OSCAAR Hot Rods at Kawartha Speedway Preview

Tyler Hawn's OSCAAR Hot Rod 2017

All the hard work put in by Dave Gainforth and the rest of the OSCAAR staff is set to come together this Friday night at Kawartha Speedway with the inaugural event for the OSCAAR Hot Rods on tap to take place.

Discussions surrounding the series began early last year, with the idea of putting pre-1974 model bodies on stock cars, combined with an affordable rule package, to bring back the good ‘ol days of racing. With cars continually being built each day, a select few of the drivers will be on-track for the first round.

Hawn Motorsports built a 1966 Chevrolet Belmont that Tyler Hawn will pilot for the first event this weekend at Kawartha Speedway. Later on this season, though, the team plans to get Don Hawn back behind the wheel once again.

“The most exciting thing I see about the Hot Rod Series is that it’s bringing back the roots of racing,” said Tyler Hawn. “There are cars are how the Super Lates were back in the early days of stock car racing. Building this car really brought out all of the old ways from my dad. He’s been so excited with the process.”

Dan Price will have his familiar 1957 Chevrolet at the track this weekend, though will have a special guest driver behind the wheel. Derek Henderson will be behind the wheel, bringing a wealth of experience to the table that includes a runner-up in the 1995 Mosport Street Stock Championship standings, a 1996 championship and multiple feature victories.

Adam Misener will have his 1964 Impala on track, having been one of the drivers behind the series since original discussions begun taking place. He was attracted to race with OSCAAR by the series concept, liking the idea of being able to place an old body on whatever chassis and power-train that you choose.

“This series is virtually guaranteed to draw a crowd,” he added. “With the $11000 value placed on each car through the claim rule, I think it creates a class of old school type driver/owner/builder competitors. I joke that this class feels like it was built for my car, not my car built for the class.”

Long-time Kawartha standout Stephen Mayhew will be bringing out his familiar ride as he hopes to recapture the glory that led to multiple victories on the Fraserville, Ontario through the years.

Darryl Fice has confirmed his 1967 Camaro will be one of the drivers on-track for Friday night’s event. Fice knows his way around Kawartha Speedway, having scored multiple mini stock feature victories through the years.

Nick Clarke and team are working hard on putting the final pieces together for their entry as they hope to make their debut this season.

There’s also a possibility for D’Arcy Gibbons to join the field after showing off his ride at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Show in March.

There is always a possibility for more than the drivers listed here to be in the field at Kawartha Speedway on Friday, June 2. Be sure to be in attendance to take in this great show in person. Also, reminder that a $5 off general admission coupon can be printed off either the OSCAAR website or facebook page.

Details on the event this weekend can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca.
By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Kawartha Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Kawartha Speedway 2016

After a great season opener at Flamboro Speedway, the OSCAAR Modifieds will be back in action on Friday night at Kawartha Speedway for their first trip back to the Fraserville, Ontario oval since 2014.

Out of the drivers on the entry docket, only two have raced a modified previously at Kawartha Speedway. Gary Elliott posted a runner-up to Chad Strawn in the series’ last trip to the oval, with John Harper finishing sixth. Both drivers will enter this weekend with momentum as Harper finished third at Flamboro following a heat victory, while Elliott was sixth.

Dan Price is another who has raced at the oval, with that experience coming behind the wheel of a thunder car. He will make his 2017 debut following a solid season last year that saw him post five top-10’s.

AJ Emms has visited the oval previously, picking up a go-karting championship, but has yet to race the big oval in a full size car. He enters the weekend with momentum following a runner-up at Flamboro to start this year after a solid sophomore campaign in 2016 that saw him score seven top-five finishes with a victory in the Autumn Colours Classic.

The rest of the field, though, will be hoping to adapt quickly through the allotted practice time if they want to have a shot at challenging for the victory this weekend.

Chris Milwain will hope to score his second straight victory following his first trip to victory lane in the series at Flamboro Speedway as he led flag-to-flag in the feature.

If there’s a driver that could score his first career feature victory next, look no further than Luke Gignac as he came close on a couple occasions last year, including a pair of podium results last year at Flamboro. He started off this season solidly, picking up a fifth-place finish last weekend.

David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, as well, kicking off this season with a 10th-place finish at Flamboro. He showed he could run up front last year with a third place finish in May.

Dale Reinhart hopes to build upon his seventh-place finish in the season opener after posting a top-10 finish in each of his starts last year except for one.

Cory Horner knows how to get the job done, having contended for victories in the past across the tour highlighted by a runner-up finish last year.

Matt Barton ended his hiatus away from OSCAAR this past weekend at Flamboro, running up front en route to a solid eighth-place finish. He’ll hope to return to his familiar ground inside the top-five this Friday night.

Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, marking his first OSCAAR start since 2015. That year, he was solid with eight top-10’s, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at Sunset Speedway in September. Notably, his car ran one race last year, with Super Late Model veteran George Wilson taking the victory at Flamboro.

Tim Tolton used the opening weekend on the schedule at Flamboro as a learning experience, continuing to educate himself about the team’s new car with a ninth-place finish.

Wally Wilson took his first ever laps behind the wheel of a modified at Flamboro, posting a solid 12th-place finish. He’ll hope to continue getting used to the team’s new ride this weekend.

Dave Hodgkinson will hope to have the mechanical issues that plagued his OSCAAR debut at Flamboro behind him so he can contend for his first series top-10 finish.

Jase Cornell was another driver who ran into mechanical issues at Flamboro, resulting in him failing to start the feature. This weekend could mark a way to start working in the right direction.

