Daniel Hawn Scores OSCAAR Pro Midget Frostoberfest Victory

OSCAAR Pro Midgets 2017

The wins keep coming for Daniel Hawn as he won the OSCAAR Pro Midget feature at Frostoberfest this past weekend.

Jordan Hanna won the first heat ahead of Sam Gee, Steve Belfry, James Stanley, Norman Newman, Owen Elliott, Gary Triska, and Tyler Cullen.

Daniel Hawn won the second heat ahead of Craig Pitchell, Brody Rickwood, Rob Summers, Brent Kemps, McKenzie Hamilton, Shawn Stanley, and Charles Priestley.

The third heat featured a quick caution when Belfry going around in turn two on Lap 4. Hanna went for the daily double ahead of Summers, Hamilton, Rickwood, James Stanley, and Cullen.

Hawn went for the daily double in the fourth heat ahead of Pitchell, Gee, Kemps, Elliott, Shawn Stanley, and Triska.

Come feature time, Craig Pitchell started pole ahead of Sam Gee, Rob Summers, McKenzie Hamilton, Brody Rickwood, Jordan Hanna, Brent Kemps, James Stanley, Daniel Hawn, Steve Belfry, Shawn Stanley, Gary Triska, Owen Elliott, Norman Newman, Charles Priestley, and Tyler Cullen.

Craig Pitchell jumped out to the early lead with Hanna getting alongside Gee for second on the opening lap. Hanna moved into second on Lap 2 ahead of Gee, with Hamilton fourth ahead of Hawn, Summers, and Rickwood. Hawn continued to move forward, passing Hamilton for fourth on Lap 4.

At the front of the field, Hanna grabbed the top spot on Lap 5 ahead of Pitchell with Gee still in third ahead of Hawn and Hamilton as Summers and Rickwood battled for sixth. Hawn then passed Gee on Lap 7 to move into third, with Hamilton still rounding out the top-five. Summers took sixth on Lap 8 ahead of Rickwood, Kemps, Newman, Belfry, James Stanley, Elliott, Shawn Stanley, Triska and Cullen. Rickwood’s top-10 run would hit a snag on Lap 11 when he’d go around in turn two.

Daniel Hawn got a good restart to take the lead ahead of Hanna and Pitchell, as Summers continued to run fourth ahead of Kemps and Hamilton, as Rickwood got alongside Newman for seventh. He’d complete the pass on Lap 14, but spun three laps later for the second caution.

Daniel Hawn got a good restart with three laps to go, leading the rest of the way en route to scoring the victory. It marks his fourth consecutive win and fifth overall this year. Jordan Hanna finished second for his 11th top-five, with Craig Pitchell in third for his seventh top-five. Rob Summers placed fourth for his seventh top-five, with Brent Kemps in fifth for his fourth top-five.

Mckenzie Hamilton finished sixth for her first OSCAAR top-10, with Steve Belfry seventh for his sixth top-10. Norman Newman placed eighth in his OSCAAR debut, with Owen Elliott in ninth for his first top-10 of 2017. Shawn Stanley rounded out the top-10 for his fifth top-10.

Brody Rickwood finished 11th, followed by Tyler Cullen, Gary Triska, James Stanley, Sam Gee, and Charles Priestley.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Flamboro Speedway

After a thrilling event at Sunset Speedway with the return of a champion to victory lane, the OSCAAR Modifieds are set for their 10th event of 2017 – Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway.

Gary McLean made his return to OSCAAR competition in style at Sunset Speedway, picking up the victory. He enters this weekend as the defending event winner, as he won three of the features at Flamboro Speedway last year.

2016 Rookie of the Year Luke Gignac enters the second-last race of the year with a 13-point advantage in the standings with seven top-fives this year, including a runner-up at Sunset. He knows his way around Flamboro as he won the event in June.

A.J. Emms has been strong this season with seven top-fives, but will be looking for a rebound this weekend after having mechanical issues at Sunset. The Hamilton, Ontario track seems to fit his driving style, with four runner-ups over the past two seasons.

