TXM Motorsports to Sponsor Pair of OSCAAR Pro Sprint Sunset Speedway Events

TXM Motorsports

OSCAAR is proud to announce that TXM Motorsports will be sponsoring the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints events at Sunset Speedway on May 19 and June 29.

Located at 1937 Hwy 124 in Dunchurch, Ontario, TXM Motorsports is known for their high-performance engines and competition parts for all forms of recreational vehicles and racing series. In their 7000 square foot building, they rebuild and build engines for snowmobiles, ATV & motocross, snowcross, outboard boats, karting, motorcycles, drag racing, and stock car racing. Recently, they were able to branch into doing hot rod & muscle car, and Harley Davidson bike builds.

In 2019, TXM Motorsports focus has changed towards building customers a “turn-key” performance/race or recreational ride and vehicles, as they are stop shop with welding fabrication, recreational parts & services, machine shop, as well as indoor and outdoor storage.

TXM Motorsports is open weekdays 9 am to 6 pm, and can be reached at 705-440-0500 or by e-mail at tedgreenwood1961@gmail.com.

Sunset Speedway hosted the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints for the first time last year, with each event seeing success as drivers used the multiple grooves to battle side-by-side around the Innisfil, Ontario facility. Last year, Daniel Hawn made the track his hometown playground as he swept the events, but it wasn’t easy as he was challenged by the likes of Jaden Riddell and Ryan Battilana.

The Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints will be entering their third season of competition, with an array of talent as youthful teenagers size themselves up against veterans. With several drivers returning as others join the division, the 12-race schedule should be exciting right through the beginning of the season in May, to championship night at the Autumn Colours Classic in October.

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.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Daniel Hawn Motivated to Back-Up Championship in 2019

Daniel Hawn OSCAAR Pro Sprint Series

After breaking through with his first career Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint Championship in 2018, Daniel Hawn is hoping to do the same thing this season.

“We’re pretty happy with the piece that we’ve built for the 2019 season,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of upgrades with our Pro Sprint. I think that some people are going to be pretty impressed with the craftsmanship on this car, and we’re pretty excited. We’re going to be gunning for that 2019 championship, again.”

Hawn was at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo in March, displaying the freshly wrapped No. 2 Pro Sprint that he will pilot for the season.

“A lot of people have been saying if you don’t win best appearing car, I don’t know what’s going to win it,” he commented on the feedback. “We did a lot of work. This is not the same car as last year. We’ve done a lot of upgrades, a lot of color changes – Knightworks did the wrap and they hoped on board as one of our primary sponsors, and they’re amazing people and you can see the work they did on our car, our clothing, and everything. When he (Don Edwards) showed it to me on Wednesday, my jaw just dropped.

“I’m excited to get in it on the race track. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. I’ve been promoting Pro Sprints as hard as I can and trying to get the word out here, and I really think it can be something special if the cars come to the track.”

Although the car caught the attention of many, it also brought forth many misconceptions from fans – especially considering the speed that they’re able to run.

“Everybody calls them cute and small, but this year we will have transponders on them and they can see what kind of lap times we run,” Hawn commented. “At Sunset, we’re in the 14’s and there is no super stock out there that will hit that, no hot rod at that – not even my brother (Tyler Hawn). To be put in on the pedestal close to Can-Am (T.Q. Midgets) and a pro late for the times, it’s not cute. The cars are extremely fast, and they just react a lot different than the big cars. I’m just really excited to get the transponder on so people can see our lap times.”

Last year, Hawn put together one of the most impressive OSCAAR seasons ever, scoring 10 feature victories en route to the championship.

“After coming nine points my rookie year, it really put a lot of motivation in me,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the best driver, but I’m probably the most motivated driver and that’s what really makes our team what it is. We don’t have a lot of help. I have a couple of guys that help me in the shop – Ian and Adam are a big part of the crew, and I just do a lot of the work myself.

“On Sunday when my car comes home from the track, my car is ripped apart and I clean and do maintenance on our car, and that’s why you didn’t see a lot of problems on our No. 2 Hawn Motorsports car. Not that I don’t like losing – I don’t like someone having something better to me where if I get out driven, I’m okay, but I want to have the best chance to compete up front.”

While Hawn has proven that he can win anywhere on the schedule last year, the late addition of Sauble Speedway on August 31 has caught his attention for 2019.

