Otto Sitterly, Nicotra Racing Docked 19-Points in Supermodified Championship Race
OSWEGO, NY (July 17, 2014) – Nicotra Racing and driver Otto Sitterly, the current Novelis Supermodified championship point leader, have been penalized 19 championship points for an infraction occurring at the Supermodified Grand Prix conducted on July 5 at Oswego Speedway.
The penalty comes as a result of intentional contact with fellow championship contender Dave Gruel during the lap 16 caution period for a stopped Brandon Bellinger in the July 5 Supermodified Grand Prix. After the contact, Sitterly dived to the pit area with a reported broken rocker arm in the No. 7.
The contact is a violation of page 14, rule 33, of the 2014-2015 Oswego Speedway rulebook stating: “Any driver deemed to be rough riding, driving in an erratic manner, displaying unsportsmanlike conduct or disobeying race procedures, qualifying procedures, or flagging rules shall be subject to one or more penalties at the discretion of the Competition Committee.”
The penalty assessed provides Sitterly and team with only 40 show up points for the July 5 main event and a full eight points for his fourth place finish in his qualifying heat.
The total of 48-points awarded is a 19-point deduction from the 67-points that Sitterly would have accumulated with his 18th place finish on July 5.
As a result of the assessed penalty, Sitterly now is scored with 569-points, leading Gruel by only four championship markers at 565-points.
Pat Lavery remains third in the championship standings just 52.5-points out of the lead with Randy Ritskes and Joe Gosek following closely behind.
The front five drivers in the championship are now separated by only 63-points.
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About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full-blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.