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6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

As the youngest full-time competitor on the tour, Dustin Jackson would have a very solid rookie season.

The 14-year-old Sault St. Marie native was able to quickly adapt to the open-wheel modifieds and kicked off the year on a successful note, with a solid fifth place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. The return trips to Sunset allowed for the success to continue as Jackson was able to four top-six finishes in the five Sunset events. The biggest event, though, was at the end of June when Jackson picked up his first career heat victory to become the youngest OSCAAR race winner at the age of 13.

Unfortunately, the eastern Ontario portion of the schedule with trips to Peterborough Speedway and Kawartha Speedway wouldn’t go as planned, though. In the four events between the pair of tracks, Jackson found himself in a couple incidents, resulting in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10.

If you eliminate two of those events, though, Jackson was in the top 10 on a weekly basis. His team, comprised of his parents and crew, fought through the adversity that they faced at each turn. There were a pair of races mid-summer that could’ve resulted in much worse results. He would finish eighth at Barrie Speedway after getting in the final lap wreck, and managed to get out of Delaware Speedway with a 10th place finish after problems.

When they would have things go their way, the driver of the No. 61 Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, Winchester Arms, Let The Fur Fly Pet Salon, Frankie’s Towing, Milne Transportation, Union Cab & Limousine and J&J Promotions Modified proved that he can race upfront with the elite racers in the series. A trip to Ottawa at the beginning of July produced stellar results with Jackson finishing second and fifth in the pair of features. He would then head to Sauble Speedway at the end of the summer, finishing third in the Rick Woolner Memorial.

“We had a great year we had some ups and downs but met a lot of great and nice people,” he commented. “The series was ran very well and we had lots of fun and lots of memories from our oscaar season.”

While most of the OSCAAR competitors are done racing for the year, Dustin Jackson isn’t quite done yet. He will be heading to 5 Flags Speedway next month to run the Friday night Modified feature as part of the historic Snowball Derby weekend in Florida.

“I’m looking forward to the whole event and also I am very excited for the experience,” he commented. “I hope everything goes well for myself and our team.”

Stay tuned to the Dustin Jackson Racing facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks as they plan to keep fans posted on their venture.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold 49TH Awards Banquet

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Hold 49TH Awards Banquet

LUCAS OIL CAN-AM MIDGETS
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
by Cindy Lorenz
Photos by Ralph Webbe
1. Champion Mack DeMan
2. ‘Rookie of the Year’ Allan Smith, presented to Dylon Smith with Ken Lorenz
3. ‘Most Improved Driver of the Year’ Adam Racine with Brandon Hauck and Ken Lorenz
4. ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Billy Pippard with Albert Banyard
5. ‘President’s Award’ to Lindsay VanWyngaarden with Ken Lorenz

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets celebrated their 49th season at their Annual Awards Banquet Saturday night at the Best Western Cairn Croft in Niagara Falls, Ont. Mack DeMan received the Champions Trophy for the second year in a row, driving for car owner Andy Mackereth and celebrated with his family and crew. He also received Champion’s jackets from Lucas Oil and Bicknell Racing/Hoosier Tire. In accepting this award DeMan thanked Mackereth for not only all the work he puts into the car during the week but his knowledge in the setup week after week to dial the car in. He also thanked his Dad, Peter, and Craig Mackereth for all their help and support. DeMan said “I especially want to give a big thanks to Lucas Oil as not only my sponsor but the sponsor of the Can-Am Midget series for the past 10 years. Also Crown Steering and Brake, Paragon Collision, DeMan Construction, and All Type Welding for their continuous help over the years.” Andy Mackereth and Peter DeMan received the ‘Harry Macy Memorial Mechanics of the Year’ Award.

Allan Smith received the George McIntyre Memorial ‘Rookie of the Year’ award and the very prestigious ‘Albert Banyard ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award went to Billy Pippard voted on by all the owners and drivers. The ‘Rick Sykes Memorial ‘Most Improved Driver’ went to Adam Racine. The 2014 ‘Official of the Year’ award went to Terry Watts, and The ‘Best Appearing Car and Crew’ award went to Team #74, Rob Neely, Ken Lorenz and Billy Pippard. The ‘President’s Award’ was given to Lindsay VanWyngaarden by President Ken Lorenz for all her efforts this year to help with the new Club website.

