OSCAAR Modified Kawartha Speedway

OSCAAR Modifieds at Kawartha Speedway

It’s about to get into the busy part of the season for the OSCAAR Modifieds with back-to-back events on tap for the ground pounders in their summer stretch. The open-wheel cars will first take to Kawartha Speedway on Friday July 21, followed by Flamboro Speedway the following weekend.

The Kawartha Speedway event has been circled on the calendar for many of the series competitors, with 25 drivers confirming their attendance for the event. That stated, the Sunday event at Full Throttle Motor Speedway should be well-attended as drivers continue to chase after points this season.

Although Kawartha is on the initial focus of opportunity, it is worth noting that United States modified stand-out Andy Jankowiak will be behind the wheel of Dan Price’s modified on Sunday at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, hoping to back-up a previous winning performance there.

With the important tidbits out of the way, here are the drivers to watch out for when it comes to both events this weekend at Kawartha and Full Throttle.

Gary Elliott will head to Kawartha Speedway fresh off his trip out west with his late model, hoping to post a solid performance following a 10th-place finish in June. Elliott has ran well at the Fraserville, Ontario oval previously, finishing second in 2014. When it comes to FTMS, though, he has ran equally well there with a pair of top-fives in his last two appearances.

John Harper hopes to avoid the problems which plagued him in June as he was leading with a win in his sights when the motor let go, sending him around in a spin. Coming off a sixth-place finish at Sauble Speedway, he could use a strong run on Saturday night. It’s worth noting that any momentum heading into FTMS would be nice, as he placed 13th in his lone previous appearance there.

AJ Emms enters this weekend with momentum, following a top-five finish in each event so far this year, including a fifth-place finish at Kawartha in June. When it comes to FTMS, he was successful there in 2015 with a pair of top-five performances.

Chris Milwain will hope to score his second OSCAAR victory following his first trip to victory lane in the series earlier this year at Flamboro Speedway. He was solid at Kawartha in June with a third-place finish, but has placed 13th and 10th in the last two series events.

Luke Gignac will also be searching for his second career victory after scoring the feature win at Flamboro Speedway last month. He was solid at Kawartha in June with a fourth-place finish. When it comes to FTMS, though, he has no previous experience there as both events were rained out last season.

David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, having posted three top-10’s in four races this season, including a seventh at Kawartha in June. By the way, he knows his way around FTMS, too, as he has won a couple heats there despite no feature success.

Dale Reinhart hopes to build upon his eighth-place finish in the first appearance at Kawartha this season, as he has only posted one finish outside the top-10 in his OSCAAR career to date.

Cory Horner knows how to get the job done as he picked up his first career victory in the June event at Kawartha Speedway. Since then, he placed fifth at Flamboro, followed by another win at Sauble Speedway. By the way, you can’t count him out at FTMS, either as he posted a runner-up in 2015.

Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, making his second start of the season following a sixth-place finish at Kawartha in June.

Tim Tolton has continued to get stronger each week, posting his first career top-five at Sauble Speedway with a fourth. He now looks to improve upon his June performance at Kawartha when he missed the top-10, finishing 12th.

Wally Wilson will continue his learning curve behind the wheel of his modified, hoping the mechanical gremlins from Flamboro are behind him so he can improve upon his 14th-place finish from Kawartha in June.

Dave Hodgkinson will hope to score his second straight top-10 finish, following a ninth at Sauble Speedway. He placed 16th in his first appearance at Kawartha in June.

Jase Cornell will hope to have his mechanical issues in the rear-view so he can make his first appearance at Kawartha Speedway, as those problems resulted in him failing to make a lap in June.

After scoring an Ontario Modified Racing Series victory earlier this year at Peterborough Speedway, Brad Stevenson hopes to spoil the party on Friday night at Kawartha Speedway. He has ran with OSCAAR previously, posting a third-place finish last July at Peterborough.

Connor James will be making his second OSCAAR start this weekend as he tackles his rookie campaign behind the wheel of a modified. Notably, he finished 11th in his last appearance at Kawartha Speedway.

Max Beyore is set for his second start of the season, hoping to breakthrough to victory lane following a runner-up at Kawartha in June.

Adam Hagen is hopeful for his third start of the 2017 campaign, following a top-10 at Flamboro in June.

