5th in Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint Points – Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor

Battling up front all year long, Kevin Taylor put together a solid campaign en route to placing fifth in the year-end Living Lighting, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Pro Sprint standings.

Entering the season, Taylor was confident about his chances based on a combination of experience, and a newer car underneath him.

“I’m really looking forward to this year,” he said entering the season. “With last year being my first year in racing, everything that was going on around me seemed to happen in warp speed. I learned a lot last year so I need to take those learning experiences to make us a more prepared and competitive team for this year.”

The first feature of the season at Sunset speedway did not start off smoothly, with Taylor going for a spin in the early stages. He was able to rebound, crossing the finish line with a ninth. The momentum followed him to Grand Bend Speedway, as he was able to place ninth in the feature once again.

The series return to Sunset Speedway in July showed the progress that Taylor has made behind the wheel as a driver with a solid performance. He would lead the early stages of the feature, and ultimately ran inside the top-five all race long en route to finishing fourth. He repeated the same feat in the second feature, until being involved in a mid-race incident. He was able to rebound, though, placing sixth.

The series’ first trip of the season to Flamboro Speedway saw the top-10’s continue with Taylor scoring a seventh-place finish. He then backed it up with a ninth at Peterborough Speedway a week later. The return trip to Flamboro would not go as smoothly, with Taylor going for a spin on the opening lap; he’d ultimately finish 10th in the feature.

The series’ lone trip to Sauble Speedway saw the success continue, with Taylor finishing sixth in the feature. He then backed it up with another sixth at Grand Bend Speedway.

The playoffs started off well for Taylor, as he ran inside the top-five through both features, leading a couple laps in the first event, en route to a pair of fourths at Sunset Speedway. He showed speed at Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, but would see his feature end early following mechanical issues in the early stages.

He then finished off the season on a solid note, finishing eighth at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

In just his second season behind the wheel, Kevin Taylor has proven to be someone to watch in the years to come. Beyond that, he has also been a great ambassador for the series in helping gain marketing support.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations on your success this season and thank you for your help, Kevin. We look forward to seeing you back on-track once again in 2020.

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 2019 racing season is 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

OSCAAR Ready to Race into 30th Season of Competition

OSCAAR Modifieds 2019

Since the checkered flag waved in October, OSCAAR officials have been preparing for the upcoming 2020 season, set to put on another year of stellar racing across the province.

The 2020 season promises to be the biggest yet, as OSCAAR celebrates 30 years of racing heritage across the province of Ontario. Since 1990, they have been making a name for themselves, becoming the premiere destination for top-shelf side-by-side racing.

The same type of action is expected to return once again, thanks to co-operation between the series and track promoters to put together a schedule packed with excitement at every turn.

The schedule, consisting of 19 weeks of racing, will see each of OSCAAR’s three divisions do battle in front of the fans – the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds, the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, and the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints.

The 2020 season will kick off on Victoria Day weekend on May 16 and 17, with all three divisions competing in the Spring Velocity event at Sunset Speedway. The Pro Sprints will run their full show (qualifying and features) on Saturday, while the Hot Rods & Modifieds will qualify on Saturday, followed by their features on Sunday.

The following week, the Pro Sprints will make their first trip of the season to Peterborough Speedway. After watching Daniel Hawn and James Stanley trade wins last year at Canada’s toughest 1/3 mile, it’s anybody guess who will visit victory lane in 2020.

The month of June will kick off at Jukasa Motor Speedway, with the Modifieds and Hot Rods joining the NASCAR Pinty’s Series for the second straight year in a row. Last year’s modified event saw the top-three battle throughout, with John Harper ultimately coming out on top ahead of J.R. Fitzpatrick and Chad Strawn.

A week later, both the Modifieds and Hot Rods will be in action at Delaware Speedway. The night is expected to be filled with excitement, as the half-mile will also be hosting school bus racing that night.

Following a week off, the month of June will be capped off at Sunset Speedway, as part of the track’s Canada Day weekend festivities. All three divisions – Modifieds, Hot Rods, and Pro Sprints – will be in action, with a fan appreciation autograph session scheduled for intermission.

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series 2019

The month of July will kick off at Peterborough Speedway, with the Hot Rods in action on July 4. It is a must-attend night for any race fan as there’s a fan appreciation autograph session and it’s toonie night – meaning it will only cost you $2.00 to enjoy the action.

