OSWEGO, N.Y. – official series release — Bill Taylor photo —
Oswego Speedway’s Summer Championship will take the main stage this Saturday, July 18 at the ‘Steel Palace’, presented by C’s Beverage Center and CNY CPR.
Despite Otto Sitterly’s recent dominance at the Speedway, the race for the Novelis Supermodified Driver’s Championship has actually tightened significantly heading into the final event for the month of July.
While Sitterly looked to be a shoe in victor in the Speedway’s Grand Prix 75 on July 4, a broken torque arm late in the going forced Sitterly pit-side, handing the lead and eventual win over to championship rival Bob Bond in the Four Sevens No. 47.
Bond, a two-time winner of the Budweiser International Classic 200, would use his first victory of the season, along with four total top five finishes, to move to within 12.5 points of Sitterly heading into the weekend. To put 12.5 points in perspective, the difference between first and fourth position in a feature event is 13 points.
Sitterly, the lead driver for John Nicotra’s Supermodified effort has a grand total of five Supermodified wins this season at Oswego after copping the ISMA Supermodified King of Wings VII main event last weekend driving for Jim Bodnar. The ISMA victory was the first of Sitterly’s career.
While Bond and Sitterly now stand toe to toe in a race for the championship, young shoes Kody Graham and Dave Danzer remain within striking distance.
With only one top five finish on the year, Graham has scored consistently in the top ten putting him just 50.5 points behind Sitterly in the championship fight. With a feature win as recently as last season, Graham is poised to make a run in the summer stretch driving the Xtreme Chassis No. 21.
Danzer, a three-time feature winner at the Speedway in 2014, sits just five points behind Graham in fourth position. Other than Sitterly, there is no other driver that has been as consistent as Danzer, despite some setbacks to start the year.
Danzer has claimed top ten finishes in all six Supermodified main events this season, including one driving his back-up machine earlier this season. The major difference between Danzer and Sitterly this season is simple, Danzer has only one top five finish on the year.
Once Danzer finds victory lane, the championship tilt could see a facelift as the No. 52 looks to defend its Mr. Supermodified crown on August 1.
Dave Gruel, Jeff Abold, Pat Lavery, Tim Snyder, Dan Connors Jr., Shaun Gosselin, and Brandon Bellinger all stand within 100 points of Sitterly heading into the weekend.
The Pathfinder Bank SBS standings once again saw a bit of a shakeup after July 4, with Mike Bond making a tremendous charge to only 12-points south of title leader Dalton Doyle.
An up and down season for Bond was erased two weeks ago when he scored his series leading second win of the season, thrusting him once again into title contention behind Doyle, who has been a threat for victory week in and week out.
Kreig Heroth, Mike Bruce, and Dave Cliff are the top five in the series standings heading to July 18, all within just 33 points of the championship lead.
Andrew Schartner, Camden Proud, Anthony Losurdo, Jack Patrick, and JJ Andrews make up the rest of the top ten — just 54-points off the top of the charts — making the race for the SBS championship wide open.