Dan Price Going to Keep Working toward Podium Effort

dan priceThree OSCAAR Modified races into the 2016 season, and some drivers are off to a strong start while others wish it could’ve gone better.

For Dan Price, his season has been a bit of mix of both as while he’s shown speed, he has posted only a pair of top-10s.

“It’s been up and down,” he said. “It looked really promising at first, and it kind of thought we could win the race at Flamboro leading with five laps to go and then ended up going around. It sucks – could’ve won that race. We got together; I spun out – it’s racing.”

Following the spin at Flamboro, Price was relegated to a sixth-place finish.

He was hoping for a strong result at Delaware, running in the top-five at the halfway mark. Unfortunately, a spin and contact with the wall resulted in not finishing the race.

The rain-out for Full Throttle Moor Speedway wasn’t in the original plans, but it gave Price an opportunity to test.

“I made some changes on the car – wanted to try something so went testing at Peterborough and extremely happy with it,” he commented. “I went to Flamboro and it wasn’t great – over adjusted and got a mediocre finish, still a top-10. It wasn’t great.

“It’s been up and down. It’s hard as you have to get everything working but I’m generally happy with where we’re at.”

This season marks Price’s second year of modified competition after making the jump last year to the division from thunder car competition. He notes he made the decision to go modified as he’s always enjoyed watching the tour-type modified and it’s the “most economical car” for racing and being able to tour around the province to different tracks. It also gives him the chance to work on the car more, which he enjoys.

“There’s a lot of stuff on it that I can build myself – rather than buying off the shelf,” he said. “It’s right up my alley. If I need a fender or something, I like to make my own.”

With the speed shown this year, along with four top-10s last year, highlighted by a fourth in August, the question remains when the first podium finish will come from Price. While he knows he has a car capable of getting the result, he says it’ll take hard work on his part to make it happen.dan price and luke gignac

“I know the car is there; it’s just a matter of getting the adjustments right and staying out of trouble,” he said. “That’s the main thing – staying out of trouble so you can be there at the end. Look at Delaware – ended up doing something on my part, spinning out and taking me out of the race. I’d like to say that we can win every race, but realistically I know that we can’t.

“I want to get a podium this year – that’s the plan – so we’re going to keep working at it.”

He added he’s been able to put more effort into making the car stronger with having stayed out of trouble – for the most part – to start the year so he’s trying things and testing, versus focusing on repairs.

The driver of the No. 09 Hy-Hope Farm, Cochrane Automotive, Langilles Scrap, A&T Mechanical and Bennett GM Modified now has his attention turned to Sauble Speedway next weekend on Friday night, which will mark his first modified race on the oval as he missed last year’s event.

“Well, Friday is going to be survival for the points race and just keeping the thing out of trouble because I’ve got Andy Jankowiak from New York to run it in the Rick Woolner Memorial (on Sunday),” he commented. “He’s got a race that he’s going to run on Saturday in New York and then he’s going to run my car on Sunday. So the plan is to not jeopardize that.

“I’m still going to race and not just drive around, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to be cautious. The last thing I want to do is tear this thing up when I’m hours from home and have to push hard to get this thing fixed.”
By: Ashley McCubbin

The Fyre Place & Patio Shop Sponsoring Midget Bonus for Sauble

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The OSCAAR Midgets will have a bonus available to them at Sauble Speedway on July 1.

OSCAAR is proud to announce the Fyre Place and Patio Shop will be sponsoring a bonus drivers can collect. Each of the top-five point producers at Sauble Speedway, combining heat and feature points, will receive an additional $100 payout.

Though to note, the bonus will only be given to the drivers once they register to race at Flamboro Speedway the following weekend, July 9. If a driver who is eligible does not register for Flamboro, the prize will be given to the next eligible driver.

“With the new generation of racing, and with the spirit of not only acknowledging the race feature winner, encouraging participants to each event, we thought we would sponsor a race and recognize the top 5 point producers of the day,” Paul Wilson said.

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The Fyre Place & Patio Shop is actively already involved in OSCAAR, sponsoring the No. 69 OSCAAR Midget driven by Wally Wilson.

