David Danzer Destroys Competition, Claims $10,000 for Win
By Paul Murphy
Oswego, NY. (August 2, 2014) – Hometown favorite David Danzer was untouchable as he captured his second feature win of the season and the biggest win of his career. The young hot shoe did so in impressive fashion as he dominated the entire 75 lap main. Finishing some 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
As the field came to the green it Brian Sweeney and Tim Devendorf paced the 26 car field with Devendorf gaining the advantage exiting turn four on the initial start. Danzer slipped into third just behind Sweeney.
As the field came around to start the second circuit the ninth and tenth place cars of Randy Ritskes and Kody Graham brushed wheels exiting turn four. The contact sent Graham’s Xtreme chassis No.90 hard into the front straight-away steel retaining wall nose first. Grahams car then slid to a stop on the high side as many drivers behind the crash did a masterful job of avoiding the melee that took place in front of them.
While Ritskes struggled to regain control of his Lock Crane Service number 37 coming down the front straight, Ritskes car was tagged from behind by Kody’s father Ray Graham sending the No.37 into the foam in turn one. All three drivers were uninjured in the incident. All three cars were out for the night, Kody Graham’s car had to be removed from the racing surface on a flat-bed while Ritskes car was taken off on the hook. Ray Graham pulled his car into the pit stall nose first with front end damage.
On the restart Devendorf got a good jump on Danzer entering turn three. But as the field came around to start lap four. Danzer made his presence felt immediately going to work on the race leader. The two battled entering turn three with race leader Devendorf running the second groove and Danzer taking the low side. Danzer managed to gain a slight advantage by the time the duo exited turn four to start lap number five and wasted little time showing his dominance pulling out to a commanding lead over the rest of the field.
Payne, Barnes on the Move-
Racing action was beginning to heat up behind the race leader with many of the top contenders working their way towards the front of the field from deep in the pack. The cars that looked to be making the most progress where those driven by Joey Payne and Michael Barnes.
On lap 16 both Payne and Barnes slipped under the 7th place car of Keith Shampine entering turn one.
With 30 laps in Payne began to flex his muscle as he began to pick off cars at will. Payne’s first victim was the fifth place car of Pat Lavery, Payne shot to the high side entering turn three taking away the position. Three laps later Payne moved past Gosek on the high side entering turn one to move up into fourth.
On Lap 35 Payne went to the high side of Sweeney’s car entering turn one to take away the third position. The two battled behind a couple of lapped cars looking for room to get by. Payne maintained a slight advantage on the high side but he was stuck behind the lapped car of Hal LaTulip, while Sweeney was on the rear bumper of Jerry Curran.
Lapped Traffic Creates Havoc-
As they exited turn two LaTulip moved up the racing surface to give Payne room. At the same time Sweeney looked to try to slid in behind Curran. Both Sweeney and Payne’s cars got to the same piece of real estate at the same time resulting in the two brushing wheels. Sweeney’s car immediately started to slide up the racing surface and into the outside retaining wall exiting turn two. The force of the impact sent Sweeney’s car airborne landing facing the opposite direction on top of the roll-cage of the No. 99 of Payne. Sweeney’s car then pirouetted off the rear tail section of Payne’s car coming to rest once again on the racing surface. Both cars sustained heavy damage in the incident, luckily both drivers were able to walk away from the accident scene under their own power.
Danzer Pulls Away Leaving Battles Behind-
The caution looked to be the only thing that could slow Danzer down. With the field tightened up once again, Danzer was out front followed by Devendorf, Gosek, Lavery and Michael Barnes.
On lap 43 Lavery slid by Devendorf on the high side exiting turn four to take away the runner-up position.
Barnes managed to pass Devendorf on lap 46. One lap later Bobby Bond went by Otto Sitterly and Devendorf to move up into the fourth position. Sitterly also got by Devendorf for position as well.
