OSWEGO The Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified division at Oswego Speedway has a proven record of being an excellent feeder class for the premier Novelis Supermodified division. One driver looking to make the transition is 2012 Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified Champion, Kreig Heroth.
Heroth, of Ephratah, is a six-year veteran of the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified division, but his driving experience reaches far and wide.
Heroth and team have experience in Dwarf Cars, Cup Lites, Asphalt Late Models, Sportsman Asphalt Modifieds, TQ midgets, and even a test with a Camping World Truck Series team. Heroth looks at all of his experience as a stepping stone to his dream, to compete in a Novelis Supermodified at Oswego Speedway.
While racing Dwarf Cars on Friday nights at Brewerton Speedway as a teenager, Heroth would join current Novelis Supermodified champion Otto Sitterly in the pits on Saturdays at Oswego. Racing on Fridays at Brewerton and crewing on Saturdays at Oswego, Heroth dreamed of someday having the opportunity to take his try at the 5/8-mile oval.
In 2005, Heroth would finally have his chance at the Speedway, by way of a Cup Lite car. Heroth won the Cup Lite portion of the 2005 SUNOCO Race of Champions and from there began working toward a full-time Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified ride at Oswego.
In 2007, Heroth found his opportunity.
Signing a three-race deal with SBS car owner Chris Lupa, early success led the team to run full-time in 2008 consistently battling for top five finishes.
In 2010, Heroth made the full-time move to Crow Motorsports, a veteran Small Block Supermodified operation.
With Crow, Heroth found immediate success and his first career Small Block Supermodified victory on July 3 of that year. Two more SBS wins in 2011 helped propel Heroth to the opportunity of driving a brand new Hedger Fabrication chassis for a new team in 2012, Won4Racing.
Driving for Won4Racing in 2012, Heroth claimed two more main event wins and was crowned the 2012 Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified champion.
With five career feature wins, 26 top five finishes, and a track title to his credit in the SBS division, Heroth is confident that he could be successful in a Novelis Supermodified at Oswego.
Starting his search in the latter part of the 2013 season to obtain a chance to move to the Novelis Supermodified pit area, Heroth has been inquiring with teams to make the move to the competitive Supermodified division, but has came up short so far.
Not willing to give up, Heroth is pushing to find a seat for the 2014 Budweiser International Classic 200 at the Speedway.
In the past, Classic Weekend has served as a chance for Small Block Supermodified pilots to gain track time and make the transition fairly successfully with an existing Supermodified team. Heroth is looking to do the same.
"If we can team up with an established team that has experience fielding a Supermodified, I feel that I can begin to gain the respect of the existing Supermodified drivers and make a good impression," Heroth said in a news release. "I also feel that my drive to win races, understanding what it takes to win Championships, and knowing how to survive the often grueling season by not tearing up equipment will propel my success."
Although Heroth resides 125 miles from the Speedway, the past couple years the team has had the support of a few Oswego area businesses, says Heroth.
"To have local support is crucial to make an impression and hopefully become a fixture at Oswego Speedway in the Supermodified division. I am proud to represent these fine establishments each and every week and humbled that such landmarks are a part of my team," said Heroth.
Heroth and team are proud to represent local business such as Little Lukes Childcare, Ontario Orchards, Fajita Grill, Save-a-Lot Food Stores of Fulton, and Cooper Custom Canvas. Kreig also has support from Fingerlakes Machine, G&G Oil and Fuel, Hedger Fabrication, Dick Myers, and Mojo Photos.
Understanding that there is a steep learning curve, Heroth is up to the challenge, and eager to play a hands on role in his dream endeavor. Heroth also has full support of his current Small Block Supermodified team that includes his parents Dwayne and Carol Heroth, Won 4 Racing founders Doug and Joan Soucy, Public Relations Specialist and Car Chief Jim Schefcick, and crew Patrick Feeney, Cody Bleau, Dan Krutz, and Kreig's wife Rachel.
Diligent in his pursuit of his first Supermodified opportunity, Heroth will continue to gain experience and be competing in the Small Block Supermodified division, chasing his dream of racing a Supermodified at Oswego Speedway.
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