Mckenzie Hamilton Set for Rookie Campaign

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As the days continue to countdown to the season, the reveals have been forth coming. A couple weeks ago, Noel Hamilton revealed the No. 88 OSCAAR Pro Midget, which his daughter Mckenzie will race this season in her rookie campaign.

The car caught the attention of many, which is no surprise as Noel says they always make sure their designs “let you know it a girl’s cart and stand out catch the eye.”

For Mckenzie, she was intrigued to try OSCAAR for this season after having spent the past few years at Grand Bend Speedway, and now wanting to try something new.

“My thoughts are that it will be fun and very interesting for me to be joining a new class and being able to race against many good drivers in it,” she said.

Going into the year, she says her goals are to “keep up with the pack in every race, and have a good race seasons,” notably that she’s excited to race twice at Grand Bend this year with it being her home track.

The team enters the season knowing the car can run well as James Marche drove for them in the final two races, experiencing success. He finished fourth after sprocket issues at the Autumn Colours Classic, followed by a win a week later at Frostoberfest.

For Hamilton, she got her start in 2007 at Grand Bend Speedway after watching her brother run the microsprints.

“I found myself very engaged while watching the racing but I mainly just wanted to be on the track with them,” she said. “So I talked to my dad and the next race season I started in the Jr. B division at Grand Bend Speedway.”

She ran in the Jr B division for three years, before moving up to the Jr A Division. The progression continued with her moving up to the 9 HP Modiifed Microsprint Division in 2012, taking home the championship and rookie of the year all together. She then backed it up a year later with another championship after winning every race that season.

With success coming fast, her father made the decision to build a 440 suspended outlaw sprint to be raced on dirt at Wonderland Speedway for 2014.

“We brought it out midway through 2014; she did awesome,” Noel said. “In the off season, the owner of Wonderland speedway passed away leaving nowhere to run our outlaw for 2015 season.

“Then Brad Clarke from Grand Bend Speedway mentioned the OSCAAR Pro Midgets Division for the 2016 season. I, the owner and father, wanted to but with Mckenzie working two jobs and attending college, it wasn’t fesible.”

However, it appears the pieces are coming together this season, with hopes of success all year long.

Going into the year, the father-daugther duo would like to thank Autofusion Towing, Tommy’s Custom Exhaust & Auto Repair, For&L Farm’s, Wilds Printing, Mcnichol Welding & Fabricating, and Jcar Racing Products for their support.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR to Help Raise Money for Bravehearts at Full Throttle Motor Speedway

 

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As part of the first race of the 2017 season, OSCAAR is set to give back to the community.
In partnership with Tim Tolton and Black Magic Racing, OSCAAR will be raising money for the Ontario Special Olympics – North Wellington “Bravehearts” at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 21.
The track’s weekly 50/50 draw will see funds donated to the Bravehearts. Though as an added incentive, each ticket purchased will allow you to a chance to win one of the many additional bonus prizes.
Special Olympics is a “non-profit, multi-sport organization” focused on providing sports training, through four sports clubs and competition, to meet the needs and interests of people with intellectual disabilities. Across Ontario, there are 14,000 athletes currently apart of the program.
The Wellington North group currently features over thirty athletes who get the chance to work with the group’s registered volunteers and coaches.
You can find out more information about the Wellington North Bravehearts at http://www.nw-bravehearts.com/.
Black Magic Racing worked with the group last year, raising money through an event at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, as well as taking part in a bowling tournament with some of the athletes.
Tim Tolton is just one of the seven rookies that will be in the field for the OSCAAR Modifieds this year, alongside many familiar faces.
Also on the card for the weekend at Full Throttle Motor Speedway is the Fun Stocks, Mini Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks, Jr Late Models, Mini Trucks, V8 Pure Trucks, Crazy Trains, Kid Stock, as well as the inaugural event for the OSCAAR Hot Rods.
So make sure to come on out for the first race of the season and enjoy some action, while meeting and supporting these awesome athletes.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Trevor Monaghan Returning to Super Late Model Competition

After spending the past 11 years away from super late model competition, Trevor Monaghan will be back behind the wheel of a super late model as part of the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour in 2017.

“I’m very excited to be back racing in OSCAAR,” he said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a super late model. The last time was 2006 at New Smyrna in the World Series of Asphalt.”

The opportunity came about when he noticed a car up for sale during the off-season, and knew he wanted to get back into it.

“There is nothing like racing a super late model,” he said. “I’ve driven and tested a few different types of cars, ARCA, NASCAR Pintys, Late Models, Challengers, Thunder Stocks – but they don’t compare to a super.”

Even though he’s only ran about 20 races in the past 12 years, he has his goal set on winning one of the events this season on the schedule. As to which of those he’s most excited about, that’d be the series’ return to Kawartha Speedway.

