OSCAAR Racing Announces Race For The Cup Championship Format

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PETERBOROUGH (February 2, 2016) – OSCAAR Racing is excited to announce its new Race for the Cup championship format for the 2016 season. The new format will bring the championship chase down to the final feature race of the year at the 24th Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway on October 7-9 for all four OSCAAR Racing divisions.

“This new format will keep drivers, fans and sponsors on the edge of their seat to the end of the season,” said OSCAAR President Dave Gainforth. “The championship won’t be decided in any division until the final lap at the Autumn Colours Classic next October.”

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The OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models nine-race schedule will be divided in to two sections: a six-race qualification period followed by the three-race Race for the Cup. Following the August 6 Don Biederman Memorial at Flamboro Speedway, the top six drivers in OSCAAR Outlaw points will contend for the Race for the Cup. Adding to the drama, the winner of the Chase for the Colours event at Peterborough Speedway on July 30 is guaranteed one of the six contending spots in the Race for the Cup, regardless of their position in the standings.

To be eligible for the Race for the Cup, drivers must maintain 100% attendance at OSCAAR events. If a driver does not meet eligibility requirements, the position will be awarded to the next eligible driver.

The contending drivers will see their points reset equally for each round of the Race for the Cup. The lowest contending driver in points following the August 27 race at Sauble Speedway will be eliminated from contention. The two lowest remaining drivers following the September 3 race at Peterborough Speedway will also be eliminated.

The remaining three drivers will battle in the Race for the Cup finale at Peterborough Speedway’s 24th annual Autumn Colours Classic on October 7-9 and are guaranteed to start fourth, fifth, and sixth. The driver who accumulates the most heat race points during Autumn Colours weekend will earn the fourth starting spot and so on. The top finisher of the three contenders in the final race will be declared the 2016 OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model champion.

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The OSCAAR Modifieds and Midget championships will follow the same format, with slight variations based on the two series’ 14-race schedules. OSCAAR Modified drivers will have a 10-race qualification period, ending with the August 19 race scheduled for Delaware Speedway. The OSCAAR Midget qualification period will end following the August 20 event at Grand Bend Speedway. The top eight drivers in points in each division, or the top seven drivers plus the Chase for the Colours winner, will be eligible for the Race for the Cup. Points will be reset equally for the eight drivers prior to each round of the Race for the Cup.

To be eligible for the Race for the Cup, drivers must maintain 90% attendance at OSCAAR events. If a driver does not meet eligibility requirements, the position will be awarded to the next eligible driver.

The OSCAAR Modified and Midget Race for the Cup will be four races in length. The lowest driver in points will be eliminated following the August 27 race at Sauble Speedway, and the lowest two remaining drivers will be eliminated follow races at Full Throttle Speedway on September 10 and Flamboro Speedway’s Oktoberfest on October 1-2.

The final three drivers will be set for the final championship showdown at the Autumn Colours Classic on October 7-9. The three remaining drivers are guaranteed to start fourth, fifth, and sixth. The driver who accumulates the most heat race points during Autumn Colours weekend will earn the fourth starting spot and so on. The top finisher of the three contenders in the final race will be declared the 2016 OSCAAR Modified and Midget champion, respectively.

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The inaugural season of OSCAAR Pro Midget racing will adopt the Race for the Cup format. The nine-race qualification period will end following the series’ August 20 event at Grand Bend Speedway. The series will follow the same format as the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models, with the top six in points advancing to the Race for the Cup, or the top five drivers plus the Chase for the Colours winner. Drivers must maintain 90% attendance at OSCAAR events to be eligible for the Race for the Cup. Points will be reset equally for the six drivers prior to each round of the Race for the Cup.

To be eligible for the Race for the Cup, drivers must maintain 90% attendance at OSCAAR events. If a driver does not meet eligibility requirements, the position will be awarded to the next eligible driver.

The OSCAAR Pro Midget Race for the Cup will consist of three races. The first race at Sauble Speedway on August 27 will see the lowest driver in points eliminated from contention. The next two lowest drivers will be eliminated following the September 10 visit to Full Throttle Motor Speedway before the inaugural series champion is crowned from the remaining three drivers at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic on October 8. The three drivers are guaranteed to start fourth, fifth, and sixth. The driver who accumulates the most heat race points during Autumn Colours weekend will earn the fourth starting spot and so on. The top finisher of the three contenders in the final race will be declared the 2016 OSCAAR Pro Midget champion.