John Harper has been up-and-down this year with four top-fives, but managed to pick up a heat victory this past weekend. Flamboro was one of his strongest tracks previously with a win last year in August, but he only has one top-five in three races this year.

Gary Elliott will not be running due to competing for the Triple Crown instead with his Pro Late Model. He will have Rob Di Venanzo behind the wheel of his modified, following Di Venanzo’s third at Sauble Speedway.

David Balych hasn’t had the year he wanted with only three top-10’s this year. He has ran well at Flamboro in the past, scoring a third-place finish last year.

Dale Reinhart currently leads the rookie of the year standings with no finishes outside of the top-nine this year, including three top-fives. Notably, he has only placed outside of the top-10 once in his OSCAAR career to date. In his three previous starts at Flamboro, he has three top-eights, including a third.

Cory Horner will be looking to put himself in contention for another win this weekend after scoring two wins and seven top-fives thus far in 2017, including a fifth at Sunset Speedway. In his last eight starts at Flamboro, he has posted six top-fives, including a runner-up last year.

After enduring some tough luck the past couple of weeks, Tim Tolton will be looking to put himself back up front after posting a track-best seventh in June at Flamboro.

Cliff Hodgkinson will be looking to rebound as Sunset Speedway marked the first finish outside of the top-10 in his OSCAAR career to date. Notably, he finished sixth in his first trip to Flamboro earlier this year.

Another driver looking for a good run will be Jase Cornell following a 15th-place finish at Sunset Speedway. Of note, Flamboro was the sight of his first career OSCAAR top-10 in July.

OSCAAR Midget graduate Wally Wilson hopes to score his second career top-10 following a track-best 12th at Flamboro in May.

Chris Milwain has been up-and-down this year, but will enter this weekend with momentum following a third-place finish at Sunset Speedway. He has proven that he can get the job done this year at Flamboro with a pair of wins.

Matt Barton made his OSCAAR modified return in May at Flamboro, picking up an eighth-place finish. Since then, he has posted a second and an 18th in his following starts.

Aaron McLean will be looking to rebound as he was taken out with a crash at Sunset Speedway. Flamboro was the sight of his best career OSCAAR finish, a sixth in June.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show-up this weekend so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action.

The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Flamboro Speedway website at http://flamborospeedway.ca/.

By Ashley McCubbin

2 TO GO: OSCAAR Pro Midget Points Battle

OSCAAR Pro Midgets 2017

With two races left in the 2017 season, the OSCAAR Pro Midget Championship standings are closer than they’ve ever been with intrigue surrounding who will walk away with the title.

Going into Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest, Jordan Hanna leads Daniel Hawn by just 18 points.

Then behind them, the pair has a considerable gap between themselves in the field, before a good battle heats up for the fourth position.

Before we take to the track this weekend, here’s a glance at the season’s so far for the drivers in the thick of the battle, and how they’ve performed at each of the upcoming tracks.

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Battle for First: Jordan Hanna vs. Daniel – 605 to 587

Hanna’s Season to Date: Through the first five races, Hanna was untouchable as he picked up the victory each week. He then placed second at Peterborough Speedway, before another three consecutive wins. Unfortunately, a mechanical failure took him out of contention at Flamboro, prior to a runner-up most recently at Grand Bend.

Hawn’s Season to Date: Hawn began the campaign with three straight runner-ups, before a mechanical issue took him out of contention at Flamboro. Since then, he has posted eight straight podium finishes with four victories. By the way, he has won the last three features.

Hanna’s Flamboro History: In six previous features, Hanna has three wins, to go along with three finishes outside of the top-five.

Hawn’s Flamboro History: In five previous features, Hawn has two wins, two runner-ups, and a 12th.

Hanna’s Peterborough History: In three features, Hanna has two wins and a runner-up.

