5 Historical Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Moments

OSCAAR Modifieds began back in May 2012 at Sunset Speedway

As we wind down the year in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of OSCAAR competition, it seems only fitting to take a final glance back at some of the most memorable moments. So here are five that stand out in relation to the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds.

Race No. 1

The history books for the Modifieds began back in May 2012, with their first event taking place at Sunset Speedway as part of the Spring Velocity weekend.

It’d serve as a good starting place for the history books, with Gary McLean scoring the victory after out-battling Barry Newman over a series of restarts throughout the event. Of course, we know McLean’s routes go way beyond this – but more on that later. However, on this night in victory lane, he gave praise to his fellow competitor.

“That guy’s a class act,” McLean spoke of Newman at the time. “He cut me a lot of slack, a lot of times. Realistically, he was faster than me most of the time. Just a class guy. Raced with him a lot of times. He’s the guy to beat.”

The event featured 16 cars in total, as Brent McLean kept it all in the family with a third-place finish ahead of Justin Demelo and Brandon Crumbie. Both McLean and Demelo became regular fixtures in the series in the following years, scoring eight wins between the pair of them.

Race No. 50

It would only take three years to put 50 features in the books, with the monumental event being ran at Delaware Speedway on September 18, 2015. A familiar tale was told as Gary McLean once again found himself in victory lane that night, after taking the lead on the second lap.

Cole Powell placed second, arguably to nobody’s surprise given his amount of experience at the London-based oval. He also became a series feature winner in his own right, accomplishing the feat at Kawartha Speedway.

Seeing the Delaware regulars invade on the nights that OSCAAR ran there has become the norm through the years, and led to feature wins for both Demelo and Jeff Showler. Showler took it a step further in becoming a regular on the tour the past couple of years. Now with the half-mile set to possibly return to the schedule in 2021, history may quite very well repeat itself once again.

Race No. 100

Going through another 50 races took a little longer, with the feat actually being accomplished rightfully so during the 30th anniversary campaign this past year. The second date at Sunset Speedway on September 19 will be etched into the history books as the 100th Modified feature.

If you could have an event be forever remembered, the way this race day played out is quite close to the dream. A close race for the checkered at the end to offer a finish to remember, while having a stout field of competitors to keep things interesting all 50 laps.

With a strong qualifying effort, A.J. Emms was able to get out-front, but it wasn’t one of those simple drive away wins. The closing laps would see Andy Kamrath on his bumper, with a couple close moments as Emms managed to keep the No. 89c behind him to the checkered.

For Emms, the victory allowed him to check off another box in the accomplishments category in continuing the versatility of his six series victories to date coming at five different speedways. Though his place in the record books was solidified a year earlier, courtesy of the 2019 series championship.

5-Time Champion Gary McLean

Speaking of champions, Gary McLean has been discussed to this point, and rightfully so. No matter what page of the series record books you turn to, his name is easily found at the top of the pages. Let’s face it – you don’t become a five-time series champion just overnight.

To put his stamp on the series in perspective, he has scored 38 wins and 57 top-five’s across the 101 features ran to date, and that’s with having not ran every single event himself. He also is the only driver to hold the distinction of winning at every single track that has hosted an event, as well.

Iron Man 72

Through the series’ history, the modifieds have hosted some of the biggest talents in motorsports across the province. One of those was Gary Elliott, with everybody within OSCAAR being allotted the opportunity to give him a big send-off before he moved to Nova Scotia at the end of 2019.

The Iron Man 72 was put together in conjunction with series officials and Sunset Speedway in Elliott’s honor, with many unique aspects. Double features ran 36 laps in length to match his car number, equaling his age at the time in total. The amount of cars inverted from the first day to the second was also only eligible numbers fitting that bill – two, three, six, or seven.

The unique format presented a challenge to all the competitors, with Andy Kamrath rising to the equation as he was able to sweep both events over the course of Fall Velocity weekend at Sunset Speedway. Those pair of wins came during a domination period for the No. 89c which saw Kamrath visit victory lane on six straight occurrences across four different tracks.

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

5 (More) Thoughts About – Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods

OSCAAR Hot Rod series at Jukasa Motor Speedway 2020

Even though it was a shortened schedule for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, there was a lot to offer through the four events that were ran, as they offer a variety of thoughts for the years ahead.

Impressive Debuts Part 2

The future of the series seems to be in good hands with the growing diversity and competitors, and that was emphasized by a couple impressive debuts this past season.

With Jesse Kennedy missing out on the first event of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway, he’d elect to put Jay Doerr behind the wheel to showcase his late model experience. The decision paid off in the form of a fifth-place finish.

Scott Beatty proved himself behind the wheel of a Late Model, and got the chance to return back behind the wheel after having a brief hiatus from competition. He drove the Javelin to a fourth-place finish in his series debut at Jukasa, followed by a heat win and a fifth at Sunset Speedway. Unfortunately, the return to the Crown Jewel saw his day end early with mechanical issues.

Hard Hit

When Ed Bowlby debuted his beautiful Camaro, immediately a lot of people fell in love simply by the clean lines and color. He even proved it was fast, as evident with a heat win at Peterborough Speedway’s 2019 Autumn Colours Classic and a fifth at Sunset Speedway.

Unfortunately, the 2020 campaign did not go as hoped with Bowlby sustaining a significant damage in a front stretch crash in a heat event at Sauble Speedway. Hopefully the incident doesn’t end his aspirations with the series as last year proved he could easily be someone to watch battle for wins.

X Marks the Spot

When looking at teams that have been involved with the series from the beginning, Foster Motorsports easily fits the equation and it makes sense as their history with OSCAAR stems back into the Super Late Model days.

Adrian Foster proved the team can still get the job done on any given week, as evident by no finish worse than ninth across the four events this year with a pair of top-five’s. He also had a good chance to win at Sauble Speedway, leading some laps and battling throughout for the top spot with eventual winner Rob Bromley.

A past winner in the series, it’d be no surprise to see the feat repeated once again in 2021.

Still Fast

Since bursting onto the scene, Billy Alderson Jr. has proven to be someone to watch in Hot Rod competition. Despite running a handful of events each season, he has scored a pair of victories, including the 2019 Fall Velocity at Sunset Speedway.

Another year in the books, and the tune remains the same with Billy’s Speed Shop proving they can run with the best despite the ever-changing landscape. Alderson made only one start this year, but still pulled off a top-five with fourth at Sunset Speedway. Of note, it extends his streak as he has managed to score 10 consecutive top-five’s in a row dating back through the past two years.

All in the Family

It’s sometimes said that people have a family at hand, along with a family that has come together at the race track. Though for some teams, it’s all about going racing as family together – and that is part of the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series roots with the Parsons and Clarkes laying the groundwork.

In years past, they have experienced success together with Nick Clarke scoring a couple victories, while Bob Parsons shined with a top-five points finish last season. There was also a nice heat victory by Bill Clarke at Peterborough Speedway to close out 2019.

Unfortunately, the 2020 campaign did not see the familiar glorious results continue with just one top-10 – Nick Clarke at Sunset Speedway placing ninth. Though with all their history and experience tied together as one, don’t expect them to stay down for long as a return to checkered flags should come in 2021.

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

5 (More) Thoughts to Think About – Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds

OSCAAR Modifieds at Jukasa Motor Speedway

We have well established that the 2020 campaign was successful for plenty of drivers, despite the shortened schedule. However, there are several other Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd. and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop competitors that should be mentioned as well.

Making a Splash

A couple drivers did not reap the headlines with checkered flags or podium finishes, but their appearances behind the wheel left an impression.

Jeff Walt made his series debut in style at Jukasa Motor Speedway, setting the quickest time in qualifying. He backed it up with a solid performance in the 50-lap feature en route to placing sixth.

Unfortunately, his season was cut short with a blown motor at Sunset Speedway. Though if he returns to the series in 2021, he could become someone to watch.

Jeff Showler has not spent the past couple years behind the wheel of the No. 4 Modified, with Geoff Chant taking over the reigns. Showler returned when the series took to Sunset Speedway, and proved he could still got the job done with a fifth-place finish.

The current direction for the team’s future is not known, especially with Showler’s kids also involved in motorsports. However if the previous race winner was to put more starts under his belt, there easily could be some more checkered flags.

Champions Return

The OSCAAR Modifieds have been fortunate to have four different drivers hoist the championship trophy at season’s end since the series’ first year in 2012. A couple of those competitors stepped away from the sport, but made their return this past year.

All-time win leader Gary McLean came out swinging in his lone start of the year, laying down the quickest time in qualifying at Jukasa Motor Speedway. He ran up front to start the event, but succumbed to engine issues on Lap 15. You have to wonder what could have been otherwise, though.

Cory Horner ran three of the five events in 2020, and proved that he has not missed a beat. The 2018 OSCAAR Champion was able to score three top-eight performances, including a fourth at Sunset. Now it’s just a matter of what could be possible with a return to full-time competition.

Gaining Speed

When Wally Wilson made the switch from Midget competition to the OSCAAR Modifieds, it was his first opportunity to get behind the wheel of an eight-cylinder vehicle. Though in each year, improvement has been seen as evident by winning the Most Improved Driver Award at the 2019 banquet.

The progress carried forward into the 2020 campaign as he was able to score a career-best eighth at Sunset and showed progress in gaining speed at each track on the tour. With the team expanding to having two cars on track each week this past year, there’s a chance that the progress could build into bigger things for 2021.

Family Tradition

A lot of people are used to seeing the name Gruntz in OSCAAR competition, as evident by the familiar orange and black 31 made famous by Josh through the early seasons.

The family tradition grew a chapter this past year, with Josh’s brother Ben making his series debut following experience in the Pure Stock division at Peterborough Speedway. The events went solidly, too, a best finish of 12th at Sunset Speedway.

If the team continues to regularly appear at events in 2021, a top-10 could easily be in hand as Ben Gruntz gets used to the tracks and open-wheel style.

Age is Just a Number

One of the unique aspects when it comes to a walk through the modified pits is seeing the variety of experience under each of the driver’s belts, with everybody joining the division from varying backgrounds. There are also various ages for the drivers, whether that young or old.

Mark Hamacher and Bob Franks are in the veteran category when it comes to the discussion, but they both have proved that you can still have a lot of fun racing amongst the open-wheel stars in 2020. On any given day at the track, a smile can be seen on their faces as they’ll assure you that the modifieds are still the coolest cars to drive.

They both have also put together solid finishes at times throughout their careers, with a couple top-10’s for each of them, including a 10th for Franks at Sunset Speedway.

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

5 Thoughts to Think About – Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods

OSCAAR Hot Rods at Sauble Speedway.

Even though it was a shortened schedule for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, there was a lot to offer through the four events that were ran, as they offer a variety of thoughts for the years ahead.

Diversity

When the concept of the OSCAAR Hot Rods was developed, a lot of excitement surrounded the idea of the series and what was to come. It was just a matter of seeing what the car builders and drivers could come up with in the shop and get out to the track.

Flash forward a couple years, and you can easily say it’s one of the fastest growing divisions in the province. Even though the 2020 season was shortened due to COVID-19, several drivers made their series debuts – seven in total, with several of them experiencing their own respective successful.

There’s also diversity in looking at the variety of experience competitors bring to the table, from past late model champions to competitors with super stock or mini stock experience. The variety of cars is also there, from a Ford Fairline and Pontiac Laurention, to a Studebaker Hawk and a Rambler Ambassador. It seems this will also continue to grow heading into 2021 with several other beautiful cars currently being built, including a station wagon.

Rookie Winners

In speaking of the success of the rookies, it was apparent when three of them were able to become first time winners in the series, ironically with those all happening in a row to close out 2020.

Rob Bromley kicked off the party by scoring the victory in the series’ lone trip to Sauble Speedway. He did not have it easy, having to hold off Adrian Foster as the pair went to war, trading the top spot back and forth over the second half of the feature. The success did not end there, as Bromley scored a seventh at Jukasa Motor Speedway despite having to start last on the field due to issues in qualifying.

Tom Walters showed speed in the first two events of the year, with a runner-up at Jukasa, followed by running up front until mechanical woes at Sauble. Everything came together for the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee at Sunset Speedway, as he used his years of experience on the 3/8-mile oval to hold off all challengers en route to the checkered. He then backed it up with a runner-up at Jukasa a week later.

Trevor Thompson had the silver bullet on a role at Sunset, enough to score a runner-up to Walters. The performance came following a runner-up in his first trip to Jukasa in August, so everyone knew returning to the Crown Jewel a month later, he would be someone to watch. The predictions proved true, as he found his way into the lead once the four-way battle was settled at the checkered flag.

Each of these drivers proved they are capable of getting the job done, and could also easily see themselves as championship contenders if they elect to run a full schedule. Combined with the current mainstays in the series, the title battle could be one to watch.

Mr. Consistency

Steve Book is already known as one of those to watch, as evident by a runner-up in the points in 2019. It’s why a lot of people had the Studebaker as one of their cars to watch entering this season, and you have to wonder what could’ve been with the full schedule.

Even with a shortened schedule, Book did not slow down one bit as he won the season opener at Jukasa Motor Speedway, and followed it up with three more top-six finishes for an average finish of 3.5 across the four events.

That’s not how he earned the headline Mr. Consistency, though. He accomplished that feat by writing a new chapter in the series history book by scoring 25 straight top-10 finishes, dating back to Sunset Spring Velocity in May 2018. While hoisting checkered flags is nice, good solid results goes a long way when it comes to the points – and it’s why a lot of people have circled the No. 64 heading into 2021.

Here From The Beginning…..

There are always a lot of conversations occurring about Hot Rods around the province, and there’s a name that comes up more often than not – Tyler Hawn. After all, he is one of the drivers that has been here from the beginning.

His impact on the series goes beyond that, though; he currently holds a couple different records in the history books. The biggest is obviously the three consecutive championships, but you cannot forget the series-leading nine feature wins or 23 top-five finishes.

It was surprising to see the No. 2 not win a feature in 2020, but that just shows you how competitive the series is. Even though the elusive checkered flag was missing, it still proved to be a solid season for Tyler Hawn. He scored a heat win at Sunset Speedway to go with a top-10 in each race, highlighted by a season-best third to conclude the year at Jukasa.

In knowing they did not reach victory lane this past year, you can expect the gang at Hawn Motorsports to go hard to work this winter in hopes of not repeating that in 2021.

Inching Closer

If you are looking for a driver to reach victory lane that has not been able to do so yet, then look no further than Paul Senior. The No. 8 Ford Maverick may not have a feature checkered flag yet, but it could very well happen soon.

Since debuting his new ride in 2019, Senior has shown speed as evident by a third-place finish at Flamboro and battling for the win at Jukasa. That carried into this past year, with a top-six finish in each of the three events the team entered, including a third at Sunset Speedway.

It seems with each lap turned behind the wheel, Senior gets to know his car that much better and the experience seems to be translating into speed. Now it’s just about putting the pieces together in 2021 to make it happen.

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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