The top twelve drivers with the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets for 2014 received beautiful plaques with photos of their cars designed by Ralph Webbe and Kim Banyard. The following drivers took home those awards….1. Mack DeMan, 2220 points, 2. Rob Neely, 2094, 3. Darren McLennan, 1884, 4. Adam Racine, 1835, 5. Adrian Stahle, 1755, 6. Todd Cresswell, 1745, 7. Lucas Smith, 1667, 8. Ryan Fraser, 1585, 9. David Balych, 1500, 10. Tyler Turnbull, 1390, 11. Barry Dunn, 1387, 12. Chris Bauman, 1386.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets now turn their attention to the schedule for the celebration of their 50th Anniversary Year in 2015. For more information contact Ken Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com.

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7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

7th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Rob Poole

Rob Poole would start off his 2014 campaign on a strong note with consistent, top-10 finishes. However, as the second half of the year began, mechanical gremlins would strike and derail the season.

Starting off the year at Sunset Speedway, Poole would post a solid sixth place finish to get the year started on a good note. A trip to Kawartha Speedway would prove to even be better, with a season-high fifth place finish as he ran upfront all race long.

A trip to Barrie Speedway produced a solid seventh place finish, leading into a sixth and an eighth at the Don Biederman Memorial at Sunset.

“We’re still probably a little under budget compared to some of them, but we’re doing the best with what we’ve got and having some fun,” Poole commented post Don Biederman Memorial. “We worked hard this weekend. I got to thank all the guys for sure; they worked their tails off. It turned out good.”

The driver of the No. 45 Visser Farms, Alliston Auto Sales & Leasing, R.A. Electrical, BFI Canada, Reliable Waste Management, AgNav, Central Industrial Supply, Multi-Tech Machining & Welding Inc., Triple Crown Auto Collision, R&W Equipment Ltd., Essa Road Chiropractic, ERA Tours and Progressive Waste Solutions Super Late Model looked to carry the good momentum into the month of July when the tour headed to Sauble Speedway. He would have a good run going, though a cut rear tire would result in an 11th place finish.

The Rob Poole Racing team immediately looked to get their season back on track, though, returning to the front of the field at the next event at Peterborough Speedway with a fifth place finish. He would then back it up with a solid sixth place finish at Kawartha Speedway a week later.

Just as it looked they had things turned around, the final four events wouldn’t go as planned with problems in the pair of Sunset Speedway events to close out the year, resulting in Poole missing both Peterborough races.

Poole has proven that he and his team have the pieces to be front runners in OSCAAR – if they can get the pieces to stay together. If they’re able to do that next year, expect Poole to be a consistent front all year and possibly pick up his first win.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

7th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Tommy Robb

With success on his side and looking to try something new, Tommy Robb moved up to the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour for the 2014 season. While the season was a struggle at times due to bad luck and mechanical issues, Robb would have a solid season overall.

Robb started off the season well, posting a solid 10th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. He would then keep improving, posting a fifth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

With momentum on his side, Robb looked to on his way to another solid run at Barrie Speedway. However, that was when the season took a turn. A wreck on the last lap of the feature would find Robb caught right in the middle, with his modified taking heavy damage. Though worse, he banged up his wrist in the process.

Not willing to let his injury slow him down, the ‘Relentless’ driver fixed the car and back out for the next event – the double header at Sunset Speedway. Robb would have a pair of good back-to-back nights, finishing seventh and sixth.

“This team is all about forward movement,” Robb said post-race on June 29th. “We want to be better this weekend than we were the last time out. I definitely feel as though we accomplished that these last two nights.”

The driver of the No. 88r First General Services of Hanover and Kitchener, Sturrock Construction, Roymar Construction, Revolution Race Products Modified carried the positive momentum to Ottawa, finishing seventh in the pair of races at Capital City Speedway.

He would finish 10th at the Rick Woolner Memorial, but misfortune would bite him a couple weeks later at Peterborough en route to a 12th place finish. Robb never gave up, though, coming back a week later to finish eighth at Kawartha.

