OSCAAR’s 2020 Race Season Gets the Green Flag

OSCAAR Modified Series

After seeing their 30th anniversary campaign put on hold amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, OSCAAR has gotten the green light to kick off the season.

All three divisions within the ranks will be in action across four dates, competing alongside the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour and Super Stocks. The opportunity comes about through a partnership with APC Series’ Director Luke Ramsay, and is very appreciated by both the staff and drivers within OSCAAR.

With the current government restrictions, no spectators are allowed to be in attendance for the event. However, the APC Series has partnered with GForceTV to broadcast the event. Fans are encouraged to log on for the service free on their website at http://www.GForce.net to take in the action, as well as other racing.

The Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, and the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park will run their first race of the year at Jukasa Motor Speedway on August 8, alongside the APC Series.

The Modifieds have made two trips to the half-mile oval over the past two years, with Gary McLean and John Harper each getting to victory lane. The Hot Rods, meanwhile, have seen three different victors in their three events, with Tyler Hawn, Jerry Broom, and Steve Book sharing those honors.

The second event will see OSCAAR head to Sauble Speedway on August 22, with the Hot Rods and Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints joining the APC Series and Super Stocks in action.

The old style classic cars made their first trip to the beach last season, with Billy Alderson Jr. taking the checkered flag. The Pro Sprints, meanwhile, have ran four races there ,with Jordan Hanna and Daniel Hawn splitting the honors.

The third event of 2020 will take place at Flamboro Speedway on September 12, with the Modifieds and Pro Sprints joining the APC Series and Super Stocks.

The Modifieds have made 17 trips to the Millgrove, Ontario oval, with John Harper leading the series with four victories. While nine different drivers have hoisted the trophy, only three have won on multiple occasions, with McLean and A.J. Emms joining Harper. Meanwhile, it’ll mark the 16th event there for the Pro Sprints, as Daniel Hawn leads the way with eight trips to victory lane. Only one other driver has won more than once there, with Jordan Hanna scoring the win on three occasions.

The current slate of races will then conclude with the Modifieds and Hot Rods at Jukasa Motor Speedway on September 26, joined by the APC Series and Super Stocks.

OSCAAR welcomes divers and fans to stay tuned to the series website for details surrounding these events in the coming weeks leading up to the first race of 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 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

30th Anniversary of OSCAAR – Josh Watson

While a lot of focus is always on the drivers as being the stars of the series, there are a lot of individuals who leave their impact behind the scenes. One of those is Josh Watson, who has left his stamp on OSCAAR in a couple different ways through the years.

“It’s great to see the club celebrating 30 years and still continuing to grow,” Josh Watson said. “It was a challenging few years previous to last, but last season was a big success; seeing positive things happening is great for their future.”

Although his roots are connected to the super late portion of the series, Watson was also one of the individuals behind the creation of the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park. When series president Dave Gainforth initially pitched the idea, Watson is among the original group that helped develop the rulebook.

Josh Watson's Daughter

“Growing up at the race track, these cars were what was familiar to me,” he explained. “Steel body, hand built race cars needed to make a comeback after local tracks changed their rules regarding plastic bodies. Also having the kids have an attraction to older cars is fantastic, my daughter just loves the cars, especially Tyler (Hawn)’s. Keeping classic car history alive is important to me and having them at the race track will help with that and the younger generations.”

In seeing the continued growth of the class over the years, Watson says he couldn’t help be happier.

“You never know what to expect when creating such a series,” he commented. “Dave, the staff and drivers have done an amazing job each event to make a great show for the fans. I wish them the best once the 2020 season gets moving.”

Watson also has put his own personal stamp on the series, putting a bunch of hours into the sheet metal and paintwork for Tyler Hawn’s 1961 Pontiac Beaumont.

“To be honest I have no idea how much time I have in Tyler’s car – a lot,” he said. “But I enjoy working on that car; I feel an attachment to that car. I have lots of help with the car also, never a one man show; Tyler, Ryan and Alyssa bust their asses to help make the car look the way it does.”

Before his recent additions, Watson was involved in the series through the Super Late Model ranks. With a lot of effort behind the scenes, he helped in leading his father Glenn to several Super Late Model Championships.

“The years racing with my Dad and family have been the best,” he commented. “We have been at it a while now. Competing in the OSCAAR Series was a lot of fun, being a part of Dad’s success through the years was great. It means a lot to me seeing my dad as being one of the best OSCAAR competitors and being able to be so competitive through the years. Seeing him smile, makes us all smile!”

Watson Racing at OSCAAR Banquet

Of all the success they had, Watson’s biggest memory draws back to the final season of OSCAAR Super Late Model competition and the Autumn Colours Classic.

“Dad won the last Super Title before the series headed a different direction,” he noted. “We had four generations at the track that days, from my grandparents down to my daughter; it was great day celebrating with family and friends.”

Through the years, the schemes on the No. 22 Super Late always shined through, thanks to the handy hand-paint jobs by Josh Watson. He notes the color red has always been a favorite for him, but is also his dad’s color.

Beyond the cars he’s painted in OSCAAR, he’s also done several outside of the series for various drivers in divisions across the province.

