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September 26, 2018

Up to Speed: Davey Hamilton, Joey Payne Expected to Join Race of Champions Weekend Supermodified Field


OSWEGO, NY – The 63rd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend is just around the corner and so too is the first 100-lap Novelis Supermodified main event since the 2005 season.

The 100-lap main, which will be split into two 50-lap segments, is expected to see a handful of new or returning entrants into its field this coming Saturday.

Davey Hamilton will be back in action this Saturday at Oswego Speedway as a part of the 63rd running of SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend. (Bill Taylor)

Davey Hamilton will be back in action this Saturday at Oswego Speedway as a part of the 63rd running of SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend. (Bill Taylor)

Davey Hamilton, who won the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off at the Speedway back on May 11 in the Nicotra Racing No. 6, will be back behind the wheel once again looking to return to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane at the ‘Steel Palace.’

In May Hamilton drove the same Hawk Chassis Supermodified that took him to second in the Budweiser International Classic 200 in 2012, but on Saturday the Boise, ID native is expected to drive the new style Hawk creation that took his teammate Otto Sitterly to victory lane in last year’s Fall Championship.

“We are planning to put Davey in the new car on Saturday,” said Sitterly.  “We are hoping it isn’t too far off and look forward to getting some input from him.  We were able to run a lot of mid 16-second laps with the car last Friday and are trying to get the car to rotate better in the center of the corner.”

Expected to return to the Speedway Saturday, along with Hamilton, is Jeff Abold in the No. 05.  After struggling with a brand new Supermodified at the beginning of the season, which has slowed the teams progress some to start the year, Abold will be back behind the wheel of his machine from a year ago that took him to 11th in the final series standings.

Also hopeful to see a return is ISMA Supermodified shoe Tim Jedrzejek in the Mike Murphy owned No. 60 Supermodified. Jedrzejek has run at the Speedway in non-wing competition a couple times this season with good results, including a fourth place effort in the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off on May 11.

Expected new drivers this coming weekend include the ‘Jersey Jet’ Joey Payne in the Mike Muldoon No. 20. Payne ran full-time for Muldoon in 2012, driving to third in the overall driver’s championship. Competing full-time on the NEMA Midget series this season, Payne will hop behind the wheel of a non-wing Supermodified for the first time Saturday, looking to get ready for the International Classic coming up on Labor Day Weekend.

Joining Payne as a 2012 full-timer, looking to make a return in 2013, is Bobby Haynes in the No. 44. Haynes has had good luck in the RoC Supermodified event in the past and is hopeful to make his 2013 debut on Saturday.

Ray Graham attempted to test the No. 11 Novelis Supermodified last Friday at the Speedway, the same car that Johnny Benson drove in 2012 running of the Budweiser International Classic, but drive line issues sidelined the Graham team before making a lap.  At this time it is not known if Graham, who has been running the ISMA series weekly with Clyde Booth, will be able to make the call on Saturday.

Keith Shampine also tested the Chris Osetek No. 55 at the Speedway last week, but Shampine will not be at the Speedway on Saturday, as work commitments will keep Shampine out of his fire suit for the 100.

A total of 22 Novelis Supermodifieds took the green flag back on July 6 and with a few more scheduled to compete this weekend; a full-field should be in line to take the green flag for 100-laps this Saturday.

The Race of Champions Weekend schedule for Saturday runs earlier than a normal Saturday night at the Speedway.  Practice will begin at 1 p.m. with qualifying races scheduled to take the green at 3 p.m. The 100-lap Novelis Supermodified feature is scheduled to take the green flag at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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To speak with a Speedway representative call the box office at (315) 342-0646.

