Successful Weekend for OSCAAR at Motorama

This past weekend, OSCAAR officials were at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo for the entire weekend, greeting fans and handing out schedules. Looking back on the busy three days, it’s easy to say the event was a success.

Throughout the weekend, many familiar faces as well as new stopped by the booth to say hi, and talk about the upcoming year. The familiar faces all spoke of the events that they look forward to attend this year, whether at Peterborough Speedway or Flamboro Speedway, or the exciting return to Kawartha Speedway. Meanwhile, the new faces spoke of interest in OSCAAR, curious to see what we’re all about in checking out the different cars and competition. If you go based on the show, it should be great crowds on a weekly basis.

There was also a lot of excitement surrounding OSCAAR’s newest division, the Hot Rod Series. D’arcy Gribbon’s No. 44 Dodge attracted attention from people every single day, with excitement in seeing the cars from yester-years return to the speedway this year. There was even additional comments surrounding the dirt event at Brighton Speedway this summer, as fans are intrigued by OSCAAR branching out.

Gribbon’s car wasn’t the only one to attract attention, though; fans stopped to take a closer look at A.J. Emm’s modified, as well as the pro midgets from Ted Greenwood and Rob Summers. For the Pro Midgets, the weekend was certainly a success with a new driver signing up to compete this year, as well as a couple others thinking of joining the fray.

OSCAAR also had their notable moments on the Johnsonville Stage throughout the event, too.

Series president Dave Gainforth took part in the Short Track Promoters Panel to discuss the series’ plans for the year, as well as his take on some of the hot topics in racing from budget to getting kids out to the track.

Also, three of last year’s four series champions were in attendance – J.R. Fitzpatrick, Gary McLean and Greenwood – to be honored for their accomplishments as part of the Short Track Night of Champions.

Be sure to stop by the OSCAAR facebook page and instagram account to see highlights from the weekend. We’ll also have some more articles on the website from the series of events.

With everybody thinking on a positive note towards the season, it certainly promises to be a great year of racing.
By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR to Have Presence at Motorama

It may still be a couple months till the 2017 race season kicks off, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not thinking about it. As the teams continue to prepare for the season, it’s also marks that time of the year where the cars are put on display and discussions kick into high gear.
This year, OSCAAR will once again be part of the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo taking place at the International Centre from March 11-13. Fans in attendance can stop by the series’ booth and pick up a copy of the schedule, while speaking of the plans for the upcoming season.
Fans are also welcome to check out the cars that will be on display, as well.
After picking up the best appearing award at the banquet, AJ Emms will have his No. 14 OSCAAR Modified on display. With just two finishes outside of the top-10 all season long, A.J. Emms put together a career-best season en route to finishing third in the OSCAAR Modified points standings, including the cap off in winning the Autumn Colours Classic to round out the year.
The OSCAAR Pro Midgets put together an impressive debut season last year, with fans entertained with the close racing on a weekly basis as the division grew over the course of the season. Series director Charles Priestly is proud to have two cars on display at the show this year.
The No. 31 of Rob Summers will be on display after posting a fifth place finish in points last year. Rob posted three fourth place finishes last year, along with Kelly Summer’s victory at Peterborough Speedway.
2016 Inaugural Pro Midget Series Champion Ted Greenwood will have his first ever “Evolution Chassis” on display that he is set to pilot this season. After winning the title, Greenwood announced the formation of Evolution Chassis, which will offer drivers a brand new custom built chassis to race in the Pro Midget class, as well as having other parts drivers will need on hand ready to go.
The OSCAAR Hot Rod Series will also have a display at the show, as D’Arcy Gribbon’s No. 44 Dodge will be on display once again. After a year of hard work behind the scenes, the series is set to tackle its debut season this year. The series is set to bring the retro steel bodied racecars of the 1949-early 1970s era back to the track in an affordable fashion.
Aside from the cars on display and booth, OSCAAR drivers are set to take part in some of the on-stage events at the show, including being part of the Short Track Night of Champions on Saturday, March 12.
While there is not an official autograph schedule for drivers in the booth, there will be drivers around throughout the entire weekend so be sure to stop by and say hi.
By: Ashley McCubbin