“Of my favorites that I have done myself, it would be a throwback to Chance Isherwood’s Impala Thunder Car, he ran at Barrie Speedway around 2009 I believe,” he commented.

While the racing days have been fun thus far, there’s nothing wrong with looking to the future, which Watson admits it’s hard to predict what is in the crystal ball for OSCAAR.

“The past couple seasons have shown strong growth for OSCAAR,” he commented. “I hope that continues in the years to come. The 2020 season has been dampened by Covid, but I know Dave is working behind the scenes trying to improve the series despite the situation at hand. Whether we race or not this season, I think OSCAAR will be one the clubs to watch once we do, especially as the Hot Rods continue to grow.”

Hawn Motorsports OSCAAR Hot Rod body and paint by Josh Watson

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

30th Anniversary of OSCAAR – Charles Francis

Charles Francis

These days when you head to the track to see an OSCAAR event, you have come to expect three divisions of great racing – the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd,, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, and Touchwood Cabinets, the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Parks, and the Living Lightning OSCAAR Pro Sprints.

When it comes to the Pro Sprints, the big thanks for making it happen go back to Charles Francis and the vision he originally shared.

“30 years ultimately means success,” he commented on the series’ anniversary. “Any racing series of any form in North America that can continue to perform year after year, no matter the economic conditions, track conditions, and can maintain membership strength for three decades has proven that OSCAAR is an outstanding series.”

While only being associated with the series for the past five years, the memorable experiences boil down to one thing – people.

“Being able to share a race track with the likes of Gary Elliot, the Maclean’s, and the Westwood’s, and being part of them made me feel like we were in the big time for Ontario racing,” he said.

The ideology behind bringing the Pro Sprints to life was created out of necessity after watching the Hurricane Midgets.

“It was formulated through experience and necessity through the Hurricane Midget’s non-suspended racing series,” he explained. “We needed to give drivers a high performance, and more comfortable racing experience. Knowing that Ontario race tracks could not all afford to repave, we needed to adapt to the present track conditions. And adding suspension was the way to go.”

Since the first season where only a handful of drivers were among the weekly participants, the series has grown to see fields up to 20 cars at times over the past couple seasons.

“I’m very satisfied with the current numbers, but honestly would like to see more membership,” he reflected. “I am confident that that will happen as we continue to make changes that will cut costs, and provide fast and safe racing.”

While they may be small in size, there is a lot packed in there with regards to them – just take a glance at the stopwatch.

“Don’t be fooled by our size, because this is the fastest car at an OSCARR show,” he commented.

Francis wasn’t just the creator of these cars, either, as he got the chance to get behind the wheel a couple years ago at Flamboro Speedway for the first time in eight years. It didn’t go too badly, either, with a third in the first heat and a fifth in the feature.

“I felt as excited as the day I won the 2009 championship season,” he commented. “I was so happy that all the work that we put into the design of this car, was so successful. I was absolutely thrilled by the performance, comfort and handling of this race-car. It was on rails.”

Whether we’ll see that sight once again or not is yet to be seen, but the fact the Pro Sprints will continue to add pages to the OSCAAR history books is something we can look forward to.

“I see nothing but continued growth and success through Dave Gainforth’s leadership & to see the stands full of families and their kids,” he said. “Perhaps even the future generation of racers. PS: I see myself at the track also. Maybe in the stands. Maybe behind the wheel. But I’ll always be working behind the scenes, and I’ll always be a part of OSCAAR

“Thank you to Dave Gainforth, and Ashley McCubbin, and all the staff at OSCARR for all your hard work. We’ll see you at the races.”

Charles Francis

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

30th Anniversary of OSCAAR – Cory Horner

Cory Horner OSCAAR Modified Champion

OSCAAR has seen several memorable racing families be a part of the series over the years, including the Horner’s. Known for their success, the family got to engrave their name on the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Championship trophy in 2018 when Cory Horner won the series title.

“Being the 30th anniversary, it sucks that we haven’t got any racing in due to the pandemic we are in right now,” he commented. “For me, I had planned on talking some time off anyway, so this season is giving me time to think about my racing and how things will be moving forward in the future.”

For Horner, he was drawn the open-wheel beasts simply for one reason – speed vs. cost.

“It is one of the fastest series in Ontario and you don’t have to spend big dollars to get that feeling of going fast,” he commented. “What makes the modified so special is the variety of different and amazing looking cars with great competitors that make it awesome to watch from the stands.”

Over his seasons of competition, Horner continued to get better as a driver, culminating with two feature victories and 11 heat wins en route to the 2019 championship.

“To be a champion in any sport would mean a lot, but wining one in racing doing something I love is even more special to me and my family,” he reflected. “It was an amazing season in 2018 and I look forward to chasing down more wins.”

Even with several memorable moments over the years, including that title, the one that Horner draws back to as being his favourite is his first career feature victory at Peterborough Speedway.

“If I was to pick one, it would still have to be my first feature win at Peterborough, my home track with all my family and friends there to watch,” he commented. “It was just one of the many wins in 2018 that got me to my championship and I will never forget that race.”

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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