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So we know that Bobby Santos III has landed the ride in the Danny Soule ISMA car. Since he is still in demand by several other teams and divisions, he won’t be able to make all the shows. So I guess that’s why Randy Ritskes may be driving the car for the upcoming winged opener at Oswego. It’s not a definite, and it could change, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Randy compete again at Oswego, in a top shelf ride, after all the excitement he brought to the speedway last year. He’d be tough to bet against, for sure.
If you were a guessing man (or woman), who would you pick for the supermodified championship at Oswego Speedway this year?
And will it be a Hawk Chassis, an Xtreme Chassis, or something else?
When I break it down, it sure looks like a Hawk will be the only type of chassis that has a shot at the points title this year. Not because they’re better (I certainly wouldn’t get into that argument!), but there aren’t any Xtreme Chassis that I know of that will run the entire season. I miss Bobby Bond and Joe Gosek already, and the season hasn‘t even started. (Bond and Gosek are the drivers of the two Xtreme Chassis cars that got the bum’s rush when independent front suspension was flushed out of the pocket.)
Pat Lavery and Bobby Magner will be sporting supers for the potent Double Deuce Racing Team. This team almost won the championship last year with driver Michael Barnes, who defected to the ISMA circuit with Clyde Booth. Will one of the DD Hawks close the deal this year?
Will Tim Snyder put a championship season together, and run for the numbers come season’s end? The veteran pilot is consistently consistent behind the wheel, and should bounce back from a bad luck filled ‘07 season.
You can’t argue with the talent and resources of the Otto Sitterly driven, John Nicotra owned team. We’ve all seen Otto pull off some pretty amazing moves. There will be two cars ready for this team, the second one to be driven on occasion by Davey Hamilton. There’s only one guy that can beat Otto.
But how do you not pick Greg Furlong for the championship? The #72 is one of the best prepared cars in recent memory at the speedway. And whether you like him or hate his attitude, you can’t deny that Greg is one of the better drivers of all times. And he always has the best, most current Joey Hawksby technology at his disposal, usually before anyone else gets it. Can you deny that he’s the favorite?
Who’d I leave out? Gioia III? Bob Reis? Craig Rayvals? Shawn Muldoon? Jason Spaulding? Keith Gilliam? You can’t pick Joey Payne or Dave Shullick Jr. or Rob Summers or Ray Graham, because they’re not running a full season.
Okay, smart guy. You tell me. Who do YOU think will be the supermodified champion this year? And why do you think that? Please click on the “leave a comment” area below, and log your pick. Or dispute mine. Or tell me who I forgot.
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As a driver/owner in the Limited Supermodified division, JJ Andrews covers mostly Oswego Speedway events, from a driver's point of view.