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Adams Motorsports Unveils New Website for 2015 Season

Adams Motorsports Unveils New Website for 2015 Season

Adams Motorsports is pleased to announce a brand new website for the upcoming 2015 OSCAAR Modified season. Fans are welcome to stay tuned to http://www.adamsmotorsports99.com to keep up with the happenings of A.J. Emms and Adams Motorsports all season long.

Last season, the Adams Motorsports would experience success in their rookie year, with driver Drew Stieler finishing 11th in points with a heat victory at Sauble Speedway.

This year, Adams Motorsports has brought a new driver on board for the team as A.J. Emms will tackle the OSCAAR Modified schedule for the first time behind the wheel of the No. 99 Modified.

Emms ran the full Outlaw Modified Canada schedule in 2014, scoring the series championship that was highlighted by winning all three features at Full Throttle Motor Speedway one night.

Adams Motorsports will recieve sponsorship support for the 2015 season from Adams Home Comfort, Dwinnels Family Movers, TSS Top Shops, Duckworths Fish and Chips Orillia, Klotz Canada, Wix Filters, Kitchen Tire 2013 and Morton Metals.

Press Release by: Ashley McCubbin

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James Rodgers Looking to Carry Momentum into 2015 Season

James Rodgers Looking to Carry Momentum into 2015 Season

When the final checker flag waved ending the 2014 Hurricane Midget season it was the #77 of James Rodgers celebrating the feature win at Autumn Colours. The win secured James to a third place finish in the championship standings, and giving the team the boost it needed heading in to 2015. James and his team would love nothing more than to become the first ever OSCAAR Midget Series Champion.
James is no stranger to racing as his career began in 2003 in the 4 cylinder division as Sunset Speedway before moving up to the Thunder car division. James first arrived on the midget series in 2012 and has been a force to deal with ever since. The familiar “chrome” #77 can always be found battling for the win each week.
When it became time for a change James looked around at various divisions and decided on the midget class based on the high speed of the cars and the cost to run a competitive team. Fans might not know but the midgets turn some of the fastest lap times of any cars in Ontario.
As with any series or class, each and every year teams continue to improve of their cars. Since first joining the series, where there were maybe 5 cars that can win on any given night there are now 15-20 that you have to beat. James loves the competition and with teams stepping up their programs each year the series is going to continue to get stronger.
Like any driver James has a wish list and it is pretty simple” I like to see different teams win all the time, seeing the same driver each week win is not good for the series” But James also knows that winning takes hard work and determination and that are two attributes that he brings to the track each week.
When the talks began of the midgets becoming OSCAAR sanctioned James was very excited. Fans know all about OSCAAR and the great racing they bring to the track each week with the Super Lates and the Mods. So adding the midgets to the mix, will bring fans an exciting night of racing with three distinct classes that you cannot see anywhere else but at an OSCAAR event.
James is already looking towards his future with OSCAAR and says a OSCAAR Mod is definitely in his future in the next few years. But for 2015 his focus is the OSCAAR Midget Championship.
OSCAAR would like to with James and his whole #77 team the best of luck for the 2015 season.
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Gallinger Ford, Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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Rick Walt to Run Sunset Speedway Full-Time

Rick Walt to Run Sunset Speedway Full-Time

Rick Walt and Walt Motorsports announced that they will be running the full Sunset Speedway Sauble Falls Limited Late Model schedule for the upcoming racing season.

“I think with the switch to Sunset, we are looking to run inside the top ten each and every night and we have put a lot of effort into making that happen,” Walt commented. “If we can steal a win or two through the year, that’s the ultimate goal.”

The past couple of seasons, Sunset Speedway has boosted some of the strongest late model fields in the province of Ontario, with full fields of 24 cars on any given night. That is only looking to increase for the upcoming season with the unfortunate closer of Barrie Speedway.

“The competition level is unreal down at Sunset,” Walt said. “So many great drivers with Morrow, Baker, Witty, the Hallyburtons, and Walters. Competition is as high as you will see in the province and we hope to add our name to this list.”

Sunset Speedway announced earlier this month that they have joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program, which Walt says ultimately solidified their decision.

