Oswegonian Joe Gosek led only the last lap enroute to the victory in the supermodified 45 lap race at Oswego Speedway Saturday night. Gosek, driving the Mike Muldoon built 50, passed leader Brian Sweeney coming through lapped traffic in the third...
Oswegonian Joe Gosek led only the last lap enroute to the victory in the supermodified 45 lap race at Oswego Speedway Saturday night. Gosek, driving the Mike Muldoon built 50, passed leader Brian Sweeney coming through lapped traffic in the third turn for the win. Sweeney, who has never won as Oswego feature event, led the first 44 laps, of the race. Dave Trytek got by Sweeney at the line for second place.
Mike Brubaker and Sweeney brought the 23 car field down for the green flag in the 45 lap main event. Before a lap was completed, the steering rack on the Doug Kells car broke, forcing a total restart. Sweeney shot out to the lead, with the rest of the field searching for racing room behind. Jerry Curran, Joe Gosek and Tim Snyder went to the inside, while Tim Gareau and Todd Stowell went outside to get through early race traffic.
Sweeney. Brubaker, Curran. Bob Bond, Dave Trytek, Ray Graham, Keith Gilliam, Jeff Holbrook. Tim Gareau and Todd Stowell filled out the top ten early in the race. Sweeney began to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field quickly, as he clocked early laps in the 17.7 area. Gareau and Gosek were the cars on the charge first, as they worked their way forward. Gareau's march brought him by Gilliam on lap 4, then by Graham two laps later. He then began to chop the distance to fifth running Trytek.
Gosek patently waited out the start, then one by one worked his way by the field on his way forward. He made his first appearance in the top ten as he passed Otto Sitterly on the inside.
There was now a six car race for the lead as Sweeney had Brubaker, Curran, Bond Trytek and Gareau. Ten lengths behind Gilliam, Holbrook, Stowell and Gosek were nose to tail for position. Sweeney turned up the race pace as he now stopped clocks at 17.59. Gareau went to the low side of the track as he worked on Trytek for position.
Sweeney opened a 5 car-length lead in the next few laps, as Curran began to work on Brubaker. Bond had his hands full as he had Gareau on the inside and Trytek on the outside as the three race for laps for fourth place. Gosek kept moving forward as he grabbed a spot from Stowell in lap 11. He then maneuvered his way by Holbrook, for eighth, and chased down Gilliam for another spot a few laps later.
The leaders came into slower cars for the first time on lap 14, which they handled with ease as they went to the outside of the slower machines. Gareau finally gained the spot by Trytek on lap 14,and stayed on the inside working on Bond. Sweeney turned in consistent laps of 17.6, as he built a lead of 1.74 seconds.
Gosek began to chase down Ray Graham in sixth place. Lap 22, Curran made the move stick as he took second spot from Brubaker. At the halfway point of the still caution flag free race, Sweeney turned in a 17.63 lap and held a lead of almost two seconds ahead of Curran, and Brubaker. Bond, Gareau and Trytek still battled inside and out for fourth, with Graham, Gosek and Holbrook racing for seventh. Gosek grabbed the spot from Graham and began to close up to the 25-5 and 70 cars.
The next lap the caution flag appeared for the first time, as the fourth place battle between Gareau and Trytek got too close. As they raced for position, they touched, sending the Gareau 5 out of the race. Trytek was able to continue on without losing his spot.
Sweeney remained in control of the race on the restart, as the top three raced away again. Gosek picked off another spot, as he got by Trytek on the restart. Two laps later the yellow came out again, this time for second place Jerry Curran's spin in turn 1. Brubaker , right behind the second place car, did a nice job to spin and miss the 24. Fourth running Bond pulled the 25 to the pits during this yellow. These cautions changed the complexion of the race as the second, fourth and fifth place cars were involved in these caution periods.
On this restart, Sweeney now had Brubaker, Gosek and Trytek in tow, as the top four pulled away. Gosek kept moving to the front, as he pulled the white #50 to the outside of the race track, and shot by Brubaker on the front straightaway on lap 29 for second place, right behind the 3 of Sweeney. The leaders circled the track at 17.85, as Sweeney now had one of the craftiest drivers to race at Oswego to hold off if he were to get the win.
