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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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2nd In Super Late Model Points: Kevin Cornelius

2nd In Super Late Model Points: Kevin Cornelius

After having his rookie season shortened due to outside circumstances, Kevin Cornelius came back this year stronger, having a solid season en route to finishing second in points.

The season didn’t start off as hoped, though, as a pre-season motor issue would force Cornelius to run a pro late model for the season opener at Sunset Speedway. Despite the setback, he was still able to post a top 10 finish, finishing eighth. Heading to Kawartha Speedway, Cornelius brought out the super late model for the first time on the season, poised to have success. However, bad luck would follow as a power steering issue with seven laps to go forced him pit side, handing him a 14th place finish.

Going into the third event of the year at Barrie Speedway, the KDR Motorsports team was looking to turn their luck around. They would get their wish in the biggest way possible – a win. Cornelius would out-duel Andrew Gresel in the final laps of the 50 lap feature to score his first career OSCAAR Super Late Model victory.

The driver of the No. 17 Halton Crushed Stone, Lee Sand and Gravel, TripleCrete, Hanson Pipe, Alliston Transmission, Sandbox Tech Child Care, Ed’s Automotive and MacMaster Pontiac Buick GMC Super Late Model would carry the momentum into the Don Biederman Memorial a couple weeks later, hoping to better a second place effort from last season.

He would start off the weekend solidly, posting a second place finish to Dwayne Baker in the first of the two features. He would then come back on the Sunday night, leading the majority of the feature en route to scoring the victory. As a result of his average finish over the two nights, Cornelius would be crowned the 2014 Don Biederman Memorial Champion.

“This is the Superbowl of Super Late Model racing in Ontario, and this is an incredible feeling,” Cornelius said post-race. “I’m so honoured to have our team on this trophy. My guys work nonstop on this car, trying to make it better; this is for all of their hard work. They earned this.”

The second half of the 2014 season would bring a mix of success, and a couple poor finishes.

The eastern swing of the province – Kawartha and Peterborough Speedway – presented the biggest issues for Cornelius. He had the speed at both tracks and was able to put himself in contention to win, but would find bad luck in each of the events.

The first event at Peterborough saw Cornelius have to pull pit side out of the lead after power steering issues, while a mid-race spin in the second event in August saw him fighting back to finish fourth. The season finale at Peterborough wasn’t much kinder, with electrical issues forcing a DNF, resulting in a 22nd place finish. Meanwhile, the August trip to Kawartha saw Cornelius running in the top-three till a flat tire brought him to pit road, resulting in a seventh place finish.

Outside of these two tracks, though, it seemed that the pieces fell together as Cornelius and team would’ve hoped. The summer featured a pair of thirds with one at Sauble Speedway, and the other at Sunset Speedway in the Bruce Gowland Memorial.

The final trip to Sunset Speedway of the season would bring forth one of the strongest performances of the season. Despite the power steering letting go early in the race, the sophomore driver pushed forward, taking the lead just before halfway to dominate the rest of the feature and score his third victory on the season.

With three victories on the season and speed shown across the province, everybody is already looking towards Cornelius being a championship contender for the 2015 season. If he can have everything fall in place each weekend, it could very well easily happen.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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3rd In Super Late Model Points: Jesse Kennedy

3rd In Super Late Model Points: Jesse Kennedy

Despite not reaching victory lane in 2014, Jesse Kennedy would have a solid, consistent season en route to finishing third in points.

Kennedy would kick off the season in high gear, posting a solid fifth place finish in the Lucie Alywin Memorial 50 at Sunset Speedway. He would carry the momentum with him to Kawartha Speedway, posting his first runner-up finish at the end of the 50 lap feature.

The trip to Barrie Speedway wouldn’t go as well as the Oneidea Nation of the Thames, Ontario native hoped as his streak of top-fives would end with a sixth place finish. It seemed that Kennedy found himself in a bit of a slump, posting a ninth and 10th in the pair of features that make up the Don Biederman Memorial.

As the Super Lates headed into the month of July, Kennedy was looking to get back into feature win contention and he would do just do that. He’d kick off the month with a fourth place finish at Sauble Speedway. The momentum would carry forward and out east with Kennedy, as he finished second in the Chase for the Colors event to qualify front row for the Autumn Colors Classic.

