OSWEGO, NY (September 15, 2013) – Saturday night’s Davis Bros., Inc. Fall Championship at Oswego Speedway marked the conclusion to the season long Road to the Championship for the Pathfinder Bank SBS series with Dave Cliff and Russ Brown standing tall at night’s end.
Cliff started from the pole position in the 35-lap fall finale, battled Mike Bruce through the mid stages of the race, then held off Jack Patrick at the wire for his first win of the season driving the Four Sevens Motorsports No. 67.
Cliff split his time between the Novelis Supermodified divison and the SBS series this year, driving the No. 67 to victory lane for the third time this season. Mark Castiglia picked up two wins driving the machine earlier in 2013.
Patrick, Jon Tesoriero, Anthony Losurdo, and Mike Bond finished in the top five positions.
Bond’s fifth place finish was not enough to catch Brown in the race for the track title, as the No. 13 had secured enough points coming into the evening having to only start the main, and it was a good thing. Brown crashed out of the Fall Championship on lap 17, ending with a 19th place finish.
Brown’s supremely consistent season gave him enough cushion however to claim the track title by 31-markers over Bond, despite the season ending DNF.
Cliff, who made his second career Budweiser International Classic start just two weeks ago, was pleased with his SBS effort, but is looking forward to a return to Supermodified racing in 2014.
“This is a really fast car in the open track,” said Cliff. “Fortunately we started up front and we really didn’t have to race anybody, because we still can’t get it to drive the way I really want it. Mike (Bruce) got a great jump on me there at the start; we were having issues with the motor breaking up under caution all day. But, that was a lot of fun with Mike early on and it was too bad his car broke here on the front stretch.”
“We broke the motor in the Super at Classic,” said Cliff. “It is still sitting on the lift back home right now, but I am sure we will start tearing into it here in the next few weeks and start making plans for next year.”
In his final full-time season behind the wheel of a Small Block Super at Oswego, Brown drove to his fifth Speedway championship, and did so without a feature win.
“It was a so-so season for us, but we will take the track championship,” said Brown. “Our Hedger car is just better. Our car is made to go to the outside, and when everyone is on the bottom we go up to the top, and that is just the way it works.”
Cliff and Bruce led the Pathfinder Bank SBS series field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag as a part of Fall Championship Weekend with Bruce getting a great jump in the No. 22 to take the early race lead.
Bruce, Cliff, and Patrick tucked together early on running away from the rest of the field consisting of Tesoriero, Losurdo, Jason Simmons, and Bond.
Cliff appeared to be faster than Bruce early on, repeatedly trying the low side into turn three behind the wheel of the No. 67, but Bruce battled back on the top side with each running each other with tremendous respect.
A quick caution would come out on lap 9 for a spun Greg O’Connor, bunching up the top ten runners of Bruce, Cliff, Patrick, Tesoriero, Losurdo, Simmons, Bond, Rob Pullen, Cameron Rowe, and Jeremy Pitcher.
Two laps after the restart Cliff finally got the run he needed low out of turn four snagging the race lead away, with Bruce quickly tucking to second.
Just two laps after that Cliff would bobble heading into turn one, handing the lead back over to Bruce in a great battle for the lead out of turn two.
Bruce, who is still in search of his first career win, was giving everything he had until his racer broke on lap 14 while at the top spot. Once again in another heated battle for a win, Bruce would have to deal with a bout of bad luck, dropping out of the event and handing the lead back over to Cliff.
With green lights back on Cliff led Patrick, Tesoriero, Losurdo, Simmons, Bond, Pullen, Rowe, Pitcher, Kreig Heroth and Russ Brown in 11th.
Cliff and Patrick would quickly pull away from the field on the restart leaving a tight battle behind for third on back starting with Tesoriero.
With a tight line of about eight cars charging into the first turn the No. 57 of Danny Abt and the No. 13 of Brown came together sending the No. 13 around in front of a streaming field of racers on lap 17.
