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2015 Woolner Memorial At Full Throttle Motor Speedway

2015 Woolner Memorial At Full Throttle Motor Speedway

OSCAAR and The Woolner Family are very excited to announce the premier OSCAAR Modified event will be returning to Full Throttle Motor Speedway in 2015. The past three years has seen this event grow to the largest paying modified event in Ontario and the 2015 event is going to be even bigger with a new twist.
OSCAAR, Gord Bennett, owner of Full Throttle Speedway and Julia Woolner Stewart have sat down and came up with an idea that will take this event to the next level for fans and drivers. The OSCAAR Modifieds are scheduled to race on the high banked ¼ mile oval on June 13th and September 12th in fifty lap events. So now the twist for 2015, the June 13th is going to be The Rick Woolner Memorial Part 1 and the September 12th will be Part 2, with the driver with the best overall finish from both events being crowned the 2015 Rick Woolner Memorial Champion.
Full Throttle Motor Speedway has a long history with the modified division and Rick raced and recorded many wins and championships there, so it only fitting to unveil this new format at this years’ event.
Over the past couple of years this event has attracted many dedicated lap sponsors and that tradition will continue for both events in 2015. This year to sponsor a feature lap at either event will be $75.00. As a thank you for the support Full Throttle Motor Speedway will offer each lap sponsor with 2 complimentary main grandstand passes for either event.
The 2015 OSCAAR Modified season is shaping up to be the biggest yet. With all the top teams returning to competition and 16 rookie teams registered OSCAAR race fans will want to ensure to have these two dates circled on their calendar as must see events.
OSCAAR would like to remind all race fans that Full Throttle Motor Speedway is set to start the 2015 racing season on March 21st with the running of the Sprint into Spring 200 enduro race. Fans can probably be assured a couple of modified drivers will be there trying for the first place prize of the 360 Sprint Car. Please visit www.fullthrottlemotorspeedway.com for more details of this event and their 2015 race season.
For people wishing to sponsor a lap for the memorial race please email Dave at oscaargainforth@gmail.com, or Julia at onlyme1959@hotmail.com .
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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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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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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NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2014) – “Canadian Tire has been a valued partner since 2007 and we appreciate their efforts to grow NASCAR racing in Canada. The series continues to be Canada’s premier motorsports league, and we expect there to be very strong interest in this premium entitlement sponsorship opportunity. We look forward to working with all of our partners in Canada to continue delivering exciting NASCAR racing to our fans.”

Contact:

Tom Bryant

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(386) 310-6060;

tbryant@nascar.com

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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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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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New Crop of OSCAAR Rookies Ready for Challenge

New Crop of OSCAAR Rookies Ready for Challenge

The first green flag of the 2015 OSCAAR Modified season is still three months away, but drivers are plenty busy turning wrenches this off-season. Especially the slate of new drivers set to tackle the tour this summer. David Balych, Dan Price, and John Baker Jr. are three of what could be as many as 16 new drivers in 2015.

Baker, a native of Oshawa, Ont., acquired the former Super Late Model chassis of Rudy Oppersma and has been converting it to a Troyer-esque modified this winter. He will drive the John Baker’s Auto Service/The Marksman Club No.63. The former thunder car driver decided at the end of 2014 he wanted to hit the road for the upcoming season and chose the OSCAAR Modified tour as the best way to do that.

“It’s the second-fastest form of racing in Ontario. The package they came up with for the class makes it top of the heap and affordable,” said Baker.

Similar to Baker, Dan Price will give open-wheel modified racing a try after a successful thunder car career of his own. He will pilot his traditional No.09 with the support of Hy-Hope Farm and Langilles Scrap Metal.

Some fans will remember Price’s unique ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air entry at Peterborough and Kawartha Speedways over the last seven years. Price, a Brooklyn, Ont. resident, has put the beloved car to rest and replaced it with a Troyer modified purchased out of Pennsylvania.

“I like that they’re racecars,” said Price of the OSCAAR Modified tour. “I had spent enough time scrounging through scrap yards for metal and spindles and control arms. It was time for a change.”

Balych, however, comes from an open-wheel background with Ontario’s Lucas Oil TQ Midget tour. The Caledon, Ont. pilot purchased the modified previously driven by former Rick Woolner Memorial winner, Brent McLean. Balych will drive car No.12 with sponsorship from Scotiabank, Mozaic Investments and Dodge Ram Rodeo Tour.

