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, August 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, August 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, August 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

 

OSCAAR Midget Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

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

With a feature victory and six top-fives this year, Ryan Brown was consistent throughout the entire season en route to being crowned the champion.

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 Wally Wilson. From the start of the season, Wilson showed respect to his fellow competitors off and on the track. He also helped promote both Midget divisions by starting a Pro Midget twitter account, and consistently posting on his Instagram account.

The Hard Luck Award was given to Darryl Anthony as a result of a couple rough races throughout the season. Anthony was still able to put in a couple strong runs throughout the year, including a sixth at Flamboro in June.

The Most Improved Driver Award was given to Wayne McKibbon. McKibbon scored six top-fives and eight top-10s this year, compared to two top-10s the year before. The hard work paid off for him as he finished third in the standings.

The Best Appearing Award went to Zack Millman, who captured the fan’s attention with a bronze copper and red scheme.

The Rookie of the Year Award was split between two drivers – Alex Cuzzilla and Zack Millman. Millman won the award on points, but felt Cuzzilla was equally deserving due to leading the points all the year till missing the final two races as a result of a non-racing related injury.

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 Brian MacDonald. MacDonald put consistency together throughout the entire season, posting seven top-fives en route to a second place points finish.

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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