“Drivers will see the benefits to NASCAR all season long and most importantly at the year-end banquet,” Walt commented. “Having nascar is a huge deal for us.”

Though with the edition of NASCAR, it brings forth a change to Sunset Speedway’s normal layout from a single 50 lap feature each night to a pair of features. Walt grew used to the format last year, running Barrie Speedway for the full season.

“Double features are fun to run,” he said. “It gives you two chances and/or two big winners each night. If you are able to double down, its the greatest achievement. We were fortunate to win double features a couple times and there’s nothing better! If you wreck in the first one now, that’s a different story; you better get working hard to be ready for feature two. It wears on a team all year long if you are not ready for it.”

Walt is looking to have another successful season following a solid rookie year that saw him score nine feature victories and finish second in Barrie Speedway’s Limited Late Model Points Standings. He also went on to post a solid top-10 finish at the Autumn Colors Classic.

Of course, everything would not be possible without sponsorship support, which Walt Motorsports is glad to welcome back their sponsors for the new season – Cindy Snow ReMax, Rust Check Canada, Kitchen Tire, Eisses Pumping Services, Oro Collision, Abstract Salon, Simone Autosport and Hotc.

Walt Motorsports is always looking for new partnerships, and can be reached through Facebook at Rick Walt or email rrr10thunder@gmail.com.

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AJ Emms & Adams Motorsports Together for 2015 OSCAAR Modified Season

AJ Emms & Adams Motorsports Together for 2015 OSCAAR Modified Season

When Allen Adams went looking for a new driver for his #99 OSCAAR Modified, he had his eyes set on an experienced driver, and that is what he found. The team will be entering their second year of competition with the series with yet another top rookie driver, AJ Emms.

Although on paper AJ is a rookie with the series, his experience will show that he will be a force each and every week. Among his many titles is 5 time GO Karting Champion at the Simcoe, Toronto, Kawartha – Durham Kart Clubs. For three years AJ was the runner up in the Hurricane Midget series while racking up over 10 feature wins. Most recently AJ has been enjoying success in the Pro 4 Modified where last season saw the team win an amazing 7 features out of 12 and the 2014 Championship.

AJ is very grateful for the opportunity to work with Adams Motorsports and to be a part of OSCAAR tour. For many years AJ has watched the series grow and now to have the opportunity to travel with the series to all the different tracks, it was really a no brainer at jumping at this opportunity.

The team has been busy in the shop since the end of the 2014 season making changes to the car. Team owner Allen Adams is keeping things pretty close chested about the changes but he did say they have an all new body, a brand new built motor ready to go in the #99. With a smile Allen also said they have a couple of other surprises as well. AJ knows working with a new team, getting use to a new car and adapting to the changes will be a challenge but he has confidence in his crew and himself. AJ knows he will be competing with the best that there is in modified racing and will have to rely on all his past experience each week. AJ is very confident that their team will be up for the challenge starting at opening day at Sunset Speedway.

The team has one main goal heading into the season, complete every lap, record some top finishes and eliminate the DNF’s. After that the points will take care of themselves, and AJ would love nothing better than to bring the Rookie of The Year title to Adams Motorsports.

When asked about his future in racing, AJ is quick to point out that he simply does not think that far ahead. Right now his main focus is on the #99 modified and working with his new team. On some off weekends you will still most likely find AJ racing either in his limited late model, or his Outlaw Modified.

One thing becomes very obvious this young man is very dedicated to his team and his sport and that should bring the success they deserve. Fans can also follow the team on facebook at Adams Motorsports for all the latest news from the team.

OSCAAR would like to with AJ and his team to the series and the best of luck in the 2015 season.

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services, Gallinger Ford

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2013 Midget Champion Ready to Return to Tackle the 2015 Season

2013 Midget Champion Ready to Return to Tackle the 2015 Season

For fans that are familiar with the OSCAAR Midget series, the name Robin McLean is always in the mix of preseason championship favorites. With a strong fourth place finish in 2014, and a championship in 2013, Robin has his eyes set on becoming the first OSCAAR Midget Champion in 2015.

