The 2016 season marked the debut of the OSCAAR Pro Midgets, which was basically adding suspension to the flat bottom midgets. The year turned out successful as the class grew over the season from four at the initial event to having 12 in attendance for the Autumn Colours Classic.
The division promises to grow even more in 2017 with over 25 drivers registered to compete. Ahead of the season opener, here are some of the drivers to watch on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway.
Glen Blaker was one of the immediate front runners when the class debuted, scoring three top-10 finishes. After scoring his first heat victory in 2016, he’ll be one to watch for a feature win.
Owen Elliott has spent the off-season making the switch over from the flat bottom to suspension, hoping to build upon last year’s incredible success. He ran three OSCAAR events last year, scoring a pair of victories and a runner-up. The second place finish, by the way, came at Peterborough’s Autumn Colours Classic.
McKenzie Hamilton will chase Rookie of the Year honors after racing a 440 suspended outlaw midget on dirt at Wonderland Speedway in 2014. She says, “It will be fun and very interesting for me joining a new class and being able to race against (the) many good drivers in it.”
Jordan Hanna caught everyone’s attention last year by scoring a victory in his second career series start at Flamboro Speedway in August. Look for him to run up front this weekend.
Cassidy March put together a successful 2016 season, scoring five top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at Peterborough Speedway in October.
Brody Rickwood will make his debut behind the wheel of a Pro Midget after having success in Jr Late Models and Mini Trucks. Earlier in the off-season, he said, ““I am very excited to be back behind the wheel of a race car this year. I have been itching like crazy to get back out there and I feel that now is a good time for me to do it.”
Katherine Summers ran three of the OSCAAR Pro Midget events last year, posting a top-five in each start with a season-best fourth at Peterborough in July. Meanwhile, Rob Summers scored a pair of fourths at Flamboro last year, while Kelly Summers drove his car to a win at Peterborough.
Gary Triska ran a pair of events to complete the 2016 season, highlighted by a sixth-place finish at Peterborough.
Beyond the drivers listed here, there promises to be more in attendance with the Pro Midgets getting off to a great start this season. Make sure to get to the track early, as the green flag flies at 5pm EST with the OSCAAR Midgets, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks, Four Funs, and Ontario Pro Challenge among the divisions in attendance.
Details on the entire night can be found at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com.
By: Ashley McCubbin