Gary McLean Scores Eighth Straight OSCAAR Sunset Speedway Victory

OSCAAR Modifieds at SUnset Speedway Spring Velocity 2018

Gary McLean has to be the official king of OSCAAR Modified action at Sunset Speedway, as he scored his eighth straight victory on Monday afternoon.

Cory Horner won the first heat ahead of A.J. Emms, Luke Gignac, Duane Cinnamon, Jason Keen, and Marshall Schrenk.

Gary McLean won the second heat ahead of Chris Milwain, Chad Strawn, Jason Bowden, Billy Zardo, and Jase Cornell.

Cory Horner won the third heat ahead of Gary Elliott, Dale Reinhart, Mike Hearty, David Balych, Jeff Showell, and Wally Wilson.

The fourth heat didn’t go smoothly with Strawn spinning Zardo in turn two on Lap 3. Then Zardo’s weekend would end with heavy contact with the backstretch wall on Lap 5. Luke Gignac picked up the win ahead of Emms, Strawn, Harper, and Cornell.

There’d be a caution on the opening lap of the fifth heat with Bowden going around, collecting Showler in the process. Gary McLean went for the daily double ahead of Hearty, Milwain, Bowden, Balych, and Showler.

The opening lap of the sixth heat didn’t go smoothly, with Cinnamon and Elliott making contact together, followed by hitting the outside frontstretch wall on the opening lap. Cory Horner went for the daily double ahead of Reinhart, Elliott, Schrenk, Keen, and Wilson.

Come feature time, it’d be John Harper starting pole ahead of Chris Milwain, Gary McLean, A.J. Emms, Dale Reinhart, Gary Elliott, Cory Horner, Luke Gignac, Chad Strawn, Mike Hearty, Jason Bowden, David Balych, Jason Keen, Marshall Schrenk, Duane Cinnamon, Jase Cornell, Jeff Showler, and Wally Wilson.

Milwain jumped out to the early lead ahead of Harper, with McLean and Emms side-by-side for third. McLean got the spot on Lap 3 ahead of Emms, with Elliott slotting in line in fifth ahead of Horner, Strawn, Gignac, Hearty, Reinhart, Balych, and Schrenk. The first caution would fly on Lap 5 for an incident involving Cinnamon on the frontstretch.

Milwain got a good restart to keep the lead with McLean moving up into second ahead of Harper, Emms, and Horner as Strawn and Elliott battled for sixth. McLean was able to keep close tabs on Milwain for the lead, getting alongside him at Lap 8, but unable to complete the pass for the time being. The other battle for position, sixth, was sorted out with Strawn able to clear Elliott.

McLean would take another crack at the lead at Lap 13, passing Milwain one lap later for the top spot. Behind them, Harper continued to run third ahead of Emms, Horner, and Strawn. The second caution flew on Lap 16 for Reinhart blowing up entering turn three. With 25 laps to go, McLean led Milwain, Harper, Emms, Horner, Strawn, Gignac, Schrenk, Showler, Keen, Bowden, Cornell, Elliott, and Cinnamon. Hearty would get the lucky dog in 15th ahead of Wilson.

McLean got a good restart ahead of Milwain as Harper and Emms battled for third. Harper got the spot on Lap 18 ahead of Emms, Strawn, Horner, and Gignac. Strawn would then get alongside Emms for fourth at Lap 20, with Gignac getting alongside Horner a lap later. Neither pass would get completed, as the third caution flew for Bowden spinning in turn one and two. With 19 laps to go, McLean led Milwain, Harper, Emms, Strawn, Horner, Gignac, Schrenk, Keen, Showler, Hearty, Cinnamon, Elliott, and Bowden.

McLean got another good restart ahead of Milwain, with Harper and Emms battling for third. However, the yellow flag would wave again, this time for debris in turn three. There’d be another good restart for McLean, but there’d also be a fifth caution on Lap 26 for Cornell spinning in turns one and two.

McLean kept himself on point once again ahead of Milwain, Harper and Emms as Horner and Strawn battled for fifth. Horner would get clear of Strawn, looking for fourth on Emms at Lap 29. Gignac would look to challenge Strawn for sixth, but there would be contact, resulting in Gignac making significant contact with the inside frontstretch wall for the sixth caution at Lap 30. With 11 laps to go, McLean led Milwain, Harper, Emms, Horner, Hearty, Keen, Elliott, Schrenk, Bowden, Elliott, Showler, Cinnamon, and Strawn.

