7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

With success on his side and looking to try something new, Tommy Robb moved up to the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour for the 2014 season. While the season was a struggle at times due to bad luck and mechanical issues, Robb would have a solid season overall.

Robb started off the season well, posting a solid 10th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. He would then keep improving, posting a fifth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Robb looked to on his way to another solid run at Barrie Speedway. However, that was when the season took a turn. A wreck on the last lap of the feature would find Robb caught right in the middle, with his modified taking heavy damage. Though worse, he banged up his wrist in the process.

Not willing to let his injury slow him down, the ‘Relentless’ driver fixed the car and back out for the next event – the double header at Sunset Speedway. Robb would have a pair of good back-to-back nights, finishing seventh and sixth.

“This team is all about forward movement,” Robb said post-race on June 29th. “We want to be better this weekend than we were the last time out. I definitely feel as though we accomplished that these last two nights.”

The driver of the No. 88r First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products Modified carried the positive momentum to Ottawa, finishing seventh in the pair of races at Capital City Speedway.

He would finish 10th at the Rick Woolner Memorial, but misfortune would bite him a couple weeks later at Peterborough en route to a 12th place finish. Robb never gave up, though, coming back a week later to finish eighth at Kawartha.

The misfortune bug wouldn’t disappear, though, as a wreck in his heat at Delaware Speedway would cause him to miss the feature. The pair of Sunset Speedway would roll Robb a mixed bag, with finishes of 10th and 12th. Robb would end his season on a high note, though, finishing sixth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Despite being a rookie, Robb showed a ton of speed all year long and was able to put himself into a contention a couple weekends. If the pieces come together in 2015, expect Robb to be in the top-five in points with a possible win under his belt.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

8th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Dave Doucette

After experiencing success in the Super Stock/Thunder Car ranks across Ontario, Dave Doucette made the move up to OSCAAR Super Late Model competition for 2014.

“Well, myself and my team are always looking for new challenges in racing so together we thought it was time for a change,” Doucette commented pre-season.

The season certainly brought forth some challenging moments for the past Autumn Colors Classic Champion as he would suffer some bad luck throughout the year, but also was able to find some success.

Doucette started off his year with a solid run in his No. 44 Xtreme Auto Service, TSS Top Shops, Redline Graphics and Spencer Lewis Promotions Super Late Model, finishing 10th in the Lucie Alywin Memorial at Sunset Speedway. Return trips to Sunset throughout the year brought forth more success, including a solid seventh in the Bruce Gowland Memorial.

The eastern swing of the schedule wouldn’t go as planned, though. Doucette would post an 11th place finish at Peterborough Speedway, before suffering a wreck at Kawartha Speedway in the early laps.

A trip to Sauble Speedway during the summer allowed Doucette to experience the success he was looking for, as he would post a solid ninth place finish.

As Doucette looks back through the season, though, there is one moment outside of these that will stand out even more. Doucette returned to his home track, Barrie Speedway and had a great night, running inside the top-five throughout the night en route to posting a fourth place finish.

Doucette capped off his season with a solid 10th place finish in the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough, and will hope to take that momentum into 2015 in search of his first podium finish.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

8th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Brian McLean

Continuing to improve with each passing year, Brian McLean would have a couple standout runs throughout the course of 2014.

The modified pilot started off his season on a decent note, posting an 11th place finish at Sunset Speedway, followed by a 12th place finish at Kawartha Speedway. A trip to Barrie Speedway would bring the first top 10 of the season with a ninth place finish.

As the month of June finished off, the OSCAAR Modifieds would head back to Sunset Speedway for a double header event. Without a doubt, the Don Biederman Memorial weekend would be the highlight of the season. McLean would pilot his No. 47 Hone Building Centre – Bowmanville and McLean Farms Modified to an impressive third place finish in the first of two features that weekend, marking his only podium run of the year.

The next four races of the tour would bring split results, as McLean scored three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a seventh place finish at Sauble Speedway. With a string of success, McLean headed into August hoping it’d continue. Though as they say, some things don’t go according to plan.

That’d be the case for McLean as the Chase for the Colors event brought forth a big incident that resulted in the No. 47 Modified up into the backstretch wall with heavy damage. Thankfully, McLean would be uninjured, but the damage would result in a pair of missed events.

McLean would return for the final three races of the season, though couldn’t find much luck. Mechanical issues resulted in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10, with a seventh place finish at the Velocity 250 sandwiched in between.

Throughout the year, there were sparks of greatness shown by McLean, and as noted, highlighted by a podium finish at the end of June. If the mechanical gremlins disappear in 2015 and McLean can continue improving the performance, the veteran could easily return to victory lane.

By: Ashley McCubbin

9th In Super Late Model Points: Tyler Hawn

 

After missing the first two events of the year due to family reasons, Tyler Hawn made his 2014 debut at Barrie Speedway and improved throughout the season.

Hawn wouldn’t start off the season as he hoped, though, as shifter issues would take him out of the race on lap 38 at Barrie.  He would then head to Sunset Speedway looking to improve upon his luck, and did so in completing all the laps in both Don Biederman Memorial features en route to finishing 15th and 10th.

The high mark of season for the driver of the No. 42 Fox’s Bakery and Deli, TSS Top Shops, Belt Conveyor Guarding, Backwoods Maple Syrup, Daly Custom Fab, WriteitOutLoud.com and Stewart Carriers Limited SLM would come at Peterborough Speedway, a couple weeks later.  Statistically, Peterborough is Hawn’s best track and that proved to be true once again 2014. Hawn had his best run of the season, en route to posting a sixth place finish. He would then back that up with a solid, clean ninth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

Looking as though the turnaround had happened, lady luck would flip its head for Hawn in the next two events. A pair of mechanical issues took Hawn out of the running at both Sunset and Peterborough, resulting in poor finishes.

He would then finish off the year on a solid note, though, finishing seventh at the Velocity 250 for his best Sunset Speedway finish of the season, followed by an 11th at Peterborough’s Autumn Colors.

Early in the season, Hawn commented that his Hawn Motorsports team needed to find more speed and handling in their car to improve. He also noted that they had done some work in the off-season, but it didn’t take them in the right direction as he would’ve hoped.

As the year went on, though, it showed that they were beginning to find their stride and the right direction to head in, noted by the positive finishes. With another year of super late racing under his belt, no doubt Hawn has continued to build on his experience behind the wheel.

Now going into 2015, if Hawn can start off the year on a solid note and continue improving, he could be a solid top-five contender on a weekly basis.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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