OSCAAR Modified Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

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

With six victories and no finishes outside of the top-eight, Gary McLean was consistent throughout the entire season en route to being crowned the series champion.

“I’d like to thank all the folks at OSCAAR and everybody that works hard to give us some place to race and have a lot of fun racing against a good group of guys,” he said. “We had a ton of fun. I didn’t intend on going after the championship; kind of said we weren’t at the beginning of the year due to the nights we were going to take off. With the Chase format, it worked out that we were able to race for the championship and get the job done. I’d like to thank all the competitors I got to race against as they did a good job. There’s some really good guys coming up, and too bad we’re not going to be racing full-time next year, but we’re not going to. It’ll be different for us so we’ll try and have fun with that.

“Congratulations to all the OSCAAR divisions. They did a good job this year in the other divisions, so other than that, thank my crew. They’re the guys that get it done. Thank you.”

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

The Sportsman of the Year Award was given to Luke Gignac. From the start of the season, Gignac showed respect to his fellow competitors off and on the track en route to scoring nine top-10s and finishing second in points.

The Hard Luck Award was given to Brian McLean as a result of a couple hard wrecks throughout the year. McLean was still able to put in a couple strong runs throughout the year, including a runner-up at Flamboro Speedway in June.

The Most Improved Driver Award was given to Chris Milwain. Milwain scored four top-fives and six top-10s this year, compared to a single top-five the year before. The hard work paid off for him as he finished eighth in the standings.

The Best Appearing Award went to A.J. Emms, who captured the fan’s attention with a blue and orange scheme.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to Gignac, who posted five heat victories and a season-best feature finish of second at Flamboro in July.

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 Emms. Emms was able to run all the events this year, despite a crash mid-season at Delaware and motor issues at Flamboro in August. The perseverance was awarded as Emms finished third in points with seven top-fives, including his first career victory at Peterborough Speedway.

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

OSCAAR Pro Midget Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

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

The inaugural season for the series paid off in big ways, seeing a growth in competition from the beginning of the year to the end. After starting out the season with four cars, by the end of the year there were over 10 cars on the track at a time. The series also produced close races, with side-by-side battles to the lines and a variety of drivers reaching victory lane.

With 11 heat wins and three feature victories, it was Ted Greenwood which led the way for his fellow drivers over the year en route to being crowned the inaugural series champion.

“First of all, I would like to thank Chuck and Jackie for sitting down with OSCAAR and giving me a class I can actually race in,” Greenwood said. “Secondly, I would like to thank the OSCAAR executives and group that runs the series for giving me a venue where I can actually get track time to get my feet back under me, and get time on the track. I appreciate everything that OSCAAR has done for the Pro Midgets and racing in Ontario. Thank you, OSCAAR.

“I would like to thank the little group that hangs around me, helps me get in the racecar, button up my helmet – all the things a senior citizen needs help with – Joel, Steve, James, and of course my wife. I’d like to thank Glen Blaker. He’s the one that gave me the phone call and said, ‘Ted, they’re putting the suspensions on the midgets. You have to come out of the retirement’. Basically, that’s all I have to say. I want to thank everyone for showing up tonight. It’s been a great season, and I’m looking forward to 2017. Most of them that are here that run against me – I will be challenging again next season. Thank you.”

Other stand-outs from the year include Wally Wilson, who finished second in points, but stood out more off-track in helping promote the new division via creating a twitter account for the Midgets.

Others will remember the family bond shown in watching Rob, Kelly and Katherine Summers on track together, highlighted by Kelly scoring a victory at Peterborough Speedway. Joining Greenwood and Summers in feature victory lane was Shawn Paul, Jordan Hanna, Adrian Kemps and James Marche.

Outside of the feature winners, others got to see victory lane in the inaugural season through the heats. Lots of people will remember the initial signs of excitement on Glen Blaker when he reached victory lane, or Daniel Hawn reaching victory lane in his debut in the series to cap off the year. Other winners included the likes of Willy Northcott, Cassidy Marsh, Greenwood, Kemps, and Rob Summers.

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

 

OSCAAR Midget Drivers & Crew Gather to Celebrate 2016 Season

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

With a feature victory and six top-fives this year, Ryan Brown was consistent throughout the entire season en route to being crowned the champion.

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

The Sportsman of the Year Award was given to Wally Wilson. From the start of the season, Wilson showed respect to his fellow competitors off and on the track. He also helped promote both Midget divisions by starting a Pro Midget twitter account, and consistently posting on his Instagram account.

The Hard Luck Award was given to Darryl Anthony as a result of a couple rough races throughout the season. Anthony was still able to put in a couple strong runs throughout the year, including a sixth at Flamboro in June.

The Most Improved Driver Award was given to Wayne McKibbon. McKibbon scored six top-fives and eight top-10s this year, compared to two top-10s the year before. The hard work paid off for him as he finished third in the standings.