Hawn’s Peterborough Speedway: In three features, Hawn has two runner-ups and a win.
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Battle for Fourth: James Stanley, Ted Greenwood, Cassidy Marsh, and Steve Belfry

Analysis: There are just 12 points between Stanley and Greenwood, along with just six points between Marsh and Belfry. Notably, Marsh sold his car so he will not make the final two events, while Greenwood will not participate in Frostoberfest with Charles Prestley driving his car. However, all are considered here with just 31 points separating all four.

Stanley’s Season to Date: In 10 features this season, Stanley has scored nine top-10’s, including four top-fives. His season-best finish came in the most recent event at Grand Bend with a third.

Greenwood’s Season to Date: After missing the season opener, it’s been a mixed bag for the defending champion. He has six top-fives, but also scored three finishes outside of the top-10. He scored a season-best second at Flamboro in August.

Marsh’s Season to Date: After starting the year with six straight top-nines, Marsh failed to place inside the top-10 in his next four features.

Belfry’s Season to Date: The rookie has been up-and-down, scoring five top-10’s to go along with four finishes outside of the top-10. His best finish thus far is a sixth at Sauble Speedway in July.

Stanley’s Flamboro History: In three previous starts, Stanley’s best finish is a seventh.

Greenwood’s Flamboro History: In six previous starts, Greenwood has four podiums, to go with a pair of finishes outside of the top-eight. Notably, he scored a win at Flamboro last year.

Belfry’s Flamboro History: In his past two starts, Belfry has finished 12th and sixth.

Stanley’s Peterborough History: In his previous two starts, Stanley has a pair of sixths.

Greenwood’s Peterborough History: Although he finished 13th this year, he posted three podiums last year, including a victory.

Belfry’s Peterborough History: In his lone start, he placed ninth.

By Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Pro Midgets Flamboro Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Pro Midgets at Flamboro Speedway

With the championship coming down to the wire, it’s no secret that the OSCAAR Pro Midget drivers are excited to get back to Flamboro Speedway for the second last event of the season, Frostoberfest.

Jordan Hanna heads into the weekend with an 18-point advantage ahead of Daniel Hawn.

Hanna has been impressive this year, scoring eight victories and only one finish outside of the top-two. He knows his way around Flamboro quite well, with a pair of those wins this year coming on the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval.

Hawn enters with a ton of a momentum after winning the last three features for four on the season to date. By the way, when the Pro Midgets were at Flamboro in August, he swept both features.

James Stanley will looking to keep improving as he finished fourth at Sauble Speedway, followed by a third at Grand Bend Speedway. He has run well at Flamboro previously, picking up a seventh in the spring before he debuted his new ride.

Cassidy March hopes to turn things around, following four straight finishes outside of the top-10. He ran well at Flamboro earlier this year, picking up a pair of fourths.

Inaugural Pro Midget Champion Ted Greenwood enters this weekend following his third straight top-five finish. By the way, he finished second to Hawn at Flamboro in August.

Rob Summers will be looking for another top-10 as he enters this weekend with three in the last four events, including a fifth-place finish at Flamboro.

Brent Kemps will be looking for his fourth top-five of 2017 after posting no finishes outside of the top-10 thus far in nine starts. Notably, he placed fifth at Flamboro in August.

Gary Triska will be looking for another top-10 this weekend after posting a pair of ninth-place finishes at Flamboro Speedway in August.

Brody Rickwood could break through for his first win as a rookie as he continues to perform well each week with top-10’s on a weekly basis. Coming off of his first heat victory at Grand Bend, his best previous result at Flamboro is a sixth.

Steve Belfry will be looking for his first top-five following a career-best sixth at Flamboro in July.

Shawn Paul will be looking for his sixth top-10 of the year, following four straight including a fourth at Flamboro last month.

Craig Pitchell has impressed since making his debut at Flamboro, posting eight top-10’s in nine features, highlighted by a runner-up last month at Flamboro.

Mckenzie Hamilton will hope to break through for her first top-10 following a pair of 11ths in her first two starts.

Preview Written by Ashley McCubbin

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