OSWEGO, NY – Driving the re-worked Syrell Racing ‘Iron Mistress,’ Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodified veteran Dalton Doyle held off the challenges of Vern LaFave and won in his first ever 350 Supermodified start at the Oswego Speedway this past Saturday.
LaFave and Barry Kingsley brought the 350 Super field to green on Helena-Agri Enterprises Night at the races and it was the LaFave No. 97 that picked up the immediate advantage on the outside part of the speedway.
No sooner had LaFave picked up the lead, he lost it in the same corner to Doyle one lap later. A six-time winner in the Small Block Super ranks, Doyle was off to the races in his debut with the Syrell owned Graves Chassis, which was built in 1994.
For the remaining twenty laps, it was an all out war for the lead between Doyle and LaFave, who looked to the outside of the leader almost every single circuit. Further behind the front two cars, Kingsley and John Burke spent the duration of the event in a battle for the third position.
With about five laps to go, LaFave really turned up the wick, at times nearly showing Doyle a wheel down the back straightaway, but the former Novelis Supermodified campaigner was unable to squeeze his car between the leader and the outside retaining wall.
LaFave gave it one more last ditch effort on the final lap, but never found quite enough room to get by Doyle, who brought the No. 08 back to victory lane in its first time on track since 2007.
Completing the finishing order were Burke, Kingsley, Mike Bruce, and Anthony Losurdo.
Oswego Speedway is off this Saturday, June 29. The track’s 69th Season will continue with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Grand Prix Special on July 6 featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 350 Supermodifieds.
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About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.
Helena Agri-Enterprises Night
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Feature (25-laps): 1. 08 DALTON DOYLE, 2. 97 Vern LaFave, 3. 01 John Burke, 4. 06 Barry Kingsley, 5. 72 Mike Bruce, 6. 1 Anthony Losurdo
Heat (10-laps): 1. 72 Mike Bruce, 2. 97 Vern LaFave, 3. 06 Barry Kingsley, 4. 01 John Burke, 5. 08 Dalton Doyle, 6. 1 Anthony Losurdo
Group Time Trials: 1. 01 John Burke – 18.006, 2. 97 Vern LaFave – 18.050, 3. 72 Mike Bruce – 18.247, 4. 06 Barry Kingsley – 18.412, 5. 08 Dalton Doyle – 18.643
DNS Landscaping Hard Charger: #08 Dalton Doyle