OSCAAR Hot Rod Velocity 250 Preview

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway

After getting dirty at Brighton Speedway, the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series are ready to get back on the pavement, beginning with this weekend’s Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway.

It will mark the fifth time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 last September. Thus far, we’ve seen Dan Archibald win three races, with Tyler Hawn picking up a pair of event wins.

Following each of the events, regardless of the winner, many fans left the speedway talking about the battle for the podium spots, as the stars of the series have battled side-by-side for multiple laps without a single fender touch.

Hawn will be hoping to pick up his third Sunset Speedway victory, building upon the two previous victories, a runner-up, and a pair of thirds. He enters this weekend as the points leader, looking to get back on the podium following a seventh-place finish at Brighton Speedway.

Douglas Fischer hopes to get back on the podium as the Dog House team has had a couple tough weeks, including a crash at Brighton. Even with the bad luck, though, there has been nine top-seven finishes in the last 11 races, including four top-fives. His best finish at Sunset was in May with a fifth-place finish.

The 2018 season marks the first year of OSCAAR competition for Billy Alderson Jr. and he certainly is making the most of it, as he scored his first career series victory a couple weeks ago at Sauble Speedway and no finishes outside of the top-six this season. He has been fast at Sunset Speedway, scoring a top-four finish in each of his three appearances.

Nick Clarke will hope to repeat or better his Brighton Speedway performance, as he scored the team’s first top-five of the season. He finished seventh at Sunset Speedway’s Canada Day Special in July.

Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that allowed him to challenge for a win in his OSCAAR debut last season at Sunset Speedway. The team has been fast this year, with Miles Tyson finishing fourth at Sunset in July, and Adrian Foster finishing fourth at Brighton earlier this month.

Jeremy McLean will be hoping to keep the positive momentum going after Brandon Crumbie gave his team a runner-up finish at Brighton. Notably, he did well in his most recent stint behind the wheel, too, finishing fifth at Sauble Speedway.

Art Rodgers hopes his trip to Sunset Speedway goes better this time around, as mechanical issues have seen him miss the top-10 in both appearances thus far this season.

Steve Book heads into this weekend with a smile on his face after scoring his first career series victory at Brighton Speedway. In three Sunset Speedway races, he has a pair of sevenths and a sixth.

Steve Mayhew will enter this weekend with momentum on his side following five consecutive top-10 finishes. He finished 10th in his first appearance at Sunset in July.

The McNicol team challenged for the win at Sunset Speedway last year, and hopes to find some luck this time around following Kenny’s 13th-place finish at Sunset in July.

Jerry Broom has gotten better with each of OSCAAR starts, and will hope to build upon his sixth-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway earlier this year.

Paul Senior hopes to have a good outing in his first OSCAAR trip to Sunset Speedway after scoring a season-best fourth at Kawartha Speedway in July.

Brad Martin hopes to have some better luck than he did at Brighton, perhaps repeating or bettering the third-place finish from Kawartha in July. He finished fourth in the season-opener at Sunset Speedway in May.

Dan Price’s team looked to be in the catbird’s seat for success at Brighton with Charlie Sandercock behind the wheel – until a mechanical issue dropped them deep in the field. He has ran well at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a pair of fifths last year.

Derek Henderson will also be looking for a good run, following a 12th-place finish in his most recent OSCAAR appearance. Notably, he finished eighth at Sunset Speedway in July.

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Velocity 250 Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset Speedway

After a couple weeks off to catch their breath, the OSCAAR Modified teams are excited for the final stretch of races to cap off the 2018 season. knowing the talent that will be in the field, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the open-wheel stars put on the feature of the Velocity 250 weekend at Sunset Speedway.

Though if anyone is going to win this weekend, they’ll probably have to find their way by OSCAAR Modified multi-time series champion Gary McLean. Although he finished 13th in his most recent Sunset Speedway appearance, he won the eight straight features before that weekend.

Gary Elliott should be a driver to watch this weekend. He has been a solid competitor all year, scoring a top-10 finish in each of his last five features, including a victory at Sauble Speedway. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him with three top-six finishes in eight starts, including a runner-up.

