International Classic Is Sitterly’s Again
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Despite an extra distance of 209 laps and a rain delayed start in Oswego Speedway’s Budweiser International Classic 200, which saw two late race green-white-checkered attempts, Otto Sitterly once again reigned supreme in the Classic as he drove away from the 34 car field for his fourth career International Classic triumph worth over $18,000.
Sitterly took the point from early leader and pole sitter Joey Payne after he went to pit road for adjustments at lap 79.
Once out front, Sitterly was never again headed over the course of the final 120 laps.
“There are a lot of fast cars here,” said Sitterly in victory lane. “With all that good iron in front of you, I knew I had to get to the front as soon as I could. We took our time and once in the lead, I could do anything I wanted to. This means so much; I have a great group of people behind me. I cannot thank my car owner John Nicotra and my family enough.”
Oswego’s own Pat Lavery charged hard at race’s end for a runner-up finish, collecting the AJ Michaels Memorial Award ahead of Sitterly’s teammate Davey Hamilton, Bobby Santos III, and Joe Gosek in the top five.
Otto Sitterly, Pat Lavery, Davey Hamilton, Bobby Santos, Joe Gosek, Michael Barnes, Brandon Bellinger, David Danzer, Tim Snyder, Michael Muldoon, Jeff Abold, Jerry Curran, Randy Ritskes, Dan Connors Jr., Shaun Gosselin, Dave Gruel, Mike Lichty, Dave Shullick Jr., Tim Devendorf, Bob Bond, Joey Payne, Tim Jedrzejek, Kody Graham, Brian Sweeney, Bobby Haynes Jr., Ray Graham, Lou LeVea Jr., Ryan Litt, Lou LeVea Sr., Keith Shampine, Mike Barbera, Howard Page, Brian Sobus, Stephen Gioia III