OSWEGO —Tyler Thompson, 17, broke the track record Saturday and became the youngest Novelis Supermodified feature winner in Oswego Speedway history.
In group time trials, Thompson zoomed to a lap time of 15.800 to break the track record of 15.802, set in 2014 by Joey Payne.
For the 50-lap feature, Thompson started sixth and stormed around Dave Danzer, Tim Snyder, Aric Iosue, Camden Proud, and Jack Patrick before taking the lead on lap 11 and dominating to become the youngest supermodified feature winner in the track’s history.
“This Hawk car is so good from start to finish,” said an emotional Thompson after his win. “I have to thank my sponsors and crew. Kelly’s Zen Den, Lindsey Aggregates, Slack Karts, Ashley Lynn Winery, and everyone that helps on the car. This feels amazing.”
U-Pull U-Save sponsored the race night.
Rookie of the Year contenders Patrick and Proud, who won his first supermodified heat race earlier in the evening, led the field to the initial green flag. Patrick took the lead from the inside lane. Proud, Iosue, Snyder, Danzer, and Thompson followed.
Thompson got under Danzer before beginning to reel in third running Snyder.
On lap 6, Thompson drove around Snyder coming off of turn 4 and pulled the same move on Proud one lap later. With 43 laps to go, only one car stood between Thompson and the race lead.
It took the Thompson No. 98T only three laps to reel in Patrick for the lead. He drove around Patrick between turns 3 and 4 to take the point on lap 11.
By lap 15, Brandon Bellinger had passed five cars to work his way into the top five, but his evening came to an unfortunate end with a hard shot into the turn 3 foam just a handful of laps later.
Out front, it was still Thompson leading Patrick and Jeff Abold, who had moved by Snyder and Proud to take third just prior to the caution flag on lap 18.
On the restart, Snyder worked to the outside of Proud to take over fourth. Then, caution flags came out in back-to-back laps, first for Lou LeVea Jr. and Jerry Curran, who were spun out in turn 3. The next caution flag was for Iosue, who spun out of turn 2.
At this point the top five were Thompson, Patrick, Abold, Snyder, and Danzer. Before long, Dave Shullick Jr. made his presence felt up front. He came from 15th to crack the top five by lap 22, and he worked past Proud and Danzer on the ensuing restart.
One lap later, the cars of Proud and Alison Sload got together going into turn 3, bringing Sload’s day to an end. The Proud crew made repairs on the No. 54, but Proud returned to the track several laps down.
Abold got around Patrick on the lap 23 restart, moving into second place. Patrick was third, Snyder fourth, and Shullick fifth.
Shullick drove up to third place, but still had a long way to go to catch Abold. Eventually, Shullick caught and passed Abold for second while in lapped traffic with five laps left, but the race belonged to Thompson.
Thompson earned the win over Shullick, Abold, Patrick, and Snyder.
• Anthony Losurdo and Brad Haynes won the twin 20-lap features for the Pathfinder Bank Small-Block Supers.
• Stephen Duphily won the 25-lap feature for the 350 Supers. Mike Netishen won the heat race for the 350 Supers.
• Winning 12-lap Novelis Supermodified heats were Dave Gruel, Camden Proud, and Tim Snyder. Tyler Thompson posted the fastest lap time during group time trials with a track-record lap of 15.800.
• Brad Haynes and Jesse Bearup won 10-lap SBS heats. Anthony Losurdo had the fastest lap time during group time trials.
• Oswego Speedway’s regular season will conclude this Saturday with Track Championship Night.
Oswego Speedway feature finishes
Novelis Supermodifieds (50 laps): 1. Tyler Thompson (98T), 2. Dave Shullick Jr. (95), 3. Jeff Abold (05), 4. Jack Patrick (90), 5. Tim Snyder (0), 6. Dave Danzer (52), 7. Dan Connors Jr. (01), 8. Otto Sitterly (7), 9. Dave Gruel (50), 10, Logan Rayvals (94), 11. Hal LaTulip (56), 12. Camden Proud (54), 13. Lou LeVea Jr. (83), 14. Jerry Curran (99), 15. Alison Sload (39), 16. Aric Iosue (11), 17. Brandon Bellinger (02), 18. Guard Nearbin (78).
Pathfinder Bank SBS 1st feature (20 laps): 1. Anthony Losurdo (1), 2. Joshua Sokolic (26), 3. Russell Bartlett (02), 4. Dave Cliff (50), 5. Dave LaTulip (27), 6. Jesse Bearup (37), 7. Brad Haynes (88), 8. Cameron Rowe (77), 9. Tony Pisa (89), 10. James Babcock (15), 11. Stephen Flack (32), 12. Steve Wood (93).
Pathfinder Bank SBS 2nd feature (20 laps): 1. Brad Haynes (88), 2. Anthony Losurdo (1), 3. Jesse Bearup (37), 4. Dave LaTulip (27), 5. Dave Cliff (50), 6. Russell Bartlett (02), 7. Joshua Sokolic (26), 8. Cameron Rowe (77), 9. Tony Pisa (89), 10. James Babcock (15), 11. Steve Wood (93), 12. Ken Moody Jr. (01), 13. Travis Bartlett (03), 14. Stephen Flack (32).
350 Supers (25 laps): 1. Stephen Duphily (11), 2. Mike Netishen (55), 3. Anthony Losurdo (1), 4. Dalton Doyle (08), 5. Mike Bruce (72), 6. Barry Kingsley (06), 7. Tom Macleod (81).