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Davey Hamilton, Joey Payne Expected to Join Oswego Speedway Race of Champions Weekend Supermodified Field


OSWEGO, NY (July 16, 2013) – The 63rd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend is just around the corner and so too is the first 100-lap Novelis Supermodified main event since the 2005 season.

The 100-lap main, which will be split into two 50-lap segments, is expected to see a handful of new or returning entrants

Davey Hamilton candid by RG Design
Davey Hamilton will once again be behind the wheel of a Nicotra Racing machine for Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway July 20. Photo by RG Design

into its field this coming Saturday.

Davey Hamilton, who won the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off at the Speedway back on May 11 in the Nicotra Racing No. 6, will be back behind the wheel once again looking to return to Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane at the ‘Steel Palace.’

In May Hamilton drove the same Hawk Chassis Supermodified that took him to second in the Budweiser International Classic 200 in 2012, but on Saturday the Boise, ID native is expected to drive the new style Hawk creation that took his teammate Otto Sitterly to victory lane in last year’s Fall Championship.

“We are planning to put Davey in the new car on Saturday,” said Sitterly.  “We are hoping it isn’t too far off and look forward to getting some response from him.  We were able to run a lot of mid 16-second laps with the car last Friday and are trying to get the car to rotate better in the center of the corner.”

Expected to return to the Speedway Saturday, along with Hamilton, is Jeff Abold in the No. 05.  After struggling with a brand new Supermodified at the beginning of the season, which has slowed the teams progress some to start the year, Abold will be back behind the wheel of his machine from a year ago that took him to 11th in the final series standings.

Also hopeful to see a return is ISMA Supermodified shoe Tim Jedrzejek in the Mike Murphy owned No. 60 Supermodified.  Jedrzejek has run at the Speedway in non-wing competition a couple of times this season with good results, including a fourth place effort in the Novelis Supermodified Kick-Off on May 11.

Joey Payne in Oswego Speedway supermodified
“The Jersey Jet” Joey Payne returns to supermodified racing this weekend at Oswego Speedway. Photo by RG Design

Expected new drivers this coming weekend include the ‘Jersey Jet’ Joey Payne in the Mike Muldoon No. 20.  Payne ran full-time for Muldoon in 2012, driving to third in the overall driver’s championship.  Competing full-time on the NEMA Midget series this season, Payne will hop behind the wheel of a non-wing Supermodified for the first time Saturday, looking to get ready for the International Classic coming up on Labor Day Weekend.

Joining Payne as a 2012 full-timer, looking to make a return in 2013, is Bobby Haynes in the No. 44.  Haynes has had good luck in the RoC Supermodified event in the past and is hopeful to make his 2013 debut on Saturday.

Ray Graham attempted to test the No. 11 Novelis Supermodified last Friday at the Speedway, the same car that Johnny Benson drove in 2012 running of the Budweiser International Classic, but drive line issues sidelined the Graham team before making a lap.  At this time it is not known if Graham, who has run the ISMA series weekly with Clyde Booth, will be able to make the call on Saturday.

Keith Shampine also tested the Chris Osetek No. 55 at the Speedway last week, but Shampine will not be at the Speedway on Saturday, as work commitments will keep Shampine out of his fire suit for the 100.

A total of 22 Novelis Supermodifieds took the green flag back on July 6 and with a few more scheduled to compete this weekend; a full-field should be in line to take the green flag for 100-laps this Saturday.

The Race of Champions Weekend schedule for Saturday runs earlier than a normal Saturday night at the Speedway.  Practice will begin at 1pm with qualifying races scheduled to take the green at 3pm.  The 100-lap Novelis Supermodified feature is scheduled to take the green flag at about 6pm on Saturday.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To speak with a Speedway representative call the box office at (315) 342-0646.

WHAT:

63rd annual SUNOCO Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway.
Friday, July 19 – RoC Sportsman 100, Pathfinder Bank SBS 50, RoC Late Model 50
Saturday, July 20 – RoC Modified 200, Novelis Supermodified 100, RoC Super Stock 75

WHEN:

Open practice Thursday, July 18 from 5-9pm for all divisions.
Friday, July 19 – Pits open 3pm, practice and grandstands at 5pm, racing at 6:15pm.
Saturday, July 20 – Pits open 11am, practice and grandstands 1pm, racing at 3pm.

WHERE:

Oswego Speedway is at 300 East Albany St. in Oswego, NY

TICKETS:

Thursday: Grandstand free, pit admission $20.
Friday: G/A $20, Reserved $25, Ages 13-17 $12, 12 & under $5, pit admission $45.
Saturday: G/A $35, Reserved $40, Ages 13-17 $15, 12 & under $5, pit admission $60.

