Jedrzejek Goes Flag To Flag At Oswego

Timmy Jedrzek won Saturday's ISMA supermodified race at New York's Oswego Speedway.
Timmy Jedrzek won Saturday's ISMA supermodified race at New York's Oswego Speedway.

OSWEGO, N.Y. — In 2002, Timmy Jedrzejek drove the May 77 to a flag to flag victory at Oswego’s ISMA Super Nationals on Classic weekend.

Then he came back in 2009 for a second win in the car that almost beat him Saturday. But, this third victory, in the Soule Racing 32 was probably the most exciting of the three.

Just past the midway mark he could have sworn he was racing for third with a high flying Ryan Coniam and veteran Mike Ordway far out in front of him. Then Ordway faded, but Coniam was out of sight in traffic until just over 10 laps to go when the complexion of the race changed.

“I thought at first we were a little loose. Then the car just seemed to settle in real nice. I thought we had something but the 46 and 61 were gone and I thought we were running for third tonight,” Jedrzejek said. “Then the 61 faded and we got by him. Then the 46 was next on the list and I couldn’t even see him. Then I saw that he was smoking a little bit and we were catching him. And then he got in a bunch of lapped traffic and he slid up and we went by.”

While Jedrzejek held on to his first place spot, held up by a slower car out front of the lead pack, with less than ten to go, teammates Johnny Benson Jr. and Mike Lichty were each battling for the win and they were hot on the 32’s tail. While John tried for the win, Lichty got by for second and made a valiant attempt at taking Jedrzejek when the time ran out.

“At the end there, there was a lot of lapped traffic and a lot of passing. We didn’t start out too well and we didn’t finish the greatest. The car was a little too neutral in the center,” Lichty said. “We started eighth and we ran quick time today. We passed a lot of racecars. I knew that Johnny was getting loose. I got to give him a lot of credit. This is why he won in NASCAR. He’s a badass driver. It’s pretty cool to watch the moves he makes.”

Johnny Benson Jr., Ryan Coniam and David Gruel rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Timmy Jedrzejek, Mike Lichty, Johnny Benson Jr., Ryan Coniam, David Gruel, Rob Summers, Jon McKennedy, Tim Ice, Eddie Witkum Jr., Jeff Locke, Bobby Dawson, Mark Sammut, Bobby Magner, Craig Rayvals, Dan Bowes, Mike McVetta, B.J. MacDonald, Mike Ordway Sr., Lou Cicconi, Joe Gosek, Brandon Bellinger, Moe Lilje, Rich Reid, Lou LeVea Sr.