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Geoffrey Taking Talents To The Blacktop; Renowned Racing Announcer Excited For New Opportunities

Geoffrey Taking Talents To The Blacktop; Renowned Racing Announcer Excited For New Opportunities

April 23, 2015, ST. CATHARINES – Clinton Geoffrey is taking his show on the road in 2015. The renowned dirt racing announcer is anxious to bring his unique style to new venues.

Midway through this off-season Geoffrey announced his departure from Merrittville Speedway. The move was a shock to many in the racing industry. If you’ve attended a dirt race in Southern Ontario in the last decade you’ve heard his voice.

Geoffrey is the longtime voice of Ohsweken Speedway, Humberstone Speedway, and formerly Merrittville Speedway. His landscape will change this summer.

“I was hesitant to leave Merrittville,” said the Hamilton native. “I’ve been comfortable doing the dirt tracks for a long time, so I hadn’t really considered a change.”

Within days of his departure from Merrittville Geoffrey received offers from multiple places including opportunities he’d been waiting a long time for. He signed a marketing deal with Epic Racewear, and this summer he will travel Ontario.

“I just found out I’ll be doing some work with Joel Robinson and Fuel Media Labs this year,” said an elated Geoffrey. “I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time now, and I’ll finally get the chance this summer.”

Geoffrey also accepted an offer from the OSCAAR Super Late Model Series to become their official voice. He formerly worked at Cayuga Speedway, and he has done some work with Flamboro Speedway, but OSCAAR will take him to numerous venues he has never seen.

“More than anything else I’m a huge racing fan,” said Geoffrey. “The OSCAAR series is a reputable series, and I think the fans and teams will be surprised at what I can bring to the table.”

Geoffrey is more than an announcer. With a technical background Geoffrey also produces his shows remotely which allows him to roam each venue while announcing and provide behind-the-scenes and on-the-spot coverage that most fans have never seen. The concept is something Geoffrey developed before the new millennium. He worked with race track owner and promoter Glenn Styres who not only gave him his start announcing, but who also supported Geoffrey’s vision of live race coverage.

“Glenn has more enthusiasm for racing than anyone I’ve ever met,” said Geoffrey. “So when I started working at Ohsweken in 1996 I was young and full of ideas. Every time we came up with a new idea he helped make it happen.”

Geoffrey was instrumental in the hiring of Adam Ross at Ohsweken in the late 90s. He unselfishly made Ross a big part of the show, and together the duo became known as the Dual Airbags. The Airbags called races from separate locations, and they went wherever they needed to cover the action.

“No speedway in our area was interviewing drivers after accidents right on the race track” said Geoffrey. “We got raw emotion for the race fans, and everyone seemed to love it. Even the racers loved it.

“They had often just wrecked their race cars, but they were excited to be a bigger part of the show. We were everywhere.”

Geoffrey incorporates his unique announcing style with his passion for music creating an environment at the speedway unmatched anywhere else.

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Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

Rob Divenanzo Preparing to Chase 2015 OSCAAR Modified Rookie Title in 2015

There is probably no other driver in the off season that has shifted racing plans as quickly as Rob and his team. The original plan for Rob was to campaign a pro late model, but as shortly as a month ago those plans shifted to the OSCAAR Modified series.
Rob was aware that his current car owner David Balych had made the decision to race the OSCAAR Modified tour in 2015 in a car purchased from Brent McLean. About a month ago Rob received an unexpected phone call from David and Dan saying they have purchased a second modified and offered him the ride. This was an opportunity that he could not pass up and looks forward to building on the relationship that started back in 2013.
Rob began his racing career in 1991 at Flamboro Speedway in the Challenger division. Like many of us Rob grew up at race tracks with his family as Rob is carrying on the family tradition following his dad and Uncle who both raced Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Robs’ Grandfather also raced at the old CNE grounds to start this long legacy of racing. Rob enjoyed success in the Challenger before moving on to the CASCAR Super Series, where they were faced as being an underfunded team but had a great experience with the series.
In 2010 the racing bug once again got to Rob, and he purchased a TQ Midget for his friend JR Fitzpatrick where he picked up Rookie of the Year honours with the club. It was 2013 that the current relationship with Dan and David started and drove their #20 TQ Midget for two seasons. Rob is quick to point out “I have the most amazing car owners and I owe a big thank you to them”.
The focus right now in the shop is the preparation of the modified to be ready for opening weekend at Sunset Speedway. While working in the shop Rob is already thinking of how he is going to have to go through an adjustment period getting use to the new car. “The mods weight a lot more than my TQ midget so I will be relearning all my different braking points each week”. Rob will be one of the few rookies that has experience at most tracks and is hoping that slight advantage will play into his favour in 2015.
Rob is also setting himself some reasonable goals for the season. The main thing is to hopefully bring the car home in the top 15 each week. Rob knows this series is loaded with very talented open wheel racers and is looking forward to getting out on the track with them.unnamed
As for his future plans, well Rob is not sure how many more years he has left behind the wheel as his son Tyler is currently racing Karts and will be wanting to move into racing. So don’t be surprised when a 4th generation driver from this family will be competing in OSCAAR very soon.
Rob would also like to thank his many sponsors that are on board with him for the 2015 season. Mosaic Investments,, the exclusive online clothing company for Buffalo Airways and, a paranormal investigation company based in Ontario We are expecting another sponsor announcement in the near future.
OSCAAR would like to welcome Rob and his team to the series and with them all the best in 2015.
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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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Duane Cinnamon Looking for a Fun Season in 2015 with the OSCAAR Mods

