OSWEGO, N.Y. (AUGUST 10, 2019)


Otto Sitterly races to a third-place finish in the Retro Night 45 (Robert J Clark photo)
Otto Sitterly races to a third-place finish in the Retro Night 45 (Robert J Clark photo)

Otto Sitterly came one step closer to a record ninth Oswego Speedway Novelis Supermodified track championship Saturday night with a third-place finish in the Retro Night / Old Timers’ Reunion 45-lapper.

The finish gave Otto his ninth top-five result in 10 starts this year – three more than any other driver in the division. He’s also the only driver to win multiple features this season to date; Otto has driven the Riccelli Northern / CORR/PAK / Peaceful Living Home Sales-backed Nicotra Racing No. 7 to a pair of feature wins while eight drivers, including Nicotra Racing teammate Alison Sload, have a single win thus far.

Sitterly spoke with reporter Chris Porter after the race.

“We’re always trying new things, changing the car trying to find something,” Otto said. “I worked about three hours just before we got here. I had some ideas and wanted to try a few things and it responded big time. We fixed one condition and now we need to work on the other. We’re definitely going in the right direction.”

Otto admitted his car wasn’t performing at the highest level the last part of the race.

“Our problem was the car got so wicked tight the last third of the race. It got extremely tight and I wasn’t going ahead; I was just trying to get to the end,” Sitterly said.

For Sload, her third top-five and eighth top-10 finish of the season gave her reason to smile after the Retro Night main event.

“We started fifth and went backward a little bit at the start. We didn’t have a lot of traction at the beginning of the race but then the car tightened up and we started to move forward. I’m really happy with the finish compared to last week. We kind of lost the car last week and we got it back closer this week. I have to thank John (Nicotra), Otto and all the guys in the shop. They do a lot of work to get us here and I really appreciate it,” Sload commented.

Two races now remain in the 2019 Oswego Speedway regular season and Sitterly’s strong season has him in solid position for another Supermodified track championship. Otto will enter this week’s August 10 show 77 points in front of second-place Jeff Abold.

Nearing the conclusion of her first full season at Oswego, Sload’s impressive campaign has her sitting fourth in the standings – 25 points back of third-place Joe Gosek and eight markers ahead of fifth-place Brandon Bellinger.

Sitterly, Sload and the Nicotra Racing team will be back in action Saturday, August 10 for a regular 50-lap Novelis Supermodified feature.

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.

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