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Racing Around: Sitterly claims Classic victory

September 8, 2011
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

A couple of years ago, I was chatting with Otto Sitterly while he watched his son, Nate, race at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and he joked that it is sometimes fun to walk through the stands at Fonda or Glen Ridge and only a few people know who he is.

Well, he is the super modified track champion at Oswego Speedway four out of the last six years and winner of two Budweiser International Classics at the speedway.

The second Classic victory came last weekend when he made a last-lap, last-turn pass on the outside of teammate Mike Lichty for the victory and giving car owner John Nicotra a one-two finish in the event.

The victory caps off a season in which the 43-year-old diver out of Canajoharie placed third in the point standings after battling back from a couple of hard wrecks during the season.

The win in the 55th Budweiser International Classic was his 20th super modified victory at Oswego.

Fort Plain's Kreig Heroth also had a strong showing last weekend at Oswego with his fifth-place finish in the 20th Bud Light Classic 100 for small block supermodifieds on Saturday. Heroth finished the season fourth in the SBS points with two feature wins.

Weekend at the Ridge

After a washout of the Rumble at the Ridge last Sunday, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will be looking to put two exciting nights of racing on the track this weekend.

Friday, the street stocks and cruiser divisions will wrap up their points battles and the main event will be the 100-lap, $2,000-to-win Hunt's Machine Sportsman Nationals. Originally, an enduro was scheduled for the program, but that has been cancelled.

Sunday, the rescheduled Rumble at the Ridge, featuring a 77-lap, $7,711-to-win main event for DIRTcar modifieds, is slated to run along with a 40-lap $1,000-to-win DIRTcar sportsman feature. Street stocks, cruisers and rookie sportsman are also on the racecard.

Of course, all the racing is pending because early this morning, due to heavy rains and more flooding, Montgomery County was again shut down and restricted to emergency travel only.

It also should be noted that after rechecking the points in the Harry's Auto Street Stock Series at The Ridge, an error was found and Justin Knight has been declared the series champion.

2011 Fonda Yearbook

When Fonda Speedway returns to action Sept. 17, the annual Fonda Speedway yearbook, published by The Leader-Herald, will be available at the track. The book features recaps of the racing action this season along with pages of action photos and driver photos. Not a bad deal for $2.

The book also will be available at the newpaper's East Fulton Street office and there are limited number yearbooks available from previous seasons dating back to 2006.

Fonda will host a full card of modified, sportsman, pro stock, street stock and four cylinders racing with racing action dropping back to a 6 p.m. starting time on Sept. 17.

And, of course, the books will be available on the two-day McDonald's Weekend on Sept. 24 and 25 at the speedway.



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