Brown, Stan Gates, Josh Kerr, Barry Kingsley, AJ Bernys, and Andrew Schartner would all become involved with Brown and Gates taking on the heaviest damage.
Brown, Gates, and Bernys would be done for the night.
When the field came back to green it was again Cliff and Patrick leaving everyone for a battle of their own. Patrick appeared as though he may have something for Cliff early on the restart, but was unable to keep pace as the laps wound down.
With Cliff running away out front Tesoriero, Losurdo, Simmons, and Bond continued to battle hard with Bond working by Simmons on lap 34 to take the fifth position.
Simmons would have to settle for sixth in the final order but it was enough to secure the third spot in the championship standings over his teammate JJ Andrews who finished the night 13th.
Pullen, Pitcher, Rowe, and Heroth finished the top ten order Saturday as they all gave chase to Cliff who cruised on to his 10th career SBS win tying Hall of Famer Mark Regan on the all-time win list.
Patrick tried his best in the closing stages to mount a charge on Cliff, but fell just short.
“Well, this is kind of like kissing your sister, but I’ll take second,” said Patrick. “We’ve had a rough year, but we have the car back to the way it was before we wrecked it a few times. It went away there a bit on that last restart, but hats off to Dave (Cliff) he ran a good clean race and got away from me.”
Tesoriero was once again back on the podium in the No. 47, concluding his sophomore campaign at Oswego.
“It was tough, I could feel Anthony (Losurdo) back there, he was quicker than me,” said Tesoriero. “I had to hold on for everything I had. We tightened it up after the heat race, and I guess we went a little too far on it.”
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Saturday, September 14th, 2013
Davis Bros. Inc. Fall Championship Weekend
PATHFINDER BANK SBS SERIES
Feature (35-laps): 1. 67-Dave Cliff, 2. 9-Jack Patrick, 3. 47-Jon Tesoriero, 4. 1-Anthony Losurdo, 5. 74-Mike Bond, 6. 11-Jason Simmons, 7. 2-Rob Pullen, 8. 14-Jeremy Pitcher, 9. 77-Cameron Rowe, 10. 04-Kreig Heroth, 11. 57-Dan Abt, 12. 18-Andrew Schartner, 13. 01-Dalton Doyle, 14. 93-JJ Andrews, 15. 8-Josh Kerr, 16. 37-Barry Kingsley, 17. 90-Greg O'Connor, 18. 99-Dennis Rupert, 19. 13-Russ Brown, 20. 24-AJ Bernys, 21. 28-Stan Gates, 22. 86-Brad Haynes, 23. 22-Mike Bruce, 24. 88-Will Hadcock, 25. 32-Cameron Black
Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader – 67-Dave Cliff
D&S Landscaping Hard Charger –01-Dalton Doyle
Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” – 47-Jon Tesoriero
White’s Car Care 4th Place Award – 1-Anthony Losurdo
1st Heat (10-laps/All Qualify): 1. 47-Jon Tesoriero, 2. 67-David Cliff, 3. 93-JJ Andrews, 4. 2-Rob Pullen, 5. 28-Stan Gates, 6. 37-Barry Kingsley, 7. 86-Brad Haynes, 8. 01-Dalton Doyle, 9. 99-Dennis Rupert
2nd Heat (10-laps/All Qualify): 1. 22-Mike Bruce, 2. 14-Jeremy Pitcher, 3. 77-Cameron Rowe, 4. 04-Kreig Heroth, 5. 13-Russ Brown, 6. 24-AJ Bernys, 7. 32-Cameron Black, 8. 90-Greg O'Connor, 9. 88-Will Hadcock
3rd Heat (10-laps/All Qualify): 1. 9-Jack Patrick, 2. 1-Anthony Losurdo, 3. 11-Jason Simmons, 4. 74-Mike Bond, 5. 57-Dan Abt, 6. 18-Andrew Schartner, 7. 8-Josh Kerr
About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego 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 Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block 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, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.