Up to Speed: Sitterly, Schartner Lead ‘Steel Palace’ Contenders into the Spring Championship Saturday Night

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Speedway will feature the return of the Spring Championship on Saturday and series point leaders Otto Sitterly and Andrew Schartner will lead the charge into the ‘Steel Palace.’

Sitterly is fresh off of his 6th career Jim Shampine Memorial title last weekend and currently leads Bob Bond in the Novelis Supermodified Road to the Championship standings.  In a great battle with Dave Gruel and Bond last week, which saw Bond run into issues and drop out at lap 61, Sitterly would slip by Gruel on lap 68 to snag the top spot and the win in front of national television cameras from Speed Sport TV and MAVTV.

Michael Barnes will be back in action Saturday night with the Syrell No. 68 Supermodified.
Michael Barnes will be back in action Saturday night with the Syrell No. 68 Supermodified.

The point lead for Sitterly heading into Saturday night is 37-points over Bond and 43-points over Gruel.

Gruel started off last Saturday in rough shape, backing into the third turn wall in warm-ups.  However, the Gruel Racing team was able to rebound, fixing their racecar and going on to claim the Radical Racegear Lap Leader Award in the 75-lap Shampine Memorial.

Opening night winner David Danzer rides fourth in the standings, despite cracking the first turn steel last Saturday night.  Danzer was battling several cars on the high side of the track, before getting out of shape and ending in turn one.  Danzer was ok after the impact and will look to counter on Saturday night as his championship hopes remain alive.

Rounding out the current top five is Jeff Abold in the Abold Racing No. 05. In the feel good story of the season so far, the Abold’s managed to re work their homebuilt Supermodified into a contender this off-season, and two consecutive top ten finishes have Abold sitting cool in the fifth position in the standings.

Joey Payne, Joe Gosek, Brian Sweeney, Pat Lavery and Randy Ritskes fill the top ten order in the championship standings as of May 24.

Jessica Zemken currently rides 13th in the overall standings in the Graham Racing No. 11 after her fifth place finish on Saturday.  Zemken became the first woman to win a non-wing Novelis Supermodified heat race and Saturday and backed it up with a tremendous fifth place finish in the main.

Ohio invader Dave Shullick Jr. also put on a great drive on Saturday driving the Nicotra Racing No. 6.  Shullick started the event from 23rd after being collected in a heat racing accident, but managed to drive his racer all the way to third by the end of the 75-lap show last Saturday.

On the Small Block Super side of the standings, Andrew Schartner continues to lead the way after two consecutive wins to start the season.  Schartner earned his first career White Memorial title last Saturday after passing both Mike Bond and Tim Gareau on his way to the victory.

With the win Schartner holds an 11-point lead over Bond in the race for the championship.

Like Schartner, Bond has two consecutive top five finishes to start the season, and has himself in prime position for a year-long battle with Schartner for the point crown.

Track record holder Jack Patrick is third in the standings ahead of Kreig Heroth and Barry Kingsley in the top five.

Heroth joins Schartner, Bond, Steve Abt, Jon Tesoriero, and Josh Kerr as the only drivers with two top ten finishes this season.

Abt, Tesoriero, Kerr, Gareau, and Jason Simmons complete the top ten in the SBS standings.

The Best Western PLUS/Quality Inn and Suites and U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts Spring Championship and Oswego Kartway Appreciation Night.  The Novelis Supermodifieds will compete in a 50-lap main while the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers will compete in a 30-lap main.


Saturday May 31, at Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY.  Pit gates will open at 2 p.m., grandstands at 4 p.m., hot laps at 4 p.m., racing at 6:30 p.m.


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


Padded reserved seats $20, general admission $15, Pit Passes $30, VIP $75.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (315) 342-0646.  Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult.  Active military are free with proper ID.

$14 adult general admission tickets are available at any Price Chopper Supermarkets Store.


Thursday, July 3 at 8 p.m. – MAVTV’s Speed Sport will air tape delay coverage of the Jim Shampine Memorial Novelis Supermodified 75-lap main.  Check your local cable and dish providers for coverage.


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Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Bob Bond with a time of 16.098 seconds at 139.769mph, established on May 10, 2014.  The wing Supermodified track record is 14.972 seconds at 150.281mph, set by Dave Shullick Jr. on August 31, 2013.  The official SBS track record is held by Jack Patrick with a lap of 18.596 seconds at 120.994mph set on May 10, 2014.


The 2014 Fast Cash Challenge will award cash bonuses to one driver in the Novelis Supermodified, ISMA Supermodified, and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions at the Speedway.  The driver with the fastest AMB scoring recorded lap in time trials or racing action throughout the entire 2014 season will receive the cash bonus at their respective awards banquets at season’s end.

Current Fast Cash Challenge Leaders are:

Bob Bond (Novelis Supermodified, $1,000): 16.098 seconds, May 10th time trials
Jack Patrick (Pathfinder Bank SBS, $500): 18.596 seconds, May 10th time trials
N/A (ISMA Supermodified, $1,000): Next event is Saturday, June 7th


2014 Oswego Speedway – Novelis – Hoosier Tire – Corr/Pak Merchandising

Supermodified Driver’s Championship

POS.   ##     DRIVER                            PTS.

