Oswego, NY. – Fair Lawn, N.J. pilot Joey “ The Jet” Payne claimed his first Supermodified feature win of the 2014 racing season Saturday night at the Steel Palace. Payne, aboard his new Xtreme Chassis, would take away the top position from Keith Shampine on lap 14 and never look back in route to a $2,000 pay day at the lakeside oval. Payne became the fifth different driver to visit victory lane in the division this season at Oswego.
As the 22 car field took to the track to start the 50 lap main, it was scheduled to be Brandon Bellinger and Kody Graham slated to go on the front row. As the cars scuffed their tires in before the racing action began outside pole sitter Graham began spewing fuel from the right side of the car as it entered turn one. Graham’s car was stopped at the Start / Finish line to allow the track safety crew to check over Graham ‘s car.
Graham’s car would later go pit-side where his pit crew found a loose fuel cap as the cause of the leak. Graham would return to the racing surface but he would have to start at the tail end of the field on the initial restart.
With Graham at the rear of the field the front row would now consists of Bellinger and Keith Shampine As the two young hot-shoes took the 22 car field to the start of the 50 lap main.
As the field took the green it was Keith Shampine gaining the advantage on the outside lane entering the turn to take the early lead.
On the ensuing lap Joey Payne managed to get a wheel under Bellinger entering turn one to take away the runner-up position. Bellinger’s car would get stuck on the high side between the turns losing four positions before getting back in line in the 5th position.
After taking away the second position Payne immediately went to work on the race leader. While Shampine continued to show the way throughout the first ten circuits.
The leaders would soon encounter some slower back markers, and Payne would make his first bid for the lead on lap 11 as Shampine was attempting to pass Hal LaTulip coming down the front straightaway. Payne would go to the high side as two battled side-by-side behind LaTulip. Payne would gain a slight advantage as he attempted to pinch Keith Shampine in behind the slower car, but LaTulip’s car would slide up the racing surface forcing Payne to take evasive action. This opened up the low groove for Shampine to slip by while Payne fought to gather his Strong/Graham Racing No.99 . Payne would soon follow suit slipping by LaTulip on the high side exiting turn two without losing his position.
Payne would quickly reel in the race leader and once again try and find a way around Shampine.
Payne’s opening came on lap 14 as Shampine’s car slipped a little coming out of turn four. Payne immediately went to the low side as the two battled side-by-side coming down the front straightaway. Payne would gain the advantage entering turn one taking away the top position.
Once out front Payne’s No.99 was a rocket ship. Quickly putting some distance between himself and the rest of the field.
While behind the race leader the car on the move was the No. 68 of Michael Barnes. Barnes who started tenth on the grid slipped past Michael Muldoon on the low side entering turn one while Muldoon’s No.50 was bottled up behind a slower back marker while running in fourth. Before Muldoon could slide back down into the racing groove Otto Sitterly also managed to also slip by for position pushing Muldoon back to sixth.
By lap 20 Payne had built up a 2.5 second advantage over the second-place car of Shampine. Shampine in the meantime was fighting off a challenge from the third place car of Joe Gosek and fourth place machine of Michael Barnes.
Barnes would lose the forth position on lap 38 to Sitterly. Barnes chose the wrong line as he got stuck on the low side behind a slower back marker entering turn one. Sitterly would take advantage and slide by on the high-side to take away the position.
In the meantime Payne, who had built up a commanding lead, was having issues of his own. As he approached the current points leader Dave Gruel who was running 9th at the time and trying to stay on the lead lap. Gruel was making it very difficult for the race leader Payne get by. Payne look to get into the back end of Gruel’s No. 50 in turn two. Payne tried everything he could to get by.
“I got into the back of Dave Gruel. He was running just fast enough to make it tough. I tried to go to the outside but my car was pretty tight I just gave him a little nudge to let them know that I was there he pulled down and let me go as a matter of fact, I almost drove it into the wall trying to get around him.” Payne said in victory Lane about the incident.
One lap later things would go from bad to worse for the fifth place car of Barnes. Just after he had clearing the lap traffic Barnes was tagged on the rear bumper exiting two by last week’s winner Dave Danzer. The contact sent Barnes spinning down the back straightaway and rear end first into the steel retaining wall at about the midway point of the back straightaway. Barnes car would be pushed off the racing surface but would go nose first into his pit stall ending his evening.
As the track went green once again it was Payne out front with the lapped car of Tim Devendorf between himself and the second place car of Shampine.
Caution would be in the air before the field could come around to complete one lap for debris on the back straightaway. This caution was a break for Randy Ritskes who had just been penalized for jumping the start on the previous restart. Ritskes who was running fifth at the time would now have to start the rear of the lead pack only losing four positions in the process.