“OSCAAR is doing a lot to promote themselves,” said Balych of his decision to buy a modified. “My dad and my wife are pretty happy to see me get in a bigger car with a bit more material around me too.”

Moving up a division does pose some challenges for each driver. An increase in horsepower combined with different shock and rear-end packages will increase the learning curve.
“I spent a lot of time with a fairly small tire car with some weight. Now, we’ve got some more power,” said Price. “It’s just going to be a lot more car.”

“I’m definitely out of my element. I don’t know anything about this shock package or how to setup coil over (shocks). That whole thing is just a new adventure,” said Baker.

“I think the biggest thing will be getting used to the size of the car. A spotter should help my transition,” said Balych.

None of the three drivers is any stranger to racing at different tracks. Balych spent the last 27 years travelling with the TQ Midgets, while Price and Baker have journeyed to a variety of tracks during their thunder car days. Each driver has already created a plan of attack for the tour.

“I’ve been all over the place. The only one I haven’t been on is Delaware. I have laps at all the other tracks. It’s going to be about seat time,” said Price.

While Baker has not raced at four of the tracks on the schedule, he is used to adapting quickly, he said.

“We didn’t really leave the car week-to-week. We never stop anyway,” said Baker. “What we’re hoping for is to get our longer race package a little bit better. We want to prove to people we don’t just have luck.”

The three pilots will be in a tough fight to earn rookie-of-the-year honours, the top prize for any first-year driver. The short-term goals, however, are much simpler.

“With the competition that’s there, I would love to earn some top-fives. That would be amazing,” said Baker.

“I don’t have huge visions of grandeur,” explained Price. “It’s going to be about seat time and getting respect from the rest of the drivers. We just want to have fun.”

“I think I’ve got a good shot at rookie-of-the-year,” said Balych. “One of the things I was proud of with the midgets is that I finished every lap of every feature (two seasons ago). If you can finish every race in the top-10, I think rookie-of-the-year is well within my grasp.”

The OSCAAR Modified season opens at Sunset Speedway’s Spring Velocity on Saturday, May 16 alongside the inaugural race for the OSCAAR Midgets, and qualifying for the OSCAAR Super Late Models.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

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NASCAR Announces Canadian Tire Series Schedule Update

NASCAR Announces Canadian Tire Series Schedule Update

Inaugural Event At Sunset Added To 2015 Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that a June 20 date at Ontario’s Sunset Speedway has been added to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 2015 event schedule.

The Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville will mark the inaugural visit for the series to the .333-mile, high-banked oval located in Innisfil, Ontario, just 40 minutes north of Toronto. Sunset Speedway, which originally opened in 1968, will become the 18th different facility to play host to the Canadian Tire Series since its inaugural 2007 campaign, and the third new track to welcome the series in the last two seasons.

Although the Canadian Tire Series has not previously visited Sunset, there are some connections. Series veteran Mark Dilley serves as the track’s general manager and fellow competitor Jeff Lapcevich’s son Cayden, who plans to make his Canadian Tire Series debut in 2015, is the reigning champion in Sunset’s super stock division.

It was also announced today that Sunset has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, becoming the third track in Canada to feature weekly NASCAR-sanctioned racing.

The addition of the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville to the 2015 schedule came on the heels of the recent announcement by the new ownership group of Barrie Speedway that it has ceased racing operations, which forced the cancellation of the Canadian Tire Series’ scheduled Sept. 12 event.

The 2015 Canadian Tire Series schedule will open at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the headliner to Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend on May 16-17.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Ontario’s Sunset Speedway Joins NASCAR

Newest Addition To Whelen All-American Series Program

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that Ontario, Canada’s Sunset Speedway has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program as a weekly NASCAR Home Track for the 2015 season.

The .333-mile, high-banked oval is located in Innisfil, Ontario, just 40 minutes north of Toronto. Sunset Speedway, which originally opened in 1968, will become the third NASCAR-sanctioned weekly track in Canada.

“We are pleased to welcome Sunset Speedway to the NASCAR family,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series. “Sunset is a fantastic facility with great competition and it will anchor NASCAR racing in Ontario.”