The Best Appearing Award went to Zack Millman, who captured the fan’s attention with a bronze copper and red scheme.

The Rookie of the Year Award was split between two drivers – Alex Cuzzilla and Zack Millman. Millman won the award on points, but felt Cuzzilla was equally deserving due to leading the points all the year till missing the final two races as a result of a non-racing related injury.

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 Brian MacDonald. MacDonald put consistency together throughout the entire season, posting seven top-fives en route to a second place points finish.

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

2016 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion – J.R. Fitzpatrick

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With no finishes outside of the top-five during the season, it’s no surprise that J.R. Fitzpatrick was crowned the 2016 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion.

Going into the season, J.R. Fitzpatrick was predicted as one of the early season favorites for the championship after finishing in the runner-up spot last year with two victories. Right from the start of the season at Flamboro, he put the field on notice as he dominated the season opener. After posting a first and second in his pair of heats, he’d end up starting fifth for the 50-lap feature. He quickly made his way to the front of the field, putting the No. 84 SLM into the lead on Lap 3. From there on, he didn’t look back en route to victory lane.

He started out the second trip to Flamboro in June the same way, once again picking up a heat victory. He’d lead the feature early, however finished second after being passed by Shane Maginnis for the top spot on Lap 6.
The third race of the season, once again at Flamboro, saw Fitzpatrick return back to his familiar place in victory lane. Fitzpatrick took over the lead on a Lap 19 restart and never looked back, despite challenges from his competitors, behind the wheel of the No. 84 SLM.

Taking the show on the road, Fitzpatrick wouldn’t find it as easy at Delaware Speedway. Struggling a little bit, he managed to still put in a solid run with a fifth place finish to retain the points lead.

With the primary car needing some work done, the J.R. Motorsports team made the decision to take the back-up car to Peterborough Speedway at the end of July for the double 20-lap features. Fitzpatrick still performed well in both events, posting a third and a second.

“We put a lot of hours and effort into this (back-up) car throughout the winter to make sure if we needed it that it would be up to par with everyone,” he said. “Even though it had a crate engine and I only had a couple races to work with it, we came home with two strong runs, which I am very proud of.”

The fourth trip of the season to Flamboro saw Fitzpatrick put together another solid performance. Starting mid-pack for the feature, he began to make his way forward quickly, cracking the top-five on Lap 17. He kept moving forward, taking the second spot on a late-race restart to post his third runner-up of 2016.

With no finishes outside of the top-five, Fitzpatrick easily qualified as one of the drivers in the OSCAAR Race for the Cup. Kicking off the inaugural Chase at Peterborough in September, he ran up front throughout the night ahead of the chaos en route to a runner-up finish, qualifying him as one of the three drivers eligible for the championship in the season finale.

Fitzpatrick entered the Autumn Colours Classic strong, finishing third and fourth in his pair of qualifying heats to place him in the fourth starting spot for the 50-lap feature. He began to make his way to the front quickly, cracking the top-three in the early stages. He moved his way into second before the halfway point, set to ride it out behind Brandon Watson to the closing stages of the event. Of course, the championship wouldn’t be that easy as everything changed at Lap 44.

With a long green flag run, the leaders caught the tail of the field and began to put cars a lap down. Fitzpatrick looked set to clear Gary Passer after he was lapped by Watson, but contact was made resulting in Passer going for the spin on Lap 44 and the sixth caution. As a result of the contact, Fitzpatrick had to start at the tail of the lead lap cars for the restart. The race continued to change hands, though, as Fitzpatrick’s fellow championship contender Glenn Watson got spun by Roy Passer on the second restart attempt. As a result, both contenders were at the tail of the lead lap, together.

The restart initially went Watson’s way as he made his way up to third ahead of Fitzpatrick. However, with five laps to go, Fitzpatrick tagged Watson, getting him loose and causing him to slide up the track. Fitzpatrick then made his way by, remaining third the rest of the race to clinch his first career OSCAAR Championship.

“We were good all year,” Fitzpatrick said. “This Chase format definitely brought stress to us and it’s exciting, and sometimes you have to do what you have to do to win it.”

For Fitzpatrick and the No. 84 Auto Parts Centres, Meineke Car Care, Transaxle Heavy Truck & Trailer Parts, Cambridge Rigging, Equipment Express, Jenco Equipment, McColl Racing Enterprises, Creative Edge Signs, Wix Filters, Permatex, Driven Steering Wheels, Spray Nine, Deon Racecars, APX Racewear, Clayton Johns Media and ImageFactor.ca Motorsport Designs SLM team, it was a satisfying season.

“This season went well,” he said. “We tried a lot of different things every week. Even if the car was good, we still looked outside of the box to try and find speed – sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, but overall obviously a successful season.”

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to J.R. Fitzpatrick and his team on their success this season.
By: Ashley McCubbin

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