Gary McLean Scores OSCAAR Modified Feature Victory at Kawartha

OSCAAR Modified Series Top 3 at Kawartha Speedway 2018

Photo By Ashley McCubbin

Taking the lead with just 10 laps on the board, Gary McLean led the rest of the way en route to scoring the OSCAAR Modified feature victory at Kawartha Speedway.

Mark Gordon won the first heat ahead of Luke Gignac, Jeff Showler, Gary Elliott, Duane Cinnamon, Jason Keen, David Balych, Bob Franks, and Rob Di Venanzo.

The second heat featured a quick caution when Josh Gruntz spun off of turn four, backing the car in the wall. Cory Horner took the win ahead of Anthony DiBello, David Balych, Chris Milwain, Chad Strawn, John Baker Jr., Mike Hearty, and Nick Markwell.

The third heat also had a quick caution when Raymond Anthony spun in turn two on Lap 1. Gary McLean picked up the win ahead of Kelly Balson, John Harper, A.J. Emms, Jason Bowden, John Baker Jr., Dan Price, Wally Wilson, and Anthony. Notably, Emms blew his motor as he crossed the finish line.

Come feature time, Anthony DiBello started pole ahead of Jeff Showler, Kelly Balson, John Harper, Dale Reinhart, Mark Gordon, Luke Gignac, Gary McLean, Cory Horner, Gary Elliott, Chris Milwain, John Baker Jr., Jason Bowden, Duane Cinnamon, Chad Strawn, Jason Keen, Jase Cornell, David Balych, Dan Price, Mike Hearty, Bob Franks, Josh Gruntz, Wally Wilson, and Raymond Anthony.

DiBello grabbed the early lead ahead of Balson and Harper, but the caution flew on Lap 1 for Dan Price making contact with the turn two inside wall, ending his feature early. The first attempt at a restart produced the second caution when Di Venanzo spun, collecting Markwell in the process.

The second restart was clean with DiBello and Balson side-by-side for the lead, with Balson grabbing the top spot on Lap 3 as the caution came out. The restart produced the fourth caution, with Mark Gordon and Chris Milwain getting tangled up together in turn three. With 37 laps to go, Balson led DiBello, Showler, Harper, McLean, Reinhart, Harper, Gignac, Bowden, Elliott, Strawn, Baker Jr., Keen, Cinnamon, Balych, and Hearty.

The second attempt at a restart brought forth the fifth caution as Showler spun DiBello in turn four, collecting Bowden and Horner in the process, as Di Venanzo also went for a spin. From this point on, the race officials elected to go with single-file restarts.

Harper got a good restart to take the lead as Balson and McLean battled for second ahead of Reinhart, Gignac, Elliott, and Strawn. The sixth caution then came out on lap 6 for Anthony going around.

Harper got another good restart as McLean moved into second ahead of Balson, Reinhart, Gignac, and Elliott. McLean then got alongside Harper for the lead, taking the top spot on Lap 10. Harper now ran second ahead of Balson, Reinhart, Gignac, Elliott, and Strawn as Baker Jr. and Hearty went side-by-side for eighth. Hearty got the spot on Lap 12, bringing Horner through with him.

The shifting of positions continued as Strawn would pass Elliott on Lap 14 to move up into sixth, bumping Elliott back to seventh ahead of Harper, Hearty, Baker Jr., Showler, Cornell, Keen, Gruntz, and Di Venanzo. Keen would get alongside Cornell for 12th at Lap 19, as both Harper and Hearty got by Elliott a lap later.

The rest of the race saw the leaders run single-file for the most part as they navigated lap traffic with Gary McLean picking up the win ahead of John Harper, Kelly Balson, Dale Reinhart, Luke Gignac, Chad Strawn, Jase Cornell, Cory Horner, Mike Hearty, Gary Elliott, Jeff Showler, John Baker Jr., Rob Di Venanzo, Jason Keen, David Balych, Raymond Anthony, Wally Wilson, Josh Gruntz, Duane Cinnamon, Bob Franks, Anthony DiBello, Jason Bowden, Chris Milwain, Mark Gordon, Nick Markwell, Dan Price, and A.J. Emms.

The next race for the OSCAAR Modifieds is at Flamboro Speedway on July 28.