On the ensuing restart Payne once again got a great jump on the rest of the field.
As the lap counter continued to tick away Payne’s lead continued to build. While behind him the second place car of Shampine continue to be pressured for the runner-up position by Gosek and Sitterly.
Payne would go on to take the win his fifth overall in the division by well over half straightaway. Shampine would hold on for second followed by Gosek, Sitterly and Danzer rounding out the top five. With only two point races remaining on the schedule for the division Sitterly now leads Gruel by seven points in the chase for the Supermodified track championship.
“It feels realy good we finally got our brand-new car out and my hats off to the Xtreme team they worked their butts off this week. We had a torn up car last week. This whole deal came together late last year at the end of the season. Ray Graham had faith in me and wanted me on as a teammate and put me back with a Strong team. I got the best crew in the business, Three of the best crews in the business. We all combine notes and we all work off each other and here we are” Payne said. Payne then went on to dedicate the win to his good friends Gene Angelillo and Marilyn Angelillo, “I use to drive for them with the NEMA midget and tonight’s their Memorial race and this one goes out to them”.
In the 30 lap Small Block feature it was survival of the fittest and at the end it was Oswego’s own Anthony Losurdo coming home triumphant. Losurdo sat third on the final corner the final lap when the top two cars of Andrew Schartner and Alex Hoag came together sending both cars spinning. This allowed Losurdo to inherit the lead. Losurdo then held off Jay Andrews in a one lap dash to the finish to claim his second victory of the season.
With the full moon rising to the East the Small Block Super’s took to the track with Dennis Rupert and Michael Bruce brining the field to the green.
The top two would battle side-by-side for the first circuit before Bruce finally gained the advantage entering turn one. But before the leader could exit turn two, caution was in the air as the No. 21 of Rob Pullen spun entering turn one, Pullen’s car came to rest against the foam on the high-side in turn one. The incident also collected the No. 54 of Camden Proud. Proud’s car came to rest against inside hub rail with damage to the left front of his car.
On the restart it was Bruce out front followed closely by Rupert, Jack Patrick, Schartner and Losurdo rounding up top five.
The car on the move was the No. 73 of Alex Hoag, Hoag who started dead last in the 22 car field had quickly moved up into the top 10 by lap four.
The second caution of the event came out on lap five as the No. 27 of David LaTulip came to stop on the front straightaway. LaTulip car would be pushed off and rejoin the tail end of the field. LaTulip would go on to finish ninth.
Bruce would once again bring the field back up to racing speed. The car on the move was the No. 98 Jason Simmons, Simmons moved past Schartner on the low side going into turn one on the 12th circuit, and then made quick work of Jack Patrick as he outran Patrick going into turn one on the same lap moving up into the third position.
Simmons quickly ran down the second place car of Rupert. As the field came around to start lap 14, Simmons made contact with the rear bumper of Rupert car. The contact sent Rupert’s No. 99 hard into the outside steel retaining wall along the front straight-away. A visibly upset Rupert exited his vehicle to show his displeasure to his fellow competitor during the caution period. Race officials would review the tape and deem Simmons responsible for the accident and sent him to the rear of the field on the ensuing restart.
As the track went green once again it was Bruce up front followed by Patrick, Schartner, Losurdo and Hoag but now worked his way up into the top five
The carnage would continue on lap 22 as the No. 47 of Jon Tesoriero and Simmons made contact on the back straightaway. Simmons No. 98 looked to drive over the right rear tire of Tesoriero as the two battled for position. Both cars would pit side for the remainder of the evening with heavy damage.
On the restart Bruce once again show the way with Patrick right on his rear bumper, the two would battle with Patrick going for the lead one lap later. Patrick went to the inside of Bruce entering turn three. The two leaders would make contact sending both cars skidding hard into the foam in turn three. Forcing race officials to throw the red flag for a brief clean up between the turns.
The incident allowed Andrew Schartner to now inherit the lead with seven laps remaining in the 30 lap main, Losurdo was running second followed by Hoag, Jay Andrews and Chris Proud rounding out the top five.
Hoag would immediately go to work on Losurdo for the runner-up position. Hoag would complete the pass one lap later as Losurdo looked to bobble a bit coming out of turn two. This was the opening that Hoag was looking for as he slipped by on the low side of Losurdo entering turn three.
Hoag then set his sights on the race leader Schartner.
Hoag was running laps the high 18 second bracket in the late stages of the event as he wasted little time running down Schartner with only a few laps left. The faster car of Hoag only had a few laps to figure out a way around the race leader.