The misfortune bug wouldn’t disappear, though, as a wreck in his heat at Delaware Speedway would cause him to miss the feature. The pair of Sunset Speedway would roll Robb a mixed bag, with finishes of 10th and 12th. Robb would end his season on a high note, though, finishing sixth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Despite being a rookie, Robb showed a ton of speed all year long and was able to put himself into a contention a couple weekends. If the pieces come together in 2015, expect Robb to be in the top-five in points with a possible win under his belt.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

NASCAR Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed Champions Rhodes, Seuss Lead 2014 Honorees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2014) – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for 2014 are:
• Ben Rhodes (Louisville, Ky.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
• Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, N.C.), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
J.R. Fitzpatrick (Ayr, Ont.), NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1
• Rodrigo Marban (Mexico City), NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
• Freddy Nordstrom (London), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
• Melissa Fifield (Wakefield, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
• Andy Seuss (Hampstead, N.H.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

First-time award winners from the group include Rhodes, McReynolds, Marban and Fifield while Nordstrom and Seuss retained their popular status from last year’s balloting.

Rhodes, the 2014 champion of the K&N Pro Series East, garnered the most votes of any driver in 2014, 450 more than Marban of the Mexico Toyota Series. K&N Pro Series East drivers also received the most collective votes of any series, 2,133 more than the Mexico Toyota Series.

The closest race was in the Canadian Tire Series where championship runner-up Fitzpatrick edged Alex Tagliani by just 48 votes. Fitzpatrick was also the Most Popular Driver in the series’ inaugural 2007 season.

McReynolds captured 42-percent of the K&N Pro Series West vote for the largest individual share of any series while the largest margin of victory came in the Mexico Toyota Series where Marban outdistanced the nearest competition by 1,226 votes.

Fifield, a rookie in 2014, made history as the first female competitor to take home the Most Popular Driver Award in 30 years of Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Nordstrom and the Whelen Southern Modified Tour titlist Seuss now have the most career awards among the 2014 selectees with three apiece. Nordstrom’s have come in successive fashion while Seuss previously won in 2009 and 2013.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners will be recognized as part of the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Dec. 13 in the Charlotte (North Carolina) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Contact:
Jason Cunningham
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 201-6658
jcunningham@nascar.com

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8th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Dave Doucette

8th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Dave Doucette

After experiencing success in the Super Stock/Thunder Car ranks across Ontario, Dave Doucette made the move up to OSCAAR Super Late Model competition for 2014.

“Well, myself and my team are always looking for new challenges in racing so together we thought it was time for a change,” Doucette commented pre-season.

The season certainly brought forth some challenging moments for the past Autumn Colors Classic Champion as he would suffer some bad luck throughout the year, but also was able to find some success.

Doucette started off his year with a solid run in his No. 44 Xtreme Auto Service, TSS Top Shops, Redline Graphics and Spencer Lewis Promotions Super Late Model, finishing 10th in the Lucie Alywin Memorial at Sunset Speedway. Return trips to Sunset throughout the year brought forth more success, including a solid seventh in the Bruce Gowland Memorial.

The eastern swing of the schedule wouldn’t go as planned, though. Doucette would post an 11th place finish at Peterborough Speedway, before suffering a wreck at Kawartha Speedway in the early laps.

A trip to Sauble Speedway during the summer allowed Doucette to experience the success he was looking for, as he would post a solid ninth place finish.

As Doucette looks back through the season, though, there is one moment outside of these that will stand out even more. Doucette returned to his home track, Barrie Speedway and had a great night, running inside the top-five throughout the night en route to posting a fourth place finish.

Doucette capped off his season with a solid 10th place finish in the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough, and will hope to take that momentum into 2015 in search of his first podium finish.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Celebrates a Successful 2014 Season

Ontario Modifieds Racing Series Celebrates a Successful 2014 Season

Since its inception, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. has been represented by a simple mission statement. “Powering and preserving affordable open wheel modified racing for racers, by racers”. That motto was brought to the forefront during the opening remarks at the annual awards banquet – Saturday, November 15th – at the Quality Hotel in Oshawa.

In his preliminary address, Rick Warnes – one the 3 OMRS founding members – paid tribute to the runners who participated during the 2014 campaign. Racing on a ‘spec’ series tire, most drivers were able to run the full schedule on a single set of tires, keeping their costs below $500 for the entire year. While next year’s schedule – with events pencilled-in for Peterborough and Flamboro Speedways – has yet to be finalized, Warnes said he expects to see most of the drivers and teams who followed series in 2014 to return; along with some new faces to create a battle for the top rookie honours.

