OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models Flamboro Speedway Preview

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With an exciting 2016 season in the rearview, the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models are set to kick-off this season on Saturday, May 27 at Flamboro Speedway.

After picking up a victory last year at Peterborough Speedway, Glenn Watson would certainly like to start off this year strong and knows what it takes to get around the Hamilton, Ontario oval. In his 11 previous OSCAAR starts at Flamboro, he has two wins and seven top-fives.

Jim Bowman will make his return after spending some time away from the series. He ran three races last year, with a season-best finish of seventh at Flamboro in June.

Tyler Hawn had a successful campaign in 2016, posting a top-10 in each race, except for one with an 11th at the Autumn Colours Classic. He finished in the top-nine in each of the four races at Flamboro last season, with a best finish of fifth in May.

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 since then, posting a pair of top-fives last year with a third in May.

John Cadman will be making his third career OSCAAR start this weekend after finishing runner-up to Brandon Watson at the Autumn Colours Classic. He has raced a super late model at Flamboro previously, taking part in last year’s Gold Rush.

Derrick Tiemersma hopes to put last year’s mechanical struggles behind him and return to running back up front after posting a best finish of seventh last year.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Gary Passer is in the field after sustaining a heavy crash during an event at Sunset Speedway last weekend. The veteran has lots of experience, and hopes to build on last year’s solid campaign which saw him contend for the championship. He ran well last August at Flamboro, posting a fifth place finish.

After spending the last 11 years away from super late model competition, Trevor Mornaghan is set to make his return this season. He says through the years, he’s raced a variety of different cars but “there’s nothing like racing a super late model” and he’s excited for the season.

Rookie Jamie Richardson is set to make his debut this weekend, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law Dave Taylor. He stated pre-season that he was pretty pumped for the full schedule, noting it’s a “huge step” for him but he has “a lot of support going into this season” with the family backed team.

Along with the OSCAAR Super Late Models at Flamboro Speedway this Saturday will be the OSCAAR Modifieds and OSCAAR Hot Rods. They will join Flamboro’s regular Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Thunder Cars, with racing starting at 6pm sharp.

The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Flamboro Speedway website at http://flamborospeedway.ca/.

OSCAAR Pro Midgets at Peterborough Speedway Preview

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The 2016 season marked the debut of the OSCAAR Pro Midgets, which was basically adding suspension to the flat bottom midgets. The year turned out successful as the class grew over the season from four at the initial event to having 12 in attendance for the Autumn Colours Classic.

The division promises to grow even more in 2017 with over 25 drivers registered to compete. Ahead of the season opener, here are some of the drivers to watch on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway.

Glen Blaker was one of the immediate front runners when the class debuted, scoring three top-10 finishes. After scoring his first heat victory in 2016, he’ll be one to watch for a feature win.

Owen Elliott has spent the off-season making the switch over from the flat bottom to suspension, hoping to build upon last year’s incredible success. He ran three OSCAAR events last year, scoring a pair of victories and a runner-up. The second place finish, by the way, came at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic.

McKenzie Hamilton will chase Rookie of the Year honors after racing a 440 suspended outlaw midget on dirt at Wonderland Speedway in 2014. She says, “It will be fun and very interesting for me joining a new class and being able to race against (the) many good drivers in it.”

Jordan Hanna caught everyone’s attention last year by scoring a victory in his second career series start at Flamboro Speedway in August. Look for him to run up front this weekend.

Cassidy March put together a successful 2016 season, scoring five top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at Peterborough Speedway in October.

Brody Rickwood will make his debut behind the wheel of a Pro Midget after having success in Jr Late Models and Mini Trucks. Earlier in the off-season, he said, ““I am very excited to be back behind the wheel of a race car this year. I have been itching like crazy to get back out there and I feel that now is a good time for me to do it.”

Katherine Summers ran three of the OSCAAR Pro Midget events last year, posting a top-five in each start with a season-best fourth at Peterborough in July. Meanwhile, Rob Summers scored a pair of fourths at Flamboro last year, while Kelly Summers drove his car to a win at Peterborough.

Gary Triska ran a pair of events to complete the 2016 season, highlighted by a sixth-place finish at Peterborough.

Beyond the drivers listed here, there promises to be more in attendance with the Pro Midgets getting off to a great start this season. Make sure to get to the track early, as the green flag flies at 5pm EST with the OSCAAR Midgets, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Four Funs, and Ontario Pro Challenge among the divisions in attendance.

Details on the entire night can be found at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com.

By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Flamboro Speedway Preview

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After a long off-season, the OSCAAR Modifieds are ready to get their 2017 season underway this Saturday, May 27 at Flamboro Speedway.

Last year produced a bunch of notable thrills for the open-wheel beasts, with a battle for the championship right to the end as Gary McLean picked up another crown. But who will get to call to hold the title this year? It all begins with this weekend.

A.J. Emms put together an impressive sophomore campaign, scoring seven top-five finishes with a victory in the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway. He’s had success at Flamboro, posting a pair of runner-ups last year.

John Harper also put together a great 2016 season, with four top-fives in the final six races. It’s also worth noting that he knows how to win at Flamboro Speedway, picking up a victory last year in August.

Kicking off his second year, Luke Gignac has a great chance to pick up his first career feature victory this weekend, scoring a pair of podiums in July and running up front last October till a mechanical issue. last year was an overall success for the 2016 Rookie of the Year, noted with top-eight finishes in nine of the 11 races, including five top-fives.

Gary Elliott was solid last year, posting eight top-10s in 11 races. The biggest event of the season had to be at Flamboro Speedway, where he scored his first career modified feature victory.

