Dave Danzer Drives to Oswego Speedway Supermodified Summer Championship
OSWEGO, NY (July 19, 2015) – In a torrid battle, on a hot summer night, it was Dave Danzer scoring his first Novelis Supermodified victory of 2015 at Oswego Speedway, claiming the 50-lap Summer Championship presented by C’s Beverage Center and CNY CPR on Saturday night.
Danzer started from the 10th place in his family owned No. 52 machine, wasting little time driving to the front, snagging the race lead from Dave Cliff on the race’s ninth circuit as Cliff slid and tagged the fourth turn wall.
With the win, Danzer now has victories in his first five consecutive seasons behind the wheel of a Novelis Supermodified, dating back to his first career win on August 27, 2011.
Danzer now has seven career supermodified main event wins at Oswego, tying him all-time with Gary Allbritain, Baldy Baker, and Michael Barnes.
“I have to thank all my guys,” said Danzer. “I have been on them the last couple weeks about how the car just hasn’t been right, but it was perfect tonight. Joe Hawksby Jr. helped us out this week, gave us some tips, and I think that made the difference.”
Danzer went on to talk about his hopes for the rest of the season.
“This season has been tough,” said Danzer. “This is the first time we’ve started a feature in the top ten. Every week we have had to come from the back and we haven’t been as good as Otto (Sitterly). I think tonight we proved we’ve got the car; we just need to keep working on it and I think we’ll be able to run with Otto.
Barnes tried all he could on several late race restarts to steal the lead away from Danzer, but it was not meant to be. Barnes, Bob Bond, Pat Lavery, and Dave Gruel would complete the top five finishers in Saturday’s Summer Championship.
Bond’s third place result in the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 47 is unofficially enough to hand him the driver’s point lead in the Supermodified division by just 9.5 markers over four-time feature winner Otto Sitterly.
Sitterly struggled all evening in the Nicotra No. 7. After finishing 6th in his qualifying heat, Sitterly made several pit stops in the main event before rallying to sixth position. However, a late race jingle with fellow championship combatant Kody Graham forced Sitterly to the pits yet again, ending with a 10th place effort – two laps down.
Supermodified rookie Aric Iosue had his best effort of the season with a tremendous sixth place finish in the No. 11 with Graham, Tim Devendorf, and Shaun Gosselin joining Sitterly in the top ten.
A total of 24 Novelis Supermodifieds would take the Cam’s Pizzeria green flag on Saturday with Cliff and Stephen Gioia III leading the field into turn one.
Cliff darted out to the early lead, but it was clear early on that Danzer was the class of the field. By lap six Danzer had managed to push into the runner-up place ahead of Gioia, and just three laps later dove under Cliff into turn three.
As Danzer made the low side move, Cliff washed high into the marbles eventually nudging against the outside steel wall in the fourth corner, ending a great evening for the former Small Block Super champion.
During the caution both Sitterly and Michael Muldoon entered the pit area. Sitterly would return while Muldoon was declared out for the night.
On the restart Barnes came alive, driving by Gioia for second with Brian Sobus and Bond eventually moving to third and fourth in the race order.
With the front four checking away from the field, yellow lights would again shine, this time for Ray Graham who slid into the third turn foam. Graham would continue at the tail side of the field.
When green lights came back on Danzer led Barnes, Sobus, Bond, Gioia, Gosselin, Brandon Bellinger, Jeff Abold, Keith Shampine, and Joe Gosek.
Gosek was once again piloting the Nicotra owned car on Saturday.
Just as the field exited turn four, trouble again struck with Abold, Gosselin, and Bellinger all coming together.
Gosselin and Bellinger tangled, tagging the outside foam with Abold an unfortunate casualty, making enough contact to knock him out for the night.
Bellinger joined Abold in the pit area while Gosselin was eventually able to rejoin the field.
Under yellow, Sitterly again went pit side for adjustments, while both Gosek and Tim Snyder called it a night.
On each restart Barnes tried both the high and low lanes in the Syrell machine, but was unable to make either stick. As a result, Danzer accelerated to a comfortable lead on each restart attempt.
