PREVIEW: Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway

After traveling across the province to eight different tracks across the three divisions, OSCAAR is set to crown their three champions this weekend at Peterborough acc_logoSpeedway at the Autumn Colors Classic.

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Virtue of winning the Chase for the Colors event in August, Kevin Cornelius will start the Autumn Colors Classic 50-lap feature from the pole position. Also, by entering the season finale with a 60-point lead over J.R. Fitzpatrick, he will clinch the 2015 division championship by starting the event. Cornelius has had a remarkable season, scoring the victory in seven of the eight races this season. The race that he did not win was at Peterborough at the beginning of September, where he finished second.

Who picked up the win at Peterborough last month? J.R. Fitzpatrick. The Cambridge, Ontario has had a stellar season despite some early season mechanical issues, rebounding to post a top-two finish in his last five series starts. He proved in September that he knows his way around Peterborough as the Cambridge, Ontario lapped the whole field except second-place.

While the top-two look to be solidified in points, it will certainly be a battle for third through fifth. Rookie Sean Grosman enters this weekend sitting third in points, nine point ahead of Glenn Watson and 21 points ahead of Corey Jones.

Grosman has been solid throughout the season, posting six top-10 finishes, highlighted by a fourth at Peterborough Speedway in September. With Ryan Kimball calling the shots and being a past track champion, the SMG Motorsports team has the ability to end off the year with a podium finish.

Since blowing his motor in the season opener, Glenn Watson has been on a roll since with no finishes outside of the top-seven. Considering it’s almost been two full seasons that the four-time series champion has visited victory lane, everybody knows that he’s hungry for a win. He is a previous Peterborough Speedway race-winner, winning ACC in 2011 and finishing in the top-five in 12 of his 18 starts.

Corey Jones is one of the drivers that can’t wait to get back to Peterborough Speedway as he finished on the podium with a third last month. He also enters the weekend with some momentum after finishing sixth at Sunset Speedway.

Though beyond the top-five contenders in points, there are plenty of drivers that will be in the thick of the battle this weekend.

Despite missing a pair of races this season due to a blown motor in practice at Flamboro Speeedway, Kelly Balson has had a solid season with five top-five finishes. He’ll be looking to end it on a high at his home track, where he finished third in August and ninth in last year’s Autumn Colors Classic. Notably, in each of his four super late starts at Peterborough, he has finished in the top-nine.

Roy Passer hopes to keep the momentum going after posting his first top-five finish of the season at Peterborough last month with a fourth. Passer has been solid, posting four straight top-10 finishes on the tour. Gary Passer also enters this event with momentum after finishing sixth at Peterborough last month.

Shawn Chenoweth hasn’t had the season that he would’ve hoped, battling mechanical gremlins and suffering a heavy crash at Sauble Speedway. However, when he is able to escape trouble, he can run at the front as he finished third at Flamboro and sixth at Susnet Speedway. Oh, and he finished second in last year’s Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough.

Tyler Hawn will be looking for a strong run this weekend after battling mechanical issues at Sunset Speedway in his comeback to the tour. Hawn missed a chunk of races through the middle portion of the season, but ran in the top-10 earlier this year at Sunset Speedway and has finished in the top-10 in the past at Peterborough.

Shane Gowan had a stellar weekend in last year’s Autumn Colors Classic, finishing fifth. While this year hasn’t gone as well as he would’ve hoped, he has been able to run each of the eight races this season with only one finish outside of the top-10. notably, his best finish of the season came earlier this year at Peterborough in August with a sixth place finish.

A veteran on the tour, Todd Campbell has finished each of the races that he has ran this year in the top-10. If he is in attendance, look for him to post another solid finish as he posted a pair of sixths last season at Peterborough.

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Leading by 92 points in the standings, Gary McLean has locked up his fourth straight series championship. Now it’s just about topping off the season on a high note. He has been really strong throughout the season, entering this weekend off of three straight wins and five wins in the last six events. The two-time victor of the event will also start this year’s Autumn Colors Classic from the pole after winning the Chase for the Colors in August.

Joining him on the front row will be John Baker Jr., who finished second in the Chase for the Colors event in August for his best career OSCAAR finish. He’ll be looking for his ninth top-10 of his rookie season on at his home track this weekend.

Brian Mclean enters this weekend with some momentum on his side following a sixth place finish at Sunset Speedway. He was solid at Peterborough earlier this year with a fourth place finish.

Gary Elliott is hoping to get back to the front after posting a finish just outside of the top-10 last month at Sunset. Prior to the 13th, though, he had posted three straight top-five finishes. In his three previous races at Peterborough, he has posted finishes of fourth, fifth and eighth.

Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty has been solid this year, and enters this weekend with a lot of momentum after posting his best career OSCAAR finish with a fourth at Sunset Speedway. He was solid at Peterborough earlier this year with a seventh place finish.

Cory Horner is in the midst of his first full season on the tour after running the final two events last year, and has been turning a lot of heads as he currently sits second in the points standings with 10 top-seven in 13 career modified starts, highlighted by three podiums at Sunset Speedway. He has done well at Peterborough, too, with a fifth in August to go with a seventh last season.

David Balych is looking to bounce back after struggling in his last two OSCAAR starts. While his appearance at Peterborough earlier this year didn’t go as planned, he has posted three top-10s thus far in his rookie season. Dan Price is also hoping to bounce back this weekend at his home track after posting a DNF at Sunset Speedway. He has been solid this season as well, finishing ninth at Peterborough in August.

Chad Strawn has shown tons of speed this year, but hasn’t had the luck go with it. If he can stay out of trouble this weekend, he should post a good finish as he finished third in August at Peterborough and third in the 2014 Chase for the Colors event.

A.J. Emms is just hoping for a smooth weekend after running into mechanical issues in his last trip to Peterborough Speedway. Emms has proven that he can adapt to the modifieds, posting three top-fives and six top-10s thus far this season.

Chris Milwain has shown a ton of speed, as evident by five top-10 finishes. He will be looking to return to the top-10 this weekend after finishing 13th at Sunset Speedway.

Brent McLean has ran a limited schedule thus far this season, only making two starts that have yet to see much success behind them. He will enter this event looking to turn everything around. He had a spectacular weekend last year, winning the event, while finishing second in 2013.

Matt Barton has been solid in his last three Modified starts, with finishes in the top-nine. He also knows his way around Peterborough, evident by finishing fourth last year and third in 2013.

Ryan Dick has struggled since a heavy wreck at the mid-point of the season. He will look to turn it around this weekend after posting an ninth and eighth in his previous two starts at Peterborough.

Dustin Jackson has only made two starts this season, but been strong in both of them with a sixth and third place finish. He could quite possibly break through for his first career feature victory this weekend.

Shane Stickel had a break-out moment this year, scoring his first career victory at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. Running a partial schedule this year, it has yet to be determined whether he will be in attendance this weekend. If he is, he should do strong as his previous two starts have seen him finish fourth and sixth.

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With two straight wins and eight top-10s in the bank, rookie Jody Bound enters this weekend with a 40-point lead over second place. As a result, Bound will clinch by simply starting the feature as the maximum points that can be gained in a night of racing is 34. Bound will certainly be looking to go out on top, meanwhile, and has the ability to do as he finished fourth at Peterborough in July.

Meanwhile, last year’s Hurricane Midget Champion Jamie Bound will start the Autumn Colors Classic from the pole after winning the Chase for the Colors event in August. Bound has been win or bust this year. In eight starts this season, Bound has six wins to go with two DNFs due to mechanical issues. Notably, Bound won both of his Peterborough starts this season.

Brian Woodland will look to start alongside Bound on the front row as he finished the Chase for the Colors in second. Woodland has had an incredible season with 11 top-10 finishes, highlighted by a win at Grand Bend Speedway. Notably, he has finished in the top-five in each of his Peterborough starts this season.

James Stanley will be looking for his third straight top-six finish after finishing fourth and sixth in the last two events. He has been strong at Peterborough this year, posting a podium finish in July to go with a ninth in August.

Another driver that has been on a string of success lately is Rob McCall, finishing third and fifth in the last two events. There’s a high percentage that the streak will continue this weekend as he finished third and fifth in the past two Peterborough events.

Brian McDonald will look for his third straight top-10 after finishing eighth and ninth in the last two events. Like the others, he has been strong at Peterborough with finishes of fourth and sixth earlier this year.

Richard Woodland will hope to get back on track after suffering a DNF at Sunset Speedway due to a mechanical issue. Prior to the mechanical issue, he had posted four straight top-six finishes. He also knows his way around Peterborough after scoring the victory in May and finishing third in August.

After struggling early this year, the Bradley Brothers have been able to bounce back. Dave Bradley posted a fourth in August, while Mike Bradley finished second at Sunset Speedway last month. Whether it’s Dave or Mike behind the wheel, you know that they’ll be quick.

Paul Draganoc has shown speed, but has had mechanical issues take him out of contention. That was the case last month at Sunset, and back at Peterborough in August. Notably, though, he has posted a pair of runner-ups at Peterborough this year.

After missing five races, Adam Carrothers returned to the tour at Sunset Speedway. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned as he fell out with a mechanical issue that happened while he was running in the top-five. Prior to the mechanical issue, Carrothers had posted four straight top-six finishes.

Rob Summer will be looking for his second straight top-10 after finishing eighth at Sunset Speedway. Notably, he has finished eighth in both of his Peterborough starts thus far this season.

