel would have his opportunity to see what his No. 50 had for the race leader, but Gosselin would just continue to walk away.
With 15 trips to go, Gosselin was out in front all alone. Having caught up to Gruel, Danzer would begin to press the runner-up.
As Gosselin began to tip-toe his way through light lapped traffic, Danzer would finally find room under Gruel between turns three and four on the 40th lap.
Snyder would fade out of the top five near the end of the race, losing fourth to Lavery’s No. 22 and fifth to Bond’s No. 47.
With five laps to go, Gosselin continued to cruise, holding a full straightaway advantage over Danzer. Lavery and Bond would close in on third-placing running Gruel, but would run out of time.
Gosselin would take the win, with Danzer crossing the line in second.
Listen to – Dave Danzer
For the second week in a row Gruel would land the Double Deuce Racing No. 50 in the top five, finishing third.
Listen to – Dave Gruel
Finishing behind his teammate for the second straight week, Lavery drove the Double Deuce Racing No. 22 to a fourth-place finish.
Listen to – Pat Lavery
Driving the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 47, Mexico’s Bond cruised to a solid fifth-place finish.
Listen to – Bob Bond
Having raced in and around the top five all race long, Muldoon brought the No. 51 home in sixth.
Listen to – Michael Muldoon
Bouncing back from an early spin to finish in seventh, Sitterly would retake the points lead. He holds an 11-point advantage over Gosek and the the No. 00 crew and a 22-point lead over Gosselin.
Having run a solid top five race until the tires on his No. 0 would begin to fade, Snyder landed his supermodified in eighth.
Listen to – Tim Snyder
Novelis Supermodified 50: 1. Shaun Gosselin (26), 2. Dave Danzer (52), 3. David Gruel (50), 4. Pat Lavery (22), 5. Bob Bond (47), 6. Michael Muldoon (51), 7. Otto Sitterly (7), 8. Tim Snyder (0), 9. Brandon Bellinger (02), 10. Jerry Curran (24), 11. Clayton Brewer, III (23), 12. Tony Steiner (07), 13. Hal LaTulip (56), 14. Dan Connors, Jr. (01), 15. Tim Devendorf (5), 16. Lou LeVea, Sr. (66), 17. Michael Barnes (99), 18. Joe Gosek (00), 19. Brian Sweeney (3), 20. Keith Shampine (55)
Heat race wins were pocketed by Gosselin, Bellinger and Snyder.