Duane Cinnamon Looking for a Fun Season in 2015 with the OSCAAR Mods

Like most race drivers and fans it is a lifelong passion for the sport. Duane is no different but before getting behind the wheel for the first time, Duane saw the sport from a different side. Duane first caught the racing bug while working at Westgate Speedway (Peterborough Speedway) selling programs on Saturday night and cleaning up the garbage on Sunday mornings. Duane took some time off for university but returned to work at the speedway for Kim Wallace in the officiating side of things. The first time behind the wheel happened in 2006 at an “arrive and drive” program at Goodwood Kart ways. The next five years would see Duane behind the wheel of a kart and while he never won a championship he was runner up on several occasions. As with all racers Duane was looking for his next challenge and he became part of the Ontario Legends Series and has best finish of 5th overall at the years end. In 2014 Duane made the trip to Auberndale Speedway in Florida , where he was able to run in the top 10. By the end of the 2014 season Duane had purchased his OSCAAR Modified and is excited about the 2015 season.

When sitting back and looking at the racing scene, Duane noticed that the series continued to grow and have success and wanted to be a part of it. He is also quick to note that he loves the looks and the sound of the cars and really couldn’t resist the temptation to own a mod. Another deciding factor was that Duane enjoys the challenges of racing at different tracks each week and being a part of the big shows like Velocity and Autumn Colours weekends, this was something that the Legend Series could not offer.

With the race season getting every closer, Duane knows getting the car ready will be his first challenge. He also knows that he faces an uphill battle early as his knowledge of these cars is very limited. Duane is confident that he can learn as he goes, and is looking forward to the experience. Duane states” this is how I started in Legends so I am prepared to do the same in the mod”. Besides I have the best crew chief out there Christine Cinnamon at the track with me each week.

Duane and his team have a good attitude when asked about success “if I can load my car in one piece at the end of the night and still be smiling then we have had success”. The future racing plans are not laid in stone, but Duane is hoping to be racing for many years to come and will always be on the lookout for the next challenge!

OSCAAR would like to welcome Duane and his team to the series and with them the best of success in 2015!

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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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OSCAAR 25TH Anniversary Season Kicks off this Weekend at Motorama