Jam-Packed Schedule Set for OSCAAR in 2017

Since last season finished, OSCAAR has been preparing for the upcoming 2017 season, set to put on another stellar season of racing after last year’s excitement.
Set for their 27th season of competition, OSCAAR officials have worked cooperatively with the promoters across Ontario to put together a schedule that will pack in excitement, that their dedicated race fans have come to expect
The schedule, consisting of 16 weeks of racing, will see each of OSCAAR’s five divisions do battle in front of the fans – the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models, the OSCAAR Modifieds, OSCAAR Pro Midgets, OSCAAR Midgets, and the new OSCAAR Hot Rods.
The 2016 race season saw 25 different drivers celebrate feature wins over the course of the season. With the release of the new schedule you can be assured that teams are home circling the dates of their favorite events.
The 2017 season will kick off at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, as part of their Victoria Day special weekend, with both the OSCAAR Modifieds and Hot Rods in attendance on May 21. Both divisions will time trial before the modifieds run an extended-distance feature of 50 laps and the hot rods run 30 laps.
The following weekend will see both the Modifieds and Hot Rods back in action at Flamboro Speedway on May 27, joined by the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models for their season opener. Meanwhile, the Midgets and Pro Midgets will have their season opener the same weekend at Peterborough Speedway.
The season starts off fast-paced, as three of the divisions – Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds, and Hot Rods – will head to Kawartha Speedway on June 2 for the Bruce Gowland Memorial. It’ll mark the first event at the Fraserville, Ontario oval since 2014.
Following three back-to-back weeks of racing, there will be a small break for teams before entering into the summer stretch. The Midgets and Pro Midgets will make their first appearance of the season at Grand Bend Speedway on June 17, before joining the other three divisions at Flamboro on June 24 to round out the month.
OSCAAR will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday the only way they know how on July 1 by heading to the beach. Four of the five divisions – Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds, Midgets and Pro Midgets – will make the trip to Sauble Speedway.
Meanwhile, the Hot Rods will wait till mid-month to return to the track but will do so in a big way as they’ll make their first dirt appearance at Brighton Speedway on July 15. Throughout OSCAAR’s history, this marks the first time they have hosted an event on dirt, and will do so in a special way by helping Brighton Speedway celebrate their 50th anniversary being a part of their nostalgia night.
The Hot Rods will then reunite with the Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds a week later for the series’ second trip of the season to Kawartha Speedway on July 21. The season then caps off with all five divisions at Flamboro Speedway on July 29 for the Biederman Memorial.
The month of August will see the Outlaw Super Late Models and Modifieds make their first appearance of the season at Peterborough Speedway on August 5, joined by the Midgets and Pro Midgets. The month of August will be jam-packed for the Midgets and Pro Midgets, as they will be back in action a week later at Grand Bend Speedway on August 12.
The action-packed month of August continues a week later on August 19 with the Outlaw Super Late Models, Modifieds, Midgets and Pro Midgets in action at Sauble Speedway. The Pro Midgets will then round out the month of August at Flamboro on the 26th.
The action continues into in September, with the Midgets and Pro Midgets making their third appearance of the season at Grand Bend Speedway on September 9.
The month of September will finish off four of the five divisions taking part in Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway. The Modifieds will qualify on September 30, while the Hot Rods, Midgets, and Pro Midgets will qualify and run their features. The Modifieds will then return to Flamboro the next day, September 31, to run a special extended-distance 50 lap feature.
The season will cap off with the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway, as it has traditionally in the past. The modifieds will kick off the party by running their first round of qualifying heats on Friday, October 6. The next day, the Modifieds will run their second heat of heats, as well the Outlaw Super Late Models being on track to run both sets of their heats. The Midgets and Pro Midgets will cap off the second day of Autumn Colours on October 7 with their heats and feature. The weekend will then finish off on October 8 with a 50-lap feature for the Modifieds and a 50-lap feature for the Outlaw Super Late Models.
The busy 2017 schedule ensures fans across the entire province will have a chance to experience the high-action packed racing that OSCAAR has been known for through the past 26 years to become Ontario’s premier short track racing series.

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OSCAAR Super Late Model Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

Following an impressive 2016 season with great competition throughout, the OSCAAR Super Late Model drivers and crews gathered together on Saturday, January 21 to honor everybody for their accomplishments.

With two victories and eight top-fives, J.R. Fitzpatrick was consistent throughout the entire season en route to being crowned the champion.

“First of all, I have to thank everybody at OSCAAR,” Fitzpatrick started. “Everybody – the tech officials, scoring. It was a lot of fun this year. Like Gary and his team always do, we tried a bunch of stuff as well. Some of it worked, sometimes it didn’t – but you learn. I really have to thank my crew. We had some issues with my car throughout the year where it breaking in the back and we spent a few nights stripping it, getting it back together, and lucky enough Roy had the 4 car I could use for a couple events, so thanks Roy. Of course, I have to thank Bill Passer – just cause it makes him feel better. I got to thank my fiancé Alaura for putting me up with me still racing. Thanks again.”

On top of the top-10 in points receiving their award plaques, five other awards were given out throughout the evening.

The Sportsman of the Year Award was given to Todd Campbell. Campbell showed respect to his fellow competitors off and on the track en route to scoring four top-10s, including a runner-up at Flamboro Speedway in July.

The Hard Luck Award went to Derrick Tiemersma following mechanical issues, including a motor blow-up mid-season.

The Most Improved Driver Award went to Charlie Gallant, who finished fourth in the points standings after missing the top-10 last year. Gallant was consistent throughout the season, posting three top-fives and seven top-10s, including a third place finish in the season opener at Flamboro in May.

The Best Appearing Car Award went to J.R. Fitzpatrick, who captured the fan’s attention with an impressive blue and yellow wrap.

The last award given out was a special award put together by Gary Elliott. called the Ironman Award. The award is meant to go to overcame adversity throughout the year to run all of the events on the schedule. For 2016, the award went to Tyler Hawn. Hawn was able to run all the events this year, despite having a heavy crash mid-season which required extensive repairs. The perseverance was awarded as Hawn finished sixth in points, with three top-fives and eight top-10s.

With a solid season, OSCAAR is now putting full focus towards the upcoming 2017 campaign, which should be filled with great racing, lots of competition, and fun across the entire province of Ontario based on early indications. Be sure to stay tuned to the OSCAAR website for details throughout the entire winter.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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