OSCAAR Modified Peterborough Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Modifieds at Peterborough Speedway 2018

This weekend, the OSCAAR Modifieds will take to Peterborough Speedway for their annual summer visit. The event provides the perfect opportunity for the fourth different feature winner of the season to emerge, as well as possibly a way for some drivers to turn their luck around heading into the second half.

Luke Gignac enters this weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-five finishes after making his return to the series. He has proven to be fast at Peterborough previously, winning the Chase for the Colors in August 2017, to go along with a third-place finish in October.

A.J. Emms enters this weekend looking for his fourth top-five of the season as the team tries to overcome some mid-season bad luck. He’s done well at Peterborough in the past, scoring four top-fives in six starts, including a victory in the 2016 edition of the Autumn Colours Classic.

Current points leader John Harper will be looking for his second straight victory after picking up the win at Flamboro. He has been consistent this season, with no finishes outside of the top-four. He knows how to run well at Peterborough, including a fourth in October 2016.

Gary Elliott will be looking for his third straight top-10 following a season-best sixth-place finish at Flamboro. In his eight previous races at Peterborough, he has posted eight top-10’s with a track-best of fourth.

Cory Horner has been consistent this season, posting no finishes outside of the top-eight. In his seven previous events at Peterborough, he has only placed outside of the top-seven once, highlighted by a runner-up in October 2015.

Wally Wilson will look to shake the bad luck that has plagued his team thus far this season. His best previous finish at Peterborough was 12th in last year’s Autumn Colours Classic.

Jase Cornell will hope to score his eighth career top-10 as he enters the weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-10 performances. He was solid at Peterborough previously, finishing ninth in August 2017.

Dale Reinhart has been solid on a weekly basis, and enters this weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-five finishes. He scored a fifth-place finish at Peterborough in August 2017.

Mike Hearty will make the trip from Sault St. Marie, hoping to score his sixth top-10 of 2018 following a season-best sixth twice. Should we mention that he finished sixth in last year’s Autumn Colours Classic, too.

David Balych hasn’t had the year he wanted as he has yet to score a top-10 in three starts thus far this season.

Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Flamboro after finishing 19th in the most recent series event at Kawartha. He has done well earlier this year, as he finished fifth at Sunset Speedway at the beginning of July.

Dan Price had some damage to fix following a first lap incident at Kawartha, but he will be someone to watch this weekend as Peterborough Speedway is his home track.

The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – have each impressed this season with lots of speed and ability behind the wheel.

Bowden enters this weekend hoping to keep the magic going following an eighth-place finish at Flamboro despite a mid-race spin.

Showler enters this weekend hoping to get back on the podium like he did at Jukasa and Sunset, following back-to-back finishes outside of the top-10.

Keen hopes to find his steady consistency once again after posting a solid ninth at Flamboro.

Tyler Di Venanzo will look to keep building experience with his third series start of the season, following a 12th-place finish at Flamboro.

Marshall Schrenk will be looking to put some momentum together following back-to-back top-10’s.

Branden Bullen will make his second series start of the season, hoping to find his way to the front on Saturday night.

Raymond Anthony is also set to make his series start after making his debut at Kawartha. He hopes to have a nice, smooth night while continuing to learn the characteristics of the car.

Bob Franks will be making his first OSCAAR trip to Peterborough Speedway, hoping to break into the top-10 after a 13th-place finish at Kawartha in June.

Kelly Balson knows what it takes to win at Peterborough in both a late model and super late model. He will try to do the same now in the modified after finishing third in his most recent OSCAAR start at Kawartha.

The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Peterborough Speedway website at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/.

By: Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Pro Sprint Peterborough Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Pro Sprints 2018

After a thriller at Flamboro Speedway, the OSCAAR Pro Sprints are primed and ready for their fourth event of the 2018 campaign at Peterborough Speedway this weekend.

The man to beat is Daniel Hawn as he has swept the first three races this season, giving him eight straight dating back to last year. For the record, he has won the last two features at Peterborough as part of that stretch.

