Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Spring Velocity Presented by Matteo’s Pizza & Café Preview

Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod

After a long off-season filled with plenty of hours in the shop perfecting the racecars, it all comes down to this weekend at Sunset Speedway. The Knightworks Design, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Hot Rod Series will kick off their season, with a 30-lap Spring Velocity feature presented by Matteo’s Pizza & Café.

It will mark the sixth time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 in September 2017. Thus far, we’ve seen Dan Archibald win four races, with Tyler Hawn picking up a pair of event wins.

Following each of the events, regardless of the winner, the fans have left the speedway talking about the racing, as the stars of the series have battled side-by-side for multiple laps without a single fender touch.

Hawn will be hoping to pick up his third Sunset Speedway victory, building upon the two previous victories and runner-up, with just one finish outside of the top-five in five races. He enters this weekend as the all-time series leader in race winner, hoping to get on the podium after ending last season in victory lane at Flamboro Speedway.

Douglas Fischer hopes to get back on the podium as the Doug House team had a rough end to the 2018 campaign following a pair of crashes. He showed speed at Sunset Speedway last year, including a fifth-place finish in last year’s Spring Velocity feature.

Nick Clarke will hope to repeat his past success in the series, hopeful of taking the team’s new car to victory lane. He has finished in the top-10 in each of his last three appearances at Sunset Speedway, highlighted by a sixth in last year’s Spring Velocity feature.

Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that allowed him to challenge for a win in his OSCAAR debut at Sunset Speedway in 2017. Although Foster wasn’t behind the wheel all season last year, his team showed speed with a fourth-place finish by Miles Tyson at Sunset in July.

Jeremy McLean will be debuting a brand new car, hoping to build on last year’s success with a pair of top-five’s for his race team. Sunset Speedway hasn’t always been his best track, with a best finish of eighth last year.

Steve Book heads into this weekend with a smile on his face following a successful campaign en route to placing top-five in the year-end standings last year. In four Sunset Speedway races, he has no finishes outside of the top-seven with a track-best fourth in last year’s Velocity 250.

Steve Mayhew will enter this weekend with momentum on his side following five consecutive top-10 finishes. He finished 10th in his first appearance at Sunset in July 2018.

Jeremy Broom has gotten better with each OSCAAR start, and will hope to build upon his fourth-place finish in last year’s season finale at Flamboro Speedway. He posted a track-best of sixth at Sunset Speedway in 2018.

Paul Senior hopes to have a good outing in his first OSCAAR trip to Sunset Speedway after scoring three top-five’s in three starts last season.

Brad Martin ended his season on a high last year, scoring a third-place finish at the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway. Notably, it marked his second career Sunset Speedway top-five following a fourth in the 2018 Spring Velocity feature.

Adam Misener will be making his return to the series following a year off, hoping to build upon his sixth-place finish from last year’s Velocity 250.

Rodney Rutherford made his OSCAAR debut at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest, scoring a fifth-place finish. Now with the car looking stunning, he hopes to be part of the conversation this year.

While the discussion for the win will be rapid, there will also be a lot of focus on the Ohsweken Speedway Rookie of the Year battle with several new faces joining the ranks.

Sean Walker hopes to turn his late model success at Peterborough Speedway into a couple victories with the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. Meanwhile, Bradley Holt enters the class following a short stint in Sunset Speedway’s Super Stock division.

Dalen Martin will be debuting a stunning mustang, hoping to come out swinging and show what he can do in a class “with the most badass looking cars in the province.”

Another entry that has caught attention during pre-season discussion is Leroy Robinson, as he gets back behind the wheel for the first time in sitting on the sidelines for 20 years. Notably, the car Robinson will be driving was previously raced by his father.

They will be joined by fellow rookies Robert Robinson and Dan Rothwell at the Spring Velocity, among others.

Beyond the drivers mentioned here, there is the possibility to see other faces make an appearance this weekend at Sunset Speedway. The class is expected to grow through the summer, with several drivers already stating that they will be ready for the second series event of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway after simply running out of time ahead of Spring Velocity in preparing their new rides.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season is supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

Preview written by Ashley McCubbin

Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints Spring Velocity presented by TXM Motorsports

Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints

After a long winter, the Living Lighting, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd. OSCAAR Pro Sprints are set to get back in action this weekend at Sunset Speedway, with the Spring Velocity presented by TXM Motorsports.

Daniel Hawn enters the event as the favorite as he has won all four features ran at Sunset Speedway for the OSCAAR Pro Sprints. He won the championship last season following 10 victories and 13 top-five’s in 13 races.

On the flip side, James Stanley could be the next driver to break into victory lane after nine straight top-five’s to close out the 2018 campaign. He has ran well at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a third-place finish in the inaugural event with three top-four finishes in four races.

His father Shawn Stanley will look to build upon some momentum following 11 top-10 finishes last year, including three top-five’s. In four features at Sunset Speedway, he has scored a best finish of fifth, coming at last year’s Velocity 250.

Rob Summers hopes to get back running competitively in the top-five following just one of those last season. He has a sixth and pair of sevenths in three Sunset Speedway appearances.

