Jam-Packed Schedule Set for OSCAAR in 2017

Since last season finished, OSCAAR has been preparing for the upcoming 2017 season, set to put on another stellar season of racing after last year’s excitement.
Set for their 27th season of competition, OSCAAR officials have worked cooperatively with the promoters across Ontario to put together a schedule that will pack in excitement, that their dedicated race fans have come to expect
The schedule, consisting of 16 weeks of racing, will see each of OSCAAR’s five divisions do battle in front of the fans – the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models, the OSCAAR Modifieds, OSCAAR Pro Midgets, OSCAAR Midgets, and the new OSCAAR Hot Rods.
The 2016 race season saw 25 different drivers celebrate feature wins over the course of the season. With the release of the new schedule you can be assured that teams are home circling the dates of their favorite events.
The 2017 season will kick off at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, as part of their Victoria Day special weekend, with both the OSCAAR Modifieds and Hot Rods in attendance on May 21. Both divisions will time trial before the modifieds run an extended-distance feature of 50 laps and the hot rods run 30 laps.
The following weekend will see both the Modifieds and Hot Rods back in action at Flamboro Speedway on May 27, joined by the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models for their season opener. Meanwhile, the Midgets and Pro Midgets will have their season opener the same weekend at Peterborough Speedway.
The season starts off fast-paced, as three of the divisions – Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds, and Hot Rods – will head to Kawartha Speedway on June 2 for the Bruce Gowland Memorial. It’ll mark the first event at the Fraserville, Ontario oval since 2014.
Following three back-to-back weeks of racing, there will be a small break for teams before entering into the summer stretch. The Midgets and Pro Midgets will make their first appearance of the season at Grand Bend Speedway on June 17, before joining the other three divisions at Flamboro on June 24 to round out the month.
OSCAAR will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday the only way they know how on July 1 by heading to the beach. Four of the five divisions – Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds, Midgets and Pro Midgets – will make the trip to Sauble Speedway.
Meanwhile, the Hot Rods will wait till mid-month to return to the track but will do so in a big way as they’ll make their first dirt appearance at Brighton Speedway on July 15. Throughout OSCAAR’s history, this marks the first time they have hosted an event on dirt, and will do so in a special way by helping Brighton Speedway celebrate their 50th anniversary being a part of their nostalgia night.
The Hot Rods will then reunite with the Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds a week later for the series’ second trip of the season to Kawartha Speedway on July 21. The season then caps off with all five divisions at Flamboro Speedway on July 29 for the Biederman Memorial.
The month of August will see the Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds make their first appearance of the season at Peterborough Speedway on August 5, joined by the Midgets and Pro Midgets. The month of August will be jam-packed for the Midgets and Pro Midgets, as they will be back in action a week later at Grand Bend Speedway on August 12.
The action-packed month of August continues a week later on August 19 with the Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds, Midgets and Pro Midgets in action at Sauble Speedway. The Pro Midgets will then round out the month of August at Flamboro on the 26th.
The action continues into in September, with the Midgets and Pro Midgets making their third appearance of the season at Grand Bend Speedway on September 9.
The month of September will finish off four of the five divisions taking part in Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway. The Modifieds will qualify on September 30, while the Hot Rods, Midgets, and Pro Midgets will qualify and run their features. The Modifieds will then return to Flamboro the next day, September 31, to run a special extended-distance 50 lap feature.
The season will cap off with the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway, as it has traditionally in the past. The modifieds will kick off the party by running their first round of qualifying heats on Friday, October 6. The next day, the Modifieds will run their second heat of heats, as well the Outlaw Super Late Models being on track to run both sets of their heats. The Midgets and Pro Midgets will cap off the second day of Autumn Colours on October 7 with their heats and feature. The weekend will then finish off on October 8 with a 50-lap feature for the Modifieds and a 50-lap feature for the Outlaw Super Late Models.
The busy 2017 schedule ensures fans across the entire province will have a chance to experience the high-action packed racing that OSCAAR has been known for through the past 26 years to become Ontario’s premier short track racing series.

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OSCAAR Super Late Model Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

Following an impressive 2016 season with great competition throughout, the OSCAAR Super Late Model drivers and crews gathered together on Saturday, January 21 to honor everybody for their accomplishments.

With two victories and eight top-fives, J.R. Fitzpatrick was consistent throughout the entire season en route to being crowned the champion.

“First of all, I have to thank everybody at OSCAAR,” Fitzpatrick started. “Everybody – the tech officials, scoring. It was a lot of fun this year. Like Gary and his team always do, we tried a bunch of stuff as well. Some of it worked, sometimes it didn’t – but you learn. I really have to thank my crew. We had some issues with my car throughout the year where it breaking in the back and we spent a few nights stripping it, getting it back together, and lucky enough Roy had the 4 car I could use for a couple events, so thanks Roy. Of course, I have to thank Bill Passer – just cause it makes him feel better. I got to thank my fiancé Alaura for putting me up with me still racing. Thanks again.”

On top of the top-10 in points receiving their award plaques, five other awards were given out throughout the evening.

The Sportsman of the Year Award was given to Todd Campbell. Campbell showed respect to his fellow competitors off and on the track en route to scoring four top-10s, including a runner-up at Flamboro Speedway in July.

The Hard Luck Award went to Derrick Tiemersma following mechanical issues, including a motor blow-up mid-season.

The Most Improved Driver Award went to Charlie Gallant, who finished fourth in the points standings after missing the top-10 last year. Gallant was consistent throughout the season, posting three top-fives and seven top-10s, including a third place finish in the season opener at Flamboro in May.

The Best Appearing Car Award went to J.R. Fitzpatrick, who captured the fan’s attention with an impressive blue and yellow wrap.

