Monday, 18 June 2018 13:47

Losurdo Gets First Pathfinder Bank SBS Victory of 2018 Season

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Losurdo Gets First Pathfinder Bank SBS Victory of 2018 Season Bob Clark photo

It was another ‘podium’ night for Missile Motorsports this past Saturday at the Oswego Speedway as Anthony Losurdo made a late race move on teammate Dan Kapuscinski for his first victory of the season and the sixth of his career behind the wheel of the No. 1 machine.

The June 16 Pathfinder Bank SBS main event was lead to green by Mike Bruce and Greg O’Connor in row one along with Camden Proud and Dalton Doyle in the second row.

Bruce jumped out to the early lead in the No. 22 machine with Proud quickly moving into second while O’Connor and Doyle lost spots on the outside to the No. 00M of fifth starting Kapuscinski.

As Proud tried to work down to the inside of the Bruce car, this left the high lane open for Kapuscinski, setting up a side by side battle for second between the current and former speedway public relations specialists as the duo each tried to find a way around Bruce.

The Canale Insurance & Accounting yellow flag was in the air on lap 3 when Josh Kerr got turned around going into turn 1, collecting Dave Cliff, Mike Bond, and James Babcock. All of these drivers were out for the night.

On the restart, coming around to complete lap 6, Kapuscinski found the inside lane on Bruce to take the lead with 25 laps remaining with Proud holding the No. 54 in the third spot.

Behind the leaders, the top two in points of Russ Brown and Losurdo has closed from 11th and twelfth to fifth and sixth behind fourth place running O’Connor.

By lap 7, Brown made his move on O’Connor for fourth and began to reel in Proud who was still hung up behind Bruce in the third spot. Losurdo then took fifth from the O’Connor No. 90 just two laps later.

Proud looked to the inside of Bruce for third on lap 8, but had to get on the brakes late into the straightaway, this time giving Brown the high lane and also the final podium position before the points leader heading began to work over the double deuce for the runner up spot and later took it right away at lap 10.

With 14 laps complete, Bruce then lost the handle on the No. 22 off the exit of the second corner collecting the No. 54 of Proud. Both drivers did 360’s and kept going but were forced to go pitside with damage to their cars before eventually returning to action.

The caution had set up Losurdo in third behind leader Kapuscinski and second place Brown with O’Connor re-inheriting the fourth spot.

When the green lights came back on, it was ‘Danny K’ running away, but not before his teammate Losurdo dove to the inside of the Brown No. 13 on lap 18 to take the second spot and then promptly began to chase down the race leader.

With just five circuits remaining, Losurdo finally caught up to Kapuscinski, allowing for a thrilling battle between the front two cars before ‘Hawk’ finally got to the inside of the No. 00M on a daring move heading into turn number 1 on lap 27.

In another thrilling Pathfinder Bank SBS battle, Losurdo lead the way for the final three laps to take his first checkered flag with car owner Mark Castiglia as Kapuscinski finished on the podium for the second week in a row, Brown in third, O’Connor fourth and the D&S Landscaping ‘Hard Charger’ was Andrew Schartner for his drive from eighteenth to fifth in his first appearance of the season with the No. 18 machine.

“I knew we’d have to come from the back tonight,” Losurdo said in victory lane. “I also knew Mike Bond and Russ Brown weren’t going to be starting behind us this week so we decided to put four new tires on it and came right up through the field. I made a pretty late move on Danny, I know he’s my teammate and I’m glad we didn’t wreck. Both of the Missile Motorsports cars are on the podium again for another week.”

Kapuscinski, although pleased with the 1-2 finish for the team, was understandably a bit frustrated after leading most of the main event along with several laps in the June 9 feature one week prior only to have both wins go by the wayside.

“This hurts pretty bad, you try really hard for a long time to win one of these and ugh, I just thought I had it,” Kapuscinski said. “I was close. We held off the 13 and I kept Anthony (Losurdo) behind me for as long as I could. It was pretty tight in the center, so I was having to horse the car around a bit to get it to turn and then it started to free up on me. I didn’t get off of four as good as I had been and Losurdo was just faster than me.”

Brown, who will now be second in the standings just three points behind Losurdo heading into June 30, drove from twelfth to second, but did not quite have enough for the front two cars and was also a bit disappointed.

