10th in OSCAAR Modified Points: Wally Wilson

Wally Wilson

With a focus on continuing to improve on a weekly basis, Wally Wilson walked away from his rookie OSCAAR Modified campaign with a top-10 finish in points.

Wilson entered modified competition following a strong year of midget results, which saw him finish in the top-five in both the Midget and Pro Midget division in 2016.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” he said pre-season. “This is a huge step in my career. I’m very grateful for everyone that has helped me get to this point! I can’t wait to race with guys I’ve been watching for years.”

Coming in with the approach of looking to simply learn and improve each week, he ultimately achieved those goals by season’s end if you look at the results. Each trip to a different track saw lap times improve, with the ability to remain on the lead lap throughout an event near season’s end versus going down a lap early in the beginning.

Admittedly, the rookie driver and team hit some snags mid-season with the No. 69 Have1.com and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop Modified, fighting fueling problems which saw them miss a couple of events. Still, Wilson did not that deter him as his spirit remained high from the season opener at Flamboro to the last race of the year at Peterborough,

Outside of three events, Wilson completed every race in 2017 in the top-15, and had the ultimate of highs with his first career modified top-10 finish at his home track, Sauble Speedway.

A past winner of the sportsmanship award for other divisions, he continued to win the hearts of fans, spreading awareness by supporting causes like #BurnOutTheBully and Laps for Muscular Dystrophy.

“One of the coolest parts of running with the Modifieds is getting to run with guys I’ve grown up watching race at the short tracks in Ontario for years,” he commented post-season. “Guys like Gary Elliott, Tim Tolton, Gary McLean, and others! I learn so much from every car on track, whether it’s by following their lines, or racing side-by-side! I’m excited to see what 2018 brings the OSCAAR Modifieds as the racing got tighter between every car each week. These guys are all competitive and every time on track they’re closing the gaps between one another; it’s going to be a great season for sure!”

OSCAAR congratulates Wally Wilson on a great 2017 season, and wishes him the best of luck next year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

10th in OSCAAR Pro Midget Points – Cassidy March

Cassidy Marsh at the ACC Peterbororugh Speedway 2017

Entering the season confident, Cassidy March started off the year well before encountering problems through the second half.

March was one of the drivers who got experience during the 2016 season, scoring three podium finishes. As a result, many thought he would be the next driver to score his first career victory.

The season-opener at Peterborough Speedway did not go as planned, as March was involved in a wreck on the opening lap, seeing his feature end before it even got started. He had shown speed, though, with a runner-up in heats.

March would rebound the following week at Flamboro Speedway, though, finishing fourth. However, he wouldn’t be as lucky at Sauble Speedway, evidently placing ninth.

The return to Flamboro was welcomed by the No. 81 Rust Check team, though, as the Hamilton, Ontario oval has always treated him well. This time did not disappoint, either, as he posted a fourth-place finish despite going for a spin on the frontstretch on Lap 11.

With momentum on his side, he was able to keep the positive finishes coming with the double-header at Peterborough, posting a pair of top-fives.

While the first six features of the season worked out decently, the second half of the year was less than memorable. Whether due to mechanical issues or wrecks, nothing seemed to go the way that March hoped, evidently resulting in four straight finishes outside the top-10.

March has made the decision to go a different direction in 2018, set to compete on the Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midget tour. OSCAAR wishes March and his team the best of luck in their endeavors.

 

Recap: Ashley McCubbin / Photo Credit: Trackside Photos by Debbie Spence.

Watson Family Victorious at Autumn Colours Classic

OSCAR Outlaw Super Late Model Top 3 at the ACC 2017

When it came to the OSCAAR Super Late Models at Peterborough Speedway, it was all about the Watson family. Brandon Watson wasted no time getting to the front to win the event for a second straight year, while Glenn Watson was crowned the 2017 series champion with a runner-up.

John Cadman won the first heat ahead of Glenn Watson, Gary Passer, Dustin Jackson, Craig Stevenson, and Robert Bickle.

The second qualifier featured a quick yellow flag when Jamie Richardson spun on Lap 1. Brandon Watson picked up the win ahead of Kimball, Tyler Hawn, Dario Capirchio, Brett Jackson, Richardson, and Mike Hillliard.