“I’m glad that they added a date for us in August,” he commented. “I’m just hoping that everybody in the Pro Sprints is excited to get back there. We really need to make sure that we show these tracks what we can bring. Eight or nine cars isn’t going to cut it anymore. We need to come together as a group and make sure we have 15 to 20 cars to make the series what it should be.

“These are all purpose-built cars that can’t race anywhere else, so if they don’t start bringing them to the track, there won’t be anywhere to race. So the biggest thing is I don’t care where we go, we just need to make sure we have the cars.”

Hawn feels if we can continually see guys bring their cars out to the track every weekend, the series can grow and have a high level of competition.

“I’m hoping that a lot of guys don’t keep their cars in the trailer all week expecting to win,” he added. “You’re not going to be able to compete with our car, the 15 (Jaden Riddel), the 4 (Ryan Battilana), or the 57 (James Stanley). These guys are putting in the time and money into their cars to try and beat me, and try to be a champion. Leaving your car in the trailer all week won’t get you to the front.”

With that in mind, he advises the drivers looking to join the series to make sure to spend the money rightfully the first time, in knowing what a front running car is worth.

“You need to spend the money where you need to spend it, and just ask a lot of questions,” he advised. “I’m always at the race track. There’s not one person that I haven’t helped in our series, and I’ll continue to help anyone that I need to make it what it is. I don’t hide anything from anybody. If people ask, I give them the answers.

“There’s not one single thing on that’s car that’s cheating. I’ve got that a lot – oh you win a lot of races so you must be cheating. No, we’re motivated.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Leroy Robinson Coming out of Retirement to Compete in OSCAAR

leroy robinson

After spending the last 20 years sitting on the sidelines, the right opportunity has presented itself for Leroy Robinson to come out and compete with the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods this season.

“My thoughts going into this season is I’m bringing a 40-year-old racecar out of retirement, out of the wrecking yard basically, and I’m going to give it all I got and give it one more kick at the can,” he said. “I’m 52-years-old and I really want to give her a whirl.”

Robinson’s interest in racing was re-sparked through his friendship with Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series competitor Bob Merrifield.

“My cousin was getting married and we were all going down to Mexico for his wedding, and we were sitting in my barn in the garage,” Robinson recalled. “I told him that I had to get him drunk in Mexico as he was the only person that I knew that had a car, and I wanted to drive one more time. So that was the big joke, and we all started laughing and joking about it.

“A couple weeks later, my cousin and I were sitting at the barn and he says, ‘Why don’t we go watch Bob race?’ I told him ‘naw,’ and he said that we should go as they’re just at Sauble Beach. So we ended up going to – and that’s how it all started. I got hooked right in it again. I jumped in both feet, and two weeks later, I started building this car.”

The Camaro that Robinson will be driving this season has a lot of family history, as his dad and uncle built the car back in 1976. Robinson was able to get the car in possession after coming across it in a wrecking yard 23 years ago.

“I sat on the car, didn’t know what I was going to do with it,” he explained. “I was going to put it on the street at one time, and then I had a fan send me a link to the OSCAAR Hot Rods. I looked at the rules package and the blood started boiling all over again.”

The car represents a piece of racing history, as it was done based on the first chassis design by Howe Racing Enterprises. Considered a super late at that time, the first cars by Ed Howe and Tom Mater were built in 1973, named ‘Going’ and ‘Gone,’ going on to win 77 races between them during the season.

Now bringing the car back, Robinson’s goal is to run as many races as he can financially, right now setting his budget at five races for the 2019 campaign.

“I would like to hit all the races if I could get some sponsorship money,” he commented. “I’m trying. It’s tough. I’m coming back after 30 years of retirement, so it’s a big step for me to come back and I’m ready to come back full bore.”

Looking at the wide variety of speedways on this year’s calendar, Robinson admits that he is most excited to get to Jukasa Motor Speedway.

The excitement is high across the board, with the constant growth of the series only adding to the hype.

“There are some guys building some really nice cars out there, from what I can see,” he commented. “I spoke with some of them over the computer and they’ve been very helpful, like Tyler Hawn. I never met him, but I commend that man with everything I’ve got as he’s been a really nice guy. I think this series is a great series, and it’s up-and-coming, and there’s nothing but growth that come out of the series.”

Robinson went on to say that he’s been watching every single video posted of the races thus far on YouTube.

