Gary McLean Makes Return to OSCAAR Modified Competition in Victory Lane

OSCAAR Modifieds Sunset Speedway 2017

If you look through Sunset Speedway history, there’s one name that comes up commonly in OSCAAR Modified competition – Gary McLean. Through the years, no other driver has won the Velocity 250 since the series’ inaugural year. McLean made his first start of the season, and managed to keep that fact intact as he won Sunday’s feature.

Gary McLean won the first heat ahead of Shane Stickel, AJ Emms, Chris Milwain, Aaron McLean, Brent McLean, and Connor James.

Cory Horner won the second heat ahead of Mike Hearty, Stu Robinson Jr., Luke Gignac, Tim Tolton, Cliff Hodgkinson, Marshall Schrenk, and Wally Wilson.

The third heat featured a quick caution as Dale Reinhart had a flat left front tire following contact with Jase Cornell. Mark Gordon picked up the win ahead of Matt Barton, Marty Monette, John Harper, Cornell, and David Balych.

AJ Emms won the fourth heat ahead of Gignac, Milwain, Horner, Robinson Jr., Aaron McLean, Stickel, and Wilson.

John Harper won the fifth heat ahead of Barton, Reinhart, Schrenk, Hearty, Tolton, Cornell, and Hodgkinson.

The sixth heat featured a pair of quick yellow flags as Gordon had a problem out of turn two on the first lap, along with Monette going around in turn four. Gary McLean picked up the win ahead of James, Brent McLean, Balych, and Monette.

Come feature time, Luke Gignac started on pole ahead of Matt Barton, Marty Monette, Chris Milwain, John Harper, Shane Stickel, Stu Robinson Jr., Mike Hearty, Brent McLean, and Cory Horner. Connor James started 11th, followed by AJ Emms, Gary McLean, Mark Gordon, Dale Reinhart, Tim Tolton, Aaron McLean, Marshall Schrenk, Jase Cornell, Cliff Hodgkinson, Wally Wilson, and Gary Elliott.

The drop of the green flag saw a battle for the lead between Barton and Gignac as they went side-by-side ahead of Milwain and Monette, with Hearty and Stickel side-by-side for fifth. Behind them, the battles continued as Emms got alongside Harper for sixth at Lap 3 ahead of Horner, with Robinson Jr. battling Brent McLean for ninth.

Barton would clear Gignac for the lead on Lap 5 as Milwain ran third ahead of Hearty, Monette and Emms, with Horner and Stickel side-by-side for seventh. Emms continued to move forward, getting alongside Monette for fifth at Lap 8, completing the pass a lap later. Horner was able to follow him through for sixth as Harper, Stickel and McLean went three-wide for eighth.

Harper got the spot on Lap 11, getting alongside Monette for seventh, and easily completing the pass as Robinson Jr. looked to follow him through. The first caution then flew on Lap 13 for an incident in turn one involving Stickel and Aaron McLean. Under the yellow flag, Emms headed down pit road with an issue, officially done for the event.

The first attempt at a restart saw the second caution fly due to debris. The second attempt went cleanly with Barton and Gignac once again side-by-side for the lead. Gignac came out on top this time, as Milwain got alongside Barton for second. Milwain was able to take the spot on Lap 17 ahead of Barton, Horner, Harper, Hearty, Brent McLean and Reinhart, with Monette and Gary McLean side-by-side for ninth. The third caution then flew, though, as Cornell went around in turn two.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Milwain and Gignac ahead of Horner, Hearty and Reinhart as Barton headed down pit road with a problem. Reinhart wasn’t left unchallenged for long, though, as Gary McLean got alongside him for sixth at Lap 22, completing the pass a lap later. Behind them, Harper ran eighth ahead of Brent McLean and Elliott.

Gary McLean continued to move forward, getting alongside Hearty for fourth at Lap 25, as Milwain finally managed to clear Gignac for the lead with 14 laps to go. Horner quickly moved into second, dropping Gignac back to third ahead of McLean, Hearty, Reinhart, and Harper. McLean continued to move forward, passing Gignac for third at Lap 29. The fourth caution then came out at Lap 31 for Brent McLean spinning off turn two after catching the curb.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Milwain and Gary McLean ahead of Harper. Things got interesting on Lap 33 as Milwain tagged McLean, while Gignac tagged Harper. The result was McLean moving into the lead with six laps to go ahead of Gignac, Milwain, Reinhart and Hearty. Harper, who ahd fallen back to sixth, would get by Hearty with four laps to go for fifth.

