Dan Archibald Scores Hot Rod Feature Victory at Sunset Speedway

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Top 3 at Sunset Speedway

A familiar face graced Sunset Speedway victory lane on Sunday, as Dan Archibald won the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series feature.

Tyler Hawn edged Archibald at the line to win the first heat ahead of Billy Alderson Jr., Miles Tyson, Art Rodgers, and Dan Rothwell.

The second heat featured a quick caution when Derek Henderson went around after getting loose underneath Steve Book. Kenny McNicol picked up the win ahead of Douglas Fischer, Jeremy McLean, Henderson, Book, Steve Mayhew, and Nick Clarke.

Archibald won the third heat after a race-long battle with Tyson as Alderson Jr. finished third followed by Mayhew, Henderson, Rothwell, and McNicol.

Hawn went for the daily double ahead of Clarke, Fischer, Book, Paul Senior, McLean, and Rodgers.

Come feature time, Billy Alderson Jr. started pole ahead of Douglas Fischer, Dan Archibald, Nick Clarke, Miles Tyson, Tyler Hawn, Jeremy McLean, Steve Book, Derek Henderson, Steve Mayhew, Art Rodgers, Dan Rothwell, and Paul Senior.

The initial start saw a battle for the lead between Alderson and Archibald with Tyson third ahead of the battle for fourth between Clarke and Fischer. Fischer got the spot on Lap 3, with Hawn moving up into fifth ahead of Clarke and Book.

Dan Archibald would clear Alderson Jr. for the lead on Lap 4 as Tyson ran third ahead of Hawn, Fischer, Clarke, Book, Henderson, Senior, Mayhew, Rothwell, McLean, and Rodgers. Lap 11 would see a battle for eighth between Senior and Henderson ahead of Mayhew, Rothwell, and McLean. Clarke would then get alongside Fischer for fifth at Lap 13, completing the pass one lap later, bringing Book through with him. Fischer now ran seventh ahead of Senior, Henderson, Mayhew, McLean, Henderson, and Rodgers.

The race’s lone caution would fly on Lap 19 as Rothwell went into mechanical problems.

Archibald got a good restart as a battle broke out for second between Alderson and Hawn ahead of Tyson. Behind him, Senior and Book battled side-by-side for fifth ahead of Clarke, Fischer, and Henderson. Hawn would clear Alderson for second on lap 23, with Senior clearing Book a lap later. The passes continued as Henderson made his way by Fischer for seventh with four laps to go.

Dan Archibald led the rest of the way en route to the win ahead of Tyler Hawn, Billy Alderson Jr., Miles Tyson, Paul Senior, Steve Book, Nick Clarke, Derek Henderson, Douglas Fischer, Steve Mayhew, Jeremy McLean and Art Rodgers.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Sunset Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset Speedway

With last weekend’s event getting rained out, it’s no secret that the OSCAAR Modified teams are excited to get to the track this weekend. Knowing the talent that will be in the field, it also wouldn’t surprise anyone if the open-wheel stars put on the feature of the year this weekend at Sunset Speedway to celebrate Canada Day.

Though if anyone is going to win this weekend, they’ll probably have to find their way by OSCAAR Modified multi-time series champion Gary McLean. Dating back to 2013, he has won the past eight straight feature events, including Spring Velocity in May.

Gary Elliott should be a driver a watch this weekend. Despite the last two events not going away, he has been a solid competitor in the past, with only two finishes outside of the top-10 in his last 14 starts. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him statistically with three top-six finishes in seven starts, including a runner-up.

David Balych enters this weekend looking for his first top-10 of 2018 after finishing 14th for his first top-15 dating back to July 2017. He has performed well at Sunset Speedway before, posting two top-nines in five appearances.

A.J. Emms enters this weekend with momentum following a runner-up at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Consistency is the name of the game for him, with only two finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 13 series starts. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset previously, scoring a track-best fifth in May.

Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty has been competing on the full slate thus far this season, and hopes to break into the top-five following three top-10’s to start this season. He will be looking for his fifth straight Sunset top-10, hoping to improve upon a track-best fourth in September 2015.

