OSWEGO, NY — official release — Oswego Speedway photo — Hometown favorite Dave Danzer was untouchable as he captured his second feature win of the season and the biggest win of his career Saturday night in the 75-lap Mr. Novelis Supermodified feature event.
The young hotshoe did so in impressive fashion as he dominated the entire 75 lap main, finishing some 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
Danzer finally shook the gremlins that have plagued his new HAWK chassis that he debuted 4 weeks ago at the Steel Palace. The No.52 looked impressive straight out of the box, setting some impressive laps in warm-ups week after week but having mechanical issues sideline the car come feature time.
This week was a totally different story as Danzer ( who started fourth on the grid) slid past early race leader Tim Devendorf on the low side between turns three and four just before the field came around to start the 5th lap. After taking the lead Danzer’s car never skipped a beat as he put on one of the most dominating performances in recent memory, lapping all but 6 cars as he just followed the 2nd through 6th place cars for the final 10 laps.
As the field came to the green it was Brian Sweeney and Tim Devendorf pacing the 26 car field with Devendorf gaining the advantage exiting turn four on the initial start. Danzer would slip into third just behind Sweeney.
As the field came around to start the second circuit the 9th and 10th place cars of Randy Ritskes and Kody Graham brushed wheels exiting turn four. The contact sent Grahams Xtreme chassis No.90 hard into the front straight-away steel retaining wall nose first. Grahams car slid to a stop on the high side as car many car behind did a masterful job of avoiding the melee the took place in front of them.
While Ritskes struggled to regain control of his Lock Crane Service No.37 coming down the front straight, Ritskes car was tagged from behind by Kody’s father Ray Graham sending the No.37 into the foam in turn one. All three drivers were uninjured in the incident. All three cars would be out for the night, K. Grahams car had to be removed from the racing surface on a flat-bed while Ritskes car was taken off on the hook. R. Graham would pull the No.21 car into his pit stall nose first with front end damage.
On the restart it was Devendorf getting a good jump on Danzer entering turn three, but as the field came around to start lap four, Danzer made his presence felt as he immediately went to work on the race leader.
The two would battle entering turn three with the race leader Devendorf running the second groove in turn three while Danzer filling the low side. Danzer would pull alongside the race leader Devendorf between the turns. Danzer managed to gain a slight advantage by the time the duo exited turn four to start lap number five.
Danzer wasted little time showing his dominance as he quickly pulled out to a commanding lead over the rest of the field as he built up a ½ straight-away lead by the time the field came around to complete lap 8.
As the field came to the line on lap 10 it was Danzer out front followed by Devendorf. Sweeney, Tim Snyder and Joe Gosek rounding out the top five.
Racing action was beginning to heat up behind the race leader (Danzer) as many of the top contenders began to work their way towards the front of the field from deep in the pack. The cars that looked to be making the most progress were the No.99 of Joey “The Jet” Payne and the No.68 of Michael “The Hustler” Barnes.
On lap 16 both Payne and Barnes slipped under the 7th place car of Keith Shampine entering turn one.
Three laps later the 4th place car of Snyder began to show smoke from the rear of the No.0. Snyder immediately threw his hand in the air as he pulled to the low side of the racing surface, exiting the track and ending his evening pit side with mechanical issues.
By lap 20 Danzer’s lead continued to grow as the racing surface stayed green, but with 30 laps in Payne began to flex his muscle as he began to pick off cars at will. Payne’s first victim was the fifth place car of Lavery; Payne shot to the high side entering turn three taking away the position. Three laps later Payne would move past Gosek on the high side entering turn one to move up into forth.
On Lap 35 Payne went to the high side of Sweeney’s No.3 entering turn one to take away the third position. The two battled behind a couple of lapped cars looking for room to get by. Payne maintained a slight advantage on the high side but he was stuck behind the lapped car of Hal LaTulip while Sweeney was on the rear bumper of Jerry Curran’s No.24.
As they exited turn two LaTulip moved up the racing surface to give Payne room, while Sweeney looked to try and slide in behind Curran. Both Sweeney and Payne’s cars got to the same piece of real estate at the same time resulting in the two brushing wheels. Sweeney’s car immediately started to slide up the racing surface and into the outside retaining wall exiting turn two. The force of the impact sent Sweeney’s car airborne landing facing the opposite direction on top of the roll-cage of the No. 99 of Payne.
Sweeney’s car then pirouetted off the rear tail section of Payne’s car, coming to rest once again on the racing surface. Both cars sustained heavy damage in the incident, luckily both drivers were able to walk away from the accident scene under their own power.
The caution looked to be the only thing that could slow Danzer down. With the field tightening up once again, Danzer was out front followed by Devendorf, Gosek, Lavery and Michael Barnes rounding out the top five.