“The drivers are fabulous,” he continued. “They look like they’re out there for a good time and not to wreck each other. They’re out there to be competitive, but they’re out there to save their cars.
 
“I really like how you’ve taken the time to reach out and speak to the drivers. Any information that I needed from (series president) Dave (Gainforth), he has either forwarded me a link or hooked me up with someone directly to speak with. So it’s been a very pleasureful experience joining the series.”

Based on what he has watched thus far, he says the guys to watch entering the 2019 campaign would be Tyler Hawn, Jeremy McLean, and Brad Martin.

As noted, racing has always been part of the Robinson family, as his grandfather was head of the Western Ontario Stock Car Association. That was then followed by a pair of his sons competing, leading to Robinson getting behind the wheel himself.

It’s fitting in seeing Robinson bring this particular car out, as he hasn’t ever forgotten where things began in the sport. He paid homage to the veterans by putting on an old timer’s racer in 1989 at Checkered Flag Motor Speedway, something that he calls his most memorable moment in racing to date.

“I brought all the old drivers back from the 50’s and 60’s to drive a modern racecar,” he recalled. “I had 30-something drivers all race. Some of these hadn’t sat in these cars for over 25 years. They came out, and they put on a helluva show. It was really, really cool.

“That was when I quit racing because my dream was to have my uncle drive my racecar. In 1989, he came out of retirement and drove my racecar. The following week, I came home and sold everything – and never went back to the race track until two years ago.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Jase Cornell Looking for Continued Improvement in 2019

Jase Cornell

After a solid second season in the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds, Jase Cornell is hoping last year’s pair of checkered flags were the first of many.

“I feel like 2019 is going to be the year of the OSCAAR Modified Tour,” he commented. “The series is gaining tons of attention all across the racing community. I feel very privileged to be part of such a great organization.”

Last season, Cornell was able to place sixth in the year-end standings, following a heat victory at Sauble Speedway and b-main win at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250.

“Picking up our first heat race win at Sauble Speedway last year was such a huge win for us,” Cornell expressed. “Getting that first checkered flag under our belt was such a great feeling. We celebrated as though we had just won the Daytona 500.”

Now moving forward, Cornell says the key will be improving their qualifying heat races this year “significantly” so they can start better in the features.

“Last season we never really paid a lot of attention to our qualifying efforts, but looking back I think that really hurt us overall,” he said. “Also, with a bunch of new teams expected to come out this season, qualifying well each week will be even more important than ever.”

Cornell went on to add that 2019 is going to be about building upon what he’s been able to learn over the past two seasons in OSCAAR competition.
 
“Towards the end of last season we were really coming together as a team and kept getting faster every week,” he said. “We are looking forward to contending for some feature wins this season, which should help us secure a top-five spot in the championship point.”

Out of the tracks on the 2019 calendar for OSCAAR, the return of Delaware Speedway for the modifieds certainly has Cornell excited.

“The track has a lot of history and has played an integral role in building racing as we know it in Ontario,” he commented. “I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to trying my hand at mastering it’s unique surface. Being there with the ISMA Super Modifieds is also a huge bonus.”

Seeing Delaware Speedway return to the schedule is among the highlights, as OSCAAR welcomes on-board a new series sponsor with an ever-growing field of drivers.

“The OSCAAR Modifieds are in such a great place right now,” he said. “The series is attracting some of most talented and recognized racers in Ontario. The competition is going to be unbelievably tough this year, and fans can expect to see some of the tightest, most action packed racing at every event on the tour.”

With a wide variety of competitors, Cornell admits it’s tough to narrow it down to just five guys to keep an eye on this season.

“My first pick would be Cory Horner,” he commented. “He’s a super competitive guy with a championship to defend. “Second guy would be Dale Reinhart. Dale and his team really figured things out last year and I expect them to come out strong this spring. Third would have to be John Harper. He always manages to find his way to the front, and I’m sure he’s extra hungry for the championship after having come so close last season.

“Fourth guy to watch would be Kelly Balson. Although he didn’t run a full season last year, he brings a wealth of experience to the Modified Tour, and one should never under estimate Kelly’s ability to get to the front quickly. My final pick would be Gary Elliot. Gary is one of the hardest working racers I know. His never give up attitude and unmatched love for the sport always serves him well at the track.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

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