Jim Blackwell Ready to Get Back Behind the Wheel in 2020

Jim Blackwell

After spending the past couple seasons as a crew member, Jim Blackwell is ready to get back behind the wheel and be one of the contenders for the 2020 Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Rookie of the Year Award presented by Ohsweken Speedway.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Blackwell said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been actively involved in a constant program. I’ve been away from stock car racing for over 20 years, and got back in it two years ago when I built Dan Rothwell’s car, and I’ve been helping Dan ever since. So I’m really looking forward to being actively involved – not only as a member of a team, but getting behind the wheel again.”

Blackwell has been hard at working building a 1965 Mercury Cougar to debut at Sunset Speedway in May, after the car and body were made available to him by Roger McGlynn.

“Roger and I have known each other for a long, long time, and when I decided that I was going to build a car for myself, I wanted to do a Ford,” Blackwell shared. “I started in Fords long time ago and nobody else was running a full-time Ford in the OSCAAR series and that was something that I wanted to do for myself, and the series. So the body – the ’65 comet body – was something that Roger had and wasn’t going to do anything with, so it was made available to me at a very good price if I was going to turn it into a racecar.”

Going into his rookie campaign, Blackwell is focused on making it each event, while being competitive on a weekly basis and enjoy the experience.

“It seems like a good group of people,” he commented. “In the last couple of seasons, I’ve gotten to know some of the people involved and it seems like a good atmosphere, whereas years ago it was a combative atmosphere. Today, the people involved with OSCAAR seem to be easier to get along with, and helpful. I’ve gotten to know some of the guys pretty well, and I look forward to competing with them.”

Like several drivers on the tour, he has circled the pair of dates at Jukasa Motor Speedway in June and September on the calendar.

“I think that’d be the more exciting place to go for me,” he explained. “I like Sauble Beach; I ran there many years ago, so it’ll be cool to go back to the beach and run – but probably Jukasa would be the most interesting place for me to go since they’ve rebuilt and repaved it; it’s fast.”

For Blackwell, he has been involved in racing, building his first race car back in 1968.

“I’ve been in, out, and around stock car racing for a long time,” he shared. “I’ve helped a lot of guys, built a lot of cars; most of the tracks, I’ve been to and driven on, so it’s been a lifelong hobby – except for the last 20 years. I was away from it totally for over 20 years until Dan and I got involved again two years ago.”

Looking through the years, he admits it’s hard to circle a favourite memory that stands out.

“There were a lot of ups and downs,” he commented. “Racing is a peaks and valleys sport – one minute you’re on a high, next minute you’re in the wall. I don’t know if I have a favourite moment. I just enjoy the experience, the atmosphere, being involved and participating – so I guess that’d be my favourite thing.”

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., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Ohsweken Speedway Returns as Hot Rod Rookie of the Year Title Sponsor

Oshweken Speedway

OSCAAR is proud to announce that Ohsweken Speedway will be returning as the sponsor of the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Rookie of the Year Award.

“At Ohsweken Speedway, we are very proud of our association with the Hot Rod division,” Ohsweken Speedway General Manager Clinton Geoffrey said. “We are excited to continue supporting one of the most exciting, and engaging divisions in Ontario.”

Known as one of the premiere facilities in Ontario, Ohsweken Speedway runs a weekly Friday night racing program from May to September each year, featuring the 360 Sprint Cars, Crate Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The 3/8 dirt track also welcomes several premiere touring series throughout the year.

“Ohsweken Speedway will continue to provide first class entertainment weekly, along with our full slate of major events in 2020,” Geoffrey added. “We will be celebrating 25 years of racing excellence this season, and we expect it to be our best year yet.”

They will be hosting the first ever dirt race for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 18, as part of their two-day Northern Summer Nationals show. It has already been announced that NASCAR Gander Outdoor RV & Truck Series regular Stewart Friesen will be partaking in the event.

Other big events include the Triple Crown Showdown on July 6, and the 16th Annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on September 19.

Fans can log onto their websites for race and ticket information at www.ohswekenspeedway.com and www.npsondirt.com.

The 2020 campaign marks the fourth season for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, and promises to be jam-packed with action as the series continues to grow. With over 40 drivers already pre-registered, and working in their garages on their rides, you’re going to want to check one of the most unique classes of racing in Ontario.

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., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Brad Holmes “Extremely Excited” for Sophomore Campaign

Brad Holmes

Following a successful rookie campaign, it’s no surprise that Brad Holmes is excited for another season on Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint competition.

“Looking into 2020, I’m extremely excited,” he commented. “Stanley Motorsports had one of its most successful campaigns and we plan to improve on it. We plan to come out with a new car which is also exciting as it presents a new challenge for all of us. It should be interesting for sure.”

Despite having a year under his belt, Holmes is keeping his expectations in check for 2020, as they will remain the same as they were for his rookie campaign – to simply improve from each week to the next.

“The only real difference is we have a baseline of what we know can be accomplished,” he explained. “As for specific goals, a higher points finish is going to be the big one. We fluctuated a lot in the overall points last year being as high as fourth and as low as 10th. Ending up seventh was satisfying for a few weeks, but I don’t think it really reflects the season we had. Along with that is the obvious things, grabbing another heat win , and being able to improve on the lone top-five.”

