OSCAR Hot Rod Series Top Three

Jesse Kennedy Scores OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Feature Victory at Sunset

INNISFIL, Ontario — Taking the lead midway through the event, Jesse Kennedy would score his first career Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series victory on Saturday at Sunset Speedway.

Jesse Kennedy started off the night in victory lane by winning the first qualifier in front of Tyler Hawn, Amanda Balson, Adrian Foster, Dan Rothwell, Jim Blackwell, and Sean Walker.

Trevor Thompson won the second heat ahead of Kyle Fetterly, Marty Monette, Paul Senior, Billy Alderson Jr., Sean McFell, and Jeremy Taggert.

Cole Weber won his first career qualifier ahead of Steve Book, Rob Bromley, Dave Waite, Dalen Martin, Gary Hannah, Steve Mayhew, and Jaymee Adams.

The fourth heat featured a quick yellow flag with Fetterly and Alderson Jr. going around for a spin. Marty Monette picked up his first career win ahead of Balson, Hawn, Kennedy, Fetterly, Senior, Rothwell, and Alderson Jr.

There was a caution in the fifth qualifier, with Adams going around in turn two. Trevor Thompson scored the daily double ahead of Martin, Waite, McFell, McLean, and Adams.

Steve Book won the sixth heat ahead of Weber, Foster, Mayhew, Hannah, Cowan, and Blackwell. Unfortunately, the qualifier ended in a bad way for Blackwell as he made significant contact with the inside frontstretch wall.

Come feature time, Cole Weber started pole ahead of Amanda Balson, Dave Waite, Tyler Hawn, Marty Monette, Steve Book, Trevor Thompson, Jesse Kennedy, Adrian Foster, Kyle Fetterly, Dalen Martin, Paul Senior, Steve McFell, Steve Mayhew, Jeremy Taggert, Billy Alderson Jr., Ryan Cowan, Dan Rothwell, Jaymee Adams, Gary Hannah, Sean Walker, and Jeremy McLean.

Amanda Balson would grab the lead off the initial drop of the green, as Hawn battled Weber for second ahead of Kennedy, Book, and Fetterly. Hawn got the spot on Lap 5, with Kennedy following him through. Kennedy would then pass Hawn two laps later to take over second, as Weber ran fourth ahead of Book, Fetterly, Monette, Thompson, Senior, and Waite.

Alderson Jr. would then get by Waite for 10th on Lap 9, bringing Foster and Martin through with him. Waite now ran 13th ahead of McLean, McFell, and Mayhew. Book would then get alongside Weber for fourth on Lap 13, but all eyes focused on the front of the field as Kennedy tracked down Balson for the top spot.

Kennedy would try a couple laps in a row, though was unable to clear despite drawing alongside. However on Lap 15, his efforts paid off as Kennedy put the No. 10 out front of the field. The caution would then fly a lap later for Hannah and Cowan slowing on the frontstretch.

The restart would reignite the battle for the lead between Kennedy and Balson, as Hawn ran third with Monette and Book side-by-side for fourth. Book got the spot on Lap 19 with Thompson sixth as Weber and Fetterly battled for seventh. Meanwhile, Senior headed down pit road with issues.

Kennedy’s persistence would pay off, as he cleared Balson to take over the top spot on Lap 22. Hawn continued to run third ahead of Book, Monette, Thompson, Weber, Fetterly, and Alderson. Fetterly continued to move forward, passing Weber for seventh on Lap 25, as Rothwell headed into the pits. Weber’s issues got bigger as he slowed off turn three a lap later, before pulling into the infield.

Once Jesse Kennedy got out front, he set it on cruise control en route to scoring the victory ahead of Amanda Balson, Tyler Hawn, Steve Book, and Trevor Thompson.

Following the first event of the season, Jesse Kennedy holds a three-point advantage over Marty Monette in the series standings.

The Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods are back in action on Sunday, August 8 at Sunset Speedway.

The 2021 OSCAAR Hot Rod season is sponsored by Knightworks Design and The Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Campground.

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.

Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods Results

  1. Jesse Kennedy
  2. Amanda Balson
  3. Tyler Hawn
  4. Steve Book
  5. Trevor Thompson
  6. Marty Monette
  7. Kyle Fetterly
  8. Billy Alderson Jr.
  9. Adrian Foster
  10. Jeremy McLean
  11. Dalen Martin
  12. Steve Mayhew
  13. John Lavelle
  14. Jeremy Taggert
  15. Sean Walker
  16. Jaymee Adams
  17. Paul Senior
  18. Cole Weber
  19. Dan Rothwell
  20. Dave Waite
  21. Gary Hannah
  22. Ryan Cowan
  23. Jim Blackwell – DNS
  24. Rob Bromley – DNS

Race Report by Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Modified Series Top Three

A.J. Emms Scores OSCAAR Modified Victory After Sparks Fly Late

INNISFIL, Ontario – Contact between the leaders would result in newly-wed A.J. Emms scoring the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It victory at Sunset Speedway on Sunday after having to start tail of the field due to missing qualifying.