James Stanley will be looking good run after running into mechanical issues at Flamboro Speedway. He has run well at Peterborough previously, scoring a podium in each of his last two starts.

Rob Summers will be looking for a top-10 finish this weekend after making significant contact with the frontstretch wall during his qualifying heat race, ending his night early. In his last four races at Peterborough, he has only one finish outside of the top-five.

He won’t be the only member of the Summers family to watch, though, as Kelly Summers will be hoping to make her second trip to Peterborough Speedway’s famed victory lane come the end of the night. She was solid in her first start of the season at Flamboro with a sixth-place finish.

Gary Triska will be looking for another top-10 after picking up a season-best eighth at Flamboro Speedway. Notably, he has yet to score one in three starts at Peterborough.

Brody Rickwood could break through for his first top-10 of the season, if the mechanical issues that have been plaguing his team thus far this year go run and hide. He has ran well at Peterborough, scoring a track-best fifth in May 2017.

Shawn Stanley will be looking for his third straight top-10, following a season-best seventh at Flamboro Speedway. He finished eighth at Peterborough last fall.

Ryan Battilana will hope to score his first OSCAAR podium finish this weekend as he has started off the 2018 campaign with a pair of fourths and an 11th.

Coming off a runner-up finish at Flamboro for his second straight top-five, you have to expect Jaden Riddel to be a possible candidate to score his first career series win this weekend.

You also have to keep your eye on the other youngster Tyler Cullen, as he scored a season-best third at Flamboro for his first career podium finish.

Kevin Taylor hopes to carry the momentum forward following his second career OSCAAR top-five at Flamboro with a fifth-place finish.

Parker Bowman will be looking to get his season back on-track as he showed speed with a sixth in the season opener, though finished 14th in his most recent event.

Norman Newman made his OSCAAR debut at Peterborough last year with a sixth-place finish, kickstarting his want to be behind the wheel this season. He has done well so far this year, entering this weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-five finishes.

The Anthony brothers will hope to get the bugs worked out as issues plagued their runs, keeping them both outside of the top-10 at Sunset Speedway.

Brian MacDonald made his 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint debut at Flamboro, scoring a solid 10th-place finish.

Sophie Horton may be a rookie, but she’s proving that she can race door-to-door with the best in OSCAAR Pro Sprint competition after scoring a pair of runner-ups to kick off 2018.

By Ashley McCubbin

John Harper Runs Away with OSCAAR Modified Victory

OSCAAR Modifieds Top 3 at Flamboro Speedway

Taking the lead just before the halfway mark, John Harper would pace the field the rest of the way en route to winning the OSCAAR Modified feature at Flamboro Speedway.

Harper won the first heat ahead of Jason Keen, Jason Bowden, Gary Elliott, Dale Reinhart, Marshall Schrenk, and Tyler Di Venanzo.

Cory Horner won the second heat ahead of A.J. Emms, Jase Cornell, Luke Gignac, Jeff Showler, David McKnight Jr., and Wally Wilson.

Gary Elliott won the third heat ahead of Shower, Horner, Bowden, Harper, McKnight, and Di Venanzo.

Dale Reinhart won the fourth heat ahead of Gignac, Emms, Schrenk, Keen, Cornell, and Wilson.

With Gary Elliott and A.J. Emms leading the field to green, it’d be Emms taking the top spot ahead of Elliott, Reinhart, Harper, Gignac, Bowden, Horner, Keen, Showler, Cornell, Schrenk, McKnight Jr., Wilson and Di Venanzo in the early stages. Horner would get by Bowden to move up to sixth, with Showler looking to follow him through. Unfortunately, that didn’t work as they’d be contact with both crashing in turn one for the race’s lone caution on Lap 8.

Emms got a good restart to keep the lead with Reinhart moving up into second as Elliott didn’t get a good restart, causing a three-wide battle for position mid-pack immediately. Harper would move up into third ahead of Gignac, Horner, Elliott, Keen, Cornell, Schrenk, Bowden, McKnight, and Wilson.