OSCAAR 25TH Anniversary Season Kicks off this Weekend at Motorama

Every race enthusiast has been suffering through this long cold winter wishing for opening day to arrive for the 2015 season. As what has become the tradition car show season marks the time when fans can get out and see what is new for 2015. Fans are able to get up close and personal to the driver’s new rides, can pick up their race schedules to start planning their summer vacations.
This year OSCAAR is proud to be part of the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo taking place at the International Centre from March 13-15th. The drivers in all three divisions have been busy in the shop to have their cars ready for the fans, and they will not be disappointed in what they see.
2014 OSCAAR Super Late Model Champion, Andrew Gresel will have his familiar #81 on display as he prepares for a busy summer in 2015. Former NCATS driver now full time OSCAAR competitor #84 JR Fitzpatrick will debuting his new McCall Racing #84 super late model. Fans will see three OSCAAR Modifieds as they tour around the show. Chad Strawn will have his #77 on display at The Eibach booth one of the proud sponsors of their team. Two Rookie of the Year Contenders will be making their OSCAAR debut this weekend. #09 Dan Price and #63 John Baker JR will be competing against each other weekly and now have all weekend to bench race and talk strategy with each other. The newly sanctioned OSCAAR Midgets will also have a big presence at the show. 2014 Champion Jamie Bound will have his #83 on display. Jamie will be joined by #97 Robin McLean and #62 Rob McCall. Fans will want to make sure to stop by and check out these amazing little cars.
The new 2015 50th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang will also be on display courtesy of Gallinger Ford. If race fans are in the market of a new car for spring you will want to make sure you stop by and see this beautiful car.
There are many interesting things happening throughout the weekend which is highlighted by The Short Track Night of Champions on Saturday March 14th at 6:00pm-7:30pm. All three of OSCAAR champions will be on hand to have their accomplishments acknowledged and greet fans. OSCAAR does not have an official autograph session booked, but you can be assured that many drivers will be found walking the isles of the show and would all be more than happy to stop and speak to you.
A special thanks needs to go out to series supporters Don and Kim Edwards of Knightworks designs. They have been burning the midnight oil to ensure everything is ready for the show. Fans will want to stop by and pick up their official limited edition 25th Anniversary T shirt at the OSCAAR booth.
Look forward to seeing all the great race fans this weekend!
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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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Cory Horner Ready to Tackle the 2015 OSCAAR Modified Season

Cory Horner Ready to Tackle the 2015 OSCAAR Modified Season

Race fans of eastern Ontario will recognise the last name of Horner, as the family has been competing on the short tracks of Ontario since the early 80’s. However in 2015 is will be young Cory Horner who will be looking to make his mark in OSCAAR racing.
Late in the 2014 race season Cory purchased a modified and took part in both the Velocity and Autumn Colours classic recording a 15th and 7th place finish in the feature events. Cory is hoping those two events will give him a slight advantage in the Rookie battle, but also knows he is going to have to bring his “A” game each and every week.
Like many young racers in Ontario Cory began his racing career in the 4 cylinder division and enjoyed success there picking up 3 feature wins over an 8 year period. The 2013 season saw the team make the big jump into the late model division at Peterborough Speedway where he had instant success by winning the Mid Summer Championship and Rookie of The Year. When the 2014 season rolled around Cory was on the side lines until purchasing his modified.
Cory always had the dream of joining OSCAAR, but knew the super late model class was just not feasible for him. So he turned his attention to the modifieds. Like any racer Cory likes to go fast so after timing some cars he realised that the mods are in fact pretty fast cars. The appeal of the economical 602 crate motor being successful in the class was also a selling point when deciding to make the move.
Coming into the 2015 season Cory doesn’t really think he holds any advantage over any of his fellow competitors. Cory does have experience at many of the different tracks but he knows it is going to take time to adjust to no fenders on the car. His main goal is simple “ I just want to make every event this season and finish the best that I can”
When the final checker flag waves at the end of the 2015 and Cory and his team looks back on the season, they have a couple of things on their wish list 1) Would love to add another Rookie of The Year award to his resume 2) and finish every lap and every race. With the knowledge and experience that Cory and his team has, fans should be including him their list of preseason favorites for Rookie of The Year.
When it comes to Cory’s racing in the future he is quick to admit that while he loves racing the modified and it has all of his attention for 2015, the desire to get behind the wheel of an Outlaw Super Late Model is still there.
OSCAAR welcomes Cory and his team to the Modified Series and wish them 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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services

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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 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, or Julia at .
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,, 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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services, Gallinger Ford

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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,, Reinhart Trailers, South Shore Services, and VP Racing Fuels.

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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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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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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 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,, 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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3rd In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Gary Elliott

3rd In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Gary Elliott

In his rookie season with the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modified tour, Gary Elliott quickly proved that he was a true threat to win.

Typically, a rookie season brings forth learning lessons throughout the season that are carried forward to become even better behind the wheel and sometimes, make the team better as a whole. Despite being a veteran behind the wheel and being involved in racing for over 40 years, Elliott experienced some of those lesson moments throughout the modified season.

It seemed that the tracks that OSCAAR returned to for a second time later in the year, Elliott only continued to get stronger.

When it was announced that Elliott would move to the OSCAAR ranks, immediately Sunset Speedway was pegged on the radar as being a possible strong spot due to Elliott’s multiple laps around the 3/8 mile in a late model. Elliott started off the year with a solid ninth place finish, despite some contact late in the event.

