2nd in OSCAAR Hot Rod Points – Dan Price

Dan Price

Catching the attention of everyone watching, Dan Price impressed with his classis 1957 Chevrolet Bell Air en route to placing second in the OSCAAR Hot Rod standings.

When the series kicked off their inaugural campaign at Kawartha Speedway, though, it wasn’t Price behind the wheel of the No. 09. While focused on his modified, he put 1996 Mosport Speedway Champion Derek Henderson in the driver’s seat. Henderson did a solid job, scoring a pair of top-fives in qualifying before placing fourth in the main event despite fuel pick-up issues.

Henderson remained behind the wheel for the next event at Flamboro Speedway, showing more speed this time around without the mechanical problem. It showed on-track, as he scored a third-place finish.
It’s a move that paid off for the series, too, as Henderson is currently building a car of his own for 2018.

“I enjoy being a car owner almost as much as I enjoy being a driver so it really was a very exciting time,” Price said. “Seeing Derek back behind the wheel especially in one of my cars was pretty special after looking up to him when I first got into racing back in the 90’s, I feel responsible for getting him hooked again and I like it.”

Price made his series debut at Brighton Speedway, wanting to be part of OSCAAR history with our first ever dirt event. He started up front in the feature, and ran second through the early stages, but overshooting turn one on Lap 4 proved costly as he’d drop back to fourth, where he’d end up.

Price was also fast at Kawartha a week later, placing second in his heat, but ultimately ended up sixth in the feature.

In the series’ inaugural Sunset Speedway appearance, Price was ran as part of the front runners, starting second in the feature, and battling in the top-five for position throughout en route to a fifth. Price backed it up with another fifth in the second feature, despite being chased down late by Douglas Fischer.

Price finished the same way as the year started – giving someone else a chance to drive the car, as he put dirt regular Logan Shwedyk behind the wheel. He was solid in his performance, ultimately finishing fourth in the feature.

“Logan Shwedyk is a young man who races a Thunder Stock on the dirt and I figured why not give him a task of the pavement; he was incredibly excited and thankful being able to try something new,” Price said. “”This community has brought me such joy, and made me so, so many great friends it’s nice to be able to do something to give back to it. The excitement and gratitude I saw in these guys (along with Casey Cavanagh) was the highlight of my season.”

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Dan Price and his team on their success this year. We look forward to seeing you on-track in 2018.

By: Ashley McCubbin

2nd OSCAAR Midget Points – Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown

After winning the OSCAAR Midget Championship in 2016, Ryan Brown came back just as fast in 2017 en route to another impressive season.

Kicking off the year at Peterborough Speedway, he swept the pair of heats before posting a runner-up finish. He carried the momentum to Flamboro Speedway, piloting the No. 24 Midget to a qualifier win, before scoring the feature victory.

Capping the shortened season off at Sauble Speedway, he placed fourth and second in the pair of events.

For Brown, the past two seasons have been beyond impressive in midget competition, with 11 straight top-five finishes, including three victories.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Ryan Brown on his success this season. We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors.

By: Ashley McCubbin

3rd in Super Late Model Points – Charlie Gallant

Charlie Gallant

With a pair of feature victories, Charlie Gallant showed speed en route to placing third in the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model standings.

Right from the beginning of the season at Flamboro Speedway, Gallant showed speed. He placed sixth in the opening feature, before leading nine laps en route to a runner-up in the second.

The momentum followed him into June at Kawartha Speedway with a solid fifth. He then returned back to Flamboro, putting together another pair of solid features with two fourth-place finishes.

Entering July on the heels of consecutive top-five finishes, a trip to the beach saw him get one step closer to the feature glory, as he scored a runner-up to Glenn Watson at Sauble Speedway. His return to Kawartha Speedway went equally as well, as he ran inside the top-five for the entire 50 laps en route to a fourth.

The third trip of the year to Flamboro Speedway was when the race fans really caught up to the speed that Gallant was capable of. Running twin 25 lap features, Gallant was solid in the first affair, keeping himself in contention with a fourth. The second event, though, was when all eyes opened widely. Starting on pole, he quickly put a gap on the field, cruising through the second half en route to feature victory.

The month of August saw things continually go well for the driver of the No. 40P South Shore Services Super Late Model with the series’ first trip of 2017 to Peterborough Speedway. Once again, the familiar speed was there and paid off, as Gallant cruised to his second career victory. He then backed it up with a sixth in the second event.

Returning to Peterborough a month later for the Autumn Colours Classic, he capped off the campaign with an eighth-place finish.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Charlie Gallant on an impressive 2017 season. We wish you the best of luck in your racing endeavors in 2018.

By: Ashley McCubbin

3rd OSCAAR Modified Points – Chris Milwain

Chris Milwain

Showing speed right from the season opener at Flamboro Speedway in May, Chris Milwain put together a solid campaign en route to placing third in the OSCAAR Modified standings.

Kicking off 2017 at Flamboro, he won the opening heat of the season, before leading flag-to-flag in the 30 lap feature en route to scoring his first career modified victory.

He carried the momentum to Kawartha Speedway to start off June, coming from mid-pack to post a third-place finish on the half-mile oval. Unfortunately, returning to Flamboro did not go as planned as mechanical issues saw him end up 13th, followed by a 10th at Sauble Speedway.

Needing a turnaround, going back to Kawartha Speedway was exactly what the doctor ordered. Milwain led several laps throughout the 30-lap feature after taking the lead on Lap 3, before being passed in the final five laps en route to a runner-up. He then rounded out the month of July with his second career victory at Flamboro after leading the second half of the feature.

The solid performances continued for Milwain, as he finished the Chase for the Colours at Peterborough Speedway in fourth. He was also strong in his return to Sauble, making it back up to sixth despite a spin in the early stages, but he was one of several caught up in a late-race crash.

Needing a strong run to keep him in the championship hunt, Milwain ran inside the top-three throughout the Velocity 250 feature, including tagging the back of leader Gary McLean on a late-race restart with two laps to go, en route to a third-place place.

He was then able to capitalize a week later at Flamboro Speedway, taking the lead on the opening lap and never looking back en route to his third career victory. The win proved pivotal for his title chances, as both his title rivals ran into problems during the late stages.

Although he gave himself a fair shot entering Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic, the weekend would not go smoothly. He and Andy Jankowaik got together during the first heat, resulting in significant damage to the No. 21 Modified. He was able to get the damage fixed before Saturday’s action, but it ultimately hurt his starting position for the 50-lap feature, qualifying 15th. He began to make up ground, but a heavy crash on Lap 23 took him out of the event and ended his title chances. Thankfully, he was able to walk away uninjured.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Chris Milwain on a great season. We wish you the best of luck in 2018.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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