Tyler Hawn won the third heat ahead of Brandon Watson, Glenn Watson, Cadman, Gallant, Capirchio, and Bickle.

The last lap of the fourth qualifier saw Kimball spin Passer around. Dustin Jackson picked up the win ahead of Hilliard, Kimball, Passer, Richardson, and Brett Jackson.

Come feature time, Tyler Hawn started pole virtue of his Chase for the Colours victory alongside Charlie Gallant. Brandon Watson qualified third, followed by John Cadman, Glenn Watson, Ryan Kimball, Gary Passer, Mike Hilliard, Dario Capirchio, Jamie Richardson, Brett Jackson, and Dustin Jackson.

Hawn would jump out to the early lead ahead of Brandon Watson, followed by Glenn Watson, Cadman, Passer, and Kimball. Glenn went to make a move underneath Brandon for second on Lap 3, but contact resulted causing Glenn to spin and the first caution.

Hawn got a good restart to keep the lead initially, but Brandon Watson got alongside him on Lap 7, before taking the top spot a lap later. Cadman moved into second on Lap 10 ahead of Kimball, with Hawn back to fourth.

Passer ran fifth as Glenn Watson and Gallant battled side-by-side for sixth behind the lapped Dustin Jackson. Watson got the spot on Lap 12 ahead of Gallant, Brett Jackson, Hilliard, Capirchio and Richardson. Capirchio then made his way by Hilliard on Lap 18 to move up to ninth, while Watson passed Passer for fifth on Lap 21 as they passed the lapped Hilliard. The shuffling continued with Brett Jackson passing Gallant for seventh at the halfway mark.

With 26 laps on the board, Brandon Watson led Cadman, Kimball, Glenn Watson, Hawn, Passer, Brett Jackson, Gallant, Capirchio, Hilliard, and Richardson. Hilliard would make his way down pit road on Lap 38. Meanwhile, Cadman had been trying to work at closing the gap between himself and the leader, but was held up behind the lap car of Jackson. After being held up for at least 10 laps, Cadman would make contact with Jackson, spinning him around for the caution at Lap 39.

Brandon Watson got a good restart to keep the lead ahead of Kimball, Glenn Watson, Hawn, Passer, Cadman, Jackson, Gallant, and Capirchio. Glenn then got alongside Kimball for second at Lap 42, completing the pass with seven laps to go. Cadman would also continue to move forward, passing Passer for fifth at Lap 44, followed by a move on Hawn for fourth with two laps to go.

Brandon Watson picked up the win ahead of Glenn Watson, Ryan Kimball, John Cadman, Tyler Hawn, Gary Passer, Brett Jackson, Charlie Gallant, Dario Capirchio, and Jamie Richardson. The runner-up was enough for Glenn to clinch the 2017 OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship.

By Ashley McCubbin

McLean Scores Victory; Gignac Crowned Modified Champion

OSCAAR Modifieds Top 3 at the ACC 2017

Despite craziness throughout the entire weekend, a familiar face was in victory lane when everything was complete as Gary McLean won the Autumn Colours Classic OSCAAR Modified feature on Sunday at Peterborough Speedway. Meanwhile, a podium finish was enough for Luke Gignac to be crowned series champion.

The heats did not start off cleanly, with John Harper going around on the opening lap. Then while battling for the lead, contact between Chris Milwain and Andy Jankowaik saw Jankowaik go over the front end of Milwain in turns three and four. Brad Stevenson picked up the win ahead of A.J. Emms, Cliff Hodgkinson, Harper, Randy Hollingsworth, Milwain, and Jankowaik.

Cory Horner won the second qualifier ahead of John Baker Jr., Gary McLean, Aaron McLean, Robert Warnes, Stu Robinson Jr., and Dale Reinhart.

The start of the third heat didn’t go well with Jase Cornell getting sideways, resulting in Luke Gignac going for a slide through the frontstretch grass. J.R. Fitzpatrick picked up the win ahead of Gignac, Gary Elliott, Connor James, Mike Hearty, Adam Cuthbertson, and Wally Wilson.

Gary McLean won the fourth qualifier ahead of Baker Jr., Aaron McLean, Milwain, Jankowaik, Tolton, and Hodgkinson.

