By Randy Spencer – The OSCAAR series made it’s long awaited return to Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway this past Saturday, and didn’t disappoint. Well over fifty drivers were signed in for the three OSCAAR series and along with the four regular Flamboro divisions, racing got underway at 3pm.
Twenty six of the best in the Midas of Orangeville Midget series signed in to do battle. Four qualifying heats took place and Robin McLean who has run only part time this year, picked up the checkered flag in heat race #1. The #83 of Jamie Bound took the win in heat race #2 over his brother Jody Bound. Jamie would take another win in heat #3. #57 of James Stanley picked up the win in heat race #4 of the night. With twenty five cars still in competition it was decided to start them all for the 25 feature event with no B feature.
With a great balance of veterans and rookies, the Hoosier Modifieds provided some great racing action all night long. Chris Milwain a familiar face around Flamboro when he raced the Hobby Car previously, picked up heat race win #1. Brian McLean picked up the feature win at the previous race at Sunset looked ready to defend with a win in heat race #2. Matt Barton also has many laps at the track behind the wheel and as a crew chief and that knowledge paid off with a win in heat #3, his first of the 2015 season. John Harper grew up coming to Flamboro Speedway and lives just down the road in Cambridge, so the win in heat race #4 was like a home coming for the team.
The Super Late Models were who most came to see. OSCAAR’s top series didn’t disappoint on this day. Todd Campbell has turned many laps at Flamboro Speedway and used that knowledge to take the win in the first heat race of the day. Kevin Cornelius would pick up the win in heat race #2, with Flamboro veteran #39 Shane Gowan picking up his first win of the 2015 season in heat race #3. Making his return to OSCAAR competition this weekend is perhaps one of the more successful drivers at Flamboro in recent years, the #89c of Shawn Chenoweth would take heat race #4.
The regular series were also well represented on this day and the Pure Stocks were up first. Blair Mayhew’s day got off to a rough start. The Campbellville driver would likely get my vote for Hard Luck competitor in the division. After several mishaps and minor injuries on the track, Mayhew was unable to avoid a first lap spin by Lofton Schuts and his day was done. When racing resumed Matt Young and Michael Kenny broke away on there own and put on a good race up front. Kenny, who has had some bad luck and disappointing finished of late was able to get by Young, take the lead and pick up the first feature win of the night.
Fifteen Mini Stocks took the green flag in feature #1. It would prove to be a rocky night with some interesting mix ups in both features.Rodney Rutherford started inside poll and got out to a nice lead early. He led the first seven laps but a caution brought the field back to even. Hudson Nagy and Russ Aicken got into it, the first mix-up of a few on this night. On the restart, Blair Wickett wasted little time in taking the lead from Rutherford. A few laps later, Aicken and Nagy got into it again as Nagy nudged the back end of Aicken’s car sending him spinning into the turn one wall. Aicken showed his displeasure towards the young Nagy as he pulled along side the car. Nagy’s headed for the pits and was done for the night. The raced continued and Blair Wickett never let up and took the checkered flag.
Thunder Cars were next as Mitch Miljanovic and Shawn Chenoweth were up front for this one. Chenoweth, who has dominated pretty much everything this year, wasted little time in taking the lead and moving way out in front of this race. The top four cars, Chenoweth, Mark Burbridge, Shawn Arnott and Milljanovic were all strung out and the biggest battle was for fifth and sixth between Mike Gilmour and Justin Collison. Chenoweth made the big lead stick and took the checkered flag.
The Pro 4 Modifieds had their heat race and the brothers Nanticoke, Brian and Dan raced each other hard and made contact half way through. Dan was unable to continue due to a flat tire. Brian held of Craig Shaver and picked up yet another victory.
Second round qualifying took place with the Pure Stocks up first. Lofton Schuts led the first six laps. He and Matt Young raced hard, door to door for several laps. The 43 car of Leo Labarbera started smoking big time down the front stretch and something broke sending him very hard into the wall. He was ok and the race continued. Matt Young, back after a few weeks off for disciplinary reasons, looked good in race one and managed to take his second checkered flag of the season in the second.
