2014 OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Champion – Gary McLean

In 2012, it was all about domination. For 2013, it was all about consistency. This past season for Gary Mclean, it was all about determination and being resilient en route to scoring his third straight OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Championship.

The season didn’t start out as warranted, though, as McLean would post a 13th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway as a result of a late race wreck. However, like a champion, McLean came back stronger than ever. He would kick off the month of June with a victory at Kawartha Speedway, before heading to Barrie Speedway a couple weeks later for another victory.

Though, unfortunately, bad luck would strike the Conn, Ontario native again as he would finish 16th in the first feature of the Don Biederman Memorial weekend as a result of a flat tire. Determined not to let it get him down, McLean would come back the next night and put forth a strong effort all feature long, en route to finishing second behind Cayden Lapcevich.

With luck back on his side, McLean looked to make the summer stretch one to remember, and he certainly did just that. Behind the wheel of his No. 8 McLean Industrial Design and Fabrication Ltd. and McLean Farms Modified, he would have a great inaugural trip to Capital City Speedway, scoring a victory in the first feature, before finishing second in the second feature. A trip up to the beach would result in McLean’s second straight Rick Woolner Memorial victory in dominating fashion, taking the lead on lap three and never looking back.

However, the good-bad luck pendulum would swing once again for the veteran, with bad luck coming his way at the Chase for the Colors event. Despite being the top qualifier for the event, McLean would end up finishing 13th as a result of a mid-race incident. The rest of August, though, would fall his way as he would finish fourth at Kawartha, fifth at Delaware, before returning back to Sunset Speedway to capture his fifth victory of the year.

Looking to end off his season on a good note, McLean returned to Sunset Speedway a month later and captured the victory in the Velocity 250 for his sixth victory of the season. unfortunately, the Autumn Colors Classic a couple weeks later didn’t go as planned as a mid-race incident resulted in a 19th place finish. Still, the veteran had lots of celebrate with the championship on his hands.

With over 25 years of racing experience, McLean has seen it all across the board, and continues to prove no matter the track that he is one of the best to ever sit behind the wheel of an open-wheel car. Entering another season of competition, it’s likely that you will find the No. 8 Modified in a victory lane near you.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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