The month of August was quite honestly Kennedy’s strongest month of the season as he followed the runner-up at Peterborough with a third place finish at Kawartha, a fifth at Sunset and a third at Peterborough. Needless to say, the driver of the No. 10 Cameron Crane and Riggers Ltd., Bev’s Auto & Smoke Shop, Quality Collision and Auto Body, and GRE Super Late Model had things going exactly as he would hope.

Though the strong wave of momentum wouldn’t last Kennedy the full year as he would finish off the season with a eighth at the Velocity 250, followed by a ninth in the Autumn Colors Classic.

Kennedy’s consistent season is one to write down in the history books as Kennedy was only one of two drivers that posted a top-10 finish in each of the 12 races this season. The other driver – your series champion, Andrew Gresel.

There were rumors floating mid-season that the 2014 season will mark Kennedy’s last year behind the wheel. However, if those rumors prove to not be true and he makes his return, expect to see Kennedy in victory lane and contending for the championship once again.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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OSCAAR Releases Complete 2015 Schedule

OSCAAR Releases Complete 2015 Schedule

PETERBOROUGH (December 16, 2014) – Over the last quarter-century, OSCAAR Racing has thrilled thousands of stock car fans across Ontario with entertaining stock car action. The 2015 season marks OSCAAR’s 25th anniversary and one of its most aggressive schedules to date.

The addition of the OSCAAR Midgets to a brand that already includes Super Late Models and Open-Wheel Modifieds, OSCAAR Racing is the largest sanctioning body for stock car racing in Canada. The 2015 schedule will take this new triple threat of OSCAAR Racing to every track in Southern Ontario.

The OSCAAR Super Late Models will once again be the headline tour in Ontario, stopping at six different tracks for 13 races. The OSCAAR Modifieds will run 14 events at seven facilities. A 15-race schedule is set for the inaugural OSCAAR Midgets season, which will see drivers pay visit to seven facilities of their own.

The season will kick off with a double-header weekend at Sunset Speedway on May 16-17, 2015. On Saturday May 16, the OSCAAR Midgets and Modifieds will put on full shows with 25- and 30-lap features, respectively. The OSCAAR Super Late Models will qualify on Saturday for the third annual 50-lap Lucie Aylwin Memorial set for Sunday, May 17.

The Super Late Models schedule is once again headlined by the Velocity 250 event at Sunset on September 26-27 and the 23rd annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway October 9-11. Planning for the series’ flagship Don Biederman Memorial event remains in the works and details will be announced at a later date. In all, Super Late Models will visit Sunset a total of five times, Peterborough three times, Flamboro Speedway twice, and each of Barrie Speedway, Sauble Speedway, and Delaware Speedway once.

All the stars of the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour will be back in action in 2015, including defending champion Andrew Gresel, five-time champion Glenn Watson, Kevin Cornelius, Mike Beyore, Kelly Balson, Rob Poole, and Tyler Hawn to name a few. To date, former Limited Late Model competitor Sean Grosman is the only driver registered to compete for Rookie-of-the-Year honours.

The OSCAAR Modifieds will continue to build on three seasons of success next summer. The Mods will be on center stage for their 50-lap Rick Woolner Memorial when it returns to its birthplace, Full Throttle Speedway (formerly Varney Motor Speedway), on September 12, 2014. The series will also compete at Sunset’s Velocity 250 and Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic. The series will run a 14-race schedule spanning seven tracks.

At the time of publication, an impressive 12 drivers have registered to chase Rookie-of-the-Year honours. The list includes former Supermodified competitor Mark Van Luven, former Delaware Super Stock driver Jeff Showler, former Delaware Late Model driver Jay Christie, former Peterborough thunder car competitors Dan Price and John Baker Jr., and former Peterborough Late Model pilot Corey Horner. Also registered is former Can-Am TQ Midgets pilot and president David Balych, Mark Saul, Joey Sagan, Mike Hearty, and Chris Bowman.

In addition to a wealth of new talent, the series expects three-time defending champion Gary McLean to return alongside young talents Davey Terry, Matt Barton, Brent McLean, Dustin Jackson and Shane Stickel. Veteran drivers Gary Elliott, and Max Beyore are all in the mix to contend for a 2015 championship, to name just a few.

The OSCAAR Midgets will compete in their inaugural season under OSCAAR sanctioning. Formerly the Hurricane Midgets, the series will visit a total of seven tracks for 15 different events across Ontario. A visit to the Grand Bend Speedway highlights the schedule for the Midgets, alongside a pair of trips to Sauble, Flamboro, and Full Throttle. The Midgets will run alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds in September.