A.J. Emms enters this weekend with momentum following a pair of top-fives in his most recent series appearances, including a runner-up at Peterborough. Consistency is the name of the game for him, with only three finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 16 series starts. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a track-best fifth in May.

Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty hopes to break into the top-five following six top-10’s thus far this season. He will be looking for his sixth straight Sunset top-10, hoping to improve upon a track-best fourth in September 2015.

Cory Horner enters this weekend with confidence following just one finish outside of the top-six this season, in a year highlighted with a pair of feature victories. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, posting four podiums in six starts, including a victory on Canada Day weekend.

Luke Gignac enters this weekend with momentum on his side following five straight top-six finishes, including a runner-up at Sauble Speedway. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, finishing on the podium in last year’s Velocity 250.

John Harper will be looking to keep his solid year going with just one finish outside of the top-four all year long to date. He has been solid at Sunset Speedway in the past, posting no finishes worse than seventh with a track-best third in May.

Dale Reinhart will enter this weekend with a smile on his face after scoring his first career victory in the series’ most recent event at Sauble Speedway. Sunset Speedway has treated him well in the past, with a fourth-place finish at the Velocity 250 last year.

Jase Cornell hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a top-10 in each of his last six starts, including a fifth-place finish at Sauble Speedway. Notably, his best finish at Sunset this year is an 11th, which he scored in May.

After picking up a career-best ninth at Sauble Speedway, Wally Wilson hopes to repeat that performance this weekend. Notably, his best previous Sunset Speedway finish was 12th at the Canada Day special.

Chad Strawn may not be running the full schedule, but keep an eye on him this weekend as he scored a third-place finish at the Canada Day weekend special.

Marshall Schrenk hopes to keep the string of top-10’s going as he has posted one in each of his last four series starts. Notably, he finished 10th in the Canada Day special at Sunset Speedway.

Kelly Balson showed that he has good speed, with a top-five and two top-10’s in five series starts this season. He will hope to have a better run this time around after finishing 20th at Sunset Speedway on Canada Day weekend.

Branden Bullen will hope to score his first top-10 of 2018 following a 12th-place finish in his most recent series appearance.

One of the big stories to watch this season has been the rookies, as they’ve each found their own highlights through the season.

Jason Keen is no stranger to Sunset Speedway, having visited victory lane there multiple times in the Canadian Vintage Modified ranks. He showed that with a sixth and eighth in the two Sunset Speedway events this season, and is coming off a career-best third-place finish at Sauble Speedway.

Jason Bowden also knows his way around the speedway, given his experience in the Vintage Modified competition as well. He finished ninth and 16th in his pair of Sunset appearances, but enters this weekend after back-to-back top-10 finishes at Sauble.

Jeff Showler will be hope to get back up front after experiencing a crash during heat action at Sauble Speedway. He was fast at Sunset Speedway earlier this year, finishing second in the Canada Day special.

Tyler Di Venanzo will be hoping to break into the top-10 following back-to-back 12th-place finishes.

Duane Cinnamon will hope to have some good luck after a pair of finishes outside of the top-10 in his most recent series starts. Notably, he posted a fifth-place finish in the Canada Day special.

David Balych enters this weekend looking for his first top-10 of 2018 after finishing 15th in his most recent appearance with OSCAAR, which came at Kawartha. He has performed well at Sunset Speedway before, posting two top-nines in five appearances.

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

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

Hawn and Riddell Take Victories at Grand Bend

Norman Newman

The action was fast and close for the OSCAAR Pro Sprints this past weekend at Grand Bend Speedway, with a familiar face in victory lane on Saturday night and a rookie finding his route there on Sunday.

SATURDAY

Norman Newman picked up his fourth heat win of the season ahead of Daniel Hawn, James Marche, Rob Summers, and Brian MacDonald.

Brody Rickwood scored his fourth qualifier victory of 2018 ahead of James Stanley, Jaden Riddell, Tyler Cullen, and Shawn Stanley.

Daniel Hawn picked up his ninth heat win of the season ahead of Newman, Marche, and Summers.

James Stanley scored his first qualifier victory of 2018 ahead of Rickwood, Riddell, Cullen, and Shawn Stanley.