Last year, James Rodgers ended the season on a high, winning the Autumn Colors Classic. It’d be huge if he pull off the same feat once again as he has yet to finish in the top-10 this season.

Raynor Vickers is hoping to return to the top-10 this weekend as he has failed to post a top-10 in the last three races. Notably, though, he finished 10th at Peterborough in August.

After struggling through the first half of the season, Wayne McKibbon has started to find his groove the second half or the year. He cracked the top-10 for the first time at Grand Bend Speedway with an eighth, and finished 10th at Sunset Speedway.

Lorne Van Dusen will be looking for his third straight top-10 at Peterborough after finishes of eighth and seventh. The question will be whether he is in attendance as he has missed the past two races.

With full car counts expected for all three divisions, it’s going to be an action-packed weekend all the way through.

The action will kick off with the Modifieds running their first round of heats on Friday October 9.

Then on Saturday October 10, the Modifieds will run their second set of heats while the Super Late Models will run both sets of heats. In addition, the Midget will run not only both sets of their heats, but also their feature.

The weekend will then culminate with the features for both the Modifieds and Super Late Models on Saturday October 11.

Full details about the event can be found via the Peterborough Speedway website at

Cornelius, McLean and Bound take the feature wins at Velocity Weekend

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With the fourth and final Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws Presented by London Recreational Racing event of the season at Sunset Speedway in the books, it’s a complete sweep for Kevin Cornelius. On Sunday afternoon in what is set to be his final race at Sunset Speedway, Cornelius held off J.R. Fitzpatrick on a late race restart en route to scoring the victory in the Velocity 250 presented by McColl Racing Enterprises.

“Man, that was an emotional day,” Cornelius commented in victory lane. “We’ve had a lot of success here and had a lot of good times and made a lot of friends here. It’s – man, I don’t know what to say. It was emotional. I was pretty nervous getting into the car. I wanted to end on a good note here.

“I got to thank everybody that has cheered for us and allowed us to come out every week and put on a show. Couldn’t be here without Mike McColl and all the hard work that his guys put in. My guys put in a lot of work so we can come out on top every week  – Grant (Mitchell), Ron (Quesnelle), Keith (Maiato), Jim (Locking), and my father-in-law Dick (Launspach) who funds this deal. It’s been a fun ride. It’s been great.”

For the current series points leader with only one race remaining on the calendar, it marks his seventh victory on the tour in the eight races thus far this season. It also marks a complete sweep of the Sunset Speedway events as he won each of the four events this season. Notably in the past eight races at Sunset, Cornelius has finished in the top-three, highlighted by six victories, including the last five in a row.

2014 OSCAAR Champion Andrew Gresel started off the afternoon in victory lane as he won the first heat ahead of Shawn Chenoweth, Gord Shepherd, Dwayne Baker, Rob Gibson, Tyler Hawn and Glenn Watson. Kelly Balson had a good run going, but broke something mechanical and pulled off track.

Kevin Cornelius won the second heat ahead of J.R., Fitzpatrick, Corey Jones, Sean Grosman, Todd Campbell and Roy Passer.

Roy Passer won the third heat ahead of Campbell, Gibson, Gresel, Chenoweth, Baker, Watson, Gary Passer and Gowan.

J.R. Fitzpatrick won the fourth and final heat ahead of Jones, Balson, Grosman, Cornelius, Shepherd and Hawn.

Following the heats with the invert, it’d be Rob Gibson starting the No. 3 D.C United Roofing SLM on pole ahead of Sean Grosman, Todd Campbell, Shawn Chenoweth, Kevin Cornelius, Corey Jones, Andrew Gresel, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Kelly Balson, Tyler Hawn, Glenn Watson, Shane Gowan, Gary Passer and Gord Shepherd.

The drop of the green flag would see Grosman put the No. 29 For Your Eyes Only of Toronto, The Landing Strip Gentleman’s Club of Toronto, Flagship Properties, SL Promotions and Rylex Glass & Mirror SLM out front into the lead ahead of Roy Passer, Cornelius, Gresel and Balson.

Cornelius would then get by Passer to move up into second, bringing Gresel through with him. Passer would now run fourth as Fitzpatrick and Balson battled for fifth. Fitzpatrick would get by Balson for fifth at lap four, followed by a pass on Roy Passer for fourth a lap later. Roy now ran fifth ahead of Balson.

At the front of the field, Cornelius would track down Grosman for the lead, getting alongside him at lap six. Cornelius would then put the No. 17 Shane Michaels Sales/Sandbox Tech Child Care/Triplecrete/Ed’s Automotive/Hanson Pipe/J.D. Smith Carpentry & Renovations/Fierce Wraps/McColl Racing Enterprises SLM out front on lap eight.

