For the first time since 2015, OSCAAR will grace the high banks of Sunset Speedway as the series makes its return at the Velocity 250.
The Outlaw Super Models will be one of the three OSCAAR divisions in attendance, as their drivers will support Sunset Speedway’s Fast Eddie Super Late Model show. While OSCAAR has used a heat and feature qualifying format through the years, they will follow Sunset’s format of time trials setting the line-up, followed by a 75-lap feature.
Plenty of fans will recognize names throughout the Fast Eddie Super Late field as they have raced in OSCAAR throughout previous seasons. With that said, here’s a look at who to possibly expect to see on Sunday, September 24.
Pete Shepherd III has announced that he will make his third Super Late Model start of the season at Sunset Speedway. He was running up front at Flamboro Speedway’s Gold Rush prior to a mechanical issue, and followed it up with a third-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout.
Sean Grosman will be looking for his third career Sunset Speedway feature victory, as he won the first 35-lap feature in July, followed by the second event in August. Grosman has been consistent all year long, with no finishes outside of the top-nine including four straight feature top-fives. The success marks no surprise as he ran strong during OSCAAR’s time at Sunset in 2015, with a pair of fourths.
Glenn Watson has been impressive at Sunset Speedway, with only one finish off the podium in his last six features. Like Grosman, his 2015 statistics are strong with three top-sevens in four starts. But hey, Watson is known as a front runner, as through the 11 OSCAAR features to date, he has posted five victories and nine top-fives.
Derrick Tiemersma will be someone to watch at the Velocity 250, as he has placed inside of the top-five in each of the six features this year, including a runner-up in July. It goes with his OSCAAR statistics, with no finishes worse than seventh in 2017.
Paul Howse could surprise people as he has been strong thus far this year, with a top-nine finish in each race, including a pair of thirds. The fans were even caught more off-guard when his son Jordan made his debut in August at Sunset, posting a fourth and second in the 35-lap features.
Kelly Balson hopes to have his motor issues behind him as they forced him to miss the August event at Sunset. Prior to then, he had been strong with no finishes worse than fourth in 2017 as he hunts for his first trophy at the Innisfil, Ontario oval. Balson has ran four OSCAAR features this year, as well, scoring no finishes outside of the top-five with a victory at Peterborough.
Ian Bourque will be looking to carry the momentum forward, following his first top-five of 2017 in August with a fifth. Thus far this year, he has posted no finishes outside of the top-10, showing progress each week.
Adrian Foster has been quick since making his debut, posting a best finish of seventh in his four Sunset Speedway features to date. He also ran well at Peterborough in the most recent OSCAAR event, placing fourth and third in the pair of features.
Gary Passer has been fighting motor issues as of late, but if they’re behind him, he should be fast. He posted a fifth-place finish in the first feature in August at Sunset Speedway, and has only placed outside of the top-10 once this year in his seven OSCAAR features.
Brandon Watson is always fast behind the wheel of a super late, and this year is no different. The youngster has a pair of victories to go along with his third-place Velocity 250 finish in 2015.
John Cadman has continued to get better with each event behind the wheel, and picked up his first career Sunset Speedway feature victory in August. With no finishes worse than sixth all year, whether Sunset or OSCAAR, you have to expect him to be a front runner at the Velocity 250.
Dario Capirchio has been consistent since making his Sunset Speedway Super Late Model debut, scoring four straight top-10’s with a best finish of sixth. His OSCAAR starts have proven equally impressive, with three consecutive top-fives.
Tyler Hawn will make his first start at Sunset Speedway since last September, when he barely missed placing in the top-10. Since then, the Hawn Racing team has focused on improving, and it has shown through in their results with no finishes outside the top-seven this year, including nine top-fives.
Charlie Gallant has been consistent this year on the OSCAAR tour, picking up a pair of feature victories along with seven other top-fives to place himself second in the standings. He hopes it translate to success at Sunset Speedway, following a fifth and eighth in his last two appearances at the high-banked oval.
Jamie Richardson has been solid since making his OSCAAR debut, posting a top-seven in each event except one. He will look for his first career top-five this time around.
Jim Bowman made his comeback to OSCAAR this year, and has shown speed, but also fought issues. If he can keep everything in order, there’s a possibility for him to score his second top-five of 2017.
J.R. Fitzpatrick and Roy Passer have been putting time in on the No. 27 Super Late Model, hoping to make their first start since placing one-two in the OSCAAR points last season. No matter who is behind the wheel if the car is in the field, you better keep your eyes locked because a win is very possible.
Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face at the Velocity 250 so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action. Details about the event can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca or http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
Photo and Preview by Ashley McCubbin