Successful Weekend for OSCAAR at the Motorama Show

OSCAAR At Motorama 2018

It was a busy three days, but it was worth it for everybody involved as the 2018 Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Show was a success for OSCAAR.

Throughout the weekend, various fans stopped by the booth and picked up a schedule, speaking of their hopefulness to attend an event, whether it be Kawartha Speedway, the season opener at Sunset Speedway, or the series’ lone trip to the dirt at Brighton Speedway.

Fans also showed off their appreciation of the hard work put in by the 2017 OSCAAR Modified Champions Luke Gignac and ADAMS Motorsports on their No. 99 Modified.

Their attention was also caught by surprise in the reveal of Brad Martin’s Dodge Daytona for the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. Combined with seeing Jeremy McLean’s Chevelle and Lance Foster’s No. X, appreciation roared in for the creativity that the series’ open rulebook has allowed in the beginning stages. Fans spoke of their excitement based on what they saw last year, as well as watching that build with the in-progress build photos that have been showcased thus far.

The OSCAAR Pro Sprints were not left out, either, as both James Stanley and Steve Belfry caught the fan’s attention with their striking paint schemes. There was also admiration felt there, as fans appreciated the craftsmanship and uniqueness that the cars bring.

For those fans who ventured further throughout the show, they got a glimpse of 2017 OSCAAR Hot Rod Champion Tyler Hawn’s Belmont which was featured in Yesterday’s Speedways booth.

OSCAAR was also featured on the Johnsonville Stage throughout the weekend, as well.

Series President Dave Gainforth spoke on Friday night’s Short Track Promoters Panel about the excitement for the series and select events heading into 2018. His enthusiasm was matched by some of the other track promoters who shared the same feeling in welcoming OSCAAR this upcoming season.

Four of the five OSCAAR Champions took part in the Short Track Night of Champions – 2017 OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model Champion Glenn Watson, Gignac, Hawn, and 2017 OSCAAR Midget Champion Brent Kemps. Each driver was recognized for their respective accomplishments, handed a plaque, and spoke to the crowd on hand.

Heading into every season, there is always a lot of questions to be asked, and answered. We still have lots in that variety, but there’s one thing for certain – it’s going to be a great time, and we hope to see you out at the track this year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Ready for Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo

OSCAAR Racing at Motorama  2018

The winter blues are never fun for any race fan, as all they want to do is fast forward to spring and get the cars on track. Fortunately, we have a small cure for those for you.

Like we have in years past, OSCAAR will be taking part in the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo from March 9 to March 11, with plenty for the fans to see.

Taking place at the International Centre, the event brings together some of the best looking cars and racecars for fans to look at, along with industry experts available for autographs and stage discussions. The show has already announced a series of special guests to be in attendance, including NHRA driver Ron Capps, Street Outlaws star Jeff Lutz, and Overhaulin’s Courtney Hansen.

OSCAAR will once again have a booth in the racer’s coral, and welcomes fans to stop by the booth and pick up a schedule, well voicing any concerns or asking questions to the staff on-hand. We will also have some fresh merchandise on sale courtesy of Knightworks Designs so you’re looking for good for this season.

For our competitors that are on-hand, we welcome you to stop by the booth too and say hello to any of the fans that may be in attendance. There isn’t any formal autograph sessions or stuff going on, but our drivers will be glad to speak with you if your paths cross.

On top of all that, we will be featuring some of the cars that you will see on-track for the 2018 season.

2017 OSCAAR Modified Champion Luke Gignac will have his ADAMS Motorsports’ No. 99 Modified on display as he looks to go for his second straight title.

“We plan on running the whole season again and hope to continue making the team and car stronger,” Gignac said. “We are looking forward to racing at Jukasa (Motor Speedway) and also looking forward to seeing the extra teams that are coming out to the MOD class. More competitors will only make this class stronger!”

