In a mayhem-filled event at Oswego Speedway Saturday night, JJ Andrews had a run fit for a King, leading all 35 laps of the Pathfinder Bank SBS feature on route to his third career victory at the Speedway as a part of “King of Wings V.”
Andrews started the event from the fourth position, but several early accidents would hand the lead to the driver of the Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux No. 93 before a single lap could be completed.
From there, Andrews dominated, charging to as large as a full straight away lead, before having to fend off Russ Brown on a late race restart for the victory.
Brown, Chris Proud, AJ Bernys, Kreig Heroth, Dan Abt, Jason Simons, Jeremy Pitcher, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau would complete the top ten order of the SBS main event on Saturday night.
“This feels so good, I can’t catch my breath,” said Andrews. “I need to give all the credit to Corey (Norton). He has been with me for as long as I have been doing this. He does all the work on the car and helped a lot this week with me out of town. He (Norton) owns at the go-kart track on Friday nights and he comes here and helps me get ownership on Saturdays.”
Andrews was not at all happy to see the late race caution fall at lap 31, giving Brown a chance at the lead.
“I said plenty of bad words,” said Andrews. “I figured Brownie was going to be there. I guess he was, but I don’t know how close he was, but this is so exciting and I am so unbelievably happy. Who would have thought an old guy like me with high blood pressure, amazing hair, could win a feature at Oswego Speedway.”
Rookie Scott Shafer and Mike Bruce would start on the front row of the 35-lap Pathfinder Bank SBS main on Saturday, but it would take several attempts to get the main event on its feet.
A major pile-up would occur in the third turn on one start involving at least seven cars with Jack Patrick making heavy contact with the outside third turn foam.
As the field dove into the third corner, several cars jammed up, sending Patrick around and into the outside fence. Patrick would be okay, but the car was hooked off the Speedway.
On the next try, another multi-car accident would take place, this time in the second corner.
Front row starters Shafer and Bruce made contact in front of the entire field exiting turn two sending both cars around, forcing several more cars to take evasive action behind.
Andrew Schartner’s No. 18 and Greg O’Connor’s No. 90 would both pound the outside second turn steel, with Cameron Rowe, Jason Simmons, and Dalton Doyle also involved in the accident.
Doyle and O’Connor’s racecars would be hooked off the Speedway with Schartner requiring a flatbed to get his mangled machine off the race track.
A fourth start would see several cars already out of the event with Andrews now the race leader ahead of Bernys, Proud, Pitcher, Brown, Heroth, Abt, Dennis Rupert, Gareau, and David LaTulip.
As the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag waved yet again Andrews, Bernys, and Proud would check away from the field leaving Brown, Heroth, and Abt to do battle with Pitcher further behind.
Proud, driving a brand new SBS racer built by his brother Tim, was fast moving on the Speedway and quickly dove underneath Bernys in turn one on lap 3 to move into the runner-up spot.
Initially, it looked as though Proud may be able to reel in leader Andrews, but as the laps ticked away it was clear that Andrews was the class of the field as he continued to build a sizeable lead over the rest of the field.
Brown would be the main on the move in the No. 13 next moving by Pitcher in turn one on lap 9 to take over fourth.
Pitcher would back slide a touch as both Heroth and Abt found room underneath as well, dropping last week’s feature winner to seventh on the Speedway.
At the halfway point, Andrews continued to hold a commanding margin over Proud, who had built a nice lead on both Bernys and Brown as they battled further back.
At lap 18, Brown continued his pursuit of the leader, sliding underneath Bernys in turn three to take third with Prould now in his sights.
It took only eight circuits for Brown to chase down Proud, this time using the outside of the Speedway to drive by the No. 3 into the second position going into turn three, using lapped traffic to his advantage.
Brown started 11th on the grid and now sat second, but leader Andrews was nowhere in sight.
That was until caution waved at lap 31 for Bruce, who spun in the first corner trying to make his way by Gareau in the No. 17.
The caution allowed Brown to have one last shot at the No. 93 as both drivers were in search of their first victories of the 2013 season.
The restart order showed Andrews, Brown, Proud, Bernys, Heroth, Abt, Simmons, Pitcher, Bond, and Gareau in the top ten as the green flag waved.
As it turned out over the final four circuits that is exactly how they would stay with Andrews collecting win number one of 2013, the second victory of the year for Team Tapout, and the third career victory for the always entertaining Andrews.
Brown, who continues to lead the Pathfinder Bank SBS point standings, admitted he had nothing left for Andrews but was happy with his best finish of the year.
“That was a done deal,” said Brown. “They were faster than us tonight. I just have to thank the crew, they have been busting their butts on the car, and we are getting closer. Thanks to all the fans for showing up and we’re just going to keep digging and try to get one more spot. At least a Hedger car won, I guess that is all that matters.”
Just like Brown, Proud had his best finish of the year in the No. 3 machine.
“It was pretty good, we just didn’t have anything for Jay,” said Proud. “We missed the set-up a hair but we are happy with third after our season so far.”
A total of 25 Pathfinder Bank SBS machines were in the pit area Saturday night with Bruce, Andrews, and Jon Tesoriero collecting Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race challenge victories.
For Tesoriero, it was his first career checkered flag at Oswego Speedway.
Andrews would go on to collect the Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader award as he paced all 35-laps on his way to victory.
Abt would take home the Nice Price Auto Sales Up & Comer award with Gareau the D&S Landscaping Hard Charger.
AJ Bernys was the White’s Car Care 4th place finisher.