Robin lives in Gilford Ontario and is home for the # 97 Midget racing team. During the week Robin owns his own CNC Aerospace Machine Shop, and most likely can be found thinking about racing.

Robins’ road to oval track racing took a bit of a different route as he started out on two wheels racing motocross at the age of 12. After ten years of jumps and playing in the dirt, Robin tried his hand at enduro racing, thunder cars and then seven years of Karting, before joining the Midget Series.

It is always interesting to find out how a driver ends up driving a certain class of car and when asked Robin had four quick responses “ 1. Affordability 2. Only needing 1 person 3. Very close to Karts, which I liked and the main reason was 4. The speed to money spent ratio”

As in any series or class of cars things are constantly changing and the Midget series is no different. When asked in his four years with the series what has changed the most, Robin is quick to respond “the technology in the cars” . Throughout the years people are building safer chassis, and teams are now spending the time they need to ensure the cars are properly maintained and race ready when they unload each week.10955693_10152636546943133_88877883840492986_n

Like every race driver Robin has a little wish list to see things improve with the series. The addition of left side mirrors he feels will benefit the racing. Robin would also like to see on track infractions be taken more serious with less tolerance. (as a side note I have relayed this message to Bob and Dale)

When it was being discussed late in the 2014 season about the possible merger with OSCAAR, Robin thought that this is just what the series needed. Robin states “ everyone in Ontario racing knows OSCAAR, they draw the biggest crowds, put on the best racing, and with the addition of the midget series will only make the series stronger”

While Robin main focus is on the 2015 OSCAAR Midget Championship, he is also looking towards to the future with his sights set on hopefully moving up to an OSCAAR Modified in the next few years. But Robin is quick to point out “ no matter what I am racing there will always be a midget in my shop !”

OSCAAR would like to wish Robin and his team the best of luck in his quest for his second championship in 2015!

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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Mike Hearty Prepares for his 25,000km OSCAAR Modified Rookie Season

Mike Hearty Prepares for his 25,000km OSCAAR Modified Rookie Season

While most modified teams are busy in the shops putting the final touches on their modifieds, Mike is already planning his summer holidays. The past couple of seasons OSCAAR has seen Sault St Marie residents George Wilson, and Dustin Jackson make the huge commitment to OSCAAR. The 2015 season will be no different as Mike Hearty is prepared with his new Port City modified to tackle the full schedule.

This kind of commitment is hard enough for any team but add in the travel and the number of days off work, Mike is going to have one busy summer.

Mike began his racing career in 2005 in the 4 cylinder division at Laird Speedway. One of the first awards Mike received was Rookie of the Year in 2007 in the factory stock class, and then backed that up with the championship in 2008. Mike is certainly hopes that trend continues for him in 2015 in the modified class.

Mike soon had the yearning to travel so the team loaded up and headed south in 2009 and has made appearances at most of the tracks the modified series will be competing this season. Although the travel at times can become a lot for one person, Mike is quick to say “we were welcomed with open arms at all tracks and it just put the fun back into racing for me”

When Mike was laying out his future racing plans the modified series caught his eye. Mike had been watching since the inception of the series. With the schedule laid out and the level of competition each week it became an easy decision for the team to make the jump. Mike also loves the fact the series has 5 events at Sunset Speedway one of his favorite tracks to compete at.

Mike knows that this season is not going to be easy. Aside from the 2 – 3 days of travel for each event, at the track you will find Mike is there working with a minimal crew. Most weeks you will see it is just Mike and his mom getting the car ready to race. Mike has put together a strong support group at home including Port City race cars, Van Dooran racing developments and some good friends and is working hard to put together a pit crew this year as well.

When asked, what would make for a successful 2015, Mike was pretty quick to answer.” If at the end of the year I can look back and say that my race team and myself had fun, then I would consider that a great year”. He also added at the end “well that rookie title would be pretty good as well”.

As for Mikes’ future racing plans, “honestly I just don’t plan that far ahead ”if I am having fun then you will see me racing”

OSCAAR would like to welcome Mike and his family to the series, and wish them all the best for the 2015 racing season.

OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services, and VP Racing Fuels.

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Bryan Sudsbury Set to Return to Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Wars

Bryan Sudsbury Set to Return to Peterborough Speedway’s Weekly Wars

Once they’ve achieve a certain level of success, it’s hard to keep a weekly short track racer away from their chosen vocation.

For Bryan Sudsbury, his greatest motorsports triumph was the 2012 Late Model track championship at Peterborough Speedway. A year later, the 26 year old racer from Bowmanville, Ontario had a strong season, but fell short of back-to-back titles and finished 3rd in the final standings. Sudsbury, who ran a handful of 2014 events in a Mini Stock says that once the racing bug bites, it’s hard to think of anything else.

“Spending a year on the sidelines was the last thing I wanted to do, but there just wasn’t time to put a program together they way we’d hoped,” said Sudsbury. “Racing the Mini Stock kept the fire burning, but it didn’t compare with running your own deal on a weekly basis. Heading into 2015, we’ll have everything set to roll for opening night and should be ready to contend for another championship in a very competitive field.”

Sudsbury’s new hot rod, carrying his traditional #29 in honour of his house number and the date of his birthday is prepped behind the scenes and maintained at the racetrack by the driver himself, his father Brian Sudsbury and mother Judy Sudsbury, Chad Deighton, Amber Karens and Ryann Deighton. Like many short trackers, the go kart and Mini Stock graduate – who works as a crane operator – says the support he’s received from family and friends over the years help keep everything in perspective.

“Both my parents have been a huge backer of my racing since the early days,” said the driver. “My mother makes sure everything is ready on raceday before we roll out of the driveway. Once we get to the track, she charts my laps during practice and the race and makes sure the officials are kept up-to-date with anything that might change from week-to-week with the team.”

Away from the track, Sudsbury likes snowmobiling, off-roading and going to the cottage. He says he enjoys everything about the racing experience, from the fans in the grandstands, his fellow drivers and the track promoters. As far as long term goals, he’d like to run at 5 Flags Speedway and compete in the Snowball Derby against one of his favourite drivers, Bubba Pollard of Senoia, Georgia; a guy he says can really wheel a racecar and also knows how to have a good time.

For 2015 at Peterborough Speedway, Bryan Sudsbury will wheel a crate powered Port City chassis by Dan McHattie Racecars Late Model. The team will be backed by long-time sponsors Alma Mechanical, RLV Masonry, Darril’s Diecast Collectibles, Castrol Canada, Deighton Design, Flash Fire Coatings and Karbelt Speed and Custom.

Like Bryan Sudsbury Racing on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter, @sudsburyracing.

Fans will get their first official look at the 2015 event line-up when Peterborough Speedway will be part of the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13th to 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. The track will also have displays April 10th, 11th and 12th at the Kawartha Home and Cottage Show and April 12th through 18th at the Lindsay Mall.

Find the latest pre-season news at www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
After spending most of 2014 on the sidelines, former track champion Bryan Sudsbury will return to the Earl Ireland Auto Sales Late Model division at Peterborough Speedway for the 2015 campaign.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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613.968.6410

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Third Generation Racer Prepares for His OSCAAR Debut in 2015

Third Generation Racer Prepares for His OSCAAR Debut in 2015

With the start of the 2015 season looming ever closer on the calendar teams are busy in the shops putting the finishing touches to their cars. When the first green flag waves at Sunset Speedway a proud family tradition will start a new chapter on the ovals in Ontario and with OSCAAR.