Gary McLean led the rest of the way for the win ahead of Luke Gignac, Chris Milwain, Dale Reinhart,and Cory Horner. Mike Hearty finished sixth, followed by John Harper, Connor James, Gary Elliott, and Stu Robinson Jr.

Tim Tolton placed 11th, followed by Marty Monette, Marshall Schrenk, Cliff Hodgkinson, and Jase Cornell. Wally Wilson finished 16th, followed by followed by Brent McLean, Matt Barton, AJ Emms, and Shane Stickel. Mark Gordon, Aaron McLean and David Balych rounded out the field.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Dan Archibald Sweeps Velocity 250 Weekend at Sunset Speedway

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series 2017

Making his way to the front in the pair of events the weekend, Dan Archibald would sweep both features as part of Sunset Speedway’s Velocity.

Jerry Broom started on pole for the feature ahead of Adam Misener, Dan Price, Lance Foster, Tyler Hawn, Kenny McNicol, Douglas Fischer, Dan Archibald, Nick Clarke, Darcy Gibbons, and Jerry Luckhart.
Misener would jump out to the early lead ahead of the field, with Foster quickly moving into second. Foster then got alongside Misener for the lead on Lap 2, while Broom, Price and Archbald went three-wide behind them. Foster was able to take the top spot on Lap 4 ahead of Misener, with Archibald moving up into second a lap later.

Archibald’s climb continued to the front as he’d get alongside Foster on Lap 6, completing the pass a lap later. Foster was quickly back to challenge, though, but would get sideways off of turn four, before going for a spin for the first yellow flag at Lap 8. Unfortunately, this was the end of Gibbon’s run as he headed pit side with overheating issues.

Archibald got a good restart to keep the lead while Misener and McNicol battled for second ahead of Price, Hawn, and Broom. Mcnicol was able to clear Misener, getting alongside Archibald for the lead at Lap 10 as Hawn got alongside Price for fourth. The caution then flew on Lap 11, though, as Luckhardt lost the left front wheel assembly in turn three.

Archibald got a good restart once again ahead of McNicol and Misener. Hawn continued to move forward, getting alongside Misener for third at Lap 13, followed by completing the pass a lap later. Behind them, Price was able to hold off a charge from Fischer for the fifth position. Foster had made his way back up to seventh ahead of Broom and Clarke.

With the laps counting down, the battle at the front got interesting with McNicol challenging Archibald for the lead with two laps later, but unable to complete the pass.

Dan Archibald picked up the win while Kenny McNicol edged out Tyler Hawn at the line for second. Adam Misener finished fourth, followed by Dan Price, Douglas Fischer, Lance Foster, Jerry Broom, and Nick Clarke.

As just announced on Tuesday, the OSCAAR Hot Rods will be back in action at this weekend’s Frotoberfest at Flamboro Speedway.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Dan Archibald Picks Up Second Career OSCAAR Hot Rod Feature Victory

Going back and forth with Kenny McNicol at the front of the field, Dan Archibald scored his second career OSCAAR Hot Rod feature victory at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250.

The night didn’t start off cleanly, with Jerry Luckhardt and Nick Clarke going around on Lap 1 in turn one. Dan Archibald won the heat ahead of Kenny McNicol, Adam Misener, Dan Price, Tyler Hawn, Jerry Broom, Douglas Fischer, and Lance Foster.

Come feature time, the bad luck continued for Clarke as he’d head down pit road in the early laps with an issue. Meanwhile, the action on-track had fans entertained. Misener grabbed the early lead off the pole, with a thrilling three-wide battle behind him between Archibald, McNicol and Price for second.
Archibald got the spot, before chasing down Misener, and taking the lead. McNicol was quick to follow him through, along with Price, Hawn and Foster.

From there, the second half of the feature was all about the battle for the lead, as McNicol tried everything that he had to make a move on Archibald. Unfortunately, none of the tricks worked as it was Dan Archibald taking the win ahead of Kenny McNicol.

Behind them, Tyler Hawn made a couple strong mid-race passes to finish third, followed by Lance Foster in his OSCAAR Hot Rod debut. Dan Price rounded out the top-five after starting second, followed by Adam Misener, Jerry Broom, Douglas Fischer, Jerry Luckhardt, and Nick Clarke. Notably, the battle between Broom and Fischer had the attention of fans as they got close a couple times.

