OSWEGO, N.Y. (JULY 13, 2019) – Alison Sload continued her impressive rookie Novelis Supermodified season at Oswego Speedway Saturday night with a strong third-place finish in the Summer Championship 50 behind the wheel of the Nicotra Racing / Riccelli Northern / CORR/PAK / Peaceful Living Home Sales No. 39. The finish marked her second podium and second top-five result of the season and now gives her seven top-10 finishes in eight starts.
“The car felt good,” Sload told reporter Chris Porter of LakesideRacingNews.com. “It felt good from the start and we didn’t have it get really loose or really tight. I think we dialed the car in a little bit from last week and it worked out for us.”
Sload’s teammate and current Oswego Supermodified point leader Otto Sitterly drove his Nicotra Racing No. 7 to a sixth-place result after starting 13th. Sitterly was involved in a second-lap jingle that knocked the toe out on the left-front of his Hawk Jr chassis. While the incident likely affected the handling on his machine, Sitterly still marched forward and was awarded the race’s Hard Charger laurels for advancing the most positions.
“We were just a little too tight,” Otto said after the 50-lapper. “We weren’t bad, but just a little too tight and especially the last half of the race. When the race goes green from lap 2 to the end, it’s pretty tough starting back that far. The cars are all pretty even and it’s tough to get up to the front. We just come every week and do our best and try to roll the car in the trailer at the end of the night.”
The Summer Championship marked the first time Sitterly has finished outside the top five all season. He continued his string of top 10 runs, now with eight top-10s in eight starts. His consistency, including two feature wins, has Otto leading the point standings over Jeff Abold with four point nights of racing left on the 2019 schedule.
Sload’s strong season has her sitting third in the standings behind her teammate and Abold.
Next up for the Nicotra Racing team is one of the biggest supermodified races of the season, the annual $10,000-to-win Mr. Supermodified 75 Saturday, July 20 at Oswego. Nicotra Racing will be looking for their fourth win in the high-paying event. Sitterly is the defending race winner, while Sload will be challenging for his first win in the prestigious race.
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.