Jamie Bound is expected to return to defend his championship against series mainstays Richard Woodland, James Rodgers, Robin McLean, and Rob McCall. As many as 10 drivers are currently registered with rookie status for the inaugural OSCAAR Midgets season.

Stay tuned to www.oscaar.ca throughout the offseason for updates and extended information on the 2015 OSCAAR 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.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

2015 OSCAAR Racing Schedule

May 2015

May 10 Sunset Speedway – Practice
May 16 Sunset Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw Qualifying
May 17 Sunset Speedway
Outlaw – 50
May 23 Peterborough Speedway
Midget 25
May 30 Flamboro Speedway (rain date May 31)
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50

June 2015

June 6 Sunset Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50
June 13 Full Throttle Speedway
Midget -25 Mod – 50
June 20 Barrie Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw 50
June 27 Sunset Speedway
Mod -30 Outlaw – 50
June 27 Sauble Speedway
Midget – 25

July 2015

July 10 Delaware Speedway
Mod – 25 Outlaws – 50
July 11 Sunset Speedway
Midget – 25
July 18 Peterborough Speedway
Midget – 25
July 25 Sauble Speedway
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50

August 2015

August 1 Peterborough Speedway Chase for the Colours
Midget -25 Mod -30 Outlaw – 50
August 15 Grand Bend Speedway
Midget – 30
August 22 Sunset Speedway
Mod – 30 Outlaws – 50
August 29 Peterborough Speedway
Outlaw – 50

September 2015

September 5 Flamboro Speedway
Outlaw – 50
September 12 Full Throttle Speedway Woolner Memorial (rain date Sept 13)
Midget – 25 Mods – 50
September 18 Delaware Speedway Great Canadian Weekend
Mods – 25
September 26 Sunset Speedway Velocity Weekend
Midget – 25 Mod – Qualifying
September 27 Sunset Speedway Velocity Weekend
Mod – 30 Outlaw – 50

October 2015

October 9 Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours
Mod – qualifying
October 10 Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours
Midget – 25 (championship) Mod – qualifying Outlaw – qualifying
October 11 Peterborough Speedway Autumn Colours
Mod – 50 (championship) Outlaw – 50 (championship)

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4th In Super Late Model Points: Glenn Watson

4th In Super Late Model Points: Glenn Watson

With a wave of success in the middle part of the season, the veteran driver would have a successful season in 2015.

Glenn Watson would start off the season with a solid top-10 finish at Sunset Speedway, finishing seventh.

The next two weeks, though, would ultimately set him behind the eight ball before the year was truly on a roll. An incident on track at Kawartha Speedway would result in heavy damage to the red rocket and a 23rd place finish. The 22 Racing Team would work hard to have the car ready for Barrie Speedway a couple weeks later, though suffered a 12th place finish after mechanical issues.

Determined to get their season back on track, Watson headed back to Sunset Speedway for the Don Biederman Memorial looking for a good run. The former success that he had been able to find at Sunset was there, with Watson finishing eighth on night one before posting a third place finish on the second night.

The third-place finish would be exactly what the doctor ordered as in the weeks that followed, the finishes just kept coming. The driver of the No. 22 Line-X Protection Coatings, Race2way.ca., Rival Office Solutions, Williamson Uxbridge GM, TSS Top Shops Auto Body Supply, Klotz Canada, ERA Tours and Port City Race Cars Super late Model would post three straight podium finishes following the DBM as the tour crossed the province back and forth.

The high wave of success wouldn’t last, though, as a return trip to Sunset Speedway would result in a 13th place finish as a result of a mid-race incident. The previous series champion didn’t let it get him down, though, as he bounced back a week later to finish second at Peterborough Speedway.

Watson would then close out his season with a pair of sixth place finishes.

It marks a surprise to many who follow the OSCAAR tour to not see the red rocket in victory lane. However, given the amount of success that Watson did experience, expect a return trip to victory lane in 2015. There’s also no doubt that Watson will be part of the championship discussion, as well.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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OSCAAR And Gallinger Ford Partner For New Mustang Pace Car

OSCAAR And Gallinger Ford Partner For New Mustang Pace Car

MILTON, Ont. (December 6, 2014) – OSCAAR Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with Gallinger Ford Lincoln who will provide a new pace car for the 2015 season.

The 2015 Ford EcoBoost Mustang will pace the OSCAAR Super Late Models, OSCAAR Modifieds, and newly merged OSCAAR Midgets across Ontario in 2015.

