Touchwood Cabinets to be Associate Sponsor of the Modifieds

Touchwood Cabinets Logo 2020

OSCAAR is proud to announce that Touchwood Cabinets will be an associate sponsor of the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds this season.

For over 30 years, Touchwood Cabinets has been designing, constructing, and installing cabinetry for homes and offices in the Burlington, Oakville and GTA area. Owner Jason Bowden offers a wide range of storage solutions to fit your every need, whether for your shop, kitchen, or even the laundry room. Using the latest in frameless construction technology, you can be assured the product will last the test of time.

You can either visit their business at 4380 South Service Road #23 in Burlington, Ontario, or learn more via their website at http://www.touchwoodcabinets.ca/. As part of their sponsorship, anybody who gets in touch with Touchwood Cabinets and mentions OSCAAR will receive 15% off their order.

The 2020 campaign marks the ninth season for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, and promises to be jam-packed with action. With over 25 drivers already pre-registered, you can expect the championship battle to come down to the season finale.

Touchwood Cabinets

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

T.J. Marshall Hopeful of Getting up to Speed Quickly

T.J. Marshall

The Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop fans will get to witness a battle for the Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.

Near the beginning of the off-season, T.J. Marshall got his hands on a modified previously piloted by Jason Bowden.

“It is important to get up to speed quickly and get a solid understanding of the car and the tire,” he said. “I was able to test the car last year at the end of the season on the outgoing tire compound. The car was well balanced and had good speed for the non-ideal track conditions, so I have confidence in the car’s capability. Learning a new, softer tire will always have its challenges, but it is the same conditions for everyone. We have done lots of work on the car over the off-season, so I hope the hard work will pay off.”

Marshall says his desire to travel across the province at different tracks drew him to the series for the 2020 campaign.

“I love racing at Delaware and Sunset, and I am looking forward to Jukasa,” he expressed. “I believe a driver learns more by running multiple tracks rather than running the same track every week. I also really liked the competitive size and quality of the division. The car count has been impressive and there are competitive cars throughout the field. That is important to have a healthy division.

“I have also raced karts for most of my life, and raced a Canadian Vintage Modified for the last seven years, so the open wheel racing resonates and had a partial influence.”

Out of all the tracks on the schedule, Marshall says he’s most excited about the pair of trips to Delaware Speedway, due to being successful there in the past.

“I am really looking forward to going back there,” he said. “I am looking forward to racing Jukasa Speedway for the first time, and I appreciate the work that the entire group has done to restore that facility.”

T.J. Marshall

With experience across the province, Marshall is keeping his expectations reasonable, hoping to be consistently fast each week.

“If we can have good short and long run speed, I think we could score podiums and hopefully a win,” he added. “Though it is important to not underestimate the competition as experience is extremely valuable.”

For Marshall, he got his start in racing virtue of the Waterloo Regional Kart Club when he was seven-years-old.

“I started in a kart owned by Jim Sweers (who has been vital over my entire racing career),” he commented. “I believe karting is the best way for anyone to start racing.”

Since then, he has made several memories in racing, noting his most memorable came in 2012.

“My teammate, Scotty Nagel, and I won the 4 Sr. races at Shannonville beating 20+ kart fields,” he recalled. “It was a great weekend and I fondly remember it.”

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

Jake Watson Ready to Contend for Modified Rookie of the Year

Jake Watson

Through OSCAAR’s 30 year history, fans have grown used to hearing the last name Watson as both Glenn Watson and Brandon Watson have been crowned Super Late Model Champions.

Another Watson hopes to write his name into the record books, as Jake Watson will be one of the Rookie of the Year Award contenders in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd, Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop.

“Entering the 2020 season, I just want to learn as much as I can,” Jake Watson said. “To be in a new car and new class, we are going to be patient and just get our feet wet and try and learn a lot and hopefully have a lot of success along the way. “

The third generation racer is keeping his goals in check entering the season, recognizing the learning curve that is ahead of him, but ready to “get the hang of it fast” to be a regular front runner.

Certainly part of that learning curve will include adjusting to the schedule, as this will be the first year that Watson has been part of a touring series.

“I’m looking forward to all the tracks,” he commented. “I haven’t ever been a part of a ‘touring’ series so it’s all going to be new to me. If I had to pick one though, it’s definitely Jukasa (Motor Speedway).”