The restart would bring forth the seventh caution as Showler went around. The second attempt went smoothly, with McLean holding the top spot as Harper slotted into second ahead of Milwain. Horner would grab fourth on Lap 33 ahead of Emms and Keen. Hearty would challenge Keen for sixth at Lap 34, but was unable to complete the pass. Instead, it’d be Schrenk challenging Hearty for seventh. Their battle didn’t go smoothly, resulting in the eighth caution on Lap 36 as Schrenk spun Hearty.

Gary McLean got a good restart, leading the rest of the way en route to scoring the feature victory. Chris Milwain finished second, followed by John Harper, Cory Horner, and A.J. Emms. Jason Keen finished sixth, followed by Gary Elliott, Duane Cinnamon, Jason Bowden, and Mike Hearty. Jase Cornell finished 11th, followed by Jeff Showler and Marshall Schrenk.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will be back in action at Kawartha Speedway on June 1 alongside the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, Ontario Legends Series, and Bone Stocks. Make sure to come out and check out the great night of racing, remembering to either print or show the coupon to get $5 off your general admission.

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

Daniel Hawn Hat Tricks to OSCAAR Pro Sprint Spring Velocity Victory Lane

OSCAAR Pro Sprints at Spring Velocity Sunset Speedway 2018

On Monday afternoon at Sunset Speedway, there was no catching Daniel Hawn as he was the fastest man in town en route to winning the OSCAAR Pro Sprint Spring Velocity feature.

The first heat featured a quick caution as Ted Greenwood ran into problems while running third. Daniel Hawn picked up the win ahead of James Stanley, Ryan Battilana, Jayden Riddel, Kevin Taylor, and Parker Bowman.

The last lap of the second heat saw a couple twists and turns all at once as Norman Newman went for a big spin in the turn two grass, while Stanley stalled on the frontstretch. Daniel Hawn went for the daily double ahead of Battilana, Greenwood, Riddel, Sophie Horton, Bowman, and Taylor.

Off the drop of the green flag for the feature, Hawn grabbed the early advantage with Stanley slotting into second, now behind the wheel of Ted Greenwood’s No. 3 entry. Battilana moved his way into fourth ahead of Horton.

Behind them, the battle was set to commence amongst rookies Riddel and Cullen. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t go well, as Riddel got loose off of the corner, spinning around, with Cullen unable to avoid the No. 15 entry. While Riddel was able to continue, it’d mark an early end to the event for Cullen.

Hawn got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Stanley, as Riddel battled Horton for third. Riddel got the spot a lap later, followed by a pass on Stanley to move up into second. Horton followed suit, taking over third on Lap 6 ahead of Battilana, Stantley, Bowman, and Taylor.

Unfortunately for Riddel, his strong run back up through the field hit a snag at the halfway mark of the feature, as he’d go for a second spin around off of turn four.

Hawn would get another good restart ahead of Horton with Riddel jumping back up to third ahead of Battilana, Stanley, Bowman, and Taylor. Riddel would make the move to get around Horton for second, but got loose off of turn four, going around for another spin. Per the OSCAAR rulebook, if you cause three yellow flags, you are parked for the remainder of the event – which happened to Riddel.

Daniel Hawn got a good restart, leading the rest of the way en route to winning the feature ahead of Sophie Horton, James Stanley, Ryan Battilana, Kevin Taylor, and Parker Bowman.

“As you know, the fast guys were here practicing, and we were here for the last three Wednesdays trying to go faster,” Hawn said. “The cars are fast. It wasn’t as fast as I wanted it tonight, but it’s good. We have a lot of cars coming out. We have a great series. Unfortunately, the cars didn’t show up. But these are great times and this car – I spent countless hours keeping this guy (Tyler Hawn) up all night long and it shows. We got our stuff together.”

Although it marks his seventh overall win in OSCAAR Pro Sprint competition, this one means a little more being at his home track.

“It’s been on the calendar since last year,” he said. “I only got to run a TQ once here and I fell in love with it, so to come here, I was eager to get here and practice. The rain-outs and that – all that crap sucked, but we got here and now look at where we are.”

