Mike Barnes played all of his cards right at Oswego Speedway Saturday night, driving into victory lane for the fourth time in his career in the 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event.
Driving the Strong Racing No. 99, Barnes dove under Michael Muldoon on a lap 10 restart to grab the race lead and never looked back on his way to a dominating full straight victory as a part of Universal Metal Works Autograph Night at the speedway.
The win marked Barnes first Oswego Supermodified win since June 30, 2007, driving the Double Deuce Racing No. 22 Novelis Supermodified.
Muldoon had a career night, hanging on for the runner-up finish ahead of Pat Lavery, Tim Snyder, and Dave Gruel in the Top five. Brian Sobus, Stephen Gioia III, Joey Payne, Bobby Haynes Jr., and Dan Connors Jr. filled the Top 10 rundown.
“Believe it or not, the car was actually going away a little bit there at the end,” said Barnes. “Those cautions at the end there actually helped — it let the right rear tire cool down some and we would have pretty good grip for a few laps.”
Barnes was quick to comment on the quality field at Oswego.
“It is so tough to win here now,” said Barnes. “Oswego Speedway is back. If you get a Top 5 or a Top 10 here it is earned. Look at Michael Muldoon running so good. How much better is he going to be in a couple years? Everyone is so fast and competitive. It is so hard to win here, it just feels great.”
Muldoon and Gioia brought the Novelis Supermodified field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag, with Muldoon again getting the jump early on in the No. 50m. However, before the field could complete the first circuit a multi-car accident developed in the third corner of the Speedway.
Several cars jammed up heading into turn three, which resulted in the No. 88 of Randy Ritskes climbing over the back of the Lavery No. 22. With cars scattering all over the Speedway, 11 different machines became involved in the accident.
Last week’s feature winner Dave Danzer would get the worst of it, hitting the outside third turn retaining wall with tremendous force. Danzer struggled during the day, winning the consolation to qualify for the 50-lap event, but would see his night end before completing the first lap of the feature.
Lavery, Keith Gilliam, Kelly Miller, Tim Devendorf, Brandon Bellinger, Danzer, Dave Cliff, Ritskes, Connors, Jeff Abold, and Joey Payne were all involved in some way shape or form. Of all those involved Lavery, Miller, Cliff, Ritskes, Connors, and Payne were able to rejoin the field.
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