“We are very happy to add Gallinger Ford Lincoln to our long list of dedicated sponsors,” said OSCAAR President Dave Gainforth. “Adding such a high-class sponsor further improves the profile of OSCAAR as the number one short track touring racing series on asphalt in Canada.”

The new 2015 Ford Mustang OSCAAR pace car will feature the new EcoBoost option. Gallinger Ford Lincoln President, David Gallinger, is excited to showcase the new Mustang on the racetrack next season.

“It’s the 50th anniversary year of the Mustang,” said Gallinger. “The Mustang is a performance car and racing is all about performance, so it fits well.”

Gallinger will return in 2015 for his second season behind the wheel of the No.74 OSCAAR Midget (formerly the Hurricane Midgets).

Gallinger Ford Lincoln previously provided a pace car to the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds in the 1970s and 1980s and is happy to resume its presence in stock car racing with Canada’s premier racing organization, OSCAAR.

Longtime OSCAAR sponsor Knightworks Design will provide the graphics for the new vehicle. Additionally, JBM Leasing has partnered with OSCAAR to provide the insurance for the 2015 Ford EcoBoost Mustang.

Fans can see the new OSCAAR pace car when the 2015 racing season opens at Sunset Speedway on May 15-16, 2015.


About OSCAAR Racing: OSCAAR is the premier sanctioning body for Outlaw Super Late Models, Open-Wheel Modifieds, and Midget Racing in Ontario. Formed in 1990, OSCAAR began as a touring series for Super Late Models. Since 2012, OSCAAR has evolved to include Open-Wheel Modifieds and, starting in 2015, the OSCAAR Midgets. OSCAAR teams will compete at eight different motorsport facilities in 2015.

About Gallinger Ford Lincoln: Located in Milton, Ont., Gallinger Ford Lincoln is committed to providing high quality new and used Ford vehicles with the best service in the industry. Gallinger Ford Lincoln is also committed to serving the community it has called home for 47 years by fundraising and providing various products to a multitude of community-based organizations. The all-new Ford F150 will be arriving soon! For more information on Gallinger Ford Lincoln’s products and service, visit them online at gallingerford.com or call (905) 875-3673.

About Knightworks Design: Located in Newmarket, Ont., Knightworks Deisgn is a family-run business that specializes in vehicle graphics and lettering, clothing embroidery and printing, signs and decals, and graphic design. Knightworks Design is the official supplier of OSCAAR racewear and apparel. For more information, visit Knightworks online at www.knightworks.ca.

About JBM Leasing: Located in London, Ont., JBM Leasing specializes in insuring and leasing vehicles for personal and commercial needs. Call (519) 472-3554 for more information.

By Clayton Johns

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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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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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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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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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Andrew Gresel Picks Up Second Straight Autumn Colours Victory And 2014 Championship

Andrew Gresel Picks Up Second Straight Autumn Colours Victory And 2014 Championship

