OSWEGO - Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track champion Otto Sitterly will have the privilege of being honored at the International Motorsports Industry Show in Indianapolis on Dec.6-8, as his John Nicotra Racing-owned supermodified will be a part of the prestigious Hall of Champions display within the Indiana Convention Center.
Each year at the IMIS show, the Hall of Champions is assembled to recognize major motorsports champions from around the world.
Last season's hall included the racing machines of NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Austin Dillon, Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Protype champion Scott Pruett, World of Outlaws champions Rick Eckert and Jason Meyers, USAC National Midget champion Bryan Clauson, and many more.
Otto Sitterly (7) edges Mike Barnes (99) for the Fall Championship win at Oswego Speedway behind the wheel of the new Hawk Chassis Supermodified, which will be featured at International Motorsports Industry Show in December. (Photo contributed by Bill Taylor)
This December, Sitterly, Nicotra, and Oswego Speedway, will join the star-studded list of drivers, teams and series to be recognized.
"It's really hard to believe the things that have happened for me," said Sitterly, now a five time Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track champion, in a news release. "Sometimes I stand back and think 'wow', some pretty cool things are taking place for me right now. It is very much an honor for Nicotra Racing to go to Indy and represent both Oswego Speedway and supermodified racing as a group."
Nicotra looks at the IMIS show as the perfect way to introduce supermodified racing, and Oswego Speedway, to a world audience.
"Otto and I are happy to get a non-wing Supermodified out to Indy," Nicotra said in the release. "A lot of those in the motorsports industry have heard so much about Supermodifieds, but have never seen one in person. Now they can see what we are all about at the Home of Supermodifieds, Oswego Speedway."
With a total of four wins during the 2012 Oswego Speedway season, Sitterly now has 24 career victories, which ranks 11th all-time just two behind former International Classic champion Steve Gioia Jr. Sitterly himself is now a three time winner of the Budweiser International Classic after winning his second consecutive title this past Labor Day Weekend. Driving for John Nicotra Racing, Sitterly also visited Classic victory lane in 2009.
Sitterly's championship effort however is likely the most impressive of his feats in 2012.
After winning the first two events of the season, Sitterly managed to overcome two crash-filled weeks in June and then outlast a determined Pat Lavery on the final night of the season for his fifth track title overall.
Only Oswego Speedway legends Nolan Swift, Jim Shampine, and Bentley Warren have won more track championships than Sitterly.
For more information on the International Motorsports Industry Show, visit www.imis-indy.com.
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