Grosman would solidly slot into second ahead of Gresel, Fitzpatrick and Balson. Gresel would then get by Grosman for second at lap 11, bringing Fitzpatrick through with him. Grosman now ran fourth ahead of Balson as Chenoweth and Roy Passer battled for sixth. Chenoweth would get the spot on lap 13 ahead of Passer, while Jones ran eighth ahead of Watson and Campbell. Watson would then get alongside Jones for eighth at lap 17, but was unable to complete the pass. Instead, Jones would get alongside Passer for the seventh spot.

With 14 laps on the board, Cornelius would lead ahead of Gresel, Fitzpatrick, Grosman, Balson, Chenoweth, Jones, Roy Passer, Watson, Campbell, Shepherd and Gowan. Fitzpatrick would then get by Gresel for the second spot at lap 24, as Watson got alongside Passer for eighth; Watson would then complete the pass a lap later.

With the laps continuing to count down, it seemed that the race would run green to checkered without a caution. However, that didn’t’ end up being the case as the caution would fly with six laps to go for Campbell spinning in turn four. With six laps left on the board, Cornelius led Fitzpatrick, Grosman, Balson and Chenoweth as Jones, who was running sixth, got the lucky dog to get back on the lead lap.

Kevin Cornelius would choose the outside for the restart, and it’d work out in his favor as he was able to lead the rest of the way to the victory. Post-race, he stated that he was concerned about the final restart as the car had started to go away with about 15 laps to go.

“We started to get real loose,” he commented. “Put some wedge into it and it seemed to pick up a little bit; but when that caution came out, I thought we were done. We managed to hold them off for five laps so it was good enough, I guess.”

J.R. Fitzpatrick would hold off Andrew Gresel to finish second, which marks his fifth straight top-two finish.

“We knew that we had to be aggressive,” he commented. “We knew we had a good car on the long run but I broke a left rear rotor off, so pretty scary last 10 laps. Thankful, we brought it home in one piece. I mean, it broke the rotor right off so I’m not really sure what to say but thankful it’s in one piece.”

Fitzpatrick added that the broken rotor was why he was loose through the final portion of the race, and why he made the decision to run the top line for the second half of the race.

“I started running the top so I could use the top with less brake and started catching Kevin (Cornelius),” Fitzpatrick commented. “Then I started bouncing off the wall and stuff, and that rotor is completely gone. It’s pretty wild.”

For Gresel, it marks his first podium finish in only his second start of the season as he finished fourth last month at Flamboro Speedway. Reflecting back on his race, getting around the lap cars wasn’t something that worked out for him.

“The guys were high, low – not really moving out of the way,” Gresel commented. “J.R. (Fitzpatrick) kind of got us there with that lap car. It didn’t work out in our favor, that’s for sure. All in all, it was a good run for us today. We’ve only run this thing one other time this year. We’ve been spending all of our time on the other car in the APC Series so I was pretty happy with it. I wish I would’ve had more for him at the end, though.”

The Sauble Falls Racing driver was also satisfied as he missed practice earlier in the day due to having to fix a broken panhard bar.

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Starting mid-pack, Gary McLean carefully picked his way through the traffic en route to scoring the victory in the Velocity 250 presented by McColl Racing Enterprises.

“These guys are running hard and they want it bad,” McLean told Race Time Radio post-race. “It’s Velocity – everybody wants one, and we kind of get ourselves in a position when we do the invert all the time that we have to start that far back. But you know, we keep working and driving to the front and these guys give me a really good car so we can pull it off.”

For McLean, it marks his third straight victory and seventh on the season. It also marks his 12th victory at Sunset Speedway in 17 starts.

For the Hoosier OSCAAR Modifieds, they would qualify for the 40-lap feature on Saturday afternoon, which saw four different drivers visit victory lane.

Rookie John Baker Jr. won the first heat ahead of Brad Pearsall, Gary McLean, Cory Horner, A.J. Emms, Chris Milwain, Terry Baker, Matt Barton, Brent McLean, Monty Kelly and Ryan Dick.

The second heat would see Gary Elliott get sideways off of turn four, with Davey Terry making contact with him after the effect. In the aftermath, Dan Price and John Harper would get into the inside retaining wall. Dustin Jackson picked up the win ahead of Mike Hearty, Chad Strawn, David Balych, Brian McLean, Terry, Duane Cinanmon and Adam Hagen.

John Harper won the third heat ahead of Strawn, Baker, Pearsall, Brent McLean, Milwain, Balych, Elliott, Emms, Dick and Cinnamon.

Matt Barton won the final heat ahead of Gary McLean, Brian McLean, Horner, Baker Jr., Jackson, Price, Terry, Hearty, Kelly and Hagen.

