OSWEGO, NY (July 7, 2014) – After struggling to reach Oswego Speedway’s Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane for several years, Mike Bruce has now graced victory lane on two occasions in 2014 after holding off a hard charging Dalton Doyle during Saturday’s Pathfinder Bank SBS Grand Prix 35 presented by Canale Insurance, Fleet Pride, and Seminis.
Bruce started third in the Small Block main behind the wheel of the No. 22, taking the lead from Doyle on lap four, and never looked back on route to his second victory of the season at the ‘Steel Palace.’
Bruce now joins series point leader Andrew Schartner as the only two drivers in the Small Block division to win more than one main event this year.
Doyle would hang on for a runner-up finish Saturday night ahead of Schartner, Josh Kerr, and Anthony Losurdo in the top five positions.
“They say it is not as hard to get the second win, but I’m telling you that was a lot harder than the first one was,” said Bruce in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “Dalton Doyle was there and he really wants to get a win bad in that new chassis, and I can’t say that I blame him. He gave me a few knocks to let me know he was there. Car was great tonight, I got a good run on Doyle out of two, which I don’t usually do, and we were able to make a clean pass.”
Rookie of the Year leader Camden Proud, Barry Kingsley, Jason Simmons, Kreig Heroth, and JJ Andrews completed the top ten after 35-laps.
Mark Castiglia and Doyle brought the 22-car Pathfinder Bank SBS field to green on Saturday, with Doyle gaining the early edge in his Hawk Chassis No. 01.
However, before one lap could be completed, several cars would jam up heading into the first turn with Losurdo, Jon Tesoriero, and Kingsley all getting the worst of it. Losurdo and Kingsley were able to re-join the field but Tesoriero, the June 21 main event winner, was done for the night in the No. 47.
A complete single file restart would be the order after the accident scene was cleaned up with Castiglia leading briefly before Doyle stole the spot on the first circuit. Bruce, who started third, followed Doyle through for the second position with the No. 01 and No. 22 now in a fierce battle for the point.
Bruce wasted little time in his bid for the lead, diving under Doyle into the third corner for the race lead on lap four with Castiglia, Cameron Rowe, and Andrews in tow.
Rowe however would appear to jump out of gear on lap five, bringing out the caution one more time, setting up another restart with Bruce leading Doyle, Andrews, Danny Abt, Alex Hoag, Jack Patrick, Schartner, Kerr, and Proud.
Back to green the field would file into its paces with championship leaders Patrick and Schartner beginning to slip through the field.
Both Patrick and Schartner would slip under Hoag on lap 11 to move to fifth and sixth on the grid, now trying to chase down Abt in the No. 57.
By lap 22 three tandems of race cars had formed on the Speedway with Bruce and Doyle battling bumper to bumper for the lead, Andrews and Abt dicing for third, and Patrick and Schartner battling hard for fifth.
Just one lap later another caution would tighten the entire field as rookie Matt Magner tagged the inside hub in turn four driving the No. 2, ending his night.
With 12-laps to go Bruce continued to lead Doyle, Andrews, Abt, Patrick, Schartner, Kerr, Proud, Losurdo, and Kingsley.
Under green one more time the tremendous battle for the lead continued between Bruce and Doyle, with Bruce nearly handing it over on lap 28 after becoming wildly loose of the fourth corner. Doyle would do a great job to avoid the No. 22 coming across the race track, with each regrouping to stay one and two on the grid.
With Bruce appearing to be well on his way to victory, another caution would fall, this time for the Patrick No. 9 in turn four. Patrick would rejoin the field at the tail side of the pack and end the night with a 12th place finish.
On the final restart, Doyle again tried everything he had at Bruce for the win, but could not make a drive stick. Bruce would go on to victory yet again ahead of Doyle, Schartner, Kerr, and Losurdo with a great run from the tail of the field to take home a top five.
Doyle felt as though he may have had something for Bruce, but ran out of laps at the end.
“Well, I wanted that win bad,” said Doyle. “We just didn’t have enough laps at the end of the race, the car got really loose on me on exit, and I was running quite a bit different line than he (Bruce) was so I could stick my nose in there but we were both loose off and he was using up quite a bit of race track.”
Schartner again charged ahead for a podium finish in the No. 18.
“A lot of it was by attrition tonight,” said Schartner. “The car was the worst it had been all year. We just struggled and I couldn’t go to the outside with it. We had a real bad push in it and we we’re just hanging on.”
Castiglia, Doyle, and Bruce collected Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint Heat Race Challenge victories.
Kerr was the Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer while Proud again collected the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger award.
Bruce would collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader Award with Kerr also being awarded the White’s Car Care 4th Place finishers prize.
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Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Christmas in July - Grand Prix Night
presented by Seminis - Fleet Pride - Canale Insurance
Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supers
Pathfinder Bank Small Block Super Grand Prix (35-laps): 1. 22 - MIKE BRUCE, 2. 01 - Dalton Doyle, 3. 18 - Andrew Schartner, 4. 8 - Josh Kerr, 5. 1 - Anthony Losurdo, 6. 54 - Camden Proud, 7. 91 - Barry Kingsley, 8. 98 - Jason Simmons, 9. 04 - Kreig Heroth, 10. 93 - JJ Andrews, 11. 99 - Dennis Rupert, 12. 9 - Jack Patrick, 13. 90 - Greg O'Connor, 14. 02 - Jesse Bearup, 15. 57 - Dan Abt, 16. 21 - Rob Pullen, 17. 73 - Alex Hoag, 18. 2 - Matt Magner, 19. 77 - Cameron Rowe, 20. 69 - Mark Castiglia, 21. 47 - Jon Tesoriero
D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #54 Camden Proud
Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer: #8 Josh Kerr
Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #22 Mike Bruce
White's Car Care 4th Place Award: #8 Josh Kerr
Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 69 - Mark Castiglia, 2. 77 - Cameron Rowe, 3. 57 - Danny Abt, 4. 91 - Barry Kingsley, 5. 98 - Jason Simmons, 6. 47 - Jon Tesoriero, 7. 21 - Rob Pullen
Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 01 - Dalton Doyle, 2. 73 - Alex Hoag, 3. 93 - JJ Andrews, 4. 1 - Anthony Losurdo, 5. 9 - Jack Patrick, 6. 02 - Jesse Bearup, 7. 3 - Chris Proud
Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 22 - Mike Bruce, 2. 04 - Kreig Heroth, 3. 18 - Andrew Schartner, 4. 8 - Josh Kerr, 5. 2 - Matt Magner, 6. 54 - Camden Proud, 7. 99 - Dennis Rupert, 8. 90 - Greg O'Connor
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