OSWEGO, N.Y. — official series release — Bill Taylor photo —
Otto Sitterly has won many features, a number of championships and Classics at Oswego Speedway, but the one title that alluded him until Saturday night was the King of Wings.
This was primarily due to the fact that he was not a regular winged supermodified driver. But that all changed when he teamed with Dave Shullick Jr. and the Bodnar team based in Ohio. Shullick had accumulated quite a list of accomplishments in his career, but his came with a wing strapped on his potent supermodified.
The goal became that each talented driver switch roles. Sitterly wanted to win in a winged car and Shullick in a non-winged car and the quest began. At the 50-lap King of Wings VII Sitterly notched his first winged win with relative ease. He started on the pole and led every lap.
“I want to thank you guys for booing. I appreciate that,” Sitterly said. “I must be doing something right. This is an awesome race car. I want to take it home to my garage. Every time I have gotten in it I like it more and more. I don’t know what to say. I have a lot of people to thank. Obviously one is Jim Bodnar, his wife Jan, D.J. Shullick and his dad and John Nicotra. It takes a lot of work to put one car together and we’ve got three, four cars. It’s a lot of work. We’re trying to help work on different ones and this is a sure way right here.”
Also on the podium was Alison Cumens, who started next to Otto up front and held her ground the entire distance to finish second.
“I was having a bit of a fuel issue on the backstretch,” she said. “I was kind of chugging before I could get going. So I was struggling a bit on the restarts because of that fuel issue. But other than that I had a really great car. Once I could get going the car was perfect. I’ve had three or four podium finishes with ISMA, but this is the first here. I wish I could get the win but it will come at some point.”
Chris Perley, Danny Shirey and Tim Jedrzejek completed the top five.
John Zych Jr. took the 25-lap NEMA Midget feature, while Scott Bigelow won the NEMA Lites main.
RESULTS: ISMA Supermodifieds; Oswego Speedway; King of Wings VII; July 11, 2015
ISMA Supermodified King of Wings VII (50-laps): 1. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 2. 39 – Alison Cumens, 3. 11 – Chris Perley, 4. 49 – Danny Shirey, 5. 97 – Tim Jedrzejek, 6. 84 – Mike Lichty, 7. 17 – Ben Seitz, 8. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr, 9. 37 – Jeff Locke, 10. 95 – Dave Shullick Jr, 11. 70 – Dave McKnight, 12. 25 – danny Bowes, 13. 78 – Mark Sammut, 14. 00 – Joe Gosek, 15. 07 – Kevin Jaycox Jr, 16. 65 – Tim Ice, 17. 46 – Ryan Coniam, 18. 1 – Kyle Edwards, 19. 74 – Rob Summers, 20. 40 – Bob Magner, 21. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 22. 87 – AJ Bernys, 23. 61 – Jon McKennedy, 24. 22 – Mike McVetta, 25. 55 – Tim Devendorf, 26. 5 – Brian Sobus
CREDIT: International SuperModified Association