Following the invert, though, it’d be Cory Horner starting the No. 79H Custom Forming, The Truck Shop Safety Inspection, Bonsma Brothers Concrete Pumping Modified on pole ahead of John Harper, Dustin Jackson, Brad Pearsall, John Baker Jr., Chad Strawn, Gary McLean, Matt Barton, Brian McLean, Mike Hearty, Terry Baker, David Balych, A.J. Emms, Chris Milwain, Brent McLean, Davey Terry, Gary Elliott, Monty Kelly, Dan Price, Duane Cinnamon, Ryan Dick, Rob Di Venanzo and Adam Hagen.

The drop of the green flag would see a battle for the lead between Horner and Harper, with Horner grabbing the advantage on lap two ahead of Harper, Pearsall, Jackson and Strawn as Baker Jr. and Barton battled for sixth; Barton would get the spot on lap five.

Meanwhile, Di Venanzo went for the spin on lap one in turn three, but was able to get it back going before the caution was waved.

Barton then continued his climb to the front, getting alongside Strawn for fifth at lap six. He was unable to complete the pass, falling back in line ahead of Hearty. He would try once again to make the pass, but the caution would fly for Price spinning in turn three and four, collecting Emms in the process. There was then debris laying on the track, which was hit by both Baker Jr. and Strawn, forcing them both down pit road. With 32 laps to go, Horner led Harper, Pearsall, Jackson, Barton, Hearty, Gary McLean, Brian McLean, Baker and Balych.

The restart brought forth another battle for the lead between Harper and Horner, with Horner grabbing the advantage on lap 14 ahead of Harper as Hearty and Jackson battled for third. Hearty would get the spot on lap 16 ahead of Jackson, while Pearsall completed the top-five. Brian McLean would then pass Pearsall for fifth on lap 17, with Gary McLean following suit two laps later. Pearsall now ran seventh ahead of Baker, Barton, Terry and Baker. The caution would then fly on lap 21 for Price slowing in turn two. Under caution, Brent McLean, Emms and Strawn headed down pit road.

Horner would get a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Harper as Hearty and Jackson battled for third ahead of Gary McLean. The pair would battle till the third caution flew at lap 24 for Price going around in turn two grass, while McLean spun in turns one and two. Strawn would catch a piece of it, punching a hole in the radiator, ending his feature.

Horner would get another good restart to keep the lead ahead of Harper once again with Hearty running third ahead of Jackson. Brian McLean would then get alongside Jackson for fourth, completing the pass at lap 27, with Gary McLean following suit for fifth. Gary would then get alongside Brian for fourth, with the pair running side-by-side till the caution flew for Elliott spinning on the frontstretch.

Another strong restart for Horner would allow him to keep the lead, with Gary McLean moving into the second spot ahead of Jackson. Gary would then get alongside Horner for the lead with nine laps to go, putting the No. 8 McLean Industrial Design and Fabrication Ltd./McLean Farms Modified out front a lap later. Gary sounded off post-race that being on the outside for the restart was the key.

“That’s where I wanted to be for the restart,” he said. “Some days you can be on the inside and get it going. I knew that Cory was going to get it done on the outside. John Harper was a little tight on the bottom coming off so he had to lift. So I said to myself that I got the opportunity so I have to get up beside John (Harper) and get that lane and then I thought we’d see. I thought (Cory) Horner was really fast, but we got lucky as he pushed up off of two.”

Horner would now run second ahead of Jackson as Harper and Hearty battled for fourth. Hearty would get the spot with six laps to go with Baker trying to follow suit. Baker was unable to follow Hearty through, though, as he fell back in line in sixth behind Harper.

Brian McLean would run seventh ahead of Pearsall and Barton as Baker Jr. and Terry battled for 10th with two laps to go. Brian would then get alongside Baker for sixth on the white flag lap.

At the front of the field, it was all Gary McLean as he led the rest of the way to the checkered. Gary McLean commented post-race that it was tough in the beginning to make his way through the field as there wasn’t any place to go.

“We were kind of just hanging out and seeing the way guys were racing,” he commented. “I knew by the way the cars looked that it wouldn’t be long before they started pushing, little worse, little worse and I figured we’d just save our tire and bide our time. If the hole opens up, we’ll go for it but if it doesn’t, I guess that’s the way it ends up.”

The second place finish will bode well for Horner in the rookie standings, as he entered the weekend with a two-point lead over John Baker Jr. following Delaware Speedway.

“We were really looking hard for our first win of the season,” he commented. “Right now, we’re just battling hard for rookie points so second is still okay for us.”

Horner added that the car was good at the beginning of the race, but fell off in the final five to 10 laps of the 40 lap feature. The runner-up marks fifth top-five and eighth top-10 of 2015.