“I think it’s great that my biggest sponsor is stepping up to help the OSCAAR Midgets at my home track,” Wally Wilson said. “They’ve done so much for Motorsports over the years, starting out with sponsoring Sean Stobbe’s Jr. late model about 15 years ago, getting out of it for a few years, but getting back to sponsoring a race team last season with me in the OSCAAR Midgets!”wallywilson

Wilson added he’s always enjoyed watching OSCAAR competition since he was a kid, and to be apart of the series is great, like being part of one big happy family. The teenager currently sits third in points following a best-career finish of third at Flamboro.

“The racing has been a lot cleaner this year and off track, everyone’s able to joke around and have a good time,” he said. “It’s been surreal being more competitive than I expected to be this season, I knew I’d be a contender but never knew I’d be above my original goal of 5th in the standings.

“My thoughts going into Sauble are that it’s going to be the biggest midget race of the season, and the fact that it’s happening at my home track makes it even more special to me. I’m hoping to have my sponsors, family and friends up in the crowd cheering me on. Sauble has always been my favourite place to be in the summer and the fact I get to spend Canada Day doing what I love close to home makes it even better! Hopefully after that third place finish at Flamboro, I can put it in victory lane at home!”

The OSCAAR Midgets will be joined by the OSCAAR Modifieds at Sauble Speedway. Full details on the night can be found at Sauble Speedway’s website at http://www.saublespeedway.ca.
By: Ashley McCubbin

Maginnis, McLean, Brown and Paul Big Flamboro Winners

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By Randy Spencer (Flamboro Speedway PR) – Once again beautiful weather and a nice crowd were on hand to see these Ontario touring classes. Super Late Models were joined by the Modifieds, Midgets and the first visit to Flamboro by the new OSCAAR Pro Midgets.

Racing got underway at 6pm. OSCAAR Midgets were up first for the first of their two qualifying heats. Wally Wilson and Wayne McKibbon were on the pole for this eight lapper. Wilson would lead lap one but the 24 of Ryan Brown was right on his bumper. Some exciting side by side action early as Wilson fought hard to hold off the charging Brown as the two combatants  battled throughout. Brown would make his move with two laps to go and passed Wilson as they made their way into turn one. Brown just about gave the lead back as he went high in 3-4 on the final lap but would come across the line first picking up the checkers.
The OSCAAR Pro Midgets were next. This new division had just three cars signed in on this night. It was my first time watching them and I was impressed. They will be fun to watch when the cars counts rise a little. Very fast and they look like a smaller version of the Can Am Midgets. The 1 of Ted Greenwood led lap one and would stay there for the entire fice laps to pick up the win.

The OSCAAR Modifieds had 16 cars signed in and they would be split into two, eight car heats. The Iron Man Gary Elliott was on the pole with points leader A.J. Emms on his outside. Elliott would lead early with the 8 of Gary McLean right there knocking on Elliott’s back door. On lap six, McLean moved to the inside of Elliott in an attempt to get by the veteran Elliott. But Elliott wouldn’t be denied and he held off McLean to pick up the victory. Nice to see Gary in victory lane. One of my all time favorites, Gary is racing in his sixth different decade here at Flamboro Speedway. Heat two had the Spider Man John Harper on the inside pole along side the 21 of Chris Milwain. Both are familiar with Flamboro as Harper raced for years in Thunder Cars while Milwain is a former Canadian Vintage Modified pilot. Harper would lead early with Milwain not far behind. The two battled for ten hard laps and Milwain made several attempts to get by Harper without success. Late Milwain got squirrely as he made a last ditch effort to get by the 79 but it would be Harper in the Sunoco Fuels Victory Lane.

OSCAAR Super Late Models hit the tack. Known to many as the ground pounders, these powerful machines had 11 cars signed in on this night. Earlier in the week, Flamboro co-owner announce a special race here on August 22nd. The Gold Rush, a 100 lap event that in the past was a race for Pro Late Models will this year be an Outlaw Super Late Model event. Should be very exciting to say the least with cars from all over the province as well as bordering U.S. states battling it out for the chance to win $10,000. Stay tuned to the Flamboro Speedway website for all the details!! Veteran Glenn Watson lined up beside Flamboro favorite J.R. Fitzpatrick for this one. Fitzpatrick led early and was fast getting around the three eights mile oval just over 14 seconds. He would lead flag to flag to pick up the heat win. Second heat had Tyler Hawn up front with Charlie Gallant to his right. Gallant would cross the line first but went high in turns 1-2 and that allowed Hawn to get by and assume the lead. Shane Maginnis, a past Pro Late Model driver here was making his first start of 2016. He took the lead a couple laps in and that lead grew quickly and he won this one going away.