The fifth heat saw Elliott spin Robinson Jr. on the opening lap, with Luke Gignac winning ahead of Horner, Fitzpatrick, Robinson Jr., Reinhart, Warnes, Elliott, and Wilson.

A.J. Emms won the sixth qualifier ahead of Stevenson, James, Hearty, Cornell, Harper, Cole McFadden, and Hollingsworth.

Come feature time, Luke Gignac started pole virtue of his Chase for the Colours victory alongside John Harper. Cory Horner qualified third, followed by Brad Stevenson, A.J. Emms, J.R. Fitzpatrick, John Baker Jr., Gary McLean, Aaron McLean, Connor James, Mike Hearty, Tim Tolton, Gary Elliott, Stu Robinson Jr., Chris Milwain, Robert Warnes, Cliff Hodgkinson, Jase Cornell, Andy Jankowaik, Dale Reinhart, Randy Hollingsworth, Cole McFadden, Wally Wilson, and David Balych.

The race would not start off cleanly as Aaron McLean went for the spin down the frontstretch on the opening lap. Then on Lap 2, there’d be a pile-up in turn two involving Fitzpatrick, James, Tolton, Hodgkinson, Reinhart, and Hollingsworth.

The third attempt to start the race went cleanly with Gignac leading Harper as Emms ran third ahead of Horner, Stevenson, Gary McLean, Baker Jr., Hearty, Tolton, Robinson Jr., Milwain and Elliott. The third caution came out on Lap 6 for McFadden spinning in turn three and four, with Horner heading down pit road under yellow.

The first attempt at a restart saw Cornell spin Fitzpatrick, followed by Balych spinning Hollingsworth. The second attempt resulted in Harper going around. The third attempt saw an incident involving Milwain, James, and Robinson Jr.

The fourth attempt went cleanly with Gignac and Emms side-by-side for the lead. Gignac got the top spot on Lap 11 ahead of Emms as Gary McLean moved into third. McLean would then get by Emms for second a lap later, with the seventh caution coming out on Lap 16 for Tolton going around. With 35 laps to go, Gignac led McLean, Emms, Hearty, Elliott, Baker Jr., Robinson Jr., Aaron McLean, Horner, Warnes, Hollingsworth, Hodgkinson, Milwain, James, and Wilson.

Gary McLean got a good restart to take the lead ahead of Gignac and Emms, with Horner moving up into fourth ahead of Elliott, Robinson Jr., Hearty, Hodgkinson, and Milwain. Milwain then got alongside Hodgkinson for seventh, completing the pass on Lap 21. Behind them, Baker Jr. challenged Warnes for ninth, but that did not go well with Warnes going around for the eighth caution at Lap 23.

The first attempt at a restart did not go as planned, with Milwain and Robinson Jr. making contact, causing both drivers to climb the backstretch wall off of turn two. The decision would be made by race control to revert to single-file restarts, while counting caution laps from here on out.

The second attempt went cleanly as the restart came on Lap 26 with Gary McLean leading Gignac, Emms, Elliott, Horner, Baker Jr., Warnes, and Hearty. Emms would then get alongside Gignac for second, but the caution came out on Lap 30 for Elliott spinning in turn two. With 20 laps to go, McLean led Gignac, Emms, Horner, Baker Jr., Hearty, Tolton, Hodgkinson, Warnes, James, Wilson, McFadden, and Elliott.

The restart came at Lap 35 with McLean getting the jump as Emms moved into second ahead of Gignac, Elliott and Baker Jr., with Horner and Hearty side-by-side for sixth. Horner got the spot with 11 laps to go ahead of Hearty, Tolton, Warnes, James, McFadden, Hodgkinson, and Wilson.

Gary McLean led the rest of the way en route to scoring the victory ahead of A.J. Emms, Luke Gignac, Gary Elliott, and Cory Horner. Mike Hearty finished sixth, followed by Tim Tolton, Richard Warnes, Connor James, and Cole McFadden. Cliff Hodgkinson finished 11th, followed by Wally Wilson, John Baker Jr., Randy Hollingsworth, and Stu Robinson Jr. Chris Milwain finished 16th, followed by Aaron McLean, David Balych, Brad Stevenson, and J.R. Fitzpatrick. Jase Cornell finished 21st, followed by John Harper, Andy Jankowaik, and Dale Reinhart.

By Ashley McCubbin

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