OSCAAR AND THE HURRICANE MIDGETS JOIN FORCES FOR THE 2015 SEASON!

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The race season in Southern Ontario for 2014 is barely in the books, but OSCAAR is making news for the 2015 season.

The executive of the Hurricane Midgets and OSCAAR are proud to announce the merger of the two traveling series. OSCAAR is now the largest traveling series in all Southern Ontario and look forward to bringing their nonstop racing excitement to the fans in 2015.The Hurricane Midgets will run under the new banner as The OSCAAR Midgets along with the Outlaw Super Late Models and the Hanover Holiday Modified Series.

The Hurricane Midget Series have seen exceptional growth in the last 5 years under the management of Charles Priestley and his crew, as he took the club to a level that no one expected. Charlie states “OSCAAR is the premier touring series in Ontario and will assist the midget drivers and teams to reach the next level of promotion and recognition with the fans and tracks alike”.

Dave Gainforth will remain as the President for the OSCAAR series, and this will now encompass the day to day management of the former Hurricanes. Charles Priestley, who was seeking retirement, will remain in the background for the duration of this transition, making sure his drivers and their crews have a seamless transition in to the new program.

The OSCAAR executive, sponsors, drivers, car owners, would like to welcome the members of the OSCAAR Midgets to the series and look forward to a long lasting working relationship.

As OSCAAR heads into their 25th anniversary 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting season for all race fans!

Andrew Gresel Picks Up Second Straight Autumn Colours Victory And 2014 Championship

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Location: Peterborough Speedway October 11-12, 2014
What won the race: Andrew Gresel came into the final event of 2014 with two things on his mind. The feature win on Sunday, and his first ever OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship. At the end of the fifty lap event he was able to cross both off is bucket list. Taking advantage of the pole position earned at the Chase for the Colours, the #81 would lead all 50 laps of the event. Kevin Cornelius came into the event second in points with a slim mathematical chance to take the championship away from Gressel. Unfortunately electrical problems forced the team pit side during the parade laps, and barely made it out for the start of the feature. The problems persisted and forced the team out of competition but the team was able to hold on to second place in the points. The battles in the top five in the feature event kept the fans on the edge of their seats. A lap 49 pass by the 89c of Shawn Chenoweth moved him up to the second place at the line. John Owens gave it all he had on a lap 48 restart as he lined up in second place beside the #81 of Gresel but at the end had to settle for third place finish. Mike Beyore rallied back after a lap one incident sent him to the back with a fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five was the #39 of Shane Gowan with a very impressive run recording his best finish of the 2014 season.
Bad Luck of the event: Several drivers race came to an early end on lap 19 of the feature event. Coming out of turn 4 the #27 of JR Fitzpatrick while running in second place had the car jump out of gear. With 23 super late models at full speed mayhem ensued. When the smoke cleared there were 7 cars in turn one with various amounts of damage. The 40p of Charlie Gallant took one of the hardest hits in the accident, thankfully the safety equipment did its job and he was able to walk away. The #13 of Gary Passer also suffered race ending front end damage which ended his race early. The #94 of Denny Varco from Sault St Marie making his first ever OSCAAR start suffered extensive front and rear damage ending his race.
Rookie Battle: The three top rookies of 2014 were all in attendance for the final event of the year. Kelly Balson in his #b10 was once again the top rookie of the race and locked up the 2014 Rookie of the Year title. Dave Doucette closed out his 2014 season with a 10th place finish and runner up in the rookie battle. Corey Jones scored a thirteenth place finish and finished the year off with third place in the rookie standings
Car Count: 26
Top qualifier: #27 JR Fitzpatrick
Pole Sitter: #81 Andrew Gresel
Heat Race winners: # 27J.R Fitzpatrick x2, #10 Jesse Kennedy, #81 Andrew Gresel, #7t Jeff Dunford, #90 Mark Dilley
Top Five in Points: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 806 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 750 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 740 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 714 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 691 pts
Feature Finish: 1) # 81 Andrew Gresel, 2) #89c Shawn Chenoweth, 3) #2 John Owen, 4) #54 Mike Beyore, 5) #39 Shane Gowan, 6) #22 Glenn Watson, 7) #90 Mark Dilley, 8) #b10 Kelly Balson, 9) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 10) #44 Dave Doucette, 11) #42 Tyler Hawn, 12) #16 Robert Bickle, 13) #82 Corey Jones, 14) 7t Jeff  Dunford, 15) #91 Keith King, 16) #27 J.R Fitzpatrick, 17) #48 Dwayne Baker, 18) #47m Brent McLean, 19) #40p Charlie Gallant, 20) #13 Gary Passer, 21) #94 Denny Varcoe, 22) Kevin Cornelius, 23) #92 Justin Jones, 24) #57 Craig Stevenson, 25) #5 Ron Hollis, 26) #51 Dave Taylor (dns)
OSCAAR 2014 Partners: Crane Cams Hanover Holidays Hoosier Tire, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Knightworks Designs Ltd, McGunegill Engine Performance, Midas of Orangeville, North Toronto Auction, Ontario Oval, Race Time Radio, Race2way, Reinhardt Trailers, South Shore Services, Stefko Race Engines
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Hanover Holiday Modified Has Brent McLean Taking The Feature Win And Gary McLean His 3’rd Championship

