Oswego, NY 6-24: Tim Gareau picked up his third straight win at Oswego Speedway Saturday night after he moved by race leader Otto Sitterly on lap 31 to lead the remainder of the Wendy's 45. The win also vaulted the Fultonian into the point...
Oswego, NY 6-24: Tim Gareau picked up his third straight win at Oswego Speedway Saturday night after he moved by race leader Otto Sitterly on lap 31 to lead the remainder of the Wendy's 45. The win also vaulted the Fultonian into the point lead as the leader going into the night's racing, Bob Goutermout, finished in 8th place. Mike Brubaker, in his 20th race season, picked up his first-ever top five finish, running a strong third behind Sitterly's second. Shawn Muldoon charged up through the limited super field to grab the lead from John Ketcham with just five to go to win his second of the season. Kelly Miller was in victory lane after the 15-lap super stock event taking the lead on lap 3 and never looking back. Brenda Hewitt beat the boys in the 14 car Demo Derby with Jim Wilson topping the field with the most damaged vehicle. Some very exciting racing and it was all over before 10:30 pm!
Said 3-time winner Gareau in victory lane, "In the middle of the race I didn't think I was going to get by the 70 and the 36. Everybody was real loose. The track was slick all night. I don't know what happened. After that caution the car, my tires cooled down a little bit and I hooked up, ran down along the bottom and got by them. I'd like to congratulate the 79, Otto Sitterly, for a good run. I've got to thank my crew and sponsors once again - and my mom and dad."
The supermodified feature started out badly when a red flew for a multi-car tangle just before the second turn on the first circuit. Some checking up in the middle of the field caused a massive pileup involving Todd Stowell, Mike Douglas, Howie Page, Bob Bond, Greg Furlong, Jerry Curran, Vern LaFave and Doug Boisvert. After some Herculean pit efforts, all but Curran, Stowell, Boisvert and Bond were able to re-enter the field on the restart. Stowell and Boisvert made it back, albeit laps down.
On the restart, rookie Otto Sitterly paced the field out front as polesitter Mike Brubaker Dave Trytek, Shannon Groves and Mike Douglas trailed in the top five. Looking for position behind Douglas were Ray Graham, Tim Gareau and Bob Goutermout.
Sitterly opened the gap by lap 15, with Gareau having moved into the fourth spot by lap 11. But Brubaker and Trytek gave Gareau no easy way around as they raced into lap 25.
A yellow slowed the field here when the 01 of Scott Eldred spun off turn four. Sitterly now found himself with Brubaker, Trytek, Gareau, Groves, Douglas, Graham, Goutermout, and Dan Soule, filling in for Tim Snyder, breathing down his neck as the green unfurled.
But Sitterly powered away slightly leaving Brubaker and Trytek to try and hold off Gareau. But, Timmy's tires began to catch and he was alongside the 70, taking third on lap 26. One lap later, Gareau was second and had the Sitterly in his sights.
Otto held off the 5 for two laps, but Tim was under him coming off turn four to grab the lead on lap 32.
And intense battle ensued between Sitterly, Brubaker and Trytek while Gareau pulled away, but yellow fell on lap 38 for the 97 of Vern LaFave, bunching the boys behind the leader once more. LaFave's 97 was hooked, while Howie Page and Greg Furlong headed pitside, also involved in the fracas. It was the second trip that night into the pits for these two hotshoes, who both returned, but at the end of the pack with time running out.
While Gareau pulled away on the green, Sitterly, Brubaker, Trytek, Graham, Groves, Soule, Goutermout, Mike Douglas and Jamie Letcher were all very much in the battle.
Nothing could slow Gareau down, however, as he crossed the line alone for his third of the year while Sitterly, Brubaker, Trytek and Graham, finished up the top five, making four of the top five graduates from the limited super ranks. Soule, Groves, Goutermout, Douglas and Letcher held the top ten spots after jousting back and fourth for many laps.
Sitterly, who ran a great race for many laps said later, "I wanted to win. The car was really loose at the end and I watched for the number 5 on the board. And I saw him coming. But, hey, I'll take it. I've had three weeks of dnf's. Of course I wanted to win, but I'll take second. It's just fine." But, it was Brubaker, who finished his best-ever race in his 20 year career, who was most proud. "This is the happiest day of my life here. This is a dream come true. I always wanted to get a top five at Oswego Speedway. And, John Schwienberg Jr. and his father made it all possible. They helped me out - and Keith Loughrey and Black Clawson, CNC, Bob Gresser, my wife and my family - thank you all. I mean, a third place at Oswego. It's just something I've always dreamed of."
J.J. Andrews started out the limited race as the leader and stayed there for 11 laps, surviving several yellows to hold the point over two rookies Craig Rayvals and Marty VanBuren, while vets John Ketcham, Shawn Muldoon, Keith Gilliam and Mark Regan made their way toward the front.
