After a solid OSCAAR Modified campaign last season, Dan Price is putting together his own unique schedule for the upcoming year as he gets “excited to try some new things, and get reacquainted with the old.” Behind the wheel of his modified, he will be running approximately five races, with the possibility for more.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Kawartha, a track I’ve got so many laps around but none yet in the Modified,” he told Short Track Musings. “Our schedule as of now consists of both Kawartha and both Peterborough OSCAAR races and possibly a Flamboro race at some point as I’ve got plenty of friends and fans who want to watch me race that I’ve made in the Hamilton area while I spent the last couple of years living and working out there.”
He also plans on taking the modified south of the border to the Call of the Wild at Kalamazoo in September, followed by Galesburg in Michigan for a “run what ya brung” event, hoping to complete some “unfinished business” after crashing in time trials last year. The trips to the United States will continue with the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium in New Jersey in November.
The modified isn’t the only car on his plate, though.
“I’ve been working hard to get the Ol’ fan favourite 57 Bel air converted to a dirt track car for the OSCAAR Hot Rod series race at Brighton and a Vintage race on the August long weekend at Humberstone,” he said. “This revised and diversified schedule will allow me more time to spend doing something else I love as much as I love driving myself and that’s working with the Balson family on Amanda’s latemodel at Peterborough and Kelly’s b10 super late model to stand in victory lane with either of those cars will be huge.
“All that being said I’ve been known to fly by the seat of my pants and there are plenty of options to show up at other races either on pavement or dirt with either car on either side of the boarder, only time will tell.”
With a diversified schedule, Price says the goal is to have a good time while winning some races along the way.
“I’m looking forward to all of them, that’s why the schedule is structured the way it is,” he said. “Kalamazoo is always my favourite and at Wall will be huge to share the pits with the best of the best, the who’s who and all my heros in the Modified world as it’s the final race of the season and along with the lites there are huge fields of SK’s and tour type modifieds so everybody is there.”
Last season, Price put together a solid run behind the wheel of the No. 09 Hy-hope Farm, Langille’s Scrap, Cochrane Automotive, AVL Signs and Graphics, and A&T Mechanical Modified, finishing fifth in the OSCAAR standings with six top-10 finishes.
“2016 was a great season,” he said. “We put our heads to it and ran all the OSCAAR races coming home 5th in points and had some good finishes. There were three guest drivers during the season, which is something I really enjoy; both Kelly Balson and Jessie Kennedy figured out how to get this car around Delaware in more than impressive fashion while New York based Modified stand out Andy Jankowiak unfortunately didn’t fare so well in his appearance at Sauble.
“The Michigan swing was a lit bitter sweet with a super strong fourth place finish at Kalamazoo backed up by the junked car before we could even race the next day at Galesburg. Some major mechanical issues with the tow rig at Frostoberfest kept us from going to Wall.”