Story By: CAMDEN PROUD / OSWEGO SPEEDWAY – OSWEGO, NY – Winning back to back Novelis Supermodified Independence Weekend Grand Prixs for former car owner John Nicotra, Dave Shullick Jr. will aim to make it a ‘three-peat’ with new team Osetek Racing this Saturday, July 6.
Through six feature events, Shullick already has a trio of top five finishes with the all new Chris Osetek No. 95. The 2017 track champion is closing in on the top five in points behind teammate Keith Shampine and fifth place Joe Gosek.
If Shullick wants to make it three Independence Weekend victories in a row, he’ll have to outdo a laundry list of names including former Grand Prix winners Otto Sitterly, Gosek, and Aric Iosue, who all will be in the field.
Opening the month of July with the points lead, Sitterly may be the clear cut favorite for victory in the first extra distance feature of the season. The eight time and defending champion has five podium finishes in six events thus far.
Joining Sitterly as early season feature winners are Shullick, Jeff Abold, Dave Danzer, and his Nicotra Racing teammate; Alison Sload. These five drivers also combine for a total of fifteen top five finishes.
Continuing to knock on the door are Gosek, Shampine, Brandon Bellinger, Dave Gruel, Logan Rayvals, and Tyler Thompson. All six of these drivers have one or more top five finish, proving the Supermodified division has seen no shortage of competition in 2019.
Regulars Dan Connors Jr, Tim Snyder, and Lou LeVea Jr. have all shown great speed this year and will aim to challenge these drivers Saturday evening. Snyder and Connors are both coming off heat race wins on June 22.
Rookie of the Year contenders Jack Patrick and Camden Proud will be on hand as well, as the pair continues their fight for the rookie title. The Pathfinder Bank SBS veterans have been in a very close battle through the first half of the season.
Invaders expected for the 75-lap ‘Grand Prix’ include hall of famer Doug Didero, who will be traveling from Mooresville, N.C. to make his second start of the season with the No. 3. Didero finished fourth in each of the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on May 26.
With Saturday’s race being a $750 to start Corr-Pak Merchandising Reciprocal Event, support from International Supermodified Association teams is expected to be plentiful with Dan Bowes, Ben Seitz, and Mark Sammut all expressing interest.
Two first timers this year, Lou LeVea Sr. and Jerry Curran, also intend to debut their racers with Oswego’s rear wing package on July 6. LeVea Sr. will be in the track record holding, former Graham Racing No. 99 while Curran will again pilot the Brian Allegresso built No. 99.
Out Of Towners Ben Seitz, Dave McKnight & Dan Bowes Expected For Grand Prix
Veteran Supermodified campaigners Ben Seitz, Dave McKnight, and Dan Bowes are all expected at Oswego Speedway for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Oswego ‘Grand Prix’ this Saturday, July 6.
Just for taking the green flag in the 75-lap main event, part of the Corr-Pak Oswego / ISMA ‘Reciprocal Agreement’, all International Supermodified Association cars will be guaranteed $750 to start.
Seitz, McKnight, and Bowes each have prior appearances at the lakeside oval this season, with Bowes being the most frequent visitor. The driver of the No. 25 has attended all but one event in 2019 with one top five and three top ten finishes to his credit.
No stranger to Oswego, McKnight competed in May’s Season Opener, showing great speed with the Gary Morton No. 70. Unfortunately, motor issues halted the team’s progress. A former winner in the non-wing ranks, there is no doubt this cagey Canadian veteran will contend.
Driving the iconic Soule 32, Seitz made his Oswego debut in the Twin 35’s on June 8. It took the ISMA regular no time to adjust to the rear wing, as he found the 16.3 bracket in time trials. With a test scheduled for Friday, this hall of fame team will surely be ready to go on race day.
The July 6 Holiday Inn Express & Suites program is sure to be a can’t miss event for families, as autographs will kickstart the show at 5:15pm with fireworks serving as the nightcap following the completion of all three main events. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00.