Shawn Muldoon Caps Season With Race Of Champions Nora Limited Supermodified Victory Oswego, NY - Shawn Muldoon had what might have been called an up and down season in the limited supermodifieds this year, but when the Race of Champions' NORA ...
Shawn Muldoon Caps Season With Race Of Champions Nora Limited Supermodified Victory
Oswego, NY - Shawn Muldoon had what might have been called an up and down season in the limited supermodifieds this year, but when the Race of Champions' NORA Limited Super 40 lapper came to the line, he was on an uphill swing. Coming off a horrible finish in the Limited Super Nationals, Muldoon, who drove his brother's supermodified at Adirondack Speedway in mid-September, was ready for that upward mobility in his limited.. Starting fifth in the field of 25 at the prestigious Race of Champions Saturday night at Oswego Speedway, Muldoon worked quickly into third and then into second. He pressured leader Pitt Watson in an exciting display of patience and persistence.until he got by on lap 36. Muldoon went the distance to claim the victory.
"It took me a while to get the lead ," said Muldoon surrounded by the RoC awards, "I'd like to thank my sponsors, I couldn't have done it without them. Hough Construction helped me out all year, They bought tires every week. Robbie Green, and Green's Trucking, DM Ferlito Construction, and all the rest. I'd like really to thank Gregg Davis. He got a deal there. He got me set up on the shocks. And, also Mike O'Connor who helped me out a lot too." Twenty-six limited supermodifieds waited a long time for their piece of the RoC glory and when they got the call to green, things were a little antsy at first with several yellows dotting the start.. Finally Pitt Watson took the incentive and the lead while Craig Rayvals, winner of the Limited Super Nationals, tucked in right behind. Muldoon ran up in third.
Yellow flew again on lap 15 when Rayvals and Oswego Rookie of the Year Danny Kapuscinski tangled. BJ Bocyck was also involved.
On the restart, Muldoon, now in second, was all over Watson, but Pitt held him back as Matt Wheeler, now third, waited for a mistake to happen. Lap 25 found a stop for the 24 of Jeff Bartlett who was able to restart. Another restart, another strong challenge by Muldoon for the lead. Behind were Wheeler, Shawn Walker, Mike Bond, Mark Regan, Otto Sitterly(Falter 71) and Chris Proud all in tight formation.
Lap after lap, Muldoon would try to slingshot Watson on the outside but to no avail. A lap 33 yellow for Dana Cunningham, helped him out a bit. Twice after this green fell, Muldoon slung his 89(renumbered for NORA points) outside Watson coming off four. The next time around, Muldoon chose a different tack and went low off four. This time it worked. Shawn held the lead as the clock ticked to 36.
The final yellow flew moments later for the 3 of Proud, who was running seventh at the time.
Now it was Watson's turn to regain the lead he had held for so long.. Pitt made his dive at Muldoon as the race went green, but it wasn't enough. Muldoon cruised on to victory four laps later with Watson, Wheeler, Bond and Walker taking top five spots. Sitterly, Mark Regan, John Ketcham, Lou LeVea and Jim Kite(43) rounded out the top ten.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS NORA LIMITED SUMMARY (heats are unofficial)
Heat 1: Pitt Watson, Shawn Muldoon, Steve Austin, Mark Regan, Otto Sitterly, Guard Nearbin, Dana Cunningham, Dick Woodley, Jim Guyle
Heat 2: Craig Rayvals, Mike Bond, John Ketcham, Matt Wheeler, Dan Dennie, Cameron Rowe, Wayne Wideman, BJ Bocyck, Chip Wood
Heat 3: Shawn Walker, Chris Proud, Danny Kapuscinski, Jeff Bartlett, Lou LeVea, Bill Moore, Jim Kite, Russ Bartlett
RACE OF CHAMPIONS NORA LIMITED SUPER 40: 1. Shawn Muldoon(87), 2. Pitt Watson (42), 3. Matt Wheeler (97), 4. Mike Bond (7), 5. Shawn Walker (68), 6. Otto Sitterly(71), 7. Mark Regan (69), 8. John Ketcham(11), 9. Lou LeVea (61), 10. Jim Kite(43), 11. Jim Guyle(20), 12. Dan Dennie(59), 13. Chip Wood(5), 14. Dana Cunningham(95), 15. Russ Bartlett(26), 16. Jeff Bartlett(24), 17. Guard Nearbin(78), 18. Craig Rayvals(94), 19. Chris Proud(3), 20. Dick Woodley(8), 21. Steve Austin(66), 22. Bill Moore (96), 23. Danny Kapuscinski(00), 24. BJ Bocyck (4), 25. Cameron Rowe(76), 26. Wayne Wideman(15)