STOEHR CLAIMS 8TH OSWEGO MIDGET WIN WITH CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY Russ Stoehr's little boy Avery told his dad to bring him home a trophy and a t-shirt when he left the house to head for Oswego. Stoehr happily obliged with the trophy, but it wasn't...
STOEHR CLAIMS 8TH OSWEGO MIDGET WIN WITH CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY
Russ Stoehr's little boy Avery told his dad to bring him home a trophy and a t-shirt when he left the house to head for Oswego. Stoehr happily obliged with the trophy, but it wasn't until the final lap of the 25 circuit main that Stoehr put the Angelillo-owned 45 out front to ensure the gift to his son. Stoehr, who started 11th in the field of 23, worked his way up gradually chasing both Bobby Seymour and Jim Miller near race end. A lap 19 caution was the determining factor according to Stoehr later, and on the restart he was by Miller, but Seymour wasn't giving up easily. On lap 24, Stoehr, who had been trying a low move, drove outside and by Seymour to take the win. The $2,000 check may have gone to the car owner, but the trophy was on its way to 5-year-old Avery Stoehr sitting home waiting in North Carver, Mass. "Boy, I'll tell you," said Stoehr, "I thought Bobby had this thing won. He seemed to get a little bit loose and I started to gather him up a little. I thought, well it's the last lap, I'll give it a shot and see what happens and it worked out. I don't know if this place give me anymore confidence that anyone else. There are probably 20 guys who can come through the field and win. We just got really lucky today. It's no fooling. If it weren't for that caution I don't think we could have run those two guys down (Seymour and Miller). I think Jimmy (Miller) got a flat tire. But, it was just a great race. I promised my son a trophy and a t-shirt, and I have the trophy at least."
It was Kevin Weeks who had the pole in the midget go and he assumed the lead from the green. Lee Bundy trailed but were soon bypassed by Seymour and then Jim Miller.
Weeks went into second on lap 7 when Seymour flew by and took off like a mighty midget rocket. But, Seymour had been out front at Oswego before and never seemed able to make it stick. He was a man on a mission. Jim Miller got by Weeks on lap 13 and headed for Seymour who had already lost his 9 in traffic. Stoehr was moving forward also he followed Miller past Weeks. Phil DiMario, Pete Pernesiglio, Howie Bumpus and Nokie Fornoro in the Boetticher 56, were making mincemeat of the field also as they diced back and forth around slower traffic.
Lap 19 was the slowdown that benefitted Stoehr. It was for dual incidents with the 69 of Chuck Welling and the 16 of Matt O'Brien tangling off four and the 35 of Randy Cabral needing a hook just out of turn one. Welling restarted. Cabral and O'Brien did not.
Seven laps takes moments for a green flag run by the midgets and veteran Seymour didn't waste anytime trying to pick up some added real estate out front. But, Stoehr was there moments after the restart, slowing reeling in the leader. Closer and closer he got until the third turn of the last lap approached. Stoehr drove outside and stole Seymour's thunder in just half a lap. Seymour stayed there for second while Pernesiglio, Miller and Phil DiMario rounded out the top five. Fornoro, doing double duty on the evening, settled for sixth trailed closely by Bumpus, Weeks, Mike Roselli, also trying his hand at double driving and Drew Fornoro, finished in the top ten.