6th in OSCAAR Modified Points – John Harper

After a rough start to 2016, things turned around for John Harper in the second half of the season en route to finishing sixth in the season-ending standings.

The year didn’t start out as Harper wanted, though, with five finishes outside of the top-10. He finished 11th at Flamboro Speedway, followed by a DNF at Delaware Speedway after spinning on Lap 22 while running fourth. The next two trips – both to Flamboro – resulted in 12th (steering issue on Lap 17) and 11th place finishes. The return to Delaware didn’t go much better as he failed to start the feature due to an issue in his heat.

While it was a rough start to the year, the next six races would go much better than those first five.

He kicked it off with a fifth place finish at Peterborough Speedway, set to carry the momentum to Flamboro Speedway. The pair of double 20-lap features went as planned, as he kicked off the first feature with a fourth place finish. In the second event, he started second alongside Dan Price. He was able to run down Price in the early stages, getting alongside him for the lead on Lap 4. Harper then put the No. 79 Transaxle Parts, Briar Dri-wall, Grisdale Race Products Modified out front on Lap 5. He then led the rest of the laps en route to scoring his first feature of the season.

The return to Delaware didn’t go as planned, though, as he posted an eighth place finish. However, it was enough for Harper to qualify for the inaugural OSCAAR Race for the Cup.

He’d kick off the two-race Chase with a fourth place finish at the Autumn Colours Classic, allowing him to be one of the three drivers eligible for the championship a week later at Flamboro. At Frostoberfest, he was able to put together a solid run with a sixth place finish, but it wouldn’t be enough to capture the title.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations John Harper on your success this season. We look forward to seeing you once again in 2017.
By: Ashley McCubbin.

6th in OSCAAR Pro Midget Points – Shawn Paul

Running the four Flamboro Speedway events this year, Shawn Paul’s team was able to put together three solid finishes.

Right off the bat in his OSCAAR Pro Midget debut, Shawn Paul proved he was fast. At Flamboro Speedway in June, he started out the night rough with a mechanical issue in his second heat. However, in the feature, he was able to pick up the victory after avoiding an incident involving Willy Northcott and Ted Greenwood.

Returning to Flamboro in July, Paul started off the night quick as he won the first heat for his first career heat victory, followed by a second in heat two. In the feature, he kept himself solidly in the top-five throughout the entire event en route to a fourth place finish.

The third race at Flamboro Speedway saw the familiar No. 37 on track, but with Jesse Costa as the guest driver behind the wheel. Costa was quick from the start, finishing third in both of his heats. Come feature time, he was able to make his way up to second by Lap 10 despite starting last on the field. While he was fast, though, he wasn’t able to run down Jordan Hanna for the lead in the second half of the event.

The fourth and final event saw Paul return back behind the wheel, finishing third in the only heat of the evening. In the feature, Paul wasn’t able to complete all the laps, virtue of a mechanical issue early in the race.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Shawn Paul on your success this season. We hope to see you back out in 2017.

By Ashley McCubbin

6th in OSCAAR Midget Points – Alex Cuzzilla

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With three top-five finishes on the season, Alex Cuzzilla was able to put together a solid rookie year of OSCAAR Midget competition together. As a result, he was rewarded with a sixth place finish in points, as well as co-recipient of the Rookie of the Year Award for 2016.

Cuzzilla was able to start off his season on a solid note, posting three top-10 finishes in the first three races. He finished ninth in the season opener at Flamboro Speedway, followed by a 10th at Peterborough Speedway and an eighth at Grand Bend.

When the series made their return back to Flamboro in June, it seemed as though the season hit its turning point as Cuzzilla went on tear from there on. He finished fourth that night after scoring his first career heat victory earlier in the night. He then backed it up with another heat victory and a runner-up at Sauble Speedway on Canada Day weekend.

The return to Flamboro Speedway in July didn’t go as planned as Cuzzilla spun on the last lap, resulting in a sixth place finish after running in the top-three all race long. However, there were no worries as the rookie made up for it at Flamboro in August.

The teenager kicked off the night in style, finishing third in his first heat, followed by a victory in the second heat. Starting in the runner-up spot, he ran there all the way till Lap 18, before passing Ryan Brown to put the No. 50 NAPA Auto Parts Port Perry, Peak, BLUEdef, Yesterday’s Speedways and P.D. McLaren Limited Midget out front. He then led the rest of the way, scoring his first career feature victory. At the age of 13 years old, Cuzzilla became the youngest OSCAAR winner in history.

Unfortunately, a week later things didn’t go as planned as Peterborough Speedway as he wouldn’t get to start the feature as a result of ignition failure in practice. He then followed it up with a ninth place finish a couple weeks later at Flamboro Speedway.

With his success in those nine races qualified him for the inaugural OSCAAR Race for the Cup. Unfortunately, Cuzzilla did not get to compete for the championship due to being out of the car with a non-racing related leg injury. Owen Elliott represented Cuzzilla’s sponsors in style for the final two races of the season, finishing third at the Autumn Colours Classic, followed by winning Frostoberfest.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Alex Cuzzilla on a great rookie season. We hope your leg is continue to heal well en route to a full recovery, and look forward to seeing you back out on track once again in 2017.
By: Ashley McCubbin

7th in OSCAAR Super Late Model Points – Shane Maginnis

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Despite only making four starts this past season, Shane Maginnis made the most of his schedule this season as he posted three top-two finishes.

Kicking off his campaign at Flamboro in June, he made it known right from the start that he was fast as he picked up the win in the opening heat after grabbing the lead a couple laps in. He then backed it up with another win in his second heat, making him the favourite going into the feature. Come feature time, he started fourth, but was able to make his move up to second in the early stages. He then made his way by J.R. Fitzpatrick on Lap 6 to take the lead, and led the rest of the way en route to victory.

Maginnis wouldn’t make another start till July, hoping to repeat his success once again at Flamboro Speedway. After starting out the night with a pair of runner-ups in his heats, he unfortunately failed to finish the feature due to having to pull off on Lap 5 due to smoke.

Looking to put the disappointment behind him, he made the trip to Delaware Speedway a couple weeks later, winning a heat before finishing second to Andrew Gresel in the feature.

Maginnis would make his final start of the season at Flamboro Speedway in August, and managed to cap the year off in style. After winning both of his heats, he’d start fourth in the 50-lap feature. Off the drop of the green flag, he’d move up into second, before passing Roy passer for the lead at Lap 4. Despite a series of restarts in the late stages, Maginnis then led the rest of the way en route to winning the 2016 Don Biederman Memorial.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Shane Maginnis on your success this past season. We look forward to seeing you once again in 2017.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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