The 2016 OSCAAR Racing season is quickly approaching as Flamboro Speedway hosts the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds and Midgets on May 21-22 to kick-off the year. Stay tuned to oscaar.ca for news and announcements in anticipation of Opening Day 2016.

OSCAAR Racing is proudly presented to race fans across Ontario with the support of the following corporate sponsors: Dickies, London Recreational Racing, American Racer, Midas of Orangeville, Grisdale Racing Products, Gallinger Ford Milton, South Shore Services, Knightworks Design, OSCAAR Racewear, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels, Race2way.ca, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Ontario Oval.com Speedway News.

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Kevin Cornelius, OSCAAR Outlaw Drivers Celebrate Accomplishments at Year-End Banquet

OSCAAR Champion Kevin Cornelius 2016

Following a successful season that finished with a new series champion, Dickies OSCAAR Outlaws Presented by London Recreational Racing drivers celebrated their accomplishments on Saturday night at the year-end banquet.

With plenty of drivers in attendance, awards were handed out to some drivers, as well as a plaque for each of the drivers in the top-10.

With seven wins in the nine races across the season, Kevin Cornelius experienced a dominating run en route to scoring his first series championship.

“I’d like to thank Dave Gainforth and the OSCAAR staff, officials, drivers, teams and families for providing us an opportunity to do something that we love to do,” Cornelius said. “Mike McColl – I could’ve spent an hour on this one, but I know he hates that. It’s been an honor and a privilege to drive his cars and can’t thank him enough for turning us into a championship winning team, twice. More importantly, I’m proud to call you a friend. Thanks for what you and your staff have done for us. To all the sponsors over the years, I thank you for your support and generosity. To my family, my children and friends that follow us to each track every year, I thank you for your support.

“Finally, to this group of guys that were still supposed to be up here. It’s been a privilege to the voice of this team for 10 years now. I played a small role in the success of this team. It’s all these guys hard work and determination and passion for the sport that drives the success we’ve been fortunate to experience. I can’t begin to express the admiration and respect that I have for each one of you. Thanks to all your commitment and sacrifices you made. You should be proud to call yourself champions.”

Beyond taking home the championship, Cornelius also picked up the inaugural Inside Track Hard Charger Award, which is given to the driver who advanced the most positions during the course of each feature race throughout the season.

Tyler Hawn would pick up the Hard Luck Award after blowing a motor in the season opener at Sunset Speedway, followed by a hard crash at Peterborough Speedway mid-way through the year.

Shane Gowan picked up a pair of awards on the evening for his accomplishments. He picked up the best appearing car award after sporting a sparkly orange paint scheme throughout the year. He also picked up the inaugural Ironman Award, which is given to the driver who made all of the races throughout the season, despite facing some difficult diversity along the way.

“The Ironman Award was for two things – one for making every race, and the guy who did something spectacular during the year that was a cut above everybody else,” Gary Elliott, the award’s creator, said. “It is for example, if you wrecked your car in the warm-ups and didn’t put it in the trailer and go home, or if you blew your motor in the warm-ups and didn’t give up on the night. That was to me something to me that showed someone who never gave up to the last second.”

Despite suffering some hard wrecks throughout the year, Gowan stayed committed to attending each of the events. That commitment showed during the opening weekend at Sunset Speedway in May as after blowing a motor on the first day of the two-day event, he drove home and brought his back-up car to run on the second day.

Corey Jones received the Most Improved Driver Award after finishing fifth in points with three top-fives and eight top-10s on the season.

Glenn Watson received the Sportsman of the Year Award as he raced each of his competitors cleanly and respectfully throughout the season, as highlighted by a 15-lap side-by-side battle with J.R. Fitzpatrick at one point. The past series champion had a solid season en route to finishing fourth in points with five top-fives and eight top-10s.

Sean Grosman picked up Rookie of the Year after finishing third in points with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

“I first off want to thank the guys – they have been with me the past couple of years, some since the start,” Grosman said. “Can’t thank them enough. Thanks to OSCAAR. Thanks to my wife for letting me do this. Kevin set the benchmark this year for a good season – congratulations.”

