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On a cool and windy fall Saturday for the 60th running of the Sunoco Race of Champions at the Oswego Speedway three drivers had a big smile on their face after their respective feature wins.

Dave Cliff won his first feature of the year in the NORA Small Block Super Modified feature event while Lee Sharpsteen won the Super Stock feature and Bob Weber won the Late Model feature.

Dave Danzer and Dave Cliff brought the 14 car NORA Small Block Super Modified 35 lap feature to green with Danzer jumping out to the lead over Cliff, Tim Barbeau, Rob Pullen, and Dave Gruel.

Mike Bond was the driver on the move early as he moved into fifth on lap two and into fourth four laps later.

The story of the race would change on a lap 13 restart as coming down for the green the left rear tire of the Danzer machine went flat. All drivers did a great job avoiding the slowing Danzer mount as he pulled into the pit area.

The misfortune by Danzer put Cliff in the lead with Barbeau, Gruel, Bond, and Pullen in tow. Bond got past Gruel for third on lap 16 and just after that pass took place Gruel pulled into the pit area, Kraig Heroth now moved into fifth.

The top five stayed pretty much in line with the exception of Heroth who snuck under Pullen for fourth on lap 24.

Cliff in for the win over Barbeau, Bond, Heroth, and Pullen.

Qualifying races were won by Jack Patrick and Danzer.

Kyle Sharpe and Brian Sones brought the 38 car Super Stock field to green to start their 75 lap feature. Yearly this feature has plenty of excitement and it was no different this year as a multi car turn one accident just after the green came out forced a stoppage of the race.

When racing resumed after another yellow came out trying to complete the first lap Sharpe had the lead over Sones, Terry Potrzebowski, Steve Shultz, and Glenn Lippolis.

An excellent six car battle formed early for positions three through eight between Potrzebowski, Shultz, Lippolis, James Yamelski, Lee Sharpsteen, and 34th place starter Chris Daugherty kept the fans on the edge of their seats between laps 10 and 30.

Yamelski became the driver on the move as he moved into fourth on lap 31, third on lap 34, and second on lap 38. Yamelski then reeled in the leader Sharpe and started applying heavy pressure on him for the lead.

With less than 20 laps remaining two great races were forming with Sharpe and Yamelski racing for the lead. Meanwhile Sharpsteen, Daugherty, and Lippolis were exchanging positions three, four, and five every few laps.

The complexion of the race changed dramatically with ten laps to go as the right front tire on the Yamelski car went flat sending him pit side. Daugherty meanwhile raced his way into second past Sharpsteen with Lippolis in fourth and Jim Steffenhagan, Jr. now in fifth.

A restart with five laps to go closed up the field and everyone knew that a wild and crazy finish was on the horizon and with less than a lap to go in the feature, it got wild and crazy.

Just after receiving the white flag and entering turn one Sharpe who was leading got tapped by the second place car of Daugherty and spun out. The yellow came out and Daugherty was placed at the rear of the field for the contact.

Daugherty instead pulled into the pits by his own choice with Sharpe right behind him. A meeting of the minds took place between both racing teams that was quickly dismissed by officials, the race resumed with Sharpe being disqualified for a rules infraction.

A green checker finish was called for and that was all that Lee Sharpsteen wanted to see as he held off Lippolis for the checker. Steffenhagan was third followed by Shultz and Jeff Goodwin.

Qualifying races were won by Mike Ramos, Mike Nichols, Yamelski, and Chip Wanamaker.

Defending TJ Toyota Late Model 125 race winner Tommy Cloce and George Skora, III brought the 31 car field to green. Just like with the Super Stocks the Late Models only went a few feet past the start / finish line before a multi car wreck stopped the action.

When racing resumed after a delay Cloce raced into the lead over Bob Weber, Dave Heitzhaus, Scott Wylie, and Zane Zeiner. Zeiner quickly moved into fourth on lap 11 and into third on lap 14.

After another delay in the race due to an accident on the backstretch Weber took advantage on the lap 27 restart by getting his cold tires to hook up to the surface first and he slipped under Cloce for the lead going into turn one.

Heitzhaus who raced Super Modifieds at Oswego for one season many years ago started slipping back through the field. This allowed Wylie to take fourth on lap 28 and Dave Macomber to move into fifth on lap 38.

The top five stayed pretty much nose to tail with Weber and Cloce the class of the field. While racing in heavy lap traffic on lap 81 the fifth place car of Macomber spun out bringing out the yellow and moving Jeff Brown into fifth.

The race was stopped for the third time when a multi car turn four wreck halted the action on lap 97. The race returned back to green flag conditions but only for a few laps more as the fourth red flag of the race came out on lap 105 for the flipped car of Francis Gross, III.

The final 20 laps were anti – climatic as the top five remained the same and a few more yellows were tossed in for good measure. Finally on lap 123 of the scheduled 125 lap’s race officials threw the checker due to the excessive wrecking and the race now nearing the two and half hour mark.

Weber in for the $4,000 win over Cloce, Zeiner, Wylie, and Brown.

Qualifying time trials set the field with David Rigan setting fast time with a lap of 18. 872.

60TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS NORA SMALL BLOCK SUPER MODIFIED FINISH; Dave Cliff, Tim Barbeau, Mike Bond, Kraig Heroth, Rob Pullen, Dennis Richmond, Scott Schafer, Pitt Watson, David LaTulip, Chris Tedd, Jack Patrick, Dave Gruel, Stan Gates, Dave Danzer, AJ Bernys, George Knight.

60TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS SUPER STOCK FINISH; Lee Sharpsteen, Glenn Lippolis, Jim Steffenhagan, Jr., Steve Shultz, Jeff Goodwin, Chad McDonald, Terry Potrzebowski, Brian Sones, Steve Hoffman, Chris Daugherty, Dave Fetterly, Ron Babula, Jr., James Yamelski, Dylan Terry, Todd Ahner, Mike Scott, Chip Wanamaker, Dave Arbes, Robert Fink, Brian LaBar, Charlie Sharpsteen, Billy Coyle, Jason Dinzler, Ken Evans, RJ Wyman, Dan Scott, Mike Nichols, Mike Ramos, Tom O’Sullivan, Jim Potrzebowski. DQ; Kyle Sharpe. DNS; Jay Mudra, Derrick Tarbox, Brittney Jack, Justin Moser, Todd Stone, Willie Strusz.

60TH SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS TJ TOYOTA LATE MODEL FINISH; Bob Weber, Tommy Cloce, Zane Zeiner, Scott Wylie, Jeff Brown, Rich Skora, Jim Lameroux, Dave Macomber, Will Thomas, Donnie Hartzell, Joe Beretta, Jason Zastko, Ray Bancroft, Ron Nurmi, Mike Sweeney, Dave Heitzhaus, Patrick Hargan, Francis Gross, III, Jerry Dineen, David Rigan, Sam Fullone, DJ King, Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., Dave Whittaker, Cooter Beyer, George Skora, III, Travis Fisher, David Russell. DNS; Joe Burns, Austin Kochenash, Scott Nurmi.


  Source: JR Kennerup / RoC Modified Tour
Posted: September 26, 2010

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