“Third place is just not quite good enough,” Brown commented. “We just got outran tonight and it was the first time in a long time we have been passed, so hats off to those guys. We’ve got some work to do, but it’s close. We came from twelfth to third and it’s a tough deal so we’ll just keep working on it and keep getting better.”

Completing the top ten were David LaTulip, Jack Patrick, Cameron Rowe, Barry Kingsley, and Ray Sand Jr.

Kapuscinski was awarded Lighthouse Lanes ‘Up and Comer,’ while O’Connor was the White’s Car Care 4th Place Finisher in memory of Tony White.

Heat race wins on the evening went to Losurdo, Brown, and Kapuscinski.

Oswego Speedway’s ‘Road to the Championship’ continues in two more weeks when Galloway Century 21 and Oswego D-Bus will present the Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ featuring extra distance 75 and 35-lap events for the Novelis Supermodifieds and Pathfinder Bank SBS plus the second Novelis ‘Fan Can Chase’ of the season and a gigantic fireworks display. To order tickets, please phone the speedway box office at (315)-342-0646.

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BOX SCORE

Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY, Saturday, June 16, 2018

Burke’s Do It Best Homecenter and Bosco’s Pathfinder Bank SBS 30

Feature (30-laps): 1. 1 Anthony Losurdo, 2. 00M Dan Kapuscinski, 3. 13 Russ Brown, 4. 90 Greg O’Connor, 5. 18 Andrew Schartner, 6. 27 David LaTulip, 7. 9 Jack Patrick, 8. 77 Cameron Rowe, 9. 91 Barry Kingsley, 10. 71 Ray Sand Jr, 11. 54 Camden Proud, 12. 88 Brad Haynes, 13. 22 Mike Bruce, 14. 8 Josh Kerr, 15. 32 Steve Flack®, 16. 12 Dennis Richmond, 17. 01 Dalton Doyle, 18. 15 James Babcock, 19. 50 Dave Cliff, 20. 74 Mike Bond, 21. 26 Josh Sokolic®

Heat 1 (10-laps): 1. 1 Anthony Losurdo, 2. 01 Dalton Doyle, 3. 54 Camden Proud, 4. 71 Ray Sand Jr, 5. 77 Cameron Rowe, 6. 12 Dennis Richmond, 7. 18 Andrew Schartner

Heat 2 (10-laps): 1. 13 Russ Brown, 2. 22 Mike Bruce, 3. 90 Greg O’Connor, 4. 27 David LaTulip, 5. 88 Tyler Henry®, 6. 74 Mike Bond, 7. 15 James Babcock

Heat 3 (10-laps): 1. 00M Dan Kapuscinski, 2. 9 Jack Patrick, 3. 50 Dave Cliff, 4. 8 Josh Kerr, 5. 91 Barry Kingsley, 6. 26 Josh Sokolic®, 7. 32 Steve Flack®

Group Time Trials: 1. 13 Russ Brown - 18.593, 2. 1 Anthony Losurdo - 18.684, 3. 50 Dave Cliff - 18.731, 4. 74 Mike Bond - 18.735, 5. 54 Camden Proud - 18.759, 6. 00M Dan Kapuscinski - 18.858, 7. 90 Greg O’Connor - 18.862, 8. 77 Cameron Rowe - 18.985, 9. 9 Jack Patrick - 19.008, 10. 27 David LaTulip - 19.014, 11. 18 Andrew Schartner - 19.018, 12. 91 Barry Kingsley - 19.075, 13. 22 Mike Bruce - 19.113, 14. 01 Dalton Doyle - 19.119, 15. 8 Josh Kerr - 19.189, 16. 15 James Babcock - 19.417, 17. 71 Ray Sand Jr. - 19.442, 18. 26 Josh Sokolic - 19.460®, 19. 12 Dennis Richmond - 19.635, 20. 88 Tyler Henry® - 19.979, 21. 32 Steve Flack® - 20.033

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #00M Dan Kapuscinski

White’s Car Care 4th Place Award - In Memory of Tony White: #90 Greg O’Connor

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #18 Andrew Schartner

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #00M Dan Kapuscinski

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