3 TO GO: OSCAAR Modified Championship Preview

Sunset Speedway Velocity Sept., 23rd & 24th/2017

With three races left in the 2017 season, the OSCAAR Modified Championship standings are closer than they’ve ever been with intrigue surrounding who will walk away with the title.

Going into Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250, AJ Emms currently holds the advantage by a mere four points over Luke Gignac. Though if they slip up, there’s another four drivers within 36 markers, ready to strike.

Before we take to the track this weekend, here’s a glance at the season’s so far for each of these drivers, and how they’ve performed at each of the upcoming tracks.

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First Place: AJ Emms – 537 pointsA.J. Emms OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: Through the eight races this season, Emms has placed inside the top-eight each week, with seven top-fives. Everything came together in the most recent event at Sauble Speedway for his first victory of 2017.

Sunset Speedway History: Emms has had success previously, scoring a ninth-place finish in August 2015.

Flamboro Speedway History: Since placing 13th in his rookie season, Emms has backed it up with seven straight top-seven finishes, including a runner-up in each of the last four events.

Peterborough Speedway History: Last season, Emms was strong at Peterborough Speedway, picking up a runner-up before winning the Autumn Colours Classic. Outside of that, he has two finishes outside of the top-seven.
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Second Place: Luke Gignac – 533 pointsLuke Gignac OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: In eight events this year, Gignac has scored seven top-10’s, including six top-fives. The ADAMS Motorsports team has speed, having visited victory lane twice this season.

Sunset Speedway History: First appearance behind the wheel of a modified at the oval, but has previous experience there in a super stock.

Flamboro Speedway History: In six races, Gignac has only posted one finish outside of the top-six, and that was when he broke while running second. Oh, and it was the sigh of his first career victory this season.

Peterborough Speedway History: He will get to start on the pole as he was your 2017 Chase for the Colours winner. Outside of that, well, last year didn’t go as planned in either event.
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Third Place: Chris Milwain – 512 pointsChris Milwain OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: While the top-two have been ultra consistent, Chris Milwain has only six top-10’s to date. However, he has been fast just like the pair, scoring two wins at Flamboro.

Sunset Speedway History: He scored a fifth-place finish there in August of 2015.

Flamboro Speedway History: In seven previous starts, Milwain has posted only one finish outside of the top-eight, including a pair of wins this season.

Peterborough Speedway History: His most recent start there was his best with a third. Outside of that, he scored a sixth and a 10th the past two years.
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Fourth Place: Gary Elliott – 506 pointsGary Elliott OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: Like always, the Ironman has been solid with seven top-10’s, including three top-fives. He has yet to win a race this season, though, scoring a season-best second at Sauble in July. Also, he missed one event, but put Rob Di Venanzo behind the wheel, who picked up a third-place finish.

Sunset Speedway History: Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him statistically with three top-sixes in five starts, including a runner-up.

Flamboro Speedway History: In nine previous starts, each of his finishes have been inside of the top-seven, with only three of those outside the top-five. Notably, it was also the sight of his first career OSCAAR Modified victory.

Peterborough Speedway History: He has posted a top-10 in each of his five previous starts, with a best finish of sixth this year.
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Fifth Place (Tied): Cory Horner – 501 pointsCory Horner OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: Through the first seven events, Horner was solid with a top-seven each week, including a pair of victories. Unfortunately, James Horner piloted the No. 79H at Sauble, and a heat crash resulted in a 14th-place finish on the night, dropping him in points.

Sunset Speedway History: He knows how to get around Sunset Speedway, posting three podiums in three starts.

Flamboro Speedway History: In his last nine starts, he has only posted two finishes outside of the top-10, with a track-best runner-up in 2015.

Peterborough Speedway History: Outside of a wreck in 2016, he has been solid at his home track with the other past four events resulting in top-fives, including an Autumn Colours runner-up in 2015
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Fifth Place (Tied): John Harper – 501 pointsJohn Harper OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: With six top-10’s this season, Harper has proven he was quick on a weekly basis – despite a 15th in the first half of the year. He also has yet to visit victory lane, scoring a season-best second at Peterborough in August.

Sunset Speedway History: He was solid in his last appearance at Sunset Speedway, as well, scoring a fifth-place finish.

Flamboro Speedway History: Admittedly, the results have been mixed for Harper. He has two wins and three top-fives – along with four finishes outside of the top-10 in his last 10 starts.

Peterborough Speedway History: His last five races have produced no finishes outside of the top-six, including a runner-up at this year’s Chase for the Colours.
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OSCAAR Hot Rods at Sunset Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Hot Rods at Kawartha Speedway 2017

With the division growing with each passing week, the OSCAAR Hot Rods are ready for the sixth event of the 2017 season, which will take place at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250. It’ll be a busy weekend for teams, with a pair of features on tap across the two days.

