Gosselin takes first-career Supermodified victory

Witnessing a first-time Supermodified winner at Oswego Speedway is always a special moment.

Saturday night’s JP Jeweler’s 50-lap Novelis Supermodified main event provided fans of the “Steel Palace” that feeling for the second time this season, as Enfield, Conn., driver Shaun Gosselin led green to checkered holding off a hard charging Joe Gosek to collect his first career payday at Oswego.

While Gosselin circled the Speedway out front for all 50-laps, the victory was anything but easy, especially rebounding from a blown engine just one week ago in the $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified.

Gosselin first had to outwit “The Hustler” Michael Barnes through heavy lapped traffic past the halfway point of the race, endure two red flag periods and make an incredible save after he and Barnes came together after a lap 43 restart.

The Gosselin/Barnes tangle with only seven laps to go dropped Barnes from the main event and gave Gosek the chance he needed to slip by Michael Muldoon on a late restart to give chase to Gosselin.  But Gosselin was simply too strong leading Gosek, Muldoon, Dave Gruel and Pat Lavery across the start/finish stripe.

Entering his fourth season in Supermodified contention, Gosselin was the 2012 Most Improved Driver, and becomes the 95th different Supermodified winner in the history of the speedway and seventh this season in only nine races.

“I was just trying not to think about everything during the red flags,” said Gosselin in Turning Stone Resort Casino Victory Lane. “I know it stinks when the person on the pole wins, but man that was awesome. The crew guys needed this more than anything. They have changed the motor the last two weeks and they have just been working their butts off.  I just can’t believe it, this isn’t going to soak in for a while, this is crazy.”

Gosselin and Barnes put on a show in their battle for the lead through lapped traffic, routinely going three wide attempting to work their way through the pack.  A red flag at lap 43 involving Tim Snyder, Tim Devendorf, Brian Sweeney and Clayton Brewer III helped lessen the load on Gosselin late in the event.

“They (lapped cars) are running for position out there,” said Gosselin.  “For the most part it was alright.  I really don’t know what would have happened there at that first red flag, I really hate trying to pass the No. 02 car.  I just hope it was a good show for the fans, that is why we are here.”

The lap 43 restart following the first red flag situation provided a last effort for Barnes to try to snag the lead.  On lap 44 Barnes dove low on Gosselin into the first corner with the two cars coming together.  Barnes would spin around and be collected by both Dan Connors Jr. and Brandon Bellinger, while Gosselin miraculously kept his car going in a broad slide to remain the leader.

“I saw him (Barnes) at the very last second and that is just the nature of this kind of racing with the inside hub rail,” said Gosselin.  “I don’t know whose fault it was, if it was anyone’s fault, or if it was just one of those racing deals?  But I love racing with Mikey Barnes. I think he is a great driver, one of the best drivers out here.  So there are absolutely no complaints from me.  It was just a racing deal.”

Gosselin and Barnes brought the 22-car Novelis Supermodified field to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag on Saturday night with Gosselin gaining the edge right from the get-go in the No. 26 machine.  Michael Muldoon, Dave Danzer, Tim Devendorf and Brian Sweeney would check into line early on behind the race leaders.

Series point leader Otto Sitterly started deep in the pack in the No. 7 machine and developed problems early on with a rubbing right rear tire.

Sitterly would make it around the Speedway for nearly two circuits before the right rear finally gave out, coming out of turn four on lap 7 to bring out the first caution flag of the main event.

Sitterly’s car spun into a full 360, making a considerable impact with the outside main straight wall with the nose of the Nicotra Racing mount.  The damage would be too much to continue, leaving Sitterly with a 21st place finish.

On the restart, Gosselin showed the way in front of Barnes, Muldoon, Danzer, Devendrof, Sweeney, Snyder, Connors, Bellinger and Gosek.

At the drop of the green, with Sitterly out, Gosek began to mount his charge.

On lap 25, Gosselin approached Lou LeVea Sr., Tony Steiner and Brewer and for the next two circuits both Gosselin and Barnes put on a wild display, masterfully driving through traffic.

When it was all said and done, using the high side of the speedway, Gosselin was able to remain in the lead. Eventually, Gosselin would be locked in behind the lapped car of Bellinger, looking high and low to find a way by with Barnes chomping at the bit.

Fortunately for Gosselin, another mishap would occur on lap 43 out of turn two that would wind up bringing out the first red flag of the night.

A slowing Snyder was tagged from behind by Lavery, sending the No. 0 around collecting Devendorf, Sweeney and Brewer. Muldoon, running third, made a nice save in the No. 51 to slip by on the high side despite making contact with the outside wall. Sweeney and Devendorf would be done and Gosselin would be able to restart with a clear track.

On the restart, Gosselin brought Barnes, Muldoon, Danzer, Gosek, Gruel, Connors, Lavery and Bellinger to green with the front duo steaming out on their own.

Just one lap later Barnes found the bite he felt he needed coming out of turn four to the low side on Gosselin and as the two reached the first corner they would brush wheels.

The momentum sent Barnes around and forced Gosselin into a wild broad slide through the first corner.  Barnes was unable to keep going and was tagged by Connors and Bellinger, ending their night.

Gosselin, however, was somehow able to keep his car going.