Location: Peterborough Speedway October 11-12, 2014
What won the race: Andrew Gresel came into the final event of 2014 with two things on his mind. The feature win on Sunday, and his first ever OSCAAR Super Late Model Championship. At the end of the fifty lap event he was able to cross both off is bucket list. Taking advantage of the pole position earned at the Chase for the Colours, the #81 would lead all 50 laps of the event. Kevin Cornelius came into the event second in points with a slim mathematical chance to take the championship away from Gresel. Unfortunately electrical problems forced the team pit side during the parade laps, and barely made it out for the start of the feature. The problems persisted and forced the team out of competition but the team was able to hold on to second place in the points. The battles in the top five in the feature event kept the fans on the edge of their seats. A lap 49 pass by the 89c of Shawn Chenoweth moved him up to the second place at the line. John Owens gave it all he had on a lap 48 restart as he lined up in second place beside the #81 of Gressel but at the end had to settle for third place finish. Mike Beyore rallied back after a lap one incident sent him to the back with a fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five was the #39 of Shane Gowan with a very impressive run recording his best finish of the 2014 season.
Bad Luck of the event: Several drivers race came to an early end on lap 19 of the feature event. Coming out of turn 4 the #27 of J.R Fitzpatrick while running in second place had the car jump out of gear. With 23 Super Late Models at full speed mayhem ensued. When the smoke cleared there were 7 cars in turn one with various amounts of damage. The 40p of Charlie Gallant took one of the hardest hits in the accident, thankfully the safety equipment did its job and he was able to walk away. The #13 of Gary Passer also suffered race ending front end damage which ended his race early. The #94 of Denny Varco from Sault St Marie making his first ever OSCAAR start suffered extensive front and rear damage ending his race.
Rookie Battle: The three top rookies of 2014 were all in attendance for the final event of the year. Kelly Balson in his #b10 was once again the top rookie of the race and locked up the 2014 Rookie of the Year title. Dave Doucette closed out his 2014 season with a 10th place finish and runner up in the rookie battle. Corey Jones scored a thirteenth place finish and finished the year off with third place in the rookie standings
Car Count: 26
Top qualifier: #27 J.R Fitzpatrick
Pole Sitter: #81 Andrew Gresel
Heat Race winners: # 27J.R Fitzpatrick x2, #10 Jesse Kennedy, #81 Andrew Gresel, #7t Jeff Dunford, #90 Mark Dilley
Top Five in Points: 1st #81 Andrew Gresel 806 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 750 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 740 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 714 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 691 pts
Feature Finish: 1) # 81 Andrew Gresel, 2) #89c Shawn Chenoweth, 3) #2 John Owen, 4) #54 Mike Beyore, 5) #39 Shane Gowan, 6) #22 Glenn Watson, 7) #90 Mark Dilley, 8) #b10 Kelly Balson, 9) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 10) #44 Dave Doucette, 11) #42 Tyler Hawn, 12) #16 Robert Bickle, 13) #82 Corey Jones, 14) 7t Jeff Dunford, 15) #91 Keith King, 16) #27 JR Fitzpatrick, 17) #48 Dwayne Baker, 18) #47m Brent McLean, 19) #40p Charlie Gallant, 20) #13 Gary Passer, 21) #94 Denny Varcoe, 22) Kevin Cornelius, 23) #92 Justin Jones, 24) #57 Craig Stevenson, 25) #5 Ron Hollis, 26) #51 Dave Taylor (dns)
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Autumn Colours Championship Weekend October 10-12, 2014