12 year old Alex Cuzzilla will be behind the wheel of the #50 OSCAAR Midget for his first season with the provincial touring series. Don’t let his age fool you as Alex has 4 years of go kart racing experience behind him heading into his rookie season.
Alex had great success in karts, in 2012 he was crowned The Champion at Mosport Speedway in the Arrive and Drive division. Alex also had an impressive record at The Kawartha Durham Kart Club, with 3 wins in 6 starts at the events held at Kawartha Speedway. The 2013-2014 saw the team competing at the front week in and week out often battling his good friend Marlie Owen (daughter of John Owen) for the wins. Along the way Alex has learned the hardest lesson in racing as he states” we lost every way we could have as well”.50-om
When the 2014 season came to a close, Alex and his dad Tom decided it was time to make a change. Tom is no stranger to OSCAAR as he has many years of experience driving a super late model. Alex said he could not wait to get on the ovals that his family has raced on “it’s in my blood”. So my dad decided that the next best step would be the OSCAAR Midget series. We both feel that this step is the best jump between Karts and full size race cars.
We have been busy in the shop building our new chassis and cannot wait to hit the track for practice. Alex has memories of watching his dad race in OSCAAR in the super late model and cannot wait to carry on the Cuzzilla tradition.
Alex is very proud of his families long history in racing that started with his Grandfather Tom and his brother Colin back in modifieds in the early 1950’s. In fact to honour his Grandfather Toms’ sutton-65-6650th Anniversary of his 1965 Modified Championship at Wasaga Beach Speedway, Alex will be painting his 2015 Midget the same paint scheme.
Although like many young guys in the winter Alex can be found playing hockey, his real passion is for racing and is planning on a long career here in Ontario. When asked where he would like to see himself in 5 years Alex is very quick to answer “hopefully in an OSCAAR Modified”.
OSCAAR is very excited to have Alex and the entire Cuzzilla family as part of the series in 2015, and like to wish them the best of luck in 2015!
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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Jamie Bound Preparing For 2015 Race Season

Jamie Bound Preparing For 2015 Race Season

With the 2014 Hurricane Midget Championship on his resume, Jamie bound looks to become the first OSCAAR Midget Champion in 2015.

Like many of us in racing Jamie first got the racing bug at the early age of 12 years old. Jamie cut his teeth racing go karts and feel in love with open wheel racing. Jamie could also be found in the shop helping his Dad and brother as they competed with the TQ Midget series. When most kids where out enjoying the summer, Jamie could be found in the shop working side by side with his grandfather.
When it became time for Jamie to elevate his racing career, The Hurricane midgets where the series of choice. The 2012 and 2013 season found the familiar # 83 participating on a part time basis. The learning curve of the car and finding the proper set up for the paved ovals put the team in position to make a run at the championship in 2014.
The hard work and determination paid off for when the final checker flag waved at Autumn Colours the 30 year old was crowned series champion. The season saw some great highs and lows as the team suffered through a hard crash, but thanks to a team loaning them their car they were able to maintain their points lead.
Since first coming to the series, Jamie has seen a huge growth in teams and competition each and every week. And like every racer he states the cars continue to get faster and who doesn’t like speed!
With the 2015 season and the Midgets now being part of the OSCAAR series, Jamie is looking forward to an exciting season and preparations are well under way to become an OSCAAR Champion in 2015.
Jamie will have his 2015 OSCAAR Midget on display at the upcoming Motorama Car Show on March 13-15 so please make plans to stop by and pick up your 2015 schedule.
OSCAAR would like to wish Jamie and his team the best of luck for the 2015 season
OSCAAR Racing is presented to race fans throughout Ontario with the help of several dedicated sponsors, including: Knightworks Design, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Hoosier Tire Canada, Finishline Fabricating, JBM Leasing Ltd., Jenco Equipment, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services, and VP Racing Fuels.

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Power To Go Motorsports Announces Return to OSCAAR

Power To Go Motorsports Announces Return to OSCAAR

ELORA, Ontario — Power To Go Motorsports announced that they are returning to the track this upcoming race season.

With support from both Scott Field Racing and Hanover Holidays, PTG is set to return to OSCAAR competition.

Team owner Jim Bowman announced that he is “no longer retired” and will be competiting in the OSCAAR Super Late Model division in 2015. Bowman’s last time running the full schedule was in 2013, where he finished ninth in points.

PTG also announced that they will be fielding an Outlaw Modified and Outlaw Hurricane Midget, set to be driven by Chris Bowman. There will also be an additional Outlaw Hurricane Midget, set to driven by Parker Bowman.

Lastly, 79-year-old Albert Bowman will be driving a late model on occasion at Flamboro Speedway.

