9th in OSCAAR Modified Points – Tim Tolton

Tim Tolton OSCAAR Modified's

After starting off the season solidly and enduring a rough summer, Tim Tolton completed his season with a solid runs en route to placing ninth in the final OSCAAR Modified standings.

Kicking off the season at Flamboro Speedway in May, he showed promise right from the start, posting a ninth-place finish. He then backed it up with a 12th a week later at Kawartha Speedway.

Returning back to Flamboro in June, he improved upon his initial performance en route to seventh. The results kept coming as he would score a season-best finish at Sauble Speedway to follow.

Unfortunately, that’d be the last good thing for awhile as Tolton endured a tough summer. After starting it off with a wreck at Kawartha Speedway, he followed it up with mechanical issues at Flamboro that saw him complete only five laps.

The bad luck followed him to Peterborough Speedway, where his night ended early after getting wrecked during the qualifying race action. There was hope heading to Sauble after performing earlier in the year, but motor issues saw him down prematurely.

Initially, the team was set to end their race season early with no direction. However, after countless hours by the entire Black Magic Racing crew, they got everything done in time to make it to Sunset Speedway for the next event. Their hard work was rewarded with a solid 11th-place finish.

The final two events of the season saw the No. 3 Bondyn Products, Smokin’ Tony’s BBQ, Vinnie’s Mr. Fix-it, Engines From Hal, Moonlight Design, and Robson Promoting Modified return to proper form. Tolton battled hard on the outside at Flamboro en route to a fifth, followed by a seventh at Peterborough despite being involved in two cautions.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Tim Tolton and Black Magic Racing on a solid season.

By: Ashley McCubbin

9th in OSCAAR Pro Midget Points: Gary Triska

Gary Triska

After completing the 2016 season with a pair of top-10’s, it is no surprise that Gary Triska put together a solid campaign en route to placing ninth in the standings.

Throughout the season, Triska battled hard in each of his events to gain track position, ultimately scoring five top-10’s in the 12 events. In part, you could describe his year as a roller coaster as he started off strong, fell off a little through the summer, but found some momentum as the year closed.

Although some competitors have tracks which treat them better than others, Triska proved that he can be solid no matter which speedway the series visits.

Ultimately, his best finish of the year – eighth – came in the tour’s lone visit to Sauble Speedway in July. It was a notable result, being his fourth consecutive top-10, if you include the pair from 2016.

When it came to Peterborough Speedway and Grand Bend Speedway, both of those tracks saw him improve from the first trip to the second. At Peterborough in August, he ran at the back for both events. But in returning there for Autumn Colours, he produced the same finish – but found himself ahead of more competitors at feature’s end with a larger field. Meanwhile, Grand Bend saw him turn a 10th and 13th in his first trip into a ninth-place finish in his third trip.

The series also visited a fourth track for the campaign – Flamboro Speedway. With one feature a month, consistency across the board wasn’t found for Triska. But yet, still, he showed speed there like elsewhere with a pair of ninths.

While some of his competitors showed flashes of brilliance but failed otherwise, it was Triska’s consistency from start to finish that allowed him to complete the year with his top-10 standings finish.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Gary Triska on a solid season. We look forward to watching you continue to get faster in 2018.

By: Ashley McCubbin

10th in OSCAAR Modified Points: Wally Wilson

Wally Wilson

With a focus on continuing to improve on a weekly basis, Wally Wilson walked away from his rookie OSCAAR Modified campaign with a top-10 finish in points.

Wilson entered modified competition following a strong year of midget results, which saw him finish in the top-five in both the Midget and Pro Midget division in 2016.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” he said pre-season. “This is a huge step in my career. I’m very grateful for everyone that has helped me get to this point! I can’t wait to race with guys I’ve been watching for years.”

Coming in with the approach of looking to simply learn and improve each week, he ultimately achieved those goals by season’s end if you look at the results. Each trip to a different track saw lap times improve, with the ability to remain on the lead lap throughout an event near season’s end versus going down a lap early in the beginning.

Admittedly, the rookie driver and team hit some snags mid-season with the No. 69 Have1.com and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop Modified, fighting fueling problems which saw them miss a couple of events. Still, Wilson did not that deter him as his spirit remained high from the season opener at Flamboro to the last race of the year at Peterborough,

Outside of three events, Wilson completed every race in 2017 in the top-15, and had the ultimate of highs with his first career modified top-10 finish at his home track, Sauble Speedway.

A past winner of the sportsmanship award for other divisions, he continued to win the hearts of fans, spreading awareness by supporting causes like #BurnOutTheBully and Laps for Muscular Dystrophy.

“One of the coolest parts of running with the Modifieds is getting to run with guys I’ve grown up watching race at the short tracks in Ontario for years,” he commented post-season. “Guys like Gary Elliott, Tim Tolton, Gary McLean, and others! I learn so much from every car on track, whether it’s by following their lines, or racing side-by-side! I’m excited to see what 2018 brings the OSCAAR Modifieds as the racing got tighter between every car each week. These guys are all competitive and every time on track they’re closing the gaps between one another; it’s going to be a great season for sure!”

OSCAAR congratulates Wally Wilson on a great 2017 season, and wishes him the best of luck next year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

10th in OSCAAR Pro Midget Points – Cassidy March

Cassidy Marsh at the ACC Peterbororugh Speedway 2017

Entering the season confident, Cassidy March started off the year well before encountering problems through the second half.

March was one of the drivers who got experience during the 2016 season, scoring three podium finishes. As a result, many thought he would be the next driver to score his first career victory.

The season-opener at Peterborough Speedway did not go as planned, as March was involved in a wreck on the opening lap, seeing his feature end before it even got started. He had shown speed, though, with a runner-up in heats.

March would rebound the following week at Flamboro Speedway, though, finishing fourth. However, he wouldn’t be as lucky at Sauble Speedway, evidently placing ninth.

The return to Flamboro was welcomed by the No. 81 Rust Check team, though, as the Hamilton, Ontario oval has always treated him well. This time did not disappoint, either, as he posted a fourth-place finish despite going for a spin on the frontstretch on Lap 11.

With momentum on his side, he was able to keep the positive finishes coming with the double-header at Peterborough, posting a pair of top-fives.

While the first six features of the season worked out decently, the second half of the year was less than memorable. Whether due to mechanical issues or wrecks, nothing seemed to go the way that March hoped, evidently resulting in four straight finishes outside the top-10.

March has made the decision to go a different direction in 2018, set to compete on the Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midget tour. OSCAAR wishes March and his team the best of luck in their endeavors.

 

Recap: Ashley McCubbin / Photo Credit: Trackside Photos by Debbie Spence.

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