By: Ashley McCubbin

3 TO GO: OSCAAR Modified Championship Preview

Sunset Speedway Velocity Sept., 23rd & 24th/2017

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

Going into Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250, AJ Emms currently holds the advantage by a mere four points over Luke Gignac. Though if they slip up, there’s another four drivers within 36 markers, ready to strike.

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

First Place: AJ Emms – 537 pointsA.J. Emms OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: Through the eight races this season, Emms has placed inside the top-eight each week, with seven top-fives. Everything came together in the most recent event at Sauble Speedway for his first victory of 2017.

Sunset Speedway History: Emms has had success previously, scoring a ninth-place finish in August 2015.

Flamboro Speedway History: Since placing 13th in his rookie season, Emms has backed it up with seven straight top-seven finishes, including a runner-up in each of the last four events.

Peterborough Speedway History: Last season, Emms was strong at Peterborough Speedway, picking up a runner-up before winning the Autumn Colours Classic. Outside of that, he has two finishes outside of the top-seven.

Second Place: Luke Gignac – 533 pointsLuke Gignac OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: In eight events this year, Gignac has scored seven top-10’s, including six top-fives. The ADAMS Motorsports team has speed, having visited victory lane twice this season.

Sunset Speedway History: First appearance behind the wheel of a modified at the oval, but has previous experience there in a super stock.

Flamboro Speedway History: In six races, Gignac has only posted one finish outside of the top-six, and that was when he broke while running second. Oh, and it was the sigh of his first career victory this season.

Peterborough Speedway History: He will get to start on the pole as he was your 2017 Chase for the Colours winner. Outside of that, well, last year didn’t go as planned in either event.

Third Place: Chris Milwain – 512 pointsChris Milwain OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: While the top-two have been ultra consistent, Chris Milwain has only six top-10’s to date. However, he has been fast just like the pair, scoring two wins at Flamboro.

Sunset Speedway History: He scored a fifth-place finish there in August of 2015.

Flamboro Speedway History: In seven previous starts, Milwain has posted only one finish outside of the top-eight, including a pair of wins this season.

Peterborough Speedway History: His most recent start there was his best with a third. Outside of that, he scored a sixth and a 10th the past two years.

Fourth Place: Gary Elliott – 506 pointsGary Elliott OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: Like always, the Ironman has been solid with seven top-10’s, including three top-fives. He has yet to win a race this season, though, scoring a season-best second at Sauble in July. Also, he missed one event, but put Rob Di Venanzo behind the wheel, who picked up a third-place finish.

Sunset Speedway History: Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him statistically with three top-sixes in five starts, including a runner-up.

Flamboro Speedway History: In nine previous starts, each of his finishes have been inside of the top-seven, with only three of those outside the top-five. Notably, it was also the sight of his first career OSCAAR Modified victory.

Peterborough Speedway History: He has posted a top-10 in each of his five previous starts, with a best finish of sixth this year.

Fifth Place (Tied): Cory Horner – 501 pointsCory Horner OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: Through the first seven events, Horner was solid with a top-seven each week, including a pair of victories. Unfortunately, James Horner piloted the No. 79H at Sauble, and a heat crash resulted in a 14th-place finish on the night, dropping him in points.

Sunset Speedway History: He knows how to get around Sunset Speedway, posting three podiums in three starts.

Flamboro Speedway History: In his last nine starts, he has only posted two finishes outside of the top-10, with a track-best runner-up in 2015.

Peterborough Speedway History: Outside of a wreck in 2016, he has been solid at his home track with the other past four events resulting in top-fives, including an Autumn Colours runner-up in 2015

Fifth Place (Tied): John Harper – 501 pointsJohn Harper OSCAAR Modified

Season To Date: With six top-10’s this season, Harper has proven he was quick on a weekly basis – despite a 15th in the first half of the year. He also has yet to visit victory lane, scoring a season-best second at Peterborough in August.

Sunset Speedway History: He was solid in his last appearance at Sunset Speedway, as well, scoring a fifth-place finish.

Flamboro Speedway History: Admittedly, the results have been mixed for Harper. He has two wins and three top-fives – along with four finishes outside of the top-10 in his last 10 starts.

Peterborough Speedway History: His last five races have produced no finishes outside of the top-six, including a runner-up at this year’s Chase for the Colours.

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