3rd Pro Sprint James Stanley

3rd in OSCAAR Pro Sprint Points – James Stanley

After finishing fourth in the year-end standings last year, James Stanley improved by a spot to rank third at the end of the 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint season.

Right from the drop of the initial green flag, he was fast this year as he ran in the top-three throughout the opening feature of the season at Sunset Speedway en route to a third-place finish. Unfortunately, the next two weeks did not go as planned. A wreck in his heat took him out of contention in the return to Sunset on Canada Day weekend, followed by mechanical issues in the qualifiers at Flamboro Speedway.

He was able to quickly rebound, starting off the month of August strong at Peterborough Speedway with a runner-up finish. He then backed it up with a third at Sauble Speedway, followed by scoring his lone heat victory of the year and a second in the first night of racing at Grand Bend Speedway. The second night wasn’t that bad, either, as he finished second in qualifying before placing third in the feature.

The momentum followed him back to Sunset Speedway, as he ran in the top-five throughout both features en route to a pair of fourths. After missing the first of the two features at Flamboro Speedway due to mechanical issues, he’d make his way to the front after starting tail of the field in the second to finish fifth.

The season finale at Peterborough saw potential shown, but Stanley would end up running mid-pack through both features to cap off the year with a pair of fifth-place finishes.

By: Ashley McCubbin

4th Modified Gary Elliott

4th in OSCAAR Modified Points – Gary Elliott

With consistency across the year in his 50th season of racing, Gary Elliott was able to place fourth in the OSCAAR Modified standings.

Elliott started out the year strong at Sunset Speedway, finishing seventh in the season opener despite an incident in qualifying. He wasn’t able to run as well at Kawartha Speedway, though still scored a solid 12th-place finish. Ultimately, he hit a mid-race season snag of just missing the top-10, placing 13th at Jukasa Motor Speedway and 11th at Sunset Speedway after winning his second heat.

The veteran persevered through the rough patch, though, and was able to find some momentum as the series entered the summer stretch. He finished 10th in the second trip to Kawartha, followed by a sixth at Flamboro Speedway after starting on the front row. The consistency continued as he started August off with a seventh at Peterborough Speedway, before leading flag-to-flag en route to a feature victory at Sauble Speedway. He then backed it up with a heat victory and seventh when the series returned to the beach a couple weeks later.

Kicking off the short track playoffs at Sunset’s Velocity 250, he showed speed by sweeping both of his qualifying heats, but ultimately got caught up in a wreck in the feature en route to finishing 16th. He was able to rebound, though, finishing eighth at Flamboro’s Frostoberfest despite being involved in an incident.

He then capped his year off with a heat win and an eighth at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic despite being spun mid-feature.

By: Ashley McCubbin

4th Hot Rod Douglas Fischer

4th in OSCAAR Hot Rod Points: Douglas Fischer

Known for one of the coolest cars on the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series tour, the Doghouse House Racing team managed to end off the year ranked fourth in the year-end standings.

Leading the field to green for the first green flag of the 2018 season, Douglas Fischer ran in the top-five throughout the 30 lap feature at Sunset Speedway en route to a sixth-place finish. He would repeat the same performance when the series returned to the Innisfil, Ontario oval a couple weeks later, this time placing one spot better in fifth.

Once the series hit the road, though, the speed of the 1971 Chevrolet Nova showed with Fischer scoring his first heat victory of the year at Kawartha Speedway. Starting up front for the feature, he survived the chaos and led some laps en route to an impressive runner-up performance. The momentum carried over to the fastest track on the schedule, with Fischer battling Steve Mayhew late in the event at Jukasa Motor Speedway to a fourth.

Unfortunately when the series returned to Sunset Speedway on Canada Day weekend, the same performance wouldn’t show through with Fischer fading in the late stages to finish ninth.

The return trip to Kawartha brought a welcome surprise behind the wheel of the No. 3 entry, with car builder Shaun McWhirter taking the controls. He would place second in his qualifying heat, before finishing fourth in the feature after challenging Brad Martin in the final stages for third.

The month of September would see Fischer back behind the wheel for his home event at Sauble Speedway, picking up a seventh-place finish. McWhirter then took on the dirt when the series headed to Brighton Speedway, unfortunately getting caught up in the opening race crash en route to placing 11th.

The team would work through the nights over the next couple of weeks to make the repairs, putting the Nova back together just in time for the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway. Unfortunately, more issues plagued the team as a mechanical issue caused the transmission to come up through the floor during the heat races. The team would once again make the necessary repairs allowing Fischer to run Sunday’s feature, finishing 11th despite a hand injury.

Fischer then capped his year off with a 10th-place finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest following a trip through the infield grass on the opening lap after a three-wide battle.

By: Ashley McCubbin

4th Pro Sprint Ryan Battilana

4th in OSCAAR Pro Sprint Points: Ryan Battilana

The No. 4 matched his car number at year-end, with Ryan Battilana placing fourth in the year-end OSCAAR Pro Sprint standings.

Right from the drop of the initial green flag at Sunset Speedway, Ryan Battilana was fast as he ran in the top-five during the whole Spring Velocity feature to open the season en route to a fourth. He then backed it up with another fourth when the series returned to the Innisfil, Ontario oval on Canada Day weekend. Unfortunately, the opening stretch of success came to a halt in his first trip to Peterborough Speedway, with mechanical gremlins resulting in an 11th.

Battilana made repairs before the series made the trip to Peterborough Speedway, though continued to fight issues throughout the night. Despite missing both of his heats, he bounced back to score a fourth in the feature. He then backed it up with his another fourth at Sauble Speedway a week later.

After missing the mid-season trip to Grand Bend Speedway, Battilana got right back in the thick of the battle when the series returned to Sunset Speedway for the Velocity 250. In the first feature, he battled with Daniel Hawn on a late-race restart for the lead, coming up shy of victory lane with a runner-up. In the second feature, he paced the opening two laps en route to finishing third.

He carried the momentum to Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest, making his way forward after starting deep in the field to finish third in the first feature. The second 25-lap affair resulted in another podium, as he led the opening two laps en route to another third.

A deep starting position slowed his progress at Peterborough Speedway, but he was able to come away with a top-five after crossing the line in fourth for the first feature. A better starting position worked his favor for the second event, as he ran second for much of the event before being passed in the late stages en route to finishing third.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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