Wally Wilson Seeks Continued Improvement Towards Top-Five in 2021

Wally Wilson

In each season he has been behind the wheel of an OSCAAR Modified, Wally Wilson has found a bit more speed. That is a trend that continued, despite the 2020 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop campaign being cut down to four races.

“Looking back in the shortened 2020 season, I’d say that we were able to put together a solid campaign,” Wilson said. “While I was able to gain my best career finish, we’ve still got some work to do, but I think we showed that we’re going to be a force next season!”

While he was able to score a career-best eighth at Sunset Speedway this past summer, he notes the team could improve on the bigger tracks, such as Jukasa Motor Speedway and Delaware Speedway.

“We’ve been working hard in the shop already preparing our cars, which is something that’s a bit different is that we’re off to an earlier start with it this year,” he added.

The fact they are showing speed, combined with being in the shop earlier than previous seasons has Wilson motivated to make 2021 his “year to really shine and turn some heads, finally.”

“It would mean a lot to me for us to get a top 5 or heat win, just because I know how hard myself and my team have worked at getting to that point,” he commented. “It’s been a lot more difficult than anticipated, but I believe we’re capable of it next season. Of course as special as it would be, I also know that we have work to do to continue improving, and a lot of time in the shop preparing the cars to potentially win a championship and features in the future!”

Looking at the potential schedule ahead, Sauble Speedway is circled first on his calendar, being his home track. However, Wilson notes he has grown to enjoy the trips to Flamboro Speedway and Peterborough Speedway, and Sunset Speedway joined the list virtue of his September finish.

For Wilson, the motivation to get behind the wheel of a modified came from watching the NASCAR Tour-Type modifieds on television.

“The mods have always been one of my favourites to watch,” he expressed. “There was many times my dad and I would go to Sauble Speedway to watch the OSCAAR Modifieds in action before we began to race in the series! They’ve always been one of the coolest cars on track no matter where they are!”

Being able to compete in the series with the No. 69 has been special for Wilson with having been with him since childhood.

“Growing up, I would always ask my dad what number I should put on the car I coloured in old NASCAR colouring books, and NASCAR games,” Wilson recalled. “He would always tell me 69, because it’s the same upside down as it is upside right, which I must say is a true statement as I’ve been upside down at Peterborough in the Midgets back in 2015!”

For the 2021 campaign, Wilson welcomes back returning sponsors The Fyre Place & Patio Shop and Have1.com to the team.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Paul Senior Grateful for Opportunity To Compete in 2020

Paul Senior OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Driver #8

Despite a lot of things going on around the world right now, one thing stayed the same – OSCAAR getting some racing complete on the track. The chance to go fast and battle for positions was not taken for granted by one of the stars of the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park.

“Looking back on the 2020 race season, I’m very grateful for what Dave (Gainforth) and OSCAAR did for us competitors, just getting the opportunity to compete was big,” Paul Senior said. “It also showed me how much I’d miss it if we didn’t get to race at all.”

Paul Senior was one of the 29 different competitors to make laps this season, scoring a season-best third-place finish at Sunset Speedway in September.

“Reflecting on my performance, I need to focus a bit on getting the car to turn just a bit more,” he commented. “We have great power – in my opinion one of the cars to beat for the win, but our Peter-Built race car just needs a few small updates. We’re very, very close to a breakout season even with the competition level increasing with some of the drivers that showed up this year like Tom Walters and Trevor Thompson.”

Even knowing where his own program stands, Senior also recognizes the challenge is just going to increase moving forward with having peaked at the driver registration list.

“I think it’s gonna get pretty wild on the competition side,” he expressed. “More and more heavy hitters like Dwayne Baker and Amanda Balson, plus a few that are laying low about competing. It’s going to be a tuff field to win in.

“With that being said, I still think we will win a feature this year. I have a stronger team than ever; If I do my job as a driver, it’s more than possible for me and my guys. I’m hell bent on winning this coming season.”

If there was one place to choose to break-through for the first victory, certainly doing so at Kawartha Speedway would be a highlight if everything comes together in seeing the track return to the schedule.