The modifieds will get their first taste of action in July a week later, with their second visit of 2020 to Jukasa Motor Speedway. It marks the first year that they will be visiting Canada’s Crown Jewel on two occasions in a single season following a pair of successful shows the past two years. This will be another must-attend event for race fans, with the ISMA Super Modifieds also in action.

The Pro Sprints will return to action in the series’ first trip to Sauble Speedway of the season on July 18, joined by the Modifieds and Hot Rods. It will mark the first time that the modifieds have been there since 2018, with the Hot Rods looking to follow up their stellar inaugural appearance in 2018 that ultimately saw Billy Alderson Jr. visit victory lane.

All three divisions will then head to Sunset Speedway to finish off the month on July 25 for their third appearance of 2020 at the Innisfil, Ontario oval.

A busy month of August will begin at Peterborough Speedway, with the Modifieds and Pro Sprints in action this time around. Canada’s toughest 1/3 mile always produces exciting features for the open-wheel stars, with several feature winners being decided in the final five laps through the years.

The Hot Rods will get their first taste of action in August a week later, with their annual dirt race at Brighton Speedway. 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.

OSCAAR Pro Sprints 2019

The Modifieds will make their second appearance at Delaware Speedway on August 15, joined by the ISMA Super Modifieds.

The following weekend, all three divisions will head to Sauble Speedway for their second trip of the season to the beach. The Pro Sprints will get a double dose, returning a week later for a third event on August 29.

The Hot Rods will also sneak in another event before the month closes, taking on Peterborough Speedway on Sunday, August 30 as part of the Canadian Legend Car Nationals.

The month of September will begin on Labor Day weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway. For the second straight year, the Hot Rods will be part of the Canadian Short Track Nationals weekend. The weekend is always a must-attend for race fans across the province, with $125,000 up for grabs to the driver who wins the 250-lap Pro Late Model event.

As the tracks being to end off their seasons with big events, OSCAAR will be once again taking part in those, as well.

All three divisions will be in action at Sunset Speedway for Fall Velocity weekend on September 19 and 20. Just like the spring event, the pro sprints will run their full show on Saturday, with the modifieds and hot rods qualifying Saturday and running their feature on Sunday.

The Modifieds will then be in action two weeks later at Flamboro Speedway, taking part in London Recreational Racing’s Frostoberfest for the first time on October 3.

The champions will then be crowned a couple weeks later at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic, which is scheduled for October 10th through the 12th. Throughout the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, all three divisions will be action with everything culminating with three titles being handed out.

After seeing 15 different drivers celebrate in feature victory lane over the course of the 2019 season, it’s fair to say that the competition is high across the board. Now the busy schedule ensures fans across the entire province will have a chance to experience the high-action packed racing that OSCAAR has been known for through the past 29 years to become Ontario’s premier short track racing series.

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.

2020 OSCAAR Schedule Tentative

May 2020

May 16                   Sunset Speedway Spring Velocity – Mods, Hot Rods qualifying, Pro Sprints  (feature)

May 17                   Sunset Speedway Spring Velocity – Mods, Hot Rods feature

May 23                   Peterborough Speedway – Pro Sprints

May 30                     OFF

June 2020

June 6                    Jukasa Speedway – Mods, Hot Rods (Pintys Event, rain date June 7th)

June 13                   Delaware Speedway – Mods, Hot Rods (school bus races)

June 20                   OFF

June 27                   Sunset Speedway – Mods, Hot Rods, Pro Sprints (fan appreciation)

July 2020

July 4                     Peterborough Speedway – Hot Rods (twoonie night, fan appreciation)  

July 11                    Jukasa Speedway – Mods (ISMA) (rain date July 12th)

July 18                    Sauble Speedway – Mods, Hot Rods, Pro Sprints

July 25                    Sunset Speedway – Mods,Hot Rods, Pro Sprints

August 2020

August 1                 Peterborough Speedway – Mods, Pro Sprints

August 8                 Brighton Speedway – Hot Rods

August 15               Delaware Speedway – Mods (ISMA)

August 22               Sauble Speedway – Mods, Hot Rods, Pro Sprints

August 29               Sauble Speedway – Pro Sprints

August 30th              Peterborough Speedway – Hot Rods (Legend Car Nationals)

