Oswego’s own David LaTulip captured the checkered flag in the 28th running of Oswego Speedway’s “Mr. SBS” 35-lap event on Saturday night. Starting fourth, LaTulip darted into third at the drop of the green and dipped underneath front-row starters Greg O’Connor and Cameron Rowe down the backstretch on the very first lap to take the lead.
A wreck involving the two top championship point contenders behind him helped clear the way and lessen the pressure as he raced virtually unchallenged to the finish for career-win No. 3.
Listen to – David LaTulip
Tightly packed up front, LaTulip would emerge to atop the field to lead Rowe, O’Connor, David Cliff and Michael Bruce across the line to complete lap No. 1. LaTulip would begin to inch away as Rowe slipped behind O’Connor, Bruce and Cliff. Anthony Losurdo would move around Rowe as well, making it a four-car battle for second.
Fighting a loose small blocker from the get-go, Bruce’s No. 04 would begin to come around as the pack raced out of the fourth corner. Scrambling to collect it, Bruce would make contact with Cliff’s No. 50, before leaving Losurdo nowhere to go. Losurdo would end up jumping over the front of the sideways Bruce, damaging his No. 1. The three contenders all went pit-side, with only Bruce emerging before the race would restart. Cliff would eventually return, but five laps down.
Anthony Losurdo (1) slips under Cameron Rowe (77) on lap No. 2 - Jim Feeney Photo
Mike Bruce (04) slides between turns 1 & 2, trying to hold off Dave Cliff (50). He would lose the backend again off of turn 4, collecting Cliff and Losurdo - Jim Feeney Photo
Following the Bruce, Cliff and Losurdo incident, David LaTulip (27) leads Greg O'Connor (90) on the race restart - Jim Feeney Photo
With LaTulip long gone, a race-long battle set up for second place between Greg O'Connor (90) and Josh Sokolic (26) - Jim Feeney Photo
David LaTulip poses in victory lane at Oswego with career-win number 3 - Jim Feeney Photo
David LaTulip and the No. 27 team pose in victory lane after being earning the Mr. SBS title - Jim Feeney Photo
Top 3 SBS finishers - David LaTulip (center), Greg O'Connor (right) and Josh Sokolic (left) - Jim Feeney Photo
Steve Duphily (11) would take the lead away from Mike Bruce (72) on an early race restart - Jim Feeney Photo
Steve Duphily poses in victory lane at Oswego - Jim Feeney Photo
Top 3 finishing 350 supermodified drivers, Stephen Duphily (center), Anthony Losurdo (right) and Mike Bruce (left) - Jim Feeney Photo
The double-file restart put O’Connor aside LaTulip, but LaTulip would not give way. LaTulip began to set sail in the Mark Castiglia-owned No. 27, leaving O’Connor to fend off Josh Sokolic for second. With the race leader out in front by a dozen lengths, the caution lights would flash for a flattened tire on Bruce’s No. 04.
Again, the No. 27 would race away without issue on the ensuing restart. By the 20th lap, it held a near full straightaway advantage over O’Connor and Sokolic. It wouldn’t be until five laps to go, that Sokolic would find a route around O’Connor’s No. 90. LaTulip had essentially checked-out. Sokolic would need a caution flag to have any shot at lead. However, the race would go caution-free the rest of the way, sealing the win for LaTulip
Behind LaTulip, Sokolic, O’Connor, Travis Bartlett and Steve Flack rounded out the top five.
Mr. SBS 35: 1. David LaTulip (27), 2. Josh Sokolic (26), 3. Greg O’Connor (90), 4. Travis Bartlett (03), 5. Steve Flack (32), 6. Tony Pisa (89), 7. David Cliff (50), 8. Michael Bruce (04), 9. Ken Moody, Jr. (01), 10. Anthony Losurdo (1), 11. Cameron Rowe (77)
Losurdo and LaTulip won the two SBS heats.
Duphily Wins 2nd 350 Feature
In 350 Super action, Stephen Duphily returned to Oswego for the first time since opening weekend and repeated his checkered flag performance. Michael Bruce would grab the early race lead from Barry Kingsley on the opening lap. Duphily would run fourth as he crossed the line, but would dart into second on lap No. 2. Wasting no time, Duphily took to the outside of Bruce on their third time around the “O,” but Bruce would hold. A caution for John Burke’s spun No. 01 brought out the caution flag.
Being the race leader allowed Bruce his lane of choice for the double-file restart. The pilot of the No. 72 would take a gamble by choosing the outside lane. The gamble would not pay off, as Duphily promptly took command at the drop of the green.
Anthony Losurdo would slip underneath Bruce, as well. Losurdo would race unchallenged, but have nothing for the New Englander’s No. 11. Duphily would pull away and collect his second checkered flag in as many appearances in the Port City this season.
Listen to – Stephen Duphily
Losurdo, Bruce, Dalton Doyle, Barry Kingsley and Burke rounded out the field.
Chris Porter is a motorsports journalist whose reporting has been published in multiple print and online media sources since 2004.
Chris has primarily covered Oswego Speedway, ISMA and other asphalt auto racing in upstate New York.