The OSCAAR Midgets second heat had Brian MacDonald and Russ Couture on the pole. The front runners ran into trouble right off the start as MacDonald went around in 1-2 doing a complete three sixty collecting the oncoming field behind him. Several cars took hard hits, one bounced around and a few went off on the flat bed. Several cars had some significant damage and would need to work hard to make it out for the feature. The carnage took out more than half the field and as the checkers flew on lap eight, three cars were left running as Alex Cuzzilla was first followed by Wayne McKibbon and Zack Millman.

The OSCAAR Pro Midget third heat saw Wally Northcott lead lap one and the 37 of Shawn Paul retired to leave Northcott and Ted Greenwood battle it out. Greenwood would come across first to pick up the heat win.

Round two qualifying for the OSCAAR Modifieds had Paul Smith and David Balych on the point. Balych and Luke Gignac came together on the backstretch and it looked like Balych may have tagged the wall and he retired early. Smith led early but Gignac would take over the lead by lap three. Gignac went a little high in four and through one allowing the 21 of Chris Milwain to make his way to the side of the 99. Milwain made his move on lap seven as the cars charged out of four and he took the lead and would pick up the checkered flag. Heat #4 had former Vintage Modified driver Shane Stickel up front along side Corey Horner. Stickel and Horner started to break away from the pack and as the checkered flag was waved Stickel was in the Sunoco Fuels Victory Lane.

The final two races of qualifying were for the OSCAAR Super Late Models. Former Flamboro Pro Late Model driver Jim Bowman was up front with Roy Passer to his outside. Passer would lead early and a caution as Bowman and J.R. Fitzpatrick got involved sending Fitzpatrick around. Passer continued to lead with Fitzpatrick making his way to the back bumper of the 27. As checkers flew it was Passer picking up the win. The green flag dropped on heat #4 as Gary Passer and former Flamboro Pro Late model champion Todd Campbell out front. Campbell led lap one but a caution as Glenn Watson tried to get past Gary Passer  and the two made contact. Watson had to hit the pits with a flat left front. Another caution as fluid was on the tack and it caused a spin. This would allow the 03 of Shane Maginnis to take the lead and he made it two for two picking up another heat win. That brought us to intermission.

The twenty lap OSCAAR Midgets feature was first up with ten cars taking green. Alex Cuzzilla and Ryan Brown were out front. Brown was the early leader with the 42 of Brian MacDonald on the move early. He started sixth and moved to third in the first couple of laps. Brown and Cuzzilla would battle it out early as they tried to break away. By lap 11, the 69 of Wally Wilson was making life difficult for the 42 of Brian MacDonald. Wilson was trying every move in the book heading low and high but with no luck in his attempts to get past the 42. Up front Ryan Brown was building a commanding lead and wouldn’t be challenged on the night. As the white flag flew the 50 of Cuzzilla slowed a bit and this allowed Wilson and MacDonald to get by and as the checkers flew it was Brown coming across first followed by MacDonald and Wilson. Congratulations to Ryan Brown who after seven years picked up his first feature win with the Midget series. And he did so in commanding style. As I mentioned earlier in the heat races, some cars would have some work to do to make the feature. Brown was one of those cars as he had to replace the front axle but still won the race going away. Congratulations Ryan!!

The OSCAAR Pro Midgets hit the tack for their ten lap feature. This one was a strange one. On lap three 45 of Wally Northcott was battling the 1 of Ted Greenwood. Greenwood was leading and Northcott went in hard and deep in turn three. A bounce and swerve cause the two cars to come together and they hit hard sending the two cars into the turn four wall. This one could’ve been ugly but both cars were unable to continue and would see the checkered flag fly for the only remaining car as the 37 of Shawn Paul pick up the win.