Autumn Colours Championship Weekend October 10-12, 2014

Location: Peterborough Speedway, 1710 Mount Pleasant Rd, Cavan ON L0A 1C0 phone: 705- 743-5880
About the Speedway: Fastest 1/3 mile oval in Canada
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #8 Gary McLean, Outlaw Super Late Models #81 Andrew Gressel
Racing on September 27th and 28th: On the 10th pit gates open at 10:00am with racing starting at 6:00pm. Friday will be first round qualifying for all divisions except of Super Lates and Hurricane Midgets. Saturday the 11th pit gates once again open at 10:00 am and will feature second round qualifying for all divisions. The Super Lates and Hurricanes will both have their full qualifying with the Hurricanes running their 25 lap feature event to crown their 2014 champion. Sunday the 12th will have the feature events for all classes with racing to start at 12:30. The feature order is as follows, Pro Late Models 114 laps, Four Fun 40 laps, Hanover Holiday Modifieds 50 laps, Mini Stock 50 laps, Super Late Models 50 laps, Late Models 75 laps and Thunder Car 50 laps.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 847 pts 2nd 91N Max Beyore 782 pts 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 772 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 747 points 5th #88r Tommy Robb 702 pts
Super late models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 734 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 703 pts 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 680 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 657 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 630 pts
Who to watch for: Modifieds: The third season of the Hanover Holiday Modified series will conclude with this weekend’s running of the 50 lap feature event. Two time and defending champion #8 Gary McLean has got a firm hold on the points race as a result of the #91n of Max Beyore missing the feature event at the last event. If you look at the math there is still a slim chance to dethrone the champion, the real points battle will be for second place. Gary Elliott has been enjoying a resurgence of his career in 2014 in the modified and finds himself only 10 points back of second place coming into this weekend. Coming into this event Max does hold one ace up his sleeve as he secured pole position for the feature event at The Chase for Colours and will start alongside the #14 of Davey Terry for the fifty lap feature event. No one is more hungry for that first feature win than the #14 and will be putting everything on the line this weekend. The points battle rounding out the top five is shaping up to be a great battle as well. Currently the #88 of Ryan Dick holds down the fifth place but has a slim seven point lead over the #88r of Tommy Robb and eight points over the #61 of Dustin Jackson. There will also be several drivers looking to spoil everyone’s weekend by stealing the win. The #2 of Matt Barton is again showing he loves the play off season with a strong second place finish at Sunset. Brent McLean looked ready to challenge for the lead at the last event before ignition problems forced them pit side. Nick Lees and Rob Warnes have both picked up feature wins in a modified this year at Peterborough in the Ontario Modified Series, and will both be making their first OSCAAR start this coming weekend. The #79h of Cory Horner made his series debut at Sunset and is looking forward to returning to his home turf of Peterborough Speedway this weekend. Mike Hearty has the finishing touches done on his #20 Modified and will also be making his first series start this weekend. This weekend the #93 modified will be driven by Daniel Bois as he looks to make his first Autumn Colours and OSCAAR start. In three short years the modified series has become one of the most exciting and competitive and fastest growing of any class in Ontario. Fans have enjoyed some great open wheel racing, and with 4 Rookies already signed up for the 2015 season, fans can be assured of another great race season in 2015.
Super Late Models: The Outlaw Super Lates are ready to close off their 2014 race season with a fifty lap feature event this weekend at Peterborough Speedway. Coming into the 2014 season the fans knew a new champion would be crowned and early preseason favorites #81 of Andrew Gressel, and the #17 of Kevin Cornelius where the names everyone was mentioning. Well they weren’t wrong coming into the final event Gressel holds a 31 point lead over Cornelius, which sounds like a lot, but it is not locked up yet. Andrew does have one thing working in his favour and that is the pole position for the feature event. Starting along side will be the #10 of Jesse Kennedy who has finished second in both Peterborough feature events this year. Jesse is closing out his 30th year of racing and is talking retirement, but a win this weekend I think will see him back in 2015. Glenn Watson has two third place finishes this year at Peterborough and would love nothing better than to return to victory lane this weekend at Peterborough. The 2014 Rookie of the Year for the supers #b10 of Kelly Balson has proved this season that he belongs in the series. He has shown patience when needed and is always ready to race hard for the win. Kelly has had success at Peterborough and the Autumn Colours and a win this weekend in front of his home crowd will give the team the confidence to contend for the championship in 2015. The most popular winner of 2014 was the #2 of John Owen who returned to victory lane for the first time in 14 years at the last event at Peterborough Speedway. Always a threat to win fans will want to look for the familiar #2 to once again be challenging for the win. #51 of Dave Taylor is another home track hero and would love nothing better than to celebrate a win this weekend as well. This weekend will see Mark Dilley make his second start of the season driving the #90 owned by Butch Wilson from Sault St Marie. Rumour has it there will be a bit of a convey from the Sault to Peterborough as there could be three other super late model teams making the trip this weekend. JR Fitzpatick will once again be behind the wheel of the #27 Outlaw and will be looking to rebound from a disappointing weekend at Sunset. Gary Passer, Rob Poole, Mike Beyore, Corey Jones, Shane Gowan and the list goes on and on will all be looking for the win this weekend to close off the season on a high note.

Current weather forecast: Sunny and 14c all three days. Make sure you stop by the OSCAAR Racewear trailer to pick up another sweater to keep you warm and perhaps start your Christmas shopping early.
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Velocity Weekend September 27th – 28th At Sunset Speedway

