Gary McLean Leads Flag-to-Flag in OSCAAR Modified Feature

OSCAAR Modified Series at JUKASA Motor Speedway 2018

Taking the lead off the drop of the green flag, Gary McLean led flag-to-flag in the OSCAAR Modified feature at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

“This is a cool place,” McLean said. “So happy with the car – everybody did a great job. To come here to a place where I remember watching races here, but to come back here and win, that’s pretty cool. To get the opportunity to race on this place is spectacular, but to win is even better.”

Kelly Balson won the first heat ahead of A.J. Emms, Gary Elliott, David Balych, Jason Bowden, and Jase Cornell.

The second heat saw Ryan Dick pick up the mechanical black flag. Jeff Showler picked up the win ahead of Gary McLean, Chris Milwain, Mark Gordon, and Duane Cinnamon.

Halfway through the third heat, there’d be a caution as Lane Zardo would make significant contact with the outside wall, ending his day early. John Harper picked up the win ahead of Cory Horner, Mike Hearty, Marshall Schrenk, and Tyler Di Venanzo.

Come feature time, Gary McLean drew the pole starting spot in the re-draw. Once the checkered flag fell, it didn’t take long for him to make it clear that he was the man to beat, taking the lead. Even with a mid-race restart and a challenge, he was unable to be passed, taking the win for his second victory of 2018.

“It was a great battle,” McLean spoke of the battle for the lead. “You know, A.J. had to miss last week due to an injury, and he’s back at it. He’s fast. He’s fast every week. The kid can drive a racecar. A lot of fun. I’d wish we get more guys like that who can drive them.”

After missing Kawartha, A.J. Emms ran second throughout the feature en route to a runner-up finish.

“Gary is doing an awesome job each and every week,” Emms said. “They definitely been the class of the field not just this year, but for a very long time. We’re very fortunate to be up here with him. I’m pretty proud of my crew. The handling went away at the end, but we got something we can work on for next week and we’re definitely proud to be here. To get a second place finish, especially here at Jukasa Motor Speedway – it’s a historic place and it means a lot to run upfront here.”

Jeff Showler scored a career-best third-place finish ahead of John Harper and Chris Milwain. Cory Horner utilized his sixth-place starting spot to turn it into a sixth-place finish ahead of Kelly Balson, Mike Hearty, Jason Keen, and Dale Reinhart.

Jason Bowden continued his strong rookie campaign with an 11th-place finish ahead of Marshall Schrenk, Gary Elliott, David Balych, and Mark Gordon. Jase Cornell finished 16th, followed by Tyler Di Venanzo in his OSCAAR debut. Duane Cinnamon and Ryan Dick ran into mechanical issues en route to their 18th and 19th respective finishes. Wally Wilson only made a couple laps in the feature en route to a 20th-place finish after suffering a crash in practice.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be back at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 23 and will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series. Event details are located at .

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tyler Hawn Makes History at Jukasa Motor Speedway

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Top 3 at JUKASA Motor Speedway 2018

In the first OSCAAR Hot Rod Series event at Jukasa Motor Speedway, it’d be a familiar face taking home the checkered flag.

When the feature saw Tyler Hawn and Billy Alderson Jr. draw the front row starting spots, the fans knew they’d be in a for a show with the early season heavy weights together.

The predictions proved correct as Alderson Jr. grabbed the early lead, pacing the first half of the 20-lap feature on Saturday afternoon. However, Hawn wasn’t about to be denied, making the move past Alderson around the midway point of the event, taking the top spot.

Tyler Hawn then led from that point to the end, scoring his third feature victory of the 2018 campaign. Billy Alderson Jr. finished third for his third top-five finish in four races.

Behind the leaders, the battle for third was just as equally exciting. Fischer looked hopeful at first to keep the positive momentum moving forward from Kawartha, keeping Steve Book behind him through most of the feature for third. However, a late charge from Steve Mayhew proved enough, as he’d make the late-race pass to break onto the podium.

Steve Mayhew’s third-place finish marks a season-best, while Fischer’s fourth is his third straight top-five finish. Steve Book rounded out the top-five with his second straight fifth-place finish.

Jerry Broom crossed the finish line in sixth for a season-best, ahead of Derek Henderson with a season-best seventh. Ken McNicol placed eighth in his first start of the 2018 campaign ahead of Dan Price, whom pulled off early with mechanical issues. Unfortunately, Nick Clarke also ran into the issues, handing him a 10th-place finish.

The OSCAAR Hot Rod Series will be back at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 23 alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds and the Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series. Event details are located at

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Jukasa Motor Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset Speedway

After a fun night at Kawartha Speedway, the OSCAAR Modifieds are ready to continue their big month of racing, with their first trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 16.

The man heading there with momentum on his side is John Harper, as he picked up the victory at Kawartha. He is off to a solid start in 2018, with two podium finishes.

The other driver to visit victory lane thus far in 2018 is Gary McLean, who picked up the win at Sunset Speedway. He backed it up with a runner-up at Kawartha.