2-day Pit Pass: $100
Weekend Camping: $40

ON THE INTERNET:

Oswego Speedway – www.oswegospeedway.com

Race of Champions – www.raceofchampions.net

Twitter – @OswegoSpeedway

Facebook – facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway

YouTube – OswegoSpeedwayOnline

Live Updates can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, as well as the Oswego Speedway website

ABOUT THE TRACK:

Oswego Speedway is a semi-banked 5/8 mile paved oval.  The non-wing Novelis Supermodified track record is held by Doug Didero with a time of 16.210 seconds at 138.786mph, established on September 5, 2009.  The wing Supermodified track record is 15.019 seconds, set by Mike Lichty on July 13, 2013.

SUPERMODIFIED STAT ATTACK:

Hoosier/Sunoco/Corr-Pak Supermodified Driver Standings-7/6/2013    

  1. 00 Joe Gosek-575
  2. 7 Otto Sitterly-566*
  3. 26 Shaun Gosselin-559
  4. 50 David Gruel-549*
  5. 99 Michael Barnes-531
  6. 52 David Danzer-516*
  7. 51/20 Michael Muldoon-502
  8. 22 Pat Lavery-488*
  9. 21 Kody Graham-487*
  10. 01 Dan Connors, Jr.-486
  11. 5 Tim Devendorf -479
  12. 02 Brandon Bellinger-472
  13. 0 Tim Snyder-457
  14. 83 Lou Levea, Jr.-395
  15. 35 Jeff Holbrook-385
  16. 3 Brian Sweeney-384
  17. 07 Tony Steiner (R)-376
  18. 24 Jerry Curran-361
  19. 66 Lou Levea, Sr.-355
  20. 23 Clayton Brewer III (R)-354
  21. 06 David Cliff-353
  22. 56 Hal LaTulip-296
  23. 60 Tim Jedrzejek-264
  24. 37 Jeff Locke-207
  25. 55 Keith Shampine-194
  26. 05 Jeff Abold-157
  27. 37 Randy Ritskes-141
  28. 6 Davey Hamilton-115*
  29. 71 Bill Sharkey-80
  30. 98 Stephen Gioia III-64
  31. 14 Joe Chillemi-64
  32. 82 Jared Bellinger (R)-63

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  1. 07  Tony Steiner-376
  2. 23 Clayton Brewer III-354
  3. 82 Jared Bellinger-63

Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge

  • 21 Kody Graham-3
  • 01 Dan Connors, Jr.-3
  • 22 Pat Lavery-2
  • 02 Brandon Bellinger-2
  • 6 Davey Hamilton-1
  • 60 Tim Jedrzejek-1
  • 35 Jeff Holbrook-1
  • 7 Otto Sitterly-1
  • 3 Brian Sweeney-1
  • 24 Jerry Curran-1
  • 52 Dave Danzer-1
  • 5 Tim Devendorf-1

Novelis Supermodified Top 5 Finishes

  • 99 Michael Barnes-4
  • 7 Otto Sitterly-4
  • 26 Shaun Gosselin-4
  • 52 Dave Danzer-3
  • 00 Joe Gosek-3
  • 50 Dave Gruel-3
  • 6 Davey Hamilton-1
  • 60 Tim Jedrzejek-1
  • 51 Michael Muldoon-1
  • 22 Pat Lavery-1
  • 21 Kody Graham-1
  • 5 Tim Devendorf-1
  • 0 Tim Snyder-1
  • 06 Dave Cliff-1
  • 24 Jerry Curran-1

Novelis Supermodified Top 10 Finishes

  • 00 Joe Gosek-6
  • 50/20 Michael Muldoon-5
  • 50 Dave Gruel-5
  • 26 Shaun Gosselin-5
  • 99 Michael Barnes-4
  • 35 Jeff Holbrook-4
  • 7 Otto Sitterly-4
  • 52 Dave Danzer-3
  • 5 Tim Devendorf-3
  • 02 Brandon Bellinger-3
  • 01 Dan Connors Jr.-3
  • 21 Kody Graham-3
  • 0 Tim Snyder-3
  • 60 Tim Jedrzejek-2
  • 22 Pat Lavery-2
  • 6 Davey Hamilton-1
  • 37 Randy Ritskes-1
  • 06 Dave Cliff-1
  • 23 Clayton Brewer III- 1
  • 24 Jerry Curran- 1

UP NEXT:

Saturday, August 3rd – $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified / $1,500 to win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS presented by POMCO Group.  Pit gates will open at 2pm, grandstands will open when practice starts at 4pm, and the first heat race will go off at 6:30pm.  General admission seating is $20, reserved seating is $25, pit admission is $35.

For more information on Oswego Speedway be sure to visit www.oswegospeedway.com.  You can also LIKE the (Official) Oswego Speedway page at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway, or FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway.  To buy tickets or order merchandise please call the Speedway box office at (315) 342-0646.

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