Bellinger Grabs Pole For International Classic; Cliff, Battle and Steffenhagen Take Top Honors in SBS, 350 Super & Stock Divisions

On Sunday, Brandon Bellinger will attempt to accomplish something neither his father or grandfather could do – win the International Classic from the pole position. In record-breaking fashion, Bellinger broke the track record on Friday night at the Oswego Speedway with a lap time of 15.769 seconds. That’s just over 5 full seconds faster than his grandfather’s pole-winning lap in 1957 (20.59) in 1957. Starting on the pole doesn’t guarantee you a winning finish. Greg Furlong was the last driver to qualify with fast time and win from the pole – that was in 2006.

As prestigious as it may be, pole wins for the Bellinger family have never panned out after the 200-lap affair. Eddie Bellinger, Sr. won the pole for the 1957 Classic, but finished out of the top 10. Eddie Bellinger, Jr. won poles in 1980 and in 1984, but fell short of a top-10 finish in each, as well. Last year’s 18th-place run by Brandon ended a streak of four straight top-10 Classic runs. He would like nothing more than to start a new streak with a Classic victory come Sunday.

Listen to – Brandon Bellinger

Tyler Thompson’s reign of track record holder lasted all but three weeks. His record-breaking lap of 15.800 seconds, recorded on August 10th, was also eclipsed by outside pole sitter, Jeff Abold (15.790). Thompson would end up qualifying into Sunday’s 63rd running of the Budweiser International Classic behind Dave Shullick, Jr. (15.896), in fifth, with a lap of 15.905 seconds.

Starting aside Thompson, but one position behind him in time-trialing, will be the defending race and recently crowned 2019 Oswego Track Champion, Otto Sitterly (15.915). Dave Gruel (15.920) and Michael Barnes (15.957) will make up the fourth row, while a pair of North Carolina drivers and former pole winners – Doug Didero (15.966) and Keith Shampine (15.979) round out the top 10 starting positions.

David Danzer (16.036), Tim Snyder (16.069), Bobby Santos, III (16.112), Chris Perley (16.156), Aric Iosue (16.157). Alison Sload (16.186), Davey Hamilton, Sr. (16.209), Dan Bowes (16.225), Dan Connors, Jr. (16.238) and Logan Rayvals (16.246) qualified 11th through 20th.

The top 20 qualifiers were locked into the starting field, while the balance of the drivers will take their chance in one of the two, 15-lap semi-feature qualifying races held early on Sunday that will be used to fill the 34-car starting field slated to take the green flag for the 200-lapper later that afternoon.

Brandon Bellinger (left) earned the pole position for the Classic, while Jeff Abold (right) earned the outside starting spot - Jim Feeney Photo
David Cliff led the SBS time trials in the Tim Barbeau-owned No. 50 - Jim Feeney Photo
Jeffrey Battle earned top time in the 350 winged supermodified Classic time trials - Jim Feeney Photo
Jim Steffenhagen (3) battles under Joel Gleason (25) in the Dave London Memorial 50-lap NY Super Stock main event - JIm Feeney Photo
Jim Steffenhagen waves the checkered flag atop his No. 3 after winning the Dave London Memorial NY Super Stock race - Jim Feeney Photo
Steffenhagen poses in victory lane after earning the super stock feature win - Jim Feeney Photo

Also run on Friday night, were time trials for 28th Annual Bud Light Classic for the Pathfinder Bank SBS division. 21 drivers took time, with Dave Cliff topping the charts with a lap of 18.546 seconds. Cliff edged out 2018 race winner, Mike Bond (18.602) for best time. The two drivers battled to the finish in last year’s race, but with the starting lineup inversion that was drawn not going their way, they’ll have to battle their way through the thick of the field coming from their 11th and 12th starting positions if they wish to end up at the front come race’s end. 2019 SBS Track Champion, Anthony Losurdo will be starting slightly ahead of them. Losurdo qualified fifth with a lap 18.803 seconds, but the inversion lines him up slightly ahead of the other two seasoned veterans.

Listen to – Dave Cliff

The 2nd Annual Busch 350 winged supermodified Classic is slated to be run just before the SBS and big block main events. Taking top time in Friday’s time trials was Westford Massachusetts pilot, Jeffrey Battle, Jr. Driving his No. 14, Battle set fast time with a new 350 supermodified Oswego track record lap of 16.956 seconds. It’s Battle’s first trip to the lakeside oval for competition. The regular Star Speedway competitor (currently second in points), says he can bring a lot from what he’s learned at Star, but Oswego is an animal of its own.

Listen to – Jeffrey Battle, Jr.

Oswego’s 350 supermodified champ, Anthony Losurdo, qualified his No. 1 10th fastest. Four-time feature winner on the season, Stephen Duphily, timed his No. 11 in sixth fast.

In the nightcap, Fairport, New York’s Jim Steffenhagen won the 50-lap 12th Annual Dave London Memorial New York Super Stock race. Steffenhagen becomes the fifth different race winner in five events for the Super Stock series in 2019.