Gary Triska will be looking for another top-10 this weekend after scoring 10 straight to close out the 2018 campaign. He has finished in the top-10 in each of his previous appearances at the Innisfil, Ontario oval, including an eighth-place finish at the Velocity 250.

Ryan Battilana will hope to score his first career OSCAAR victory this weekend, following five podium finishes in the last six races last season. He has finished inside the top-four in each of his four starts at Sunset Speedway, including a runner-up in the first Velocity 250 feature.

Jaden Riddell will be looking for his fourth career OSCAAR Pro Sprint victory after becoming the series’ youngest winner last year with three wins in his rookie campaign. Although he has yet to visit the winner’s circle at Sunset Speedway, he was on the podium for both Velocity 250 features with a runner-up to Hawn in the second feature.

Kevin Taylor hopes to start off the season strongly behind the wheel of his brand new car, after just one finish outside of the top-13 last year. In his 2018 rookie campaign, Sunset Speedway marked the sight of his best-career finish with a fifth in the Spring Velocity.

Norman Newman ready for double duty as he will also be making his Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified debut. In four races at Sunset Speedway, he has scored a pair of top-five’s behind the wheel of his Pro Sprint.

The battle for the Hinkley Lighting Rookie of the Year Award will be one to watch all season long, with three drivers in contention – Dylan Little, Brad Holmes, and Rob McCall. Each of these competitors has experience behind the wheel of midgets, through the Outlaw Midget series. Little experienced his rookie Outlaw campaign last year, while Holmes and McCall are past race winners.

Beyond the drivers mentioned here, there are others who have a potential of appearing at Spring Velocity and making things interesting. Make sure to come out to Sunset Speedway on Sunday, May 19 to witness all of the action for yourself.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season is supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

Preview written by Ashley McCubbin

Dalen Martin One of Several Vying for OSCAAR Hot Rod Rookie of the Year

Dalen Martin

While there are several returning drivers on the roster for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, there could be a possible 17 competitors vying for the Ohsweken Speedway Rookie of the Year Award.

One of new faces heading into the 2019 campaign is Dalen Martin.

“Being part of the OSCAAR hot rods has got us pretty excited to get back to the track,” he said. “Being in the class with the most badass looking cars in the province, I’m eager to show what we’re able to do in a tough division. The plan is to come out swinging at Sunset (Speedway) and see where we stack up against these teams.”

Heading into the rookie campaign, Martin admits that the focus will be on running as many events as he can, trying to score the best possible finish each week.

“Of course we’d love to go out and compete for wins every weekend, which is always the plan,” he added. “But we’re hoping to show speed week in and week out to start. As long as we can keep it in one piece and learn at every track, that is a key goal throughout the season for future success.

“Most importantly we’re going to try to put a show on for the fans.”

With the schedule including tracks from across the province, including the dirt event at Brighton Speedway, Martin admits that he is excited for each of the speedways due to having never raced on any of them before.

“But the one that has my eyes on it is Jukasa (Motor Speedway), hearing how smooth, fast and how much room there is,” he admitted. “It’s pretty exciting to be able to run there this summer.”

Martin and his team will be fielding a 1971 Ford Mustang Fastback.

“I’ve been a ford guy my life,” he commented. “We were in need of a body to put on the chassis. So one day my dad came across it, and we decided pretty quick to go pick it up. We were hoping to be the only mustang and one of few Fords out there. We wanted to be different then everyone else, something that could stand out in a full field of amazing looking cars.”

Standing out in a crowd is certainly not going to be easy this summer, given the number of drivers registered to compete this season.

“With the rumors I’ve heard about how many cars are being built and already done, but yet how many teams are still at the same stage as us to still finishing the car, is pretty amazing,” he commented. “It sounds like there will be a full field and possibly a chance of some cars being sent home not making the show. It is definitely one of the series to keep an eye on as it seems to keep on getting bigger.”

In looking at his competitors, Martin says one of the drivers you have to keep an eye on is Tyler Hawn, as he’s been fast every season thus far.

“But going into this season, I know Paul Senior, Brandon Robertson, Billy Alderson and Steve Book are ones to watch for,” he added. “After watching them race last year and seeing the speed they showed, I know they’ll be up front searching for the checkers.”

For Martin, his family has always been involved in racing, with his dad, aunt and uncle racing at Full Throttle Motor Speedway (then Varney).

“Most recently when I got into racing, my cousin was in a street stock at Varney when I started in a Jr. B sprint car at Gend Bend Speedway in 2009,” he explained.

Martin has worked his way up the ranks from there, winning a Jr. A Sprint Championship in 2010, followed by a Sauble Speedway Jr Late Model title three years ago. He would make the jump into the street stock division, scoring a feature win in 2014, before recently running Limited Late Model at Sauble Speedway.

Obviously the success he’s had has given him several memorable moments, so choosing one to stands out is tough.

“It’s tight between a few occasions, but the most memorable moment would be when I won Father’s Day weekend at Sauble Speedway back in 2013 in the Jr Late Model,” he commented. “To be able to win a heat race and the feature that weekend for my father was something special I’ll never forget.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Spring Velocity presented by Bourque Transmission Preview

OSCAAR Modified

The months of anticipation and waiting for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd. OSCAAR Modified teams is over as they will open their season at Sunset Speedway on May 18 and 19 with their Spring Velocity 40-lap feature presented by Bourque Transmission.