A lap 9 yellow, unfortunately, came out for VanBuren when he tried to correct an errant #1 coming off turn four and got sideways in front of Dennis Wilson. Mayhem broke loose as the pack bore down on the accident with Steve Austin, Tim Falter and Jeff Holbrook all tried to slide to a stop while another car threaded through on the inside. When the smoke cleared, the 1 was into the first turn wall, with Wilson amazingly able to drive away. Austin, Falter and Holbrook were parallel parked facing the infield and all three went on the hook. Holbrook was shaken up and taken to the Oswego Hospital for a check over.
After the mess was cleared away, Andrews found a hungry pack nipping at him from behind. It was Ketcham who got the first good bite at the 93 when he got by on lap 12. Then it was Muldoon who was gnawing at Andrews, who now held off Keith Gilliam, Rayvals and Regan. Tailing Regan ever so closely were Gregg Davis, Pitt Watson, Mike Gardner and Dan Ferlito. The action was hot and heavy and it was still anybody's ball game. This would be an ending to watch.
Muldoon closed in on Ketcham and covered him like a blanket, trying high and low to get around. Muldoon finally made his attempts good on lap 20, diving outside the 11 on the front straight. Muldoon pulled away from some of the closest racing, without a caution, seen in a long time. With only four to go, six cars were basically battling for second place. Not once, but twice, cars came three abreast off a turn, leaving little room for error. It was 1999 limited champ Keith Gilliam, outside, Ketcham in the middle and Andrews down low as they filled every race groove, wheel to wheel, for two laps. As the checkered waved, Muldoon was safely out front, and Andrews broke slightly away for second, but off four came Gilliam, Ketcham, Rayvals, Davis, Regan, Watson and Mike Gardner, two and three cars wide, never touching each other as they crossed the line. When the tallies were in it was Muldoon, J.J. Andrews, Gilliam, Rayvals, Ketcham, Davis, Regan, Watson, Gardner and Ferlito in that order.
Shawn Muldoon, after having also won his heat, attributed his strong run to his 3-time supermodified champion brother Mike who was injured on May 27. "I'd like to thank my brother mostly. He did a lot of work with me on the car this week. It made the difference." Shawn also said Mike was feeling better and was recovering some of the feeling in at least two fingers in his injured hand. "It will still take time," said Shawn, "But, he'd like to be back by Classic."
Kelly Miller grabbed the lead over 10 of his super stock compatriots on lap 3 to win his first of 2000 in that division. Miller quickly left behind the 4 of Tony White, the 21 of Rich Palmer, the 45 of two-time winner Bill Hebing, and Dave Bock's 85. At the lap 15 checkered, it was Miller in his unique Dodge Daytona #8 over White, Palmer Hebing and Bock in the top five. July 1 at Oswego finds the Clark Concrete Empire Sports Super Series 50 on tap with a companion limited and super stock event. A huge fireworks display will end the evening to celebrate the nation's birthday with the mighty midgets returning on July 8. <pre> SUMMARY, JUNE 24, 2000 WENDY'S RESTAURANTS NIGHT SUPER STOCKS SUPER STOCK HEAT #1 1. Bill Hebing (45) 2. Tony White (4) 3. Bill Moore (5) 4. David Bock (85) 5. Jim Cieri (3) SUPER STOCK HEAT #2 1. Kelly Miller (8) 2. Lou LeVea (96) 3. Joseph Miller (9) 4. Rich Palmer (21) 5. Kevin Presley (31) 6. Jim Brown Jr (00) SUPER STOCK FEATURE 1. Kelly Miller (8) 2. Tony White (4) 3. Rich Palmer (21) 4. Bill