The OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models are back in action for the second straight week this time at the Sauble Speedway just outside of Owen Sound, Ontario. OSCAAR has decided to test a new format for this weekend’s event that will include time trials, heat races, and the exciting fifty lap feature to end the night. South Shore Services from Pefferlaw, Ontario is the title sponsor for this weekend’s event and will increase the overall purse by $1200, which will be spread amongst the top ten drivers.
The heat races and feature starting positions will all be determined by time trials. Beginning at 6:15pm, each Outlaw will have two laps to lay down their best time with the better of their two laps standing as the official lap. The top two qualifiers will be guaranteed to start on the front row in their respective positions and will each be awarded $150.00 as the night’s top qualifiers. There will also be two separate prizes of $100.00 distributed to two random drivers throughout the field. These positions will be decided once the final car count is known.
Two 12 lap heat races will follow for the Super Late Models with the odd qualifiers (1,3,5, etc.) making up the first heat, and the even qualifiers (2,4,6, etc.) making up the second heat. The finishing order of the heat races will determine the starting order for the feature with the first heat making up the inside row (positions 1,3,5, etc.) and the second heat making up the outside row (positions 2,4,6, etc.).
The time trials offer drivers a chance to ensure a good starting position for the fifty lap feature with the top two qualifiers guaranteed to start on the front row. In most other OSCAAR events drivers have to race heat races and finish in the top half of the field in order to qualify for the invert draw that sets the starting positions for the feature event. Many drivers are welcoming a new format and are excited to try something new and different.
“Loose is fast. I’ll see if I can loosen it up just a little bit for time trials” explained Lloyd Ritchie.
“I think what you’re going to find is that a lot of guys will throw on a new set of tires for time trialing. It’s only a couple of laps so they’ll just scuff them in basically. It’s going to be a different format. I like it, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never done it before so we’ll just see how we do,” explained Jeff Dunford who currently sits fifth in the championship standings.
Other drivers, including points leader Glenn Watson, prefer racing for starting positions, but are challenged equally with trying to win the pole position.
Perhaps it is a good omen for the rest of the field who is looking to oust Watson from Knightworks Design Victory Lane after he has won all four feature events to start the season, bettering his total from last season of two feature wins.
Todd Campbell will look to continue his early success after posting four straight top-ten finishes to start the season. He leads Tyler Hawn by just 25 points in the Inside Track Rookie of the Year standings and remains fourth in the overall points. Hawn, who is currently seventh in the championship standings, just 111 points back of Campbell, remains fixated on capturing the Rookie-of-the-Year title.
“That’s pretty much the goal for the whole year. A top ten in points would be good, but I’d rather go for rookie of the year,” explained Hawn at Sunset Speedway.
Other rookie of the year contenders Chris Burrows and Shane Gowan had their best finishes of the season at Sunset Speedway one week ago at eighth and thirteenth respectively. Burrows struggled with mechanical difficulties that kept him from his first two feature events. Gowan destroyed the front end of his car when he hit the wall at Sunset in the year’s first event, just nine laps in to the first heat race. Both drivers will look to transfer their recent success to Sauble Speedway.
Wayne Isaacs has finished all four events in the top-five this season, with his best, a third place finish, coming last week at Sunset. Isaacs has challenged for the top spot every week, but has been just shy of catching Glenn Watson. Isaacs may have his best chance, via the time trial format, to put his #00 ahead of Watson and perhaps in victory lane. Isaacs acknowledges that it is no easy task.
“That’s a tough one. I think it will take (Glenn Watson) to have some bad luck and me to have some good luck,” said Isaacs.
Jesse Kennedy makes his debut in an OSCAAR Super Late Model on Saturday night. Kennedy, who will drive the #10, has a vast amount of experience with time trials after competing in the former CASCAR series and through Delaware Speedway’s weekly program that often holds time trials.
There is no doubt that a competitive field of cars will be in attendance at Sauble. Given a new format and a new way to qualify for the feature, drivers will surely be battling as hard as possible to start at the front for the fifty lap A-main. OSCAAR joins Sauble’s Junior Late Model, thunder car, and four-cylinder divisions. OSCAAR time trials begin at 6:15 pm, with the first green flag of the evening set to wave at 7:00pm.
By Clayton Johns
Schedule of Events for the South Shore Services 50 at Sauble Speedway (July 9)
Pit gates open: 3:00 pm
Tech opens: 3:30pm
Practice: 3:45pm – 5:45pm (Rotating all divisions)
Tech closes: 5:30pm
Drivers meeting: 5:55pm
Time Trials: 6:15pm
Green Flag: 7:00pm