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September 22, 2018

Up to Speed: Hedger Chassis Moves to Head of Class in SBS Division


OSWEGO, NY – Six weeks into the ‘Road to the Championship’ for the Pathfinder Bank SBS, a total of 31 different drivers have scored points in what has become one of the most competitive fields in recent memory.

After a half dozen races, the top twenty drivers in the current championship standings sit behind the wheel of either a Hedger Racing Chassis or an FFB Chassis, with the Hedger gang currently holding the front five positions in the title hunt.

Throughout the years, and especially in recent history, the Hedger Chassis and FFB Chassis have become the prominent racecars in the SBS division at Oswego Speedway.

Currently of the top twenty drivers in the standings, twelve are sporting an FFB Chassis, while eight pilot a machine built by Hedger.

In what has turned into a storied chassis rivalry, Hedger currently holds the edge with Russ Brown, defending champion Kreig Heroth, two-time feature winner Dalton Doyle, Tony White Memorial winner Jason Simmons, and JJ Andrews leading the way in the yearlong race for the title.

Brown has yet to win a feature event behind the wheel of the No. 13 but does hold a 13-point advantage on Heroth in the standings.  With four top five finishes so far this season, Brown leads the way in the category, coupled with a total of five top ten finishes in six starts.  Eyeing a record breaking fifth SBS championship at Oswego Speedway, Brown looks to continue to hold court not only over his FFB combatants, but also his Hedger team members.

Heroth is moving through 2013 much the same as 2012, slow and steady.  The only driver with a top ten finish in every feature event this season, Heroth has just one top five, coming in the year’s most recent event on June 15.  With two qualifying heat race wins on the season in the Won4Racing No. 04, Heroth is likely sitting right where he wants to be heading into the summer stretch run of the season.

Catapulting to third in the standings with two consecutive main event wins is the driver of the No. 01, Dalton Doyle.  Doyle inherited the lead of the June 1 make-up main run on June 15 after Anthony Losurdo and Josh Kerr tangled, giving him a clear path to victory just one week after leading every lap to earn his first career win on June 8.  The former Oswego Kartway pilot holds a 10-point edge on the other Hedger Chassis driver to reach victory lane this season, Jason Simmons.

After several years of trying, Simmons finally reached Oswego victory lane back on May 25 in the Tony White Memorial. With a feature win, two top five finishes, and four top ten runs, Simmons is the next Hedger in line riding fourth in the point standings currently 31-markers out of the championship lead.

Trailing Simmons by only three points is his Team Tapout Racing teammate JJ Andrews in the No. 93.  A longtime pilot of Hedger racecars, Andrews rounds out the manufacture’s top five stranglehold with a total of three top five finishes to start the year.  Consecutive podium finishes in the month of June has Andrews in prime position to continue his climb toward the top of the standings.

The sixth position is where the first FFB Chassis can be found, as Mike Bond saw a recent free fall in the standings after a rough evening on June 15 driving the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 74.  Riding as high as second in the standings this season, Bond had rear end issues with his machine in the second feature two weeks ago, resulting in a dismal 24th place finish.  Now, despite two top five finishes and four top ten runs, Bond sits four points out of the top five and a total of 38-points behind Brown.

Another FFB Chassis trails Bond in seventh with Rob Pullen only four points back in the No. 2.  Pullen has the most top five finishes of any FFB racer with three, but has failed to finish in the top ten in the other three events this season.

Another Hedger driver in Andrew Schartner rides eighth overall with FFB’s Jon Tesoriero in ninth, and Hedger’s Jack Patrick in tenth.

Arguably the most consistent of the FFB regulars in 2013 has been Tesoriero in the No. 47.  Well on his way to most improved driver of the season, Tesoriero has five top ten finishes in six starts, more than any other driver in the FFB camp.  Coupled with two top five finishes on the year, only a lowly 20th place finish on June 15 has kept Tesoriero down in the standings.  In that event, Tesoriero climbed behind the wheel of the Dennis Rupert No. 99 in the eleventh hour, after the No. 47 was damaged beyond immediate repair in a heat racing incident.

With a total of eight races remaining, the Pathfinder Bank SBS ‘Road to the Championship’ is still wide open, with a list of unknowns ahead.  The battle for the championship will no doubt come down to the wire in one of the most competitive open-wheel divisions, anywhere in the country.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.

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

WHAT:

RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting/C’s Farm Market & Beverage Center ‘Road to the Champiosnship’ featuring a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event and a 30-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.

WHEN:

Saturday, June 29.  Pit gates will open at 2 p.m., grandstand gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 4 p.m., with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

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

TICKETS:

Padded reserved seats $20, general admission $15, Pit Passes $30.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 342-0646.  Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult.  Price Chopper Tickets to Go are available for only $14.

ON THE INTERNET:

Oswego Speedway – www.oswegospeedway.com

Twitter – @OswegoSpeedway

Facebook – facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway

YouTube – OswegoSpeedwayOnline

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

ABOUT THE TRACK:

Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Doug Didero with a time of 16.210 seconds at 138.786mph, established on September 5, 2009.  The wing Supermodified track record is 15.164 seconds, set by Lou Cicconi in May of 2013.