The OSCAAR Modified Feature was next with sixteen cars taking green. Luke Gignac lined up beside Brian McLean for the start of this one. McLean led early but a caution would fly as Corey Horner got sideways and went high and that would collect some cars as the 14 of A.J. Emms had nowhere to go with Shane Stickel, Dan Price, Rick Schurr, Emms, and Paul Smith all ending up in the incident. Horner and Smith were unable to continue as they were removed by Ray’s Towing. Horner had some rear end damage and looked like a broken trailing arm and Smith, a back up driver on the might had his right front tire bent. On the restart, a tight pack of cars battled for the lead. McLean was out front with Gignac, John Harper and Gary McLean close behind. Gary McLean and John Harper were waging a fierce battle. Both would go in the corner hard to try and get an advantage. Harper seemed to have the advantage but he gt out of the throttle out of two on lap 17 and slowed with an apparent steering issue bringing out the caution. Gary McLean would take the lead on the restart but another caution as Shane Stickel spun. McLean would continue to lead on the restarts and had a ten car advantage with five to go. A green white checkers was the way this one would finish as the 44 of Rick Schurr spun on the front stretch on lap 28. As the checkers flew it was Gary McLean picking up the win. Going into the night he was just six points back of the leader A.J. Emms in the point standings so this one sure helped him move on up. Congratulations to Gary on the win. As he said in the post race interview he either wins at Flamboro or goes home in a basket. It’s either checkers or wreckers here for Mclean over the past few seasons.

The final race of the evening was the 50 lap main event for the OSCAAR Super Late Models. Todd Campbell and J.R. Fitzpatrick were out front with Fitzpatrick leading early. Shane Maginnis started fourth but moved up the second early. Maginnis would make his move on J.R. as the two were heading into turn one on lap six. Maginnis’ car was a glow of flame and back fire every time he went through the corners. This write was sure that Maginnis was going to have some issues but that never happened. A few cautions as the race was half way for some cars spinning out. Maginnis was just too much for the rest of the field and he would hold the lead through the restarts and as the checkers flew to close out the racing action it was Shane Maginnis picking up the checkered flag.

That brought to close another exciting nice of racing action at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway.

Photos by Mike Kiers – cableguyphotos.com

Results

OSCAAR Midgets Heat #1 : #24 Ryan Brown, #69 Wally Wilson, #42 Brian MacDonald, #50 Alex Cuzzilla, #88 Darryl Anthony, #72 Zack Millman, #94 Russ Couture, #66 Bill Hetherton, #71 Wayne McKibbon, #49 Monty Farrell

OSCAAR Midgets Heat #2 : #50 Alex Cuzzilla, #71 Wayne McKibbon, #72 Zack Millman,#88 Darryl Anthony, #42 Brian MacDonald, #94 Russ Couture, #66 Bill Hetherton, #24 Ryan Brown, #49 Monty Farrell, #69 Wally Wilson

OSCAAR Midgets Feature : #24 Ryan Brown, #42 Brian MacDonald, #69 Wally Wilson, #50 Alex Cuzzilla, #71 Wayne McKibbon, #88 Darryl Anthony, #72 Zack Millman, #66 Bill Hetherton, #49 Monty Farrell, #94 Russ Couture (NS)

OSCAAR Pro Midgets Heat #1 : #1 Ted Greenwood, #37 Shawn Paul, #45 Wally Northcott

OSCAAR Pro Midgets Heat #2 : #1 Ted Greenwood, #45 Wally Northcott, #37 Shawn Paul

OSCAAR Pro Midgets Feature : #37 Shawn Paul, #1 Ted Greenwood, #45 Wally Northcott

OSCAAR Modifieds Heat #1 : #36 Gary Elliott, #8 Gary McLean, #47 Brian McLean, #99 Luke Gignac, #14 A.J. Emms, #39 Shane Stickel, #09 Dan Price, #97 Paul Smith

OSCAAR Modifieds Heat #2 : #79 John Harper, #21 Chris Milwain, #12 David Balych, #79h Corey Horner, #88 Ryan Dick, #96k Monty Kelly, #44 Rick Schurr, #51 Dale Reinhart

OSCAAR Modifieds Heat #3 : #21 Chris Milwain, #99 Luke Gignac, #47 Brian McLean, #36 Gary Elliott, #97 Paul Smith, #44 Rick Schurr, #51 Dale Reinhart, #12 David Balych

OSCAAR Modifieds Heat #4 : #39 Shane Stickel, #79h Corey Horner, #8 Gary McLean, #09 Dan Price, #88 Ryan Dick, #79 John Harper, #14 A.J. Emms, #96k Monty Kelly