If anyone is going to win this weekend, they will probably have to find their way by multi-time OSCAAR Modified Champion Gary McLean. In the last 10 features at Sunset Speedway, McLean has been to victory lane – including last year’s Velocity 250 in September.

Gary Elliott should be a driver to watch this weekend. He ran up front throughout last season, scoring a top-10 finish in seven of the last eight features, including a victory at Sauble Speedway. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him with three top-six finishes in nine starts, including a runner-up.

A.J. Emms enters this weekend with momentum following a pair of top-fives to close the 2018 season, including a podium at Flamboro Speedway. Consistency is the name of the game for him, with only four finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 19 series starts. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a track-best fifth last May.

Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty hopes to break into the top-five following six top-10 finishes in 2018. In his last seven races at Sunset Speedway, he has posted six top-10’s, including a track-best fourth in September 2015.

2018 OSCAAR Modified Champion Cory Horner enters this weekend with confidence following just one finish outside of the top-six last season, in a year highlighted by a pair of feature victories. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, posting five podiums in seven starts, including a victory on Canada Day weekend last year.

Luke Gignac enters this weekend with momentum on his side following eight straight top-six finishes, including a runner-up at Sauble Speedway. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, finishing on the podium in the 2018 edition of the Velocity 250.

John Harper will be looking to start off his year on a solid note, following just two finishes outside of the top-four in 2018. He has been solid at Sunset Speedway in the past, posting no finishes worse than seventh with a track-best third in last year’s Spring Velocity.

Dale Reinhart hopes to not repeat last year’s Spring Velocity experience with a blown motor. Outside of that experience, the Innisfil, Ontario track has treated him well, with a runner-up finish at the Velocity 250 last year.

Jase Cornell hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a top-10 in eight of the last nine races, including a fifth-place finish at Sauble Speedway. Notably, his best finish at Sunset in 2018 was an 11th.

After closing the season with a top-15 finish at the Autumn Colours Classic, Wally Wilson hopes to be in the thick of the action this weekend. Notably, his best previous Sunset Speedway finish was 12th at the Canada Day Special in 2018.

Chad Strawn is a driver to keep an eye on, as he’s been successful at Sunset Speedway previously with a victory a couple years ago, to go with a third-place finish at the Canada Day Special last year.

Kelly Balson showed that he has good speed, with two top-five’s and three top-10’s in seven series starts last season, including a victory in the season-ending Autumn Colours Classic. He will hope to have a better run this time around after finishing 17th at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250.

Jason Keen knows how to get to Sunset Speedway victory lane, having done so in a Canadian Vintage Modified. He will hope to do the same behind the wheel of his OSCAAR Modified following a fifth-place finish in the 2018 edition of the Velocity 250.

Jason Bowden also knows his way around the Sunset Speedway, as showcased with a track-best ninth-place finish last year. He was solid through the 2018 campaign, with five top-10’s in his rookie campaign.

David Balych enters this weekend looking for a top-10 finish after scoring a season-best 13th-place finish last year. He has performed well at Sunset Speedway before, positing two top-nines in five appearances.

Mike Westwood will return to the series on a full-time basis in 2019, hoping to find success. Notably, he scored an eighth-place finish in the 2016 edition of Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway.

Shawn Chenoweth only made three starts last year, but he was able to score a top-10 finish in each of those events, including a seventh-place finish at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250.

Brad Pearsall will be making a part-time return to the series following a three-year hiatus. During his last season of competition in 2015, he visited victory lane at Sauble Speedway.

Craig Scott hopes to be part of the action on Sunday at Sunset Speedway after failing to qualify for last year’s edition of the Velocity 250.

Anthony DiBello showed speed last season, picking up a season-best ninth place finish last year in four starts.

The McLean family is no stranger to modified racing, and Brian McLean is set to showcase that he can still get the job done behind the wheel. Through his OSCAAR Modified career to date, the veteran has scored two victories and 14 top-five finishes.

The MavTV Canada OSCAAR Modified Rookie of the Year battle will certainly have everybody’s attention this season, with a mix of talented drivers hoping to walk away with the prize at year-end. The contenders for 2019 including Norman Newman, Bryan Batty, Jim Bowman, Ian Bourque, and Percy Newman.

Norman Newman is no stranger to the OSCAAR scene, as evident by a successful campaign in the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints last year. Across the schedule, he scored six top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

Bryan Batty enters the OSCAAR fold following success in the Ontario Legends Series, highlighted by a heat victory late last season.

Jim Bowman and Ian Bourque have been part of the OSCAAR family for a long time, as evident by their tenures in the Super Late Model division. Notably, Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway will mark the debut in the OSCAAR Modifieds for them both.

The racing promises to be action-packed with several strong contenders hoping to pick up the checkered flag. The qualifying heats will take place on Saturday May 18, with the 40-lap feature scheduled for Sunday May 19.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season is supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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