Dale Reinhart Ready to Keep Improvement Rolling into 2019

Dale ReinhartOne of the drivers entering the upcoming season has to be Dale Reinhart, following a strong close to last season.

“Really looking forward to it,” he said. “Going to be interesting to see with all the new drivers in how everything plays out. The competition is definitely going to be better than it’s ever been before, I think, and it’s kind of has me and my team working as hard as we can in the shop to make sure everything is ready to go for the start of the season.”

After the success he experienced in 2018, he says the goal to get as many wins as he can this year.

“The biggest goal is just to come out of the gate as good as we can, and not leave any spots not spoken for,” he added. “We want to start from heat races, and put a 120% into every second we’re on the track.”

The OSCAAR schedule is set to take him to five different tracks across the province, including returning to Delaware Speedway twice this season. Reinhart notes the London, Ontario half-mile is where he is looking most forward to getting back to.

“Last time we went there, the car didn’t come home in one piece, so really looking forward to going back,” he commented.

While that trip to Delaware in 2017 didn’t work out for him, you could say that he had an incredible 2018 campaign. With six top-fives and 10 top-10’s, he was able to place third in the year-end standings and take home the “Most Improved Driver Award” at the banquet.
 
“I’d definitely say it was a success,” Reinhart spoke of 2018. “The end of the year is kind of when we had everything clicking and everything was going good, so we just want to keep that rolling over from the end of the last season.”

One of the highlights was seeing the No. 51 reach victory lane for the first time, as Reinhart put together a flawless performance at Sauble Speedway to capture his first feature victory.

“That was probably the coolest thing that I ever experienced,” he said. “Everyone from my team was there so it definitely makes you want to do it again; that’s for sure.”

Now looking to build last year into a great 2019 campaign, he says the key is coming out of the gate as strong as possible.

“I know some races it would take until the middle of the race to start clicking, where I need to get my focus and come out as soon as we’re on the track at a 110%,” he commented.

For Reinhart, he got his start in racing through his father.
 
“He never had a chance to race, but we always talked about it,” he said. “I originally raced dirt bikes and then just getting hurt all the time, so we wanted something that was a little safer. We definitely picked the right thing.”

For those who are looking to get behind the wheel like him, Reinhart says the best advice he can give is to “never give up.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Knightworks Design named as Title Sponsor of OSCAAR Hot Rods

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For the past 36 years Don and Kim Edwards, owners of Knightworks Design have been providing their customers with the best in Custom Vehicle wraps, Commercial Signs and Custom Apparel.  Through out these years Don has taught many courses in graphic design and has had numerous features published in trade magazines on their unique styles.
 
The Knightworks involvement in motorsports started in the 1980’s when their graphics could be found on vehicles for customers like Molson’s, Snap-On Tools, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Midas, Pioneer and many others.  Tracks like Cayuga Speedway and Sunset Speedway used their graphics to showcase Pace Cars. They were even called upon to re-create the famed Coors #9 for Bill Elliott when he made an appearance at a Molson 200 race.  Knightworks Design could be seen on the #02 CASCAR of Kerry Micks during the 1990’s at the CNE and even today they are responsible for numerous best appearing awards on race cars around the province.
 
The 2019 race season will mark the 10th Anniversary of being involved with OSCAAR Racing  and it’s associated sponsors and racers.

Since becoming a part of OSCAAR, Knightworks established the first OSCAAR Hot Rod Seriestraveling souvenir clothing store that was available for the fans of OSCAAR at each event. Over the past 10 years Don and Kim and the souvenir trailer have become a meeting place at the track for fans to stop and say hello and bench race and pick up the latest in OSCAAR race wear. OSCAAR race fans are without a doubt the best dressed each and every season!

To help celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Knightworks Design are proud to announce their title sponsorship for the Hot Rod Series for 2019 race season. Don and Kim have been a believer in the new series right from the start, and with the recent growth and popularity they are proud to support it in becoming the title sponsor.

The Knightworks Hot Rods, will kick off their season May 18th as part of the Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway and will crown the first ever Knightworks Hot Rod Champion at Autumn Colours at Peterborough Speedway.

Knightworks Design OSCAAR Merch TrailerWork has already begun to ensure the souvenir trailer is packed will all new OSCAAR wear for the fans come opening day. Fans will also want to keep watch on social media for other special giveaways to the great fans of OSCAAR.

On behalf of OSCAAR and all the teams and fans a huge THANK YOU to Don and Kim and Knightworks Design for all they have done and continue to do for the sport we all love.

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

Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, named Series Sponsor for OSCAAR Modifieds

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With the 2019 race season quickly approaching, the hype surrounding the OSCAAR Modifieds is at a peak level with a new partnership being formed. 

Since 1968, Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC has been serving their dedicated customers with the best in customer sales and service. It has been said that if your favorite brand wins on Sunday, it will sell off the dealership floor on Monday.