For Jackson, it marked his second top-six finish in his second start of the season as he finished sixth at Sunset Speedway back in August.

“The car wasn’t working as good in practice or as in the heat races; it was a little tight,” Jackson told Race Time Radio post-race. “I managed to get on the outside and get lucky on the restart. “I’m happy with third.”

Jackson would go on to add that running the outside groove paid off late in the race due to having a tight car.

“When you have a tight car, in the middle of the corner if there’s a guy outside of you, you have to let off a little bit more or you’re going to slide up into them,” he explained. “On the outside, you can just hammer on the gas and get a good run off the corner.”

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After grabbing his first victory at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, Jody Bound didn’t look back when the series took to Sunset Speedway on Saturday, September 26 as he scored his second straight feature victory.

The afternoon started off with David Campbell running into problems on lap five of the heat. Richard Woodland picked up the victory ahead of Mike Bradley, Brian Woodland, Adam Carrothers, Shawn Stanley, Shawn Stones, Brian McDonald, Kevin Spiez, Raynor Vickers, Ryan Brown and Wally Wilson.

The second heat would see Paul Draganoc run into mechanical issues on the seventh lap. Jody Bound picked up the win ahead of Jamie Bound, James Stanley, Owen Elliott, Shawn Gardner, Steve Lassman, Wayne McKibbon, David Gallinger, Paul Dermo and Katherine Summers. Rob McCall would finish last after spinning on the last lap.

Jamie Bound won the third heat ahead of Jody Bound, James Stanley, Elliott, Bradley, Brian Woodland, Shawn Stanley, Spiez, McDonald, Gallinger and Katherine Summers.

The first lap of the final heat would see contact in turn one involving Stones. Then on the restart, Nigel Buttivant would stall in turn two, with Draganoc stalling in turn two. The third caution would then fall on lap five for Richard Woodland slowing in turn one, with Dermo making contact with Vickers on the restart. The final would then fall on lap seven with Dermo spinning in turn two.

Adam Carrothers picked up the win ahead of McCall, Gardner, Rob Summers, Lassman, McKibbon, Stones, Lawson, Dermo and Brown.

Come feature time, Richard Woodland would take the early lead ahead of Owen Elliott and Jody Bound. Bound would move into second on lap two ahead of Elliott, as Mike Bradley and Jamie Bound ran side-by-side for fourth. On lap three, Jody Bound would take the lead ahead of Woodland and Jamie Bound.

Jamie Bound would then move into second the next lap ahead of Woodland and Elliott. Jamie’s strong run would unravel quickly after, though, as he would have problems going into turn one, done for the night; Nigel Buttivant would also run into problems in turn one.

Jody Bound would get a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Woodland, Elliott, James Stanley, Mike Bradley and Rob McCall. Woodland’s run would unravel on lap seven as he ran into mechanical issues, pulling off of the track. Elliott would move into second ahead of Stanley and Bradley. Stanley would move into second on lap 10, with Bradley moving up to third a lap later.

The theme of the night seemed to be trouble for front runners, as Elliott would go around in turn four, bringing forth the caution. With 14 laps to go, Jody Bound led James Stanley, Bradley, Rob McCall, Adam Carrothers, Brian Woodland, Shawn Gardner, Shawn Stanley and Rob Summers.

Jody Bound would get a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Bradley, James Stanley, McCall, Carrothers, Brian Woodland, Shawn Stanley, Summers, Brian McDonald, Gardner and Wayne McKibbon. McCall would then make the move to get by James Stanley at lap 17 to move into the third spot, while Woodland would pass Carrothers with six laps to go to move up into fifth.

Jody Bound would lead the rest of the way en route to scoring the victory.

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Photo’s by Dan Little Jr Photography and Ashley McCubbin

Gary McLean picks up 6th feature win in 2015

Delaware Speedway played host to the HOOSIER Mods as part of the Great Canadian Weekend this past Friday night. Gary McLean who the previous week celebrated Thesunoco-logo Woolner Memorial win, had his sight clearly set on victory lane at Delaware Speedway.

HOOSIER MODS: With the tracks all preparing for play off season, the Mods where part of the two day show at the fast half mile of Delaware Speedway. With eighteen drivers signed in for competition fans were treated to some fast, side by side open wheel racing.

The night started off with only two qualifying heats to set the starting field for the 25 lap feature event. The first heat race would find the #7 of Brent McLean returning to Mod racing and leading the field to green.  From the drop of the green flag the action was side by side battle throughout the pack. Coming out of turn four heading to the checkers, it was the #79h of Cory Horner and #63 John Baker JR in a drag race to the line. When the checker waved the call went to the #79 of Horner by mere inches over Baker JR. The second heat race would see two Delaware veterans battle it out for the win. Cole Powell stepped into the #5 mod owned by DJ Christie, who would take the win over the #82 of Justin DeMello.