Further behind Lavery was making moves in the Lighthouse Lanes sponsored supermodified, driving by Gioia into the top five as Gruel and Graham would soon follow suit.
Danzer seemed to have everything well in control until yet another caution waved at lap 41 for a stopped Ray Graham.
The yellow bunched the field again with Danzer leading Barnes, Sobus, Bond, Lavery, Gruel, Kody Graham, Sitterly, Shampine, and Gioia.
While Danzer was comfortable out front the battle was further back between Gruel, Graham, and Sitterly, who had managed to fight his way back to the top ten after making two pit stops.
Graham was able to roll by Gruel on the restart to take sixth, but another incident slowed the field again.
Third running Sobus, who again had a tremendous drive going, fell victim to a stuck throttle into the third corner. Sobus was able to slow the car down mightily, but still made heavy contact with the third turn wall, ending his night. Sobus exited the machine under his own power.
On the next restart, Sitterly disposed of Gruel, moving to the back bumper of Kody Graham in a battle for the top five.
But, as the field came down for the white flag Sitterly attempted a low side move on Graham between turns three and four, with the two cars coming together. Graham came around and as Sitterly went high to try to avoid, Keith Shampine collided with the Sitterly machine, as he had nowhere to go.
Both Sitterly and Shampine went to the pits, done for the night, while Graham was able to continue.
The last green-white-checkered finish saw Danzer again check away from the field for his seventh career supermodified victory at Oswego ahead of Barnes, Bond, Lavery, Gruel, Iosue, Graham, Devendorf, Gosselin, and Sitterly.
While falling short of victory lane, Barnes said the team has made big gains on their racer heading to the $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified on August 1.
“I was trying on the restarts, I knew it was the only chance I had,” said Barnes. “We have made some big gains; I am a lot happier with the car this week, compared to where we have been. If we can keep gaining on it, we will have something for them at the $10,000 to win.”
Bond, unofficially the new supermodified point leader, said third was all he had.
“That was pretty good; we will have to take third. We really couldn’t move up any further, the tires were shot,” said Bond.
Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race victories went to Danzer, Gruel, and Barnes.
Racing at Oswego Speedway continues on Saturday, August 1 with the 29th annual $10,000 to Win Mr. Novelis Supermodified and the $1,500 to Win Mr. Pathfinder Bank SBS main events.
Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on August 1 with grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Racing will go green at 6:30 p.m.
Kids 16 and under with paid adult and active military with I.D. are free.
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- Oswego Speedway
- Oswego, NY
- Saturday, July 18th, 2015
- Summer Championship presented by C’s Beverage/CNY CPR
Novelis Supermodified Summer Championship (50-laps): 1. 52 – Dave Danzer, 2. 68 – Michael Barnes, 3. 47 – Bob Bond, 4. 22 – Pat Lavery, 5. 50 – Dave Gruel, 6. 11 – Aric Iosue, 7. 21 – Kody Graham, 8. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 9. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 10. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 11. 55 – Keith Shampine, 12. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 13. 79 – Brian Sobus, 14. 91 – Ray Graham, 15. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 16. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 17. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr, 18. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 19. 05 – Jeff Abold, 20. 00 – Joe Gosek, 21. 0 – Tim Snyder, 22. 06 – Dave Cliff, 23. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 24. 01 – Dan Connors
- Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #11 – Aric Iosue
- Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #11 – Aric Iosue
- Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #52 – Dave Danzer
Heat #1 (12-laps): 1. 52 – Dave Danzer, 2. 06 – Dave Cliff, 3. 47 – Bob Bond, 4. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 5. 00 – Joe Gosek, 6. 22 – Pat Lavery, 7. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 8. 11 – Aric Iosue
Heat #2 (12-laps): 1. 50 – Dave Gruel, 2. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 3. 55 – Keith Shampine, 4. 0 – Tim Snyder, 5. 05 – Jeff Abold, 6. 21 – Kody Graham, 7. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr., 8. 56 – Hal LaTulip
Heat #3 (12-laps): 1. 68 – Michael Barnes, 2. 79 – Brian Sobus, 3. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 4. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 5. 91 – Ray Graham, 6. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 7. 01 – Dan Connors Jr., 8. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr.