5th Modified Jason Keen

5th in OSCAAR Mod Points – Jason Keen

A consistent rookie campaign worked in Jason Keen’s favor to allow him to finish fifth in the year-end OSCAAR Modified standings.

Starting deep in the field for the season-opener at Sunset Speedway, Keen worked his way forward throughout the 50-lap feature en route to a sixth-place finish. He’d use the same approach in his first appearance at Kawartha Speedway, once again scoring a top-10 with an eighth. The success followed hi into Jukasa Motor Speedway with a ninth.

Returning back to Sunset Speedway to kick off July, he ran mid-pack throughout the feature this time, scoring an eighth-place finish. Unfortunately, the top-10 streak came to an end with a 13th in the second visit to Kawartha.

Past success at Flamboro Speedway in the Canadian Vintage Modifieds allowed Keen to head there confident, which worked to his favor with a ninth-place finish. The same couldn’t be said for Peterborough Speedway, though, with an 11th-place finish.

The summer trips to Sauble Speedway really showed the potential of Keen and his ability to pick up new tracks. The first event there in August saw him run solidly for an eighth-place finish. Returning back the next month to the beach, he put what he learned to use and scored his first career OSCAAR podium with a third.

The momentum followed him to Sunset, where he’d pick up his first career heat victory, enabling him to start on pole for the 50-lap feature. He led the opening lap, before fading back throughout the rest of the feature, crossing the finish line in fifth. He then ran in the top-five throughout Frostoberfest at Flamboro, crossing the finish line with a fourth.

Unfortunately, the season finale at Peterborough did not go in his favor as contact mid-feature resulted in a 17th-place finish.

By: Ashley McCubbin

5th Hot Rod Nick Clarke

5th in OSCAAR Hot Rod Points: Nick Clarke

Despite not reaching victory lane, Nick Clarke’s consistency enabled him to place fifth in the year-end OSCAAR Hot Rod Series standings.

Clarke would not run the season opener at Sunset Speedway, but rather put his father Bill behind the wheel of the No. 8 Nova. After a runner-up in the second qualifier, Bill ran in the top-five through the whole feature en route to a fifth-place finish.

Nick’s 2018 debut came at Sunset a couple weeks later as part of the track’s Spring Velocity weekend. He managed to stay out of trouble throughout the 30-lap feature, running just outside the top-five all race long en route to a sixth.

Despite sustaining damage during the heats at Kawartha, he was able to score another top-10 with a ninth. Unfortunately, the bad luck followed him to Jukasa Motor Speedway as he placed 10th after fighting mechanical issues all day. The return back to Sunset to complete the month of June saw his situation improve slightly with a seventh.

The second trip to Kawartha to kick off the month of July saw him battle inside the top-10 through the first half of the feature, but he would fade back in the late stages to finish 11th. He was able to rebound with the trip to the beach, finishing eighth at Sauble Speedway.

The trip to the dirt was exactly what the doctor ordered for Clarke, as he avoided the carnage in the early laps, finding his groove to score a fifth-place finish. The good fortune followed him to Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250, as he would move forward after starting deep in the field to finish 10th.

Clarke would cap off his 2018 campaign with an eighth-place finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest.

By: Ashley McCubbin

5th pro sprint rob summers

5th in OSCAAR Pro Sprint Points: Rob Summers

With consistency from the start of the season to the last lap, Rob Summers was able to put together a solid campaign to finish fifth in the year-end OSCAAR Pro Sprint standings.

Making his first start of the season at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity, Summers kept his nose out of trouble all-day, running mid-pack to cross the line with a seventh-place finish. Unfortunately, the following weekend wouldn’t go as smoothly as contact with the frontstretch wall ended his night early at Flamboro Speedway.

Making the trip to Peterborough Speedway a week later, Summers put all focus on getting his year back on-track, and did exactly that with a fifth-place finish. However, the bad luck would crept back up again when the series took on Sauble Speedway with mechanical issues seeing him unable to take the green flag.

He would make the necessary repairs, ready to take on the tight confines of Grand Bend Speedway a month later. He ran both of the features cleanly, including leading a couple laps, before placing sixth in both. He kept the success rolling into Sunset Speedway, pacing the opening laps of the first feature, before scoring finishes of seventh and sixth on the night.

With the speed back in the No. 31 Pro Sprint, he was able to turn his luck around at Flamboro with an eighth and sixth when the series returned for Frostoberfest. Summers then capped his year off with a pair of sixths at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.

The success on-track is certainly nice to see for Summers after the dedication that he has shown the division by being there from the beginning, and helping out with the golf cart throughout the season.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Jase Cornell

6th in OSCAAR Modified Points – Jase Cornell

Building on last year’s success, Jase Cornell put together a solid OSCAAR Modified campaign en route to placing sixth in the year-end standings.

Kicking off the season at Sunset Speedway, Jase Cornell battled hard throughout the weekend of competition, fighting for an 11th-place finish despite a mid-race spin. He then backed it up with another 11th a couple weeks later at Kawartha Speedway.

Unfortunately, the next two races at Jukasa Motor Speedway and Sunset did not go as the team planned with a pair of finishes outside of the top-15. Kawartha Speedway saw a small glimmer of hope, though, as Cornell was able to fight his way to a 12th-place finish.

If there was a section of the schedule that seemed to suit Cornell beyond anything else, it would be the summer as he seemed to hit his stride at the end of July and into August. He kicked it off with a 10th at Flamboro Speedway, followed by a ninth at Peterborough Speedway.

The trip to the beach was his best performance of the year, with Cornell scoring a heat victory and fifth-place finish. He then returned to Sauble Speedway a month later, placing 10th.

Kicking off the short track playoffs with Sunset Speedway put an end to the strong stretch, though, as the Innisfil, Ontario track plagued him all season. Cornell was forced to run the last chance qualifier after a pair of poor showings in his qualifying heats. He did what he needed to do to make the show, though, visiting victory lane. Starting deep in the field for the 50-lap feature, he made his way up to 18th by the checkered flag.

He ended the year solidly, though, finishing ninth at Flamboro’s Frostoberfest despite a mid-race spin followed by another ninth at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic even with a spin at the halfway mark.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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