“We are extremely excited for the 2015 season and will have announcements with sponsors soon but plenty of room still exists on all cars for promotion partnership with our advertising and promotions company,” Jim Bowman said. “Bowman Racing truly has “The Tradition” continuing. Thank you Shari Ladds love and support in bringing my dream back to life.”

With the season just over three months away, there will be certainly be more announcements to be made in the coming weeks. Power To Go Motorsports welcomes to stay tuned to the team website at http://powertogo63.com for further updates as they become available.

Power To Go Motorsports is seeking for marketing partners for the upcoming season. If interested, do not hesitate to get in touch with Jim Bowman at jimbowman63@hotmail.com.

Press Release by: Ashley McCubbin

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Benedict Racing Prepares for an Exciting 2015 Season

Benedict Racing Prepares for an Exciting 2015 Season

It was the year the provincial motorsports community took notice of a young Mini Stock racer named Danny Benedict.

After campaigning a Honda Civic and Prelude at Central Ontario venues like Kawartha and Peterborough Speedways in the early stages of his career, the talented teenager from Orono, Ontario – a graduate of the Kawartha-Durham Kart Club – unveiled the first rear-wheeled drive machine in the team’s history to kick-off the 2014 campaign at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. Suffering through a few weeks of the typical new car blues, things really came together during a mid-season hot streak that saw the driver of the #54 Mustang become one of the region’s most talked about runners. Team owner and the driver’s father Doug Benedict says it was a very rewarding time.

“The checkered flags at Peterborough, Sunset and Capital City made all of the struggles worthwhile,” admitted Benedict during an off-season break at the team’s shop. “It took us a while to get all of our ducks in a row, but once we did, things worked out really well. Scoring wins at tracks where we don’t usually run – against some tough competition – gave us a real boost and helped Danny’s confidence.”

For 2015, the driver nicknamed “The Showstopper” – after winning the final weekly Mini Stock features ever run at Kawartha and Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedways – will have a new racing home. When the green flag waves to kick-off the next campaign, fans will look for Danny Benedict plying his trade in weekly action at Sunset Speedway. The 18 year-old, who is about to wrap-up his first year of studies in the Powerline Technician course at Algonquin College says he’s looking forward to making the change.

“We had a lot of fun and made some great friends at Peterborough Speedway, but decided it was time for something new,” said the driver. “I had a couple of decent runs at Sunset last year, so I’m excited about being a regular there this season.”

Before they roll onto the track for opening night, the crew at Benedict Racing will be putting in some long hours in the shop getting the car ready. After the final checkered flag of 2014, the machine was stripped-down to the frame and cage. The immediate goal is find a way to cut some weight off the chassis that took Danny Benedict to 9th place in the Peterborough standings and the Most Sportsmanlike Driver award. The team will also welcome a new marketing partner to the sponsorship line-up, as Dent Dynamics joins Don’s Auto Shop, Integrity Driven Solutions, Wallace Auto Supply – Carquest, Mayhew Graphics, Mark Rainford of Roger Swan Auto Sales, Camsport Truck Caps & Accessories, B & W Enterprises, Kim Irwin of Irwin Tax, Baudo Auto Services and Clarke Motorsports Communications.

“Chris Mitchell at Dent Dynamics has watched Danny grow-up at the track from when I raced an endurance car to when he started running himself,” said Doug Benedict. “It’s important to him to see the sport grow and this is a great way to give back and possibly help get our program to the next level. We’re happy to have him as part of the team.”

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
The lad and his dad – Danny and Doug Benedict – celebrate a 2014 qualifying heat win at Peterborough Speedway. The #54 team will make the transition to Sunset Speedway for the 2015 campaign.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
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613.968.6410

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Elliott Motorsports – OSCAAR Banquet January 17th 2015

Elliott Motorsports – OSCAAR Banquet January 17th 2015

We finished 3rd in the points this season and won the Media Award at Sunset Speedway for promoting, the track, our sport and sponsors. Last night, at the OSCAAR banquet we won the very prestigious Sportsman of the Year award.