Jake Watson

Watson is entering this new chapter in his career following a solid campaign in 2019. The year saw him grow as a driver, gaining experience behind the wheel in both a mini stock and a super stock.

“The 2019 season definitely had a lot of ups and downs,” he reflected. “I think my most favourite highlight was driving the 31w Super stock at Jukasa. It was just so new and unique to me. We also had four wins at the start of the season in the Mini Stock then had a few bad nights and we just decided to run the specials for the rest of the year. So I’d say it was just a laid back year for us and our team.

“But in 2020 we are going all in and leaving nothing on the table.”

For Watson, his initial start behind the wheel came at the age of eight after seeing his grandpas, uncles, cousins, and dad all compete at different levels.

“My dad decided to get me into racing by buying me a go kart that we ran at Flamboro (Speedway),” he said. “Then I jumped into a Stock Car at the age of 11 and it just went up from there.”

Since getting behind the wheel, Watson has made a name for himself, with multiple wins in both mini stock and super stock competition. Though for him, he says his most memorable moment was his first career victory.

“It took years to win my first but everyone says, once you get that first win, the rest come easier and they did for sure,” he commented.

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

Rob McCall Hopeful for a Fun Sophomore Pro Sprint Campaign

Rob McCall

After a solid, yet fun Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint campaign, it’s no surprise Rob McCall is looking forward to the season ahead of him.

“I am just looking forward to having some fun,” he said. “When I got with the OSCAAR tour last year, it was a big adjustment going to the suspended cars from being a flat-bottom guy for many years. The ride is no comparison as it is a lot smoother, and I really enjoyed myself last year. So we’re really looking to build on what we started last year and hopefully get to the point where we can contend for some wins.”

While admitting that he does not set his expectations too high, McCall says the focus is giving it 100% each time that he is on the track.

“Obviously, the ultimate goal is to win the race, but as long as we’ve done everything that we could then we’re happy with that, and obviously any errors or misjudgments we make – try and build on them so they don’t happen again,” he explained.

One of the tracks in which he did not perform well last year was Sauble Speedway, as he was caught in a qualifying mishap, ultimately leading to him not being able to run the feature. That reason, along with the fact that he has always liked going to the beach, is why those dates are currently circled on his calendar for 2020.

Overall looking back on last year, though, he was able to put together a solid campaign with four top-10’s, including a third-place finish in the season finale at Peterborough Speedway.

“I can’t complain,” he reflected. “We had a few gremlins, but that’s racing; sometimes don’t always go perfectly as everybody can contest to. I can’t really say anything too negative. We learned a lot being our first season, missed a couple races due to an engine failure, but again, I don’t think it was anybody’s fault, just stuff that happened.

“But we’re looking forward to gaining on what we learned last year, which was a lot given that my suspended car experience is very limited, and building on that.”

The rookie campaign led to several different lessons about the suspended-pro sprint cars, including how much body roll they have compared to the non-suspended midgets.

“The biggest learning curve for me was if the car was handling, you could flat-foot most of the race tracks, something that you can’t do in the other cars; that took some getting used to,” he added. “There’s also the body roll, chassis roll is something that I wasn’t used to, so that took some time. it was probably two-thirds through the season that I felt comfortable that the car was underneath me even though it was moving around a lot.

“Then of course, trying to figure out shocks, springs, combinations, and how to go about that – so basically chassis tuning was a big learning curve. I wouldn’t say we’re anywhere close to on top of it, but certainly a lot learned last year.”

Although the focus will be continuing to get better himself, there will also be some family competition as his daughter Amanda is preparing for her rookie campaign.

“It’s been something that ever since we started racing 20 years ago, I wanted to do,” McCall said of racing with family. “Racing with a family member – daughter, son, whatever it may be – that is the best thing in my mind the best thing that could happen. Being able to spend time at the track with my family, doing what we love, and trying to better each other so to speak.”

McCall’s advice to not only his daughter, but the other rookies heading into the season – get comfortable behind the wheel.

“If you have previous experience, it’s a lot easier to get comfortable, but the biggest thing is to get comfortable,” he commented. “Trying too hard can sometimes be worse than not trying hard enough, and just learn as you go so to speak. Some people are natural and they catch on to it right away, but most times it takes time and seat time, practice and learning what it’s going to do in different situations.”

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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