Oswego Speedway report 2002-08-10

Tim Gareau back in Supermodified victory lane at Oswego; Mike Bond and Frank Reakes also take home wins.; Dwarf Car exhibition to Matt Magner. Oswego, NY - It had been almost exactly two years since Tim Gareau of Fulton, NY, stood in Oswego ...

Tim Gareau back in Supermodified victory lane at Oswego; Mike Bond and Frank Reakes also take home wins.; Dwarf Car exhibition to Matt Magner.

Oswego, NY - It had been almost exactly two years since Tim Gareau of Fulton, NY, stood in Oswego Speedway's victory lane. Saturday night put some confidence back in the 33-year old supermodified veteran of seven years Saturday's Nice n Easy/Labatt Anniversary Night win made it career win number 11 for Gareau. He was a little surprised to be in the winner's circle.

"I was having my doubts as to whether I'd ever be here again," said Gareau,. "The last year and a half has been awful. We've been struggling so much. These guys (the crew) have stuck by me all the way. I'll tell you I had to get this old car out and now I'm mad at myself for ever putting it away. I'd like to especially thank Pat Morrison and the guys back in the machine shop for getting this motor done on time so we could be here this weekend.

"I'd like to thank all my sponsors - Burger King, Darcey's Collision, Fran's Riverfront, Lube Express, Nana's Pizza Shack, Sunshine Produce, Duplessis Excavating and Trail of Terror - they've stayed with me through these struggles also. I kind of gave up on the new car. I seemed liked I was going backwards every week. We had two or three good years there and I finally just got sick of going backwards the last couple. So, I said we have to get the old car out. This isn't working. I was beginning to lose my confidence but the car tonight handled terrific. We had a little trouble in the heat race, but thanks to Joe Paeno who came over and straightened us out on that. I'd just like to thank everybody. I'm so glad to be back in victory lane here." In the companion races, Mike Bond, teammate to Bill Izyk's 1, made it win number one of the season driving the Laurent 01 taking the Limited Midsummer Championship 30, while Frank Reakes won his first regular competition feature in the super stocks. Reakes had won here before in the Race of Champions street stock event. Matt Magner, whose brother Bob is competing in the supermodified division on occasion in the Holbrook 00, showed the 14-car Dwarf car contingent the way around the big track to win that exhibition.

Tim Gareau started the 25-car supermodified feature in fourth by virtue of some poor finishes of late, including a dnf on August 3. It didn't take the determined driver very long to get into first. He passed Jerry Curran and Vern LaFave quickly and was in the lead by lap 4. Several minor yellows dotted the way as mechanical attrition seemed the norm this warm August night.

Yellow flew on lap 5 for a bounce off the foam by Jerry Curran who was able to continued. Joe Gosek, piloting his newly named Classic ride, the Muldoon 50, pulled pitside with a broken steering arm. He had a third place heat finish the first time racing the potent machine. Craig Rayvals also pulled in the 94 with a broken panhard bar.

The restart allowed Jeff Holbrook to catch up to Gareau and Holbrook stuck with the Fultonian for many laps as the two pretty much sat out front alone. Dave Trytek held third in the Holbrook 00 while rookie Shawn Muldoon, who is chasing history with the possibility of a rookie winning the point title, closed in on Holbrook. Vern LaFave, Tim Snyder, Jamie Moore and others tried to invade the top five as well. The current point leader Howard Page, moved up steadily from his fourteenth starting spot.

In the interim, Bob Goutermout, who had suffered a damaging blow to his 77 in the heat and who used a provisional to get into the race, dropped by the wayside as did Dan Connors, Hal LaTulip and eventually Bob Magner.

Out front Holbrook looked to be a real threat to Gareau, but just past halfway, Holbrook had a threat of his own in Muldoon. As those two began to battle, Gareau put the pedal down and eased the 5 away.

By lap 30, Gareau had a healthy lead, but Muldoon was now second and moving in. A spin by Brian Sweeney slowed the fast pace on that same lap, putting the field back in line.

Muldoon made a couple attempts at Gareau after the restart, but couldn't get alongside. Tim Snyder made his move to pick off Holbrook on lap 36 while Otto Sitterly and Howie Page also moved by the 35. Jamie Moore, Trytek, Mike Brubaker and Jerry Curran fought for top ten spots.

On lap 45, Gareau crossed under the flag several car lengths ahead of Muldoon while Snyder, Sitterly and Page finished top five. Page, Sitterly and Muldoon are in a nip and tuck battle for the 2002 track title.

Said Muldoon later, after his second place charge. "We're getting closer. Timmy ran a great race. He ran a little bit better than me. He started up front a little bit closer. We'll get one here sooner or later."

Defending Classic champion Tim Snyder, got also one step closer to a regular feature win. He said, "We finally got the motor in now we just have to get it dialed in. We were running the same speeds of the two leaders tonight, but we didn't have enough just to catch up to them in the last five laps after I got by the 35 of Holbrook. But, the big engine is finally in and everything is running good. I can't say enough for the crew and the sponsors again. Without them and everybody from Alcan who supported the night. Oswego Quality Carpets night is a goal for us. It's the Twin 30's and they are pretty hectic, but we've got to win one of these short races as well as those big ones too." Jamie Moore, Jeff Holbrook, Dave Trytek, Mike Brubaker and Jerry Curran settled for top ten finishes. Gareau, a stranger to victory lane the past few years, did a Polish victory lap around the 5/8's much to the delight of the back grandstand crowd.