With two laps to go Schartner looked to be protecting the low side as Hoag was now positioned on his rear bumper.
As the field came around for the final circuit the faster car of Hoag looked to drive in hard entering turn three. Hoags front bumper made contact with the rear end of Schartner’s car between the turns sending Schartners car spinning hard into the inside hub rail. Hoag’s car would drift to the highside before spinning across the racing surface coming to rest alongside Schartner’s mangled car. This allowed the third-place car of Losurdo to inherit the lead. When asked how close he was to getting involved in the incident Losurdo said ” The incident between Hoag and Schartner was really close because I thought we’re going checkered, They were both going sideways and I gassed it up when they both started spinning I had to get hard on the brakes, it sure was crazy out there ”.
With a one lap green/checkered shootout between the 17 year old sophomore sensation Losurdo who now had the daunting task of having to hold off one of the most seasoned veterans in the SBS division 50 year-old Jay Andrews for one final circuit. Andrews would try every trick in the book to get by the young hot shoe. But Losurdo would not falter one bit as he held on to be “The Last Man Standing” and claim his second trip to victory lane in 2014.” Tonight we started ninth. And I was running fifth and I was just battling for the top five and it all just worked out tonight we definitely didn’t have the cars some of these guys had. This class is getting crazy something needs be done about it. But I can’t complain tonight being on this end of it.” Losurdo said in this post race interview.
Andrews held on for second followed by Proud, Dalton Doyle and Bobby Magner filling in for his brother Matt come home with a top five finish.
-Oswego Speedway Press Release
Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Driver Autograph/Ovarian Cancer Awareness Night
presented by JP Jewelers
Novelis Supermodified Main (50-laps): 1. 99 – Joey Payne, 2. 55 – Keith Shampine, 3. 00 – Joe Gosek, 4. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 5. 52 – David Danzer, 6. 22 – Pat Lavery, 7. 50 – Dave Gruel, 8. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 9. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 10. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 11. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 12. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 13. 68 – Michael Barnes, 14. 0 – Tim Snyder, 15. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 16. 18 – Howard Page, 17. 45 – Mike Barbera, 18. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 19. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 20. 90 – Kody Graham, 21. 01 – Dan Connors Jr, 22. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson
Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #52 – Dave Danzer
Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #55 – Keith Shampine
Radical Race Gear Lap Leader: #99 – Joey Payne
Heat #1 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 52 – David Danzer, 2. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 3. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 4. 68 – Michael Barnes, 5. 0 – Tim Snyder, 6. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 7. 66 – Lou LeVea sr.
Heat #2 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 99 – Joey Payne, 2. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 3. 50 – Dave Gruel, 4. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 5. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 6. 18 – Howard Page, 7. 56 – Hal LaTulip
Heat #3 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 90 – Kody Graham, 2. 55 – Keith Shampine, 3. 00 – Joe Gosek, 4. 22 – Pat Lavery, 5. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 6. 45 – Mike Barbera, 7. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr., 8. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson
Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers
Pathfinder Bank SBS Main (30-laps): 1. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 2. 93 – JJ Andrews, 3. 3 – Chris Proud, 4. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 5. 2 – Bobby Magner, 6. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 7. 02 – Jesse Bearup, 8. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 9. 27 – David LaTulip, 10. 57 – Danny Abt, 11. 21 – Rob Pullen, 12. 8 – Josh Kerr, 13. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 14. 73 – Alex Hoag, 15. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 16. 22 – Mike Bruce, 17. 9 – Jack Patrick, 18. 47 – Jon Tesoriero, 19. 98 – Jason Simmons, 20. 76 – Scott Shafer, 21. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 22. 67 – Dave Cliff, 23. 54 – Camden Proud
D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #01 – Dalton Doyle
Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer: #02 – Jesse Bearup
Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #22 – Mike Bruce
White’s Car Care 4th Place Award: #01 – Dalton Doyle
Heat #1 (10-laps, all qualify): 1. 8 – Josh Kerr, 2. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 3. 57 – Danny Abt, 4. 54 – Camden Proud, 5. 3 – Chris Proud, 6. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 7. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 8. 76 – Scott Shafer
Heat #2 (10-laps, all qualify): 1. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 2. 93 – JJ Andrews, 3. 21 – Rob Pullen, 4. 9 – Jack Patrick, 5. 2 – Bob Magner, 6. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 7. 47 – Jon Tesoriero, 8. 27 – David LaTulip
Heat #3 (10-laps, all qualify): 1. 22 – Mike Bruce, 2. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 3. 98 – Jason Simmons, 4. 67 – Dave Cliff, 5. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 6. 02 – Jesse Bearup, 7. 73 – Alex Hoag