Josh Gruntz will make his first OSCAAR start in a couple seasons, hoping to rekindle the success he experienced previously.

Cole Powell will make his first start of the season, following a runner-up at Delaware Speedway in his lone appearance in 2016. Powell knows his way around Kawartha, having scored a late model victory there previously.

Stu Robinson Jr. is coming off a win at Peterborough Speedway, in hopes of breaking through for his first career OSCAAR modified victory this weekend.

Ryan Dick is making his first start of 2017, after scoring four top-10’s last year with a season-best fourth-place finish at Flamboro.

Marty Monette hopes the mechanical gremlins are behind him so he can score his first top-10 of the rookie campaign this weekend.

Linc Brown will make his OSCAAR debut this weekend, hoping to build upon previous success at Kawartha.

Another driver making his 2017 debut is Cole McFadden, who showed his way around Kawartha in June with his Legend.

Duane Cinnamon will make his 2017 debut after scoring a pair of top-10’s last season, including an eighth-place finish at Peterborough Speedway.

Since jumping behind the wheel of a modified, Late Model veteran Mark Gordon has proven to be fast and will be someone to keep an eye on Friday night.

There is always a possibility for more than the drivers listed here to be in the field at any of the events coming up this season. So be sure to be in attendance to take in this great show in person.

Also, in regards to the Kawartha Speedway show on Friday night, this is your friendly reminder that a $5 off general admission coupon can be printed off either the OSCAAR website or facebook page.

Details on the event at Kawartha Speedway this weekend have been posted throughout the past couple weeks on the OSCAAR Facebook page, with key notes available here – https://www.facebook.com/oscaarracing/posts/756714087786854.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Tyler Hawn Picks Up Second Career OSCAAR Hot Rod Victory

Tyler Hawn Feature Winner Brighton Speedway 2017

It seems Tyler Hawn has figured out the new OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, whether on dirt and asphalt. In the series’ first ever appearance on dirt as part of Brighton’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Hawn scored the feature victory.

Electing to keep the asphalt tires and drive it like a regular paved oval, Hawn pulled away from the field on the drop of the green flag after starting pole and wasn’t caught by the competition from there on out. For the veteran, it marks his second career victory and third top-two finishes in three races.

Steve Mayhew and Art Rodgers both attempted to mount a charge on Hawn, going with a more traditional dirt style. However, neither was able to catch him en route to placing second and third. For both drivers, it marks a solid rebound following issues in their series debut at Kawartha Speedway last month.

Dan Price started up front in the event and ran second through the early stages, but overshooting turn one on the fourth lap proved costly as he’d drop back to fourth, where he’d finish the event.

Jerry Luckhardt finished fifth in his second start behind the wheel of a stock car.

OSCAAR would like to thank Brighton Speedway for the opportunity to take part on their historical night, and congratulates the track on 50 years of great competition. Here’s to 50 more action-packed seasons to come.

The OSCAAR Hot Rods will have no time off, as they’ll be in action this coming weekend at Kawartha Speedway on Friday, July 21, along with a trip to Full Throttle Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 23.


By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models at Kawartha Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models at Kawartha Speedway 2017

Following a two year hiatus, the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models are set to make their return to Kawartha Speedway on Friday night for the first of two events this season. With a slew of stars expected to be in attendance, it promises to be an action-packed night.

When you think of Kawartha, one of the names that comes to mind is Glenn Watson. The four-time series champion is also a four-time race winner at the Speedway, and finished in the runner-up spot in the last event there in August 2014. Watson enters the weekend with momentum, following a victory at Flamboro Speedway this past weekend.

Tyler Hawn will be looking to improve upon his last Kawartha Speedway appearance where he finished ninth. He started off this year well at Flamboro with a pair of top-fives.

Charlie Gallant kicked off his season solidly, scoring a sixth and a runner-up in the pair of 25-lap features at Flamboro. He has experience at Kawartha, finishing 10th in his final appearance.

Shane Maginnis has proven to have one of the quickest cars and with horsepower being important at Kawartha, you can expect him to be one of the contenders. He enters this weekend as the points leader following a runner-up and victory at Flamboro.

Derrick Tiemersma will be looking for redemption this weekend after being spun while running third on the last lap at Flamboro Speedway. He knows how to do well at Kawartha, posting previous podium finishes.

