Story By: CAMDEN PROUD / OSWEGO SPEEDWAY – OSWEGO, NY – After what turned out to be two straight days worth of Opening Weekend excitement at Oswego Speedway, the track will open the month of June with another big program set for next Saturday, June 8 headlined by Twin 35 Novelis Supermodified features presented by Burke’s Do It Best Home Centers and Bosco’s.
Defending track champion Otto Sitterly was the first feature winner of 2019 in the first of two Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s held last Sunday, May 26. With a fifth place effort in the second twin, ‘eight time’ is also the current points leader ahead of Doug Didero and Keith Shampine.
Currently riding fourth in the Supermodified point standings after making history last weekend is rookie Alison Sload, who became the first ever female feature winner in the division. Her victory in the second Twin 50 has all but been the talk of short track racing this week.
Jeff Abold and Joe Gosek, who both podiumed on May 26, ride fifth and sixth in the Supermodified point standings over Dan Bowes, Dave Shullick Jr, Brandon Bellinger, and Dan Connors Jr, who are all in the top ten approaching the second consecutive double feature show next weekend.
Three time Pathfinder Bank SBS track champion Dave Cliff was able to get things off to a hot start on Opening Weekend, driving the Tim Barbeau owned No. 50 to its second straight checkered flag in the 25-lap Tony White Memorial event.
Memorial Weekend runner-up David LaTulip and 2018 Rookie of the Year Josh Sokolic make up the remainder of the top three in points ahead of another former rookie of the year, Tony Pisa, in fourth, and defending track champion Anthony Losurdo in fifth.
Driving the Vic Miller No. 11, Steve Duphily was the winner in Oswego Speedway’s inaugural 350 Supermodified event, outdueling fellow New Englanders Johnny Burke, Mike Scott, and Eddie Witkum Jr.
With the first of eight championship shows in the books for the 350 Supermodifieds, it is New England leading the way as Duphily sits on top by twelve points over Witkum, Losurdo, Burke, Scott, and weekly Oswego campaigners Barry Kingsley, Vern LaFave and Mike Bruce.
The 350 Supermodifieds will receive the night off on June 8, allowing the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series to join the race card with a 30-lap ‘tune up’ for the Dave London Memorial scheduled to take place on Bud Classic Weekend, Friday, August 30.
Lighthouse Lanes Presents Oswego Speedway’s ‘Up and Comer’ Award in 2019
Lighthouse Lanes, located on Jim Shampine Drive in Oswego, will again present the weekly ‘Up and Comer’ Award to competitors in Oswego Speedway’s Novelis Supermodified and Pathfinder Bank SBS divisions throughout 2019.
The Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up and Comer’ will be awarded to the highest finishing driver in his or her feature event that has not yet won a main event at the Oswego Speedway.
For last weekend’s Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s, Supermodified drivers Dan Bowes and Alison Sload were awarded with the Up and Comer, earning a $25 purchase certificate for any food, drink, or game of bowling at Lighthouse Lanes.
Following the Tony White Memorial 35, last season’s Small Block Supermodified rookie of the year Joshua Sokolic was awarded the up and comer prize for his fourth place run in the No. 26.
In the Super ranks, Bowes earned his first career Oswego top five in the first of the Shampine Memorial Twins while Sload was certainly the ‘Up and Comer’ in the second twin, making history to become the first ever female Supermodified feature winner.
Through fifteen years of operation, Lighthouse Lanes has become one of the premier bowling locations in the Central New York area hosting functions such as cosmic events, bowling leagues, birthday parties, holiday parties, and chicken BBQ fundraisers.
Also part of Lighthouse Lanes is the Hall of Fame Lounge and bar, a full-sized game room, meeting areas, and the bowling alley’s concession stand and restaurant which features it’s popular homemade chicken wings and delicious sheet pizzas.
For more information on Lighthouse Lanes, please visit LHLLanes.com or phone (315) 342-2695 to make a reservation .
Oswego Speedway’s 69th season continues on Saturday, June 8 when Burke’s Do It Best Home Centers and Bosco‘s presents Twin 35 features for the Novelis Supermodifieds, a 30-lap main event for the Pathfinder Bank SBS and the addition of a 30-lap special for the Sunoco New York Super Stock Series.