September 2020

September 5           Jukasa Speedway – Hot Rods (rain date September 6th)

September 12         OFF

September 19              Sunset Speedway Fall Velocity – Mods, Hot Rods qualifying, Pro Sprints  (feature)

September 20         Sunset Speedway Fall Velocity – Mods, Hot Rods feature

September 26         OFF

October 2020

October 3               Flamboro Speedway LRR’s Frostoberfest – Mods

October 10              Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours – Mods, Hot Rods qualifying

October 11               Peterborough Speedway Mods, Hot Rods qualifying – Pro Midget (feature)

October 12              Peterborough Speedway Mods 50 laps, Hot Rods 40laps

Pro Midget feature events 25 laps, Hot Rods 30 laps, Mods 50 laps

By: Ashley McCubbin

6th in Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Points – Gary Elliott

Gary Elliott

Competing in his final season of Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR competition before moving out to Nova Scotia, Gary Elliott capped off the year with a sixth-place finish in points.

The first feature of the year at Jukasa Motor Speedway would not go the way the veteran would have preferred, as he ultimately ended up with a 19th-place finish. However, he rebounded at the end of June at Sunset Speedway, battling inside the top-10 all feature long en route to eighth.

The month of July would see Elliott start off by placing 11th at Delaware Speedway, followed by a 10th-place finish at Sunset a week later. Elliott then capped off the month with a sixth-place finish at Flamboro Speedway.

The momentum carried into August with Elliott scoring a 10th-place finish at Peterborough Speedway. He then backed it up with a 12th at Delaware, followed by a ninth at Flamboro.

The playoffs would begin with Elliott being honored for his commitment to racing in Ontario and OSCAAR, with twin 36-lap features at Sunset Speedway, titled the Iron Man 72. He would place the No. 36 Quaker State Modified in 10th on Saturday night, before battling inside the top-five through the second half of Sunday’s feature to finish fourth.

He would then rebound to finish sixth at Flamboro despite having to pull off briefly under caution due to a mechanical black flag. He then capped off the season with a 12th at Peterborough.

While he was unable to hold a checkered flag in 2019, Elliott put together a solid consistent season. Though beyond that, he has made commitments to the sport that will be remembered for years to come.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations your success this season, Gary. We wish you the best of luck in your new racing endeavors in Nova Scotia.

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 2019 racing season is 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

6th in Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Standings – Dalen Martin

Dalen Martin

Debuting a 1971 Ford Fastback Mustang, Dalen Martin was fast right from the drop of the first green flag during his Knightworks Design, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Hot Rod campaign en route to placing sixth in the standings.

The decision for Martin to bring the mustang out was simple – his loyalty to the brand.

“I’ve been a ford guy my life,” he commented pre-season. “We were in need of a body to put on the chassis. So one day my dad came across it, and we decided pretty quick to go pick it up. We were hoping to be the only mustang and one of few Fords out there. We wanted to be different then everyone else, something that could stand out in a full field of amazing looking cars.”

While the appearance of the car certainly caught several eyes, the speed would cause the rest of the crowd to also take notice. Despite the opening weekend’s feature getting rained out at Sunset Speedway, Martin put together a solid debut by winning one of his qualifying heat races.

The speed followed him to the half-mile Jukasa Motor Speedway a couple weeks later, as he battled inside the top-five through the first half of the event en route to finishing seventh. He kept the momentum going, battling up front through the feature to place fifth.

He started off strong at Peterborough Speedway with a heat victory, but ultimately was caught up in a mid-race accident, causing him to climb the wall and end his night early. The bad luck followed him to Sunset at the end of July, as he was caught up in a couple different accidents en route to finishing 10th.

Martin would take some time off to get his program back sorted together correctly, returning to the series at the end of August at Jukasa. The time off paid off as he ran inside the top-five, until he was one of several to suffer damage in the multi-car wreck midway through. He would rebound to finish ninth.

After a rough pair of heats to start the Fall Velocity at Sunset, Martin would score another top-10 finish with an eighth. He started off strong at Frostoberfest at Flamboro with a heat victory, though ultimately was caught up in some contact mid-race, fading back to finish 11th.

Despite having some rough luck at times, Martin has already shown that he will be someone to contend with for feature victories in the future.

On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations Dalen on your success in 2019. We look forward to seeing the mustang back on-track next season.

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 2019 racing season is 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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