OSCAAR Modifieds Feature : #8 Gary McLean, #47 Brian McLean, #21 Chris Milwain, #99 Luke Gignac, #88 Ryan Dick, #36 Gary Elliott, #0 Dan Price, #39 Shane Stickel, #51 Dale Reinhart, #96k Monty Kelly, #44 Rick Schurr, #79 John Harper, #79h Corey Horner, #97 Paul Smith, #14 A.J. Emms, #12 David Balych (NS)

OSCAAR Super Late Model Heat #1 : #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #22 Glenn Watson, #07 Todd Campbell, #27 Roy Passer, #52 Gary Passer

OSCAAR Super Late Model Heat #2 : #03 Shane Maginnis, #2 Tyler Hawn, #40p Charlie Gallant, #63 Jim Bowman, #67 Rob Reimer

OSCAAR Super Late Model Heat #3 : #27 Roy Passer, #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #40p Charlie Gallant, #63 Jim Bowman

OSCAAR Super Late Model Heat #4 : #03 Shane Maginnis, #07 Todd Campbell, #52 Gary Passer, #2 Tyler Hawn, #67 Rob Reimer, #22 Glenn Watson

OSCAAR Super Late Model Feature : #03 Shane Maginnis, #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #27 Roy Passer, #22 Glenn Watson, #52 Gary Passer, #07 Tod Campbell, #63 Jim Bowman, #67 Rob Reimer, #2 Tyler Hawn, #40p Charlie Gallant, #7 Derrick Tiemersma (NS)

OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models at Flamboro Speedway Preview

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After a long break, the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models are set to return to action this weekend at Flamboro Speedway for their second race of the year. With lots of experience throughout the field, there should be lots of great racing for the fans to see.
J.R. Fitzpatrick enters this weekend arguably as the early favourite after dominating the season opener in May. It’s just a continuation from last year as he ended off on a high, winning two of the last three races en route to finishing second in points. The Cambridge, Ontario native also ahs always been strong at Flamboro, posting a runner-up finish last season.
Fitzpatrick isn’t going to have it easy, though, as there are a pair of past champions chomping at the bit.
Derrick Tiemersma is looking for his first win in a couple seasons and could get back to victory lane, as he is a past winner at Flamboro Speedway. He picked up the victory in 2008 to go along with a seventh and sixth in 2007, a third in 2009 and a fourth in 2013. Unfortunately, the season opener didn’t go as he hoped with mechanical issues.
Four-time series champion Glenn Watson would love to get a win, and knows what it takes to get around the Hamilton, Ontario oval. In eight previous OSCAAR starts at Flamboro, he has two wins and six top-fives.
Gary Passer has lots of experience in the OSCAAR ranks and hopes to continue his solid start this year after finishing seventh in the season opener.
After spending some time away, Jim Bowman will make his return to the seat of a super late model this weekend. Bowman has proven he can also get the job done as prior to his time off, he was steadily posting top-10 finishes.
Tyler Hawn was successful in May, scoring a heat win en route to a fifth place finish. He hopes to have a solid run this weekend, continuing to post the consistent top-10 finishes he is known for.
Charlie Gallant knows what it takes to run well at Flamboro as he finished second to Jeff Hanley in 2013. He’s also done well in his last two Super Late starts, finishing second at Peterborough in October and third at Flamboro in May.
Roy Passer hopes to be at the front of the field as he’s proven to know his way around Flamboro. Notably, he was the runner-up in May to go with an eighth in 2009 and ninth last season.
Todd Campbell surprised a lot of people last year, posting five straight top-10 finishes. So far this year, he’s off to a solid start as he finished 10th in the season opener.
Dustin Jackson impressed in his OSCAAR debut in May, posting a sixth place finish. Known for having success on the modified tour, he’ll be looking to crack the top-five this weekend.
Craig Stevenson is also looking for a solid run after finishing eighth in the season opener.
Along with the OSCAAR Super Late Models at Flamboro Speedway this Saturday will be the OSCAAR Modifieds, OSCAAR Midgets and OSCAAR Pro Midgets.
The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Flamboro Speedway website at http://flamborospeedway.ca/.
Stay tuned to OSCAAR website for more articles leading into the season.

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