J.J. Andrews started on the pole of the Midsummer Limited Super championship 30 and as the race wore down, he looked to be the leader all the way. Chris Proud and Mike Bond had other ideas. Proud hounded Andrews from lap one and the lead duo survived a couple yellows and a red before the charge of Mexico, NY's Bond.

In the early stages, it was Andrews, Proud and Tony White with a mass of potential winners right behind them fighting for every spot. Knopp was there as was Andy Noto, having a good run, Mark Regan, Bond, Billy Izyk, Jack Patrick, Steve Austin and more. Side by side racing was the rage.

A lap 13 yellow slowed things when Izyk's car appeared to have bounced off the inner hub rail in two sending it out and collecting Knopp in the process. Izyk, who came into the double point race only 10 points behind leader Regan, suffered a costly point loss as he was hooked out of the race.

Andrews was able to pull away slightly from Proud after the restart, but the progress was short-lived as a track blockage on lap 16 found the red flying for a blown motor by the Walker 68.. Hooked were Shawn Walker and Bob Bogwicz while most of the others involved got up to fight again.

On the restart, Proud was all over Andrews, but once again failed to take the spot. Moving into third was Mike Bond, however, to challenge. Tony White fell to fourth while Andy Noto fell out of a top spot pulling into the pits.

On lap 23 Bond was alongside of Proud as the two chased Andrews. Bond slung the 01 outside the front pair in the fourth turn and took Proud's second place spot soon thereafter. J.J. fought for the lead but to no avail as Bond was the leader as they came across the line on lap 24. Bond, looking for his first of the season, pulled immediately away from Andrews and Proud. Current point leader Mark Regan pulled into fourth past Tony White. Steve Austin, Jack Patrick, Danny Kapuscinski, Brian Nappa, Gregg Davis and a newcomer on the season, Kevin Battelle, continued the tight racing behind.

Mike Bond sat alone in first when the checkered fell on lap 30. Andrews, Proud, Regan, and Austin copped well-earned top fives.

Said Bond in victory lane, "I had to wait for the tires to come back in there after that stop there before I could make any moves toward the front. It took four or five laps to get back up. I knew the car was running pretty good. We hadn't really changed much to make the car run better. It's been good, I usually just didn't get the breaks going my way. Tonight we did. I'd like to thank Lisa Laurent and Billy for letting me drive this car and the crew. Also Mike DeCare, who has been with me from day one and of course, my wife Debbie. "

White, Patrick, Danny K, Nappa and Gregg Davis were top ten.

The growing Oswego super stock field put on another exciting show as 18 cars answered the call to green in the 20 lap finale. Bill Moore held the pole after a couple weeks of bad luck and used it to full advantage taking the point from the get-go.

A yellow on lap 4 for a spinning 4 of Joe Skilinski also saw Kelly Miller head to the pits with a smoking 8. Chris Miller packed the 80 in for the night at this juncture.

Moore took up his lead once more only to have things slowed again two laps later when Joe Miller was given a tap to the wall in 1. He restarted in the rear.

It was Moore, Lupa, Reakes, Pullen and Bock on the restart and the racing started to get as hot and heavy as the night air. Moore, Lupa and Reakes pulled away from the field slightly as Pullen stayed in fourth alone. Bock held off a charging pack in newcomer Jeff Polaski, Dave Fetterly, Don Pringle, John Parkhurst and a charging Kelly Miller. Miller was up to fifth by lap 13, while Reakes moved past Lupa at the same time.

A lap 14 flag flew for the 22 of Randy Storms, bunching the field. Moore was able to stave off the advances of Reakes, Lupa and Miller for a couple laps until Miller was once again a victim of the yellow as his 8 finally expires. The 21 of Fetterly also stopped, smoking and overheating badly.

On this restart, the complexion of the race changed. With four to go and the green waving, Bill Moore's 5 slid off turn four and slowed somewhat. Frank Reakes used the advantage to put the 14 outside Moore, taking the lead. Lupa and Pullen also passed Moore. At the checkered it was Reakes, Lupa, Pullen, Moore and Polaski. Bock, Joe Miller, John Parkhurst, Don Pringle and Eric Connors wrapped up the top ten.

Reakes replayed the pass in victory lane. "I came up on Bill Moore on the outside and hoped I could get passed him and when he slowed, I did. I tow here every week about four hours to race. If you want to race you have to travel and this is a great place to race. I won the Race of Champions street stock race here in '98 and knew I'd like to race here. I'd like to thank all these guys here on the crew - my wife Erica, Gary, Vinny and Mary Ellen, my mom and dad. Everybody and if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be here. They make the four hour tow each week too."

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Drivers Chris Miller , Kelly Miller