Elliott’s return trip to Sunset in June wouldn’t result in a stronger finish, unfortunately, as he failed to make the top 10 in both nights of the Don Biederman Memorial weekend as a result of mechanical issues. Though for Elliott, the story for the weekend wasn’t just the racing on track, but rather his commitment to racing. The second night of the Don Biederman Memorial marked the 700th consecutive race that Elliott had raced. For many fans, the night will be remembered for the historical significance as the number is one that has yet to be matched by any other driver.

Beyond having a commitment for simply being there, Elliott also had a commitment to get better and perform stronger in his return trips to Sunset Speedway. He would accomplish that feat, finishing fourth in August and second in the Velocity 250 feature.

The Waterdown, Ontario native also found the wave of improvement in his pair of trips to Kawartha Speedway. Elliott was quick in his first trip, but finished ninth after the fuel cap was left loose at the start of the feature. He then rebounded in the his second trip, scoring a second place finish. The western swing of the schedule treated Elliott well, with a pair of top-fives at Peterborough Speedway to go with his Kawartha success.

His first trip to Capital City Speedway saw the continued trend of improvement with experience, in the form of a third place and sixth place finish in the pair of features.

There were also three tracks that OSCAAR hit once this past season – Delaware Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Barrie Speedway. With having multiple laps under his belt at each track in previous vehicles, though, Elliott was able to do well in his No. 36 Quaker State, Lincoln Welders, JDS Insurance, Open Doors, Timber Green Landscaping, Grindstone Property Management, Speedway Photos, Permatex, Arctica Home Heating & Service, Drew Mac Securities, Scripture Union, SU Sports, PPG, Oakville Trailers, Embroidme, FMS and Creative Edge Modified. Elliott would post a solid ninth place finish at Delaware, to go with a pair of runner-up finishes at the other two tracks.

Each of those runner-up finishes was special for separate reasons. Barrie Speedway held the second race on the tour slot for the 2014 season, and for Elliott to have success early immediately put the prominent black and red modified on the minds of all the fans. Though to finish second at Sauble Speedway, no doubt that comes with a lot of bragging rights as Sauble played host to the biggest event of the season in 2014 – the Rick Woolner Memorial.

Without a doubt, Elliott made his rookie year in OSCAAR quite special and displayed that he can get it done behind the wheel. It can also be said without a doubt that you’ll probably find Elliott in victory lane at a track near you in 2015, as he contends for the championship.

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 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

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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4th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Davey Terry

4th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Davey Terry

In his third straight year of OSCAAR competition, Davey Terry would have another successful top-five season en route to finishing fourth in points.

The season didn’t start off as Terry would’ve hoped with a 16th place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway due to contact early in the race. He would bounce back with a solid seventh at Kawartha Speedway, only to finish 12th at Barrie Speedway.

The way Terry’s season started was the way he ended it as in the last three events of the year, the Erin, Ontario native would only have a single top-10 finish. An 11th place finish at Sunset Speedway started the string as Terry dominated the first half of the event, though fell back through the field in the second half with mechanical problems. He would finish eighth in the Velocity 250, before capping the year off with a 16th place finish at Peterborough Speedway due to an incident.

The eight races between the first three and last three, though, would bring a series of top finishes that would have the team happy with their performance.

The strength of Terry’s No. 14 Wasteco, Castrol, Brennan Haulage, Keeler Electric, Mann Hydraulics, Terry Farms and Dominion Mini Storage Modified truly shined through during the Don Biederman Memorial weekend at Sunset Speedway. Starting near the front in the first feature, Terry would work his way to the front to move into second just past halfway. He would try every which way to pass Terry Baker for the win, but wasn’t able to, resulting in a runner-up finish.

He then came back on the Sunday night, strong once again, grabbing the lead early in the event. Terry would once again lead the majority of the laps, though finished third after Cayden Lapcevich and Gary McLean were able to get by.

“The driver used up the car. I literally drove the wheels off and was just holding on,” Terry remarked after the podium finish. “The last caution – Cayden drove around me so congrats to him. Congrats to Gary – he drove me around me, too. At least we held on for another podium. It was a good weekend all around.”

The pair of podiums at Sunset Speedway combined with a second place finish at Peterborough Speedway and third at Delaware Speedway had discussion being spread among fellow drivers and fans that Terry’s first OSCAAR victory is definitely just around the corner.

Without a doubt, Terry continues to prove each year that he is a threat to win, no matter the track, and will get the monkey off his back and make it happen sooner rather than later as we head in 2015. Though while looking for victory lane, he could possibly find himself with a championship if the pieces come together next year.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

6th In Hanover Holiday Modified Points: Dustin Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Ashley McCubbin

Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography

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