Local artists take home recognition

Awards from the Art Association of Oswego 2013 Members’ Exhibition based on popular vote were given to:

  • First place: Bonnie Bergan for her watercolor, “Summer Day.”
  • Second place: Robert Jones for his watercolor, “Aurora’s Big Dance.”
  • Third place: Sandra Dowie for her oil painting on wood panel, “Sailing.”
  • Honorable mentions: Laurie Kester for her wood and glass assemblage, “Wind Charmer”; Terry Carbone for her oil painting, “Misty Cove.”

A special recognition for use of color and a portable easel were awarded to Ron Throop for his acrylic on hardboard painting, “The Land Developer Improves Land Like Beelzebub Nurtures Puppies.” The easel was donated by AAO member Charlene Davis.

A solo show award was given to Robert Jones, who will have the opportunity to mount a one-artist exhibition of work in the Jo Hyse (first floor) Gallery during the 2014 exhibition season.

As always, exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Arts Center is located at the northernmost end of East Fourth Street in Oswego, across from Fort Ontario.

Regular gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends, or by appointment. The Members Exhibition will continue until Aug. 18. For more information, call 343-5675 or visit the AAO website at oswegoarts.org.

Retired teacher in CNY Arts Center’s Spotlight

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, a monthly program where community members meet local writers who have recently published a book.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Mary Slimmer will present her young adult novel, “The Lighthouse in Grove Park School.” This is Slimmer’s first book. She is a retired teacher and administrator from the Oswego City School District.

The book centers on a group of students who have a regularly scheduled lunch with their principal.  During one lunch, the principal shows the students a set of keys and one of the students talks the others into getting the keys without her permission to explore the school basement.  After a series of frightening experiences, the students end up in the police station, where they find out more about the mysteries of what lies beneath the school.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years. I wrote it because I wanted to experience the journey of writing a book. I believe in the power of words and I wondered if I could write a story that was enjoyable, yet believable.”

Slimmer still teaches workshops for both children and adults. Later this month, she will teach a children’s writing workshop at CNY Art Center’s Arty Camp.

During Author Spotlight, Slimmer will explain her process of writing the book, read excerpts from it and offer a question and answer period.

Afterward, attendants can meet her and purchase a signed copy of her book. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

Author Spotlights are held at the CNY Arts Center, located at the State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St. in Fulton.

For more information, call 592-3373 or visit the art center’s website at www.cnyartscenter.com.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Another opening, another show with the debut of “Charlotte’s Web,” 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug.16, followed by 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.

Not only is this a debut for “Charlotte’s Web” on our stage, it is the debut of more than 20 children who have never experienced the thrill and terror of being on stage before a live audience.

It is a great production you won’t want to miss. Reservations are encouraged. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Story Time Art, for 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds, moves to 6 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 14, for one week only with Kendra Matott.

Our book title, Olivia will have kids splattering paint just like Olivia! Only one more session of this fun class, Aug. 27 with Good Night Moon. Children will sketch their own room full of things to say goodnight to!  Don’t miss out on fun art projects.  Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Arty Camp immediately follows “Charlotte’s Web” with its final session of the summer, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.19 to 23 for ages 5 to 15. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available – no child will be turned away. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for information.

Michael Lynne, a new CNY Arts Center artist, offers Painting Fundamentals I from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5. This class will brighten your use of color, explore color mixing approaches, experiment with layering color and share Michael’s expertise for controlling the use of edges.

The Lighthouse in Grove Park School will be the subject of our Author Spotlight on Mary Slimmer, 7  p.m. Aug. 21. Mary Slimmer, a retired teacher/administrator in the Oswego City School District, has written her first novel for young adults.

This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” says Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”

Jim Farfaglia offers a one-day workshop for aspiring authors. Working through Writer’s Block will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. This workshop provides an overview of positive and affirming activities to help writers move through challenges in their writing.

Our summer session wraps up with Artist Meet-up at the Gallery, from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27. Join the growing artist community at this event designed to get us all together for the love of art!

Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come and bring a friend! This event is open to the public and held at Arts in the HeArt Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Students are reminded to preregister for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Arts in the HeArt Gallery is located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo, for local artists who want to display their artistry. Artists can apply for gallery space online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Smith to wed Emmanouilidis

Together with their parents, Michelle Smith, formerly of Fulton, and Yianni Emmanouilidis of Boston announce their engagement.

Smith is the daughter of Theresa (Bill) Kszystyniak and Michael (Becca) Smith, all of Fulton.

Grandparents are Frances and the late Leo Enwright of Oswego, and Patrick and Claudette Smith, of Fulton.

Emmanouilidis is the son of Mike and Sue Emmanouilidis of Brookline, Mass.

Smith is a 2001 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton and a 2005 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

She is a vice president at U.S. Bank in Boston.

Emmanouilidis is a graduate of Bentley University and is employed with the Morgan Stanley Corp.

A fall wedding is being planned. The couple will reside in the Boston area.

Catholic High plans reunion Aug. 17

The Crusader Committee members are getting ready for their 45th class reunion.

The Oswego Catholic High School class of 1968 will reunite the evening of Aug. 17 at Tavern on the Lock in Fulton.

The evening will begin with Mass celebrated by the Rev. Gerard Lupa. The Mass will be dedicated to deceased members of the class.

A casual on deck buffet will follow around 6 p.m.

For more information, call Meg at 342-4399 or Gail at 598-1463.

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