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Location: Peterborough Speedway October 10-12 2014
What Won the race: Twenty three Hanover Holiday Modifieds signed in for completion for the 2014 Velocity weekend at Peterborough Speedway for the 22’nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic. Qualifying was split between the first two days of racing to determine the feature line up. Based on his win for the Chase for the Colours Max Beyore and Davey Terry would lead the field to green. Max would take the early lead until the #2 of Matt Barton would take over on lap 4 and hold off all challenges until the halfway mark when the #7 of Brent McLean would assume the lead. Brent has had his fair share of bad luck this year, and firmly had the lead until a lap 48 caution brought the field back together. The #7 of McLean never slipped and came home the winner adding the Autumn Colours Classic to an already impressive resume. Max Beyore rebounded for a second place finish, with Nick Lees making his first OSCAAR start rounding out the top 3. Coming into the event Gary McLean had his 3rd championship in his pocket so the team came ready to race. The tight racing action saw the #8 climb the back wall early, then a few laps later contact sent the #8 sliding to the infield wall ending their day.
Bad Luck of the Event: The #79 of John Harper has had a black cloud over his head for the 2014 season and I am sure he is looking forward to putting this season behind him. John suffered major damage in heat race action, by being in the wrong place wrong time. The damage proved to be to much to repair and ended their weekend early. Making his first start of the 2014 in preparation for a full time campaign in 2015, #20 Mike Hearty was the victim in second round qualifying and contact with the front stretch wall left the car with heavy damage.
Rookie Battle: Six Hanover Holiday Modified Rookies where in attendance this weekend at Peterborough Speedway. With his second place finish Max Beyore was the top finishing rookie and locked up the 2014 Rookie of the Year title. Gary Elliott again impressed and was awarded the second place in the rookie battle of 2014. Tommy Robb, Terry Baker, Dustin Jackson and Chad Strawn rounded out the rookies on the weekend
Car Count: 23
Top Qualifier: #77 Chad Strawn
Pole Sitter: #91n Max Beyore
Heat Race Winners: #7 Brent McLean x2, #8 Gary McLean, #36 Gary Elliott, #2 Matt Barton,#61 Dustin Jackson
Top Five in points: 1st #8 Gary McLean 900pts, 2nd #91N Max Beyore 850 pts, 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 838 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 789 pts, 5th #88 Ryan Dick 763 pts
Feature Finish: 1) #7 Brent McLean, 2) #91n Max Beyore, 3) #09 Nick Lees, 4) #2 Matt Barton, 5) #36 Gary Elliott, 6) #88r Tommy Robb, 7) 79h Cory Horner, 8) #88 Ryan Dick, 9) #Drew Stieler, 10) #7m Arron McLean, 11) #26 Terry Baker, 12) #61 Dustin Jackson, 13) #93 Daniel Bois, 14) #67 Dwayne Cinnamon, 15) #65 Bill Burrows, 16) #19 Dean Scott, 17) Davey Terry, 18) #77 Chad Strawn, 19) #8 Gary McLean, 20) #47 Brian McLean, 21) Rob Warnes, 22) Mike Hearty (dns), 23) #79 John Harper (dns)
OSCAAR 2014 Partners: Crane Cams Hanover Holidays, Hoosier Tire, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Knightworks Designs Ltd, McGunegill Engine Performance, Midas of Orangeville, North Toronto Auction, Ontario Oval, Race Time Radio, Race2way, Reinhardt Trailers, South Shore Services, Stefko Race Engines
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Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