While you unfortunately cannot go buy an OSCAAR Modified, the Queenston Chevmanagement of OSCAAR and Queenston are sure you will find a vehicle of your liking once you stop in at the dealership for a test drive. Alternately, perhaps you can experience their friendly service department for all your needs. Whatever you require, Don Nopper and his professional team will be there to look after you.

To kick off the partnership, Queenston and OSCAAR will be unveiling their brand new 2019 Chevrolet Crew Cab LTZ OSCAAR Pacetruck at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Show. Taking place from March 8 to the 10 at the International Center, the show features a bit of everything for both car and racing enthusiasts. We promise the truck will fit right in, featuring a one-of-a-kind graphics package courtesy of Knightworks. If you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by and say hello; you will be able to sit behind the wheel and enjoy that new truck smell and see if you like to get your very own version.

OSCAAR ModifiedsWhether you can make the show or not, the Queenston Modified teams encourage all of their great racing fans to stop by the dealership for a test drive today. By finding the right ride for your needs, you can arrive in style to the race track with your very own new vehicle from Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC and enjoy all the racing action of the Queenston Mods.

OSCAAR fans can learn all about Queenston Chev at www.queenstonchev.com.

Race fans can stay up to date with all the latest news at www.oscaar.ca, while following the series on the various social media channels, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

Mike Westwood Returning to OSCAAR Modified Competition in 2019

Mike Westwood OSCAAR Modified DriverKnown for getting behind the wheel of anything with four wheels across the province, Mike Westwood has been hard at work in his shop this off-season. On top of preparing cars for other drivers, he has also built himself a new modified to run as part of the 2019 OSCAAR Modified tour.
 
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve always liked running the Modifieds. It’s been a couple years since I’ve ran full-time in them. I’ve put together a new car and learned a lot over the last year, so I’m hoping the car will be fast.”

Westwood’s decision to return to the class just increase the building anticipation, given the early registration numbers that have been seen.

“The Modifieds looks strong this year,” he said. “I have four Modifieds here right now, so it’s looking good for people getting into the division. There’s a lot of guys that have been inquiring about cars. I know a bunch of people have bought cars, I know people that are converting super late models over to Modifieds, so it looks like it’s going to be a good field of drivers, and a lot of diverse drivers from different divisions. It should be good. I mean, I think the Modifieds and the APC Series will be the biggest series in Ontario.”

Entering the year, he says that while he hopes to run in the top-five right out of the box, he is also looking to have a solid season all around.

“I mean, I didn’t have a very good last year,” he admitted. “A lot of physical issues in the racecar with injuries, so just hoping for a good season and to run strong. I’m still not sure if I’m going to run a full season yet, but if I run good the first race, I may stick with it and run the full season.”

Whether he runs the full season or not, Westwood is certainly planning to make Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 1 one of the stops on his schedule.

“I ran there back when it was Cayuga in the mid-90’s,” he recalled. “I wanted to go there the first year it opened as Jukasa, but I got hurt in the hobby car and didn’t get to go. Then I wanted to go this summer, and just didn’t have the money to run the $50,000 to win race. So that’s the race that I’m looking the most forward to in the modified.”

Though while remaining focused on his own program, Westwood also has an eye on the competition. Among the drivers he says to watch for 2019, Shawn Chenoweth tops the list with the purchase of a new car.

“Like the guy or hate the guy, he can wheel a racecar so he’s going to be up there,” Westwood said. “If Kelly Balson comes out full-season, we know Kelly will be up there. (Cory) Horner will be back up there again if he’s running a full season. I think Chris Milwain – he had a rough time last year wrecking a couple cars, but he was getting his modified program up to speed; he was getting faster each week. It’s a shame that he got wrecked so many times. Of course, A.J. (Emms). I mean, I know A.J. may not be able to run a full season but when he’s out, he’s going to be running at the front.”

For Westwood, racing is something that he’s been around since a very young age, with his entire family being involved in the sport.

“My grandmother raced cars at Pinecrest and my grandfather had people drive for him back in the Pinecrest,” he said. “So I’ve been involved in racing for my entire life. My dad ran hobby cars, my uncle ran hobby cars, my nephew ran Midgets, and even my wife drove Midget cars for awhile. So it’s a big family affair for us. We all race and enjoy it.”

Through the years, there’s been several memorable moments, including some of the events that Westwood may not have visited victory lane himself.

“For me, I just like the competition and competing,” he said. “To me, I like to win, but I like to race.

“I think the Great Canadian race that I won at Delaware is one of my favorites because I came right from the back to the front, and then had to go to the back and came back to the front again. I got to race with D.J. Kennington; he ran a Pro Challenge car that night, too. That’s D.J.’s home track so that was a fun time. I had a really good battle with Patrick Freel, who now races full-time in APC. So I had a good time. That’s one of my favourite races.”

Hopefully Westwood can add a couple more favorites to the list after this year.

By Ashley McCubbin

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