Cory Horner enters this weekend with confidence following six consecutive top-six finishes. He know how to get around Sunset Speedway, posting three podiums in five starts.

Chris Milwain has shown a ton of speed in OSCAAR competition, as displayed with three straight top-fives to start off the 2018 campaign. He could get the job done at Sunset Speedway, following a runner-up in May.

With Luke Gignac out with a hand injury, ADAMS Motorsports has called upon Darryl St. Onge to be their interim driver of the No. 99 Modified this weekend. While he may be new to modified competition, he is a past Barrie Speedway Thunder Car Champion.

John Harper will be looking to keep his solid year going, following three straight top-four finishes to kick off 2018. He has been solid at Sunset Speedway in the past, posting no finishes worse than seventh with a track-best third in May.

Dale Reinhart is hoping to build off the past two weeks, as he enters this weekend with a top-10 in 13 of his last 14 starts. Sunset Speedway has treated him well in the past, with a fourth-place finish at the Velocity 250.

Jase Cornell hopes to get back to finishing in the top-10, as he has scored a pair of 11ths and 16th in the first three races this season.

After picking up a career-best ninth at Sauble Speedway last year, Wally Wilson hopes to repeat that performance this weekend after starting off the year with three straight weeks of bad luck. Notably, his best previous Sunset Speedway finish was a 16th at the Velocity 250.

Chad Strawn may not be running the full schedule, but keep an eye on him this weekend as he scored a fourth-place finish at Sunset Speedway in 2015.

Marshall Schrenk hopes to improve upon his start to the 2018 campaign, following a pair of finishes just outside of the top-10.

Duane Cinnamon will hope to have some good luck this time around after failing to finish the event at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Prior to his 18th-place finish there, though, he posted an eighth at Sunset and 10th at Kawartha.

Kelly Balson showed that he has good speed, leading laps before being spun late at Kawartha. After posting a seventh-place finish at Jukasa, he’ll be looking to be a part of the top-five at the checkered this weekend.

Bullen Racing announced recently that they’ve bought a modified, with Branden Bullen set to contest some OSCAAR events this year before Melissa takes the reins full-time in 2019. The team has yet to confirm their schedule yet, but they were testing at Sunset Speedway this past week.

One of the big stories to watch this season has been the rookies, as they’ve each found their own highlights through the first three races this season.

Jason Keen is no stranger to Sunset Speedway, having visited victory lane there multiple times in the Canadian Vintage Modified ranks. He showed that in May with an impressive sixth-place finish in his OSCAAR debut, and has since backed it up with a pair of top-10’s.

Jason Bowden also knows his way around the speedway, given his experience in Vintage Modified competition as well. He finished ninth in his OSCAAR debut at Sunset in May, backing it up with an impressive fifth at Kawartha for three top-11 finishes this year.

Jeff Showler started off the OSCAAR season solidly with a 12th and 15th in his first two starts, before surprising everyone with a third-place finish at Jukasa two weekends ago.

Tyler Di Venanzo made his OSCAAR debut two weekends at Jukasa Motor Speedway, scoring a solid 17th-place finish.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be racing at Sunset Speedway on Sunday, July 1 alongside the OSCAAR Hot Rods, OSCAAR Pro Sprints, and the Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series. Full details and pre-sale tickets can be found at http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

Gary McLean Leads Flag-to-Flag in OSCAAR Modified Feature

OSCAAR Modified Series at JUKASA Motor Speedway 2018

Taking the lead off the drop of the green flag, Gary McLean led flag-to-flag in the OSCAAR Modified feature at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

“This is a cool place,” McLean said. “So happy with the car – everybody did a great job. To come here to a place where I remember watching races here, but to come back here and win, that’s pretty cool. To get the opportunity to race on this place is spectacular, but to win is even better.”

Kelly Balson won the first heat ahead of A.J. Emms, Gary Elliott, David Balych, Jason Bowden, and Jase Cornell.