Autumn Colours Championship Weekend October 10-12, 2014

acc_logoLocation: Peterborough Speedway, 1710 Mount Pleasant Rd, Cavan ON L0A 1C0 phone: 705- 743-5880
About the Speedway: Fastest 1/3 mile oval in Canada
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #8 Gary McLean, Outlaw Super Late Models #81 Andrew Gressel
Racing on September 27th and 28th: On the 10th pit gates open at 10:00am with racing starting at 6:00pm. Friday will be first round qualifying for all divisions except of Super Lates and Hurricane Midgets. Saturday the 11th pit gates once again open at 10:00 am and will feature second round qualifying for all divisions. The Super Lates and Hurricanes will both have their full qualifying with the Hurricanes running their 25 lap feature event to crown their 2014 champion. Sunday the 12th will have the feature events for all classes with racing to start at 12:30. The feature order is as follows, Pro Late Models 114 laps, Four Fun 40 laps, Hanover Holiday Modifieds 50 laps, Mini Stock 50 laps, Super Late Models 50 laps, Late Models 75 laps and Thunder Car 50 laps.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 847 pts 2nd 91N Max Beyore 782 pts 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 772 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 747 points 5th #88r Tommy Robb 702 pts
Super late models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 734 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 703 pts 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 680 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 657 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 630 pts
Who to watch for: Modifieds: The third season of the Hanover Holiday Modified series will conclude with this weekend’s running of the 50 lap feature event. Two time and defending champion #8 Gary McLean has got a firm hold on the points race as a result of the #91n of Max Beyore missing the feature event at the last event. If you look at the math there is still a slim chance to dethrone the champion, the real points battle will be for second place. Gary Elliott has been enjoying a resurgence of his career in 2014 in the modified and finds himself only 10 points back of second place coming into this weekend. Coming into this event Max does hold one ace up his sleeve as he secured pole position for the feature event at The Chase for Colours and will start alongside the #14 of Davey Terry for the fifty lap feature event. No one is more hungry for that first feature win than the #14 and will be putting everything on the line this weekend. The points battle rounding out the top five is shaping up to be a great battle as well. Currently the #88 of Ryan Dick holds down the fifth place but has a slim seven point lead over the #88r of Tommy Robb and eight points over the #61 of Dustin Jackson. There will also be several drivers looking to spoil everyone’s weekend by stealing the win. The #2 of Matt Barton is again showing he loves the play off season with a strong second place finish at Sunset. Brent McLean looked ready to challenge for the lead at the last event before ignition problems forced them pit side. Nick Lees and Rob Warnes have both picked up feature wins in a modified this year at Peterborough in the Ontario Modified Series, and will both be making their first OSCAAR start this coming weekend. The #79h of Cory Horner made his series debut at Sunset and is looking forward to returning to his home turf of Peterborough Speedway this weekend. Mike Hearty has the finishing touches done on his #20 Modified and will also be making his first series start this weekend. This weekend the #93 modified will be driven by Daniel Bois as he looks to make his first Autumn Colours and OSCAAR start. In three short years the modified series has become one of the most exciting and competitive and fastest growing of any class in Ontario. Fans have enjoyed some great open wheel racing, and with 4 Rookies already signed up for the 2015 season, fans can be assured of another great race season in 2015.
Super Late Models: The Outlaw Super Lates are ready to close off their 2014 race season with a fifty lap feature event this weekend at Peterborough Speedway. Coming into the 2014 season the fans knew a new champion would be crowned and early preseason favorites #81 of Andrew Gressel, and the #17 of Kevin Cornelius where the names everyone was mentioning. Well they weren’t wrong coming into the final event Gressel holds a 31 point lead over Cornelius, which sounds like a lot, but it is not locked up yet. Andrew does have one thing working in his favour and that is the pole position for the feature event. Starting along side will be the #10 of Jesse Kennedy who has finished second in both Peterborough feature events this year. Jesse is closing out his 30th year of racing and is talking retirement, but a win this weekend I think will see him back in 2015. Glenn Watson has two third place finishes this year at Peterborough and would love nothing better than to return to victory lane this weekend at Peterborough. The 2014 Rookie of the Year for the supers #b10 of Kelly Balson has proved this season that he belongs in the series. He has shown patience when needed and is always ready to race hard for the win. Kelly has had success at Peterborough and the Autumn Colours and a win this weekend in front of his home crowd will give the team the confidence to contend for the championship in 2015. The most popular winner of 2014 was the #2 of John Owen who returned to victory lane for the first time in 14 years at the last event at Peterborough Speedway. Always a threat to win fans will want to look for the familiar #2 to once again be challenging for the win. #51 of Dave Taylor is another home track hero and would love nothing better than to celebrate a win this weekend as well. This weekend will see Mark Dilley make his second start of the season driving the #90 owned by Butch Wilson from Sault St Marie. Rumour has it there will be a bit of a convey from the Sault to Peterborough as there could be three other super late model teams making the trip this weekend. JR Fitzpatick will once again be behind the wheel of the #27 Outlaw and will be looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend at Sunset. Gary Passer, Rob Poole, Mike Beyore, Corey Jones, Shane Gowan and the list goes on and on will all be looking for the win this weekend to close off the season on a high note.

Current weather forecast: Sunny and 14c all three days. Make sure you stop by the OSCAAR Racewear trailer to pick up another sweater to keep you warm and perhaps start your Christmas shopping early.
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OSCAAR 2014 Partners: Crane Cams Hoosier Tire, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Knightworks Designs Ltd, McGunegill Engine Performance, Midas of Orangeville, North Toronto Auction, Ontario Oval, Race Time Radio, Race2way, Reinhardt Trailers, South Shore Services, Stefko Race Engines

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