The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series would like to thank this year’s sponsorship partners Torque Builders Inc., Total Transportation Systems Inc., Complete Mechanical, APC Auto Parts – Belleville, Principal Access Security Systems Inc., Clarke Motorsports Communications, Showworld Photography, Heather Myers Photography – www.racingcards.ca, Peterborough Speedway – J.P. Josiasse and Flamboro Speedway – John and Frank Casale.

2014 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by Torque Builders Inc. season awards:

First place: #95, Robert Warnes
Second place: #09, Nick Lees
Third place: #90, Rick Warnes
Fourth place: #62, Randy Hollingsworth
Fifth place: #65, Bill Burrows
Sixth place: #61, Bill Pickford
Seventh place: #77, Chad Strawn
Eighth place: #07, Alex Lees
Ninth place: #88, Ryan Dick

2014 Hard Luck Award: #07, Alex Lees
2014 Most Improved Driver Award: #95, Robert Warnes

Official Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. 2014 Schedule:

Saturday, May 10th: Flamboro Speedway Spring Shakedown Invitational
Race winner – #77 Chad Strawn

Saturday, May 31st Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Race winner – #09 Nick Lees

Saturday, June 7th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Saturday, July 12th Peterborough Speedway
Race winner – #07 Alex Lees

Saturday, August 16th Peterborough Speedway
Toonie Admission/Fan Appreciation Night
Cancelled – rain

Saturday, September 6th Flamboro Speedway
Race winner – #95 Rob Warnes

Friday, October 3rd Flamboro Speedway (qualifying & feature)
Saturday, October 4th Flamboro Speedway (feature)
Delayed by weather to Sunday, October 19th
Race winner – #88 Ryan Dick

Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or at www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS Inc.

About TORQUE BUILDERS INC.: With over a decade’s experience with partners and clients in the construction industry, TORQUE BUILDERS INC. offers general construction services in the industrial, commercial and institution sectors. Their services range from new construction projects, renovations to retrofits, retirement residences, office finishing, data centres, communications work and leasehold improvements. Learn more by visiting www.torquebuilders.com.

Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series drivers (left to right) Ryan Dick, Nick Lees, Alex Lees, Bill Pickford, Randy Hollingsworth, Bill Burrows, Richard Warnes and 2014 champion Robert Warnes accept their trophies at the Saturday, November 15th awards celebration. Chad Strawn was unable to attend.

Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
clarkemotorsports@hotmail.com
613.968.6410

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8th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Brian McLean

8th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Brian McLean

Continuing to improve with each passing year, Brian McLean would have a couple standout runs throughout the course of 2014.

The modified pilot started off his season on a decent note, posting an 11th place finish at Sunset Speedway, followed by a 12th place finish at Kawartha Speedway. A trip to Barrie Speedway would bring the first top 10 of the season with a ninth place finish.

As the month of June finished off, the OSCAAR Modifieds would head back to Sunset Speedway for a double header event. Without a doubt, the Don Biederman Memorial weekend would be the highlight of the season. McLean would pilot his No. 47 Hone Building Centre – Bowmanville and McLean Farms Modified to an impressive third place finish in the first of two features that weekend, marking his only podium run of the year.

The next four races of the tour would bring split results, as McLean scored three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a seventh place finish at Sauble Speedway. With a string of success, McLean headed into August hoping it’d continue. Though as they say, some things don’t go according to plan.

That’d be the case for McLean as the Chase for the Colors event brought forth a big incident that resulted in the No. 47 Modified up into the backstretch wall with heavy damage. Thankfully, McLean would be uninjured, but the damage would result in a pair of missed events.

McLean would return for the final three races of the season, though couldn’t find much luck. Mechanical issues resulted in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10, with a seventh place finish at the Velocity 250 sandwiched in between.

Throughout the year, there were sparks of greatness shown by McLean, and as noted, highlighted by a podium finish at the end of June. If the mechanical gremlins disappear in 2015 and McLean can continue improving the performance, the veteran could easily return to victory lane.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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9th In Super Late Model Points: Tyler Hawn

9th In Super Late Model Points: Tyler Hawn

After missing the first two events of the year due to family reasons, Tyler Hawn made his 2014 debut at Barrie Speedway and improved throughout the season.

