OSWEGO, N.Y. (AUGUST 10, 2019) – Otto Sitterly and the Riccelli Northern / Peaceful Living Home Sales / CORR/Pak-backed Nicotra Racing team have their sights set on another record this Saturday night at Oswego Speedway – one that would break the record Sitterly set last year with his eighth Novelis Supermodified track championship.
One year later and Otto is in position to re-break his record with a ninth supermodified championship at the lakeside oval. After a tough outing Saturday, August 10, which saw Sitterly salvage an eighth-place finish in the 50-lap heat race after heavy damage in a violent opening-lap heat-race accident, the driver of the “Black Betty” Nicotra Racing No. 7 will enter Championship Night with a 61-point lead over Jeff Abold.
Sitterly and the Nicotra team have put together another outstanding campaign at Oswego. The Canajoharie, N.Y., driver has two feature wins, and finished inside the top 10 in all 11 features to date this season. He’s finished in the top five in nine of the 11 starts, won the Hard Charger a series-leading six times and has three heat-race wins to his credit.
Anything can happen on Championship Night, and their isn’t a more experienced team when it comes to points battles than the Nicotra / Sitterly group. Sitterly’s lead over Abold is a healthy one and the Nicotra team will look to put together one more solid night to close out the regular season and hopefully celebrate another title at night’s end. As long as Sitterly makes it through qualifying and the heat race, he will likely only have to take the green flag in the feature to clinch the title.
Otto isn’t the only Nicotra Racing driver with points on their mind heading into Championship Night. First-year Novels Supermodified driver Alison Sload has impressed Oswego fans and competitors all year, and she will look to capitalize on a strong rookie season in the division with a top-five finish in the final standings.
Sload, who has one feature win and three top-five finishes to her credit, enters the season’s final points race locked in a tight battle with Dave Gruel, Brandon Bellinger and Dave Shullick Jr. She will enter the night fourth in the standings – two markers back of Gruel and nine points ahead of Bellinger. Shullick sits sixth, 13 points behind Alison.
Sload could finish as high as third or potentially outside the top five. She has been consistent all year, made evident by eight top-10 results in 11 starts, and she’ll be focused to put together one more consistent night in the Oswego’s final regular-season event. Sload will look to rebound from a disappointing 15th-place finish on August 10, which ended early after contact with Camden Proud about midway through the 50-lapper.
Oswego Speedway Track Championship Night gets underway Saturday, August 17 at 4:15pm and concludes with the regular season-ending 50-lap feature for Novelis Supermodifieds.
John Nicotra Racing is a Supermodified race team owned by John Nicotra with drivers Otto Sitterly, Alison Sload and Davey Hamilton. Since our team’s debut in 2007, Nicotra Racing and has won six Budweiser International Classic 200s, nine Oswego Supermodified track championships, three Mr. Supermodified races, nine Jim Shampine Memorials and currently 46 total Oswego feature races. – Otto Sitterly (35); Dave Shullick Jr. (9); Davey Hamilton (1); Alison Sload (1).
Nicotra Racing is proud to be sponsored by Riccelli Northern, CORR/PAK Merchandising, Peaceful Living Home Sales, 5 Brothers Produce, Burnac Produce Limited, Provincial Fruit Co., Flavor First, Georgia Crate & Basket, Rite-Pak Produce, Quality First Produce, Sam Accursio Farms, Ritz-Craft Homes, Torbert Farms, Elite Harvesting and Sunrise Growers.