Dan Price faced his fair share of issues in 2016, but fought back with five top-10’s. Notably, he posted his best finish last season at Flamboro with a fifth in August.

Brian McLean will be one of the past Flamboro Speedway winners in the field after winning the inaugural OSCAAR event in 2013 after taking the lead in the late stages. McLean had a great performance at Flamboro last June, finishing second.

David Balych will continue to search towards his first career series victory after posting a third place finish last May. He finished off the 2016 season with back-to-back top-10 finishes.

Dale Reinhart kept working hard last year, posting a top-10 finish in each of his starts except for one.

Cory Horner knows how to get around Flamboro Speedway, posting four top-fives last year, including a runner-up.

As the series’ regulars get prepared for the bullring, there are also a slew of rookies – with six drivers intending to run the full campaign this season.

Tim Tolton may be one of the most experienced rookies, having driven a variety of cars throughout the years prior to this season as his team looks “forward to a new challenge in a new series” as they try something a little different.

Dave Hodgkinson makes the move to eight-cylinder open-wheel cars from four-cylinder modifieds, set for the next chapter of his career that saw him start back in 1975.
Ken Hayward makes his return to racing competition for the first time in nine years, using a past super late model chassis from 2005 to build his modified.

Another driver returning back behind the wheel after time spent away is Jase Cornell, who hasn’t raced in the past 10 years. He made the decision to join the modified ranks as the open-wheel cars have always held a “soft spot” in his heart.

Marty Monette will begin his endeavor with OSCAAR driving a Craig Ellis-owned entry after having success in a thunder car at both Barrie Speedway and Sunset Speedway.
OSCAAR fans will recognize the name Wally Wilson, as he has spent the past two years racing as part of the OSCAAR Midget tours. After a pair of top-five points finishes with both the OSCAAR Midgets and OSCAAR Pro Midgets, he purchased a modified for 2017.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face on Sunday so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action.

Along with the OSCAAR Modifieds at Flamboro Speedway this weekend will be the OSCAAR Super Late Models and OSCAAR Hot Rods. They will join Flamboro’s regular Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Thunder Cars, with racing starting at 6pm sharp. The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Flamboro Speedway website at http://flamborospeedway.ca/.

OSCAAR Modified Full Throttle Motor Speedway Preview

 

After a long off-season, the OSCAAR Modifieds are ready to get their 2017 season underway this Sunday, May 21 at the 1/4 mile bowl-shaped oval known as Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

Last year produced a bunch of notable thrills for the open-wheel beasts, with a battle for the championship right to the end as Gary McLean picked up another crown. But who will get to call to hold the title this year? It all begins with this weekend.

Luke Gignac enters 2017 after a great rookie campaign that featured nine top-10’s, including a runner-up at Flamboro Speedway in July. With both events rained out last year at FTMS, this will mark his first trip to the bullring.

Gary Elliott has always been solid in modified contention, and last year was no exception with eight top-10’s, highlighted by a victory at Flamboro in August. In his last two trips to FTMS, he posted a pair of top-five finishes.

Dan Price endured some struggles last year en route to posting six top-10’s, highlighted by a fifth at Flamboro in August. He has had success at FTMS, finishing sixth in the spring of 2015.

AJ Emms capped off his sophomore season by winning the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough, which was just the icing on a year featuring seven top-five finishes. He had success in 2015 at FTMS, posting a pair of top-five finishes.

Cory Horner was solid last year with seven top-10’s, including a runner-up at Flamboro in August. He was strong in the fall of 2015 at FTMS, posting a runner-up finish.fullthrottle

John Harper visited victory lane once last year at Flamboro, along with scoring an additional five top-10’s for a solid campaign. Notably, FTMS didn’t treat him well in 2015 with a 13th place finish.

David Balych hopes to compete full-time after missing some events on the 2016 schedule. In the events he got to run, he posted four top-10s, including a third at Flamboro last May. While he has scored a heat victory at Full Throttle, the features hasn’t quite treated him well in the past.

Brian McLean could be the driver to watch this weekend after posting a pair of podiums in his last three FTMS starts. He scored only one top-five last year, though, finishing second at Flamboro in June.

Dale Reinhart hopes to score his first career top-five this year after putting together a pair of top-10’s last season in a limited schedule.

As the series’ regulars get prepared for the bullring, there are also a slew of rookies – with six drivers intending to run the full campaign this season.

Tim Tolton may be one of the most experienced rookies, having driven a variety of cars throughout the years prior to this season as his team looks “forward to a new challenge in a new series” as they try something a little different. Notably, he expressed hopefulness surrounding a positive start as FTMS is his home track.

Dave Hodgkinson makes the move to eight-cylinder open-wheel cars from four-cylinder modifieds, set fr the next chapter of his career that saw him start back in 1975.

Ken Hayward makes his return to racing competition for the first time in nine years, using a past super late model chassis from 2005 to build his modified.

Another driver returning back behind the wheel after time spent away is Jase Cornell, who hasn’t raced in the past 10 years. He made the decision to join the modified ranks as the open-wheel cars have always held a “soft spot” in his heart.

Marty Monette will begin his endeavor with OSCAAR driving a Craig Ellis-owned entry after having success in a thunder car at both Barrie Speedway and Sunset Speedway.

OSCAAR fans will recognize the name Wally Wilson, as he has spent the past two years racing as part of the OSCAAR Midget tours. After a pair of top-five points finishes with both the OSCAAR Midgets and OSCAAR Pro Midgets, he purchased a modified for 2017.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face on Sunday so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action. Details about the event can be found at http://www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com.

By Ashley McCubbin

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