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

Dan Archibald Scores OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Kawartha Victory

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Top 3 at Kawartha Speedway

Photo by Ashley McCubbin

Taking the lead in the early laps, Dan Archibald didn’t look back en route to scoring the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Kawartha Speedway victory.

Archibald won the opening heat ahead of Shaun McWhirter, Brad Martin, Norm Mayhew, Steve Mayhew, and Art Rodgers.

Tyler Hawn won the second heat ahead of Billy Alderson Jr., Steve Books, Nick Clarke, Jerry Broom, Derek Henderson, and Jeremy McLean.

Following qualifying, it’d be Brad Martin on pole ahead of Tyler Hawn, Steve Book, Billy Alderson Jr., Shaun McWhirter, Dan Archibald, Nick Clarke, Norm Mayhew, Steve Mayhew, Jerry Broom, Derek Henderson, Art Rodgers, Jeremy McLean, and Adrian Foster.

Martin grabbed the early lead off the drop of the green flag as Archibald and Hawn battled for second. Archibald got the spot on Lap 2, with Alderson Jr. following him through to bump Hawn back to third ahead of McWhirter. McWhirter would then get alongside Hawn for fourth at Lap 4.

The lead would change hands on Lap 5 with Archibald taking the top spot ahead of Alderson Jr. as Martin slipped back to third ahead of McWhirter, with Book alongside Hawn for fifth. Book got the spot on Lap 7, bringing Norm Mayhew through with him to bump Hawn back to seventh. Behind him, Broom ran eighth as Foster and Clarke battled for ninth ahead of Steve Mayhew, Henderson, McLean, and Rodgers.

Hawn would look to fight back, getting alongside Norm Mayhew for sixth at Lap 12, but was unable to complete the pass. Behind them, Foster moved up to eighth ahead of Broom, Clarke, Steve Mayhew, Henderson, McLean, and Rodgers. Steve Mayhew got alongside Clarke for 10th at Lap 16, with Hawn back alongside Norm Mayhew a lap later for sixth.

Steve Mayhew got the 10th spot at Lap 18 ahead of Clarke, Henderson, McLean, and Rodgers. He would then challenge Broom for ninth with five laps to go, as McWhirter challenged Martin for third. McWhirter was unable to complete the pass, though, falling back in line in fourth ahead of Book, Norm Mayhew, Hawn, and Foster.

Dan Archibald picked up the win ahead of Billy Alderson Jr., Brad Martin, Shaun McWhirter, Steve Book, Norm Mayhew, Tyler Hawn, Adrian Foster, Steve Mayhew, Jerry Broom, Nick Clarke, Derek Henderson, Jeremy McLean, and Art Rodgers.

The next race for the OSCAAR Hot Rods is at Brighton Speedway on September 8 following the rain-out on Saturday, July 14.

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 Hot Rod Kawartha / Brighton Preview

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Kawartha Speedway

The summer months are normally where the contenders separate themselves from the pack, and the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series falls under that category for sure. The teams are set to be busy this weekend as they’ll head to a pair of totally different tracks this weekend.

Friday, July 13 will see them take to Kawartha Speedway for the fourth time in two years, before hitting the dirt with their second ever trip to Brighton Speedway on Saturday, July 14.

The list of drivers to watch is extensive, with 17 names appearing on the pre-entry sheet ahead of the weekend. So without further ado, here is everybody you should keep an eye on.

Dan Archibald will be trying earn his third victory in a row this weekend as he has won in each of his last starts, including the first trip of the season to Kawartha in June. Notably, he has won in both of his starts on the half-mile track. The interesting factor will be whether he makes his first dirt start with OSCAAR on Saturday.

Tyler Hawn hopes to build on the momentum as he has no finishes outside of the top-seven this season, with three victories in five races. Notably, his Kawartha statistics rank up there with the best as he has a first, second, and seventh in his three starts. Should we add that he won the inaugural OSCAAR dirt race at Brighton last year?

The 2018 season marks the first year of OSCAAR competition for Billy Alderson Jr., and he certainly hasn’t disappointed with no finishes outside of the top-six this season. His appearance at Kawartha in June saw him place sixth, and it’ll be interesting to how the clay treats him in his first trip there.