SBS STAT ATTACK:

Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak SBS Driver’s Standings  6-15-13

Pos     ##     Driver Pts

1        13      Russ Brown             557

2        O4      Kreig Heroth           544

3        O1      Dalton Doyle           536    **

4        98      Jason Simmons       526    *

5        93      Jay Andrews           523

6        74      Mike Bond               519

7        2        Rob Pullen              515

8        18      Andrew Schartner   515

9        47      Jon Tesoriero          511

10      9        Jack Patrick             505

11      22      Mike Bruce              502

12      17      Tim Gareau             473

13      77      Cameron Rowe       459

14      24      A.J. Bernys             457    *

15      67      Mark Castiglia         454    **

16      14      Jeremy Pitcher (R)   450

17      1        Anthony Losurdo (R)421

18      8        Josh Kerr                404

19      57      Dan Abt (R)            390

20      76      Scott Shafer (R)      380

21      90      Greg O’Connor (R)  378

22      99      Dennis Rupert         365

23      19      Nathan Noto ®       353

24      O7      Justin Connell         326

25      44      Zach Amo (R)         249

26      6        Brian Sobus             162

27      27      David LaTulip                    151

28      3        Chris Proud             135

29      32      Scott Black (R)        84

30      10      Josh Blackwell (R)   43

31      28      Stan Gates              40

Butler Disposal Services ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

14      Jeremy Pitcher        450

1        Anthony Losurdo     421

57      Dan Abt                  390

76      Scott Shafer            380

90      Greg O’Connor        378

19      Nate Noto               353

44      Zach Amo               249

32      Scott Black              84

10      Josh Blackwell        43

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 5 Finishes

13      Russ Brown   4

2        Rob Pullen    3

O1      Dalton Doyle 3

93      JJ Andrews   3

98      Jason Simmons       2

47      Jon Tesoriero                    2

18      Andrew Schartner   2

67      Mark Castiglia         2

74      Mike Bond               2

22      Mike Bruce              2

24      AJ Bernys               1

77      Cameron Rowe       1

14      Jeremy Pitcher        1

9        Jack Patrick             1

O4      Kreig Heroth           1

Pathfinder Bank SBS Top 10 Finishes

O4      Kreig Heroth           6

13      Russ Brown             5

47      Jon Tesoriero            5

74      Mike Bond               4

9        Jack Patrick             4

18      Andrew Schartner   4

93      JJ Andrews             4

98      Jason Simmons       4

17      Tim Gareau             3

14      Jeremy Pitcher        3

2        Rob Pullen              3

22      Mike Bruce              3

O1      Dalton Doyle           3

24      AJ Bernys               2

67      Mark Castiglia         2

77      Cameron Rowe       2

76      Scott Shafer            1

6        Brian Sobus             1

27      David LaTulip                    1

SUPERMODIFIED STAT ATTACK:
Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak Driver’s Standings                        6-15-13

Pos     ##     Driver Pts

1        99      Michael Barnes        399

2        7        Otto Sitterly            394    *

3        OO     Joe Gosek               387

4        26      Shaun Gosselin       363

5        51      Michael Muldoon     348

6        50      David Gruel             344

7        35      Jeff Holbrook                    340

8        52      Dave Danzer           324

9        O1      Dan Connors Jr.      319

10      21      Kody Graham                    317    *

11      22      Pat Lavery              312    *

12      O2      Brandon Bellinger    311

13      5        Tim Devendorf        296

14      0        Tim Snyder             275

15      3        Brian Sweeney        269

16      60      Tim Jedrzejek         264

17      83      Lou Levea Jr            258

18      O7      Tony Steiner (R)     253

19      66      Lou Levea Sr.          226

20      37      Jeff Locke               207

21      23      Clayton Brewer III (R) 207

22      24      Jerry Curran            198

23      O6      Dave Cliff                195

24      55      Keith Shampine       194

25      56      Hal LaTulip              166

26      37      Randy Ritskes         141

27      6        Davey Hamilton      115    *

28      O5      Jeff Abold               97

29      71      Bill Sharkey             80

30      82      Jared Bellinger (R)   63

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

O7      Tony Steiner           253

23      Clayton Brewer III   207

82      Jared Bellinger        63

Novelis Supermodified Top 5 Finishes

99      Michael Barnes        4

7        Otto Sitterly            3

52      Dave Danzer           2

OO     Joe Gosek               2

50      Dave Gruel              2

26      Shaun Gosselin       2

6        Davey Hamilton      1

60      Tim Jedrzejek         1

51      Michael Muldoon     1

22      Pat Lavery              1

21      Kody Graham                    1

Novelis Supermodified Top 10 Finishes

99      Michael Barnes        4

51      Michael Muldoon     4

OO     Joe Gosek               4

35      Jeff Holbrook                    4

50      Dave Gruel              3

26      Shaun Gosselin       3

7        Otto Sitterly            3

52      Dave Danzer           2

60      Tim Jedrzejek         2

5        Tim Devendorf        2

O2      Brandon Bellinger    2

O1      Dan Connors Jr.      2

6        Davey Hamilton      1

22      Pat Lavery              1

21      Kody Graham                    1

O       Tim Snyder             1

37      Randy Ritskes         1

UP NEXT:

Saturday, July 6th – Days Inn/Knights Inn ‘Christmas in July’ presented by Toys for Tots featuring a 75-lap Novelis Supermodified main and a 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS feature.  Pits open at 2pm, grandstands at 4pm, racing at 6:30pm.  General admission seating $17, padded reserved seating $22, pit passes $30, VIP seating $75.  Price Chopper Tickets to Go will be available for only $14.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To purchase tickets or order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

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