While these two drivers will be tough to beat, there is a field hoping to score their first victory of the 2018 campaign and make history on Saturday night.

Cory Horner knows what it takes to do well in OSCAAR, as he has started off the year with a fourth-place finish at Sunset and third at Kawartha.

Gary Elliott will head to Jukasa Motor Speedway hoping to return to the top-10 after just missing it at kawartha with a 12th-place finish. He started off the year solidly, finishing in the top-10 at Sunset despite motor issues.

Chris Milwain will hope to score his fourth career OSCAAR victory following three wins last season, and two-top-fives to kick off this year.

Dale Reinhart hopes to keep the momentum going, following a seventh-place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, hoping to improve upon his sixth-place finish from Kawartha.

Wally Wilson will continue his learning curve behind the wheel of his modified, hoping the bad luck from the past two races is behind him.

Jase Cornell will hope to put together a solid performance following a pair of 11th-place finishes to start the 2018 campaign.

Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Jukasa after a solid top-10 at Kawartha.

Kelly Balson made his name known in the OSCAAR ranks with success in the Outlaw Super Late Model level, and started off solidly in the modified. He was leading at Kawartha, when he got spun in the late stages, ending his race early. He’ll hope for some better luck at Jukasa.

After missing the event at Kawartha, A.J. Emms will hope to run in the top-five once again, following a fifth-place finish in the season opener at Sunset.

The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – each have impressed thus far. While all three finished in the top-12 at Sunset, all three were once again in the top-15 at Kawartha. So far, Keen was the best at Sunset with sixth, followed by Bowden topping the list at Kawartha with a fifth. Who will come out on top this weekend?

You’re going to want to keep an eye on some other rookies, as both Tyler Di Venanzo and Mike Hamacher are expected to make their series debuts at Jukasa.

Two familiar faces are set to return to the field on Saturday, with Justin Demelo and Ryan Dick on the early entry list. It’ll mark Demelo’s first OSCAAR start since 2016, when he scored one top-five and three top-10’s in three starts. Meanwhile, Dick finished fourth at Flamboro in his last series start, October 2016.

David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, having posted three top-10’s last season.

Marshall Schrenk will make his first series trip to Jukasa Speedway following a 13th-place finish at Sunset Speedway.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Event details are located at

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

John Harper Holds off McLean for Kawartha Victory

OSCAAR Modifieds Series Top 3 Kawartha Speedway 2018

Gary McLean would try left, right, and center to get by John Harper in the final stages at Kawartha Speedway, but was unable to pass him as Harper picked up the win on Friday night.

Anthony DiBello won the first heat in his OSCAAR debut ahead of John Harper, Gary Elliott, Mike Hearty, Jeff Showler, Jase Cornell, and Josh Gruntz.

Chad Strawn won the second heat ahead of Gary McLean, Cory Horner, Chris Milwain, Jason Keen, and Bob Franks.

Kelly Balson won the third heat ahead of Jason Bowden, Dale Reinhart, Duane Cinnamon, Craig Scott, and Wally Wilson.

Come feature time, it’d be John Harper grabbing the early advantage with Jason Bowden second ahead of Anthony DiBello and Gary McLean, as Cory Horner and Kelly Balson battled for fifth, with Balson getting the spot on Lap 3.

Balson continued to move forward, getting by McLean for fourth, before getting alongside DiBello for second. Behind them, McLean ran fourth ahead of Horner, Chris Milwain, Dale Reinhart, Mike Hearty, Gary Elliott, Duane Cinnamon, Jason Keen, and Jase Cornell.

While Harper continued to lead, Balson was able to clear DiBello, passing Bowden to move into second at Lap 9. DiBello moved up into third a lap later, with Bowden and McLean rounding out the top-five. Horner continued to run sixth ahead of Milwain, Reinhart, Hearty, Elliott, and Cinnamon. McLean’s progress also continued moving forward, with him moving into fourth at Lap 14. Horner would then get alongside Bowden for fifth.

Back at the front, Balson was able to track down Harper for the lead, looking for a way by. They’d get tied up behind Bob Franks, with the pair remaining side-by-side as they went to put him a lap down. Contact would take place in the process between Harper and Balson, with Balson going around in turns one and two.

John Harper would get a good restart with McLean up into second ahead of Horner, as Milwain and Bowden battled for fourth ahead of Hearty and Reinhart side-by-side for sixth. Milwain would take the fourth spot, with Hearty moving up into sixth a lap later.

At the front of the field, Gary McLean would look high and low on Harper, looking for any lane or opportunity to get by, but John Harper kept the street blocked, leading the rest of the way en route to victory lane. Cory Horner finished third, followed by Chris Milwain and Jason Bowden. Mike Hearty finished sixth, followed by Dale Reinhart, Jason Keen, Anthony DiBello, and Duane Cinnamon. Jase Cornell finished 11th, followed by Bob Franks, Josh Gruntz, Jeff Showler, Kelly Balson, Craig Scott, and Wally Wilson.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be back in action at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 16 alongside the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Event details are located at

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

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