The second heat saw Ryan Dick pick up the mechanical black flag. Jeff Showler picked up the win ahead of Gary McLean, Chris Milwain, Mark Gordon, and Duane Cinnamon.

Halfway through the third heat, there’d be a caution as Lane Zardo would make significant contact with the outside wall, ending his day early. John Harper picked up the win ahead of Cory Horner, Mike Hearty, Marshall Schrenk, and Tyler Di Venanzo.

Come feature time, Gary McLean drew the pole starting spot in the re-draw. Once the checkered flag fell, it didn’t take long for him to make it clear that he was the man to beat, taking the lead. Even with a mid-race restart and a challenge, he was unable to be passed, taking the win for his second victory of 2018.

“It was a great battle,” McLean spoke of the battle for the lead. “You know, A.J. had to miss last week due to an injury, and he’s back at it. He’s fast. He’s fast every week. The kid can drive a racecar. A lot of fun. I’d wish we get more guys like that who can drive them.”

After missing Kawartha, A.J. Emms ran second throughout the feature en route to a runner-up finish.

“Gary is doing an awesome job each and every week,” Emms said. “They definitely been the class of the field not just this year, but for a very long time. We’re very fortunate to be up here with him. I’m pretty proud of my crew. The handling went away at the end, but we got something we can work on for next week and we’re definitely proud to be here. To get a second place finish, especially here at Jukasa Motor Speedway – it’s a historic place and it means a lot to run upfront here.”

Jeff Showler scored a career-best third-place finish ahead of John Harper and Chris Milwain. Cory Horner utilized his sixth-place starting spot to turn it into a sixth-place finish ahead of Kelly Balson, Mike Hearty, Jason Keen, and Dale Reinhart.

Jason Bowden continued his strong rookie campaign with an 11th-place finish ahead of Marshall Schrenk, Gary Elliott, David Balych, and Mark Gordon. Jase Cornell finished 16th, followed by Tyler Di Venanzo in his OSCAAR debut. Duane Cinnamon and Ryan Dick ran into mechanical issues en route to their 18th and 19th respective finishes. Wally Wilson only made a couple laps in the feature en route to a 20th-place finish after suffering a crash in practice.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be back at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 23 and will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series. Event details are located at https://www.jukasamotorspeedway.com/ .

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tyler Hawn Makes History at Jukasa Motor Speedway

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Top 3 at JUKASA Motor Speedway 2018

In the first OSCAAR Hot Rod Series event at Jukasa Motor Speedway, it’d be a familiar face taking home the checkered flag.

When the feature saw Tyler Hawn and Billy Alderson Jr. draw the front row starting spots, the fans knew they’d be in a for a show with the early season heavy weights together.

The predictions proved correct as Alderson Jr. grabbed the early lead, pacing the first half of the 20-lap feature on Saturday afternoon. However, Hawn wasn’t about to be denied, making the move past Alderson around the midway point of the event, taking the top spot.

Tyler Hawn then led from that point to the end, scoring his third feature victory of the 2018 campaign. Billy Alderson Jr. finished third for his third top-five finish in four races.

Behind the leaders, the battle for third was just as equally exciting. Fischer looked hopeful at first to keep the positive momentum moving forward from Kawartha, keeping Steve Book behind him through most of the feature for third. However, a late charge from Steve Mayhew proved enough, as he’d make the late-race pass to break onto the podium.

Steve Mayhew’s third-place finish marks a season-best, while Fischer’s fourth is his third straight top-five finish. Steve Book rounded out the top-five with his second straight fifth-place finish.

Jerry Broom crossed the finish line in sixth for a season-best, ahead of Derek Henderson with a season-best seventh. Ken McNicol placed eighth in his first start of the 2018 campaign ahead of Dan Price, whom pulled off early with mechanical issues. Unfortunately, Nick Clarke also ran into the issues, handing him a 10th-place finish.

The OSCAAR Hot Rod Series will be back at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 23 alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds and the Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series. Event details are located at https://www.jukasamotorspeedway.com/.

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

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