Inaugural event winner Tyler Hawn confirmed he will have his 1966 Chevrolet Belmont, with the team hopeful for their third victory. Hawn won the first event at Kawartha Speedway, followed by a win on the dirt at Brighton Speedway. In the other two events he ran, he placed second in both, with Darryl Stephenson scoring a third at Flamboro Speedway in July.

Adam Misener hopes the bad luck that saw him unable to start that feature at Flamboro in his 1964 Impala is gone for good, as he searches for his second career OSCAAR victory. He placed second in the inaugural event at Kawartha, before winning the series’ first trip to Flamboro in June. He then backed it up with a third at Kawartha in July.

Nick Clarke came out swinging in his series debut with his Nova, scoring the victory at Flamboro Speedway despite dealing with some mechanical problems. He’ll hope to have those squared away as he hunts for his second straight win.

Dan Price will make his third series start behind the wheel of his 1957 Chevrolet. Derek Henderson ran the first two events, placing fourth and third. Price then debuted at Brighton in July with a fourth, followed by a sixth at Kawartha a week later. With previous experience at Sunset Speedway, this could be his best chance to break through for victory.

Five drivers – Lance Foster, Jerry Broom, Kenny McNicol, Douglas Fischer and Tom Podd – are set to debut their rides, currently putting in as much time and effort as they can within their schedules to hopefully be ready.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face at the Velocity 250 so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action. Details about the event can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca or http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

Photo and Preview by Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models at Sunset Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Super Late Models at Sunset Speedway 2017

For the first time since 2015, OSCAAR will grace the high banks of Sunset Speedway as the series makes its return at the Velocity 250.

The Outlaw Super Models will be one of the three OSCAAR divisions in attendance, as their drivers will support Sunset Speedway’s Fast Eddie Super Late Model show. While OSCAAR has used a heat and feature qualifying format through the years, they will follow Sunset’s format of time trials setting the line-up, followed by a 75-lap feature.

Plenty of fans will recognize names throughout the Fast Eddie Super Late field as they have raced in OSCAAR throughout previous seasons. With that said, here’s a look at who to possibly expect to see on Sunday, September 24.

Pete Shepherd III has announced that he will make his third Super Late Model start of the season at Sunset Speedway. He was running up front at Flamboro Speedway’s Gold Rush prior to a mechanical issue, and followed it up with a third-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout.

Sean Grosman will be looking for his third career Sunset Speedway feature victory, as he won the first 35-lap feature in July, followed by the second event in August. Grosman has been consistent all year long, with no finishes outside of the top-nine including four straight feature top-fives. The success marks no surprise as he ran strong during OSCAAR’s time at Sunset in 2015, with a pair of fourths.

Glenn Watson has been impressive at Sunset Speedway, with only one finish off the podium in his last six features. Like Grosman, his 2015 statistics are strong with three top-sevens in four starts. But hey, Watson is known as a front runner, as through the 11 OSCAAR features to date, he has posted five victories and nine top-fives.

Derrick Tiemersma will be someone to watch at the Velocity 250, as he has placed inside of the top-five in each of the six features this year, including a runner-up in July. It goes with his OSCAAR statistics, with no finishes worse than seventh in 2017.

Paul Howse could surprise people as he has been strong thus far this year, with a top-nine finish in each race, including a pair of thirds. The fans were even caught more off-guard when his son Jordan made his debut in August at Sunset, posting a fourth and second in the 35-lap features.

Kelly Balson hopes to have his motor issues behind him as they forced him to miss the August event at Sunset. Prior to then, he had been strong with no finishes worse than fourth in 2017 as he hunts for his first trophy at the Innisfil, Ontario oval. Balson has ran four OSCAAR features this year, as well, scoring no finishes outside of the top-five with a victory at Peterborough.

Ian Bourque will be looking to carry the momentum forward, following his first top-five of 2017 in August with a fifth. Thus far this year, he has posted no finishes outside of the top-10, showing progress each week.

Adrian Foster has been quick since making his debut, posting a best finish of seventh in his four Sunset Speedway features to date. He also ran well at Peterborough in the most recent OSCAAR event, placing fourth and third in the pair of features.

Gary Passer has been fighting motor issues as of late, but if they’re behind him, he should be fast. He posted a fifth-place finish in the first feature in August at Sunset Speedway, and has only placed outside of the top-10 once this year in his seven OSCAAR features.

Brandon Watson is always fast behind the wheel of a super late, and this year is no different. The youngster has a pair of victories to go along with his third-place Velocity 250 finish in 2015.

John Cadman has continued to get better with each event behind the wheel, and picked up his first career Sunset Speedway feature victory in August. With no finishes worse than sixth all year, whether Sunset or OSCAAR, you have to expect him to be a front runner at the Velocity 250.