Mini Stocks were ready and raring to go for their second feature event. Three wide action early as action got heated. Russ Aicken showed he means business and took the lead from Jake Gilbert on lap four. Aicken and Wickett were battling it out hard down the front stretch. They got into each other and Wickett slid through the grass and back onto the track and right into Aicken sending him around. Both cars took up position at the back. Clark Hartman who wasn’t sure he would make it back from last week’s damage took the lead on the restart. Hartman and Chad Ditner were out front and broke away from the pack. On the final lap, out of turn two Ditner turned it into over drive, got by Hartman for the lead and picked up his first ever feature win. Congratulations Chad! You’ve come along was and nice to see that hard work and steady improvement result in a win!
Thunder Cars hit the track for their final feature of the night. Lots of banging and crashing in this one. Shawn Chenoweth took the lead again but lots of action further back in the pack. Mike Gilmour and Mitch Miljanovic got involved heading into three and Gilmour was around and into the wall. Both cars were unable to continue. Chenoweth took the checkered flag followed by Mark Burbridge and a nice run by the 87 of Jeremy Bean to pick up third.
The Pro 4 Modifieds hit the track for their 12 lap feature event. Linc Erison, who picked up his first feature win a couple weeks back had a flat left rear tire and is bad luck continued, his night was done. Mark Lucas led early but Dan Nanticoke got his car working after a mishap in the heat and got by Lucas an took the feature win.
The Midas of Orangeville Midgets hit the track for their feature with 25 cars taking the green. Rob Summers would lead the field to green along side the #62 of Rob McCall. McCall would get the early jump and would lead the first 3 laps. Jody Bound who started 8th in the feature quickly made his way to the front and took over the lead on lap 4. Bound was looking to rebound from a disappointing race last time out at Grand Bend and pick up his first feature win of the season. If that was to happen he have to hold off his brother Jamie who was quickly moving up through the field as well. On lap 14 Jamie Bound would make his move to the lead and would go on to pick up another feature victory. The battle was then on for second place between Jody Bound and Jessica James who started the feature all the way back in 20th place. The two would race side by side for lap after lap with no one giving an inch. Coming to the checker flag they were side by side coming out of turn four making a run to the line with the #5 of Bound taking the spot by inches over the #2 of James.
The 30 lap feature for the Hoosier Modifieds would be lead to green by the #63 of John Baker Jr. and the #2 of Matt Barton. At the drop of the green Barton took off and started to make some room between himself and the pack. The first caution flew at the half way point as Dan Price would suffer motor problems and have to be towed back to the pits. The restart would see Barton and John Harper line up beside one another. The leaders would battle side by side for the next two laps before Harper took the lead. The cars battled nose to tail for the final 15 laps of the feature event. With the laps winding down Harper was in command and when the checkered flag flew it was Harper celebrating in victory lane for the first time on the OSCAAR Modified Tour.
The final race of the night was the 50 lap Don Biederman Memorial event. Nice to see this race back at Flamboro where it all started. J.R. Fitzpatrick was hungry for the win. Fitzpatrick is looking for his first feature win in the series and it meant a lot to him as Don Biederman was friends with J.R.’s dad growing up and Fitzy remembers old Don around the garage. Glenn Watson #22 and Kevin Cornelius #17 would lead the field to the green flag. Cornelius would get the jump on the start and the battle for second would look very familiar as the #22 of Watson and the #84 of Fitzpatrick would battle side by side lap after lap for the spot. On lap 15 Fitzpatrick would finally claim the spot and set off to hunt the #17 of Cornelius down who had built up a straight away lead by then. On the move was the #89c of Chenoweth who also made the move around the #22 of Watson and the hard charging #81 of Andrew Gressel moved from his 10th starting spot into fourth. As the race passed halfway distance, the crowd were keeping an eye on the leader and the score board as the laps where quickly ticking down. Cornelius caught some lapped traffic allowing the #84 to inch ever closer until the rear view mirror was full of the #84. The two leaders put on an epic battle for the lead with Fitzpatrick doing whatever he could to get the inside line on the #17. As the white flag flew it was now or never for the #84 and he made one last ditch effort in turn three but to no avail as the #17 of Cornelius picked up the win and defended his Biederman Memorial win. The race took just under 18 minutes to race and not a single caution and every car was still running at the end.