“Sportsman of the Year” “3rd in Points”

Press release by Ashley McCubbin
Most Sportsmen Modified Driver – Gary Elliott

A gentleman on and off the track, Gary Elliott races you clean at each turn, while offering respect and fair conversation off of the track. He also goes out of his way to promote the series, displaying his modified a various number of events throughout the season.
“I wasn’t expecting this at all,” Elliott commented. “It’s great. I love racing. A lot of times over the years I’ve been accused of not driving hard enough, I back out when I should go in harder. I do that for two reasons. First, if I go in harder, I could wreck my car. Second, if I don’t wreck my car, I wreck the car in front of me and the next week he’s looking for me, so it’s better not to do that. I love racing and will be back in 2015 for our 47th season. Congratulations to Gary and Andrew, what a great club this is. I’m so thankful I joined OSCAAR. Thank you.”

Special thanks to my crew and sponsors for making 2014 a great season
Please visit our web site, click on the sponsor icon to see the wonderful products and services they offer
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Brandt Graham Is Ready To Blaze New Racing Trails For 2015

Brandt Graham Is Ready To Blaze New Racing Trails For 2015

Young people have the world figured out. They influence the latest trends, understand technology that completely confuses most adults and throw around terms like snap-chat, selfie, hash-tag and tumbler with ease in part of their everyday conversation.

When it comes to his racing career, Brandt Graham has proven that he’s not only a quick racer but also a fast learner. After 3 seasons at the controls of a Mini Stock at Peterborough and Kawartha Speedways, the talented teenager from Orono, Ontario will take his first green flag of the 2015 season behind the wheel of a Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series ride. The second generation speedster – who attends grade 11 at Clarke High School – says when the chance to move into a new division came along, he jumped at the opportunity.

“I wanted to move into a different class, but also continue to learn and develop as a racer,” said the youngster during a break at the team’s shop. “The Sportsman Cup Series has a schedule that will let me see some diverse tracks and compete in a bigger, heavier and faster car against some more experienced drivers. That can only serve to sharpen my skills and further my racing education.”

For his maiden voyage in the travelling series, Brandt Graham will strap-in behind the controls of a car that was campaigned in 2014 by Jake Ott. The ride is currently being prepped by the Graham Racing crew, in anticipation of the opening show of the 7 event calendar – Saturday, May 9th – at Full Throttle Motor Speedway at Durham, Ontario. One of the biggest adjustments on the horizon for Graham will be the races themselves. LOSC shows consist of on-track practice, timed qualifying and a 100 lap main event. That’s 4 times longer than any feature tilt he’s ever logged before. The 16 year old runner says he’s counting down the days until his debut with a high level of nervous anticipation.

“Right now, there’s a lot the team doesn’t know but I’m confident that things will quickly fall into place,” said Graham. “The car is a proven piece and we’ve stripped-off the body panels and checked over the chassis since it arrived here about a month before Christmas. Our new marketing package will be ready shortly and we’ll announce some new sponsorship partners, paint scheme and the number we’ll be running in a month or so. Then, it’ll only be a matter of time ‘til the first green flag of the season.”

With a bright future ahead of him and a lifetime of choices to consider, Brandt Graham is still contemplating his long-term career path. He’s taking each event as it comes along through the new campaign and looks forward to building the Graham Racing brand throughout the year.

Fans, family and friends can follow the team throughout the 2015 season by visiting www.facebook.com/Graham-98-Racing. For a copy of Brandt Graham’s 2015 marketing prospectus, contact graham.98@hotmail.com .

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Brandt Graham gets a feel for his 2015 ride. The talented teenager from Orono, Ontario will compete for Rookie of the Year honours with the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series.

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2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion – Andrew Gresel

2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion – Andrew Gresel

After a stellar rookie year, Andrew Gresel was one of the pre-season championship favourites. He backed up that claim, scoring five victories en route to winning the 2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship.

He showed that last year’s rookie lessons were paying off in a big ways all year, as well. The 2013 season saw Sunset Speedway be the thorn in Gresel’s side, with his performance not matching that of his rivals. However, he put himself right near the front in the season opener, posting a track-high fourth place finish.

