Barnes Sets Pole for 62nd International Classic

OSWEGO, NY – 37 cars showed in the pit area Friday night to attempt qualification for the 62nd running of the Budweiser International Classic 200 and at the end of time trials it was Michael Barnes setting the pole for the richest Supermodified race in the world, besting the nineteen other qualified drivers behind him at a lap of 16.056 seconds.

As part of setting the pole for the Classic, Barnes and Syrell Racing picked up a bonus of $1,000 from Jeff West and Indy Performance Composites and will lead the field to green for Sunday’s race.

Starting to the outside of Barnes and his brand new Hawk Chassis will be Dave Shullick Jr, who set the second fastest time at 16.080, also taking home a check from Indy Performance Composites worth $500.

Otto Sitterly, Davey Hamilton, Keith Shampine and Doug Didero completed the top six running order in time trials making up the front three rows in the Classic with all drivers locked in the top 20 clocking in at laps of 16.7 or faster.

Completing the top ten in time trials were Jeff Abold, Brandon Bellinger, Chris Perley, and Shaun Gosselin.

Drivers eleventh on back including Dave Danzer, Aric Iosue, Dave Gruel, Mike Muldoon, rookie Tyler Shullick, Bob Bond, Tyler Thompson, Joe Gosek, Tim Snyder, and Dan Connors Jr. all locked into the 200 as well, and will not have to participate in one of Sunday’s qualifiers.

The 15 cars who time trialed twenty first or slower, will all be forced to race their way into the International Classic in Sunday’s semi-finals. Officials will take the top 6 finishers in each of the 15-lap semis and start those drivers straight up in the International Classic.

Competitors currently on the outside looking in, hoping to make the Classic by virtue of the semis include Mike Lichty, West, Lou LeVea Jr, Brian Osetek, Logan Rayvals, Dave McKnight, Lou LeVea Sr, Camden Proud, Jerry Curran, Mike McVetta, Mark Sammut, Hal LaTulip, Bill Sharkey, Jack Patrick, and Tony Pisa.

Semi-finals will be lined up directly from time trials. The 21st fastest car will start pole in the first semi, the 22nd fastest car will start pole in the second semi, and so on.

Classic Weekend action continues Saturday night with the third annual Toyota ‘Mod Classic’ 150 presented by McDonald’s plus the 25th annual ISMA Supernationals for the winged Supermodifieds.

Tickets for Saturday’s events plus the Budweiser International Classic 200, Bud Light Classic 75, and 350 SMAC Classic 35 on Sunday remain available and can be purchased at the track or by phoning a box office representative at (315)-342-0646.

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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.

Oswego Speedway

Oswego, NY

Friday, August 31, 2018

Budweiser International Classic 200 Qualifying Night

Novelis Supermodifieds

62nd Budweiser International Classic 200 Time Trials: 1. 68 Michael Barnes – 16.056, 2. 2 Dave Shullick Jr. – 16.080, 3. 7 Otto Sitterly – 16.200, 4. 6 Davey Hamilton – 16.212, 5. 55 Keith Shampine – 16.236, 6. 3 Doug Didero – 16.249, 7. 05 Jeff Abold – 16.305, 8. 02 Brandon Bellinger – 16.354, 9. 44 Chris Perley – 16.370, 10. 77 Shaun Gosselin – 16.393, 11. 52 Dave Danzer – 16.405, 12. 11 Aric Iosue – 16.425, 13. 50 Dave Gruel – 16,436, 14. 15 Michael Muldoon – 16.441, 15. 25 Tyler Shullick® – 16.474, 16. 47 Bob Bond – 16.482, 17. 98T Tyler Thompson® – 16.559, 18. 00 Joe Gosek – 16.617, 19. 0 Tim Snyder – 16.646, 20. 01 Dan Connors Jr. – 16,862, 21. 79 Mike Lichty- 16.770, 22. 1 Jeff West – 16.818, 23. 83 Lou LeVea Jr. – 16.853, 24. 69 Brian Osetek® – 16.879, 25. 94 Logan Rayvals – 16.899, 26. 70 Dave McKnight – 16.995, 27. 96 Lou LeVea Sr. – 17.012, 28. 22 Camden Proud® – 17.056, 29. 73 Jerry Curran – 17.222, 30. 21 Mike McVetta® – 17.285, 31. 78 Mark Sammut – 17.370, 32. 56 Hal LaTulip – 17.475, 33. 71 Bill Sharkey – 17.801, 34. 5 Jack Patrick® – 17.908, 35. 66 Tony Pisa® – 18.607

Budweiser International Classic 200 Lineup (Top 20):

Row 1 – Michael Barnes, Dave Shullick Jr.

Row 2 – Otto Sitterly, Davey Hamilton

Row 3 – Keith Shampine, Doug Didero

Row 4 – Jeff Abold, Brandon Bellinger

Row 5 – Chris Perley, Shaun Gosselin

Row 6 – Dave Danzer, Aric Iosue

Row 7 – Dave Gruel, Michael Muldoon

Row 8 – Tyler Shullick, Bob Bond

Row 9 – Tyler Thompson, Joe Gosek

Row 10 – Tim Snyder, Dan Connors Jr.