NORTHEAST: Sitterly Trails In Pursuit Of Eighth Oswego Title; Finale Set For Saturday

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Otto Sitterly rides fourth in the Novelis Supermodified driver standings heading into Saturday night's $5 admission track championship finale at Oswego Speedway. (Bill Taylor photo)

Otto Sitterly rides fourth in the Novelis Supermodified driver standings heading into Saturday night’s $5 admission track championship finale at Oswego Speedway. (Bill Taylor photo)

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Seven-time Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified champion Otto Sitterly enters Saturday’s season finale in search of his record eighth track title, and the hotly-contested, season-ending four man bout will take place during $5 Admission Night presented by Bosco’s Food Market and U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts.

After claiming his seventh title in 2014, Sitterly has been on the hunt for Supermodified title number eight, which would break his current championship tie with legends Jim Shampine and Bentley Warren.

Only the Speedway’s grand champion, Nolan Swift, has won more track titles than Shampine, Warren, and Sitterly – as the Old Grey Fox won eight championships between Modified and Supermodified competition at the ‘Steel Palace.’

And yet, despite scoring eight top five finishes in 10 starts this season, Sitterly has yet to find Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory lane this year — the first time since 2007 that the winner of 37 Supermodified main events at Oswego has gone this long without a win in one season.

Two different main event crashes this season have slowed Sitterly’s usual assault on the competition.

 

With a 31-point deficit to current point leader Dave Gruel, Sitterly will have his work cut out for him in his bid for title eight.  But, with a maximum of 115 points available between heat and feature action, the 31-point difference can quickly be erased and Sitterly has proven before that he can make it happen.

Since his first title in 2006, Sitterly has not finished worse than fifth in the Novelis Supermodified driver’s championship, a streak that he hopes will continue in 2016 as fellow combatants Jeff Abold, Pat Lavery, and Dave Danzer sit behind the driver of the Nicotra Racing No. 7.

Saturday’s action at Oswego Speedway will feature a 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event, in which the season points title will be decided.

CREDIT: Oswego Speedway

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