Douglas Fischer hopes that his trend of positive finishes continues as he has scored no finishes outside of the top-nine, including three top-fives. He posted a runner-up at Kawartha in June to start the stretch, as he looks towards his first OSCAAR dirt start.

Nick Clarke has a top-10 finish in each of his four starts this year, including a ninth at Kawartha in June. Notably, the trip to Brighton will mark his first OSCAAR dirt start.

Dan Price will be missing out on Kawartha, instead choosing to focus on his OSCAAR Modified that night, but will be in attendance for Saturday at Brighton Speedway. He impressed last year, scoring a fourth-place finish.

Price’s teammate Derek Henderson will also be looking for a good run, as he enters this weekend on a string of three straight top-eight finishes. He has proven he can run well at Kawartha with a fourth last year, but dirt remains a big question.

Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that he has shown thus far this season en route to a third-place finish at Sunset Speedway. His brother Adrian Foster drove the car in the feature in June, making his way from the back to score a fourth-place finish. The real question though – another driver with a dirt question mark.

After suffering a heavy practice crash in June at Kawartha, Brad Martin has made all of the necessary repairs and will be back in action both days this weekend. Hopefully he has a smooth day as he has visited victory lane at Kawartha previously behind the wheel of a mini stock.

Jeremy McLean hopes to break into the top-10 on Friday night at Kawartha as the past two events for him haven’t treated his team well. He will then be putting dirt regular Brandon Crumbie behind the wheel of the No. 88 on Saturday with hopes of a victory.

Art Rodgers should be home on dirt as that’s where his background in racing is, as shown by finishing third at Brighton last year. The real question will be whether he can improve his track-best fifth-place finish from Kawartha in July 2017.

The rest of the drivers will remain question marks for the dirt race as they were not in attendance last year, but the talent pool runs deep here.

Steve Book has yet to finish outside of the top-seven this year, highlighted by a season-best fifth at Kawartha in June.

Jerry Broom hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a season-best sixth-place finish at Jukassa Motor Speedway.

The Mayhews have experience on dirt, and they also know Kawartha really well due to countless Friday nights spent there. Steve hopes to improve upon his track-best fourth from last year, following a third-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Norm may be the one picking up the win after scoring a third in June at Kawartha.

Daryl Fice hopes to rekindle the magic that led to last year’s third-place finish at Kawartha after placing 12th earlier this year in June.

Paul Senior impressed in his OSCAAR Hot Rod Series debut, scoring a fifth-place finish at Sunset Speedway on Canada Day.

Dan Rothwell also made his OSCAAR debut at Sunset, and be hopeful to break into the top-10 this weekend after a 14th-place finish at Sunset.

On Friday night at Kawartha, the OSCAAR Hot Rods will be joined by the OSCAAR Modifieds, and Bone Stocks as the Ontario Legends Series kicks off the Canadian Legend Car Nationals. Make sure to come out and check out the great night of racing, remembering to either print or show the coupon to get $5 off your general admission. Racing kicks off at 6:30 pm sharp.

On Saturday night at Brighton, the Hot Rods will be joined by the Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, and Thunder Stocks. They’ll start the night off with Wall of Fame Inductions at 6:00 pm. Details on the night can be found at http://www.brightonspeedway.ca.

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 Kawartha Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Kawartha Speedway

Following an exciting night of racing at Sunset Speedway, the OSCAAR Modifieds are set to get back at it on Friday, July 13 at Kawartha Speedway.

A lot of drivers have circled this date on their calendar as it very well quite possibly with a high percentage be the last ever event at the half-mile in Fraserville, Ontario, due to the casino moving. Therefore, there is a lot of prestige to the driver who can find victory lane.

The last time the series visited Kawartha was in June, and it was John Harper leaving his fingerprint on the facility with a victory. Harper hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a fourth-place finish at Sunset Speedway. Coming off his fifth top-five in the last six OSCAAR races, he hopes to build upon his first and fifth in his last two Kawartha starts.

Although Harper will be gunning for the Kawartha sweep, there’s no question a full field of field drivers will be looking to take the chance away from him.

Sunset Speedway race winner Cory Horner knows what it takes to get the job done, as he won at Kawartha last year in June. He also has scored no finishes outside of the top-six this season, and has three straight podiums at Kawartha.

