John Owen Returns To OSCAAR Victory Lane For First Time Since 1999


Location: Peterborough Speedway August 30, 2014
What won the race: John Owen lined up for the fifty lap feature event on the pole position and would not give it up. Despite several restarts in which Glenn Watson and Jesse Kennedy tried their best to overtake the #2 of Owen’s, John would not be denied this win. The win was a popular one in front of the home town fans, and emotional John thanked his crew, sponsors and his family for their continued support. Current championship contenders #17 of Kevin Cornelius and #81 of Andrew Gressel both did not have the feature they were hoping for. Both drivers would be involved in incidents which would see them restart at the rear of the field. At the end of the fifty lap event it would be the #17 in fourth and rounding out the top five was the #81 of Gressel. With just two events left Andrew Gressel holds a 37 point lead over second place #17 Kevin Cornelius who has a slight 10 point lead over third place Jesse Kennedy. This event would also mark the end of Rudy Oppersma career. Rudy did not score the finish that he had hoped for, but was still all smiles in the pits as he looks back on over 30 years of racing, and the friends and fun he has had.
Bad Luck of the Event: #16 of Robert Bickle is a home town favorite every time the series rolls into Peterborough Speedway. Unfortunately mechanical problems in practice would keep the #16 sidelined for the night. There was a tie for top qualifier between the #42 of Tyler Hawn and #54 Mike Beyore. Hawn looked poised to challenge for the feature win, when a brake line broke causing a brief fire that ended their night early. Mike Beyore also did not have the feature he had hoped for and ended up in tenth place. Mike Westwood continues to work out the bugs on his new super late model. Craig Stevenson in his #57 was forced to retire early as well from the feature event.
Rookie Battle: The b10 of Kelly Balson was once again the top rookie of the event. Corey Jones made the extensive repairs after Sunset Speedway and the hard work paid off with a heat race win and the second highest rookie in the feature event.
Car Count: 15
Pole Sitter: #54 Mike Beyore
Heat Race Winners: #39 Shane Gowan, #54 Mike Beyore, #17 Kevin Cornelius, #82 Corey Jones
Top Five in points: 1st#81 Andrew Gressel 666 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 629 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 619 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 597 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson
Next Event: Sunset Speedway Velocity Weekend September 27-28/14
Feature Finish: 1) #2 John Owen, 2) #22 Glenn Watson, 3) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 4) #17 Kevin Cornelius, 5) #81 Andrew Gressel, 6) #39 Shane Gowan 7) #b10 Kelly Balson, 8) #40p Charlie Gallant, 9) #82 Corey Jones, 10) Mike Beyore, 11) #04 Rudy Oppersma, 12) 91 Mike Westwood, 13) #57 Craig Stevenson, 14) #42 Tyler Hawn, 15) #16 Robert Bickle dns
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OSCAAR Super Late Model Teams Ready To For Peterborough Speedway Championship Night

Location: Peterborough Speedway 1710 Mount Pleasant Road Cavan ON, 705-743-5880. www.peterboroughspeedway.com
About the Speedway: high banked 1/3 mile paved oval track. First opened in 1967
2014 winner: #81 Andrew Gressel
Racing on June 14th: Pit gates open at 2:00pm, practice starts at 3:00 pm main gates open at 4:00 pm racing starts at 6:00pm.
Featuring: Super Late Models 50 lap feature, Championship night for 4fun, Mini stocks, Trucks, Thunders, Late models
Current Points Leader: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 606 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 565 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 552 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 530 pts, 5th #45 Rob Poole 528 pts
Super Late Models: The OSCAAR Super Late Model teams are ready to tackle the 1/3 mile oval at Peterborough Speedway this Saturday. This will be the last opportunity to find that perfect set up before the racing world descends on Peterborough Speedway for the Autumn Colours Classic in October. The tight high banks is a favorite of every driver and the action is nonstop from the drop of the green to the final checker flag of the night. On the previous visit back in August, it was Andrew Gressel picking up the feature win, followed by Jesse Kennedy and Glenn Watson. The #17 of Kevin Cornelius looked to have the race well in hand until mechanical issues forced the team pit side late in the race. Tyler Hawn and his #42 crew look forward to returning to Peterborough Speedway. The #42 recorded his best finish of the year of 6th in the feature event. Several local teams always have Peterborough circled on their calendar. #2 John Owen, #51 of Dave Taylor and #16 Robert Bickle all have a long history at the speedway and will be looking to impress the home town crowd this weekend. Former Peterborough feature winners Gary Passer and Charlie Gallant should also be in attendance. With the season winding down, drivers are looking for every point and that elusive win on the series. Fans are sure to be in for a great night of racing at Peterborough Speedway
Current weather forecast: Sunny and 25c (humid, pack the sunscreen)
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Gary McLean Picks Up The Hanover Holidays Modified Series Feature Win

