RACING AROUND: Sitterly wins record ninth Oswego title

Otto Sitterly now stands alone atop a list of Hall of Fame drivers at Oswego Speedway.

Last Saturday, after being sick all week, Sitterly drove the Nicotra Racing No. 7 to an eighth-place finish in the feature to lock up his record ninth Novelis Supermodified track championship at Oswego Speedway

The Canajoharie supermodified pilot placed in the top 10 in all 12 races this season with two wins and nine top fives to break a tie with Nolan Swift for Oswego track titles. It is Sitterly’s ninth title in 14 years of competition at Oswego.

He was also the only two-time winner this season as 11 different drivers posted victories in the 12-race regular season.

Sitterly will now turn his attention to defending his International Classic 200 championship during the 63rd Budweiser International Classic Weekend Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.

It was also recently announced that former Indy Car driver and 1997 Budweiser International Classic 200 champion Davey Hamilton will join Sitterly as a teammate in the potent John Nicotra supermodifieds.

A win for Sitterly on Sept. 1 would be his sixth and tie him with Swift, Bentley Warren and Greg Furlong for most wins in the event.

Following the Classic Weekend, the clay will be trucked in to prepare The Steel Palace for NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII, Oct. 9-13.

Glen Ridge revamps schedule

it doesn’t seem like the staff at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park can catch a break.

For the second time this season, promoters Ray Sefrin and Butch Hazzard had to postpone one of its major highlights of the season, the 50-lap Vengeance for a second time as heavy rains hit the area again last Sunday.

The Ridge will now switch to Saturday night for a couple weeks and will conduct the 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies honoring Bill Nelson, Butchie Irwin, Denny Tilison, the VanAernam family and Custom Bob Niemietz this Saturday.

The ceremonies will be held during intermission of a full regular race program.

The Mohawk Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds will join the Aug. 31 race program with their featured “Thrill On The Hill” main event.

The track returns to its regular Sunday night competition on Aug. 8 and will have a full night of competition including the 50-lap, $2,500-to-win (plus lap money) Vengeance. The race was originally scheduled for July 6 and then rescheduled for Aug. 18 but was cancelled both times due to rain. The event also carries a guaranteed starting spot in the $53,000-to-win Fonda 200 at Fonda Speedway on Sept. 28.

The WCRS Wing Champ Racing Series National Championship karts are also scheduled to compete at The Ridge as part of the Sept. 8 program.

The Ridge will also crown its track champions on Sept. 8.

Heading into the final three weeks of competition, Rocky Warner leads Andrew Buff 433-422 in the Red Chair Crate Modified point standings, while Luke Horning leads Ivan Joslin 430-412 in the Yurkewecz Auto Crusher Pro Stock standings and Cliff Haslun leads Damion Anderson 520-502 in the street stock title chase.

Jerry Cohn is eight points up on Harold Robitaille in the limited sportsman standings, while John Napoli leads Josh Kane in the Dual Cam Mini Stock standings and Tim Billington clings to a two-point lead over Dale VanAllen in the single cam division.


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