While many people were suffering through a wet rainy Saturday, the race fans where enjoying the hot summer weather that had made Sauble Beach famous. A near capacity crowd filled the stands and where ready for some exciting racing action, that Sauble Speedway is famous for.
Dickies / London Recreational Racing Outlaw Action: A very competitive and fast field signed in to battle for the fifty lap main event. The first order of business would be qualifying where we would see some new names in victory lane. The #07 of Todd Campbell would pick up heat race one, and the b10 of Kelly Balson would take the victory in heat race #2 rounding out first round qualifying. Picking up his first checker flag in 2015 was the #84 of JR Fitzpatrick in heat 3, with Sean Grosman in the #29 taking the win in the final heat race. The stage was set for the 50 lap main event as the #29 of Grosman and the #17 of Cornelius would lead the field to the green flag. An incident in turn one on the start involving the #07 of Campbell and the #7 of Derrick Tiemersma would see a complete restart in order. It was on lap three that the worst accident in OSCAAR history occurred. The #89c of Shawn Chenoweth was on the outside of the #29 of Grosman and 47m of McLean when the 89c climbed the wall. The car became air born and tore out a huge section of the safety fence, along with damaging the starter stand. The emergency crew, along with the OSCAAR officials were right on the scene to ensure that everyone was ok. Thankfully all drivers were able to walk away from the accident. Also the safety fence did its job but unfortunately it could not be replaced and the event had to be called at lap 3. The safety that these drivers build into these cars is second to none, and it was for that reason that all drivers walked away with no injuries. Work is underway to repair some cars, but unfortunately this will be the end of the #89c season in the series. On a personal note I never like seeing cars wrecked, but most importantly I was very happy to see all my friends were able to walk away from that accident to race again another day.
As a result of the feature being incomplete, all drivers in attendance were awarded 40 show up points along with their heat race points earned.
Dickies / London Recreational Racing top 5: 1st #17 Kevin Cornelius 269 pts, 2nd b10 241 pts, 3rd 22 Glenn Watson 233 pts, 4th #82 Corey Jones 231 pts, 5th #29 Sean Grosman 230 pts
Inside Track Hard Charger: 1st #17 Kevin Cornelius 25pts, 2nd #39 Shane Gowan 18 pts, 3rd #13 Gary Passer 14 pts, 4th #27 Roy Passer 11 pts, 5th #29 Sean Grosman 10 pts
The HOOSIER Mods: A very impressive field of 19 of the best open wheel modifieds in the province where ready to do battle at the beach. First up for the mods would be the qualifying rounds which again would see some new faces in victory lane. Starting the night off would be a familiar sight with the #8 of Gary McLean picking up heat race #1. Keeping the McLean name in victory lane would be Brian as he parked the #47 in victory circle for heat race #2 and #5 making Brian the top qualifier on the night. After Peterborough Speedway was rained out the #77 of Chad Strawn made the long trip to Sauble and would pick up heat race #3. A first time heat race winner in the series would be #19 Dean Scott who picked up heat race #4 and Brad Pearsall would pick up his first on the night with a win in heat race #6 in his #15b modified. The field was set for the 30 lap feature event but the green flag as short lived as a spin in turn two would force a complete restart. It was there that things went bad, as a spin at the front of the field stacked up and sent the field scattering trying to avoid the accident. The #88 of Ryan Dick received possibly the worst of the deal has his car laid on its roof just past the starters stand. Thankfully Ryan was able to emerge from his car with minor scratches. In speaking to Ryan yesterday the team is already on the search for a new chassis and hopes to be back in action my late August of this year. This accident also sidelined the #8 of Gary McLean, the #2 of Matt Barton who was making his tour debut, along with the #19 of Dean Scott. When the green flag waved it was the #36 of Gary Elliott taking command until Chad Strawn put the #77 at the front of the field. It was on a lap 15 restart that saw the 77 of Strawn line up beside the #15b of Pearsall. The two dragged race down the back stretch with Pearsall getting the advantage coming out of turn 4. From there on out it was all Brad Pearsall at the front as he opened up his lead and claimed his first HOOSIER Modified feature win of his career. Chad Strawn would hold on for second place followed by the #39 of Shane Stickle. On the opening lap the #88r of Tommy Robb would find himself in the wall in turn 3 suffering heavy damage. In speaking to Tommy, he has decided to step back from the tour to rebuild and regroup with plans to return to the tour in 2016. This is one team that has had their share of bad luck, all the fans of OSCAAR look forward to the #88r return to the series.
