BLOG/AUDIO: Lou Cicconi and Dalton Doyle Pick Up Oswego Speedway Wins!

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June 11, 2011 By Tom Baker – The mighty ISMA Supermodifieds (or “Methanol Monsters” as they are sometimes referred) helped the Oswego Speedway live up to its “Fast 5/8 of a mile” nickname on Saturday night as they reached average speeds in excess of 145 miles per hour.  “Liquid Lou” Cicconi held off his teammate Chris Perley to take home the 50-lap victory in a race that featured several plot twists and left more than one team with a lot of work to do this week.

I had the chance to interview Louie after time trials – here is our conversation  June8LouCicconi

In the Small Block Supermodified division, local resident Dalton Doyle, who builds Supermodifieds for Hawk Jr. Performance during the week, showed he could get it done on the track as he won his first ever race in the 35-lap feature.  He had the Deuce of Rob Pullen knocking on his door at times but for the most part it was a dominating performance by Doyle.

Here is my interview with Doyle following the spectacular win  June8DaltonDoyle

You can find more detailed recaps/results elsewhere on RaceChaser Online.  My goal here is to paint you a picture of what it is like to be a race fan at the Oswego Speedway in a few short paragraphs.

I grew up six blocks from the track.  Watching the Supermodifieds race without their huge top wings over the years always gave me goosebumps and it still does.  You just cannot appreciate the sheer speed of these cars unless you see them in person.  The group of racers who competes on the ISMA Tour, however, is something else!

These guys twist the living snot out of the motors and the cars at a variety of different types of tracks.  With young talent such as Canada’s Brad Lichty, Colorado resident (Canadian native) Ryan Coniam, female racer Allison Cummings and New England’s Jon McKennedy and Danny Lane tangling with veterans including Lou Cicconi, Chris Perley, Tim Jedrzejek and others every race it makes for an incredible show at breakneck speeds.  They are about a second faster than the fastest unwinged Supers.

Life behind the wheel of a Supermodified is life on the razor’s edge.  Though Ryan Coniam points out that you can overdrive the cars that doesn’t make it easy and it surely doesn’t mean there cannot be disastrous consequences if you make a mistake.  These drivers are some of the best you’ll find anywhere and the experience of watching them do their thing behind the wheel is surely unique and should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Oswego boasts a gorgeous view of Lake Ontario, some of the finest sunsets you’ll see anywhere in the world and their nationally renown Hoffman Hot Dogs, rivaling Martinsville’s doggie bite for bite in many folks’ opinions.  The “old gray lady” as Nolan Swift used to call it, can be your best friend or your scariest foe.  Either way, watching a Supermodified race at Oswego is like watching Indy Cars if they were scaled down just a bit in size.

Notice I didn’t say Horsepower, because the Indy Cars have about 200 LESS horsepower than the Supers do!

The Small Block Supermodifieds do not use a Supermodified chassis.  They are purpose-built for their division and are just a touch more like a Late Model or IMCA Modified in their structure, but the open-wheel/open-cockpit formula still applies.  With about 400 horses, they are a couple of seconds slower than their Supermodified show-mates, making them an ideal entry-level class for the track.  Many of the current Oswego Supermodified regulars came from the Small Block Super class (or SBS, as they’re known at the track) and the division may be at its’ most competitive level ever.

If you have the ability to travel for Labor Day Weekend this year, make plans to be in Oswego for the weekend to watch the International Classic 200 and the companion races as well.  Go to OswegoSpeedway.com and check out the schedule.

You won’t be disappointed!

PHOTO CREDIT: Oswego Speedway

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