The OSCAAR Pro Sprints will be back in action at Peterborough Speedway on May 27 as part of the track’s opening night. The event, which features free grandstand admission, will feature Bone Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Stocks, Ontario Modified Racing Series, and Ontario Pro Challenge Series. Details can be found at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.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

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway 2018

After a great race to start off the 2018 campaign, the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series drivers will be back in action on May 19 and 20 at Sunset Speedway as part of the track’s Spring Velocity.

It will mark the third time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 last September. Both of those races were won by Dan Archibald. Archibald tried to make it three for three earlier this month, but came up short in his bid, finishing behind Tyler Hawn and Billy Alderson Jr.

Many fans who left the speedway were talking about the battle for the podium spots between the three, as they managed to race side-by-side for multiple laps, door handle to door handle, without a single fender touch.

Hawn will be hoping to make sure the same results are seen after the 30-lap feature, building on the momentum he entered the year with as the inaugural series champion. In three Sunset Speedway features, he has a win and a pair of thirds.

The 2018 season marks the first year of OSCAAR competition for Alderson Jr., and he certainly made his debut memorable with a runner-up performance. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he won Full Throttle Motor Speedway’s track championship twice.

Since joining the fray, Archibald has been a man to watch. With three wins and a third in four career OSCAAR starts, you have to know he’ll be someone to watch this weekend.

Douglas Fischer hopes that his trend of continued improvement in each event pays off. He has scored four straight top-seven finishes, including a podium at the end of 2017 at Flamboro.

The Clarke Racing team knows what it takes to win in OSCAAR, as Nick Clarke was one of the four drivers to score a victory last year, following a pair at Flamboro Speedway. His father Bill has them off to a solid start in 2018 with a fifth-place finish in the season opener.

Dan Price will hope to improve upon his 10th-place finish in the season opener. He was solid at Sunset Speedway last year, though, with a pair of fifths.

Price’s teammate Derek Henderson will also be looking to do the same, following an 11th-place finish in the season opener. He was solid in both of his starts last year, placing fourth at Kawartha and third at Flamboro.

Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that allowed him to challenge for a win in his OSCAAR Hot Rod debut in September 2017. The team knew they had some homework to do following a ninth in the season opener.

Brad Martin will hope to build upon his impressive OSCAAR debut earlier this month, when he was able to finish fourth in the season opener. He has previously visited victory lane at Sunset Speedway as part of the track’s fall Velocity show in the Mini Stock division.

Another driver to watch will be Jeremy McLean, following an eighth in the season opener.

Art Rodgers hopes his trip to Sunset Speedway goes better this time around, as a blown motor sidelined him practice earlier this month.

The OSCAAR Hot Rods will be racing at Sunset Speedway on both Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. They will qualify on the 19th alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds, while full shows are completed for the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour, Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midgets, and Outlaw Midgets. The Hot Rods will then run their feature on the 20th, as features are also ran for all three divisions of the Great Lakes Concrete Series, Bone Stocks, Ontario Legends Series, OSCAAR Modifieds, and OSCAAR Pro Sprints. 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

Sophie Horton Ready for Rookie OSCAAR Pro Sprint Campaign

Sophie Horton

After having success in dirt go-karts, Sophie Horton will make the next step of her racing career, joining the OSCAAR Pro Sprint ranks in 2018.

“I’m actually really excited to start the new season,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the competition and hoping to do well.”

Horton will become the fourth female driver to ever compete in the division following Katherine Summers, Kelly Summers, and McKenzie Hamilton last year.

“Being the only girl in a group of boys is something I’ve grown accustom to in years of racing,” she said. “But I really hope that by putting myself out there I can be seen by little girls like myself who will be able to see there’s room for them in a male-dominated sport like racing and know that they can be just as good (if not better) of a racer as a boy could be.”

Coming off the heels of a successful test at Flamboro Speedway, Horton enters the year ready to get as much as seat time as possible first and foremost.

For Horton, the decision was made by her and her dad Mike to make the move to OSCAAR following the success on dirt at Merritville Speedway as they both believe it’s a great place to start her asphalt racing career. Looking through her memorial career moments to date, she says it’s hard to choose a single one that stands out.

“I remember my first feature win in Novice 2 like it was yesterday, but also finishing third overall in the Junior 2 division was a huge accomplishment for me that I’m very proud of,” she commented.

She will hope to make new memories this season, beginning at Sunset Speedway on May 20 in the Advantage Powder Coating 25. While admitting she’s excited for all the tracks on the schedule, Sunset was one of those initially circled on the schedule.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sunset and I’d love to be able to race there soon,” she said.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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