With the humid night the fog started rolling in on the speedway, but once the mods hit the track it quickly evaporated. Gary Elliott has been having some great feature finishes and would find himself on the pole for the feature event along side the #7 of Brent McLean. Elliott would be able to lead the first lap before third starting Gary McLean would put his #8 Mod in the lead and set sail. The HOOSIER Mod drivers put on some great high speed racing, as the rest of the field jockeyed for position. All eyes would be on the #5 of Powell who would start the feature in 12th place as a result of the new tire rule. Powell who has 1000’s of laps at the ½ mile would slowly move his way towards the front. A restart on lap 16 would find the #8 of McLean and the #5 of Powell start side by side. McLean showed the fans he would not be denied this win and pulled away from Powell to record his 6th feature win on the season and now has a firm grasp on the 2015 Championship title. Powell would bring the #5 home in second place, as the Christie team prepares for a Rookie Campaign in 2016. It would be a 2015 Rookie contender #99 AJ Emms who would best his best career finish with a 3rd place run. The Adams Motorsports team has shown great speed the past few events and a feature win in the last two events could very well be in their future. John “Spyderman” Harper has also been one of the hottest drivers on the tour the past month and continued that streak with a fourth place finish. Pole sitter Gary Elliott would round out the podium with a great fifth place run. Coming into the event Gary Elliott and Cory Horner would come in tied for second in the points, and after this event they are still tied for second place heading into Velocity Weekend at Sunset Speedway.

The HOOSIER Mod teams are now busy preparing for their two day event at the upcoming Velocity Weekend. Fans can expect to see a full field of the best in the business hoosieras the qualifying heats will be contested on Saturday followed by the feature event on Sunday afternoon. If you are not able to attend you will be able to follow all the racing action on Sunday on Racetime Radio as all the features will be broadcast live.

Feature Finish: 1st #8 Gary McLean, 2nd #5 Cole Powell, 3rd #99 AJ Emms, 4th #79 John Harper, 5th #36 Gary Elliott, 6th #21 Chris Milwain, 7th #79h Cory Horner, 8th #63 John Baker JR, 9TH #82 Justin Demello, 10th #09 Dan Price, 11th #26 Kevin Jobb, 12th #20 Mike Hearty, 13th #88 Ryan Dick, 14th #47 Brian McLean, 15th #41 Duane Cinnamom, 16th #7 Brent McLean, 17th #19 Dean Scott, 18th #39 Shane Stickle

Top ten Championship: 1st #8 Gary McLean 698 pts 2nd #79h Cory Horner – #36 Gary Elliott 611 pts, 4th #63 John Baker JR 589 pts, 5th #47 Brian McLean 578 pts, 6th #99 AJ Emms 561 pts, 7th #20 Mike Hearty 544 pts, 8th #09 Dan Price 483 pts, 9th #12 David Balych 457 pts, 10th #21 Chris Milwain 389 pts

Inside Track Hard Charger: 1st #8 Gary McLean 65 pts, 2nd #79h Cory Horner – #20 Mike Hearty 33 pts, 4th #63 John Baker JR 31 pts, 5th #99 AJ Emms – #21 Chris Milwain 26pts

Rookie of The Year: 1st #79h Cory Horner 34 pts, 2nd #63 John Baker JR 32 pts, 3rd AJ Emms 26 pts, 4th #20 Mike Hearty 23 pts, 5th #21 Chris Milwain 18 pts

McLean Claims Memorial Win, Jody Bound Celebrates First Midget Feature

With the arrival of September means only one thing, playoff season starts at the short tracks of Ontario. Full Throttle Speedway was the first to host 3 big days of racing featuring the HOOSIER Mods, and the Midas Midgets on Saturday.

HOOSIER Mods: The Rick Woolner Memorial is always an event circled on every Mod drivers calendar to start the season. This year with the new format , with the Feature Top 3. OSCAAR @ FTMS 2015 Round II.overall winner being the driver with the best combined finish the event and June and this event, fans would not know till the checker flag waved who would be celebrating in 2015.

The evening would start off with time trials to set the heat race line ups for the night. Gary McLean showed his home track experience by laying down a lap of 12.343sec earning him the top spot of the night. Cory Horner and Gary Elliott would round out the top three in time trials.

The four 10 lap heat races would determine the starting order for the 50 lap feature event. Gary McLean thrilled his home town fans by taking the win in heat race 1 and 3 making him the top qualifier and the lucky man to draw for the invert. Two rookies would take the other heat race wins with #12 David Balych and #79h Cory Horner picking up the wins.