Velocity Weekend September 27th – 28th At Sunset Speedway

Location: Sunset Speedway, 6918 Young Street Innisfil Ont. Phone 705-436-2445, website www.sunsetspeedway.ca
About the Speedway: Reconfigured in 2010 to high bank 1/3 mile oval
2013 winners: Hanover Holiday Modifieds #8 Gary McLean, Outlaw Super Late Models #9 Brandon Watson
Racing on September 27th and 28th: On the 27th pit gates will open at 10:00am with racing getting underway at 4:00pm. Featuring qualifying for Hanover Holiday Modifieds, Late Models, Super Stocks. Full Show for Pro Challenge, Canadian Vintage Modifieds and Hurricane Midgets. Racing on the 28th will see the pits opening at 9:00am with qualifying for OSCAAR Super Lates and 50 lap feature, 40 lap feature event for Hanover Holiday Modifieds, 75 lap late model feature, 50 lap super stock and 35 lap mini stock feature.
Current Points Leader: Hanover Holiday Modifieds top 5: 1st #8 Gary McLean 773 pts 2nd 91N Max Beyore 755 pts 3rd #36 Gary Elliott 702 pts, 4th #14 Davey Terry 684 points 5th #88r Tommy Robb 645 pts
Super late models top 5: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 666 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 629 pts 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 619 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 597 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson 581 pts
Who to watch for: Modifieds, It has been just over a month since the Hanover Holiday Modifieds last took the track, which means the teams are well rested and prepared for playoff season. The points battle for the championship looks like it will come right down to the wire between current point leader Gary McLean and rookie contender Max Beyore. Going into this weekend’s event there is a mere 18 points separating the two. If you look back in the history books to the 2013 Velocity finish you will see it was the #8 of McLean taking the win over second finishing #91n of Beyore. Gary Elliott continues to enjoy success on his return to open wheel competition and currently finds himself third in the points, while still chasing that first OSCAAR feature victory. Several teams have spent the off time perfecting their set ups in hopes of capturing their first feature of 2014. #14 Davey Terry #88r Tommy Robb, #88 Ryan Dick, #99 Drew Stieler and young sensation #61 Dustin Jackson look to close the season out on a high note. A few new teams may be making their 2014 season debut. The #93 Shane Gowan owned modified will be driven my Steve Lyons a many time Canadian Vintage Modified Champion. Mike Hearty has been a super stock stand out at Sunset for the past few years, with a new modified in the garage the team is burning the midnight oil in an all out effort to be a part of Velocity Weekend. 2015 Rookie of the Year Contender Cory Horner is also a possible entrant in his newly acquired modified.
Super Late Models: It has been a month since the super late models raced at Peterborough Speedway, an event that saw John Owen end his 14 year feature winless streak. With the championship coming down to a two man race with #81 Andrew Gressel holding a 47 point lead over the #17 of Kevin Cornelius. The last event saw the two competitors have a couple of incidents so you just never know what could happen this weekend. 2014 Sunset Speedway Late Model Champion of #48 Dwayne Baker has protected his home turf against the outlaws. Fresh off the Gowland Memorial win, Dwayne will be looking to add the Velocity win to his resume. With a full field of supers expected fans will be in for a edge of your seat 50 lap feature event. It has been confirmed that several new teams will be making their first start of the 2014 season. For the past couple of years Shawn Chenoweth has won everything there is to win in Super Stocks and Late Models. This weekend will mark the return of Shawn and the #89c London Recreational Outlaw to the series. #27 of Roy Passer will see JR Fitzpatrick behind the wheel for the final two events of the 2014 season. Fitzpatrick just finished second in NCATS points last weekend at Kawartha with a series win. The team is hoping the momentum will carry over the super late this weekend. Making the long trip from Sautl St Marie will be the #90 of Jay Palumbo. Jay is a veteran at Laird Speedway in the modified and super lates and is excited to make his first series start this weekend at Sunset Speedway. Also making the long trip from Michigan will be Terry Bogusz. Terry is a regular outlaw competitor in Michigan and Ohio and is excited to make his first trip across the border to Sunset Speedway.
Fans will also want to make sure to stop by and say hi to Don and Kim from OSCAAR Racewear and pick up some of the new products they will have this weekend…. It never to early to start that Christmas Shopping
Current weather forecast: Sunny and 24c both days (pack the sunscreen)
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John Owen Returns To OSCAAR Victory Lane For First Time Since 1999