Sweeney remained in control of the race, with Gosek not being able to make a move. Further back, Sitterly, Graham and Holbrook diced for spots. The lead duo circled the 5/8's at 17.63, with Sweeney leading by a couple of lengths. Trytek was in third, right in Gosek's tire tracks. With less than five laps to go, traffic was approaching, and it was evident the slower cars were going to play a hand in deciding this race.
As they took the white flag, Sweeney had Gosek and Trytek on his bumper. At they raced into the first turn, Sweeney chose the inside lane, and Gosek and Trytek went to the outside. Sweeney was caught in behind the slower car, and Gosek pulled alongside. The 50 inched ahead, and as they raced out of the third turn, Gosek was in the lead heading for the checkers. Trytek stayed on the outside and passed the 3 car just off the fourth turn. Gosek claimed career win #27, while Sweeney was so close to his first ever win.
"The car was strong the whole race, "Gosek said after his win. "Mike made some changes to it after the heat race, and they really worked. We were in second behind Brian with one to go, and came into the traffic, he went to the inside, and I went outside. He got caught inside. The 50 is a good race car, it was strong right from the start of the race."
"I knew it was coming with them," Sweeney said of his run. "I didn't slow down at all. Bobby got out of shape coming ouof two and I thought he was coming around. I hesitated, just enough for Joe to get a wheel on me. The car is good. The car felt good, but I just couldn't get anymore speed.
Trytek was happy with his econ place run. "We have had a good car right from the start this year. I feel bad for Brian. My heart goes out to him. He had the race won, we couldn't get by him. He got hung up behind lapped cars. "
The limited supermodifieds were next up for their 25 lap feature race. Chris Proud has been in the limited supermodified ranks for a few years, and on more than a few occasions was in position for the win. Proud finally closed the deal as he worked his way from his fourth starting spot to grab the victory. Proud took the lead from Dick Woodley on a lap 4 restart. Proud had to fend off challenges from first Woodley, then Dan Kapuscinski, in the closing stages. Kapuscinski had one last chance as a last lap restart put him on the back bumper of the 3, but Proud was in control. Proud drove away unchallenged after the restart for the win.
Doug Reaume drove a patient race in the super stock 20 lap main, as he closed out the evening taking the win in the third feature of the night. Chris Lupa took the lead at the start of the race, with Bobby Newman taking the lead on lap 2. Newman looked strong, but took himself out of the lead as he spun the 77 in turn one on lap 8, handing the lead back to Lupa. Reaume tried inside and outside on the 46,and made the pass for the lead in between turns 3 and 4 on lap 18. Reaume put two car lengths between himself and Lupa in the last few laps for the victory.
News and Notes.....there were 24 supers, 36 limiteds and 18 super stocks in the pits. Stock car heats were won by Bobby Newman and Davis Bock, while Lou Levea, Greg Davis and Chris Proud won limited heats. Dave Trytek, Brian Sweeney and Bob Bond won supermodified heat races. Race time was delayed by a few hours as a steady mist and heavy fog was over the Oswego area Saturday afternoon. Oswego Speedway has a practice session next weekend. Next race at Oswego is a regular event, with a demolition derby after the races on June 28.