Hawn wouldn’t start off the season as he hoped, though, as shifter issues would take him out of the race on lap 38 at Barrie. He would then head to Sunset Speedway looking to improve upon his luck, and did so in completing all the laps in both Don Biederman Memorial features en route to finishing 15th and 10th.

The high mark of season for the driver of the No. 42 Fox’s Bakery and Deli, TSS Top Shops, Belt Conveyor Guarding, Backwoods Maple Syrup, Daly Custom Fab, WriteitOutLoud.com and Stewart Carriers Limited SLM would come at Peterborough Speedway, a couple weeks later. Statistically, Peterborough is Hawn’s best track and that proved to be true once again 2014. Hawn had his best run of the season, en route to posting a sixth place finish. He would then back that up with a solid, clean ninth place finish at Kawartha Speedway.

Looking as though the turnaround had happened, lady luck would flip its head for Hawn in the next two events. A pair of mechanical issues took Hawn out of the running at both Sunset and Peterborough, resulting in poor finishes.

He would then finish off the year on a solid note, though, finishing seventh at the Velocity 250 for his best Sunset Speedway finish of the season, followed by an 11th at Peterborough’s Autumn Colors.

Early in the season, Hawn commented that his Hawn Motorsports team needed to find more speed and handling in their car to improve. He also noted that they had done some work in the off-season, but it didn’t take them in the right direction as he would’ve hoped.

As the year went on, though, it showed that they were beginning to find their stride and the right direction to head in, noted by the positive finishes. With another year of super late racing under his belt, no doubt Hawn has continued to build on his experience behind the wheel.

Now going into 2015, if Hawn can start off the year on a solid note and continue improving, he could be a solid top-five contender on a weekly basis.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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9th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Brent McLean

9th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Brent McLean

After finishing second in points last year, it was evident that Brent McLean had the speed to perform near the front and be a worthy contender for the championship in 2014. However, the season wouldn’t go as he hoped with mechanical issues plaguing him along the way.

The Conn, Ontario native started his season with a 12th-place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway following contact mid-race while running near the front. He would bounce back the next week, though, posting a solid sixth place finish at Kawartha Speedway. He would then follow it up with another top-10 at Barrie Speedway.

The solid start to the season wouldn’t last, though, as the mechanical gremlins began on Don Biederman Memorial weekend at Sunset. Experiencing issues on both days would result in finishes of 11th and 17th in the pair of features.

The driver of the No. 7 Home Building Centre (Bowmanville), Pro FX Signs, RN Manufacturing and McLean Farms would quickly put the poor finishes behind, though. He would head to Capital City Speedway, posting a pair of top-fives in the two features.

With momentum on his side, McLean was looking to make the best out of the second half of the season. However, the mechanical gremlins would strike again, resulting in a 16th place finish at Sauble Speedway.

After missing the next couple of races, McLean returned with three races left on the schedule, hoping to leave his mark. While he would post a 19th place finish at the Velocity 250 due to more mechanical issues, he performed in the other two events. He would finish third at Sunset at the end of August, before winning the Autumn Colors Classic in October after a late race duel with Max Beyore.

“I was sick to my stomach in what could happen,” McLean commented following the Autumn Colors Classic. “I just wanted it over with our luck for this year. I didn’t know what way it’d go. I may have run him a little high, but it’s the Classic and I wanted it badly.”

If the mechanical gremlins manage to stay away from Brent McLean and team in 2015, look for the second generation driver to return to championship contention.

By Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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10th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Chad Strawn

10th In OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Chad Strawn

After having a couple solid runs last season and showing that he had speed, Thunder Car Graduate Chad Strawn entered the 2014 season, looking to put together what it took to be at the front of the pack. Throughout the course of the season, he was able to do that on a couple of different occasions.

Strawn would start off the year on the best note possible, scoring the victory in the season-opening event at Sunset Speedway. Strawn would lead the majority of the 30-lap feature en route to scoring his first career OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified victory.

“It was quick from the get go,” Strawn commented in Sunset Speedway victory lane. “Compared to last year, all the changes that we’ve done, it’s an entirely different car.”