As the track stayed green and laps continued to tick away Danzer’s lead continued to grow, but the action continued behind him. On lap 53 Barnes went by Lavery in turn two. Moments later Bond followed suit pushing Lavery back into the 4th.
With less than 10 laps remaining in the 75 lap main Danzer had worked his way up behind the sixth place car of Dave Gruel who was at the tail end of a five car battle for position. Danzer had built up a 12 plus second advantage ahead of his nearest competitor Barnes.
Danzer Wins, Barnes Motivates-
As the field came to the checkered it was Dave Danzer taking home the title of “Mr. Supermodified 2014”. He was followed across line by Barnes, Bond, Lavery and Sitterly in the top five.
“This car is awesome I didn’t really get a chance to run it until tonight in the feature I was trying to be conservative it and save the tires, I knew Michael Barnes was coming and is probably one of the best drivers out here right now and he has one the best cars. I saw that he had moved up into second and I just tried to conserve myself in turn the end” Danzer said
When asked about the pressure of taking home Mr. Supermodified title and a $10,000 top prize Danzer replied “it’s just a regular race for me. The pays not for me it’s for my father so I just want the trophy”.
Michael Barnes came home a distant second, “ We had troubles with the car all day long. There is something going on with the car that we just haven’t figured out yet. We kept it in one piece without any troubles that’s what it takes in a 75 lapper so I guess we will be happy with second. Our hats off to David he’s had some bad luck with motors. I’ve been telling him all week that he was going to win this so that was his motivation.”
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28th annual $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified
presented by Davis Bros. Inc.
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
$10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified (75-laps): 1. 52 – David Danzer, 2. 68 – Michael Barnes, 3. 47 – Bob Bond, 4. 22 – Pat Lavery, 5. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 6. 50 – Dave Gruel, 7. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 8. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 9. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr, 10. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 11. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 12. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 13. 24 – Jerry Curran, 14. 00 – Joe Gosek, 15. 99 – Joey Payne, 16. 3 – Brian Sweeney, 17. 6 – Dave Shullick Jr, 18. 55 – Keith Shampine, 19. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 20. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 21. 0 – Tim Snyder, 22. 45 – Mike Barbera, 23. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 24. 90 – Kody Graham, 25. 21 – Ray Graham, 26. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr.
Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #01 – Dan Connors Jr.
Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #9 – Stephen Gioia III
Radical Race Gear Lap Leader: #52 – David Danzer
Heat #1 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 2. 00 – Joe Gosek, 3. 99 – Joey Payne, 4. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 5. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 6. 6 – Dave Shullick Jr., 7. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 8. 44 – Bobby Haynes Jr.
Heat #2 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 0 – Tim Snyder, 2. 22 – Pat Lavery, 3. 21 – Ray Graham, 4. 68 – Michael Barnes, 5. 50 – Dave Gruel, 6. 47 – Bob Bond, 7. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 8. 45 – Mike Barbera, 9. 01 – Dan Connors Jr.
Heat #3 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 52 – David Danzer, 2. 90 – Kody Graham, 3. 3 – Brian Sweeney, 4. 55 – Keith Shampine, 5. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 6. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 7. 24 – Jerry Curran, 8. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr.
$10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified Win Totals:
- Mike Ordway: 6 (’90, ’91, ’93, ’02, ’03, ’04)
- Greg Furlong: 3 (’01, ’05, ’07)
- Mike Muldoon: 2 (’88, ’98)
- Pat Abold: 2 (’92, ’96)
- Bob Goutermout: 2 (’99, ’00)
- Otto Sitterly: 2 (’06, ’13)
- Bob Magner: 2 (’08, ’09)
- Ray Graham: 2 (’10, ’11)
- Gene Lee Gibson: 1 (’87)
- Doug Heveron: 1 (’89)
- Steve Gioia Jr.: 1 (’94)
- Doug Didero: 1 (’95)
- Tim Gareau: 1 (’97)
- Kody Graham: 1 (’12)
- David Danzer: 1 (’14)