Gary Elliott will head to Kawartha Speedway hoping to get back into the top-10 after just missing that mark in his last three series starts. Elliott has ran well at the Fraserville, Ontario oval previously, finishing second in 2014.

Dale Reinhart hopes to have luck on his side after a late-race incident left him sitting outside of the top-10 at Sunset Speedway. He has been solid at Kawartha Speedway, scoring a top-eight in each of his last three starts.

Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, hoping to improve upon his pair of season-best sixth-place finishes this year. For the record, his best finish at Kawartha is well, a sixth.

Wally Wilson will continue his learning curve behind the wheel of his modified, hoping to continue getting stronger after posting a season-best 12th-place finish at Sunset Speedway. He has scored a best finish of 14th at Kawartha.

Jase Cornell will hope to put together a solid performance following a 17th-place finish at Sunset Speedway. Notably, he scored his best Kawartha Speedway finish with an 11th in June.

Chad Strawn hopes to keep the positive momentum rolling after scoring a third-place finish at Sunset Speedway. He has gotten the job done at Kawartha before with a win.

Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Kawartha after scoring his first top-five of the 2018 campaign with a fifth at Sunset Speedway. Notably, he has done well previously at Kawartha, picking up a 10th in June.

Kelly Balson made his name known in the OSCAAR ranks with success in the Outlaw Super Late Model level, including visiting feature victory lane at Peterborough Speedway. Now behind the wheel of the modified, he showed speed and led laps at Kawartha before a late-race spin took him out of contention. Notably, he scored a season-best seventh at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

After scoring his first finish of the season outside of the top-two with a 13th-place finish at Sunset, you can be certain that Gary McLean will be looking to get back on the podium this weekend. He finished second at Kawartha in June.

AJ Emms will be looking to score his third straight Kawartha Speedway top-five this weekend after finishes of fourth and fifth last year. He has made two starts thus far in 2018, finishing fifth and second.

Dan Price hopes to score his first top-10 of the year this weekend after a rough 2018 debut at Sunset Speedway with a 14th-place finish. Notably, he finished ninth in his lone appearance at Kawartha last year.

Anthony DiBello has only made a single start with the OSCAAR Modifieds, but it was impressive. At Kawartha in June, he scored a heat win before placing ninth in the 40-lap feature.

Mark Gordon hopes to score a top-10 after the first two starts for him this season have been rough with finishes of 15th and 19th.

ADAMS Motorsports will once again have Darryl St. Onge replacing Luke Gignac behind the wheel of the No. 99 Modified. St. Onge adapted well to the open-wheel style of cars at Sunset Speedway, fighting back from a mid-race spin to finish ninth.

Branden Bullen will hope to score a top-10 after finishing 18th in his return to OSCAAR competition at Sunset Speedway.

The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – have each impressed this season with lots of speed and ability behind the wheel.

Bowden enters this weekend hoping to rekindle the magic that delivered a fifth-place finish at Kawartha in June following two finishes just outside of the top-10.

Showler entered this weekend with tons of momentum following a third at Jukasa Motor Speedway and a second at Sunset Speedway. He finished 15th in June at Kawartha.

Keen hopes to keep the consistency going as he has yet to finish outside of the top-10 this year, including an eighth-place finish at Kawartha in June.

They’ll be joined by fellow rookies Craig Scott, Bob Franks, and Tyler Di Venanzo. Scott ran into mechanical issues in his debut at Kawartha in June, while Franks scored a 13th-place finish. Di Venanzo has yet to run Kawartha in his career after making his debut at Jukasa.

Marshall Schrenk will make his first trip to Kawartha Speedway following a 10th-place finish at Sunset Speedway.

David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, having posted three top-10’s last season. so far this year, he has posted a 17th and 14th in his pair of starts. He was solid at Kawartha in 2017, scoring a seventh in June.

Chris Milwain will hope to score his fourth career OSCAAR victory following three wins last season, and three top-fives in three races this year. He was solid at Kawartha previously, scoring a top-four in each of his last three starts.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, Ontario Legends Series with Day 1 of the Canadian Legends Nationals, and Bone Stocks. Make sure to come out and check out the great night of racing, remembering to either print or show the coupon to get $5 off your general admission.

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

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