INNISFIL, Ontario – Contact between the leaders would result in newly-wed A.J. Emms scoring the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It victory at Sunset Speedway on Sunday after having to start tail of the field due to missing qualifying.

Norman Newman won the first heat ahead of Kelly Balson, Dale Reinhart, Mike Hearty, Ryan Dick, Luke Gignac, and Paul Townsend.

Coltin Everingham scored his first career qualifier victory in front of T.J. Edwards, Jake Watson, Chad Strawn, Steve Lyons, Jeff Walt, Marshall Schrenk, and Wally Wilson.

Taylor Holdaway subbing for A.J. Emms won his first career heat ahead of Brent McLean, Jason Keen, TJ Marshall, Jase Cornell, and Tommy Robb.

Steve Lyons scored his first career qualifier victory in front of Dick, Strawn, Balson, Watson, Everingham, Hearty, and Townsend.

T.J. Edwards picked up the checkered flag in the fifth heat ahead of Keen, Walt, Schrenk, Cornell, and Wilson.

The sixth qualifier saw a quick caution for McLean, Milwain, and Newman going around for spins on the backstretch, with Milwain heading pit side afterwards. Dale Reinhart got the victory in front of Holdaway, Newman, Marshall, and Gignac.

Come feature time, Norman Newman started pole ahead of Steve Lyons, Dale Reinhart, Kelly Balson, Brent McLean, T.J. Edwards, Jason Keen, Chad Strawn, Ryan Dick, Chad Strawn, Jake Watson, T.J. Marshall, Jase Cornell, Marshall Schrenk, Mike Hearty, Luke Gignac, Wally Wilson, Paul Townsend, A.J. Emms, Chris Milwain, and Tommy Robb.

The race started off with a bang – literally, as Mike Hearty made contact in turn four with Gignac, resulting in Gigac getting into the outside wall, and Milwain spun around. The restart was not cleaner, with Newman making significant contact with the inside frontstretch wall after getting sideways while battling Lyons for the lead.

Dale Reinhart would grab the lead on the restart ahead of Lyons and Edwards as craziness broke out with McLean, Watson, and Everingham mid-pack. However, the yellow flag quickly returned, with Dick’s car slowing on the frontstretch. With 37 laps to go, Reinhart led Lyons, Edwards, Keen, Balson, Strawn, McLean, Everingham, Watson, Marshall, Emms, Schrenk, Cornell, Townsend, Hearty, Wilson, Milwain, and Robb.

The restart would see Strawn head straight to pit road with mechanical issues. Meanwhile, Steve Lyons got a good restart to take the lead ahead of Reinhart, Edwards, Keen, Balson, Everingham, Marshall, and McLean, as Emms got alongside Watson for ninth. That was short lived, though, with the caution coming out on Lap 8 for Cornell going around in turn four.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Reinhart and Lyons, with Dale Reinhart taking over the top spot on Lap 11. Edwards would follow suit for second a lap later, bumping Lyons back to third ahead of Keen and Everingham, as Balson and Emms battled for sixth.

Emms got the spot on Lap 14, passing Everingham two laps later for fifth. Balson would follow suit for sixth on Lap 18, bumping Everingham back to seventh ahead of McLean, Marshall, Watson, and Schrenk, with Schrenk getting alongside Watson two laps later for 10th.

At the halfway mark, Dale Reinhart led T.J. Edwards and Steve Lyons, with Emms getting alongside Keen for fourth on Lap 22. He’d complete the pass a lap later, with Balson continuing to sixth as Everingham and McLean battled for seventh.

Emms would look to continue his climb, getting alongside Lyons for third on Lap 26, but had to fall back in line as they went around the lap car of Wilson. Emms tried again three laps later, completing the pass to take the spot.

Keen continued to run fifth ahead of Balson, as Everingham and McLean’s battle continued. Everingham cleared him for the spot on Lap 31, with Schrenk, Milwain, and Hearty following through in the following laps.

The field ultimately found themselves spread out around the oval, with the top-two having a straightaway advantage on everybody else. Edwards would find himself on Reinhart’s bumper, hunting for a way by as the laps ticked away. He would make his move with two laps later, with contact ensuing, resulting in Reinhart going around.