Novelis Supermodifieds (top 20 locked in)
Pos     Driver             Hometown             Car        Best Lap
1     Brandon Bellinger     Fulton, NY     02     15.769NTR
2     Jeff Abold     Baldwinsville, NY     05     15.790
3     Joe Gosek     Oswego, NY     00     15.824
4     Dave Shullick Jr.     Cleveland, OH     95     15.896
5     Tyler Thompson     Oswego, NY     98T     15.905
6     Otto Sitterly     Canajoharie, NY     7     15.915
7     David Gruel     Oswego, NY     50     15.920
8     Michael Barnes     Mexico, NY     68     15.957
9     Doug Didero     Mooresville, NC     3     15.966
10     Keith Shampine     Concord, NC     55     15.979
11     David Danzer     Oswego, NY     52     16.036
12     Tim Snyder     Oswego, NY     0      16.069
13     Bobby Santos III     Franklon, MA     1     16.112
14     Chris Perley     Rowley, MA     44     16.156
15     Aric Iosue     Oswego, NY     11     16.157
16     Alison Sload     Lyndell, PA     39     16.186
17     Davey Hamilton Sr.     Jamestown, IN     6     16.209
18     Dan Bowes     Epping, NH     25     16.225
19     Dan Connors Jr.     Oswego, NY     01     16.238
20     Logan Rayvals     Brockville, ON     94     16.246
21     Lou LeVea Jr.     Fulton, NY     83     16.247
22     Camden Proud     Oswego, NY     54     16.289
23     Todd Stowell     Pulaski, NY     89     16.301
24     Dan Kapuscinski     Fulton, NY     08     16.317
25     Joey Payne Jr.     Fairlawn, NJ     14     16.321
26     Michael Muldoon Jr.     Baldwinsville, NY     15     16.334
27     Bob Bond Mexico,     NY     47     16.422
28     Ben Seitz Bourne,    MA     32     16.463
29     Jerry Curran Scriba,     NY     99     16.523
30     Dave McKnight Jr     Brampton, ON     70     16.537
31     Jack Patrick     Fulton, NY     90     16.547
32     Lou LeVea Sr.     Volney, NY     66     16.631
33     Brian Osetek     Oswego, NY     75     16.959
34     Hal Latulip     Oswego, NY     56     17.066
35     Guard Nearbin     Oswego, NY     78     17.650
36     Jason Spaulding     Oswego, NY     34     20.005

350 Supermodifieds
Pos.     Driver             Hometown       Car     Best Lap
1     Jeffrey Battle Jr.     Westford, MA     14     16.956
2     Matt Seavey     Pittsfield, NH     91     17.231
3     Richard (Rich) Eaton     Seabrook, NH     4     17.323
4     Bobby Timmons III     Windham, ME     31     17.336
5     Mike Netishen     Auburn, NH     55     17.389
6     Stephen Duphily     Plaistow, NH     11     17.394
7     John Burke     Deery, NH     01     17.432
8     Bill Fiske     Chester, NH     57     17.434
9     Dave Sanborn     Tilton, NH     24     17.454
10     Anthony Losurdo     Oswego, NY     1     17.468
11     Dalton Doyle     Fulton, NY     08     17.504
12     Mike Keddy     Raymond, NH    77     17.581
13     Jim Storace     Kingston, NH     47     17.786
14     Barry Kingsley     Hannibal, NY     06     17.821
15     Mike Bruce     Oswego, NY     72     18.513
16     Tom Macleod                        81     18.626

Pathfinder Bank SBS
Pos.     Driver            Hometown    Car      Best Lap
1     Dave Cliff Jr.     Oswego, NY     50 18.546
2     Mike Bond     Mexico, NY     74 18.602
3     Jesse Bearup     Rodman, NY     37 18.685
4     Dave Latulip     Oswego, NY     27 18.779
5     Anthony Losurdo     Oswego, NY     1 18.803
6     Andrew Schartner     Charlotte, NC     18 18.832
7     Russell Bartlett     Mexico, NY     02 18.860
8     Greg O’Connor     Oswego, NY     90 18.905
9     Josh Sokolic     Camillus, NY     26 18.943
10     Cameron Rowe     Oswego, NY     77 19.007
11     Tony Pisa     Oswego, NY     89     19.014
12     Brad Haynes     Columbia, MD     88     19.017
13     A.J.Bernys     Oswego, NY     24     19.045
14     Mike Bruce      Oswego, NY     04     19.157
15     Dennis Richmond     Mexico, NY     03     19.212
16     Bryan Haynes     Mexico, NY     86     19.331
17     James Babcock     Oswego, NY     15     19.783
18     Mark Denny Jr.     Mexico, NY     14     19.931
19     Ken Moody Jr.     Clifton, NJ     01     20.080
20     Stephen Flack     Oswego, NY     32     20.081
21     Steve Wood     Pulaski, NY     93     22.009

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