OSCAAR Pro Midgets at Peterborough Speedway Preview

oscaar-pro-midgetsRacing on asphalt for midgets is set to change and head a new direction beginning Saturday night with the inaugural event for the OSCAAR Pro Midgets.

Over the off-season, the idea was put together by Charles Priestly to have a suspended, cost-effective midget class to appeal to racers across the province.

The new series includes a spec wing, specific engine rules, spec suspension system and additional safety built into the cars. The suspension comes about in trying to make the ride smoother for drivers, as a result of having to deal with the bumps of the past.

Since the announcement, the interest in the series has blossomed, with many fans and prospective drivers showing interest. As a result, the series expects to put together a top-notch show right out of the gate this weekend.

Rob Summers will be one of the first to try out the class, hoping to find success right out of the gate after posting six top-10s last year. Notably, two of those came at Peterborough Speedway with a pair of eighth finishes. He’ll be joined on the track by Katherine Summers, whom posted a pair of ninth place finish at Peterborough in the OSCAAR Midgets last year.

Wally Wilson stated pre-season that he will be competing full-time in both OSCAAR Midget divisions. He’s off to a solid start this year, having posted a sixth place finish in the OSCAAR Midget season opener at Flamboro.

Ted Greenwood will make his first start with the Midgets this weekend. He was testing not long ago at Peterborough, and while noting some things he had to work out prior to this weekend, felt positive about the results.

James Stanley knows what it takes to win in the OSCAAR Midgets, scoring a heat victory and just missing out on the feature victory at Flamboro Speedway. He hopes that translates into success this weekend with the OSCAAR Pro Midgets.

Jordan Hanna will have the additional challenge as not only are the Midgets new to him, but he is making the transition from racing on dirt to asphalt this season.

“It looks like a great new class that I would like to be a part of,” he said. “I enjoy speed and skilled drivers and I think we will put on a good show.”

Hanna isn’t the only driver going dirt to asphalt, as Willy Northcott is going through the same transition. He stated pre-season he is looking forward to getting out to the tracks and having some fun, while meeting new people. When it comes to racing on track, he says the expectation is to “run well, to drive smart, and have fun”.

One of the Midget front runners will be part of the class, as Richard Woodland is signed up. He has proven he can get the job done with the OSCAAR Midgets, following a heat win and third place finish at Flamboro. Could he win the inaugural event for the Pro Midgets?

Along with the OSCAAR Pro Midgets, the OSCAAR Midgets will also be in attendance joining Peterborough Speedway’s 4Fun, Mini Stock and Thunder Car divisions. The pit will open at 3pm, with the front gate open at 5pm and racing starting at 6pm. Details can be found on the Peterborough website at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/.
By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Midgets at Peterborough Speedway Preview

oscaar-midgets-peteAfter thrilling the fans with a battle right to the checkered flag at Flamboro Speedway, the OSCAAR Midgets are set to run their second race of the season with a trip to Peterborough Speedway.

Brian Woodland is hoping to score his second straight feature victory this weekend after winning at Flamboro. He has done well in each of his past Peterborough Speedway starts, scoring a top-seven finish in each of his starts last season.

James Stanley hopes to score his fifth straight top-six finish dating back to last year, after coming mere inches short of scoring the victory at Flamboro last weekend. He has been strong at Peterborough Speedway in the past, posting a podium finish last July to go with a ninth in August and sixth in October.

Richard Woodland wants to repeat last year’s Peterborough Speedway success, as he won the event last May, while finishing third in August and fourth in October. He has started off his season well, winning a heat en route to finishing third at Flamboro.

In the later half of last season, Wayne McKibbon started to find his groove with a pair of top-10s late in the year. Off to a strong start this year with a fifth at Flamboro, he looks to carry the success moving forward.

Brian MacDonald has been strong at Peterborough recently, including a fourth place finish last year. He hopes to run in the top-five once again following a fourth at Flamboro.

Adam Cuzilla started off this year solidly, finishing ninth at Flamboro Speedway. It’s a strong step forward for the youngster after finishing 13th last year at Peterborough Speedway.

After struggling in his heats, Wally Wilson put together an impressive run in the feature, finishing sixth. He hopes to carry the momentum to Peterborough, and keep on all four wheels unlike last year’s wild ride that he took down the backstretch.

Larry Wilson hopes to break into the top-five this weekend following a seventh at Flamboro. He was solid last year at Peterborough, posting a seventh place finish last summer.

Russ Couture’s OSCAAR Midget debut went a little rougher than expected with a small roll-over in practice. No harm, no foul though as he was able to come back to finish eighth. He hopes his past experience at Peterborough Speedway in a Mini Stock pays off for a strong run.

Ryan Brown posted his first top-10 since Full Throttle last September with a 10th place finish at Flamboro. He’ll hope to be stronger this weekend, hoping Peterborough treats him well following a 12th last season.

After experiencing problems throughout his OSCAAR debut at Flamboro, Zack Millman hopes to have a smoother race weekend so he can start getting some track time under his belt.

Along with the OSCAAR Midgets, the OSCAAR Pro Midgets will also be in attendance joining Peterborough Speedway’s 4Fun, Mini Stock and Thunder Car divisions. The pit will open at 3pm, with the front gate open at 5pm and racing starting at 6pm. Details can be found on the Peterborough website at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/.
By: Ashley McCubbin

J.R. Fitzpatrick Dominates OSCAAR Outlaw Season Opener at Flamboro Speedway

Going into the season, J.R. Fitzpatrick was predicted as one of the early season favorites for the championship, and he put the field on notice on opening night as he dominated at Flamboro Speedway.