Come feature time, it’d be Daniel Hawn finding his way to the front immediately, taking the lead and scurrying away from the field for his 11th straight OSCAAR Pro Sprint victory.

James Stanley placed second for his third straight podium performance, followed by Jaden Riddell with his third top-five of 2018. Brody Rickwood finished fourth for a season-best performance, with Brian MacDonald rounding out the top-five, another season-best performance.

Rob Summers finished sixth for his third top-10 of 2018 followed by Shawn Stanley. Unfortunately, an early wreck in the feature took out three of the favorites to run up front – Tyler Cullen, James Marche, and Norman Newman. Cullen would also suffer a knee injury in the process, which would keep him from competing on Sunday. The entire OSCAAR Pro Sprint community wishes Cullen a speedy recovery.

daniel hawn

SUNDAY

Daniel Hawn picked up his 10th heat win of the season ahead of James Stanley, Riddell, and Newman.

Shawn Stanley picked up his first qualifier victory of 2018 ahead of Summers and MacDonald.

Daniel Hawn went for the daily double ahead of Riddell, James Stanley, and Newman.

Brody Rickwood picked up his fifth qualifier victory of 2018 ahead of Shawn Stanley, Summers, and MacDonald.

The feature would once again produce excitement for the second day in a row with a battle up front for the lead once again. Youngster Jaden Riddell would find his way to the front, making the pass on Rob Summers before tracking down Daniel Hawn for the lead. From there on, it’d be a battle between the pair right down to the end of the race, with Riddell picking up the win.

For Jaden Riddell, it marks his first career OSCAAR Pro Sprint Series victory as he becomes the youngest winner in series history in the process. It also marked the fourth top-five of his stellar rookie season to date.

James Stanley posted a runner-up for the second straight feature in a row, with Shawn Stanley in third for a season-best performance. This race marked the first race dating back to last year in August that Daniel Hawn hasn’t won, as he crossed the finish line with a fourth-place finish. Brody Rickwood rounded out the top-five.

Rob Summers finished sixth for the second day in a row, followed by Brian MacDonald and James Marche. Unfortunately, Norman Newman was unable to start the feature due to mechanical issues.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Steve Book Scores First Career Hot Rod Victory at Brighton

Steve Brookes at Brighton Speedway

The OSCAAR Hot Rods would make their lone dirt trip of the season to Brighton Speedway on Saturday night, producing the series’ second straight first-time winner as Steve Book took the victory.

Brandon Crumbie picked up his first career OSCAAR Hot Rod Series heat victory driving Jeremy McLean’s No. 88 entry ahead of Shaun McWhirter (driving for Douglas Fischer), Charlie Sandercock (driving for Dan Price), Tyler Hawn, Steve Mayhew, and Brad Martin.

Norm Mayhew scored his second heat win of the season ahead of Steve Book, Paul Senior, Art Rodgers, Adrian Foster (driving for Lance Foster), and Nick Clarke.

The feature would start out messy, unfortunately, as a car spinning off of turn four would collect several cars, ending the event early for a couple in the process. Brandon Crumbie would break out to the early lead and was set to cruise to victory. However, the second half of the race saw Steve Book find his groove, and that’s all it took as he found his way to the front, passing Crumbie, leading the rest of the way to the checkered.

For Steve Book, the win marks his first in the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, but also his fifth top-five of the season as he has consistently improved since the first race of 2018.

Brandon Crumbie finished second in his series debut, with Paul Senior in third for a career-best despite heavy right side damage from the early incident. Adrian Foster placed fourth for his second top-five of 2018, with Nick Clarke rounding out the top-five. Notably, this marks Clarke’s first top-five of 2018 despite winning two races last season.

Art Rodgers finished sixth for a season-best performance, followed by Tyler Hawn in seventh with his eighth top-10 of 2018. Charlie Sandercock suffered a broken shock mount en route to placing eighth ahead of Norm Mayhew and Steve Mayhew. Douglas Fischer and Brad Martin rounded out the field.

Race Report by Ashley McCubbin / Photos by Rod Henderson of CanadianRacer.com.

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Brighton Speedway

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