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Castiglia leads all 30 laps for SBS main event win

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.
After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night.

Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

“We had a tough start to the year with some motor issues, but we got it solved tonight,” said Castiglia. “It is really tough competition out there this year, so you have to take what you can get. I really need to thank Denise Merrill for giving me the opportunity to drive her racecar, and I also need to thank Dan Dennie, I wouldn’t be here without him. My crew chief Steve Reynolds does a great job and Kevin Enders builds an awesome motor.”

Defending Speedway champion Kreig Heroth finished the night in the sixth position ahead of Andrew Schartner, Jack Patrick, Tim Gareau and Jon Tesoriero in the top ten positions.

Castiglia and Mike Bruce brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS Series field down to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag, with Castiglia out running Bruce to the head of the pack early on.

Simmons, still knocking on the door of his first career Oswego Speedway win, started fourth and before long found himself directly on the back bumper of Bruce in a battle for second.

As Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons began to try and distance themselves from the rest of the field, the race’s first caution would wave at lap 4.

Rookies Zach Amo, Dan Abt, and Greg O’Connor would all tangle in the third turn, slowing the field.  All three would continue on.

At the restart, Castiglia led Bruce, Simmons, Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Patrick, Heroth, Schartner, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on the front three would again check away from the field with Simmons applying heavy pressure to Bruce for the runner-up spot.

Several times Simmons would look low in the D&S Landscaping No. 98 in turn three, but Bruce would hold his own in the Woodchuck Saloon No. 22.

While a great battle was being waged up front, another torrid battle was taking place from fourth on back between Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Patrick, and Schartner.

Brown was also in the mix up until a near catastrophe in the third turn, which saw several cars scatter including JJ Andrews and AJ Bernys. Each car would continue on without slowing the field, dropping them a great distance behind the lead pack.

As the lap counter wound down Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons had pulled to a full straightaway lead on the rest of the field by lap 20, but on lap 22 that lead would be erased.

Andrews and Dalton Doyle would touch going into turn one collecting Doyle and Josh Kerr to illuminate the yellow lights.  Andrews and Kerr would continue in the event, while for the second week in a row, Doyle’s night would end in the first turn.

With only eight laps remaining, Castiglia still held the point over Bruce, Simmons, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Schartner, Gareau, Brown, and Patrick.

When the green flag flew yet again, Simmons was finally able to make the third turn low side move stick on Bruce, driving the No. 98 into the runner-up spot with his sights now set on Castiglia for the race lead.

Further back Brown was also on the charge. After losing considerable ground in the third turn scrum early on, Brown slid past Heroth to move into the top five, now directly on the back bumper of championship rival Bond in the No. 74.

Brown, Bond, and Rowe would battle intensely over the final laps in search of a podium finish.

Bruce, who had a tremendous run through the majority of the event in the No. 22, would pull to the pits on lap 28 with rear suspension issues.

With Bruce out of the running that left Castiglia and Simmons to battle for the lead over the final circuits, but again it was Castiglia edging Simmons for the 30-lap victory.

With another runner-up finish under his belt, Simmons continues to search for win number one at Oswego after claiming the Nice Price Auto Sales ‘Up & Comer’ award.

“Yeah, this is tough,” said Simmons. “We blew a motor last week and had to put the Chevy in it, but the car was really pretty good, just a little off for the feature. We were really good on restarts, but after a few laps when the tires would get some heat, it started to get greasy on me.

“I could get into the corner good on Mark (Castiglia), but I just could not get off the corner as good as those guys.”

Oswego Speedway returns to racing Saturday, May 25 with the Helena Chemical Company Memorial Weekend “Triple-Header” featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 for Supermodifieds, the Richie Evans Memorial 75 for the RoC Modifieds, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 35.

Mark Castiglia led every lap Saturday night at Oswego Speedway in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division for his first career main event win.  –Valle

Mark Castiglia wins first race at Oswego Speedway

Mark Castiglia led every lap Saturday night at Oswego Speedway in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division for his first career main event win.

Mark Castiglia led every lap Saturday night at Oswego Speedway in the Pathfinder Bank SBS division for his first career main event win.  Castiglia was able to fend off the charges of good friend Jason Simmons throughout the event.

Simmons took second position from AJ Bernys on lap 11 of 30 to begin his charge at the race lead. But Simmons, who was also looking for his first career win in the No. 98, was unable to out fox Castiglia.

Cameron Rowe, Kreig Heroth, and Tim Barbeau filled the top five ahead of JJ Andrews, Mike Bond, Rob Pullen, Andrew Schartner, and John Ketcham.

“It feels awesome,” said Castiglia of his first career win behind the wheel of the No. 69.  “I owe it all to Dan Dennie; he is the best in the business. I was watching the leader board and I saw the No. 98 there and I knew it was my good old buddy Jason (Simmons) and I figured we would have a shootout.”

Bernys and Castiglia brought the SBS field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag with the No. 69 of Castiglia quickly pulling out front from the outside front row starting spot. Simmons, who started eighth on the grid, would find himself into the top five by just the third circuit, slicing under Rowe for position.

With Simmons charging hard, Castiglia began to pull away from the field in dominating fashion.  Simmons could see Castiglia’s progress, forcing the No. 98 to push even harder to make its way to the front.

Simmons would next dive under Ketcham for the fourth spot on lap 4, settling in behind the No. 17 of David LaTulip. With Simmons all over the back bumper of LaTulip, the No. 17 decided it was time to make a move on the Bernys No. 24 for second.

LaTulip tried an inside move into turn three, but would wind up tagging the inside hub rail nearly losing control.

A pre-cautionary yellow would wave for the No. 17, slowing the field on lap 9. LaTulip clearly had issues, however, as when the field tried to come back to green the TNT Motorsports driver pulled high with issues and eventually headed pitside.

LaTulip’s exit would move Simmons to third behind Castiglia and Bernys. Rowe, Ketcham, Jon Tesoriero, Mike Bruce, Heroth, and Barbeau would fill the top 10 for the lap 9 restart.

Heroth, in the Won4 Racing No. 04, used the restart to his advantage pulling underneath Bruce and Tesoriero in consecutive laps to move his way to sixth on the grid. The return to green would also prove helpful to Simmons as he was able to pull on past Bernys for the runner-up spot on the race’s 11th lap, now setting his sights on his friend Castiglia at the point.

At the cross flags, Castiglia had mounted a five car lead on Simmons, who was quickly pulling away from Bernys, Rowe, and now Heroth in the top five.  Tesoriero, Barbeau, Andrews, Ketcham, and Bond would complete the top 10 on lap 15.

With a run through the first 19 laps of the race, Bernys began to slip back slightly, falling into the clutches of both Rowe and Heroth to fall to fifth. Barbeau would next slip past the No. 24 to fifth on lap 26, and unfortunately for Bernys his night would only get worse.

On lap 27, contact between Bernys and Andrews would send the No. 24 head first into the outside wall at the start/finish line. Bernys was okay, but his machine was hooked off the Speedway.

With only three laps to go, the field would tighten one last time and Castiglia would now have his hands full with the Team Tapout No. 98. But as yellow turned green in the 30-lap event, Castiglia proved it was his night, pulling away from Simmons to grab the win.

Simmons, still looking for that first win himself, was pleased with the continued progress of the No. 98.

“The car was just on a rail tonight, it was the best it has been,” said Simmons. “I don’t know how much better it can get?  We started eighth and I knew I would have to get up there as quick as I could, and we got there we just didn’t have enough for Mark. I tried everything I could; we want that win as much as him.”