“The last time I raced there in a super was 2001 and I led a bunch of laps with drivers such as Hanley, Zardo, Fletcher, Clarke, McGinnis, Robinson, in the field,” he recalled.

For Monaghan, everything began at Flamboro Speedway in a street stock in 1995.

“My uncle Dan Monaghan raced against the best racers in Canada and when he hung up his shoes, my career got going,” he said.

From there on, he was able to have success, picking up the Flamboro Speedway Championship in 1999, setting a record at the time for the most single wins in a seat at 12 out of 24 events. He then made the move to OSCAAR in 2000, taking home the Rookie of the Year Award for his biggest series moment.

“I had a few second place finishes but never did get a win, so I’m really excited to see what this car has in it,” he said. “There is some very tough competition and my car is a little older so I’ll need a bit of luck on my side.

“I have to thank my sponsors – Seven Star Express Line Ltd, Mackesy Smye Lawyers, AW Millwrights, Doug Wright Motorsports, New Generation Racing Engines, W.E Davies Opticians, RESTORAID, Jukasa Designs, Janene The Travel Agent Next Door and Legendary Landscapes.”
By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Champs Take Part in Short Track Night of Champions

One of the long standing traditions at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo is the Short Track Night of Champions, which sees all the pavement and dirt champions from Ontario appear on stage throughout the ceremonies. As they have in the past, OSCAAR was once again part of the fun.

Three of the four Champions were in attendance for the event – OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion J.R. Fitzpatrick, OSCAAR Modified Champion Gary McLean, and OSCAAR Pro Midget Champion Ted Greenwood.

For Fitzpatrick, this past season was his first career Super Late Model Championship after making a move to the series in 2015 following success in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The Ayr, Ontario native admitted on stage that it took some time to get used to the super late cars, including the amount of power that they have.

“I’ve been racing quite a while, since I was six years old, I don’t think I’ve quite mastered the pedal work yet,” he noted. “But luckily, we were able to make it work.”

Fitzpatrick also took time to thank his team for their support en route to two victories and eight top-fives throughout the year.

“I got a lot of people to thank,” he said. “Chris, Shawn, Deon – everybody knows how much work this is to race. My fiance Alaura for being so supportive. My father-in-law for getting me to the track every week. And obviously I want to thank all the promoters – not just on the asphalt side, but the dirt side. Racing is getting harder so without the track promoters, we wouldn’t have a place to race. So thanks to all you guys.”

While this was Fitzpatrick’s first OSCAAR Championship, the modified champion marks Gary McLean’s fifth straight championship.

The fact quickly made host Adam Ross question how races McLean has won to date. While there was no exact number mentioned, like a true driver he was quit to note he’s also lost “quite a few,” and “could make a list of them that I would go back and do again.”

Of course, being as successful as it is, it certainly puts a target on McLean as the “guy to beat,” which is something he doesn’t mind.

“It’s pretty rewarding when you go on the track and see everybody run up with a stop watch to check it out because we know that it gets in their heads a little bit and we don’t have to race them as hard,” he said.

While noting his success, he also stated how much the competition has stepped it up over the years as “all the modified guys are stepping up – they race hard and race well.” Like Fitzpatrick, he thanked his team for their support.

“First of all, I have to thank the guys that work on the car,” McLean said. “Greg Gibson owns the car and puts together a spectacular piece. Those guys work so hard to get that car ready and have a good piece every time. Over than that, just the sponsors that sponsor the series, OSCAAR. Don’t know if we’re doing that this year, but it’s really good when you have sponsors that come forward and put a series together, and keep everybody going.”

Ted Greenwood also took to the stage as the Pro Midget Champion, though spent more time talking about the series overall following their inaugural campaign.

“It was a really good year because we started off a few car count and built up the class and ended up with 16 cars at Autumn Colours so we could put up a pretty good show,” he said. “Now we’re up to 32 guys, so next year we will be able to put lots of cars on the track. So it should be a lot of fun and better next year, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Greenwood went on to thank the short track promoters for taking a chance on the division and believing in OSCAAR to put on a first year of shows, knowing the counts would start off low.

“By the end of the year we got the numbers that they wanted, and now they all know that we’re going to double the count for next year,” he said. “It’s going to be great. I love the competition. We’re going to do things a little differently – we’re going to invert so the winner from next year is going to have to start dead last and come through the pack. So we’re going to put on a show for these promoters and owners, and that’s going to be put fans in the stands and that’s what we need in this country. The fan base is pretty low right now. We need to get that back up.”

Like those before him, Greenwood thanked his team for their support.

“First of all, I have to thank my accountant, which is my wife, for allowing me to spend all this money,” he said. “I have to thank my crew for coming out and helping an old man like me have some fun.”

By Ashley McCubbin

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