Fitzpatrick started the afternoon in victory lane as he won the first heat ahead of Todd Campbell, Shawn Chenoweth, Glenn Watson, Gary Passer, Dustin Jackson and Rob Reimer.

Tyler Hawn made his return to victory lane in the second heat ahead of Derrick Tiemersma, Roy Passer, Charlie Gallant, Craig Stevenson, Gary Elliott and Mike Westwood.

Roy Passer scored the victory in the third heat ahead of J.R. Fitzpatrick, Shawn Chenoweth and Glenn Watson.

The fourth heat didn’t go as Derrick Tiemersma as he’d run into mechanical issues on Lap 4. He was already in a borrowed car from Adrian Foster after blowing his motor while testing the week prior to the season opener. Charlie Gallant picked up the win ahead of Todd Campbell, Dustin Jackson and Gary Elliott.

With the feature re-draw in place, it’d be Glenn Watson starting pole ahead of Charlie Gallant, Shawn Chenoweth, Roy Passer, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Todd Campbell, Tyler Hawn, Dustin Jackson, Gary Passer, Craig Stevenson, Derrick Tiemersma, Rob Reimer, Mike Westwood and Gary Elliott.

Watson jumped out the early lead behind the wheel of the No. 22 Line-X Protective Coatings – Barrie, Race2way.ca, Rival Office Solutions, Williamson UxBridge GM, TSS Top Shops Auto Body Supply, Klotz Canada, ERA Tours and Port City Race Cars SLM. The one to watch early, though, was Fitzpatrick as he started making his move quickly, up to second on Lap 2 as Chenoweth battled Gallant for third.

Fitzpatrick’s climb to the front was complete on Lap 3 as he’d put the No. 84 Auto Parts Centres, Meineke Car Care, Transaxle Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts, Cambridge Rigging, Equipment Express, Jenco Equipment, McColl Racing Enterprises, Creative Edge Signs, Wix Filters, Permatex, Driven Steering Wheels, Spray Nine, Deon Racecars, Clayton Johns Media and ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs SLM into the lead on Lap 3.

Watson and Chenoweth battled side-by-side for second, with Chenoweth taking the spot on Lap 4, bringing Roy Passer and Campbell through with him. Gallant then climbed to fifth on Lap five ahead of Watson, Hawn, Gary Passer, Jackson, Stevenson and Elliott. Unfortunately, the early laps didn’t go as a couple hoped with Tiemersma, Westwood and Reimer each pulling off with mechanical problems.

The top-five remained the same as Hawn got alongside Watson for sixth at Lap 7, while Gary Passer and Jackson battled behind them. Unfortunately, Campbell’s early top-five run was cut short when he was black-flagged at Lap 8 by race officials. He headed pit side, returning several laps later to the race. Watson wasn’t as fortunate as he’d run into mechanical issues at Lap 10, resulting in his race ending early.

At the front of the field, Fitzpatrick continued to lead ahead of Chenoweth, Roy Passer, Gallant, Hawn, Gary Passer, Jackson, Stevenson and Elliott. Roy Passer would join his teammate at the front of the field, passing Chenoweth for the runner-up spot at the halfway mark.

The only caution of the race flew on Lap 34 when Gary Passer spun off of turn four.

J.R. Fitzpatrick got a good restart, leading the rest of the way to score the feature victory ahead of Roy Passer. Charlie Gallant used the final restart to his advantage, passing Shawn Chenoweth to finish third. Tyler Hawn would round out the top- five, while Dustin Jackson finished sixth in his first career super late start. Gary Passer finished seventh, followed by Craig Stevenson, Gary Elliott, Todd Campbell, Glenn Watson, Rob Reimer, Mike Westwood, Derrick Tiemersma.

The next race for the OSCAAR Super Late Models is at Flamboro Speedway on June 18.

Race Report and Photos by Ashley McCubbin

George Wilson Perfect Fill-in, Winning OSCAAR Modified Feature

IMG_0038George Wilson is known as an OSCAAR winner in the Outlaw Super Late Model ranks, but now he can say that he’s done the same in the modified ranks. Filling in for Mike Hearty in the No. 20 this past weekend, Wilson scored the feature victory at Flamboro Speedway.

Defending series champion Gary McLean won the first heat ahead of John Harper, Luke Gignac, Dean Scott, Dan Price and David Balych.

A.J. Emms scored his first career heat victory in the second heat ahead of Gary Elliott, Corey Horner, Wilson and Rick Schurr.

The third heat saw a quick caution as Price went for a spin after contact with Gignac. Emms went on to score the victory for a sweep ahead of Scott, Price and Gignac.IMG_0007

George Wilson won the final heat ahead of Harper, Balych, McLean, Elliott and Horner.

After showing speed on Saturday, George Wilson returned to the speedway on Sunday and got the job done, scoring the feature victory. Notably, it’s the first win for the Mike Hearty team following Hearty’s best finish of fourth late last season.

Rounding out the podium would be a pair of sophomores with A.J. Emms and David Balych. It marks the best career finish for IMG_0002the pair, and notably the first career top-five for Balych. Emms posted a best finish of third during his rookie year last season.

Cory Horner finished fouth, continuing his strong of string of success from last year, while Luke Gignac rounded out the top-five in his first career OSCAAR start. Dan Price finished sixth, followed by Gary Elliott, Gary McLean, Rob Di Venanzo, Rick Schurr, John Harper and Dean Scott.

The OSCAAR Modifieds are back in action in a couple weeks at Delaware Speedway on June 3.
By: Ashley McCubbin

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