OSCAAR Pro Sprint Peterborough Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Pro Sprints at Peterborough Speedway 2018

After opening the season at Sunset Speedway, the OSCAAR Pro Sprints will not get any time off as they’re back in action at Peterborough Speedway on May 26.

Daniel Hawn will lead the charge into the patch with momentum on his side, following six straight victories dating back to last year. Notably, that streak includes a win at Peterborough, which came in the Autumn Colours Classic to complete 2017.

James Stanley jumped behind the wheel of the No. 3 after his own car ran into problems, scoring a podium finish with a third at Sunset Speedway. Well not known at this time which car he will be running this weekend, he has been strong at Peterborough previously, with no finishes outside of the top-six in three starts including a pair of thirds.

If Stanley is back in his familiar ride, you can expect Ted Greenwood to be someone to watch if he brings the No. 3 out. He has won previously multiple times in OSCAAR Pro Sprint competition, and three top-fives in five Peterborough features, including a pair of runner-ups.

Sophie Horton and Ryan Battilana each impressed in their Pro Sprint debuts at Sunset Speedway, scoring a second and fourth respectively. As they get used to the cars more, they could easily challenge for feature wins moving forward.

Jayden Riddel saw his debut at Sunset Speedway not go well, as he was parked following three spins due to being a little too loose off of corner four. With some more work on the set-up, he should be fast as before each spin, he was in position for a podium finish.

Tyler Cullen saw his debut caught up short at Sunset Speedway as he received some damage after being involved in an incident with Riddel. He will hope to have a smooth weekend this time around.

Kevin Taylor was also solid in his Pro Sprint debut, scoring a solid fifth-place finish at Sunset Speedway.

Parker Bowman will be making his first Pro Sprint start at Peterborough, but he has experience there, placing fourth in last year’s OSCAAR Midget event. He hopes to build off his sixth-place finish at Sunset.

Norman Newman made his debut last year, scoring an eighth-place finish at Flamboro before finishing sixth at Peterborough. He hopes to get back to running in the top-10 after running into trouble during the qualifying heats at Sunset Speedway, which ended his night early.

The OSCAAR Pro Sprints event at Peterborough Speedway has some special flavor as they are part of 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

Tyler Hawn Out-battles Archibald for OSCAAR Hot Rod Victory at Sunset

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway 2018

In a battle that went all the way down to the checkered flag, it’d be Tyler Hawn edging out Dan Archibald for the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series victory at Sunset Speedway.

Billy Alderson Jr. won the first heat ahead of Hawn, Douglas Fischer, Steve Book, and Jeremy Broom.

Dan Archibald won the second heat ahead of Lance Foster, Dan Price, Jeremy McLean, and Nick Clarke.

Tyler Hawn won the third heat ahead of Alderson Jr., Foster, Book, and McLean.

Dan Archibald went for the daily double ahead of Fischer, Clarke, Price, and Broom.

Come feature time, it’d be Dan Archibald starting pole, followed by Douglas Fischer, Billy Alderson Jr., Dan Price, Lance Foster, Tyler Hawn, Steve Book, Nick Clarke, Jeremy McLean, and Jeremy Broom.

Archibald would grab the early advantage as Alderson Jr. and Fischer battled for second. Alderson Jr. got the spot on Lap 2, allowing Foster to get alongside Fischer for third. Foster was able to clear him, but then got passed himself as Hawn jumped up to third on Lap 4 ahead of Foster and Fischer. Behind them, Price and Clarke battled for sixth ahead of Book.

Hawn would continue his climb forward, passing Alderson Jr. for second on Lap 6. Foster continued to run fourth ahead of Fischer, Clarke, Price, Book, Broom, and McLean. Foster would challenge Alderson Jr. for third on Lap 9, but was unable to complete the pass. Meanwhile, it’d be McLean getting by Broom for ninth at Lap 13.

As the event reached the halfway mark, the battles continued around the speedway with Book challenging Price for seventh, and Foster once again challenging Alderson Jr. for third at Lap 19.

With 21 laps on the board, Archibald led Hawn, Alderson Jr., Foster, Fischer and McLean as Book and Price battled for sixth ahead of McLean and Broom. Hawn would close the gap to Archibald as the race neared a close, getting alongside him with three laps to go.

In a battle that went right down to the checkered flag, Tyler Hawn would edge Dan Archibald out at the line to win the Spring Velocity feature.

“Honestly, I’ve never driven the car this hard,” Hawn said. “No offense to Dan, but my whole goal this weekend was to beat him. We talked each other up in the pits, and we have a good time. He ran me hard. A little bit of tire mark here and there, but that’s part of racing.”

Hawn admitted in victory lane that he was a little worried in making the move on Archibald to the outside, but “the car seemed to work really good on the outside and inside.”

“I’m still learning to trust this car, so I thought, ‘What do I have to lose? I can’t get him on the inside so I might as well try and get on the throttle sooner on the outside,’” Hawn added. “It’s just a crate motor so it was over-reving a little bit, but it is what it is.”

It marks the second straight event in a row that the pair has finished on the podium together, and they each now hold a pair of Sunset Speedway names to their credit in OSCAAR Hot Rod Series competition.

“Tyler is smart,” Archibald said. “He kept pinching me down so I burned up the right rear. He’s a little smarter than I thought. I shouldn’t had left off like I did at first when I got out front. I should’ve got a little further away to make him work a little harder. But you know what? He’s one of the best guys that I’ve raced with. I enjoy racing with Tyler.”

Lance Foster finished third following a late-race pass on Billy Alderson Jr., as Douglas Fischer rounded out the top-five. Nick Clarke finished sixth, followed by Steve Book, Jeremy McLean, Dan Price, and Jeremy Broom.

The OSCAAR Hot Rod Series will be back in action at Kawartha Speedway on June 1 alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds, 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

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

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