Big Crash Takes Out Leaders, Rob Warren Makes Repairs, Charges to Win
Oswego, NY – June 13, 2017…Rob Warren drove through adversity and had one of his greatest comebacks on the way to becoming the third driver in Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), history to win the prestigious Jim Shampine Memorial back to back Tuesday night at Oswego Speedway Warren relegated Bob Gangwer to second with a pass late in the race while Domenic Gioia came home third for the second week in a row.
Nowhere to Go
Warren looked to be in a comfortable position just prior to the halfway point of the race when he suddenly found his comfort zone turned upside down when he and the lead pack came upon a pair of slowed cars. Nelson Rodrigues and Jeff Weber had made contact the lap before in turn one, but no yellow was thrown as they both continued. Each driver, thinking that the caution would come out, drove slowly around the track waiting for the amber lights to come on.
After leading the first 38 laps leader Steve Callahan blasted out of turn four with Warren right on his tail and Keith Powell running closely in third place. Callahan saw the #7 of Rodrigues and cut hard to the left to avoid hitting him, while also missing the slow moving Weber down low. With Callahan darting out of the way, Warren was left with a clear view of the rear end of Rodrigues’ Star Speedway sponsored machine and had nowhere to go. He sliced to the left but still ripped the tails section and left body panel off of Rodrigues car, while also knocking the nose wing off of his.
Meanwhile, Callahan lost control as the weight transferred to the left rear and sent him spinning wildly into the turn one foam as his teammate Keith Powell locked the brakes to miss Rodrigues and Warren and also slid up the track to join his teammate.
Coming from the Back
When the big crash seemingly took the top three out of contention, fourth place running Derrick Backus, who had been involved in his own battle with Bob Gangwer, teammate Kyle Clark and Domenic Gioia in mid-pack, inherited the lead. Backus didn’t keep it for long though because at the drop of the green flag Gangwer shot to the outside in turn one and took off down the backstretch.
Gangwer held the lead for the next 35 laps and through several more cautions while Warren somehow picked off car after car with his own badly damaged 1st to Finish roadster. A late race caution for Carl Becker spinning was all Warren needed as he set his sites on the now ill-handling car of Gangwer.
As the two darted out of turn four with just eight laps to go, the duo struggled for traction going three-wide as they lapped Kevin Timmins who was running on the high-side. Racing down the front-stretch into turn one, the pair never touched wheels as they slid through the first and second turn. A drag race down the backstretch and Warren came out on top as they entered turn three. He held on for the rest of the way even after one last restart with two laps to go.
Throwback to the Good Old Days
SUPRS takes a step back to the glory days of the famed Oswego Speedway with the 1st to Finish Race Servers “IrReGuLar 45” next Tuesday. This race is modeled after the weekly slate of events that made up a Saturday night at “The Home of the Supermodifieds” and is a reminder of just how tough it was to win a feature at Oswego Speedway during the 1970s and 1980s.
With heats, semi-features, and a 45 lap feature all lined up by the Points Won Handicap System, the battle for the final transfer spot in the preliminaries is sure to make for a great show. Practice begins at 8:00pm, with the first heat race set to take the track at 9:00pm.
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SUPRS RACE RESULTS:
- SUPRS 12th Annual Jim Shampine Memorial
- Race 2 of 14
- June 13, 2017
- SUPRS rFactor NW v1.3 mod
- Oswego Speedway
Supermodified Time Trials (showing car number, driver name, hometown, sponsors, lap 1, lap 2-best lap underlined-Elite 8 locked in-eligible for redraw)
- 35-Rob Warren; Pulaski, NY; 1st to Finish Race Servers, Designs of Elegance: 16.315, 16.255
- 61-Derrick Backus; Mexico, NY; Disturbed Motorsports: 16.397, NT
- 9-Domenic Gioia; Oswego, NY; Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Team Domination Motorsports: 16.483, NT
- 41-Keith Powell; Carrollton, OH; Icings on Top, CPR Motorsports: 16.602, 16.515
- 38-Kyle Clark; Mexico, NY; Coors’ Light, Disturbed Motorsports: 16.524, 16.552
- 25-Bob Gangwer; Goshen, IN; Wing Side Up Enterprises, RW Woodworking: 16.533, 16.649
- 55-Steve Callahan; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Exide Battery, CPR Motorsports: 16.555, 16.653
- 09-Jeff Weber; Ft. Wayne, IN; Adkins Glass, UAW 2209: 16.721, 16.750
- 7-Nelson Rodrigues; Stoneham, MA; Star Speedway: 16.775, 16.776
- 42-Carl Becker; Lansing, MI; Wholesale Diamond Exchange, Michigan Hill Gang: 17.112, 17.180
- 77-Kevin Timmins; Baldwinsville, NY; BreezeGraphics.com, Wesley Motorsports: 17.653, 17.468
- 10-Gary Waldron; Wyoming MI; Kenowa Auto Supply, Michigan Hill Gang: 17.511, 17.601
- 52-Dave Brigandi; Syracuse, NY; Brigandi Carpet and Tile, Terry: NT
Supermodified Heat Race 1 (showing position, car number, driver name)
Note: Heat races canceled due to time constraints
Feature 80 Laps (showing car number, driver name, starting place, bonus, fastest lap, distance behind winner)
- 35-Rob Warren; P4 | * | ! | 16.556
- 25-Bob Gangwer; P8 | * | ⇑ | 16.585 | +0.287
- 9-Domenic Gioia; P5 | 16.637 | +2.948
- 41-Keith Powell; P2 | 16.737 | +3.343
- 38-Kyle Clark; P3 | 16.675 | +3.931
- 61-Derrick Backus; P6 | 16.568 | +4.652
- 55-Steve Callahan; P1 | ** | * | 16.707 | +1 Lap
- 77-Kevin Timmins; P11 | 17.353 | +3 Laps
- 10-Gary Waldron; P12 | 17.392 | +4 Laps
- 42-Carl Becker; P10 | 17.118 | DNF (Black Flag-incident rule)
- 09-Jeff Weber; P7 | 16.660 | DNF (Black Flag-incident rule)
- 7-Nelson Rodrigues; P9 | 16.857 | DNF (Accident Damage)
- 52-Dave Brigandi; DNS (local power outage)
Time of Race: 40:31.294
- * Denotes Lap Led
- ** Denotes Most Laps Led
- ! Denotes Fastest Lap of Race
- ⇑ Denotes SUPRSCharger
- There was eight caution periods for a total of 27 laps
- The race went green for 26 laps before the first caution
- There was three lead changes among four drivers-Steve Callahan: 38, Bob Gangwer: 35, Rob Warren: 7. While not counting for points or official stats, Derrick Backus also led the race during caution for 6 laps.
- Gary Waldron had the best lap consistency of 62.33%
- Domenic Gioia had the top speed of the race at 163.11 mph
- Bob Gangwer advanced six places from his starting spot for the SUPRSCharger Award
- Bob Gangwer had the least on track incidents, (contact with other cars, or objects), at four.
- Kevin Timmons had the most on track incidents with 39