*****Thanks to the Oscaar.ca website and story for much of the information and results from the races in my report. Not sure of the writer but they did a great job and wanted to use some of it and give them credit for a well written piece. I know very little on the series as they don’t race at Flamboro so wanted to pass along the information. Thanks!*****
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Pure Stock Feature #1 : #07 Michael Kenny, #7 Matt Young, #90 Andy Wheller, #44 Sam Heibien, #79 Caroline Kelly, #10 Lofton Schuts, #77 Jeff Miller, #14 Elijah Hawrylyshyn, #24 Linc Erison, #88 Jason Tolton, #42 Leo Labarbera, #48 Steve Deleeuw, #61 Paul Ditner, #5 Courtney Scott (DNF), #17 Blair Mayhew (DNF), #31 Keara Gallant (DNS)
Pure Stock Feature #2 : #7 Matt Young, #90 Andy Wheller, #10 Lofton Schuts, #24 Linc Erison, #88 Jason Tolton, #79 Caroline Kelly, #44 Sam Heibien, #07 Michael Kenny, #14 Elijah Hawrylyshyn, #77 Jeff Miller, #31 Keara Gallant, #48 Steve Deleeuw, #61 Paul Ditner, #42 Leo Labarbera (DNF), #5 Courtney Scott (DNF), #17 Blair Mayhew (DNS)
Mini Stock Feature #1 : #97 Blair Wickett, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #75 Scott Mast, #61 Chad Ditner, #51 Clark Hartman, #71 Russ Aicken, #03 Jake Gilbert, #32 Gillian Hils, #22 Mark DaSilva, #5 Rob Twitchett, #05 Dave Goodacre, #11 Nolan Quinton, #36 Hudson Nagy (DNF), #92 A.J. Miller (DNF), #79 Kyle Istead (DNF)
Mini Stock Feature #2 : #61 Chad Ditner, #51 Clark Hartman, #97 Blair Wickett, #38 Rodney Rutherford, #71 Russ Aicken, #75 Scott Mast, #03 Jake Gilbert, #22 Mark DaSilva, #5 Rob Twitchett, #79 Kyle Istead, #05 Dave Goodacre, #32 Gillian Hils, #11 Nolan Quinton, #36 Hudson Nagy (DNS), #92 A.J. Miller (DNS)
Thunder Car Feature #1 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #02 Mark Burbridge, #76 Shawn Arnott, #77 Mitch Miljanovic, #14 Mike Gilmour, #7 Bobby Mercer, #87 Jeremy Bean, #37 Jeff Bean, #01 Wayne Phillips, #12 Justin Collison (DNF)
Thunder Car Feature #2 : #89 Shawn Chenoweth, #02 Mark Burbridge, #87 Jeremy Bean, #76 Shawn Arnott, #7 Bobby Mercer, #37 Jeff Bean, #01 Wayne Phillips, #77 Mitch Miljanovic (DNF), #14 Mike Gilmour (DNF), #12 Justin Collison (DNS)
Pro 4 Modified Heat : #9 Brian Nanticoke, #8 Craig Shaver, #63 Mark Lucas, #93 Dan Petit, #68 Mark Millard, #23 Linc Erison, #15 Dan Nanticoke (DNF)
Pro 4 Modified Feature : #15 Dan Nanticoke, #63 Mark Lucas, #8 Craig Shaver, #68 Mark Millard, #9 Brian Nanticoke, #93 Dan Petit, #23 Linc Erison (DNF)
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Heat #1: #97 Robin McLean, #84 Richard Woodland, #85 Rob Summers, #37 Steve Lassman, #98 Kevin Spiez, #26 Katherine Summers, #24 Ryan Brown, #86 Raynor Vickers, #69 Wally Wilson, #75 Shawn Stanley (DNF), #3 Lorne Van Dusen (DNF), #53 Dave Bradley (DNF)
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Heat #2 : #83 Jamie Bound, #5 Jody Bound, #48 Brian Woodland, #18 Paul Drananoc, #57 James Stanley, #42 Brian McDonald, #62 Rob McCall, #8 Larry Lawson, #71 Wayne McKibbon, #74 David Gallinger, #43 Randy Hiusser (DNF), #55 Corey Whitam (DNF)