HOOSIER MOD FEATURE FINISH: 1ST #15B Brad Pearsall, 2nd #77 Chad Strawn, 3rd #39 Shane Stickel, 4th#63 John Baker Jr, 5th #36 Gary Elliott, 6th #20 Mike Hearty, 7th #79h Cory Horner, 8th #99 AJ Emms, 9th #96k Monty Kelly, 10th #47 Brain McLean, 11th #13eh Mark Saul, 12th #10 Rob Di Venanzo, 13th #19 Dean Scott, 14th #8 Gary McLean, 15th #88 Ryan Dick, 16th #2 Matt Barton, 17th #79 John Harper,18th #88r Tommy Robb, 19th #12 David Balych DNS
HOOSIER MOD TOP 5: 1ST #8 Gary McLean 339 pts, 2nd #77 Chad Strawn 314 pts, 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 309 pts, 4th #79h Cory Horner 302 pts, 5th #63 John Baker JR 299 pts
Inside Track Hard Charger: 1st #79 Cory Horner 25 pts, 2nd #20 Mike Hearty 24 pts, 3rd #88r Tommy Robb 22 pts, 4th #8 Gary McLean 20 pts, 5th #12 David Balych
The Midas of Orangeville Midgets : Coming off a busy weekend at Peterborough Speedway, 25 Midas Midgets would sign in to do battle this weekend at Sauble Speedway for a 25 lap main event. Prior to the feature the fans were treated to some great heat race action. The first heat would see the #62 of Rob McCall take the victory. Current points leader would add a little padding to that lead with a victory in heat race #2 . Rob McCall would serve notice in heat race #3 that he might be the man to beat at Sauble Speedway by picking up his second win of the night. The final heat race would see a familiar face smiling for the camera as the #83 of Jamie Bound picked up the win. The 25 lap feature event would see the #2 of Jessica James and #48 Brian Woodland lead them to the green. The past weeks has seen the #2 of James battling for wins, but motor gremlins would sideline Jessica to the pits on lap 2 of the feature. By then the #83 of Jamie Bound had made his way to the front of the field and set sail leading the next 23 laps to pick up another feature win. The action is always fast and furious with the midgets, as drivers jockey for track position as the laps wind down. Keeping it a family affair the #5 of Jody Bound took home a second place finish. #57 Shawn Stanley recorded his best ever OSCAAR Midget finish with a third place in the feature event. With no time to rest the teams are hard at work preparing for this coming Saturdays racing action at Peterborough Speedway.
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Feature Finish: 1st #63 Jamie Bound, 2nd #5 Jody Bound, 3rd #57 Shawn Stanley, 4th #62 Rob McCall, 5th #42 Brian McDonald, 6th #84 Brian Woodland, 7th #7 Brent Vincent, 8th #37 Steve Lassman, 9th #8 Larry Lawson, 10th #85 Rob Summers, 11th #86 Raynor Vickers, 12th #98 Kevin Spiez, 13th #71 Wayne McGibbon, 14th #69 Wally Wilson, 15th #18 Paul Drananoc,16th #48 Brian Woodland,17th #75 James Stanley, 18th #74 David Gallinger, 19th #26 Katherine Summers, 20th #13 Craig Deacon, 21st #2 Jessica James, 22nd #77 James Rodgers, 23rd #24 Ryan Brown, 24th #28 Bob Ross, 25th #11 Paul Dermo DNS
Midas of Orangeville Top 5: 1st #5 Jody Bound 455 pts, 2nd #18 Paul Drananoc 437 pts, 3rd #48 Brain Woodland 415 pts, 4th #84 Richard Woodland 404 pts, 5th #42 Brian McDonald 403 pts
Inside Track Hard Charger: 1st #86 Raynor Vickers 26 pts, 2nd #83 Jamie Bound 25 pts, 3rd #48 Brian Woodland – #98 Kevin Spiez 24 pts, #57 James Stanley 21 pts
Photo Credit: Todd D Walden