1        7        OTTO SITTERLY*              223

2        47      BOB BOND                        186

3        50      DAVE GRUEL                     180

4        52      DAVID DANZER*              179

5        O5      JEFF ABOLD                      178

6        99      JOEY PAYNE                     177

7        OO     JOE GOSEK                       172

8        3        BRIAN SWEENEY               169

9        22      PAT LAVERY                     162

10      37      RANDY RITSKES               160

11      5        TIM DEVENDORF              152

12      O2      BRANDON BELLINGER       148

13      11      JESSICA ZEMKEN              146

14      51      MICHAEL MULDOON         139

15      66      LOU LEVEA SR                  134

16      56      HAL LATULIP                             134

17      9        STEPHEN GIOIA III           133

18      83      LOU LEVEA JR.                 125

19      90      KODY GRAHAM                 99

20      6        DAVE SHULLICK JR.                    93

21      90      RAY GRAHAM                   90

22      44      BOBBY HAYNES JR.           80

23      55      KEITH SHAMPINE              76

24      6        DAVEY HAMILTON            75

25      0        TIM SNYDER                    60

26      68      MICHAEL BARNES             58

27      4        BOB REIS                         45

28      O1      DAN CONNORS JR.           45

29      26      SHAUN GOSSELIN             40

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger Award:
May 10th – Otto Sitterly
May 24th – Dave Shullick Jr.

Lighthouse Lanes Up & Comer Award:
May 10th – Brian Sweeney
May 24th – Dave Shullick Jr.

Radical Racegear Lap Leader Award:
May 10th – Jeff Abold
May 24th – Dave Gruel

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge:
Joe Gosek – 2
Michael Muldoon – 1
Randy Ritskes – 1
Jessica Zemken – 1

Tim Devendorf – 1

Novelis Supermodified Top 5 Finishes:

Otto Sitterly – 2
David Danzer – 1

Bob Bond – 1

Brian Sweeney – 1

Jeff Abold – 1

Dave Gruel – 1

Dave Shullick Jr. – 1

Kody Graham – 1

Jessica Zemken – 1

Novelis Supermodified Top 10 Finishes:

Otto Sitterly – 2

Jeff Abold – 2

Joey Payne – 2

David Danzer – 1

Bob Bond – 1

Brian Sweeney – 1

Michael Muldoon – 1

Ray Graham – 1

Brandon Bellinger – 1

Pat Lavery – 1

Dave Gruel – 1

Dave Shullick Jr. – 1

Kody Graham – 1

Jessica Zemken – 1

Joe Gosek – 1

Bobby Haynes Jr. – 1

Randy Ritskes – 1


2014 Oswego Speedway – Pathfinder Bank – Hoosier Tire – Corr/Pak Merchandising

Small Block Supermodified Driver’s Championship

POS.   ##     DRIVER                           PTS.

1        18      ANDREW SCHARTNER**   226

2        74      MIKE BOND                      215

3        9        JACK PATRICK                  182

4        O4      KREIG HEROTH                 181

5        91      BARRY KINGSLEY              179

6        67      STEVE ABT                      179

7        47      JON TESORIERO               172

8        8        JOSH KERR                      169

9        5        TIM GAREAU                    168

10      98      JASON SIMMONS              156

11      77      CAMERON ROWE              153

12      22      MIKE BRUCE                    153

13      57      DANNY ABT                     153

14      93      JJ ANDREWS                    151

15      1        ANTHONY LOSURDO         148

16      76      SCOTT SHAFER                 140

17      44      ZACH AMO                       137

18      27      DAVID LATULIP                135

19      O2      JESSE BEARUP ®              131

20      7        ALEX HOAG                     131

21      54      CAMDEN PROUD ®           129

22      69      MARK CASTIGLIA              127

23      O1      DALTON DOYLE                124

24      2        ROB PULLEN                    123

25      99      DENNIS RUPERT               101

26      90      GREG O’CONNOR              65

27      23      CAMERON BLACK ®                    56

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger Award:

May 10th – Josh Kerr
May 24th – Jon Tesoriero

Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer Award:

May 10th – Jon Tesoriero
May 24th – Josh Kerr

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award:

May 10th – Jon Tesoriero
May 24th – Andrew Schartner

White’s Car Care 4th Place Award:

May 10th – Cameron Rowe
May 24th – Kreig Heroth

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge:

Mike Bond – 2

Danny Abt – 1

Jack Patrick – 1

Alex Hoag – 1

Tim Gareau – 1

Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Top 5 Finishes:

Andrew Schartner – 2

Mike Bond – 2

Barry Kingsley – 1

Jack Patrick – 1

Cameron Rowe – 1

Tim Gareau – 1

Kreig Heroth – 1

Josh Kerr – 1

Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Top 10 Finishes:

Andrew Schartner – 2

Mike Bond – 2

Steve Abt – 2

Jon Tesoriero – 2

Kreig Heroth – 2

Josh Kerr – 2

Barry Kingsley – 1

Jack Patrick – 1

Cameron Rowe – 1

David LaTulip – 1

Tim Gareau – 1

Alex Hoag – 1

Danny Abt – 1

JJ Andrews – 1


Saturday, June 7 – The first round of the Shea Concrete ‘Steel Palace’ ISMA Super Series at Oswego Speedway.  The ISMA Supermodifieds will compete in a 50-lap main while the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series will contend a 35-lap main. Grandstand gates will open at 3 p.m., ISMA time trials at 5 p.m., and racing at 6:30 p.m.

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Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

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