Inheriting the lead as a result, A.J. Emms got a good restart and led the final two laps en route to picking up the checkered flag. Kelly Balson made the late move to finish second ahead of Steve Lyons, with Jason Keen and Coltin Everingham rounding out the top-five.

Following the first event of the season, A.J. Emms holds a seven-point advantage over Kelly Balson in the series standings.

The Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It are back in action on Saturday, July 31 at Peterborough Speedway. Fans can purchase tickets via the track website to attend the event.

The 2021 OSCAAR Modified season is sponsored by Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Just Foam It, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

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.

Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It Results

  1. A.J. Emms
  2. Kelly Balson
  3. Steve Lyons
  4. Jason Keen
  5. Coltin Everingham
  6. Marshall Schrenk
  7. Mike Hearty
  8. Chris Milwain
  9. Dale Reinhart
  10. Brent McLean
  11. Paul Townsend
  12. Wally Wilson
  13. Jase Cornell
  14. T.J. Edwards
  15. Jake Watson
  16. TJ Marshall
  17. Tommy Robb
  18. Chad Strawn
  19. Ryan Dick
  20. Norman Newman
  21. Luke Gignac
  22. Jeff Walt – DNS
  23. Andy Kamrath – DNS

Race Report written by Ashley McCubbin

OSCAAR Hot Rods at Sunset Speedway

Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods at Sunset Speedway Preview

INNISFIL, Ontario — One of the classes entering 2021 with a lot of anticipation surrounding it is the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, and rightfully so with the list of talented rookies joining the division. Everything will kicked off this weekend at Sunset Speedway for the season opener.

It will mark the 11th time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 in September 2017. Thus far, we’ve seen Dan Archibald and Tyler Hawn score four wins a piece, and a single victories for Billy Alderson Jr. and Tom Walters.

Following each of the events, regardless of the winner, the fans have left the speedway talking about the racing, as the stars of the series have battled side-by-side for multiple laps without a single fender touch.

Hawn will hoping to pick up his fifth Sunset Speedway victory, and notably has just two finishes outside the top-five in eight starts. He enters this weekend as the all-time series leader in race wins, hoping to return to victory lane after finishing off 2020 with a third at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

Nick Clarke will hope to repeat his past success in the series, hoping to put the No. 86 in victory lane. He showed speed last season, with a season-best ninth at Sunset Speedway in September. Notably, he has finished in the top-10 in five of his last seven appearances at the Innisfil, Ontario oval, highlighted by a track-best sixth twice.

Keeping it all in the family, Bill Clarke will hope to break into the top 10 this weekend after scoring a 10th and pair of 11ths in his three appearances with the tour last season. He knows what it takes to hold a checkered flag at Sunset Speedway, having scored a heat win previously.

Jeremy McLean hopes the speed shown with a pair of 10ths last season carries over to this weekend. Sunset Speedway has been a mixed bag of luck for McLean in the past, but he does have a track-best eighth-place finish.

Steve Book heads into this weekend with a smile on his face following no finishes worse than sixth last season. In eight Sunset Speedway races, he has no finishes outside the top-10, with just one appearance outside the top-seven and a track-best second in June 2019.

Paul Senior hopes to have a good outing as he ran strong last season, with no finishes worse than sixth. Notably in four appearances at Sunset, he has only scored one result outside the top-five.

Adam Misener will hope to have some better luck this season, as he finished 13th in his lone start in 2020. Notably, he scored a seventh at Sunset the year prior.

Dalen Martin spent last season working out some new car bugs, but was able to score a top-10 finish with a ninth at Sauble Speedway. He knows what it takes to be successful at Sunset, having scored a heat victory and a track-best fifth in June 2019.

Sean Walker will hope to improve upon last season, where he scored a 16th in his lone appearance on the tour. Notably, he scored a track-best ninth in June 2019. Walker will also have a teammate beginning this weekend, as the team enters a second entry with Gary Hannah behind the wheel.

Robertson and Co. Racing has made a statement in their short time on the OSCAAR tour with the Ford Torino, with Brandon Robertson scoring a sixth at Jukasa Motor Speedway last season. Robertson has ran with the tour at Sunset previously, scoring a 12th at the 2019 Velocity 250, but the team was able to visit victory lane in the heats and place third in the feature with Drew Robertson driving in June 2019.

The team will also expand their footprint in the series, set to enter a second car this season with Marty Monette behind the wheel. If you were hanging around Sunset around 2010 / 2011, you know he is very capable of winning races, as seen in the track’s Super Stock division.