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series rookies Brad Martin and Jeremy McLean will both be showcasing their rides, as McLean has already got the fans talking as he has been leaking photos of his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. For Martin, though, the show will be the first time his Dodge is shown.

“I hope I can have some success in the series,” Martin said. “I’ve always liked OSCAAR and how the series is run; a lot of good guys in it, and hopefully I can become one of those good guys that everyone cheers for.”

Lance Foster will also have his car on display, after making his series debut at Sunset Speedway last season. They’ll be joined by 2017 OSCAAR Hot Rod series champion Tyler Hawn displaying his car, as well.

The OSCAAR Pro Sprints won’t be left out, with both Steve Belfry and James Stanley having their cars on display.

“I think last year really turned some heads with the car counts and speeds of these cars,” Stanley said. “The series is really taking off quickly. As for my car I think we could’ve been more competitive if we had my new car out all season, things really picked up the last six races. 2017 was a good learning year for me and I had a lot of fun.”

OSCAAR will also be part of the Short Track Night of Champions Ceremony on Saturday, March 10 with all five title holders being recognized – Gignac, 2017 OSCAAR Outlaw Champion Glenn Watson, 2017 OSCAAR Pro Sprint Champion Jordan Hanna, 2017 OSCAAR Midget Champion Brent Kemps, and Hawn.

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By: Ashley McCubbin

Steve Belfry Ready for Sophomore Pro Sprint Campaign

Steve Belfry

After a solid rookie season in OSCAAR Pro Sprint competition, Steve Belfry is one of the drivers returning to the division in 2018.
“I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel soon,” he said. “I really enjoyed racing in my first season last year. I tried to race everyone clean, stay out of trouble and be consistent. But now with a season under my belt, I will be more aggressive this year for sure. I know how my car will handle and most of the tracks layouts now.”

Entering his second year of racing, Belfry says the goal is try and finish well at each track, while completing the season in the top-five in points once again. However, he recognizes it will be a challenge, given the “number of cars in the field this season, and all the talent behind the wheel.”

For his rookie campaign, Belfry was strong on a weekly basis, scoring seven top-10’s en route to placing fifth in the year-end standings.

“I have to say I was a little nervous racing last year,” he admitted. “The previous season I ran a few hundred laps in Glen Blaker’s No. 25 car. I saw what happens if you don’t respect the car, when I watched someone crash a car hard into the wall. So I was a little hesitant climbing behind the wheel of a brand new car last year, trying to get a feel for it before I really pushed it. I just want to make sure I can go to work on Monday like everyone else.”

Looking back on his rookie campaign, he says the biggest takeaway is getting to know how to set-up one of the Pro Sprints.

“There are so many adjustments to make, you just have to be patient and not try too many things all at once,” he said. “Being able to go to some tracks to practice and what minor adjustments to make, and how the car reacts to those, both good and bad.”

For Belfry, he got his start in racing at the age of 18, after being introduced to it by a friend and helping on his pit crew. He spent years at the short track level, before spending years working for a CASCAR team for a couple years.

“Then I met Ted Greenwood,” Belfry recalls. “What can I say? If it has a motor, he wants to race it. He got me involved in kart racing. I raced for a few years at the Mosport Kart club. I have always liked anything that goes fast. Cars, snowmobiles, ATVs.”

Despite being involved in racing for years, his first Pro Sprint race last season stands out as the most memorable to date.

“We missed the season opener Peterborough as the cars were not quite ready,” he recalled. “I was able to practice a couple of days at Flamboro before our first race there. During the race, I had a major mechanical malfunction that caused me to hit the wall hard. It rang my bell pretty good for a few days after. I thought someone had hit me from behind sending me up into turn 1 wall. But when we inspected the car, we noticed a loose and a broken bolt. So needless to say, I checked every nut and bolt for the remainder of the season.”

Belfry and the Pro Sprints will open their season at Sunset Speedway on May 20 as part of Spring Velocity, which has him excited being his home track.