From that point on, the season featured highs and lows for the driver of the No. 77 Drytech Tech, Caliber Environmental, Asbestos Environmental, Mold Tech, Safe Tech, Concrobium, Benefect, DryIt, Accu-Star Environmental, EiBach, Terco Construction, I&I Construction, McGowan Insulation, Abatement Technologies, Environmental Service Group, Whitby Carpet Cleaners, GTA’s Finest, VaporTek, Northern Performance, P.J. Larkin Salvage, Tires 2U, LimZak, Dome Insulation and Wickens Dry Ice Blasting Modified.

While Strawn won the season opener at Sunset Speedway, his best finish in his next two Sunset starts was a ninth in the first feature on Don Biederman Memorial weekend.

Kawartha was also filled with the same split deal of success on one end, struggles on the other. Strawn would finish eighth in the first event at Kawartha of the season following a late race spin, though bounced back to score his second career OSCAAR victory in the August event.

The trip to Capital City Speedway brought forth a pair of positive finishes as he would finish sixth and third in the pair of features. He also posted a good finish at Sauble Speedway, finishing sixth in the Rick Woolner Memorial. However, despite the success throughout the season, Strawn wouldn’t end the year on a positive note as he finished 18th at the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway.

Looking forward to next season, if Strawn can find some luck to go with his strength behind the wheel and the speed of his car, look for Strawn to be part of the fight for the 2015 OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified Series Championship.

By Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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10th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Corey Jones

10th In OSCAAR Super Late Model Points: Corey Jones

Sometimes, drivers can get real lucky and have absolutely everything go their way. Then there are cases when the opposite happens and a driver finds themselves sitting throughout a tirade of bad luck.

In short, this could describe the season that Corey Jones experienced in 2014.

Entering his rookie year of competition in the OSCAAR Super Late Models, Jones showed a lot of potential behind the wheel to be a top-10 contender throughout the year. However, there were multiple times that he would get snake bitten by bad luck, resulting in poor finishes.

The bad luck began early in the year as he would finish 15th in the season’s opening event at Sunset Speedway. The bad luck only carried over to Kawartha Speedway, where he would suffer a 21st place finish following engine issues.

Entering the third event of the year, Jones was looking to get his season turned on a good note. Barrie Speedway would offer that as he was able to post a heat victory, before posting his best career finish of the season with an eighth.

From there on, though, it was a roller coaster ride.

Return trips to Sunset Speedway throughout the season would offer a mix bag of success for the young man. The driver of the No. 82 RBC Remax-Troy Schmidt, Lyndia Miu, Accountable Automotive, Lafleche Roofing, Anmar Cleaning Inc., Octane Productions and Innotech Machine Shop SLM would experience a pair of top-10s at Sunset Speedway, though also had a 14th and 20th place finish to his credit. The 20th place finish in August quite possibly marked the lowest point of the whole season in suffering heavy front-end damage to his ride after being involved in a multi-car incident.

A pair of trips to Peterborough Speedway brought forth a positive, and a negative. He would find ninth in the August event after solidly staying out of trouble, though didn’t have the same luck in October en route to finishing 13th.

As a whole, looking back at the season despite the tough moments, there are positives that ‘Twinkle Toes’ can take with him moving forward. Certainly the top-10 runs throughout the season, but also the lessons learned that will carry him forward in years to come.

“There’s certainly room for improvement, but I think we’ve found a lot of speed in this car as the season has wore on”, says Jones. “We came into this endeavor with limited experience with this style of car, so every week has helped us learn a little more”

By Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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AJ Emms Wins Outlaw Modified Points Championship In 2014

AJ Emms Wins Outlaw Modified Points Championship In 2014

From the Outlaw Modified Club – Congratulations from the Outlaw Modified Club to AJ Emms.  AJ is our youngest competitor and has a long career behind the wheel now including Points Champion of the Outlaw Modified series 2014.  His skill and intuition guided him to many checkered flags this year including clean sweep at Full Throttle Motor Speedway the night of the $1,000 to the winner for all three features.

AJ has been a welcome addition to our series and we look forward to many more seasons of amazing driving with AJ leading the way!

