Osewgo Speedway race report 2002-07-20

Mike Ordway comes home with fourth Mr. Supermodified title and fourth win of season at Oswego: Ms. Limited Supermodified star Matteson makes history as first female feature winner ever and Doug Reaume takes his first and Mr. Super Stock title as...

Mike Ordway comes home with fourth Mr. Supermodified title and fourth win of season at Oswego: Ms. Limited Supermodified star Matteson makes history as first female feature winner ever and Doug Reaume takes his first and Mr. Super Stock title as well.

Oswego, NY - It was a night of electricity for some at Oswego Speedway Saturday night as the Mr. Super Stock and Mr. (now Ms.) Limited crowns went to first-time winners of the event while veteran Mike Ordway took away his fourth of the season and his fourth Mr. Supermodified title event. Ordway had won the event in 1990, '91 and '93 with different car owners, so technically it was the first $10,000 payday with car owner Clyde Booth. Unfortunately, the way to the title was paved with many supermodified crashes that left many in the pits with badly mangled machines and one in the hospital. Mike Ordway pulled to the outside of another veteran, Jamie Moore, on lap 15 after having raced behind him almost ten laps and Ordway was gone. He slid through a massive red on lap 25 which put many $10,000 hopefuls out of the running. Ordway said in victory lane, "I can't say enough for Clyde and the crew and everybody. This race car is just awesome. Number four is a good number I guess. The closest one out there tonight was on lap three when I saw Otto get loose coming off four. as I was on the inside. I thought he was going to bounce off the wall in front of me so I stayed to the high side and got by as quick as I could. The second one was behind me. The track was a little slippery tonight. It's hot today and with the rear end grease laid down back there, it was kind of off a little."

Jamie Moore took up the early lead but massive destruction would occur before Moore could get too much distance. On lap 3 the red fell as Otto Sitterly's 79 bounced off one wall, crossed the track and hit inside. he collected no less than eight supers in so doing. Todd Stowell, who took a very hard hit backwards and sideways into the first turn wall in his 89, was taken to the Oswego hospital. He was transferred to the Upstate Medical Center at 4:30 am and as of 9:30 am Sunday morning, was reported to have fractured ribs, a hole in his lung, possible damage to his collarbone. Other tests were being taken as of this writing.

Lou Cicconi, driving the Strong 99, Sitterly, Ray Graham, Jerry Curran, Keith Gilliam, Bob Goutermout, in his second car of the night, and Greg Furlong were pitside pounding on their cars while the cleanup ensued. Russ Wood, who had won a heat driving the Holbrook 00 for the first time, also pitted at this juncture.

After a lengthy delay, the race resumed without Cicconi, Sitterly, Graham and Curran, some of whom would make it back into the fray laps later.

The battle out front was between Jamie Moore and Bob Bond for several laps but by lap 7 Mike Ordway had moved from tenth to second and he was knocking on Moore's door. But, Moore wasn't about to give in easily and he held his line while Ordway looked for a way around. He found it on lap 15 and in an outside move, the Fremont, NH man was by and on his way to collecting $10,000. Said Moore later in regard to his run, "From our advantage point I thought the race was pretty good. When you're out front, you get to pick the groove and for a couple weeks now, I've seen Mike's groove. I knew where I was running would make it difficult for him to get underneath me. He would had to go around and when he did I still had a good enough car to run him for a little while. That's the way Mike wants to race. Mike likes to race clean, wheel to wheel. When you get to run with veterans like that it's a riot! I'd like to congratulate Bob Bond also. I think Bob did an outstanding job running clean. I hate to see any yellows, let alone two reds. I hope Todd is okay. Our car is getting a little better. We're having a difficult time getting the tires to hookup. The last 10-15 laps I was dirt tracking it again."

Ordway was soon a half track away from Moore, Bond, Jeff Holbrook, Shawn Muldoon, Vern LaFave and others who were trying to keep up.

Just approaching halfway, another damaging incident caused the second red of the night. Holbrook's 35 got out of shape coming out of turn four with possible help, which sent his teammate Dave Trytek, hard into the fourth turn wall. Trytek went on the hook. Holbrook was pushed in as was Hal LaTulip. Tim Gareau and Vern LaFave were hooked and going into the pits on their own were Wood, Howie Page and Dave Halstead.

There were nine cars on the lead lap when the green dropped away and it was all Ordway's race while Jamie Moore, Bond, Muldoon, Snyder, Pat Lavery and Howie Page were top seven.

Lap 31 found Holbrook's 35 headed to the pits leaving a trail of rear end grease to be cleaned up. One more red fell. It was the last, thankfully for most.

While Ordway pulled the amazing Booth creation away from the field, Bob Bond was giving Jamie Moore a run for second and he took the spot on lap 33. Bond had finished runner-up in 2001, but hopes at catching the leader were pretty nil at this point. Still Bond was satisfied with second. "I guess we can't complain with second. We've been second in this race two years in a row. Maybe next year we can be first. Jamie ran me clean. I have to thank him for that. He could have probably cut me off, but he let me in there. I'd like to thank the crew, my mother and father, Larry Von Holtz, Ed Matteson, Mike Mullen and everybody else that helps out. Also thanks to my sponsors J&K Auto Parts, Brighton Bakery & Brighton Discount Liquors, Rogers Market and Andrew's Sales and Service."