“Been going to races there for many years and I love the high speed tracks like that so for me it’s an opportunity I’d never thought I’d get after the track being dormant for a few years,” he commented. “I always look forward to Sunset Speedway. I love to compete at our ‘Home Track’ and will be running there in the LLM class when not running the OSCAAR Tour.”

Senior will once again be behind the wheel of the 1974 Ford Maverick that he has ran for the past two seasons, originally built by Peter Schotanus. It’ll also have the familiar No. 8 on the driver’s door, that has always been one of his favourite numbers and been part of his racing days, going back to North Bay Speedway.

The 2021 season will see the No. 8 carry sponsorship from Juniors Tire, Adam’s Graphics, Muds Garage, Storey Equipment Rentals, and Chris and Katie from Flat Rate Towing. The team is also currently seeking marketing partners to join their team for both the Hot Rod and Limited Late Model.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Final Reflections on the 2020 Season

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway.

The opinions of the piece reflect those of the writer, Ashley McCubbin, as a final glance is taken back at the year that was.

The 2020 OSCAAR season was like no other, as the series worked around restrictions with tracks and fellow series to ensure competitors got to the track for a little action.

The strangest feeling was glancing up into the grandstands at each of the events, and seeing there was not many faces up there. With the government limiting attendance to just 100 people, it certainly is nowhere near filling even a quarter of the stands leaving a lot of bare wood and steel to see.

It almost makes it feel like a practice day, not giving you the same feeling and electricity as race day. It becomes even more noticeable when you watch a close battle for the lead, or fan favourite grace victory lane, and the cheers barely are loud enough to hear in the infield. It’s a feeling to be missed as you almost feel like you are on an island.

While not the sight you want to see, it may serve as the perfect reminder that you do not know what you have until it’s too late. For fans not being able to join us this year, hopefully it persuades you even harder to join us when the restrictions are lifted. For those who were there, maybe it encourages you to bring out new faces in hoping to ensure people are there so we never face this feeling.

Fans did get a taste of the action, though, thank you to GForceTV Network for carrying all of the events. The broadcast team worked hard in ensuring each venue they visited, they caught all of the angles so nothing was missed, while also making sure everybody was mentioned on air. Adam Ross, Greg Calnan, and Clinton Geoffrey deserve a round of applause for calling the action the whole way to ensure that happened.

During those events, the fans got treated to a show as the drivers certainly did not hold back despite this evidently being an exhibition shortened season of sorts. Each of the races saw fields bigger than 15 cars showcased for the divisions, with all of the heavy weights ensuring they made at least one appearance.

The open-wheel stars showcased high-speed at Canada’s Crown Jewel Jukasa Motor Speedway, and then turned around and put together some close battles for positions on back-to-back weeks at Sunset Speedway. The regular favourites for victories ran up front with Andy Kamrath and A.J. Emms each visiting victory lane, but new talent proved they’ll be part of the picture moving forward with T.J. Edwards getting a checkered flag of his own.

If you look back through the past eight years, the series has only continued to grow and evolve since the very first event at Sunset Speedway in 2012. It has become the proven ground for open-wheel asphalt competition in Ontario, and a series that drivers from numerous backgrounds have made their destination.

The Hot Rods were a series that everybody was excited about when they heard the notion, though wondered what would happen beyond the first couple events in seeing the growth taking a slow rate. Flash forward a couple years later, and everything envisioned is coming to fruition and beyond. The series has regular solid car counts, and some of the closest competition in the province.

You could say that the 2020 campaign was the perfect commercial, or tease for the years to come. The tight confines of Sauble Speedway saw the race come down to the final laps as drivers battled back-and-forth for every position from the lead to the back. Though then if you turn around and go to Jukasa Motor Speedway, you witnessed four drivers running similar lap times all the way through as they traded positions.

The fun factor is seeing the varying degrees of experience, from drivers who have only been involved for a couple years, to others who have ran multiple divisions over the past 20. The depth of competition was shown in seeing four different drivers grab a checkered flag, with another six or more quite easily capable of joining the club in the future.

OSCAAR Modifieds at Jukasa Motor Speedway 2020.

