Oswego Speedway race report 2001-05-19

Oswego, NY - Bob Goutermout of Fulton, NY, had to wait a week to get his first win of the Oswego Speedway supermodified season, but he didn't mind. He'd been waiting all winter long. Goutermout took the lead from Jerry Curran on lap 14 of the ...

Oswego, NY - Bob Goutermout of Fulton, NY, had to wait a week to get his first win of the Oswego Speedway supermodified season, but he didn't mind. He'd been waiting all winter long. Goutermout took the lead from Jerry Curran on lap 14 of the Coca-Cola Kickoff and basically never looked back. He was hounded at first by Mike Ordway, and then by Dave Trytek, but he stayed in command. Oswego's John Ketcham Jr. led all but one lap of the Limited 25 to win his first-ever career victory in that division. Kelly Miller stole a win from his brother Joe in the 20 lap super stock inaugural.

Goutermout, who won two features in 2000, was more than pleased to start the season with a win.

"Opening night and we started with a win. That's a good way to cap off the winter, working so hard, keeping the team together, getting together the two cars. It just gives up a big boost here to start the year. We'll just keep plugging. We finished second in points last year. Our goal this year is to get that title. All our sponsors are back from last year - Triple D Bus Repair, Babcock Signs, Amerigas, Darcey's Collision, Camden NAPA, Kerfein Mobile Home Park, and G&M Machine and Tool. We're looking for a good year." Dave Trytek, who finished second after taking the spot from Mike Ordway in the Clyde Booth machine with 20 laps to go, said afterwards, "The car was a pushing a little in the beginning but at the end it came back to us. It was good at the finish. When Ordway started pushing going in, I was able to get under him. I think he may have tapped the wall there. But then I couldn't have gotten by Bobby (Goutermout). He had too much of a lead. "

Jerry Curran grabbed the initial point of 2001 as the 45 lapper was green flagged. Curran was able to hold onto the front spot until a lap 14 yellow for Vern LaFave found Bob Goutermout too hot to handle. Goutermout passed by Curran on the restart pulling Dave Trytek and Mike Ordway with him. Curran said later, "The car was great at the beginning of the race then somebody lost a motor there and the oil and speed dry got down, the car broke loose and it took a lot of laps to get back. Everybody got by me there but I came back up to finish fifth. It was a good run. I'll take it. I'm happy with it." Another yellow quickly followed for the 88 of Jamie Moore and this time Goutermout had both Mike Ordway and Trytek bearing down on him, but he was up to the challenge. Several laps later, Ordway brushed the outer wall in a pass attempt and did a miraculous job keeping the car going straight. Just past the midway mark, Goutermout had begun to build up a slight lead as Ordway fended off the challenges of Trytek. Curran, Page and 2000 track champ Greg Furlong ran right behind.

A yellow on lap 27 flew for the 72 of Furlong who had spun. Greg called this "his" mistake. "I saw a puff of dirt down there and I thought it was smoke so I jumped on the binders and spun out. It was my own fault. Then I came in and they tightened it up a lot. The car was great after that. I needed a caution which never came. The crew did a great job and I messed up when I spun out." That caution which Furlong and others waited for to slow down Goutermout, never came. Bob lengthened his lead while Ordway began to back up as Trytek and then Page got by him. With fifteen to go, Curran and then Furlong passed the backward sliding 61 of Ordway.

On lap 42, Trytek and Page gave as much as they could to try and catch the flying 77 of Goutermout, but to no avail. Goutermout crossed under the checkered alone with Trytek, Page, Furlong and Curran the top five. Ordway, after a strong second place run, settled back into sixth. Tim Snyder, Todd Stowell, Jamie Letcher and Scott Eldred rounded out the top ten.

Several incidents marred the heat events. First Hal LaTulip lost the handle on the 56 and in came a brake-less Keith Gilliam who took a hard hit into the first turn wall. Gilliam's 87 was badly damaged, while LaTulip was able to make the feature but not for long. In the same race, Tim Gareau and Tim Devendorf colliding in a nasty looking mess on the front straight. Gareau put his back up car into the feature field but didn't finish the event. Devendorf was ofn. In the third heat, Mark Sammut met the wall, loosing a tire and wheel, putting him out for the night. He tried to qualify in Furlong's back-up car in the consi, but pulled in.

Star Matteson took the lead on lap one of the Limited 25, but a yellow for Bob Rundell, Mike Gardner and Den Wheeler slowed things. All restarted, but Star lost her lead to John Ketcham in the first turn after the green flag flew.

Matteson was the victim of the next yellow as she came around, collecting Shawn Muldoon and J.J. Andrews, who had nowhere to go. Ketcham had control on this restart and stayed easily away from second place runner Gregg Davis. Mark Regan and Billy Izyk stayed in pursuit.

A lap 6 yellow flew for a spin by Shawn Walker.

On lap 11, the 11 of Ketcham had the 89 of Davis, the 69 of Regan, the 1 of Izyk and the 6 of Mike Gardner, in a freight train behind him as 2000 Rookie of the Year, Chris Proud ran solo in sixth. Davis and Regan ran side-by-side at times trying to get by Ketcham, but John maintained his lead.

Two cautions flew on lap 16 to make things interesting on the restart with nine to go. But, Ketcham - whose number 11 carries the slogan "Ketch 'em if you can" got a good jump on the green and he was gone. With five to go, the only car moving up was the 33 of Bob Rundell, who had gone to the rear on an earlier caution. Rundell put the 33 into ninth with two to go and picked up one more spot as the checkered unfurled. John Ketcham, after many close calls, had finally won the first one as Gregg Davis, Mark Regan, Billy Izyk and Mike Gardner topped the first five. Chris Proud, Dan Ferlito, Rundell, Russ Bartlett and Tim Falter rounded out the top ten.

Said Ketcham in victory lane, "It feels really great to win our first feature. I can't explain how good it feels. It's just great. I've been racing here three years now and I'm pretty comfortable. With 15 laps to go the motor started skipping and I was getting low on power. We did what we had to do to hold them off. I'd like to thank my sponsors Wayne's Place, Front Door Tavern, Minor's Auto, Oswego Brewery, Regan Auto Sales, Casual T's and Law's Machine."

The racing Miller brothers held the one-two punch in the super stock main, but unfortunately for brother Joe, who led all by the last lap, brother Kelly got the win.

Several cautions dotted the way with the worst involving the 2000 super stock champion Lou LeVea who climbed over Tony White's 4. On lap 18, it was Joe Miller just ahead of Kelly Miller as Bill Moore was third. Dave Bock ran a distant fourth.

As the clock ticked to 19, it was suddenly Kelly Miller, Joe Miller, Moore and Bock and that's the way they finished. Kelly Miller, with three wins to his credit in 2000, looked to be picking right up where he left off as he outmaneuvered his brother, Joe, who had one marker in the win column. Saturday, May 26 the Oswego Speedway hosts the exciting Jim Shampine Memorial with a winged ISMA and non-winged Oswego supermodified 50 lap twinbill. Gates open at 2 pm with racing at 5 pm.

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