OSWEGO, NY (August 26) - Michael Maresca will go down in the history books as the first US Legends main event winner at Oswego Speedway. Maresca inherited the lead on Saturday night when leader Todd McCollum blew his engine down the back straightaway. As it would turn out, the event would turn only five laps as the race was called short due to the clean-up needed for the McCollum No. 51 machine. The inside track at the Speedway has no lights, which left little time in the evening to complete the main event.
Boyce Norton, Taylor Doxtator, Brad Salatino, and Dalton Rombough filled the Top 5 at the end of five laps.
“This is great,” said Maresca. “I will take a win any way I can get it. Obviously, it is not how I wanted to do it, but I’ll take it.
Maresca and Doxtator started the 15-lap US Legends main from row one, with Maresod leading the early laps in the No. 7. By the second lap Maresca, McCollum, and Norton had put a small gap on the rest of the field.
On lap three McCollum moved to the high side of Maresca to move to the point out of turn four, and began to pull away in a hurry. Just two laps later, with a sizeable lead, the McCollum No. 51 erupted in a ball of flames down the back chute with a blown motor oiling down the racing surface.
The race would then be checkered at the conclusion of just five laps with Maresca declared the winner.
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Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Oswego Speedway Midget Madness
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U.S. LEGENDS CARS
Feature (RED /Checkered Flagged after 5 Laps*): 1. 7 – Michael Maresca, 2. 8 – Boyce Norton, 3. 60 – Taylor Doxtator, 4. 13 – Brad Salatino, 5. 41 – Dalton Rombough, 6. 29 – Joel Hall, 7. 06 – Zach Porter, 8. 19 – Gordy Hall, 9. 44 – Breane Gilligan, 10. 78 – Mike McDonald, 11. 51 – Todd McCollum
*Todd McCollum’s blown motor on lap 5 oiled the racing surface, causing a lengthy delay in cleaning up the racing surface. The inside racing oval at the Speedway does not have lights, which forced an early end to the Legends Main.
1st Heat (8laps): 1. 51 – Todd McCollum, 2. 60 – Taylor Doxtator, 3. 13 – Brad Salatino, 4. 29J – Joel Hall, 5. 44 – Breane Gilligan, 6. 9x – Kyle Hoffman, 7. 54 – Vern LaFave, 8. 5 – Chad Windsor
2nd Heat (8laps): 1. 8 – Boyce Norton, 2. 7 – Michael Maresca, 3. 41 – Dalton Rombough, 4. 06 – Zach Porter, 5. 19 – Gordy Hall, 6. 78 – Mike McDonald, 7. 39d – Devin Thornton