The last award given out was a special award put together by Gary Elliott. called the Ironman Award. The award is meant to go to overcame adversity throughout the year to run all of the events on the schedule. For 2016, the award went to Tyler Hawn. Hawn was able to run all the events this year, despite having a heavy crash mid-season which required extensive repairs. The perseverance was awarded as Hawn finished sixth in points, with three top-fives and eight top-10s.

With a solid season, OSCAAR is now putting full focus towards the upcoming 2017 campaign, which should be filled with great racing, lots of competition, and fun across the entire province of Ontario based on early indications. Be sure to stay tuned to the OSCAAR website for details throughout the entire winter.

By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

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Following an impressive 2016 season with great competition throughout, the OSCAAR Modified drivers and crews gathered together on Saturday, January 21 to honor everybody for their accomplishments.

With six victories and no finishes outside of the top-eight, Gary McLean was consistent throughout the entire season en route to being crowned the series champion.

“I’d like to thank all the folks at OSCAAR and everybody that works hard to give us some place to race and have a lot of fun racing against a good group of guys,” he said. “We had a ton of fun. I didn’t intend on going after the championship; kind of said we weren’t at the beginning of the year due to the nights we were going to take off. With the Chase format, it worked out that we were able to race for the championship and get the job done. I’d like to thank all the competitors I got to race against as they did a good job. There’s some really good guys coming up, and too bad we’re not going to be racing full-time next year, but we’re not going to. It’ll be different for us so we’ll try and have fun with that.

“Congratulations to all the OSCAAR divisions. They did a good job this year in the other divisions, so other than that, thank my crew. They’re the guys that get it done. Thank you.”

On top of the top-10 in points receiving their award plaques, six other awards were given out throughout the evening.

The Sportsman of the Year Award was given to Luke Gignac. From the start of the season, Gignac showed respect to his fellow competitors off and on the track en route to scoring nine top-10s and finishing second in points.

The Hard Luck Award was given to Brian McLean as a result of a couple hard wrecks throughout the year. McLean was still able to put in a couple strong runs throughout the year, including a runner-up at Flamboro Speedway in June.

The Most Improved Driver Award was given to Chris Milwain. Milwain scored four top-fives and six top-10s this year, compared to a single top-five the year before. The hard work paid off for him as he finished eighth in the standings.

The Best Appearing Award went to A.J. Emms, who captured the fan’s attention with a blue and orange scheme.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to Gignac, who posted five heat victories and a season-best feature finish of second at Flamboro in July.

The last award given out was a special award put together by Gary Elliott. called the Ironman Award. The award is meant to go to overcame adversity throughout the year to run all of the events on the schedule. For 2016, the award went to Emms. Emms was able to run all the events this year, despite a crash mid-season at Delaware and motor issues at Flamboro in August. The perseverance was awarded as Emms finished third in points with seven top-fives, including his first career victory at Peterborough Speedway.

With a solid season, OSCAAR is now putting full focus towards the upcoming 2017 campaign, which should be filled with great racing, lots of competition, and fun across the entire province of Ontario based on early indications. Be sure to stay tuned to the OSCAAR website for details throughout the entire winter.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Pro Midget Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

Following an impressive 2016 season with great competition throughout, the OSCAAR Pro Midget drivers and crews gathered together on Saturday, January 21 to honor everybody for their accomplishments.

The inaugural season for the series paid off in big ways, seeing a growth in competition from the beginning of the year to the end. After starting out the season with four cars, by the end of the year there were over 10 cars on the track at a time. The series also produced close races, with side-by-side battles to the lines and a variety of drivers reaching victory lane.

With 11 heat wins and three feature victories, it was Ted Greenwood which led the way for his fellow drivers over the year en route to being crowned the inaugural series champion.

“First of all, I would like to thank Chuck and Jackie for sitting down with OSCAAR and giving me a class I can actually race in,” Greenwood said. “Secondly, I would like to thank the OSCAAR executives and group that runs the series for giving me a venue where I can actually get track time to get my feet back under me, and get time on the track. I appreciate everything that OSCAAR has done for the Pro Midgets and racing in Ontario. Thank you, OSCAAR.

“I would like to thank the little group that hangs around me, helps me get in the racecar, button up my helmet – all the things a senior citizen needs help with – Joel, Steve, James, and of course my wife. I’d like to thank Glen Blaker. He’s the one that gave me the phone call and said, ‘Ted, they’re putting the suspensions on the midgets. You have to come out of the retirement’. Basically, that’s all I have to say. I want to thank everyone for showing up tonight. It’s been a great season, and I’m looking forward to 2017. Most of them that are here that run against me – I will be challenging again next season. Thank you.”

Other stand-outs from the year include Wally Wilson, who finished second in points, but stood out more off-track in helping promote the new division via creating a twitter account for the Midgets.

Others will remember the family bond shown in watching Rob, Kelly and Katherine Summers on track together, highlighted by Kelly scoring a victory at Peterborough Speedway. Joining Greenwood and Summers in feature victory lane was Shawn Paul, Jordan Hanna, Adrian Kemps and James Marche.

Outside of the feature winners, others got to see victory lane in the inaugural season through the heats. Lots of people will remember the initial signs of excitement on Glen Blaker when he reached victory lane, or Daniel Hawn reaching victory lane in his debut in the series to cap off the year. Other winners included the likes of Willy Northcott, Cassidy Marsh, Greenwood, Kemps, and Rob Summers.

With a solid season, OSCAAR is now putting full focus towards the upcoming 2017 campaign, which should be filled with great racing, lots of competition, and fun across the entire province of Ontario based on early indications. Be sure to stay tuned to the OSCAAR website for details throughout the entire winter.

By: Ashley McCubbin

 

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