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Allen Wins the Battle – McGlynn Wins the War

Allen Wins the Battle – McGlynn Wins the War

(Milgrove, ON) – After getting rained out on both October 4th, and 5th, the 2014 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series Presented by Meineke finally hit the track last Sunday for Flamboro’s annual Octoberfest. The event, broadcasted live on www.racetimeradio.com was also the final race of the Ontario wide tour, and defending champion Shawn McGlynn (#81) of Kitchener, was ready to try and finish off a championship run, while also looking for his fifth consecutive victory. Kevin Allen (#54) of Drumbo, entered the race sitting second in points, just nine markers back, while ‘Mr. Highside’ Brennan Didero (#24) of Brantford, and Dave ‘Hot Rod’ Connelly (#82) of Arnprior, also had outside chances at the title.
Qualifying for the Fuel for Kids 100 kicked off competition for the day, and Jeremy Coulter (#6) of Smith Falls set the early fast mark with a time of 16.849 seconds. That time would stand up until the final four drivers of the session hit the track. First it was McGlynn who rose to the top of the chart with a lap of 16.546 second, before his championship challenger Allen turned a lap of 16.827 seconds, good enough for second quickest. The final qualifier of the day was Didero, who ripped off a lap of 16.551 seconds to slot in second, and missed taking the fast time away from by a mere .005 seconds.
The final order after qualifying was McGlynn, Didero, Allen, Coulter, with Connelly fifth. Normally the series shuffles the order with the Lucas Oil Fast Five draw to determine the starting order, but on this day it was expanded to the ‘Elite Eight’, and after the drivers were each paired up with a youngster and drew their starting spot.
Coulter drew the pole with McGlynn second, and Connelly and Didero making up row two. Doug Cathcart (#48) of Ottawa, and Jason Meyer (#93) of Tillsonburg made up row three, with Allen and Josh Wood (#66) of London in row four.
Coulter took the initial lead, but after pacing the first two laps, McGlynn blasted to the front, while Didero worked his way through for second. The event was slowed by a lap 12 yellow flag, before the field started a green flag run that would last until lap 87. McGlynn stretched out his lead on Didero, while Connelly tried to hold off Allen for third. Just before the halfway point, Didero was able to move into third. The best battle on the speedway was a four way dance between Kevin Trevellin (#45) of Windsor, Meyer, Tim ‘The Intimidator’ Tolton (#3) of Guelph, and Cathcart.
The lap 87 yellow was brought out when Didero’s car caught fire, but he was able to get out of the car unscathed. This left Allen to battle McGlynn for the win.
In only his second year on tour, Allen was still looking for his first feature win, and Sunday was the day as he hung tough on the outside, finally taking the point after running side-by-side with McGlynn for a number of laps. Shawn was able to get close in the closing laps, but was unable to mount a charge, and finished second to Allen, but still picked up enough points to win his third consecutive series championship.
Allen spoke about his tremendous sophomore season, and his first feature win, “When that caution came out, I thought we might have something for him – that was what we needed. We got a bad draw and started seventh, but without many yellows it was tough to make up ground. Then we got the yellow, and we had been gaining on everyone in front of us. I thought I was going to have to fight to get into line behind Shawn, but we went into turn one even, and I knew that was my chance. It’s sunk in that we’ve won, and this is by far the biggest win of my career.”
As for finishing second in the championship battle, Kevin said, “Honestly, if you had told me at the start of the season we would be racing for a championship, I would’ve said you were nuts. I knew we came into the season prepared better, but to finish second in the championship and win a feature exceeded our expectations. All the pieces came together. Now we can go to work this winter and we will enter 2015 knowing that we can be a championship contender right front the start.”
With the silver medal, McGlynn locked up his third straight Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, and talked about the problems that almost led to some nervous moments. “We found out after the race that we had broken a valve in the motor. How it didn’t trash a piston and the intake is beyond me. That happened about 60 laps in, but our car was handling so well that we didn’t lose much speed, and I started to take it easy on the throttle, and try to help it survive. The late caution came out, and that put Kevin on the outside of us for the green, and he ran well enough to get around me. I wanted to win our fifth in a row, but it was good to see him win. We drew a good starting spot, which helps, and our car was quick right off the trailer. Just a great afternoon.”
After not finishing in the season opener at Sauble Speedway, McGlynn started to gain some traction before ripping off four straight wins late in the season to storm back into the championship lead. He talked about the championship, “I didn’t think we had a chance after Sauble, because we were so far back in points. We ran well, and Connelly and Didero each had a couple of problems, and that put us right back in the picture. A lot of it came down to not getting involved in wrecks, which can put you behind. We also didn’t have anything break other than the tie rod during the first race. My Dad works so hard on the cars as well.”
As for 2015, McGlynn set two goals, “We’re going to come back and try to win number four, and we’re going to try to get Chad running right up front every week.”
Connelly held on for a podium finish, and wound up with the bronze medal in the championship. He spoke about his finish, and his return to the series in 2014, “At least we didn’t hit a wall,” he joked. “It was a good run for us, but we have some work to do for next year. We wrecked last time out, and we needed to test to make sure the car was right, but we missed just a bit, and McGlynn and Allen were on fire. There was a lot of lapped traffic today during that green flag run, and the end of the race was pretty exciting. I was third and had a great view of the finish. The top-three cars today were the top-three in points, and we had a pretty good return to the Lucas Oil Series. We won a race, and finished third in points, but had a little bit of bad luck, which was enough to take us out of the championship picture.”
Trevellin had his best run of the season, posting a solid fourth-place results, while Meyer posted his second consecutive top-five at Flamboro with a fifth-place finish.
After breaking a rear end gear in practice, Tolton’s team returned to the shop and grabbed another one, returning to start last on the grid before battling to a sixth-place finish. Cathcart wound up seventh, with Adam Martin (#8) of Hespler eighth. Bob Merrifield (#43) of Belle River, and ‘Over the Top’ Mike Nelson (#85) of Peterborough, rounded out the top-ten.
Jeremy Coulter had his best qualifying effort of the season with a fourth-place results, and after drawing the pole in the Lucas Oil ‘Elite Eight’ program, he finished 12th. With the result Coulter capture the Rookie-of-the-Year award.
Final Results – 1. Allen, 2. S. McGlynn, 3. Connelly, 4. Trevellin, 5. Meyer.
Other Race Award Winners
London Drive Systems voucher winner – # 82 Dave Connelly
Performance Fiberglass winners – Kevin Trevellin & Mark Patrick
McColl Racing Ent. voucher winner – # 3 Tim Tolton
Mid America Hard Luck award – # 18 Chad McGlynn

Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup presented by Meineke – Final Championship Points Standings – 1. S. McGlynn (765 points), 2. Allen (758), 3. Connelly (736), 4. Didero (736), 5. Cathcart (727).
For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, Meineke, or Flamboro Speedway, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com,
www.lucasoil.ca, www.meineke.ca, or www.flamborospeedway.net, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.
Release and Photos by Jamie and Jordan Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.
Additional Photo by Stephanie Schwemler.

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OSCAAR And The Hurricane Midgets Join Forces For The 2015 Season!

OSCAAR And The Hurricane Midgets Join Forces For The 2015 Season!

The race season in Southern Ontario for 2014 is barely in the books, but OSCAAR is making news for the 2015 season.

The executive of the Hurricane Midgets and OSCAAR are proud to announce the merger of the two traveling series. OSCAAR is now the largest traveling series in all Southern Ontario and look forward to bringing their nonstop racing excitement to the fans in 2015.The Hurricane Midgets will run under the new banner as The OSCAAR Midgets along with the Outlaw Super Late Models and the Hanover Holiday Modified Series.

The Hurricane Midget Series have seen exceptional growth in the last 5 years under the management of Charles Priestley and his crew, as he took the club to a level that no one expected. Charlie states “OSCAAR is the premier touring series in Ontario and will assist the midget drivers and teams to reach the next level of promotion and recognition with the fans and tracks alike”.

Dave Gainforth will remain as the President for the OSCAAR series, and this will now encompass the day to day management of the former Hurricanes. Charles Priestley, who was seeking retirement, will remain in the background for the duration of this transition, making sure his drivers and their crews have a seamless transition in to the new program.

The OSCAAR executive, sponsors, drivers, car owners, would like to welcome the members of the OSCAAR Midgets to the series and look forward to a long lasting working relationship.

As OSCAAR heads into their 25th anniversary 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting season for all race fans!

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