Michael Muldoon Sweeps Oswego Speedway’s 65th Anniversary Supermodified Special in Front of Packed Grandstand
OSWEGO, NY (August 9, 2015) – In front of the largest Oswego Speedway crowd in several years, third generation supermodified racer Michael Muldoon swept the night, winning his Novelis Supermodified qualifying heat, semi-final feature, and the 45-lap main event during the 65th Anniversary of the ‘Steel Palace’ presented by JP Jewelers and RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting.
Muldoon’s victory is his second of the season, but the first which he could savor all to his own, as Muldoon’s first triumph came in a dead heat victory with Otto Sitterly on June 20.
Starting from pole position after winning the first semi-final, Muldoon fended off a hard charging Brandon Bellinger and a late charging Brian Sobus for the victory.
Sobus, Joe Gosek, Tim Devendorf, and Bob Bond finished the top five positions.
“It feels great to win one of my own,” said Muldoon in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “The car wasn’t really all that great tonight, we will have a bit of a vibration somewhere, but it was enough tonight. It was great to have a Muldoon and a Bellinger starting on the front row and racing tonight on the track’s 65th Anniversary. It all came together tonight.”
Dave Danzer, Michael Barnes, Jeff Abold, Pat Lavery, and Tim Snyder finished the top ten runners on Saturday.
A total of 21 Novelis Supermodifieds took the Cam’s Pizzeria green flag on the Oswego Speedway’s 65th Anniversary, with a pair of third generation drivers, Muldoon and Bellinger, leading the pack.
Muldoon would gain the early advantage with Bellinger tucking into second as Sobus, Gosek, Devendorf, and Bond all gave chase.
Point Leader Involved in Early Crash
Supermodified point leader Otto Sitterly started the night’s 45-lapper from the 12th place as a result of winning the previous week’s main event, but was caught up in a lap three incident involving Shaun Gosselin and Barnes.
Sitterly had started to make an early charge into the top ten, but that run was halted as a result of the accident.
A bent front axle on Sitterly’s John Nicotra owned race car would put him out of the event, handing the point lead back to Bond, unofficially by 16.5 points.
Both Gosselin and Barnes were able to re-join the field, but Sitterly was forced to call it quits with a severely bent front axle, resulting in a devastating 21st place finish for the seven-time champion.
The restart order would see Muldoon lead Bellinger, Sobus, Gosek, Devendorf, Bond, Abold, Dave Gruel, Danzer, and Snyder.
Gruel Fades & Drops Out
Just laps after the restart Danzer was able to make quick work of Gruel to work into the eighth place, now reeling in Abold for seventh.
Unfortunately for Gruel, Danzer would not be the only car to pass as his supermodified began to run into issues and fell through the pack. A feature winner earlier this season, Gruel eventually called it quits at lap 23 with a 16th place effort.
In the early stages of the race, it looked as though Muldoon was going to run away and hide, but by lap 15 both Bellinger and Sobus began to reel in the race leader.
Lapped Traffic Makes it Exciting
Eventually the trio would hit lap traffic and at lap 21 Bellinger made a low side move into the third turn, temporarily nosing to the race lead, sparking a new generation Muldoon/Bellinger Oswego battle.
But as Bellinger exited the fourth corner, the No. 02 broke traction as he and Muldoon appeared to touch wheels coming to the main straight away. Bellinger did a great job to keep the car in motion, but slipped all the way from a battle for the lead to 11th in the field.
With Bellinger now out of the picture passed halfway, that left only Sobus in true contention to battle Muldoon for the point.
With five laps remaining lapped traffic again crept into the picture as Muldoon closed rapidly on the tail of the field. After a couple tense laps in which it looked as though Sobus could challenge for the point, Muldoon was able to clear the pack and race away to his second Novelis Supermodified win of the season at Oswego.
Sobus, Gosek Interviews
Sobus chased Muldoon in the runner-up spot, for yet another second place finish in 2015.
“I was getting a little excited there towards the end,” said Sobus. “I thought we might have something for him at the finish, but Michael was good tonight. Second place feels good, we’ve spent a lot of time on the car the last few weeks.”
Gosek was happy to score another top five finish, this time driving his own No. 00.
“It’s kind of funny being the old man now trying to pedal around these kids,” joked Gosek. “The car was pretty good tonight, hopefully we hit on something. We have a couple of weeks to fine tune the car now before the Classic, I think we will be good.”
Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race victories went to Muldoon, Gosselin, and Sobus.
Semi-final victories were taken by Muldoon and Bellinger.
Racing at Oswego Speedway continues on Saturday, August 15 race fans will paint the ‘Steel Palace’ teal on Ovarian Cancer Awareness night. The night will also feature the second driver autograph session of the season.
Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on August 15 with the grandstand opening and hot laps beginning at 3:30pm.
Kids 16 and under with paid adult and active military with I.D. are free.
For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com or call (315) 342-0646. Visit the Speedway on social media @OswegoSpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.
Saturday, August 8th, 2015
65th Anniversary Special, $5 Night!
JP Jewelers and RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting
65th Anniversary Novelis Supermodified Feature (45-laps): 1. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 2. 79 – Brian Sobus, 3. 00 – Joe Gosek, 4. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 5. 47 – Bob Bond, 6. 52 – Dave Danzer, 7. 68 – Michael Barnes, 8. 05 – Jeff Abold, 9. 22 – Pat Lavery, 10. 0 – Tim Snyder, 11. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 12. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 13. 06 – Dave Cliff, 14. 11 – Aric Iosue, 15. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 16. 50 – Dave Gruel, 17. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 18. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 19. 96 – Jack Patrick, 20. 21 – Kody Graham, 21. 7 – Otto Sitterly
- Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #51 – Michael Muldoon
- Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #79 – Brian Sobus
- Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #22 – Pat Lavery
Heat #1 (12-laps): 1. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 2. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 3. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 4. 05 – Jeff Abold, 5. 50 – Dave Gruel, 6. 96 – Jack Patrick, 7. 22 – Pat Lavery
Heat #2 (12-laps): 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 2. 21 – Kody Graham, 3. 00 – Joe Gosek, 4. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 5. 47 – Bobby Bond, 6. 68 – Michael Barnes, 7. 56 – Hal LaTulip
Heat #3 (12-laps): 1. 79 – Brian Sobus, 2. 52 – Dave Danzer, 3. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 4. 0 – Tim Snyder, 5. 11 – Aric Iosue, 6. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 7. 06 – Dave Cliff
Semi-Final #1 (15-laps): 1. 51 – Michael Muldoon, 2. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 3. 79 – Brian Sobus, 4. 05 – Jeff Abold, 5. 26 – Shaun Gosselin, 6. 50 – Dave Gruel, 7. 0 – Tim Snyder, 8. 11 – Aric Iosue, 9. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 10. 96 – Jack Patrick, 11. 56 – Hal LaTulip
Semi-Final #2 (15-laps): 1. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 2. 00 – Joe Gosek, 3. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 4. 47 – Bob Bond, 5. 68 – Michael Barnes, 6. 52 – Dave Danzer, 7. 21 – Kody Graham, 8. 9 – Stephen Gioia III, 9. 06 – Dave Cliff, 10. 22 – Pat Lavery
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