OSWEGO, NY (August 18, 2013) – One week ago Shaun Gosselin was unsure as to how long it would take for his first career Oswego Speedway victory to sink in. As it turned out it only took seven days, as the driver of the Greene’s Ale House No. 26 charged on to his second consecutive win on Saturday evening as a part of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Night presented by Bosco & Geers Food Market and Oswego County Federal Credit Union.
Gosselin started from the outside pole position, blasted to the early lead, and won in dominating fashion racking up 100 consecutive laps led in the Speedway’s final two main events in August.
Dave Danzer came on strong at race end but would fall short in pursuit of his second victory of the season. Dave Gruel, Pat Lavery, and Bob Bond completed the top five finishers in Saturday’s 50-lap main event, the final race before Budweiser International Classic Weekend which will take center stage at the ‘Steel Palace’ beginning August 30.
“To tell you the truth it still hasn’t sunk in from last week,” said Gosselin in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “I am living a dream right now. You know, the starting spot really helps out but the guys gave me a great car tonight. Last week I was sort of just hanging on and tonight I could actually run the car hard. The crew is the reason we are up here.”
With Budweiser International Classic Weekend next in line for the Novelis Supermodifieds, Gosselin has all the momentum on his side.
“There is another 200-laps we have to lead,” smiled Gosselin. “We just can’t let up; we have to keep working hard. The heat race tonight we were pretty fast and that was our time trial set up for practice, so we are feeling pretty good heading into Classic.”
While Gosselin again steals the headlines, Otto Sitterly and Joe Gosek have become embroiled in a tight battle for the Speedway championship which saw an interesting twist on Saturday.
Running nose to tail at the end of the top ten order on lap 24, Sitterly broke sideways heading into the third corner leaving Gosek little room to avoid. Gosek tried to drive around Sitterly but would tag the outside foam with the right front corner of the No. 00 as Sitterly rolled backward into the foam with the No. 7.
Both cars would head to the pit area with Sitterly able to rejoin the field with only slight damage to the rear tail section of the machine. Gosek, who came into the night with a seven point advantage, would be done for the evening as a result of the contact as the right front damage was too severe to cure resulting in an 18th place finish.
Sitterly rebounded to drive back through the field for a 7th place effort, regaining the point lead by just 11 markers heading into the Fall Championship finale on September 14.
Gosselin’s victory moves the No. 26 back to third in the championship battle only 22-points from an unprecedented bid for the title.
Keith Shampine and Gosselin would lead the 20-car Novelis Supermodified field to the green on Saturday with Gosselin jumping from the outside of row one to the top spot. Tim Snyder would follow Gosselin from outside of row number two to the runner-up position at the drop of the green with Dave Gruel and Shampine settling into line behind the lead duo.
The front five of Gosselin, Snyder, Gruel, Shampine, and Dave Danzer would check out early on as Sitterly and Gosek began to fight their way through the field running just outside the top ten.
A good early run for Shampine in the Osetek No. 55 would come to an end at lap 11 as the Cornelius, NC driver put his hand in the air and brought the machine to the pit area for what appeared to be an overheating issue. Later it was determined to be a faulty gauge on the No. 55.
By the 15th circuit Gosselin had stretched his lead to a full straight away on Snyder, Gruel, and Danzer as the No. 26 began to slice its way through lapped traffic.
Just prior to halfway Sitterly and Gosek would tangle in the third turn, resulting in the evening’s first caution flag at lap 24.
When the field came back to green Gosselin led Snyder, Gruel, Danzer, Brandon Bellinger, Michael Muldoon, Dan Connors Jr., Pat Lavery, Bob Bond, and Michael Barnes in the front ten.
Just prior to the caution flag Gruel was working over Snyder very hard for the runner-up position and on the restart the No. 50 was able to make a move stick, rolling by the Snyder No. 0 to second bringing Danzer with into the top three.
Muldoon began to come into his own not long after the restart, jumping to the low side of Bellinger into the first corner to steal away the 5th position at lap 30 as he tried to join Gruel, Danzer, and Snyder in a battle for 2nd through 4th.
While Sitterly had to restart at the tail of the field after his third turn jingle, the No. 7 managed to break back into the top ten on lap 35 after slipping by Clayton Brewer III in the No. 23.
As Gosselin again checked away from the field, the movers and shakers further on back were the Lavery No. 22 and the Bond No. 47. The duo hooked up with about 15-laps remaining and began to make a late charge through the pack diving under Bellinger out of the fourth corner, inching closer to the top five.
After overtaking Snyder for second the Gruel No. 50 began to fade leaving Danzer an opportunity to steal the second spot. Eventually on lap 40 the No. 52 was able to work underneath Gruel in the fourth corner turn to take the position, but it appeared to be too little too late for Danzer in his bid to try and chase down Gosselin at the front of the field.
Meanwhile Lavery and Bond continued their late charge slipping under Muldoon and Snyder in consecutive laps to charge to fourth and fifth in the final run down with only eight laps remaining.
In a safe and clean 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main, Gosselin would go on to cross the start/finish stripe as a two-time Speedway winner, joining Sitterly as the only repeat Supermodified victor at Oswego Speedway this season.
Danzer, Gruel, Lavery, Bond, Muldoon, Sitterly, Snyder, Bellinger, and Jerry Curran would fill out the top ten finishers.
Danzer, who has had his most successful Supermodified season to date, was hoping for a caution at race’s end to try and reel in Gosselin.
“I could see him starting to get closer and closer at the end,” said Danzer. “At the end the car was really good, it never loses speed, so I was slowly gaining on him but I just needed a caution and I think I may have had something for him.”
Gruel started the event hot and heavy, looking to be a potential threat to Gosselin, but the handle seemed to go away on the No. 50 as the laps ticked away.
“I still thought I had something left, but when I tried using it, it just wasn’t there,” said Gruel. “I used a lot up trying to get by Snyder, I probably used up about 20-22 laps trying to get by him. Once I got by I had Shaun in my sights, but by lap 30 the car just went away and lost all forward bite.”
Gosselin, Bellinger, and Snyder claimed Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories on Saturday night.
Bond picked up the Lighthouse Lanes ‘Hard Charger’ Award while Muldoon was the Lighthouse Lane ‘Up and Comer.’
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Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Night presented by Bosco & Geers Food Market and Oswego County Federal Credit Union
Budweiser International Classic Weekend – August 28 through September 1
Feature (50-laps): 1. 26-Shaun Gosselin, 2. 52-David Danzer, 3. 50-Dave Gruel, 4. 22-Pat Lavery, 5. 47-Bob Bond, 6. 51-Michael Muldoon, 7. 7-Otto Sitterly, 8. 0-Tim Snyder, 9. 02-Brandon Bellinger, 10. 24-Jerry Curran, 11. 23-Clayton Brewer III, 12. 07-Tony Steiner, 13. 56-Hal LaTulip, 14. 01-Dan Connors Jr, 15. 5-Tim Devendorf, 16. 66-Lou LeVea Sr, 17. 99-Michael Barnes, 18. 00-Joe Gosek, 19. 3-Brian Sweeney, 20. 55-Keith Shampine
Lighthouse Lanes ‘Hard Charger’: 47-Bob Bond
Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up & Comer’: 51-Michael Muldoon
1st Heat (12-laps/All Qualify): 1. 26-Shaun Gosselin, 2. 01-Dan Connors Jr, 3. 52-Dave Dnazer, 4. 55-Keith Shampine, 5. 7-Otto Sitterly, 6. 47-Bob Bond, 7. 23-Clayton Brewer III
2nd Heat (12-laps/All Qualify): 1. 02-Brandon Bellinger, 2. 50-David Gruel, 3. 3-Brian Sweeney, 4. 00-Joe Gosek, 5. 56-Hal LaTulip, 6. 07-Tony Steiner, 7. 5-Tim Devendorf
3rd Heat (12-laps/All Qualify): 1. 0-Tim Snyder, 2. 51-Michael Muldoon, 3. 22-Pat Lavery, 4. 24-Jerry Curran, 5. 99-Michael Barnes, 6. 66-Lou LeVea Sr
PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Taylor