Joey Payne, Jr. Wins by Large Margin
By Paul Murphy
Oswego, NY. (August 9, 2014) – Fair Lawn, N.J. pilot Joey “ The Jersey Jet” Payne claimed his first Supermodified feature win of the 2014 racing season Saturday night at Oswego Speedway. Payne, aboard his new Xtreme Chassis, would take away the top place from Keith Shampine on lap 14 and never look back in route to a $2,000 pay-day at the lakeside oval. Payne became the fifth different driver to visit victory lane in the division this season at Oswego.
“It feels really good,” Payne began. “We finally got our brand-new car out and my hats off to the Xtreme team, they worked their butts off this week. We had a torn up car last week.”
“This whole deal came together late last year at the end of the season. Ray Graham had faith in me and wanted me on as a teammate and put me back with a Strong team. I got the best crew in the business, Three of the best crews in the business. We all combine notes and we all work off each other and here we are” said Payne.
Payne then went on to dedicate the win to his good friends Gene and Marilyn Angelillo, “I use to drive for them with the NEMA midget and tonight’s their Memorial race and this one goes out to them”.
Trouble for Graham-
As the 22 car field took to the track to start the 50 lap main, Brandon Bellinger and Kody Graham were slated to go on the front row. As the cars scuffed their tires, outside pole sitter Graham began spewing fuel from the right side of the car as it entered turn one. Graham was stopped at the Start / Finish line to allow the track safety crew to look over the car.
After being pushed to the pits, Graham’s pit crew found a loose fuel cap as the cause of the leak. He was able to return to the racing surface but had to start at the tail for the first restart.
Shampine Takes Off, Payne Moves Up-
As the field took the green it was Keith Shampine, now starting on the outside front row, gaining the advantage on the outside lane entering the turn to take the early lead.
On the ensuing lap Joey Payne managed to get a wheel under Bellinger entering turn one to take away the runner-up position.
After taking away the second place Payne immediately went to work on the race leader. While Shampine continued to show the way throughout the first ten circuits.
The leaders soon met some slower back markers, allowing Payne to make his first bid for the lead on lap 11 while Shampine was attempting to pass Hal LaTulip coming down the front straightaway. Payne went to the high side as two battled side-by-side behind LaTulip. Payne gained a slight advantage as he attempted to pinch Keith Shampine in behind the slower car, but LaTulip’s car slid up the racing surface forcing Payne to take evasive action. This opened up the low groove for Shampine to slip by while Payne fought to gather his Strong/Graham Racing No.99 . Payne soon followed suit slipping by LaTulip on the high side exiting turn two without losing his position.
Gathered Up and Ready to Go-
Payne would quickly reel in the race leader and once again try to find a way around Shampine.
Payne’s opening came on lap 14 as Shampine’s car slipped a little coming out of turn four. Payne immediately went to the low side as the two battled side-by-side coming down the front straightaway. Payne got the advantage entering turn one taking away the top position.
Barnes, Sitterly, Gosek, Shampine Battle Behind Payne-
Behind the race leader, the car on the move was the No. 68 of Michael Barnes. Barnes, who started tenth on the grid, slipped past Michael Muldoon on the low side entering turn one while Muldoon’s No.50 was bottled up behind a slower back marker while running in fourth. Before Muldoon could slide back down into the racing groove Otto Sitterly also managed to also slip by for position pushing Muldoon back to sixth.
By lap 20 Payne had built up a 2.5 second advantage over the second-place car of Shampine. Shampine in the meantime was fighting off a challenge from the third place Joe Gosek and fourth place Michael Barnes.
Barnes lost fourth place on lap 38 when he got stuck on the low side behind a slower car entering turn one, allowing Sitterly by on the high-side.
Gruel Feels the Payne-
In the meantime Payne, who had built up a commanding lead, was having issues of his own. As he approached the current points leader Dave Gruel who was running 9th at the time and trying to stay on the lead lap. Gruel was making it very difficult for the race leader Payne get by. Payne look to get into the back-end of Gruel’s No. 50 in turn two. Payne tried everything he could to get by.
“I got into the back of Dave Gruel. He was running just fast enough to make it tough. I tried to go to the outside but my car was pretty tight I just gave him a little nudge to let them know that I was there he pulled down and let me go, in fact, I almost drove it into the wall trying to get around him.” Payne said in victory Lane about the incident.
Barnes, Danzer Tangle-
One lap later things would go from bad to worse for the fifth place car of Barnes. Just after he had clearing the lap traffic Barnes was tagged on the rear bumper exiting two by last week’s winner Dave Danzer. The contact sent Barnes spinning down the back straightaway and rear end first into the steel retaining wall at about the midway point of the back straightaway. Barnes car was pushed off the racing surface and nose first into its pit stall out for the night.
As the track went green once again it was Payne out front with the lapped car of Tim Devendorf between himself and the second place car of Shampine.
Caution was in the air before the field could come around to complete one lap due to debris on the back straightaway. This caution was a break for Randy Ritskes who had just been penalized for jumping the start on the restart. Ritskes, who was running fifth, was moved to the rear of the lead pack only losing four positions in the process.
The Jersey Jet Lands in Victory Lane-
On the ensuing restart Payne once again got a great jump on the rest of the field.
As the lap counter continued to tick away Payne’s lead continued to build. While behind him the second place car of Shampine continue to be pressured for the runner-up position by Gosek and Sitterly.
Payne would go on to take the win his fifth overall in the division by well over half straightaway. Shampine held on for second followed by Gosek, Sitterly and Danzer rounding out the top five. With only two point races remaining on the schedule for the division Sitterly now leads Gruel by seven points in the chase for the Supermodified track championship.
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Driver Autograph/Ovarian Cancer Awareness Night
presented by JP Jewelers
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Novelis Supermodified Main (50-laps): 1. 99 – Joey Payne, 2. 55 – Keith Shampine, 3. 00 – Joe Gosek, 4. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 5. 52 – David Danzer, 6. 22 – Pat Lavery, 7. 50 – Dave Gruel, 8. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 9. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 10. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 11. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 12. 66 – Lou LeVea Sr, 13. 68 – Michael Barnes, 14. 0 – Tim Snyder, 15. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 16. 18 – Howard Page, 17. 45 – Mike Barbera, 18. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 19. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 20. 90 – Kody Graham, 21. 01 – Dan Connors Jr, 22. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson
Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #52 – Dave Danzer
Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #55 – Keith Shampine
Radical Race Gear Lap Leader: #99 – Joey Payne
Heat #1 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 52 – David Danzer, 2. 37 – Randy Ritskes, 3. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 4. 68 – Michael Barnes, 5. 0 – Tim Snyder, 6. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 7. 66 – Lou LeVea sr.
Heat #2 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 99 – Joey Payne, 2. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 3. 50 – Dave Gruel, 4. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 5. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 6. 18 – Howard Page, 7. 56 – Hal LaTulip
Heat #3 (12-laps, all qualify): 1. 90 – Kody Graham, 2. 55 – Keith Shampine, 3. 00 – Joe Gosek, 4. 22 – Pat Lavery, 5. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 6. 45 – Mike Barbera, 7. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr., 8. 75 – Gene Lee Gibson