John Cadman showed that he was quick at Flamboro with a third and sixth, and could be one to watch if he is in the field this weekend.

Gary Passer unloaded his back-up at Flamboro, and showed he could run with the front runners with a third-place finish in the second feature. He will look to keep the momentum rolling this weekend after being one of the three drivers to compete for a championship last year.

Dwayne Baker knows how to run well at Kawartha Speedway, finishing fifth in his last start on the Fraserville, Ontario oval to go with a pair of top-four finishes and a sixth in his last four starts at Kawartha.

Five-time Champion Rob Clarke has announced his intentions to be part of the field this weekend. ‘Magic Shoes’ has contended for wins in the past at Kawartha, and posted a pair of top-sevens with a third at Delaware Speedway in two starts last season.

Ian Bourque will make his first OSCAAR start in a couple of seasons as he looks to get back into the fray of super late model competition.

Ryan Kimball is known for his multiple laps around Kawartha Speedway, having competed there weekly in a late model with feature victories to his credit and a runner-up points finish. He will make his second career OSCAAR start driving a Sean Grosman owned entry, looking to improve upon the fourth-place finish from his debut at Peterborough Speedway in 2015.

In his previous pair of Kawartha Speedway starts, Kelly Balson posted a seventh and an eighth. He could easily run in the top-five this weekend, though, as he has continued to improve his program since 2014 with a victory last year at Peterborough Speedway.

Teammates Roy Passer and JR Fitzpatrick both have appeared as drivers suspected to be in attendance. Fitzpatrick won the OSCAAR Championship last season with a pair of victories, while Passer finished in the runner-up spot.

There is always a possibility for more than the drivers listed here to be in the field at Kawartha Speedway on Friday, June 2. Be sure to be in attendance to take in this great show in person. Also, reminder that a $5 off general admission coupon can be printed off either the OSCAAR website or facebook page.

Details on the event this weekend can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca.

By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Hot Rods at Brighton Speedway Preview


For the first time in OSCAAR history, we’re going dirt racing as the OSCAAR Hot Rods will be racing at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night as part of the track’s 50th Anniversary celebration night.

The series will be looking to crown it’s third straight different feature winner after Tyler Hawn and Adam Misener took home the victories in the first two races.

Hawn has already confirmed that he will be in attendance with his 1966 Chevrolet Belmont following a win at Kawartha Speedway and a runner-up at Flamboro Speedway.

“The most exciting thing I see about the Hot Rod Series is that it’s bringing back the roots of racing,” said Tyler Hawn.

Dan Price has featured Derek Henderson in his 1957 Chevrolet for the first two events, but will be behind the wheel of the No. 09 this weekend. Henderson piloted the car to a fourth-place finish at Kawartha, followed by a third at Flamboro.

Jerry Luckhardt made his racing debut at Kawartha Speedway, fighting some adversity through the heats prior to a fifth-place finish in the feature.

Art Rodgers and Steve Mayhew couldn’t make the event at Flamboro due to other commitments, but have stated that this event at Brighton Speedway is on their radar. Both drivers ran into mechanical problems at Kawartha, so it’ll be interesting to see if everything is sorted out this weekend.

Nick Clarke and D’arcy Gibbons have both been putting hours in on their cars, hoping to have them ready for event and their series debuts.

There’s also a possibility to see some drivers in the mix with dirt experience, as some regulars from Ohsweken Speedway may make the trip.

The night will be action-packed as the track has big plans in store. Brought to you by Deerhaven Farm & Garden and Mix 97, the OSCAAR Hot Rods will be joined by the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club, 50 Laps for the Vanderlaan Building Products Pro Late Models ($750 to Win), 50 Laps for the OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds ($550 to Win), 50 Laps for the Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks ($350 to Win) including the second Pro Stock Duel on the Dirt Qualifier.

There will be a Live Music from Terry Denyes and the Bay City Band, Classic Race Car display and memorabilia in the court yard from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM. The 2017 Wall of Fame Presentations start at 6:00 PM. Racing starts at 7:00 PM.

Adult admission is $15. It is also 50th Anniversary Nostalgia Night! Anyone that wears a Brighton Speedway Vintage T Shirt receives $5.00 off admission at the front gate or pits.

For more information visit www.brightonspeedway.com.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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