Location: Sunset Speedway, Lefroy Ontario May 18, 2014
What Won the race: #14 Davey Terry took advantage of his pole position in the thirty lap feature event to pace the field for the first ten laps. The team looked poised to finally claim their first feature win but defending champion and current point leader #8 Gary McLean had other place. A restart on lap eleven would be what McLean was searching for and was able to take the lead and pace the field for the final twenty laps of the feature event. Rookie driver and current second place sitter in the championship points #91n Max Beyore continued to put the pressure on McLean but had to settle for a second place finish. #7 Brent McLean returned to action this weekend after missing the past couple of races. The teams hard work was rewarded with a solid third place finish at the end of the feature. Gary Elliott scored another strong finish with a fourth place. In the closing laps the best race on the track was between #67w Tommy Walters and #61 of Dustin Jackson, with Jackson pulling off the pass on the hall of fame driver for a fifth place finish.
Bad Luck of the Event: #79 of John Harper suffered mechanical issues forcing the team to miss the feature event. After making repairs from the hard crash at Peterborough Speedway, the #47 of Brian McLean returned to action but was sidelined early in the feature event.
Rookie Battle: Five Hanover Holiday Modified Rookies where in attendance at Sunset Speedway. Pacing the rookie field was the #91n of Max Beyore, followed by #36 Gary Elliott, #61 Dustin Jackson #88r Tommy Robb and #99 Drew Stieler
Car Count: 16
Top Qualifier: #88 Ryan Dick
Pole Sitter: #14 Davey Terry
Heat Race Winners: #91n Max Beyore, #67w Tommy Walters, #14 Davey Terry, #88 Ryan Dick
Points Championship: 1st #8 Gary McLean 773 pts, 2nd #91n Max Beyore 755 pts, 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 705 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 684 pts, 5th #88r Tommy Robb 645 pts
Next Event: Velocity Weekend Sunset Speedway September 27 – 28, 2014
Feature Finish: 1) #8 Gary McLean, 2) #91n Max Beyore, 3) #7 Brent McLean, 4) #36 Gary Elliott, 5) #61 Dustin Jackson, 6) #67w Tommy Walters, 7) #39 Shane Stickle, 8) #34 Lane Zardo, 9) #88 Ryan Dick, 10) #88r Tommy Robb, 11) #14 Davey Terry, 12) #47 Brian McLean, 13) #65 Bill Burrows, 14) #47 Brian McLean, 15) #13 Bobby Tolton, 16) #79 John Harper dns
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Dwayne Baker Wins Inaugural Bruce Gowland Memorial


Location: Sunset Speedway, Lefroy Ontario August 23, 2014
What won the race: A caution on lap forty of the fifty lap event would see race long leader #81 Andrew Gressel line up beside #48 Dwayne Baker. After a couple of false starts as each driver was looking for the slightest advantage, the two raced side by side for the next five laps. Baker was able to pull the pass off and went on to lead the final five laps to win the first annual Bruce Gowland Memorial event. Gressel held on to second adding to his points lead over #17 Kevin Cornelius who rounded out the podium. Jeff Hanley and Jesse Kennedy rounded out the top five in the feature event.
Bad Luck of the event: #39 Shane Gowan never got the chance to compete for the win in the feature event as mechanical issues sidelined the team early. #82 Corey Jones made slight contact with the #70 of Hanley coming out of turn four and stacked up the field. The #82 suffered heavy front end damage and was done for the night. Coming into this event Rob Poole and Glenn Watson were tied for fourth in the points, both teams suffered through a feature event that would see both involved in a couple of incidents.
Rookie Battle: Three Rookie of the Year candidates were in attendance this weekend at Sunset Speedway. Dave Doucette took advantage of his outside pole starting spot in the feature to record a seventh place finish in the feature and the honours of the top rookie of the race. Kelly Balson scored a ninth place finish and Corey Jones was twentieth after retiring with damage.
Car Count: 22
Top qualifier: #10 Jesse Kennedy
Pole Sitter: #07 Todd Campbell
Heat Race winners: #48 Dwayne Baker x2, #10 Jesse Kennedy x2 , #81 Andrew Gressel 1, #17 Kevin Cornelius
Top Five in points: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 606 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 565 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy, 4th #22 Glenn Watson, 5th #45 Rob Poole
Next Series Event: Peterborough Speedway August 30, 2014
Feature Finish: 1) #48 Dwayne Baker, 2) #81 Andrew Gressel, 3) #17 Kevin Cornelius, 4) #70 Jeff Hanley, 5) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 6) #54 Mike Beyore, 7) #44 Dave Doucette, 8) #07 Todd Campbell, 9) #b10 Kelly Balson, 10) #51 Dave Taylor, 11) #64 Chris Burrows, 12) #40p Charlie Gallant, 13) #22 Glenn Watson, 14) #57 Craig Stevenson, 15) #45 Rob Poole, 16) #13 Gary Passer, 17), #91 Mike Westwood, 18) #42 Tyler Hawn, #19) Ron Hollis, 20) #82 Corey Jones, 21) #67 Rob Riemer, 22) #39 Shane Gowan
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