The success of everything together came with two of the biggest series in the province – OSCAAR and APC United Late Models of Ontario – working together with the track promoters to make everything come together. So to Luke Ramsay and your team, thank you for a fun summer.

Behind the scenes, OSCAAR has a bunch of dedicated staff that work together to make everything come together flawlessly when the drivers and teams are at the track, from when they arrive to the last checkered flag of the night. Most of their time and work goes unnoticed, but it would not be possible without them as stones would be left unturned.

Though for any series or team to be successful, they need a leader guiding them into the path of battle. OSCAAR is proud to have Dave Gainforth as our series president, working with everybody from staff, to drivers and teams, to track promoters, and our sponsors, to ensure everything come together. The time and effort by him does not go unnoticed by anybody involved with the series, and is one thing we’re very proud to have.

While 2020 was a very unconventional season, it proved that we can overcome challenges and come out stronger on the other side. The lessons learned from the year will only help us moving forward, and hopefully everything blossoms together for a stronger 2021.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

5 Historical Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Moments

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Peterborough Speedway

As we wind down the year in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of OSCAAR competition, it seems only fitting to take a final glance back at some of the most memorable moments. So here are five that stand out in relation to the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods.

Race No. 1

The dream and vision of the select committee that formed what we know as the OSCAAR Hot Rods today saw their first event take place at Kawartha Speedway in June 2017.

Seven cars appeared at the Fraiserville, Ontario oval in hopes of making ‘ol school cool a reality, with OSCAAR Super Late Model veteran Tyler Hawn and Kawartha Mini Stock stand-out Daryl Fice taking the heat victories. Fice also led through the early laps of the feature, but Hawn was able to make his way by just past halfway to lay claim on the inaugural victory.

Since then, each of those competitors involved in the inaugural event have come back to run several more since, including the runner-up that day, Adam Misener

Race No. 25

It took a couple years, with a couple hurtles along the way, but the Hot Rods proved they were here to stay with completing their 25th race on August 24 at Flamboro Speedway.

One of the most unique and memorable builds the series has seen went to victory lane that day, with Rodney Rutherford capturing the checkered flag in his 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne. Unfortunately, a mega incident just a couple weeks later at Jukasa Motor Speedway saw the car sustain serious damage, ending its foray with the series.

While Mike Westwood has been busy on other contributions to OSCAAR since, it’d be certainly be interesting to hear whether a new Biscane is in the works for the future.

Getting Dirty

The Hot Rods have gotten the unique opportunity to add their own chapters to the OSCAAR history books, including the series’ first foray on dirt. The inaugural event was part of the schedule in 2017, taking place at Brighton Speedway mid-July.

Hawn proved his worth within the series once again, taking the victory despite lacking dirt experience in his own right. He did not go unchallenged, as both Steve Mayhew and Art Rodgers utilized what they learned with their experience to try and chase the Beaumont down, but were unable to.

Autumn Colours

For any driver to partake in the Autumn Colours Classic weekend, it marks a special weekend with the history and prestige buried into that event. The competitors in the Hot Rods got their chance to be part of that in 2019, with their inaugural appearance.

They made the most of it, with the battle up front between Steve Book and Hawn remaining close from the drop of the green flag. Despite catching lap traffic, they did not let each other out of their sights, with Hawn trying to utilize every opportunity he could to capture the lead. He was unable to, though, as Book drove to victory lane.

Although Book has yet to capture a championship, he’s certainly left an impression on the division with five trips to feature victory lane, and boasting the longest consecutive top-10 streak in the series with 25 in a row. He’s also caught the fans’ attention with his unique Studebaker Hawk body.

The Undisputed King

Since the first event for the series to his top-five in the 2020 finale at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Tyler Hawn has proved to be the man to beat thus far in the Hot Rods.

It is no surprise that he has earned three championships, coming in a row from 2017 to 2019. He currently tops the all-time win list with nine victories, along with 23 top-five’s and 30 top-10’s.

The only question that remains is whether the dominance can be maintained going into 2021 and beyond as the competition continues to build their notebooks and get stronger.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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