“We did lots of practice laps last year there and it is close to home, so hopefully we can get a good turnout and support from friends and family,” he said.

There are high hopes entering the season, simply based on the number of drivers building cars and having pre-registered.

“I think from the shows we put on last year, the crowds, and track owners see how superior we are to the other series (we all know which I am referring to),” he commented. “We generally have everyone finish races and not have carnage every night we race. A lot of racers may look at them like some kind of toy, but I think we surprised a lot of people with how fast these cars run and crashing hurts just as much. Also, we seem to be gaining interest from USA tracks and racers as well, which is fantastic.

“It is unfortunate that Canada does not really support any type of racing programs to the level they have in the USA. You can race just about anything there on any given night. We are headed in the right direction for sure.

“We have a lot of talented drivers, which makes for the fast, clean racing that the fans like to see. Everyone puts a lot of hard work into their cars, to make sure they are ready to race each week, and we all help each other to make sure we can continue to race at the track if we break. It is nice to be able to do something we all love each weekend without having a huge investment tied up.”

Before the 2018 season kicks off, though, Belfry will be one of the drivers with his car on display at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo. Taking place at the International Centre from March 9 through the 11th, the event brings together some of the best looking cars and racecars for fans to look at, along with industry experts available for autographs and stage discussions.

By: Ashley McCubbin

James Stanley Shooting for Podiums in 2018

James Stanley

After a solid second half of the year with his new ride, the confidence is there for James Stanley and team entering the 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint season.

“I think this season will be a good year for us,” he said. “We learned a lot from a lot of good people and the car is only going to get faster. A few tests before the first race and I will be confident to say the car will be capable of winning most nights.”

Entering the year, he would like to be on the podium each night.

“With all the work that I’ve put in on the car I’m hoping to win a few features this season and put up a good fight for many more,” he said. “It’ll be another crazy battle for the championship this year and I’m planning to be a part of it. With us being a three-car team this year I’m hoping to get all three cars in the top-five each night.”

The Pro Sprint season will kick off at Sunset Speedway on May 19, and that is fine by Stanley, as it’s the track he’s looking forward to the most this year.

“It’s wide and high banked so these cars fly around there,” he said. “Also because it’s the first race and it’s the closest to home.”

Excitement is high not only from Stanley’s perspective, but the series as a whole entering their third season.

“I think this season is going to be a huge year for the pro sprints, with a lot more crate engines coming out and I believe 11 new drivers, the car count will be high and the competition higher,” he said. “You’ll have to be on your A game every night if you want a top 5. It will be some of the fastest, tightest, cleanest and hardest racing you’ll see this year on track.”

Looking back on 2017, Stanley put together a solid season en route to ending the year ranked fourth in the standings.

“I think last year really turned some heads with the car counts and speeds of these cars,” he said. “The series is really taking off quickly. As for my car I think we could’ve been more competitive if we had my new car out all season, things really picked up the last six races. 2017 was a good learning year for me and I had a lot of fun.”

Stanley completed the year with a heat victory and five top-fives, including an impressive podium at Peterborough Speedway to close out the year.

“The most memorable moment from my 2017 season was probably passing with two to go at Autumn Colours for third,” he said. “I’ve been so close to a top three for so many years at this race but it’s never went our way until this year, which I was super excited about.”

As Stanley notes, it wouldn’t have been the season it was without support from sponsors like BIGG DAWG Haulage, Evolution chassis and TXM race engines, as well as his team.

“Special thanks to the people who got their hands dirty making this car the rocket ship it is,” he said. “My Dad (Shawn Stanley), Glen Blaker, Ted Greenwood, Brad Holmes, Tanner Holmes and last but not least the Hawn Motorsports crew.”

Before the year kicks off, though, Stanley will have his car in the OSCAAR booth at the upcoming Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo. Taking place at the International Centre from March 8 through the 10th, the event brings together some of the best looking cars and racecars for fans to look at, along with industry experts available for autographs and stage discussions.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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