Dario Capirchio has been consistent since making his Sunset Speedway Super Late Model debut, scoring four straight top-10’s with a best finish of sixth. His OSCAAR starts have proven equally impressive, with three consecutive top-fives.

Tyler Hawn will make his first start at Sunset Speedway since last September, when he barely missed placing in the top-10. Since then, the Hawn Racing team has focused on improving, and it has shown through in their results with no finishes outside the top-seven this year, including nine top-fives.

Charlie Gallant has been consistent this year on the OSCAAR tour, picking up a pair of feature victories along with seven other top-fives to place himself second in the standings. He hopes it translate to success at Sunset Speedway, following a fifth and eighth in his last two appearances at the high-banked oval.

Jamie Richardson has been solid since making his OSCAAR debut, posting a top-seven in each event except one. He will look for his first career top-five this time around.

Jim Bowman made his comeback to OSCAAR this year, and has shown speed, but also fought issues. If he can keep everything in order, there’s a possibility for him to score his second top-five of 2017.

J.R. Fitzpatrick and Roy Passer have been putting time in on the No. 27 Super Late Model, hoping to make their first start since placing one-two in the OSCAAR points last season. No matter who is behind the wheel if the car is in the field, you better keep your eyes locked because a win is very possible.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face at the Velocity 250 so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action. Details about the event can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca or http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
Photo and Preview by Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Sunset Speedway Velocity 250 Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset Speedway

After taking some time for a small break, the OSCAAR Modifieds are ready to close out their season with three back-to-back weekends of racing, beginning with their first trip back to Sunset Speedway since 2015.

Going into the weekend, Gary Elliott is one of the drivers to watch as he has been posting solid finishes weekly, with no finishes outside of the top-10 this year, highlighted by a runner-up at Sauble in July. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him statistically with three top-sixes in five starts, including a runner-up.

David Balych enters this weekend with some confidence, as he has two top-nines in four Sunset Speedway appearances. He is looking for a good, solid top-10 finish after failing to place in the top-10 in his previous two starts.

A.J. Emms enters this weekend with momentum as he is the most recent winner on the tour, scoring the victory at Sauble Speedway. Consistency has also been the name of the game, with no finishes outside of the top-eight. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset previously, scoring a ninth-place finish in August 2015.

Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty has been out a couple times this year, running both Kawartha Speedway events with a season-best sixth in June. He’s hoping to avoid trouble this weekend so he can score his third straight Sunset top-10 following a fourth in September 2015.

Cory Horner enters this weekend hoping to turn his luck around as his consistent season hit a snag at Sauble when a heat incident resulted in serious damage to his No. 79h. Prior to then, he had posted a top-seven in each of the prior seven events. He knows how to get around Sunset Speedway, posting three podiums in three starts.

Chris Milwain has shown a ton of speed, but the results have been rocky with just six top-10’s in nine races. He could get the job done, following a fifth at Sunset in August 2015.

Luke Gignac is looking for a turnaround in his first Sunset Speedway modified appearance, as he was one of the drivers caught up in the late-race wreck at Sauble Speedway. Prior to that event, he had posted only one finish outside of the top-five in the first seven events, including a pair of victories.

John Harper will be looking to keep the momentum going, following back-to-back top-five finishes. He was solid in his last appearance at Sunset Speedway, as well, scoring a fifth-place finish.

Dale Reinhart is hoping to build on his recent consistency as he has posted no finishes outside of the top-eight this year, including a third-place finish at Flamboro in June.

Tim Tolton is hopeful for a strong run, following four straight finishes outside of the top-10, including a blown motor at Sauble Speedway.

Aaron Mclean will hope to turn his luck around, following a 15th-place finish in his last appearance. He has ran up front this year, with a season-best sixth at Flamboro in June.

Marty Monette has had a roller coaster season so far, and will hope to see Sunset Speedway be the sight of his second career OSCAAR top-10.

Adam Hagen hasn’t had much luck in the past couple of events, posting three straight finishes outside of the top-10. He hopes his first trip to Sunset under the OSCAAR banner goes smoothly for a top-10 finish.

After a rough start to the year, Jase Cornell has been solid as of late with three straight top-10 finishes, including a fifth at Sauble Speedway. This event could present the perfect opportunity for a first career podium finish.

Cliff Hodgkinson has been impressive lately, posting five straight top-10 finishes, including a pair of sixths. He will look to score his first career OSCAAR top-five at Sunset.

After picking up his best career OSCAAR finish with a ninth at Sauble Speedway, Wally Wilson will be hopeful of scoring of his second straight top-10.

Matt Barton will be looking for his second straight podium after a runner-up in his second start of the year at Sauble. He has ran well at Sunset Speedway before, scoring a third and a ninth in his previous pair of events.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face at the Velocity 250 so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action. Details about the event can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca or http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

Photo and Preview by Ashley McCubbin

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