Thompson drove the No. 98T top quality motorsport entry-level car for car owner Mike Barbera and took the lead from Kali Spaulding on lap 3, walking away for the dominant win worth $ 2,000.
“I was worried about the New England boys. They are all quick. We just plugged the car back in tonight, ”said Thompson.
15-year-old Chase Locke moved up from eighth to second place. It was his third runner-up in three Oswego starts this season.
“I think if we had a few more laps I could probably have closed the gap,” commented Locke. “We will return to the Classic Weekend and hopefully not with any second place. We make it to first place. “
The podium was completed by championship runner-up Dalton Doyle, who finished fourth in the top three of the season with the No. 08. Doyle fell just 13 points behind the track championship on Mike Bruce.
“I thought the car was pretty good when we got through the traffic and I got into the clean air,” said Doyle. “I could see we were getting (Dave) Cliff rolling, but I don’t know if I could have done anything when I caught him. These guys must have been hooked because they were in a different zip code from us. We just keep digging and try to get more speed out of this thing every week. I feel like things are going pretty well now. We will continue to be stuck. “
Bruce did exactly what he had to do, keeping an eye on Doyle and finishing fifth. With two wins and five top 5 finishes in seven starts, the speedway veteran was able to recover from a terrible fall at the start of the season to secure the 2021 track championship for RBI / Bruce Racing.
“This is my first track championship and our first year with a new team this season at RBI / Bruce Racing and Dan Dennie,” said Bruce. “It’s pretty cute. We broke a few cars, but we also had good races. We haven’t been in top form in the last few weeks, but tonight we were smart because we wanted to win the championship. I have to say a big thank you to Rich Wirth for giving us everything we need with this 350. Dan for putting endless hours into our 350 program, Robbie the Wrench, Bobby Magner, my father, my girlfriend and everyone on the crew; Tyler Henry, Larry Muroski, Eric Howell and the wives for putting up with gimmicks every week. That’s pretty great. “
Spaulding and Vern LaFave put the field on the green flag for the 30-round final of the regular season, with Spaulding jumping from the inside lane into the lead.
LaFave got the quick shuffle on the first lap, with Dave Cliff moving up to second in third, Thompson moving up to third, sixth to Bruce in fourth, and eighth ahead of Locke in fifth as the field finished the second lap.
Not far behind was Jeffrey Battle, who already finished sixth after starting from tenth place. Fifth start Doyle finished seventh.
The race was marked with a red flag on lap 3 due to a heavy fall with Barry Kingsley, who was making a difficult trip into the third corner due to a part fault on the # 06. Fortunately, Barry was not injured.
After the restart, the action really picked up speed, Spaulding was able to hold Cliff for the lead in the first corner, but it was Thompson who drove past in both cars to take the point as the field down the home straight and into spin three .
Meanwhile, with Thompson on the run, Battle made a big run out to clear Locke and Bruce in fourth place, and next worked on the lower side of Cliff in search of third.
Before Battle could make the move, Spaulding was out of shape in front of Cliff, but he stuck the # 50 inside the back track and was able to steal second.
However, Battle got stuck high, which brought Locke third place with 5 completed rounds.
Spaulding struggled with the number 23 on lap 6, and just as she was trying to pit, Battle was trying to take the position further down.
The two came in contact, resulting in damage to Battle’s car that eventually knocked him out of the race. The Spring Classic Champion had set up a clinic in the first six rounds.
Thompson, Cliff, Locke, Bruce, Doyle, Mike Netishen and Kyle Perry were now the first seven cars.
Halfway through, Locke was able to catch up with Cliff and overtake second place. Doyle had recently moved up from Bruce to fourth place, with the top 5 now Thompson, Locke, Cliff, Doyle and Bruce.
Unfortunately, another great run for Cliff went on the track with five to go as Barbeau Racing No. 50 had to pit due to mechanical problems.
This put Doyle in third, Bruce in fourth, and Netishen in fifth behind front runners Thompson and Locke.
Locke immediately closed the gap between him and Thompson in the course of the laps, but did not come within striking distance of the No. 98T.
Thompson took his first career win in the 350 Supermodified Division ahead of Locke, Doyle, Bruce and Netishen in the top five.
Rookie of the Year Perry, Brian Sobus, Cliff, Ralph Clark and LaFave completed the top ten.
Oswego County Federal Credit Union and C’s Beverage Center Track Championship Night
- $ 2,000 to win the Mr. J&S Paving 350 Super
- Saturday, August 21, 2021
- Oswego Speedway
- Oswego, NY
Feature (30 rounds): 1. 98T ® TYLER THOMPSON, 2. 88 ® Chase Locke, 3.08 Dalton Doyle, 4. 55 Mike Netishen, 5. 22 Mike Bruce, 6. 20 ® Kyle Perry, 7. 45 ® Brian Sobus, 8. 50 ® Dave Cliff, 9. 5 ® Ralph Clark, 10. 97 Vern LaFave, 11.14 Jeffrey Battle, 12. 23 ® Kali Spaulding, 13. 47 ® Jon Tesoriero, 14. 32 ® Tom MacLeod, 15 06 Barry Kingsley
Heat 1 (10 rounds): 1. 98T ® Tyler Thompson, 2. 97 Vern LaFave, 3.08 Dalton Doyle, 4. 23 ® Kali Spaulding, 5.55 Mike Netishen, 6. 20 ® Kyle Perry, 7. 32 ® Tom MacLeod, 8.55 ® Ralph Clark
Heat 2 (10 rounds): 1. 14 Jeffrey Battle, 2. 50 Dave Cliff, 3. 88 ® Chase Locke, 4. 22 Mike Bruce, 5. 45 ® Brian Sobus, 6. 06 Barry Kingsley, 7. 47 ® Jon Tesoriero
Group Timing: 1st 14 Jeffrey Battle – 16,949, 02/08 Dalton Doyle – 17,021, 3rd 22 Mike Bruce – 17,093, 4th 98T ® Tyler Thompson – 17,097, 5,88 ® Chase Locke – 17,287, 6:55 Mike Netishen – 17.316, 7. 50 ® Dave Cliff – 17.404, 8. 23 ® Kali Spaulding – 17.505, 9. 45 ® Brian Sobus – 17.634, 10. 97 Vern LaFave – 17.694, 11. 20 ® Kyle Perry – 17.702, 12.06 Barry Kingsley – 17.858, 13. 32 ® Tom MacLeod – 17.958, 14. 47 ® Jon Tesoriero – 18.158, 15.5 ® Ralph Clark – 18.415
D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: # 88 ® Chase Locke
Lighthouse Lanes Up & Comer: # 88 ® Chase Locke
Trackmaster 2021: # 22 Mike Bruce
2021 Rookie of the Year: # 20 Kyle Perry