OSCAAR Modified Series 2021

OSCAAR Prepared for 10-Race Campaign in 2021

After weeks of work behind the scenes, OSCAAR is proud to announce the re-adjusted schedule for both the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds and Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods.

The reveal comes following an announcement from the Ontario government that race tracks will be allowed to open for competition as early as Friday, June 11 – albeit without spectators in the stands. Though a glance at the long-term re-opening plan for the province, and fans will be allowed in increments through the year with each step.

The 2021 season promises to be the biggest yet, as OSCAAR continues to see growth in both the Modifieds and Hot Rods. Both divisions will see several new faces, as well the returning drivers that fans have grown used to.

The schedule will consist of 10 events, with eight races for the Modifieds, and nine for the Hot Rods, as both divisions battle across the province at six different venues.

The 2021 season will kick off on July 25, with both divisions competing on a Sunday afternoon at Sunset Speedway. The Innisfil, Ontario-based oval hosted a pair of events through the shortened 2020 campaign, with each witnessing a different face in victory lane.

The Modifieds will then cap off the month with a trip to Peterborough Speedway on July 31. Canada’s toughest 1/3 mile has always proved to be a challenge for the open-wheel stars, though has put on a bunch of stellar shows through the past eight years.

The month of August will see the stars of the Modified and Hot Rod divisions come back together, set to compete at Sunset Speedway on the 8th for an afternoon show.

It begins the start of a busy month, as the Hot Rods make their yearly trip to get dirty, heading to Brighton Speedway on August 14. Since being introduced to the schedule, each year has seen an exciting event put together as the drivers tackle the challenge of sliding around the clay oval.

The following weekend will see the Modifieds and Hot Rods make their first trip to the beach of the season, racing at Sauble Speedway on August 21. It promises to be in action-packed night with the APC United Late Model Series also on tap.

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series 2021

The Hot Rods will then close out the month at Peterborough Speedway on August 28, as part of the Canadian Legends Nationals.

Year end specials will close of an exciting season starting with Fall Velocity on September 19th.  It will be a bust one day show for the Mods and Hot Rods as they qualify and run their feature the same day.

The following weekend, both divisions will head to Delaware Speedway as part of their season-closer on September 25, alongside the APC United Late Models Series. It will mark the first appearance for the Hot Rods at the half-mile oval, while Dale Reinhart dominated the Modified’s last event there in 2019 to win over Jason Keen and A.J. Emms.

The Mods and Hot Rods will then return to Flamboro Speedway for Oktoberfest on October 2nd. This is the longest running year end special and one event every driver would like to take home the checkers in.

Tradition continues as the 2021 OSCAAR Champions will then be crowned at the Autumn Colours Classic, which is scheduled for October 9-11 at Peterborough Speedway.

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

2021 Schedule:

Event #1 Sunday July 25th Sunset Speedway Mods, Hot Rods, support divisions to be announced. Race time 2:00pm

Event #2 Saturday July 31st Peterborough Speedway Mods

Event #3 Sunday August 8th Sunset Speedway Mods and Hot Rods, support divisions to be announced. Race time 2:00pm

Event #4 Saturday August 14th Brighton Speedway Hot Rods, Race time 7:00pm

Event #5 Saturday August 21st Sauble Speedway Mods Hot Rods, support division APC Late model series

Event #6 Saturday August 28th Peterborough Speedway Hot Rods, part of Legend Nationals

Event #7 Sunday September 18th Sunset Speedway, Fall Velocity, Mods and Hot Rods

Event #8 Saturday September 25th Delaware Speedway, Year end special, Mods Hot Rods along with APC Series

Event #9 Saturday October 2nd Flamboro Speedway, Oktoberfest Year end special

Event #10 October 9 -11 Peterborough Speedway, Autumn Colours, day and time for each division unknown at this time.

Schedule subject to change due to Covid restrictions.

Kaitlyn Wallace

Kaitlyn Wallace Ready for “Big Jump” and Learning Curve with OSCAAR Hot Rods

After being a regular in the Mini Stock division at Flamboro Speedway the past couple seasons, Kaitlyn Wallace is ready for the next step of her racing career – the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods.

“I have always fancied the OSCAAR Hot Rod series for the past couple years,” she said. “I absolutely love the look of old cars and so obviously this series caught my eye!”

Wallace will have experience on her side, driving past OSCAAR Super Late Model regular Shane Gowan’s 1974 Chevrolet Camaro.

“My thoughts going into this season are quite nervous in all honesty,” she admitted. “This is a big jump for me so it’s definitely going to be a huge learning curve for me.”

Entering her rookie campaign, she is not setting any particular goals and expectations, as the team still works at finalizing their plans. Though when they do get going, the focus will initially be on finishing races, hopefully on the lead lap. After all, a lot of things will be new to her as it will be the first year for her being in a traveling series.

“I don’t really know what track I’m most looking forward to,” she commented. “I haven’t travelled besides just Flamboro and Jukasa, so I’m not familiar with any of the other tracks to truly be excited to race any of them. I would definitely say I’m excited to drive the car on Jukasa. It’s my favourite track to race my mini stock on, so I will definitely love it in the hot rod.”

For Wallace, her motorsports beginnings initially came surprisingly, after watching her cousins Hudson Nagy and Carson Nagy race.

“I would go once and a while to watch them,” she recalled. “Then after the end of the 2016 season, my dad and my uncle Jim worked out a price deal and their Mustang Mini Stock ended up in my shop, and so started my racing career.”

Looking back, she said it was very intimating at first being a young female racer in the sport.