As the flag fell on the Mr. Supermodified 50 Mike Ordway logged his name into the record books as having won a record four of the prestigious events over the 16 years span. Bond, Moore, Muldoon and Tim Snyder finished up the top five. Snyder had just caught current point leader Howie Page at the stripe on the last lap. Page, who is trying to hold onto the point lead, had been involved in a heat crash that affected five cars also. Page, Pat Lavery, Brian Sweeney, Hal LaTulip and Mike Brubaker completed the top ten.

Star Matteson has been knocking on the door of history of late as she tried to become the first ever female feature winner at the Oswego Speedway. The seventh-year limited supermodified driver finally made good on her attempt Saturday night. Not only did she take her first-ever feature win, she joined limited supermodified elite by making her first a Mr. (Ms. on the $1,000 check thanks to some duct tape and a safety crew member) Limited Supermodified title. Starting on the pole, Star went flag to flag for the win with only one caution slowing the pace. Tapping, literally at times, on her back bumper most of the way was Gregg Davis, who was also vying for a first-time Mr. Limited Super title.

A two-car battle between Star and Davis began right from the get-go and it never let up until Davis was a non-participatory figure in the one and only race yellow on lap 22. A transmission problem was reported on the 89 as he pulled pitside while a Danny Kapuscinski spin collected the Matt Wheeler 97 and Andrews in the 93. All were pretty much done.

But, until this point, it had been Davis stuck to Star while behind the action was between Jim Guyle and J.J. Andrews with Danny K, Shawn Walker, Lou LeVea, Billy Izyk, Chris Proud and Matt Wheeler all looking for top spots. Now Star had some breathing room and she used it to full advantage as Walker and Guyle did their own thing behind for second. Walker got by Guyle for second but by that time Matteson had an unsurmountable advantage. Some shuffling behind Walker in the waning stages found LeVea moving into third over Guyle as Izyk took up fifth. Steve Austin, who was out of the top ten on lap 18, came up to challenge Izyk at the end.

But, there was only one Star shining on Dunkin' Donuts/Century 21 Galloway Realty night at Oswego and that was Matteson's. As a torrent of cheers echoed from the stands and well wishers surrounded the Volney, NY technology teacher, a hasty repair to the Mr. Limited Supermodified check was made and the photos taken. Star had finally done what she had set out to do years ago.

"This feels great," she said in victory lane. "We've worked a long hard time for this. We've tried so hard. We've been racing a long time. Dad and all the team have done so much. There have been a lot of late nights in the garage. We have to thank mom too. She lets us do this. I was just trying to stay low out there tonight. I was getting bumped and I just tried to hold on. This is the one I've always wanted - to be Mr. Limited. I have to thank all my fans, all my sponsors - Granby Discount Carpet, Mimi's Drive Inn and Mini Storage, 84 Lumber, JWJ Container Service, and Stylish Scissors. And, I'd like to dedicate this to my little friend who passed away and is unable be here with us tonight."

In the super stock main, Doug Reaume of Syracuse, NY, also went flag to flag to win his first Mr. Super Stock title. Reaume, a former feature winner at Oswego, still celebrated his first big money win.

Starting third in the 16-car field, Reaume was up to the point as the first circuit was completed. He never let the spot go. Coming up behind him were Rob Pullen, Bobby Newman, David Fetterly, Joe Miller and eventually Frank Reakes.

While Reaume was able to distance himself from the pack, Newman, Fetterly, Reakes, Pullen, the Millers Joe and Kelly, and Bill Moore ran door handle to door handle behind, sometimes three-abreast as in the case of Newman, Fetterly and Reakes.

A four-car tangle on lap 16 slowed things and put the pressure on Reaume in the 25-lapper. Affected were Pullen, Joe Miller, Kelly Miller, Moore and Newman. None of the five would finish the distance due to the accident.

A three-way lead fight now developed between Reaume, Fetterly and Reakes while David Bock ran solo in fourth and John Parkhurst held onto fifth over Pullen, Joe Skilinksi and Chris Lupa.

At the checkered, the Mr. Super Stock title was Reaume's as Fetterly, Reakes, Bock and Parkhurst held their top five spots.

Said a very happy Reaume in victory lane, This makes up for last weekend. Wow, that was awesome. I'd like to thank all the people who have helped me...Jack Carr, Joe Miller, Bill Moore, Lou LeVea, all the guys in the pits. Everyone helps in the pits here. On the restarts I was really loose and I saw the 21 get up to me once. Make 'em pass me on the outside. That's my strategy. I was just praying. He and I have had a lot of close racing and he said he'd always race me clean and now I believe him."

Oswego is closed July 27 for Harborfest and Sandusky's Hy-Miler Nationals and comes back August 4 with a Race of Champions Modified qualifier in addition to the regular divisions.

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