Oswego race report 2001-07-21

Oswego, NY - Flags waved wildly in the warm, calm night at Oswego Speedway, but the three checkered flags that finally flew over the special big money night, were well received. After reds and yellows prevailed throughout all three features, three...

Oswego, NY - Flags waved wildly in the warm, calm night at Oswego Speedway, but the three checkered flags that finally flew over the special big money night, were well received. After reds and yellows prevailed throughout all three features, three appreciative drivers stood in victory lane. One, Greg Furlong, in winning his first Mr. Supermodified event, picked up his second feature of the season and some valuable points strengthening his lead on the point title as well. Mike Gardner of Liverpool, NY picked the $1,000 to Win main to garner his first-ever career victory, while Lou LeVea came home with the Mr. Super Stock check and title.

Said the gregarious Greg Furlong after jubilantly jumping from his 72, "I've got to hand this one to the crew. We missed practically all practice again. They had to replace the rear end in the car. Then we went out in the heat race and were really, really tight. Now it's a crap shoot for the feature. So they loosened it up a little bit. Could have been a little looser, but when I got on the gas, I could just mat it. Man, this thing was a rocket. Like I said it was the crew - my brother. They worked hard. They had that rear end changed by the heat. The crew just did an awesome job. Jim Gray helped us out a little bit with setup. We just had a good car tonight. We had the setup. The money always goes back in the car, but we decided if we won this race, we donate $1,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation for Mark and Donna(VanLuven). Then, before the feature started, I was a little nervous so I made a little wish and prayer and said if I win this race, we'll donate $2,000, so it's $2,000 now.

"I'd like to thank all the sponsors who help me out, Granby Pit Stop, obviously, Furdi's, Gosch Supply, Northern Ready Mix, Sting Ray Auto, Haylor, Freyer & Coon Ins., Johnston's Gas Service, Haulmark and Magee Trailer Sales and Potter's Pub who came onboard this year. And, finally Doug Holmes who does an awesome job on the motors. In eight years I've never had a motor probably. Without the sponsors we wouldn't be able to do it. We're not as well financed as everyone thinks. As I said all the money we win goes back into the car...the sponsors keep us going to win."

The Dunkin' Donuts-Century 21 Galloway Realty $10,000 to win main event started out on a forboding yellow when several cars were scattered around the third and fourth turns before they completed one lap. The 88 of Jamie Moore, tapped from behind, spun, collecting Keith Gilliam, Shannon Groves, Tim Gareau, Scott Eldred, and Otto Sitterly among others. All were able to restart, but some like Moore, had to pit and head for the rear of the complete restart.

Bob Bond, running very strong, held the lead from the get-go, but caution fell again on lap 4 when Gary Syrell waved the flag.

Bond was able to move away from the pack on the restart while Scott Eldred , Bob Goutermout, Tim Gareau and others sorted out behind.

Lap 12 saw the second red of the night for a blocked track when Dave Trytek and Tim Gareau brushed scattering the boys behind. Howard Page was a luckless victim here as he caught a wheel of another slowing car and went airborne into the wall. His 18 was badly damaged and ofn. Mike Ordway was pushed into the pits for some repairs. Ray Graham was pushed away. Tim Gareau came in and out. Dave Trytek was hooked and remained in.

Only one lap was down when another yellow, then red flew. This time Bob Goutermout, Jamie Moore, Todd Stowell, Pat Lavery, Gilliam and Jeff Holbrook were in a jumble in one and two, some stopping to avoid. Everyone restarted here except the two-time Mr. Supermodified defending champion Bob Goutermout. He expressed his displeasure and disappointment to Pat Abold, driving the Muldoon 50 for the first time, with whom he brushed tires.

On this restart, Bob Bond could not hold off the advances of Greg Furlong and Greg took over the lead at the stripe. Furlong was basically gone now, while Bond was left to hold off many challengers. He was up for the task. Bond consistently was pressured by Pat Abold as Scott Eldred, Tim Snyder and Ray Graham ran back a distance in the top five. Snyder and Graham got by Eldred finally on lap 29.

With 20 to go, Furlong was well out front, but another yellow flew on lap 32 to bunch the boys.

Furlong pulled easily away from Bond and Abold as Snyder now ran fourth, reeling in the duo in front of him. Jeff Holbrook joined the top five soon thereafter while Ray Graham left the track with an ailing 90. Furlong was heading for his first Mr. Supermodified win and with ten to go, several lap cars were in between first and second for insurance. The battle was between Bond, Abold and Snyder, while Holbrook found Jamie Moore on his tail.

In the last few laps, Snyder swapped Abold for third while Moore took over fifth from Holbrook as the racing continued behind the high-flying Furlong. And that was the finish on a night when $10,000 went to first and all the rest ran for a regular purse. Holbrook, Eldred, Todd Stowell, Mike Ordway and Shannon Groves completed the top ten.