John Owen Returns To OSCAAR Victory Lane For First Time Since 1999

Location: Peterborough Speedway August 30, 2014
What won the race: John Owen lined up for the fifty lap feature event on the pole position and would not give it up. Despite several restarts in which Glenn Watson and Jesse Kennedy tried their best to overtake the #2 of Owen’s, John would not be denied this win. The win was a popular one in front of the home town fans, and emotional John thanked his crew, sponsors and his family for their continued support. Current championship contenders #17 of Kevin Cornelius and #81 of Andrew Gressel both did not have the feature they were hoping for. Both drivers would be involved in incidents which would see them restart at the rear of the field. At the end of the fifty lap event it would be the #17 in fourth and rounding out the top five was the #81 of Gressel. With just two events left Andrew Gressel holds a 37 point lead over second place #17 Kevin Cornelius who has a slight 10 point lead over third place Jesse Kennedy. This event would also mark the end of Rudy Oppersma career. Rudy did not score the finish that he had hoped for, but was still all smiles in the pits as he looks back on over 30 years of racing, and the friends and fun he has had.
Bad Luck of the Event: #16 of Robert Bickle is a home town favorite every time the series rolls into Peterborough Speedway. Unfortunately mechanical problems in practice would keep the #16 sidelined for the night. There was a tie for top qualifier between the #42 of Tyler Hawn and #54 Mike Beyore. Hawn looked poised to challenge for the feature win, when a brake line broke causing a brief fire that ended their night early. Mike Beyore also did not have the feature he had hoped for and ended up in tenth place. Mike Westwood continues to work out the bugs on his new super late model. Craig Stevenson in his #57 was forced to retire early as well from the feature event.
Rookie Battle: The b10 of Kelly Balson was once again the top rookie of the event. Corey Jones made the extensive repairs after Sunset Speedway and the hard work paid off with a heat race win and the second highest rookie in the feature event.
Car Count: 15
Pole Sitter: #54 Mike Beyore
Heat Race Winners: #39 Shane Gowan, #54 Mike Beyore, #17 Kevin Cornelius, #82 Corey Jones
Top Five in points: 1st#81 Andrew Gressel 666 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 629 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy 619 pts, 4th #22 Glenn Watson 597 pts, 5th #b10 Kelly Balson
Next Event: Sunset Speedway Velocity Weekend September 27-28/14
Feature Finish: 1) #2 John Owen, 2) #22 Glenn Watson, 3) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 4) #17 Kevin Cornelius, 5) #81 Andrew Gressel, 6) #39 Shane Gowan 7) #b10 Kelly Balson, 8) #40p Charlie Gallant, 9) #82 Corey Jones, 10) Mike Beyore, 11) #04 Rudy Oppersma, 12) 91 Mike Westwood, 13) #57 Craig Stevenson, 14) #42 Tyler Hawn, 15) #16 Robert Bickle dns
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Dwayne Baker Wins Inaugural Bruce Gowland Memorial

Dwayne Baker Wins Inaugural Bruce Gowland Memorial

Location: Sunset Speedway, Lefroy Ontario August 23, 2014
What won the race: A caution on lap forty of the fifty lap event would see race long leader #81 Andrew Gressel line up beside #48 Dwayne Baker. After a couple of false starts as each driver was looking for the slightest advantage, the two raced side by side for the next five laps. Baker was able to pull the pass off and went on to lead the final five laps to win the first annual Bruce Gowland Memorial event. Gressel held on to second adding to his points lead over #17 Kevin Cornelius who rounded out the podium. Jeff Hanley and Jesse Kennedy rounded out the top five in the feature event.
Bad Luck of the event: #39 Shane Gowan never got the chance to compete for the win in the feature event as mechanical issues sidelined the team early. #82 Corey Jones made slight contact with the #70 of Hanley coming out of turn four and stacked up the field. The #82 suffered heavy front end damage and was done for the night. Coming into this event Rob Poole and Glenn Watson were tied for fourth in the points, both teams suffered through a feature event that would see both involved in a couple of incidents.
Rookie Battle: Three Rookie of the Year candidates were in attendance this weekend at Sunset Speedway. Dave Doucette took advantage of his outside pole starting spot in the feature to record a seventh place finish in the feature and the honours of the top rookie of the race. Kelly Balson scored a ninth place finish and Corey Jones was twentieth after retiring with damage.
Car Count: 22
Top qualifier: #10 Jesse Kennedy
Pole Sitter: #07 Todd Campbell
Heat Race winners: #48 Dwayne Baker x2, #10 Jesse Kennedy x2 , #81 Andrew Gressel 1, #17 Kevin Cornelius
Top Five in points: 1st #81 Andrew Gressel 606 pts, 2nd #17 Kevin Cornelius 565 pts, 3rd #10 Jesse Kennedy, 4th #22 Glenn Watson, 5th #45 Rob Poole
Next Series Event: Peterborough Speedway August 30, 2014
Feature Finish: 1) #48 Dwayne Baker, 2) #81 Andrew Gressel, 3) #17 Kevin Cornelius, 4) #70 Jeff Hanley, 5) #10 Jesse Kennedy, 6) #54 Mike Beyore, 7) #44 Dave Doucette, 8) #07 Todd Campbell, 9) #b10 Kelly Balson, 10) #51 Dave Taylor, 11) #64 Chris Burrows, 12) #40p Charlie Gallant, 13) #22 Glenn Watson, 14) #57 Craig Stevenson, 15) #45 Rob Poole, 16) #13 Gary Passer, 17), #91 Mike Westwood, 18) #42 Tyler Hawn, #19) Ron Hollis, 20) #82 Corey Jones, 21) #67 Rob Riemer, 22) #39 Shane Gowan
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