One of the hottest driver on the tour #79 John Harper and home town favorite #47 Brian McLean would lead the field down to the green. The #79 of Harper would lead the first 17 laps as the #8 of McLean was quickly working his way towards the front. McLean would take over the lead and all eyes shifted to the #39 of Shane Stickle who would have to record a third place or better finish in order to claim his first ever Memorial Title. As the laps clicked off the #39 was right where he needed to be in third but has the race wore on the handle slipped away and eventually finished in 8th place. Cory Horner had terrible luck in the June event but rebounded with a second place finish. Former Memorial winner Brian McLean would bring his #47 mod home in third place to round out the podium.

When the calculations where completed Gary McLean was declared the overall winner. Gary Elliott put together two great finishes and earned second overall with Shane Stickle rounding out the podium. In what has become a tradition the top three were awarded the Memorial Stars

This race is sponsored by many great lap sponsors and specialty awards all going to the drivers, and on behalf of the driver, The Woolner Family and OSCAAR a huge thank you to each and every one of that make this event so special for the drivers.

Feature Finish: 1st #8 Gary McLean, 2nd #79h Cory Horner, 3rd #47 Brian McLean, 4th #99 AJ Emms, 5th #36 Gary Elliott, 6th #14 Davey Terry, 7th #21 Chris Milwain, 8th #39 Shane Stickle, 9th #96k Monty Kelly, 10th #63 John Baker JR,11TH #20 Mike Hearty, 12th #09 Dan Price, 13th #79 John Harper, 14th #19 Dean Scott, 15th #18 Dave Lewis, 16th David Balych

Top 5 Championship Points: 1st #8 Gary McLean 631 pts 2nd #36 Gary Elliott – #79h Cory Horner 552 pts, 3rd #63 John Baker JR – #47 Brian McLean

















Midas of Orangeville Midgets: The inaugural season of the OSCAAR Midgets is quickly winding down after a very ambitious schedule traveling throughout Ontario.OSCAAR @ FTMS 2015 Round II Feature Winner. Each and every event has given the race fans the edge of the seat excitement and this week would be no different. Twenty five of the best signed in to do battle at the high banks. With six qualifying heats set to go to determine the 30 lap main event later in the evening. The first winner of the night would be current point leader #5 Jody Bound with heat #2 seeing the #48 of Brian Woodland taking the checker flag. Brian would also score the win in heat #4 making him the top qualifier on the night. The Fastest Lady in racing Jessica James would park her #2 midget in victory lane in heat #3. The past couple of weeks this team has come alive with the #53 of Dave Bradley taking the win in heat #5. Richard Woodland would take the win in heat race #6 in his #84 midget.

Thirty laps of exciting Midget action was set to take place and would be lead to the green flag by the #18 of Paul Draganoc and the #42 of Brain McDonald, two drivers in the top five in championship points who are still searching for their first feature win of the season. All eyes would be on the #5 of Bound and #84 of Woodland as they moved towards the front of the field. These two drivers are battling for the championship and know that every point will count. During the race the #2 of Jessica James was involved in an accident and was taken to the local hospital to be checked out. In speaking to Jessica this morning she is on the road to recovery but DR’s orders have sidelined her from competition for the balance of the 2015 season. Her focus now is on her nephews midget #1 and drive Nigel Buttivant as he prepares for his rookie season in 2016. The #84 of Richard Woodland would go on to lead the most laps earning that valuable bonus point but would give up the lead to #5 Jody Bound who would go on to record his first feature win of 2015. Rounding out the top three was the #48 of Brian Woodland who is quietly sitting back in second spot in the championship hunt as the series takes a well deserved weekend off before Velocity Weekend.

Feature Finish: 1st #5 Jody Bound, 2nd #84 Richard Woodland, 3rd #48 Brian Woodland, 4th #53 Dave Bradley, 5th #62 Rob McCall, 6th #57 James Stanley, 7th #55 Cory Whittam, 8th #42 Brian McDonald, 9th #75 Shawn Stanley, 10th #24 Ryan Brown, 11th #51 Shawn Stones, 12th #98 Kevin Spiez, 13th #43 Randy Hiusser, 14th #26 Katherine Summers, 15th #49 David Campbell, 16th #71 Wayne McKibbon, 17th #18 Paul Draganoc, 18th #85 Rob Summers, 19th #2 Jessica James, 20th #1 Nigel Buttivant, 21st #69 Wally Wilson, 22nd #86 Raynor Vickers, 23rd #29 Owen Elliott, 24th #38 Alex Cuzzila dns, 25th #8 Larry Lawson dns

Top 5 Championship: 1st #5 Jody Bound 697 pts, 2nd #48 Brian Woodland 671 pts, 3rd #84 Richard Woodland 670 pts, 4th #18 Paul Draganoc 655 pts, 5th #42 Brian McDonald 633 pts

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