Luke Gignac may have been in his sophomore year of competition, but he looked like a seasoned veteran en route to being crowned the 2017 OSCAAR Modified Champion.
“It really was a great season,” he said. “As a team, we really do get along well. We try to just race every week and let the points fall where they fall.”
From drop of the green flag to start the year, he was fast as he scored a fifth-place finish at Flamboro Speedway, before winning a heat en route to a fourth at Kawartha Speedway a couple weeks later.
Returning to Flamboro at the end of June, Gignac was once again fast and it showed throughout qualifying. The speed carried over into the main event, as he got to the front early and never looked back en route to his first career OSCAAR Modified feature victory.
Making his first trip to the beach of 2017, Gignac was fast at Sauble Speedway with a heat win and a fifth. He would show speed when he returned to Kawartha, but getting caught up in a Lap 5 incident relegated him to a ninth-place finish.
Gignac quickly rebounded when the series made their third trip to Flamboro, making a mid-race pass on Gary Elliott to score a third-place finish.
The driver of the No. 99 PBS Motors and Pumps, Fox’s Bakery and Deli, OTD Building Supplies, Dave Wiggins Custom Exhaust, Heritage Heating, Wix Filters, TSS Top Shops, Morton Metals, and Dwinnells Family Movers Modified would make another stop in the winner’s circle to kick off the month of August at Peterborough Speedway. Taking the lead on Lap 13 from Elliott, he never looked back despite fierce competition through the field for every position. The win at the Chase for the Colors event locked him to start pole for the Autumn Colours Classic in October.
“I would have to say winning the chase for the colors was right up there as one of the best moments of the season for us, knowing that we would be on the pole for the final race of the year,” Gignac said. “It really took a lot of pressure off of us.”
Gignac appeared to have the opportunity to continue the win-streak at Sauble Speedway later on that month as he ran in the top-five throughout the 30-lap feature. However, when the pair of leaders got together with five laps to go, Gignac was caught up in the crash, resulting in a 12th-place finish.
Not wanting to give up any more ground in the points standings, the ADAMS Motorsports team knew they needed to rebound quickly. Starting on pole for Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250, Gignac ran inside the top-five for the entire event, crossing the finish line in second behind Gary McLean.
The final trip of the year to Flamboro Speedway once again saw Gignac show his familiar speed and poise, but contact with a fellow competitor with three laps to go saw him place ninth on the final running order.
The benefit of starting on pole for the Autumn Colours Classic played out perfectly for Gignac in the season finale, as he turned his great starting position into running up front all feature long inside of the top-three, crossing the finish line in third to clinch the championship. The weekend wasn’t without any nervous moments, though, as a touch panic was in the air when he could not get the car fired up prior to the feature.
“When the car wouldn’t start at Fall Colors, it was a little upsetting,” Gignac admits. “But with the help of a couple of our competitors (No. 8 Gary McLean and No. 56 Jase Cornell teams), they got the switch fixed and we made it out.”
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Luke Gignac on a very successful season. We look forward to seeing you out on-track once again in 2018.