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. Competitors at more than 50 paved and dirt tracks throughout North America vie for track, state and province, and overall series championships in Divisions I-V.

Sunset will also play host to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on June 20 for the Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville.

“It is a very exciting year for me and the whole Sunset team,” said Mark Dilley, Sunset Speedway’s general manager. “Our goal has always been to host a NASCAR, and that day has finally come. Not only will we have the inaugural Leland Industries 300 presented by Johnsonville, but we will see a full year of NASCAR racing with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. It is a great opportunity for all of the fans, competitors and staff at Sunset, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Sunset’s first night of NASCAR-sanctioned competition will be Saturday, May 2. Late models are the feature division at Sunset, and will be designated NASCAR Division I. The super stocks will compete as Division II, mini stocks Division III and mighty minis Division IV.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America and Europe are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

For more information on Sunset Speedway, please visit sunsetspeedway.ca.

Contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

704-201-6658

jcunningham@nascar.com

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Lucas Oil Products Backs Sportsman Cup for 7th Season 

Lucas Oil Products Backs Sportsman Cup for 7th Season 

February 2, 2014 

(London, ON) – Lucas Oil Products and the National Stock Car Association (NSCA) will again join forces in 2015 for the Ontario-wide tour, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup.  For Lucas Oil Products, it will mark the seventh season as a title sponsor on the tour, which will sanction seven events for some of the top drivers in Ontario, as the teams will compete at five different venues.

Series director Dave Alexander spoke about the announcement, and the tremendous partnership between the NSCA and Lucas Oil Products.  “We are thrilled to be carrying the Lucas Oil brand on our series again as a title sponsor.  It has been a tremendous relationship, and we are so proud to have a company in Lucas Oil Products involved with our series.  Lucas Oil Products are known for their performance and quality, and we think that pairs up well with our series, consisting of quality teams and drivers, high performance cars, and exciting events.”

Alexander continued, “Since we became partners with Lucas Oil Products, more and more of our teams have been using the products in their high performance race cars, and have given everyone testimonial to the quality and performance of their products.  Between off season promotions, and our events throughout the racing season, our teams have assisting in making Lucas Oil Products a brand associated with all the events our teams attend.  It’s exciting to be entering our seventh year as a partner with Lucas, as well as all of the other companies that enhance their marketing efforts by being involved with our series.”

In another huge announcement for the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, an existing relationship was renewed with higher stakes in 2015.  After a part-time broadcasting schedule for the past three seasons, in 2014 every event of the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup will be presented live on www.racetimeradio.com.

Alexander spoke about the partnership with Race Time Radio, “Joe Chisholm and his crew have done a tremendous job with their broadcasts in the past.  It’s been a bonus for our teams and our marketing partners, as they have been able to get some additional exposure, but the biggest winners have been our fans who can catch all the action when they can’t make it to the track.  In 2015 we are very fortunate that Race Time Radio will be doing all of our events, from the opener and season finale at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, and everything in between.”

The series will visit Full Throttle Motor Speedway twice after not racing at the facility in 2014, in addition to a pair of events at Flamboro Speedway.  Single events will return to Delaware Speedway, Peterborough Speedway, and Sauble Speedway. 

Three-time, and defending champion Shawn McGlynn, of Kitchener, will return to try and make it three straight in 2015, but it will be no easy task for him and his white #81 Ford Mustang.  McGlynn had was forced to overcome some bad luck at the start of the season, but a four-race win streak during the middle of the year was enough to help him overtake the points lead, before he nailed down the title.

Brennan Didero, of Brantford, Dave Connelly, of Arnprior, Doug Cathcart, of Ottawa, Chad McGlynn, of Kitchener, and Josh Wood, of London, are all top runners, and will again compete for victories in 2015, while it’s quite possible that a number of them could be in the championship picture when the tour wraps up in September.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series, Lucas Oil, or Race Time Radio, please visit www.lucasoilsportsmancup.com, www.lucasoil.ca, www.racetimeradio.com, or contact Series Director Dave Alexander at dalexand@sympatico.ca.

Release by Jamie Maudsley and www.maudsleymotorsports.com.