Dan Rothwell will hope to break into the top-10 this weekend, after coming close last season with a season best 13th-place finish. His best result at Sunset previously was 12th in June 2019.

Trevor Thompson made a big splash in his limited appearances on the tour last season, including a victory in the season-finale at Jukasa. Now contending for Rookie of the Year, he will hope to better his runner-up from Sunset last September.

Jim Blackwell got his feet wet on the tour last season, scoring a best finish of 12th in two appearances.

The division will have a couple ladies in the field, with both Amanda Balson and Jaymee Adams set to join the division this season. Balson is no stranger to success at Sunset Speedway, having scored wins in both Thunder Cars (now Super Stocks) and Late Models in previous seasons. Adams, meanwhile, does not have as much experience at Sunset, but has seen consistent improvement in her time behind the wheel at her home track of Sauble Speedway.

The 1965 Rambler Ambassador that visited victory lane last year in September will be in the field, but not with the same driver behind the wheel. Mini Stock competitor Kyle Fetterly purchased the car and hopes to see success in his next step up the racing ladder. He will also have a teammate on track, as the team has built a second car with John Lavelle set to jump behind the wheel.

A couple other rookies to watch are Dave Waite and Jeremy Taggert. While they are new to the series, both have several years of racing under their belt in the past at Peterborough Speedway and Delaware Speedway, respectively.

The Fosters have been involved in motorsports for a number of years, and will look to carry their success that saw them score a feature victory in the series in 2019 forward. Notably, Adrian Foster delivered the team a season-best eighth at Jukasa Motor Speedway.

Beyond the drivers mentioned here, there is the possibility to see other faces make an appearance this weekend at Sunset Speedway. The class is expected to grow through the summer, with several drivers already stating that they will be ready in the coming weeks.

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.

Preview written by Ashley McCubbin

Jeremy Taggert OSCAAR Hot Rod Series

Jeremy Taggert Ready for Change of Pace with OSCAAR Hot Rods

After spending the past 19 years racing every Friday night at Delaware Speedway, Jeremy Taggert knew it was time for a change of pace moving forward.

“We’ve raced a lot of Friday nights at Delaware Speedway and racing every single Friday night of the summer gets to be a lot,” he expressed. “We wanted to take a step back and run something that we can more pick at what we want to do. If we want to run the full season, we’ll do that. If not, then we’ll just go out and have some fun.”

The perfect opportunity presented itself, too, as the veteran is a fan of the old Chevrolet and Jason Legge had a 1958 Chevrolet for sale. After working out the perfect deal with his sponsors, Taggert will join the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods in 2021.
“We’re looking to hopefully just finish every lap and stay on the lead lap as much as we can and learn,” he commented. “It’s a whole new car, new division, and new tracks as there’s a lot of tracks that we haven’t raced at.

“We just want to learn and to keep the car in one piece and load it on the trailer every night. If we can get up there and compete for some top-five’s and top-10’s, we’ll be plenty happy with that.”

Although the schedule will see the No. 58 Landshark Group, DAAGS Used Tires and Service, and Fastenal Chevrolet travel across the province, it’s the trip home to Delaware Speedway which has Taggert most excited.

“It’s a track that I am really familiar with, and hopefully we can have a really good showing there,” he said. “But I’m excited to try some of the short tracks. I’ve heard Sauble and Sunset are really nice tracks, so we’re excited to get up there, too.”

Notably, Delaware Speedway has been a part of his life for a long time, as he has been going there for close to 40 years now since he was a baby with his family involved.

Although behind the wheel for 19 years himself, it is worth noting he had to work for his first career victory.
“It took me 17 years,” he recalled. “We were always a very low budget team and we were finally able to get a little extra money and put it into the car. We ran two years in a row to where we finished second in points with no wins and then finally the third year, we were able to get a win. That was probably the highlight of my career so far.

“Then we raced Late Models at Delaware and were able to get a win – just a heat win but it was still a big moment for us.”

With the experience under his belt and set to change direction moving forward a little, Taggert says his biggest advice to budding racers is simple – have fun.

“I found over the years the more competitive I’ve tried to get, the more I fell out of love in the sport,” he said. “We took a step back and we’re having more fun with it. I enjoy going to the track now, not stressed out about points. My advice is to go out and have fun and if you’re finishing every lap, then you’re doing well.”

The Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods are in action this Sunday, July 25 at Sunset Speedway. They will be joined by the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It, and the Ontario Outlaw Super Late Models.

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.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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