7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

Rob Poole would start off his 2014 campaign on a strong note with consistent, top-10 finishes. However, as the second half of the year began, mechanical gremlins would strike and derail the season.

Starting off the year at Sunset Speedway, Poole would post a solid sixth place finish to get the year started on a good note. A trip to Kawartha Speedway would prove to even be better, with a season-high fifth place finish as he ran upfront all race long.

A trip to Barrie Speedway produced a solid seventh place finish, leading into a sixth and an eighth at the Don Biederman Memorial at Sunset.

“We’re still probably a little under budget compared to some of them, but we’re doing the best with what we’ve got and having some fun,” Poole commented post Don Biederman Memorial. “We worked hard this weekend. I got to thank all the guys for sure; they worked their tails off. It turned out good.”

The driver of the No. 45 Visser Farms, Alliston Auto Sales & Leasing, R.A. Electrical, BFI Canada, Reliable Waste Management, AgNav, Central Industrial Supply, Multi-Tech Machining & Welding Inc., Triple Crown Auto Collision, R&W Equipment Ltd., Essa Road Chiropractic, ERA Tours and Progressive Waste Solutions Super Late Model looked to carry the good momentum into the month of July when the tour headed to Sauble Speedway. He would have a good run going, though a cut rear tire would result in an 11th place finish.

The Rob Poole Racing team immediately looked to get their season back on track, though, returning to the front of the field at the next event at Peterborough Speedway with a fifth place finish. He would then back it up with a solid sixth place finish at Kawartha Speedway a week later.

Just as it looked they had things turned around, the final four events wouldn’t go as planned with problems in the pair of Sunset Speedway events to close out the year, resulting in Poole missing both Peterborough races.

Poole has proven that he and his team have the pieces to be front runners in OSCAAR – if they can get the pieces to stay together. If they’re able to do that next year, expect Poole to be a consistent front all year and possibly pick up his first win.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

With success on his side and looking to try something new, Tommy Robb moved up to the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour for the 2014 season. While the season was a struggle at times due to bad luck and mechanical issues, Robb would have a solid season overall.

Robb started off the season well, posting a solid 10th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. He would then keep improving, posting a fifth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Robb looked to on his way to another solid run at Barrie Speedway. However, that was when the season took a turn. A wreck on the last lap of the feature would find Robb caught right in the middle, with his modified taking heavy damage. Though worse, he banged up his wrist in the process.

Not willing to let his injury slow him down, the ‘Relentless’ driver fixed the car and back out for the next event – the double header at Sunset Speedway. Robb would have a pair of good back-to-back nights, finishing seventh and sixth.

“This team is all about forward movement,” Robb said post-race on June 29th. “We want to be better this weekend than we were the last time out. I definitely feel as though we accomplished that these last two nights.”

The driver of the No. 88r First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products Modified carried the positive momentum to Ottawa, finishing seventh in the pair of races at Capital City Speedway.

He would finish 10th at the Rick Woolner Memorial, but misfortune would bite him a couple weeks later at Peterborough en route to a 12th place finish. Robb never gave up, though, coming back a week later to finish eighth at Kawartha.

The misfortune bug wouldn’t disappear, though, as a wreck in his heat at Delaware Speedway would cause him to miss the feature. The pair of Sunset Speedway would roll Robb a mixed bag, with finishes of 10th and 12th. Robb would end his season on a high note, though, finishing sixth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Despite being a rookie, Robb showed a ton of speed all year long and was able to put himself into a contention a couple weekends. If the pieces come together in 2015, expect Robb to be in the top-five in points with a possible win under his belt.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

8th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Dave Doucette

After experiencing success in the Super Stock/Thunder Car ranks across Ontario, Dave Doucette made the move up to OSCAAR Super Late Model competition for 2014.

“Well, myself and my team are always looking for new challenges in racing so together we thought it was time for a change,” Doucette commented pre-season.

The season certainly brought forth some challenging moments for the past Autumn Colors Classic Champion as he would suffer some bad luck throughout the year, but also was able to find some success.

Doucette started off his year with a solid run in his No. 44 Xtreme Auto Service, TSS Top Shops, Redline Graphics and Spencer Lewis Promotions Super Late Model, finishing 10th in the Lucie Alywin Memorial at Sunset Speedway. Return trips to Sunset throughout the year brought forth more success, including a solid seventh in the Bruce Gowland Memorial.

The eastern swing of the schedule wouldn’t go as planned, though. Doucette would post an 11th place finish at Peterborough Speedway, before suffering a wreck at Kawartha Speedway in the early laps.

A trip to Sauble Speedway during the summer allowed Doucette to experience the success he was looking for, as he would post a solid ninth place finish.

As Doucette looks back through the season, though, there is one moment outside of these that will stand out even more. Doucette returned to his home track, Barrie Speedway and had a great night, running inside the top-five throughout the night en route to posting a fourth place finish.

Doucette capped off his season with a solid 10th place finish in the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough, and will hope to take that momentum into 2015 in search of his first podium finish.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

8th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Brian McLean

Continuing to improve with each passing year, Brian McLean would have a couple standout runs throughout the course of 2014.

The modified pilot started off his season on a decent note, posting an 11th place finish at Sunset Speedway, followed by a 12th place finish at Kawartha Speedway. A trip to Barrie Speedway would bring the first top 10 of the season with a ninth place finish.

As the month of June finished off, the OSCAAR Modifieds would head back to Sunset Speedway for a double header event. Without a doubt, the Don Biederman Memorial weekend would be the highlight of the season. McLean would pilot his No. 47 Hone Building Centre – Bowmanville and McLean Farms Modified to an impressive third place finish in the first of two features that weekend, marking his only podium run of the year.

The next four races of the tour would bring split results, as McLean scored three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a seventh place finish at Sauble Speedway. With a string of success, McLean headed into August hoping it’d continue. Though as they say, some things don’t go according to plan.

That’d be the case for McLean as the Chase for the Colors event brought forth a big incident that resulted in the No. 47 Modified up into the backstretch wall with heavy damage. Thankfully, McLean would be uninjured, but the damage would result in a pair of missed events.

McLean would return for the final three races of the season, though couldn’t find much luck. Mechanical issues resulted in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10, with a seventh place finish at the Velocity 250 sandwiched in between.

Throughout the year, there were sparks of greatness shown by McLean, and as noted, highlighted by a podium finish at the end of June. If the mechanical gremlins disappear in 2015 and McLean can continue improving the performance, the veteran could easily return to victory lane.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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