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OSCAAR Racing – Biederman Memorial on the move for 2015

OSCAAR Racing – Biederman Memorial on the move for 2015

The most prestigious event on the 2015 Outlaw schedule, The Biederman Memorial will have a new home at Flamboro Speedway on September 5, 2015.

OSCAAR and the management of Flamboro Speedway are very excited to bring the memorial race back to the track that started it all. Don spent many a Saturday night thrilling the fans at Flamboro, so to see the event back at Flamboro is very fitting.
Since the first Memorial in 2000, it has become the must win event of every super late model driver, and the champions trophy reads as a who’s who in racing. This years’ 50 lap feature event will be one the fans will not want to miss as every driver will be looking to add his name to the trophy.
As OSCAAR prepares to celebrate their 25th Anniversary, this is just the latest news that will provide racing fans with the excitement that they come to expect each and every week.
Don Biederman passed away in 1999 after a long battle with cancer. With many wins here in Ontario on the short tracks. Don is also one of four Canadians to ever win the Oxford 250. Don was also inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001, alongside the greats of racing.
For more information on the 2015 OSCAAR Racing season, visit www.oscaar.ca.
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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Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Announce Schedule For 50TH Year

Lucas Oil CAN-AM Midgets Announce Schedule For 50TH Year

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets have planned an exciting 2015 season for their 50th year of competition. In announcing their schedule President Ken Lorenz said “Our 50th Anniversary year will include three ‘Twin 25’s’ races at three different tracks throughout the season. Grand Bend, Sunset and Flamboro Speedways will present this special show to thank our fans, old and new, for all their support over the past 50 years. I am also proud to announce the return of Lucas Oil as series sponsor for the 11th consecutive year. It is an honor to again be included in the Lucas Oil ‘Family’. The added recognition we receive running under the Lucas Oil banner puts us in an elite group of ‘open-wheel’ racers supported by not only a premier company but one that truly understands the racers needs with quality products and a helping hand.”

The 50th Anniversary years begins at Sunset Speedway on Saturday, May 16th at the ‘Spring Velocity’ show and ends there at the ‘Fall Velocity’ event on Saturday, September 26th. Mark Dilley, general manager, said “Sunset Speedway is very pleased to have the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets back for multiple times in 2015. They always put on some of the best racing of the season with their 3 wide battles. Sunset loves the Can-Am Midgets and can’t wait for 2015!” The ‘Twin 25’s’ race is scheduled at Sunset Speedway for Saturday, July 11th and the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets return on Saturday, August 15th making four visits to this speedway. Flamboro Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets on May 23rd, June 20, July 25, and August 8th, the date for the ‘Twin 25’s’ special race. The final race at Flamboro Speedway for 2015 will be on September 19th.

The Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets again travel north to Sauble Speedway for the long Canadian Holiday weekend on August 1st and 2nd. They return to Sauble Speedway for one more event on Saturday, September 5th. “The Bullring” at Grand Bend Speedway will host the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets for a special ‘Twin 25’s’ race on July 4th and Peterborough Speedway, Barrie Speedway and Full Throttle Speedway in Varney will each have one visit from the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets.

The 2015 Lucas Oil Can-Am Midget Schedule

May 16….Sunset Speedway, Stroud, ON, ‘Spring Velocity’
May 23….Flamboro Speedway, Flamborough, ON
June 13…Peterborough Speedway, Peterborough, ON
June 20…Flamboro Speedway
July 4……Grand Bend Speedway, Grand Bend, ON “Twin 25’s” RAIN DATE, July 5th
July 11….Sunset Speedway, “Twin 25’s”
July 18….Barrie Speedway, Barrie, ON
July 25….Flamboro Speedway
Aug 1……Sauble Speedway, Sauble Beach, ON
Aug 2……Sauble Speedway
Aug 8……Flamboro Speedway, “Twin 25’s”
Aug 15….Sunset Speedway
Sept 5…..Sauble Speedway
Sept 12…Full Throttle Speedway, Varney, ON
Sept 19…Flamboro Speedway
Sept 26…Sunset Speedway ‘Fall Velocity’

For more information on the Lucas Oil Can-Am Midgets, such as their ’50 Year History’ and a list of the ’49 Years of Champions’, go to www.canammidgets.com

For more information, contact Cindy Lorenz at clorenz74@yahoo.com

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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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