With a successful season behind them, all of the Outlaw drivers are looking towards the new season ahead, making plans already and putting together their cars. Despite the dynamics for OSCAAR changing in the year ahead, the commitment by OSCAAR’s officials and drivers remains the same.

“We’ve been around for 25 years, and we’ll be around for another 25 years,” series president Dave Gainforth said at the banquet. “There will be racing in 2016, in 2017 and the years after that.”
To see more photos from the banquet, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/ashleymccubbin.media/.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo’s by: Ashley McCubbin

Gary McLean, Hoosier OSCAAR Modifieds Celebrate Accomplishments at Year-End Banquet

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OSCAAR Champion Gary McLean 2016

Following a successful season that finished with a historic accomplishment, the Hoosier OSCAAR Modified drivers celebrated their accomplishments on Saturday night at the year-end banquet.

With plenty of drivers in attendance, awards were handed out to some drivers, as well as a plaque for each of the drivers in the top-10.

Gary McLean proved once again this past season why he is one of the best modified drivers in the province of Ontario, picking up his fourth championship with seven victories and 10 top-10s.

“First off, I got to thank the crew,” McLean said. “They put up with me and I’m not the easiest guy to put up with each race weekend. They do an awesome job and it obviously works well. Hard working crew chief Greg (Gibson) can’t be here – he’s in terrible sunny Florida working. But I want to thank OSCAAR, all the sponsors that help OSCAAR out. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do. Most importantly, I want to thank my sponsors – they help get us to the track each week. I want to congratulate Jody (Bound) and Kevin (Cornelius); awesome job on what you guys did this year. Thanks everybody.”

Beyond taking home the championship, McLean also picked up the inaugural Inside Track Hard Charger Award, which is given to the driver who advanced the most positions during the course of each feature race throughout the season.

“I’d like to say I’m sorry to everybody that I passed, but I’m not,” he commented upon accepting.

Dan Price picked up the Hard Luck Award after experiencing a heavy crash at Delaware Speedway, as well as suffering a blown motor through the season. Despite that, he still finished eighth in points with four top-10s, highlighted by a fourth at Sunset Speedway on August 22.

“Thank you, first, to Erin and the rest of my family for supporting this and helping out,” Price said. “I’d like to thank the sponsors – couldn’t have done without the sponsors after the season that I had in knocking the clip off, losing an engine….to get the hard luck trophy. I’d also like to thank OSCAAR for everything they do and making it possible.”

Terry Baker would pick up the best appearing award after sporting a white, black and red paint scheme throughout the year that caught the attention of everybody. Running a partial schedule, Baker posted two top-fives and four top-10s during the season.

John Harper picked up the Most Improved Driver Award after having a great season, highlighted by his first career victory at Flamboro Speedway en route to finishing 10th in points.

Cory Horner picked up the Rookie of the Year Award after finishing second in points with six top-fives and nine top-10s.

“I’d just like to say thanks to my friends and family for the support this season,” Horner said. “I couldn’t have done it without them, the sponsors as well. Thanks to OSCAAR for an awesome 2015.”

Gary Elliott was named the Most Sportsman Driver by his peers as the veteran respected his competitors throughout the year, while doing things to promote the series in the form of a new award and car show appearances. Elliott had a solid season en route to finishing fourth in points.

“Congrats to all the champions – Kevin (Cornelius), Jody (Bound) and Gary (McLean),” Elliott said. “I want to say thank my sponsor Quaker State and Lincoln Welders – I have quite a few sponsors, but I want to thank those two mainly right now. Lloyd’s first year back in racing for almost 15 years and he supported me unbelievably; thank you so much sir. I want to thank my sponsors and my crew, and OSCAAR for being a great series to race in. Looking forward to 2016.”

Lastly, Brian McLean picked up the inaugural Ironman Award, which is given to the driver who made all of the races throughout the season, despite facing some difficult diversity along the way.

“The Ironman Award was for two things – one for making every race, and the guy who did something spectacular during the year that was a cut above everybody else,” Elliott, the award’s creator, said. “It is for example, if you wrecked your car in the warm-ups and didn’t put it in the trailer and go home, or if you blew your motor in the warm-ups and didn’t give up on the night. That was to me something to me that showed someone who never gave up to the last second.”

