5th in OSCAAR Midas of Orangeville Midgets: James Stanley

Despite going through an up-and-down season throughout the year, James Stanley came out with a solid result as he finished fifth in the OSCAAR Midas of Orangeville Midget standings.

Kicking off the season at Sunset Speedway, Stanley would kick off the year with a mid-pack finish, completing the first 25-lap feature with a 13th place finish.

While he didn’t have the most promising start, he would quickly kick things in gear in the next couple of weeks. Stanley would kick off the spring stretch of the schedule with a finish of third at Peterborough Speedway, followed by a seventh at Sunset Speedway and ninth at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.

Showing the strength, Stanley was quickly establishing himself as a front-runner and points contender. However, things wouldn’t continue to go smoothly as the next four events would see Stanley only produce a single top-10 finish. He would finish 21st at Sunset Speedway to kick off July, followed by a ninth at Peterborough, 17th at Sauble Speedway and 21st at Peterborough Speedway.

The summer slump wouldn’t get the driver of the No. 57 Heart of Business & Market Suites Midget down, though, as he would come back strong with a third place finish at Grand Bend Speedway. He would then complete August with a 22nd place finish at Flamboro Speedway.

Stanley quickly proved that he wasn’t set to let his season end on the same downward spiral, producing three straight top-10 finishes to complete the season. He would finish sixth at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, followed by a fourth at Sunset Speedway and a sixth at Peterborough Speedway.

Given the solid string of finishes at times during the season, Stanley will certainly be a driver to watch moving forward, and could very well reach victory lane in 2016.
By: Ashley McCubbin

6th in Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws Presented by LRR Points – Shane Gowan


With only one finish outside of the top-10 all season, combined with an immense level of determination, Shane Gowan had an impressive season en route to finishing sixth in the final Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws Presented by London Recreational Racing points standings.

Notably, Gowan’s year stated off on a very rough note as he would blow the motor in his primary during practice laps for the Spring Velocity on Saturday. Determined to not let it get him down, Gowan made the five hour plus round trip to get the back-up car, returning to the track to run the main event on Sunday. Despite getting involved in a wreck and suffering some damage, Gowan kicked off his 2015 campaign on a solid note with a ninth place finish.

“The team battle hard and put in some very log hours to get this back up car on the track” said crew chief Kelly Hallett per GowanRacing.com. “We are proud of that and we will move on to the next race looking for more.”

The return trip to Sunset Speedway in June would go smoother without any mechanical issues or incidents, but resulted in a 10th place finish as the team battled handling issues.

Over the next three weeks, the finish would certainly improve. Gowan kicked off the month of July with a finish of ninth at Delaware Speedway. He would then take the No. 39 Lucas Oil, Reclaim Enterprises, Hallett Fabrication, Stop53 Diner, Creative Edge Signs & Graphics, and Douglas Engines SLM to Peterborough Speedway, scoring his best finish of the year with a sixth place finish.

The next three events would see the top-10 trend continue, despite racing at three different tracks. Gowan would finish seventh at Sunset Speedway, followed by a 10th at Flamboro Speedway and an eighth at Peterborough Speedway.

Unfortunately, a mis-handling car would result in Gowan’s string of top-10s ending at the Velocity 250 with an 11th place finish. The series veteran didn’t give up, though, bouncing back at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic for a seventh place finish.

Given the solid consistency of Gowan’s program, look for it to continue to grow and improve in 2016.
By: Ashley McCubbin

6th in Hoosier OSCAAR Modified Points: A.J. Emms

IMG_6642After running a variety of open-wheel cars, A.J. Emms made the jump up to the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified division, driving for Allen Adams and ADAMS Motorsports. The move proved to be successful, as Emms would have a solid rookie campaign.

Emms would start off the year strong, finishing 10th in his debut at Sunset Speedway. He would then follow that up with an 11th place finish a couple weeks later.

As the series headed into the start of summer, Emms quickly proved that he’d be one of the drivers to watch this season. The tight quarter-mile known as Full Throttle Motor Speedway would treat him well as Emms had a solid day, posting a fifth place finish for his first top-five. He had hoped to continue the momentum at Delaware, but would post a DNF after being spun while running inside the top-five.

For Emms, the next four weeks produced a set of rocky results. He would post a eighth place finish at Sauble Speedway, but finished 14th at Peterborough Speedway due to a mechanical failure. He would finish ninth at Sunset Speedway in the summer, followed by a 13th at Flamboro Speedway.

The final four weeks were perhaps the most impressive for Emms, as he produced three top-five finishes.

The driver of the No. 99 Adams Home Comfort, Barrie Auto Flea Market, Dwinnels Family Movers, Wolseley Canada, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Wix Filters, Klotz Canada, Heritage Heating Contractors Incorporated, Hastings Home Hardware, Whitechurch Towing, Accurate Industrial Liquid Waste Ltd, Kitchen Tire 2013, Morton Metals and Orillia Trim and Door kicked it off by finishing fourth in his return to FTMS, followed by a third at Delaware Speedway for his first career podium finish.

“It was pretty cool running with some top notch drivers up at the front including Cole Powell, who finished second,” Emms commented afterwards. “The last five-eight laps it felt like something broke in the car, almost like a tire going down, but we were able to bring it home to a solid third place finish, which the whole team is very proud of.”

Unfortunately, Emms would suffer a finish of 15th at Sunset’s Velocity 250 after a mid-race incident, but came back to finish the season strong with a fourth place finish at Peterborough.

Despite Emms and ADAMS Motorsprots headed in separate directions for 2016, it looks promising for both as success should come their way with what they have planned for their programs.
By: Ashley McCubbin

6th in OSCAAR Midas of Orangeville Midget Points: Rob McCall


When it came to the 2016 season, it’s no secret that Rob McCall stood out all year. After all, the bright pink that ordered his ride seemed to catch the eyes of fans everywhere.

Though to go along with the eye-catching wrap, McCall also proved that he could be eye-catching with his performance on the track as well, posting six top-fives en route to finishing sixth in the standings.

Unfortunately, the year didn’t start out that strongly for McCall as he struggled to perfect the handling of his ride, while running into some mechanical races. In the first five races of the season, he only posted one top-10 – finishing 10th at Sunset Speedway in June. Beyond that, it seemed that nothing would come together.

Though as the series dove deeper into the summer, McCall began to find his groove and ability to rip off a string of top-five performances. He’d kick it off by driving the No. 62 Creechers Design – Orillia, TSS Top Shops – Barrie, RPM Race Engines – Innisfil, Tirecraft – Aurora, MDB Race Cars – New Hamburg, HB Cycle – Lindsay, and Byers Motorsports – Orillia Midget to a third place finish at Peterborough Speedway on July 18. He would then follow it up by finishing fourth at Sauble Speedway, before returning to Peterborough to finish fifth.

Unfortunately, McCall wasn’t able to carry the momentum all the way to the end of the season, as he’d finish 23rd at Flamboro Speedway at the end of August. He wouldn’t let the run get him down, though, finishing off the year with there top-five finishes. More importantly, Sunset on September 27 and Peterborough on Oct 10 resulted in a podium finish, completing both races in the third spot

Given how strong McCall finished the season, expectations have the Brechin, Ontario native starting off the 2016 campaign on a strong note and contending for a series championship.
By: Ashley McCubbin

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