Losurdo Doubles-Up on Titles as O’Connor & Duphily Earn Wins
August 18, 2019
On Saturday night, Oswego’s own Anthony Losurdo successfully defended his 2018 SBS track title while also putting himself in the history books as Oswego Speedway’s inaugural 350 supermodified track champion. The twin crowns coming in the same season were a first by an Oswego driver to do so since Jim Shampine captured the modified and supermodified track titles in 1972.
Listen to – Anthony Losurdo
In the SBS regular season finale Greg O’Connor nabbed the early lead away from teammate, Tony Pisa and held the point for all 30 laps en route to career-win No. 3. After a trio of laps, O’Connor led Josh Sokolic, Dave LaTulip, Andrew Schartner and Brad Haynes. Sokolic would lose the runner-up spot to LaTulip on the 13th lap.
LaTulip could hang with O’Connor, but the race leader’s No. 90 raced a solid line. Schartner would fall pitside with mechanical woes on the 21st lap. A few trips later, Haynes would sneak under Sokolic’s No. 26 for third. That opened the door for Losurdo and Mike Bruce to follow, knocking Sokolic out of the top five.
LaTulip would find more heat from behind than he was able to apply on O’Connor’s No. 90. However, he would end up holding off Haynes for second, behind race winner, O’Connor. Losurdo and Bruce rounded out the top five.
Listen to – Greg O’Connor
In the 350 division, Losurdo would end up earning the championship, but it would be Stephen Duphily taking the checkered flag in his No. 11. The New Hampshire invader would take the lead away from Barry Kingsley on the seventh lap and disappear from the rest of the field.
Anthony Losurdo successfully defended his SBS track title - Robert Clark Photo
Greg O'Connor poses in victory lane after winning his third SBS feature event - Robert Clark Photo
Anthony Losurdo earned Oswego Speedway's first 350 supermodified championship - Robert Clark Photo
New Englander, Stephen Duphily, poses in victory lane after winning this fourth 350 supermodified feature at Oswego in as many visits - Robert Clark Photo
Losurdo would take the heat win over Duphily, but Duphily would get his revenge on lap three of their feature event. After sailing around Losurdo, the No. 11 would patiently wait for the right moment to make his move on Kingsley. Perched for a trio of laps on the tail of the No. 06, he would suddenly roll up the high side between turns one and two on the seventh lap. Racing by Kingsley as the duo made their way out of the second turn, Duphily would take command for good.
With out delay, the No. 11 began to pull away. Just five laps after taking over the lead, he held a near full straightaway advantage over Kingsley’s No. 06. The lead would only increase as he eventually took the checkered flag half a lap ahead of his nearest challenger.
Undefeated on the season, Duphily has now gone a perfect four for four in trips to the Port City.
Listen to – Stephen Duphily
Bouncing back from a bone-jarring wreck in turn No. 1 just one week ago, Kingsley scored his best finish of the season, finishing in second.
Listen to – Barry Kingsley
Pathfinder Bank SBS Skips Fish Fry 30: 1. Greg O’Connor (90), 2. Dave LaTulip (27), 3. Brad Haynes (88), 4. Anthony Losurdo (1), 5. Mike Bruce (04), 6. Josh Sokolic (26), 7. Tony Pisa (89), 8. Dave Cliff (50), 9. Russ Bartlett (02), 10. Cameron Rowe (77), 11. James Babcock (15), 12. Andrew Schartner (18), 13. Travis Bartlet (03), 14. Steve Wood (14)
Josh Sokolic and Brad Haynes earned heat race wins. With a lap time of 18.785 seconds, Andrew Schartner top the speed charts in time trials.
350 Super Feature 20: 1. Stephen Duphily (11), 2. Barry Kingsley (06), 3. Anthony Losurdo (1), 4. Dalton Doyle (08)
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.