With a year under his belt, Holmes also notes that he’s excited about getting back to Peterborough Speedway and Sauble Speedway this season.

“I was thrilled to be returning to all the tracks I once knew and loved,” he said. “My Autumn Colours re-debut didn’t go as well as I had hoped; we had a really good run there in August and were hoping to back it up, which didn’t happen. So I’m looking forward to going back and re-writing that one. Although our lone date at Sauble was a short and very rough one for me, I have that track circled in my mind.”

As previously noted, his rookie campaign in 2019 was successful, as Holmes ranked seventh in the year-end standings with one heat win and 11 top-10 finishes.

“Like I mentioned, the overall points finish was slightly disappointing,” he reflected. “I truly don’t believe that is a reflection of how good we were. It’s all overshadowed of course by winning Rookie Of the Year, which is amazing. It was the main goal of the season and we won it by a large margin, so looking back I’m thrilled with how it turned out for me. It was also a highlight moment to get to see James (Stanley) win his first Pro Sprint feature.”

Although it was his first year behind the wheel of a midget with suspension, it is worth noting that he previously ran as part of the Hurricane Midgets without suspension. In comparing the two, he notes that he was surprised at how well the drivers have improved.

“Midget/Sprint classes have known to have their fair share of moments of endless yellow flags and pointless crashes,” he explained. “We as a series had more than a few Green to Checkered races which although boring for the fans sometimes , is an extreme relief for drivers. Everyone stepped up to keep the racing tough and entertaining, but also safe.”

The year included a ton of several memorable moments from Holmes, with the biggest highlights being the Rookie of the Year Award and Stanley’s first win at Peterborough Speedway.

“There is little moments like getting to have family and friends come see me race,” he added. “If I had to narrow it down, I would probably choose the entire Victory Lane celebration at Peterborough, seeing the look on James face, seeing Daniel congratulate him, having Sam and Tanner to celebrate with. It was a really cool family moment with Stanley and Hawn Motorsports teams.”

Now with eyes focused on improvement for 2020, Holmes says the key will be being more aggressive.

“We raced a lot of races with the mentality ‘We only need to beat the 93 (Dylan Little)’ or ‘we need to stay one spot behind the 62 (Rob McCall)’ , which arguably hindered our overall finish some nights,” he commented. “So we are going to run every race as whoever is leading is the one we need to beat. We won’t be running for ROTY next season so every position will count.”

As Holmes enters his sophomore campaign, there will certainly be a new crop of rookies chasing the elusive ROTY award. To those drivers, Holmes advises them to ask any questions that they have.

“There’s no one who won’t help out when asked,” he said. “We all come from different backgrounds and we all have knowledge in different areas. The second piece of advice I would offer is surround yourself with a good team. It’s impossible to even think you’re going to compete without a great team. Without guys like Tanner, James, Sam, Dan, Norm , Adam, Tyler, and Ryan I wouldn’t even have made it past race number two.”

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., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Steve Trendell Ready to Transition into OSCAAR Modifieds in 2020

Steve Trendell

After a successful career in the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, Steve Trendell is ready to go modified racing of a different kind, as he will be one of the drivers vying for the 2020 Queenston Chevrolet GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd Rookie of the Year Award.

“My thoughts range from anticipation to get in the car for the first time and nervousness,” he said. “Even though I have 18 years of modified experience, it’s a whole new ball game. This division will challenge you and I look forward to it each race.”

The decision to make the move came as a result of Trendell looking for a new challenge, feeling that he had accomplished what he wanted in the CVMs.

“We weren’t sure what we wanted to do but as soon as we saw Brad Stevenson’s car for sale, we had to have it,” he commented. “Also, we want to race against the best modified drivers like Gary McLean, Jason Keen, AJ Emms, Norman Newman and Dale Reinhart.”

As he gets set to embark on his rookie campaign, Trendell says he is focused on getting up to speed and learning as much as he can quickly this season.

“These cars are way different then the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, so that will be the biggest challenge learning the car,” he added.

Steve Trendell

He also notes that he is ready for the variety of tracks on the schedule, with the pair of events at Jukasa Motor Speedway circled on the calendar.

“I can’t wait to race there,” he said. “The last season I was racing at Flamboro only and it wasn’t any fun. I like to run different tracks because it makes you a better race car driver when you can run a variation of tracks each race.”

For Trendell, he has been involved in racing his entire life, growing up at JR Hanley’s shop.

“I got to witness some great drivers walk into that place,” he recalled. “When I was eight-years-old, I started racking karts and I did that for 10 years; the next step was the Canadian Vintage Modifieds where I raced them from 2002-2019. My dad was also a major influence as he was one of the best kart racers in North America for a 15-year span and he also raced Can-Am Midgets and Canadian Vintage Modifieds. So I was going to race no matter what.”

Through the past 18 years, Trendell has been able to win several features and championships, with the most memorable of those coming in 2018.

“My 2018 championship in the Canadian Vintage Modifeds stands out the most,” he commented. “I went into the last race of the season trailing by 1 point and I was able to make a last lap pass in the first feature to tie the points heading into the 2nd feature. I was able to win that feature which gave me my first championship in that club.”

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., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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