Three-time Oswego Speedway supermodified track champion and current 2009 title contenderÃ‚Â Doug Didero says he’ll have to wait until Thursday’s flight to Syracuse from his home in North Carolina to see if his wrist will be healthy enough forÃ‚Â competition in this weekend’s regular season-finale.
“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Didero said. “We’re booked to fly up there on Thursday. I guess we’ll just have toÃ‚Â wait and see.”
Didero injured his wrist this pastÃ‚Â Saturday night in jarring collision with Oswego Speedway’sÃ‚Â outer steel confines in turn two. The pilot of the No. 3 supermodified was charging up through the field when an accident up ahead of him suddenly slowed the field. His racer caught a wheel from another competitor and was sent up and intoÃ‚Â theÃ‚Â wall.
Persisting discomfort with the wrist led him to have x-rays taken after returning home on Sunday. Didero says they came backÃ‚Â negative, but it’s still not where it needs to be in order to wheel a supermodified around the lakeside oval’s fast 5/8 mile.
The 49-year old Canadian-born driver leaves no doubt that he wants to compete on Saturday night. However, if unable to drive this weekend, he says that there will not be aÃ‚Â substitute shoeÃ‚Â in the car.
Just 28 points behind defending track champ Otto Sitterly, Didero is currently third in the title chase, with two feature wins. Last week’s feature winner, Joey Payne, sits between the two, 26 points behind.
With track championships to be decided this weekend, racing is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm on Saturday. Supermodifieds have twin 30-lap features on tap, whileÃ‚Â the small block supersÃ‚Â will be runningÃ‚Â two, 20-lappers. A rain date for Sunday has been scheduled as well.