“Going against men at least 5+ years older than me is honestly very terrifying but the aspect of having a family who is all very experienced in motor sports has really helped me keep my confidence up and keep me going,” she said. “They are my full support system.”

Knowing her family is her support system, it’s not surprising to hear besides her dad, her true racing is her Pa.

“I wish dearly that he could be around to watch me racing and give me pointers as I went, but now I can only race in his memory,” she shared.

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

Kyle Fetterly

Kyle Fetterly Ready to Live Out OSCAAR Dreams

When the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods ran their inaugural campaign in 2017, it caught the attention of people around the province. The interest only expanded, with Kyle Fetterly becoming interested.

“I have been wanting to get into the OSCAAR Hot Rod series since 2018,” he commented. “I love the idea of touring to different tracks. I haven’t had a chance to run most of the tracks currently on the schedule, and this series is a great way to do that.”

He will get to live out his OSCAAR dream, having purchased the No. 47w Rambler Ambassador from Tom Walters following the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Famer’s run with the series last season. Fetterly notes the team has elected to leave the same wrap and number on the car for 2021, choosing to spend their money on a different venture – getting a second entry for his friend John Lavelle to run.

The Peterborough Speedway regular has been instrumental in Fetterly’s career from the beginning, dating back to his racing beginnings in 2016.

“John helped me get started in mini stock in 2016,” Fetterly explained. “He had been around racing in one way or another since he was a kid. I had followed racing my whole life, but had no idea how to get started/involved and what was needed to make a car quick.”

Now set to battle together on-track, the pair are excited for the year ahead, as Fetterly hopes the season is able to run mostly as scheduled, despite the current COVID situation.

“Both me and John have decent quality cars; Tom Walters did well in the car I’m running this year, so there’s no reason we can’t expect good results,” he said. “I just need to learn cars and tracks as quickly as possible and translate that to a good performance on the track.”

Looking at the current schedule, Fetterly admitted has circled the series’ return to Kawartha Speedway on the calendar, saying he had a blast there running a different car previously.

Though another event which stands out would be the Autumn Colours Classic weekend. Fetterly’s admit his first trip to ACC in 2018 featured his most memorable racing moment to date.

“It was my first time being at three day event like that and the atmosphere was so crazy,” he recalled. “I had an absolute blast and ran one of the Lavalle Racing’s Bone Stocks that weekend. Most fun I’ve had during a race weekend so far.”

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

Tyler Hawn in his OSCAAR Series Hot Rod Series car.

Tyler Hawn Keeping Family Tradition Alive En Route to Success

Throughout the years of motorsports in Ontario, there are several names that have become well-known. Don Hawn became one of those, and now his legacy is being carried forward with the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, with Tyler Hawn feeling a connection to his father each time behind the wheel of the Beaumont.

“We have had several spiritual encounters with Don on race day, at a few different tracks,” team PR rep Ryan Duffie said. “We believe Tyler is not only proud to carry on such a rich and decorated family tradition, he literally hangs out with Don every Saturday, lap for lap in the cockpit of the No. 2. And I believe that trumps all else.”

The Hot Rods certainly also hit another special spot each time at the track for Hawn Motorsports, with seeing what the series has blossomed since being one of the originals to sign up.

“It’s sexy as hell,” Duffie commented. “The class is new and fresh, and yet classic and nostalgic. Doesn’t cost a fortune to come out and race hard with good competitors, and the fans absolutely love it. It’s a relaxed but competitive group, that keeps it cool in the pits, and on track.”

While the sentimental attachment is special, so is the team’s focus on getting back to victory lane in 2021 after missing out last season.

“We experimented a lot with setup in the short time we had in 2020,” Duffie said. “We learned a lot about our car, the hard way, but it was the perfect time to experiment, without points up for grabs. We are confident that we have built the best #2 car yet, and we can’t wait to run.

“Off track, we have a number of new Partners we will be announcing soon! And as soon as this pandemic is over we intend to get out and about with the NRS Brakes Hot Rod making appearances at cruise nights, car meets, classic shows and events throughout Ontario.”

Through their lessons learned, the team was able to recognize the weak spots.

“Our team is a mix of highly experienced members as well as newer members. This can create weak spots in the team performance, from time to time,” Duffie shared. “But as we all continue to share experience, skills and knowledge, we will become even more efficient and effective. One thing is for sure, the pursuit of perfection was never intended to end.”

The hard work being put in by the team points in one direction – focused on the goal of a fourth championship. In the same token, though, they know it won’t be easy, in recognizing “the continued growth and improvement of many teams in the series.”

“Steve Book in the #47 is always a threat,” Duffie added. “Thompson in the #00 has speed, so we expect them to be a factor at the larger tracks. Everyone in this series, is getting better by the event. We ran two-by-two, six or eight rows deep at Jukasa last year for nearly 30 laps! It was nuts! It’s difficult to say who else might be a threat, with all the new cars and cars changing hands. There are several teams who have a shot on any given Saturday.”

While chasing wins at every track is the goal, certainly reaching victory lane at Jukasa Motor Speedway is high on the team’s list.

“It’s nicknamed the Canada’s Crown Jewel, and that is not an exaggeration,” he commented. “Beautiful racing surface, incredible lighting and man o man, the speeds! Hands down our favorite.”

While chasing their own performance, they have certainly set the bar high – and inspired a new generation. The advice to those is simple – learn, learn, and learn some more.

“Surround yourself with people who know racing,” Duffie offered. “Ask questions, do your own research as well. Never stop learning. Work, work, work. If you aren’t putting at least part-time job hours into your car weekly? Don’t expect to win much, in any class. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Most important. Remember that the best and biggest memories come from being tested, not breezing through. Do Not Quit Ever!”

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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