At the drop of the green Danzer once again showed why he was the man to beat on this evening as he quickly distanced himself from the second place car of Devendorf.
One lap later Gosek shot to the low side Devendorf going in turn one to take away the runner-up position, but that would be short-lived as on the ensuing lap Gosek immediately pulled to the low side and into the pits with overheating issues.
On lap 43 Lavery slid by Devendorf on the high side exiting turn four to take away the runner-up position, but by this time Danzer had once again checked out a full half straightaway ahead of his nearest competitor.
Barnes managed to slip by Devendorf’s ill handling car on lap 46. One lap later Bobby Bond managed to slip by Otto Sitterly and Devendorf to move up into the fourth position. Sitterly also managed to get by Devendorf for position as well.
As the track stayed green and laps continued to tick away Danzer’s lead continued to grow, while behind the race leaders the racing action continued. On lap 53 Barnes managed to slip under Lavery in turn two and moments later Bond followed suit — pushing Lavery back into the 4th spot.
With less than 10 laps remaining in the 75 lap main, Danzer had worked his way up behind the sixth place car of Dave Gruel was at the tail end of a five car battle for position.
Danzer had built up a 12 plus second advantage ahead of his nearest competitor, deciding to conserve a little after he saw the second-place car of Barnes entering turn one when he was exiting turn four.
As the field came to the checkered it was Dave Danzer taking home the title of “Mr. Supermodified 2014”. He was followed across line by Barnes, Bond, Lavery and Sitterly rounding up top five.
“This car is awesome I didn’t really get a chance to run it until tonight in the feature I was trying to be conservative it and save the tires, I knew Michael Barnes was coming and is probably one of the best drivers out here right now and he has one the best cars. I saw that he had moved up into second and I just tried to conserve myself in turn the end,” Danzer said.
When asked about the pressure of taking home Mr. Supermodified title and a $10,000 top prize Danzer replied:
“It’s just a regular race for me. The pay’s not for me, it’s for my father so I just want the trophy.”
Michael Barnes came home a distant second.
“We had troubles with the car all day long. There is something going on with the car that we just haven’t figured out yet,” Barnes expressed post-race. “We kept it in one piece without any troubles that’s what it takes in a 75 lapper so I guess we will be happy with second. Our hats off to David — he’s had some bad luck with motors. I’ve been telling him all week that he was going to win this so that was his motivation.”
In the 35 lap Mr. Small Block Super feature it was Mannsville, New York pilot Russ Brown taking home the $1.500 dollar top prize and the 2014 Mr. SBS title.
Brown came from his 12th place starting position to take the lead away from Jason Simmons with 4 laps remaining to claim his second victory in a row at the Steel Palace.
RESULTS: Oswego Speedway; Oswego, N.Y.; Saturday, August 2nd, 2014; Mr. Novelis Supermodified Night
$10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified (75-laps): 1. 52 – David Danzer, 2. 68 – Michael Barnes, 3. 47 – Bob Bond, 4. 22 – Pat Lavery, 5. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 6. 50 – Dave Gruel, 7. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 8. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 9. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr, 10. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 11. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 12. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 13. 24 – Jerry Curran, 14. 00 – Joe Gosek, 15. 99 – Joey Payne, 16. 3 – Brian Sweeney, 17. 6 – Dave Shullick Jr, 18. 55 – Keith Shampine, 19. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 20. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 21. 0 – Tim Snyder, 22. 45 – Mike Barbera, 23. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 24. 90 – Kody Graham, 25. 21 – Ray Graham, 26. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr.
Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #01 – Dan Connors Jr.
Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #9 – Stephen Gioia III
Radical Race Gear Lap Leader: #52 – David Danzer
Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers
$1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS (35-laps): 1. 13 – Russ Brown, 2. 98 – Jason Simmons, 3. 67 – Dave Cliff, 4. 57 – Danny Abt, 5. 9 – Jack Patrick, 6. 73 – Alex Hoag, 7. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 8. 02 – Jesse Bearup, 9. 93 – JJ Andrews, 10. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 11. 54 – Camden Proud, 12. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 13. 76 – Scott Shafer, 14. 21 – Rob Pullen, 15. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 16. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 17. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 18. 8 – Josh Kerr, 19. 2 – Matt Magner, 20. 47 – Jon Tesoriero, 21. 22 – Mike Bruce, 22. 27 – David LaTulip, 23. 99 – Dennis Rupert
D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #13 – Russ Brown
Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer: #02 – Jesse Bearup
Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #98 – Jason Simmons
White’s Car Care 4th Place Award: #57 – Danny Abt