5th in Hoosier OSCAAR Modified Points: Brian McLean

After missing the top-five in points last year, Brian McLean was consistent in 2015 with eight top-10s en route to finishing fifth in the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified standings.

Notably, McLean is one of the drivers that can lay a claim to having at least one top-10 at each of the six tracks that OSCAAR visited in 2016, including a 10th at Sauble Speedway and an eighth at Flamboro Speedway.

At each of the other four tracks where OSCAAR visited more than once, it wasn’t all smiles for McLean as some trips represented a positive, while others represented a negative.

In four trips to Sunset Speedway, McLean was solid in the majority of them, except for the summer edition in August. Sunset Speedway gave the Conn, Ontario native a good basis to start off his season with a back-to-back top-10s to start the season. He would finish sixth in May, followed by a 10th in June. Unfortunately, he was one of the many drivers that was caught up in a mid-race wreck, resulting in a DNF. He bounced back when the series returned to the 1/3 mile oval in September, finishing sixth.

Delaware Speedway and Peterborough Speedway have always resulted in mix results for the driver of the No. 47 Bowmanville Home Building Center, Milto Graphics and McLean Farms Modified, and this year was no exception. The summer trips to both tracks resulted in top-five finishes – a fifth at Delaware and a fourth at Peterborough. Unfortunately, the fall trips didn’t produce the same type of results with a pair of DNFs.

With a glance over McLean’s season, his best finish would come on the tour’s shortest track. The quarter mile of Full Throttle Motor Speedway was the sight of McLean’s only podium finish of the season, when he finished third in September.

With each year that has gone by, McLean has continued to get more consistent to go with the speed that he has shown at other times during the season, leading to past series victories. If the pieces continue to come together as they have been, McLean would put himself in the championship discussion in 2016.

By: Ashley McCubbin

5th in OSCAAR Midas of Orangeville Midgets: James Stanley

Despite going through an up-and-down season throughout the year, James Stanley came out with a solid result as he finished fifth in the OSCAAR Midas of Orangeville Midget standings.

Kicking off the season at Sunset Speedway, Stanley would kick off the year with a mid-pack finish, completing the first 25-lap feature with a 13th place finish.

While he didn’t have the most promising start, he would quickly kick things in gear in the next couple of weeks. Stanley would kick off the spring stretch of the schedule with a finish of third at Peterborough Speedway, followed by a seventh at Sunset Speedway and ninth at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

Showing the strength, Stanley was quickly establishing himself as a front-runner and points contender. However, things wouldn’t continue to go smoothly as the next four events would see Stanley only produce a single top-10 finish. He would finish 21st at Sunset Speedway to kick off July, followed by a ninth at Peterborough, 17th at Sauble Speedway and 21st at Peterborough Speedway.

The summer slump wouldn’t get the driver of the No. 57 Heart of Business & Market Suites Midget down, though, as he would come back strong with a third place finish at Grand Bend Speedway. He would then complete August with a 22nd place finish at Flamboro Speedway.

Stanley quickly proved that he wasn’t set to let his season end on the same downward spiral, producing three straight top-10 finishes to complete the season. He would finish sixth at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, followed by a fourth at Sunset Speedway and a sixth at Peterborough Speedway.

Given the solid string of finishes at times during the season, Stanley will certainly be a driver to watch moving forward, and could very well reach victory lane in 2016.
By: Ashley McCubbin

6th in Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws Presented by LRR Points – Shane Gowan


With only one finish outside of the top-10 all season, combined with an immense level of determination, Shane Gowan had an impressive season en route to finishing sixth in the final Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws Presented by London Recreational Racing points standings.

Notably, Gowan’s year stated off on a very rough note as he would blow the motor in his primary during practice laps for the Spring Velocity on Saturday. Determined to not let it get him down, Gowan made the five hour plus round trip to get the back-up car, returning to the track to run the main event on Sunday. Despite getting involved in a wreck and suffering some damage, Gowan kicked off his 2015 campaign on a solid note with a ninth place finish.

“The team battle hard and put in some very log hours to get this back up car on the track” said crew chief Kelly Hallett per GowanRacing.com. “We are proud of that and we will move on to the next race looking for more.”

The return trip to Sunset Speedway in June would go smoother without any mechanical issues or incidents, but resulted in a 10th place finish as the team battled handling issues.

Over the next three weeks, the finish would certainly improve. Gowan kicked off the month of July with a finish of ninth at Delaware Speedway. He would then take the No. 39 Lucas Oil, Reclaim Enterprises, Hallett Fabrication, Stop53 Diner, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, and Douglas Engines SLM to Peterborough Speedway, scoring his best finish of the year with a sixth place finish.

The next three events would see the top-10 trend continue, despite racing at three different tracks. Gowan would finish seventh at Sunset Speedway, followed by a 10th at Flamboro Speedway and an eighth at Peterborough Speedway.

Unfortunately, a mis-handling car would result in Gowan’s string of top-10s ending at the Velocity 250 with an 11th place finish. The series veteran didn’t give up, though, bouncing back at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic for a seventh place finish.

Given the solid consistency of Gowan’s program, look for it to continue to grow and improve in 2016.
By: Ashley McCubbin

6th in Hoosier OSCAAR Modified Points: A.J. Emms

IMG_6642After running a variety of open-wheel cars, A.J. Emms made the jump up to the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified division, driving for Allen Adams and ADAMS Motorsports. The move proved to be successful, as Emms would have a solid rookie campaign.

Emms would start off the year strong, finishing 10th in his debut at Sunset Speedway. He would then follow that up with an 11th place finish a couple weeks later.

As the series headed into the start of summer, Emms quickly proved that he’d be one of the drivers to watch this season. The tight quarter-mile known as Full Throttle Motor Speedway would treat him well as Emms had a solid day, posting a fifth place finish for his first top-five. He had hoped to continue the momentum at Delaware, but would post a DNF after being spun while running inside the top-five.

For Emms, the next four weeks produced a set of rocky results. He would post a eighth place finish at Sauble Speedway, but finished 14th at Peterborough Speedway due to a mechanical failure. He would finish ninth at Sunset Speedway in the summer, followed by a 13th at Flamboro Speedway.

The final four weeks were perhaps the most impressive for Emms, as he produced three top-five finishes.

The driver of the No. 99 Adams Home Comfort, Barrie Auto Flea Market, Dwinnels Family Movers, Wolseley Canada, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Wix Filters, Klotz Canada, Heritage Heating Contractors Incorporated, Hastings Home Hardware, Whitechurch Towing, Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd, Kitchen Tire 2013, Morton Metals and Orillia Trim and Door kicked it off by finishing fourth in his return to FTMS, followed by a third at Delaware Speedway for his first career podium finish.

“It was pretty cool running with some top notch drivers up at the front including Cole Powell, who finished second,” Emms commented afterwards. “The last five-eight laps it felt like something broke in the car, almost like a tire going down, but we were able to bring it home to a solid third place finish, which the whole team is very proud of.”

Unfortunately, Emms would suffer a finish of 15th at Sunset’s Velocity 250 after a mid-race incident, but came back to finish the season strong with a fourth place finish at Peterborough.

Despite Emms and ADAMS Motorsprots headed in separate directions for 2016, it looks promising for both as success should come their way with what they have planned for their programs.
By: Ashley McCubbin

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