SUPER STOCK HEAT #1
1. Bobby Newman (77) 2. David Fetterly (21) 3. Joe Miller (9) 4. Chris Lupa (46) 5. Bruce Stanton (93) 6. Kelly Miller (8) 7. Jerry Newman (7) 8. Chris Smiedy (71) 9. Roberta Foster (2)
SUPER STOCK HEAT #2
1. David Bock (85) 2. Dwayne LeMay (12) 3. Joe Skilinski (4) 4. Doug Reaume (99) 5. Don Pringle (96) 6. JJ Courcy (20) 7. Fred Siebert (65) 8. Lonnie Mills (43) DNS 9. John Parkhurst (72) DNS
SUPER STOCK FEATURE (20)
1. Doug Reaume (99) 2. Chris Lupa (46) 3. Joe Skilinski (4) 4. David Fetterly (21) 5. Joe Miller (9) 6. Bruce Stanton (93) 7. Bobby Newman (77) 8. Dwayne LeMay (12) 9. Jerry Newman (7) 10. Don Pringle (96) 11. Kelly Miller (8) 12. Lonnie Mills (43) 13. Roberta Foster (2) 14. David Bock (85) 15. Chris Smiedy (71) 16. Fred Siebert (65) 17. John Parkhurst (72)
LIMITED HEAT #1
1. Lou LeVea (96) 2. Dave Cliff (06) 3. Shawn Walker (68) 4. Mark Regan (69) 5. Wayne Wideman (15) 6. Rob Pullen (2) 7. Bill Moore (7) 8. Kris Meyn (86) 9. John Ketcham Jr (0) 10. Jack Patrick (9) 11. Chip Wood (5) 12. Stanley Gates (12)
LIMITED HEAT #2
1. Gregg Davis (89) 2. Steve Austin (66) 3. Dan Kapuscinski (00) 4. Brian Nappa (36) 5. Star Matteson (82) 6. Guard Nearbin (78) 7. Kevin Knopp (94) 8. Jason Cliff (60) 9. Dave Gruel (18) 10. Jim Guyle (20) 11. Kevin Battelle (29) 12. Bill Cottom (51)
LIMITED HEAT #3
1. Chris Proud (3) 2. JJ Andrews (93) 3. Mike Bond (90) 4. Mike Bozzuto (8) 5. Andy Noto (19) 6. Tony White (4) 7. Michael Barnes (43) 8. Bob Bogwicz (99) 9. Russ Bartlett (39) 10. Doug Cliff (61) 11. Doug Reaume (95) 12. Pat Mullen (32)
1. Kris Meyn (86) 2. Bob Bogwicz (99) 3. Dave Gruel (18) 4. Doug Cliff (61) 5. Jim Guyle (20) 6. Jack Patrick (9) 7. Doug Reaume (95) 8. Russ Bartlett (39) 9. Pat Mullen (32) 10. Stanley Gates (12) 11. Jason Cliff (60) 12. Kevin Battelle (29) 13. John Ketcham Jr (0) 14. Chip Wood (5) DNS
LIMITED FEATURE (25)
1. Chris Proud (3) 2. Dan Kapuscinski (00) 3. Mike Bozzuto (8) 4. Dave Cliff (06) 5. JJ Andrews (93) 6. Mark Regan (69) 7. Brian Nappa (36) 8. Doug Cliff (61) 9. Jim Guyle (20) 10. Kris Meyn (86) 11. Mike Bond (90) 12. Bill Moore (7) 13. Star Matteson (82) 14. Kevin Knopp (94) 15. Shawn Walker (68) 16. Gregg Davis (89) 17. Michael Barnes (43) 18. Steve Austin (66) 19. Tony White (4) 20. Lou LeVea (96) 21. Bob Bogwicz (99) 22. Andy Noto (19) 23. Dave Gruel (18) 24. Guard Nearbin (78) 25. Wayne Wideman (15) 26. Rob Pullen (2) 27. John Ketcham Jr (0)
SUPERMODIFIED HEAT #1
1. Dave Trytek (70) 2. Ray Graham Jr (90) 3. Todd Stowell (89) 4. Mike Brubaker (36) 5. Pat Lavery (99) 6. Dennis Wilson (20) 7. Bob Goutermout (77) 8. Joe Chillemi (41) DNS
SUPERMODIFIED HEAT #2
1. Brian Sweeney (3) 2. Jerry Curran (24) 3. Jeff Holbrook (35) 4. Tim Snyder (0) 5. Joe Gosek (50) 6. Bill Peri (14) 7. Doug Kells (39) 8. Dan Connors (96) DNS
SUPERMODIFIED HEAT #3
1. Bob Bond (25) 2. Tim Gareau Jr (5) 3. Keith Gilliam (87) 4. Bob Magner (40) 5. Dave Halstead Jr (34) 6. Otto Sitterly (79) 7. Craig Rayvals (94) 8. Hal LaTulip (56)
SUPERMODIFIED FEATURE (45)
1. Joe Gosek (50) 2. Dave Trytek (70) 3. Brian Sweeney (3) 4. Mike Brubaker (36) 5. Otto Sitterly (79) 6. Jeff Holbrook (35) 7. Ray Graham Jr (90) 8. Bob Goutermout (77) 9. Tim Snyder (0) 10. Pat Lavery (99) 11. Jerry Curran (24) 12. Keith Gilliam (87) 13. Hal LaTulip (56) 14. Dennis Wilson (20) 15. Bob Magner (40) 16. Bill Peri (14) 17. Craig Rayvals (94) 18. Todd Stowell (89) 19. Bob Bond (25) 20. Tim Gareau Jr (5) 21. Dave Halstead Jr (34) 22. Doug Kells (39) 23. Joe Chillemi (41) DNS 24. Dan Connors (96) DNS