WHAT:

63rd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway.
Friday, July 19 – RoC Sportsman 100, Pathfinder Bank SBS 50, RoC Late Model 50
Saturday, July 20 – RoC Modified 200, Novelis Supermodified 100, RoC Super Stock 75

WHEN:

Open practice Thursday, July 18 from 5-9 p.m. for all divisions.
Friday, July 19 – Pits open 3 p.m., practice and grandstands at 5 p.m., racing at 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 – Pits open 11 a.m., practice and grandstands 1 p.m., racing at 3 p.m.

WHERE:

Oswego Speedway is located at 300 East Albany St. in Oswego, NY

TICKETS:

Thursday: Grandstand free, pit admission $20.
Friday: G/A $20, Reserved $25, Ages 13-17 $12, 12 & under $5, pit admission $45.
Saturday: G/A $35, Reserved $40, Ages 13-17 $15, 12 & under $5, pit admission $60.

2-day Pit Pass: $100
Weekend Camping: $40

ON THE INTERNET:

Oswego Speedway – www.oswegospeedway.com

Race of Champions – www.raceofchampions.net

Twitter – @OswegoSpeedway

Facebook – facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway

YouTube – OswegoSpeedwayOnline

Live Updates can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, as well as the Oswego Speedway website

SBS STAT ATTACK:
Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak SBS Driver Standings                    7/13/2013

Pos     ##     Driver Pts

1        13      Russ Brown             853

2        74      Mike Bond               815    *

3        98      Jason Simmons       809    *

4        O4      Kreig Heroth           802

5        93      Jay Andrews           794    *

6        47/99 Jon Tesoriero          765

7        O1      Dalton Doyle           755    **

8        24      A.J. Bernys             728    *

9        2        Rob Pullen              727

10      18      Andrew Schartner   722

11      9        Jack Patrick             721

12      14      Jeremy Pitcher (R)   713    *

13      17      Tim Gareau             711

14      22/79 Mike Bruce              710

15      77/67 Cameron Rowe       691

16      57      Dan Abt (R)            651

17      1        Anthony Losurdo (R)620

18      8        Josh Kerr                583

19      76      Scott Shafer (R)      575

20      67      Mark Castiglia         573    **

21      99      Dennis Rupert         568

22      90      Greg O’Connor (R)  556

23      3        Chris Proud             407

24      44      Zach Amo (R)         381

25      19      Nate Noto (R)         353

26      O7      Justin Connell         326

27      6        Brian Sobus             263

28      27      David LaTulip                    225

29      32      Scott Black (R)        140

30      O7      Rob Humphries       136

31      67      Tim Barbeau            45

32      10      Josh Blackwell (R)   43

33      28      Stan Gates              40

34      86      Bryan Haynes          40

Butler Disposal Systems ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

14      Jeremy Pitcher        713

57      Dan Abt                  651

1        Anthony Losurdo     620

76      Scott Shafer            575

90      Greg O’Connor        556

44      Zach Amo               381

19      Nate Noto               353

32      Scott Black              140

O7      Rob Humphries       136

10      Josh Blackwell        43

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 5 Finishes

13      Russ Brown             7

98      Jason Simmons       4

74      Mike Bond               4

93      JJ Andrews             4

2        Rob Pullen              3

O1      Dalton Doyle           3

47      Jon Tesoriero                    3

18      Andrew Schartner   2

67      Mark Castiglia         2

22      Mike Bruce              2

77      Cameron Rowe       2

14      Jeremy Pitcher        2

24      AJ Bernys               2

O4      Kreig Heroth           2

9        Jack Patrick             1

57      Dan Abt                  1

3        Chris Proud             1

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 10 Finishes

O4      Kreig Heroth           8

13      Russ Brown             8

74      Mike Bond               7

98      Jason Simmons       7

47      Jon Tesoriero                    6

9        Jack Patrick             6

93      JJ Andrews             6

18      Andrew Schartner   5

17      Tim Gareau             5

14      Jeremy Pitcher        5

24      AJ Bernys               5

O1      Dalton Doyle           4

2        Rob Pullen              3

22      Mike Bruce              3

77      Cameron Rowe       3

67      Mark Castiglia         2

57      Dan Abt                  2

3        Chris Proud             2

76      Scott Shafer            1

6        Brian Sobus             1

27      David LaTulip                    1

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74      Mike Bond               3