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Heat #3 : #83 Jamie Bound, #5 Jody Bound, #18 Paul Crananoc, #42 Brian McDonald, #53 Dave Bradley, #75 Shawn Stanley, #55 Corey Whittam, #85 Rob Summers, #8 Larry Lawson, #3 Lorne Van Dusen, #24 Ryan Brown, #2 Jessica James (DNF), #86 Raynor Vickers (DNF), #31 Brent Kemps (DNF)
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Heat #4 : #57 James Stanley, #62 Rob McCall, #37 Steve Lassman, #97 Robin McLean, #98 Kevin Spiez, #48 Brian Woodland, #74 David Gallinger, #84 Richard Woodland, #43 Randy Hiusser, #71 Wayne McKibbon, #26 Katherine Summers, #69 Wally Wilson (DNF)
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Feature : #63 Jamie Bound, #5 Jody Bound, #2 Jessica James, #18 Paul Drananoc, #53 Dave Bradley, #84 Richard Woodland, #75 Shawn Stanley, #97 Robin McLean, #85 Rob Summers, #8 Larry Lawson, #37 Steve Lassman, #3 Lorne Van Dusen, #98 Kevin Spiez, #26 Katherine Summers, #71 Wayne McKibbon, #43 Randy Hiusser, #24 Ryan Brown, #74 David Gallinger, #48 Brian Woodland, #42 Brian McDonald, #86 Raynor Vickers, #57 James Stanley, #62 Rob McCall, #55 Cory Whittam, #69 Wally Wilson, #31k Brent Kemps (DNS)
Hoosier Modifieds Heat #1 : #21 Chris Milwain, #26 Terry Baker, #36 Gary Elliott, #2 Matt Barton, #63 John Baker Jr., #79 John Harper, #20 Mike Hearty, #12 David Balych (DNF)
Hoosier Modifieds Heat #2 : #47 Brian McLean, #8 Gary Mclean, #19 Dean Scott, #79h Cory Horner, #09 Dan Price, #99 A.J. Emms (DNS)
Hoosier Modifieds Heat #3 : #2 Matt Barton, #8 Gary McLean, #26 Terry Baker, #63 John Baker Jr., #47 Brian McLean, #12 David Balych
Hoosier Modifieds Heat #4 : #79 John Harper, #79h Cory Horner, #36 Gary Elliott, #21 Chris Milwain, #20 Mike Hearty (DNF), #09 Dan Price (DNF)
Hoosier Modifieds Feature : #79 John Harper, #2 Matt Barton, #36 Gary Elliott, #26 Terry Baker, #8 Gary McLean, #79h Cory Horner, #21 Chris Milwain, #47 Brian McLean, #63 John Baker Jr., #19 Dean Scott, #20 Mike Hearty, #12 David Balych, #99 AJ Emms, #09 Dan Price
Super Late Model Heat #1 : #07 Todd Campbell, #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #22 Glenn Watson, #89 c Shawn Chenoweth, #63 Jim Bowman, #88 Kelly Hallett, #7 Derrick Tiemersma (DNS),
Super Late Model Heat #2 : #17 Kevin Cornelius, #29 Sean Grossman, #81 Andrew Gressell, #27 Roy Passer, #39 Shane Gowan, #10b Kelly Balson
Super Late Model Heat #3 : #39 Shane Gowan, #07 Todd Campbell, #27 Roy Passer, #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #63 Jim Bowman, #17 Kevin Cornelius, #7 Derrick Tiemersma (DNS),
Super Late Model Heat #4 : #89c Shawn Chenoweth, #81 Andrew Gressell, #82 Corey Jones, #22 Glenn Watson, #29 Sean Grossman, #88 Kelly Hallett
Don Biederman Memorial Super Late Model Feature : #17 Kevin Cornelius, #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick, #89c Shawn Chenoweth, #81 Andrew Gressel, #22 Glenn Watson, #29 Sean Grosman, #07 Todd Campbell, #82 Corey Jones, #27 Roy Passer, #39 Shane Gowan, #63 Jim Bowman, #88 Kelly Hallet, #7 Derrick Tiemersma (DNS), #b10 Kelly Balson (DNS)