Though beyond putting those rookie lessons to use, it seemed no matter the track that he attended, he had the speed capable of taking home the victory. Kawartha Speedway is known as the fastest track on the circuit, and that speed combined with excellent handling delivered Gresel his first victory of the season at the beginning of June. However, the Sauble Beach native didn’t have it easy. Contact early in the event resulted in Gresel having to head to pit area under caution to get the fender pulled out, resulting in having to restart at the back of the field. Gresel would then carve his way through the field, carefully and in a fast matter, retaking the lead just past lap 18. From then on, it was pure domination en route to his third straight Kawartha win.

The driver of the No. 81 Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, London Recreational, HY-Grade Roofing, Haveone and RadenGivari of eHomes SLM almost made it two in a row, coming up short in a late race duel at Barrie Speedway to finish second to Kevin Cornelius. He would then complete the month of June with a pair of top-fives on his return to Sunset Speedway.

The month of July and beginning of August certainly stand out in the minds of many when reflecting back on Gresel’s season as it can be described in one word – domination. Gresel would pick up three straight wins on the tour, starting off with his second straight hometown win at Sauble Speedway, followed by the Chase for the Colors at Peterborough Speedway, and another win at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Gresel would return to Sunset Speedway to post his best Sunset finish to date, leading the first half of the feature before finishing second to Dwayne Baker. He would then finish off the month of August with a fifth place finish at Peterborough, after having to fight back following a mid-race incident.

Gresel would then finish off the year in style, finishing second at Sunset Speedway in the Velocity 250 before claiming his second straight Autumn Colors Classic feature victory in dominating style.

With a dominating year behind him, the banquet on Saturday night will mark the time for Andrew Gresel and his entire Sauble Falls Racing team to celebrate their accomplishments. However, with the new season just around the corner, you can expect to find him back in a victory lane near you this year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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2014 OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Champion – Gary McLean

2014 OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Champion – Gary McLean

In 2012, it was all about domination. For 2013, it was all about consistency. This past season for Gary Mclean, it was all about determination and being resilient en route to scoring his third straight OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Championship.

The season didn’t start out as warranted, though, as McLean would post a 13th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway as a result of a late race wreck. However, like a champion, McLean came back stronger than ever. He would kick off the month of June with a victory at Kawartha Speedway, before heading to Barrie Speedway a couple weeks later for another victory.

Though, unfortunately, bad luck would strike the Conn, Ontario native again as he would finish 16th in the first feature of the Don Biederman Memorial weekend as a result of a flat tire. Determined not to let it get him down, McLean would come back the next night and put forth a strong effort all feature long, en route to finishing second behind Cayden Lapcevich.

With luck back on his side, McLean looked to make the summer stretch one to remember, and he certainly did just that. Behind the wheel of his No. 8 McLean Industrial Design and Fabrication Ltd. and McLean Farms Modified, he would have a great inaugural trip to Capital City Speedway, scoring a victory in the first feature, before finishing second in the second feature. A trip up to the beach would result in McLean’s second straight Rick Woolner Memorial victory in dominating fashion, taking the lead on lap three and never looking back.

However, the good-bad luck pendulum would swing once again for the veteran, with bad luck coming his way at the Chase for the Colors event. Despite being the top qualifier for the event, McLean would end up finishing 13th as a result of a mid-race incident. The rest of August, though, would fall his way as he would finish fourth at Kawartha, fifth at Delaware, before returning back to Sunset Speedway to capture his fifth victory of the year.

Looking to end off his season on a good note, McLean returned to Sunset Speedway a month later and captured the victory in the Velocity 250 for his sixth victory of the season. unfortunately, the Autumn Colors Classic a couple weeks later didn’t go as planned as a mid-race incident resulted in a 19th place finish. Still, the veteran had lots of celebrate with the championship on his hands.

With over 25 years of racing experience, McLean has seen it all across the board, and continues to prove no matter the track that he is one of the best to ever sit behind the wheel of an open-wheel car. Entering another season of competition, it’s likely that you will find the No. 8 Modified in a victory lane near you.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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