Aaron McLean will hope to have a smoother weekend at Kawartha, following mechanical issues plaguing his series debut at Flamboro.

Fresh off an Ontario Modified Racing Series victory at Peterborough Speedway, Brad Stevenson will hope to spoil the party on Friday night at Kawartha Speedway. He has ran with the OSCAARs previously, posting a third-place finish last July at Peterborough.

Connor James will be making his OSCAAR debut this weekend as he tackles his rookie campaign behind the wheel of a modified.

There is always a possibility for more than the drivers listed here to be in the field at Kawartha Speedway on Friday, June 2. Be sure to be in attendance to take in this great show in person. Also, reminder that a $5 off general admission coupon can be printed off either the OSCAAR website or facebook page.

Details on the event this weekend can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca.

By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models at Kawartha Speedway Preview

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Following a two year hiatus, the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models are set to make their return to Kawartha Speedway on Friday night for the first of two events this season. With a slew of stars expected to be in attendance, it promises to be an action-packed night.

When you think of Kawartha, one of the names that comes to mind is Glenn Watson. The four-time series champion is also a four-time race winner at the Speedway, and finished in the runner-up spot in the last event there in August 2014. Watson enters the weekend with momentum, following a victory at Flamboro Speedway this past weekend.

Tyler Hawn will be looking to improve upon his last Kawartha Speedway appearance where he finished ninth. He started off this year well at Flamboro with a pair of top-fives.

Charlie Gallant kicked off his season solidly, scoring a sixth and a runner-up in the pair of 25-lap features at Flamboro. He has experience at Kawartha, finishing 10th in his final appearance.

Shane Maginnis has proven to have one of the quickest cars and with horsepower being important at Kawartha, you can expect him to be one of the contenders. He enters this weekend as the points leader following a runner-up and victory at Flamboro.

Derrick Tiemersma will be looking for redemption this weekend after being spun while running third on the last lap at Flamboro Speedway. He knows how to do well at Kawartha, posting previous podium finishes.

John Cadman showed that he was quick at Flamboro with a third and sixth, and could be one to watch if he is in the field this weekend.

Gary Passer unloaded his back-up at Flamboro, and showed he could run with the front runners with a third-place finish in the second feature. He will look to keep the momentum rolling this weekend after being one of the three drivers to compete for a championship last year.

Dwayne Baker knows how to run well at Kawartha Speedway, finishing fifth in his last start on the Fraserville, Ontario oval to go with a pair of top-four finishes and a sixth in his last four starts at Kawartha.

Five-time Champion Rob Clarke has announced his intentions to be part of the field this weekend. ‘Magic Shoes’ has contended for wins in the past at Kawartha, and posted a pair of top-sevens with a third at Delaware Speedway in two starts last season.

Ian Bourque will make his first OSCAAR start in a couple of seasons as he looks to get back into the fray of super late model competition.

Ryan Kimball is known for his multiple laps around Kawartha Speedway, having competed there weekly in a late model with feature victories to his credit and a runner-up points finish. He will make his second career OSCAAR start driving a Sean Grosman owned entry, looking to improve upon the fourth-place finish from his debut at Peterborough Speedway in 2015.

In his previous pair of Kawartha Speedway starts, Kelly Balson posted a seventh and an eighth. He could easily run in the top-five this weekend, though, as he has continued to improve his program since 2014 with a victory last year at Peterborough Speedway.

Teammates Roy Passer and JR Fitzpatrick both have appeared as drivers suspected to be in attendance. Fitzpatrick won the OSCAAR Championship last season with a pair of victories, while Passer finished in the runner-up spot.

There is always a possibility for more than the drivers listed here to be in the field at Kawartha Speedway on Friday, June 2. Be sure to be in attendance to take in this great show in person. Also, reminder that a $5 off general admission coupon can be printed off either the OSCAAR website or facebook page.

Details on the event this weekend can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca.
By: Ashley McCubbin

Jordan Hanna Scores Pro Midget Feature Victory at Peterborough

OSCAAR Pro Midget's Peterborough Speedway 2017

Jordan Hanna has already proven that he’s one to watch in the OSCAAR Pro Midgets, as he scored his second career feature victory on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway.
Starting on pole for the first heat, Daniel Hawn led flag-to-flag en route to scoring his second career heat victory. Cassidy Marsh finished second after passing Rob Summers on Lap 6, with Katherine Summers rounding out the top-four. James Stanley finished fifth, followed by Brody Rickwood. Notably, Adrien Kemps failed to finish after running second early, while Jordan Hanna failed to start.
After missing the first heat, Jordan Hanna led flag-to-flag in heat two for the victory ahead of Cassidy Marsh, Rob Summers, Katherine Summers, Brody Rickwood and James Stanley. Daniel Hawn ran in the top-four early, but finished seventh after problems on Lap 6, while Kemps ran into issues on Lap 2.
The feature got off to a messy start, with three-wide racing between Daniel Hawn, Katherine Summers and Cassidy Marsh resulting in Summers catching some air, driving up onto Marsh slightly. Both summers and Marsh sustained enough damage to not even complete the opening lap.
Jordan Hanna led flag-to-flag en route to his second career feature victory with Daniel Hawn second. Adrien Kemps rounded out the podium, followed by Rob Summers, Brody Rickwood and James Stanley.
Notably, Owen Elliott was on hand with his new pro midget, but was unable to race due to issues in practice.
The OSCAAR Pro Midgets will be back in action on June 17 at Grand Bend Speedway for their second event of 2017.

By: Ashley McCubbin
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