Harper continued to move forward, passing Reinhart for second with 13 laps on the board. There’d be battles through the pack with Schrenk moving up into eighth ahead of Bowden and Cornell on Lap 14, with Di Venanzo passing Wilson a lap later.

Harper would track down Emms for the lead, getting alongside him for the top spot just before the halfway mark at Lap 18. It’d take four laps, but Harper took the lead on Lap 22 ahead of Emms and Reinhart. Reinhart would then make his way by for second, bringing Horner and Gignac through with him to bump Emms back to fifth. Back in the field, Wilson received the black flag, bringing him down to the pits early.

John Harper picked up the win ahead of Dale Reinhart, Cory Horner, Luke Gignac, A.J. Emms, Gary Elliott, Marshall Schrenk, Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, Jase Cornell, David McKnight Jr., Tyler Di Venanzo, Wally Wilson, and Jeff Showler.

Now going into Peterborough, Harper leads Horner by six points, with Dale Reinhart sitting another 42 points back in third. Gary Elliott is fourth in points, followed by Gary McLean and Jeff Showler tied for fifth.

By Ashley McCubbin

Daniel Hawn Out-Runs OSCAAR Pro Sprint Kids for Victory


OSCAAR Pro Sprint Top 3 at Flamboro Speedway

Youth may be on the rise in the OSCAAR Pro Sprint division, but experience also matters as Daniel Hawn beat out a pair of 15-year-olds to score the victory at Flamboro Speedway.

The first heat didn’t go smoothly as both Ryan Battilana and James Stanley broke, while Rob Summers made contact with the frontstretch wall. Jaden Riddel scored the win ahead of Tyler Cullen, Kelly Summers, and Larry Westwood.

The second heat also featured some more bad luck with Brody Rickwood running into problems, while Kevin Taylor went for a quick spin on the backstretch. Daniel Hawn picked up the win ahead of Norman Newman, Gary Triska, Taylor, and Brian MacDonald.

Tyler Cullen won the third heat ahead of Brickwood, Taylor, Battilana, Shawn Stanley, Triska, and Westwood.

Daniel Hawn went for the daily double ahead of Newman, Riddel, Kelly Summers and MacDonald as James Stanley broke.

With Kelly Summers and Norman Newman leading the field to green, it didn’t take long for Daniel Hawn to move into the top spot as he was leading by Lap 3 ahead of Newman and Jaden Riddel. Riddel then made his way by Newman on Lap 4 to take second. Behind them, Tyler Cullen ran fourth ahead of Summers, Ryan Battilana, Gary Triska, Kevin Taylor, Shawn Stanley, and Larry Westwood.

Battilana would get alongside Summers for fifth at Lap 7, with Taylor alongside Triska for seventh a lap later. Battilana moved into fifth just before the halfway mark ahead of Summers, Triska, Taylor, Shawn Stanley, Westwood, Brian MacDonald, and Brody Rickwood. The shifting of positions continued with Taylor moving up into seventh ahead of Stanley and Triska at Lap 12.

With 15 laps on the board, Hawn continued to lead ahead of Riddel, with Cullen passing Newman to move into third. Summers ran fifth ahead of Taylor, Stanley, Triska and Battilana as Battilana slowed with a problem. Taylor would break into the top-five on Lap 15, passing Summers for the spot.

Daniel Hawn picked up the win ahead of Jaden Riddel, Tyler Cullen, Norman Newman, Kevin Taylor, Kelly Summers, Shawn Stanley, Gary Triska, Larry Westwood, Brian McDonald, Ryan Battilana, Brody Rickwood, James Stanley, and Rob Summers.

Now going into Peterborough Speedway, Hawn holds a 30-point advantage over Riddel, with Cullen another eight points back in third. James Stanley currently sits fourth, followed by Ryan Battilana and Norman Newman tied for fifth.

By Ashley McCubbin

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