Hebing (45) 5. David Bock (85) 6. Lou LeVea (96) 7. Bill Moore (5) 8. Joseph Miller (9) 9. Jim Cieri (3) 10. Jim Brown Jr (00) 11. Kevin Presley (31) LIMITED SUPERS LIMITED SUPER HEAT #1 1. Gregg Davis (89) 2. Tim Falter (71) 3. Craig Rayvals (94) 4. Ed Watson Jr (42) 5. Dan Stagnitta (28) 6. Jamie Bartlett (27) 7. Dan Ferlito (55), 8. William Presley (16) 9. Eddie Horne (98) 10. Andrew Noto (19) LIMITED SUPER HEAT #2 1. Shawn Muldoon (80) 2. Keith Gilliam (87) 3. Marty VanBuren (1) 4. Jack Patrick (9) 5. Chris Proud (3) 6. Mike Gardner (6) 7. Star Matteson, (82) 8. Matt Wheeler (97) 9. Jeff Bartlett (24) 10. Shawn Walker (68) LIMITED SUPER HEAT #2 1. Shawn Muldoon (80) 2. Keith Gilliam (87) 3. Marty VanBuren (1) 4. Jack Patrick (9) 5. Chris Proud (3) 6. Mike Gardner (6) 7. Star Matteson (82) 8. Matt Wheeler (97) 9. Jeff Bartlett (24) 10. Shawn Walker (68) LIMITED SUPER HEAT #3 1. JJ Andrews (93) 2. Mark Regan (69) 3. John Ketcham Jr (11) 4. Russ Bartlett (26) 5. Dennis Wilson (13) 6. Steve Austin (66) 7. Jeff Holbrook (70) 8. Chip Wood (5) 9. Al Scerbo (54) 10. Mike Bocyck (51) LIMITED SUPER CONSI 1. Dan Ferlito (55) 2. Star Matteson 3. Matt Wheeler (97) 4. Jeff Holbrook (70) 5. Shawn Walker (68) 6. Andrew Noto (19) 7. Al Scerbo (54) 8. Jeff Bartlett (24) 9. Chip Wood (5) 10. Mike Bocyck (51) LIMITED SUPER FEATURE 1. Shawn Muldoon (80) 2. JJ Andrews (93) 3. Keith Gilliam (87) 4. Craig Rayvals (94) 5. John Ketcham Jr (11) 6. Gregg Davis (89) 7. Mark Regan (69) 8. Ed Watson Jr (42) 9. Mike Gardner (6) 10. Dan Ferlito (55) 11. Star Matteson (82) 12. Russ Bartlett (26) 13. Chris Proud (3) 14. Matt Wheeler (97) 15. Jamie Bartlett (27) 16. Andrew Noto (19) 17. Jack Patrick (9) 18. Shawn Walker (68) 19. Marty VanBuren (1) 20. Dennis Wilson (13) 21. Dan Stagnitta (28) 22. Steve Austin (66) 23. Tim Falter (71) 24. Jeff Holbrook (70) SUPERMODIFIEDS SUPERMODIFIED HEAT #1 1. Jerry Curran (24) 2. Shannon Groves (07) 3. Greg Furlong (72) 4. Dave Trytek (70) 5. Bob Bond (25) 6. Brian Sweeney (3) 7. Scott Eldred (01) 8. Dan Soule (0) 9. Dave Mazzoni (04) 10. Dave Halstead (38) SUPERMODIFIED HEAT #2 1. Tim Gareau Jr (5) 2. Otto Sitterly (79) 3. Mike Brubaker (36) 4. Howard Page (18) 5. Jamie Moore (88) 6. Vern LaFave (97) 7. Tim Devendorf (76) 8. Mark VanLuven (46) 9. Jennifer Chesbro (33) 10. Bill Sharkey (7) DNS SUPERMODIFIED HEAT #3 1. Todd Stowell (89) 2. Mike Douglas (23) 3. Bob Goutermout (93) 4. Ray Graham Jr (90) 5. Jamie Letcher (58) 6. Doug Boisvert (66) 7. Hal LaTulip (56) 8. Gary Syrell (08) 9. Gary Morton (99) 10. Roger Clark (55) SUPERMODIFIED CONSI 1. Dan Soule (0) 2. Tim Devendorf (76) 3. Scott Eldred (01) 4. Hal LaTulip (56) 5. Gary Syrell (08) 6. Gary Morton (99) 7. Jennifer Chesbro (33) 8. Dave Mazzoni (04) 9. Dave Halstead (38) 10. Bill Sharkey (7) 11. Mark VanLuven (46) 12. Roger Clark (55) SUPERMODIFIED FEATURE WENDY'S 45 1. Tim Gareau Jr (5) 2. Otto Sitterly (79) 3. Mike Brubaker (36) 4. Dave Trytek (70) 5. Ray TIM GAREAU MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW IN THE SUPERS WHILE SHAWN MULDOON PICKS UP NUMBER TWO IN THE LIMITEDS; KELLY MILLER TAKES FIRST OF SEASON IN SUPER STOCKS Graham Jr (90) 6. Dan Soule (0) 7. Shannon Groves (07) 8. Bob Goutermout (93) 9. Mike Douglas (23) 10. Jamie Letcher (58) 11. Gary Morton (99) 12. Jamie Moore (88) 13. Howard Page 14. Greg Furlong 15. Gary Syrell (08) 16. Vern LaFave (97) 17. Hal LaTulip (56) 18. Scott Eldred (01) 19. Tim Devendorf (76) 20. Doug Boisvert (66) 21. Brian Sweeney (3) 22. Todd Stowell (89) 23. Jerry Curran (24) 24. Bob Bond (25)