Despite having some bad luck over the course of the season, McLean and the Plow Boys Racing crew worked hard to make sure that he was at each of the events through the year. It paid off en route to a fifth place finish in points with three top-fives on the year.

“I’d like to thank my crew and everyone that helped, my girlfriend Tracy for all that crap that goes on during the race season, and Trevor, Kevin and my father,” he said. “I’d like to say congrats to Gary and his team on their year.”

With a successful season behind them, all of the Modified drivers are looking towards the new season ahead, making plans already and putting together their cars. Despite the dynamics for OSCAAR changing in the year ahead, the commitment by OSCAAR’s officials and drivers remains the same.

“We’ve been around for 25 years, and we’ll be around for another 25 years,” series president Dave Gainforth said at the banquet. “There will be racing in 2016, in 2017 and the years after that.”
To see more photos from the banquet, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/ashleymccubbin.media/.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo’s by: Ashley McCubbin

Jody Bound, Midas of Orangeville OSCAAR Midget Drivers Celebrate Accomplishments

OSCAAR Midget Champion Jody Bound 2016

Following a successful season that finished with a rookie champion, the Midas of Orangeville OSCAAR Midget drivers celebrated their accomplishments on Saturday night at the year-end banquet.

With plenty of drivers in attendance, awards were handed out to some drivers, as well as a plaque for each of the drivers in the top-10.

Jody Bound proved right out of the box to start the season that he would be quick, completing the season with a pair of victories and nine top-10s en route to winning the 2015 Division Championship.

Beyond taking home the crown, Bound also picked up the award for best appearing car and rookie of the year.

“I just want to thank my crew – Larry and Brian,” Bound said. “(The other) two people that I have to thank that help me a lot behind the scenes and don’t get the accolades at the track, but they’re the true back bone of the No. 5 team. That’s Andrea Wilson and Brian’s wife Brenda, for letting me take Brian and Larry to the track with me. So all my sponsors – Midas of Orangeville, NTN bearings, Larry’s of Orangeville, Team K-OS, Interstate Batteries.

“We set our goals for rookie of the year and we did that with a little icing on the cake. Glad to be part of the OSCAAR organization with a great group of cars and a great bunch of people; it’s like a second family now.”

With a fourth place finish in points, three top-fives and nine top-10s on the year, Brian MacDonald picked up the Most Improved Driver award.

“There’s someone who isn’t here today but he helped me out a lot, and that’s Jamie Bound,” MacDonald said. “Also, I’d like to thank Larry from Larry’s Small Engines; he helped me out a lot this year. And my dad – I couldn’t do this without my dad.”

Robin McLean, who picked up a victory during the summer at Sunset Speedway with a late-race pass for the lead, was a clean racer throughout the summer. As a result, he awarded by his peers with the Sportsmen of the Year Award.

Raynor Vickers would pick up the inaugural Inside Track Hard Charger Award, which is given to the driver who advanced the most positions during the course of each feature race throughout the season. Vickers had a solid campaign, highlighted by a pair of top-10 finishes.

Lastly, Wally Wilson picked up the inaugural Ironman Award, which is given to the driver who made all of the races throughout the season, despite facing some difficult diversity along the way.

“The Ironman Award was for two things – one for making every race, and the guy who did something spectacular during the year that was a cut above everybody else,” Gary Elliott, the award’s creator, said. “It is for example, if you wrecked your car in the warm-ups and didn’t put it in the trailer and go home, or if you blew your motor in the warm-ups and didn’t give up on the night. That was to me something to me that showed someone who never gave up to the last second.”

Despite having a flip at Peterborough Speedway mid-season, Wilson did not give up as he attended each of the races throughout the season for a best finish of 11th at Grand Bend Speedway in August.

With a successful season behind them, all of the Midget drivers are looking towards the new season ahead, making plans already and putting together their cars. Despite the dynamics for OSCAAR changing in the year ahead, the commitment by OSCAAR’s officials and drivers remains the same.

“We’ve been around for 25 years, and we’ll be around for another 25 years,” series president Dave Gainforth said at the banquet. “There will be racing in 2016, in 2017 and the years after that.”
To see more photos from the banquet, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/ashleymccubbin.media/.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo’s by: Ashley McCubbin

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