Each week, I am going to try and put together five thoughts on something in relation to short track racing based on what happened on track. Some of these will be positive, and others will be….well, not as pretty. Hopefully there is lots to talk about this year.
With all good things that begin, they must all at some point come to an end. That’s what we’re learning right now with racing season as it is set to come to a close in Ontario in just four weeks. Crazy, huh? Luckily, we’re set to have some excitement before that happens, including the crowning of four OSCAAR Champions. With that in mind, here is the second edition of Five Thoughts dedicated solely to OSCAAR.
Super Late Models: Sixth Different Winner?
Over the past couple of years, the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models have seen one driver dominate through the course of a season, with a couple others scoring wins here and there. This season, though, diversity has become the name of the game. Sure, Glenn Watson has claimed five of the 11 features, but five different drivers have got to lift a trophy this season.
Now could the diversity continue? Absolutely.
The Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway is going to be a combination event with OSCAAR intertwining their stars with the drivers in the Fast Eddie Super Late Models. Both Brandon Watson, John Cadman, and Sean Grosman have won a Sunset sanctioned race this year, but have yet to score an OSCAAR win in 2017. If either can repeat their earlier performances, here is a golden opportunity.
Then you have the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway. That event always brings out surprises each year, with dramatics at each turn so you never know who will go home victorious. If you’re going to go to the random box, here is your chance.
I would also like to point out Derrick Tiemersma. It’s strange to think he hasn’t won an OSCAAR feature in the past three years. Unbelievable, right? That’s something that needs to change sooner rather than later
Modified: Sixth Straight Different Winner?
Cory Horner. Cole Powell. Chris Milwain. Luke Gignac. A.J. Emms. In the past five feature events, a different driver has taken home the victory each time.
So while the Super Lates searching for a sixth different winner, what about a sixth consecutive different victor for the modifieds? This is another absolutely as we head to Sunset Speedway.
Matt Barton scored a runner-up at Sauble Speedway in his second start of the season. He has ran well at Sunset Speedway before, scoring a third and a ninth in his previous pair of events.
John Harper won a feature last year, but has failed to do so this season to date. Needless to say, he enters the Velocity 250 with momentum after a second and fourth in the previous two races. He was solid in his last appearance at Sunset Speedway, as well, scoring a fifth-place finish.
Gary Elliott also won a feature last year – but like Harper, failed to so yet in 2017. He has finished no worse than 10th this year, with three top-fives in seven starts. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him statistically with three top-sixes in five starts, including a runner-up.
There is just three names to think about, but if you look through the 19 confirmed entries, you have to ponder other names as well. So therefore if we keep the streak going, don’t say you were surprised. Got it?
Modifieds: Three To Go….
In case you haven’t been keeping track, the OSCAAR Modifieds have just three races left on the calendar for 2017. Oh, and the top-three in points are just separated by 25 markers, with just four between A.J. Emms and Luke Gignac at the top. Needless to say, this is going to be an interesting battle right to the end.
Sunset Speedway looks to be a “wild card” right as there’s so many variables for each driver with this being the first event since 2015. Emms was driving a different car at the time, but scored a ninth-place finish in August 2015. Gignac has never driven a modified in competition at Sunset – tested there, yes – with his rookie campaign coming in 2016. Milwain scored a fifth at Sunset in August 2015.
The other two tracks, though, see all three drivers evenly matched. Gignac has won at both tracks, Emms has a win at Peterborough and podiums at Flamboro, while Milwain has a win at Flamboro and a podium at Peterboorugh. Needless to say, the driver that will come out on top is……well, your guess is good as mine.
Pro Midgets: No Runaway for Hanna
The first edition of five thoughts spoke about Jordan Hanna and how he had a “sizeable advantage,” having won the first four features that were on the table of analysis. He also led the standings by 29 markers, as well.
Hanna, if we jinxed you, I sincerely apologize.
Hanna did in fact make it five in a row with a victory at Peterborough Speedway, but things have been rocky since then. Daniel Hawn won the second feature at Peterborough, followed by Hanna winning the next three events in a row to give himself eight feature wins. Then he had an incident at Flamboro, and that has changed the game. Since the tire flew off of his car in the first feature, there’s a new king in town – Daniel Hawn.
Hawn has been impressive to date since the very beginning of his racing career. He scored a runner-up in his debut last season, and has scored – four wins, six runner-ups, a third, and a 12th to date in 2017. Pretty good statistics, but we’re not surprised – racing genes, after all.
This has made the standings very interesting, though, as they entered Grand Bend Speedway this past weekend with Hanna boasting a 26-point advantage over Hawn. Combined with Hawn sweeping the night (winning both heats and the feature), to a runner-up for Hanna, that has allowed the gap to shrink a little bit more. With just two races remaining on the schedule, there could be a battle brewing to close out the campaign here.
Hot Rods: Best Car Counts to Come
The Hot Rods have seen considerable growth throughout the year, with new cars debuting on a weekly basis. Now heading into their second last event of the season – a double-header at Sunset Speedway, the car counts could see the strongest counts to date.
Still just under two weeks out from the event, the entry list is growing with drivers confirming their attendance. Adam Misener, Nick Clarke, Tyler Hawn, and Dan Price have each ran at least one race this season, and have confirmed this will be their next event. Tom Podd stated his team is “working on it” as they look for their debut, while Douglas Fischer hopes his long nights pan out in his car being ready. There have been other drivers also expressing interest in having their cars there, as well.
So far this season, the diversity has already shown through in victory lane with four different drivers holding the checkered flag. Will that become five? Can a driver sweep the weekend or will we see two different winners? There’s only one way to find out.