O4      Kreig Heroth           2

2        Rob Pullen              2

17      Tim Gareau             2

O1      Dalton Doyle           2

67      Mark Castiglia         2

13      Russ Brown             2

77      Cameron Rowe       2

14      Jeremy Pitcher        2

18      Andrew Schartner   1

98      Jason Simmons       1

9        Jack Patrick             1

3        Chris Proud             1

57      Dan Abt                  1

22      Mike Bruce              1

93      JJ Andrews             1

47      Jon Tesoriero                    1

SUPERMODIFIED STAT ATTACK:

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Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak Supermodified Driver Standings                        7/6/2013

Pos     ##     Driver Pts

1        OO     Joe Gosek               575

2        7        Otto Sitterly            566    *

3        26      Shaun Gosselin       559

4        50      David Gruel             549    *

5        99      Michael Barnes        531

6        52      Dave Danzer           516    *

7        51/20 Michael Muldoon     502

8        22      Pat Lavery              488    *

9        21      Kody Graham                    487    *

10      O1      Dan Connors Jr.      486

11      5        Tim Devendorf        479

12      O2      Brandon Bellinger    472

13      0        Tim Snyder             457

14      83      Lou Levea Jr            395

15      35      Jeff Holbrook                    385

16      3        Brian Sweeney        384

17      O7      Tony Steiner (R)     376

18      24      Jerry Curran            361

19      66      Lou Levea Sr.          355

20      23      Clayton Brewer III (R)354

21      O6      Dave Cliff                353

22      56      Hal LaTulip              296

23      60      Tim Jedrzejek         264

24      37      Jeff Locke               207

25      55      Keith Shampine       194

26      O5      Jeff Abold               157

27      37      Randy Ritskes         141

28      6        Davey Hamilton      115    *

29      71      Bill Sharkey             80

30      98      Stephen Gioia III    64

31      14      Joe Chillemi            64

32      82      Jared Bellinger (R)   63

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

O7      Tony Steiner           376

23      Clayton Brewer III   354

82      Jared Bellinger        63

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge

21      Kody Graham                    3

O1      Dan Connors Jr.      3

22      Pat Lavery              2

O2      Brandon Bellinger    2

6        Davey Hamilton      1

60      Tim Jedrzejek         1

35      Jeff Holbrook                    1

7        Otto Sitterly            1

3        Brian Sweeney        1

24      Jerry Curran            1

52      Dave Danzer           1

5        Tim Devendorf        1

Novelis Supermodified Top 5 Finishes

99      Michael Barnes        4

7        Otto Sitterly            4

26      Shaun Gosselin       4

52      Dave Danzer           3

OO     Joe Gosek               3

50      Dave Gruel              3

6        Davey Hamilton      1

60      Tim Jedrzejek         1

51      Michael Muldoon     1

22      Pat Lavery              1

21      Kody Graham         1

5        Tim Devendorf        1

O       Tim Snyder             1

O6      Dave Cliff                1

24      Jerry Curran            1

Novelis Supermodified Top 10 Finishes

OO     Joe Gosek               6

51/20 Michael Muldoon     5

50      Dave Gruel              5

26      Shaun Gosselin       5

99      Michael Barnes        4

35      Jeff Holbrook           4

7        Otto Sitterly            4

52      Dave Danzer           3

5        Tim Devendorf        3

O2      Brandon Bellinger    3

O1      Dan Connors Jr.      3

21      Kody Graham          3

O       Tim Snyder             3

60      Tim Jedrzejek         2

22      Pat Lavery              2

6        Davey Hamilton      1

37      Randy Ritskes         1

O6      Dave Cliff                1

23      Clayton Brewer III   1

24      Jerry Curran            1

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