Jason Simmons has been racing around Oswego Speedway for seven years and Saturday night he finally took his D&S Landscaping No. 98 machine to victory lane.
Simmons and early race leader Mike Bruce swapped the lead on a couple different occasions with Simmons eventually locking down the race lead at lap 22 to go onto the Tony White Memorial win over Bruce, Dalton Doyle, Russ Brown, JJ Andrews, Mike Bond, Jon Tesoriero, Tim Gareau, Kreig Heroth, and Jack Patrick.
“It feels great, finally,” said Simmons. “Seven years it has taken, and it’s too long. My guys have been busting their butts for years with me: Brian Dana, Mikey O’Connor. You know, these guys have never left my side, they believed in me, and we finally put it together.”
Simmons went on to explain how the night unfolded, including his tremendous battle with Mike Bruce for the race win in lapped traffic.
“We were fast in the first warm-up, but we struggled in the second warm-up and in the heat,” said Simmons. “The guys hit it on the money in the feature. I didn’t want to tear my car up in lapped traffic; I was trying to be cautious.
“I saw him (Bruce) out there and I was racing him hard, but I knew I was faster,” he added. “I was a little discouraged when he got by, but I knew we would get back by him, and we did it and that’s all that mattered.”
The evening’s Nice Price Auto Sales “Up & Comer” award recipient and the winner of the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Lap Leader” award was Jason Simmons.
The D&S Landscaping “Hard Chager” award went to Jeremy Pitcher, in the TNT Motorsports No. 14, for the second week in a row.
The White’s Car Care “4th place” award, given in honor of Tony White each week at the Speedway, was won by Russ Brown.
Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint heat race wins were awarded to Kreig Heroth, Mike Bond, and Tim Gareau.
Bond will be credited as the first driver to unofficially clock a lap of under 19 seconds in an SBS machine with a lap of 18.939 seconds on the way to his heat race win.
No driver in the history of the division has ever scored a lap under 19 seconds on the AMB transponder scoring system at Oswego Speedway.
Oswego Speedway will next be in action Saturday, June 1.
Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.