The $1,000 to Win Mr. Limited event started much like the supermodified main, with a yellow flying on lap 4 for the current point leader Mark Regan. Regan was relegated to the pits for what official deemed an intentional yellow. On this restart, several cars jumbled behind the leader Pitt Watson with Craig Rayvals and Billy Izyk, second place man in points, getting the hook. When racing resumed, it was Watson out front and 16-year old Danny Kapuscinski, who had won his first heat event earlier, running his heart out. Kap held off Mike Gardner, Tim Falter and Jack Patrick until Gardner made a move for second. Shawn Muldoon, who had to use his option to get into the field, parked his ride around lap 6.

Lap 9 felt the flag rash when Mike Bond in the Rob Pollitt 7 spun. He restarted in the rear. Mike Gardner came around with a bent up tail, also resulting from this slowdown.

Pitt Watson held on for all he was worth on this restart, but Gardner, pushed along by Kapuscinski, blind-sided the 42 leaving him in third by the completion of lap 10.

Gardner quickly powered the 6 away from second place until lap 15 when Dan Stagnitta sat in turn 3 looking for a hook. Bobby Rundell had to pit with a bent bumper scraping his tire.

Two laps, one more yellow. This time for a minor spin by Bob Bogwicz. Gardner resumed the lead ahead of Kapuscinksi, Watson, Jim Guyle, John Ketcham and Russ Brown. Jack Patrick, who had been running in a top spot, exited the race on lap 17. It was all Gardner for the next ten laps, but the man of many talents, Russ Brown, was moving stealthfully through the field. He was fourth on lap 21. Third on lap 24 and second on lap 26. With only four to go, Gardner still had a commanding lead.

But, the infamous yellow would plague the event one more time, this on the last lap when Lou LeVea, in his second feature of the evening, may have brushed with the 89 of Craig Davis.

Now Gardner's long lead was nullified as the race went back to lap 28. Brown heavily pressured the four-year veteran, but Gardner was undeterred in his quest for his first. He had been close before. But, it was time to win one. At the checkered it remained Gardner and Brown. Kapuscinski held on for third with Watson and Guyle the top five. Mike, a little more subdued than the supermod winner, said quietly in victory lane, "Thank you very much. I owe this all to my crew. Those guys have busted their butts for the last four years. It finally paid off. I have got to give a lot of thanks to Phil and Dave Marsden. Those guys are constantly working on the car with me. I couldn't do it without them. My crew pumped me up a lot tonight and I felt I was ready for one. I was going to stay there at the end when Russ(Brown) came on. Everybody told me to stay low. He's going to go by me on the outside. I felt him there but I didn't loose my cool. I held on. I have to thank Kathy O'Connor, Phil and Dave Marsden Fabrication, Hiram's Tire Centers, Pm Welding, and the whole family. They have been great. This is great." The Miller brothers were looking for the Mr. Super Stock title, one of which, Kelly, was the defending titlist. But the first leader, Joe, was knocked out just after the first lap. The Pullen 2 went to the rear at this juncture while the White 4 pitted and resumed the fray, minus some front sheet metal. Kelly Miller took over for his brother on the restart and fled the scene while Lou LeVea, Bobby Newman, Chris Lupa and Dave Bock chased. LeVea was slowing reeling in the leader as the race went clean green while a battered Tony White was picking off a car a lap and was into third by lap 18 of the 25-lap main.

Disaster struck Kelly Miller when a wheel came off out back on lap 21 and yellow flew for the second brother.

LeVea inherited the lead now with the exit of Miller while Tony White was second. Newman, Lupa, Bock and Doug Reaume held the next spots with four to go.

White's run from the rear ended abruptly on lap 22 when his transmission gave out. LeVea went on to the checkered followed by Newman, Lupa, Bock and Reaume.

Lou, winner of the $500 Mr. Super Stock check, admitted later, it was a lucky win. "I'm about tired out from pulling double duty tonight in this heat. I really hated to see Kelly Moore have the wheel come off or whatever happened. My car was handling real bad. We don't know what was happening. . I was reeling in Kelly as the race went on, but I never could have passed him. When I put the car in hard, it would just bounce up and down. The last few laps we really had to baby it. I didn't want to take a chance. I knew Tony was out there too. But, he fell out too. We kind of got lucky to pick this one up. "

Oswego Speedway is closed July 28 for Harborfest and Sandusky's Hy-Miler weekend. It reopens with a RoC qualifier for the NYS modifieds joined by the regular divisions. Nostalgia Night is Aug. 11 at the track with admission only $2.00 for adults and .50 for kids.

-OS

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