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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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Jamie Cox & Karl Sault Victorious In Season End Racing At Flamboro

Jamie Cox & Karl Sault Victorious In Season End Racing At Flamboro

The final event of the 2014 season at Bennett Chevrolet Flamboro Speedway was the $5000 to win 125 lap Enduro and Demo. Derby. Congratulations to Glen Hils for planning a great event. It was my first Flamboro Enduro and hope this becomes an annual event. It was very exciting, a bit confusing as a scorer and was well attended by fans on a blustery and cool late October afternoon.

Forty six entrants were registered and lined up two by two from the start/finish line all the way back to the entrance to turn three. With the drop of the green they were off. A couple of reds early as the track had to be cleared of cars that were sitting in a dangerous position. Some cars were also DQ’d for moving under the red. Four cars were at the front from the beginning, the 51 of Jason Tolton, the 70 of Josh Shantz, the 51x of Derek Moesker and 44 of Jamie Cox all ran up or near the front all day. Tolton and Shantz both got side ways and spun in turn three/four and may have cost them the race. Cox ran a clean race and as the checkered flag flew on lap 125 he was first to cross and was awarded the $5000 grand prize. Josh Shantz was second and the 51x of Derek Moesker was third.

The Demo. Derby wrapped up the day with just four cars making it out. The 98 of Will Larkin, 00 Bill Rutherford, 92 Kyle Neumeister and 81 of Karl Sault. Rutherford and Larkin were first out and the battle came down to Neumeister and Sault. The two were banging, crashing and pushing each other all over the track. The 92 car looked like I feel some mornings as it was dragging it’s back around the track but gave it his best shot. But the 92 could no longer go on and Sault in the 81 was the winner of the derby.

Congratulations to the #10 car of Jeremy Hughes. We pretty much unanimously voted his car the best appearing and he won the Hot Rod Hobbies Best Appearing car award and the $50 prize.

Photos by Derek Smith of racepulse.com

Driver and Car #’s Registered

07-Barry Watson
4-Trevor Roszell
77-Kevin Nicol
51-Jason Tolton
76-Russ Nicholson
94-Chris Soares
82-Sam Taylor
38-Rodney Rutherford
80-Mark Robinson
74-Jaeger McMaster
57-Derek Zehr
81-Karl Sault
26-Ryan Hunsinger
71-Matt Young
6-Wayde Thorne
11-Steve Lovie
51x-Derek Moesker
49-Brian Wilson
16x-Tyler Nuell
44-Jamie Cox
417-Mike Oliverra
6f-Kris Fairweather
70-Josh Shantz
87-Jim McTavish
02-Andrew Scott
43-Kyle Nuell
10-Jeremy Hughes
8-Andrew Latulippe
262-Randy McKinley
85-Rob Campbell
317-Shone Evans
08-Derek Martin
1-Tyler Martin
60-Joe Fleet
00-Bill Rutherford
29-Derek Jackson
119-Shaun Quinn
3-Brian Watson
28-Todd Gordon
98-Sid Bracci
61-Chad Ditner
K7-Alex Schuts
26-Tim Nuell
2-Matt Nuell
19-Ron Provla
72-Kyle Neumeister

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