It’s about to get into the busy part of the season for the OSCAAR Modifieds with three events spanning through the month of June that promise to deliver in speed. The open-wheel cars will first take to Kawartha Speedway on Friday June 1, followed by a pair of events at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Ever since last year’s pair of successful events at Kawartha Speedway, many drivers have circled the track on their calendar for 2018, hoping to leave the same impression that both Cory Horner and Cole Powell left last season.
Cory Horner knows what it takes to do well in OSCAAR, as he started off the year with a fourth-place finish at Sunset Speedway, As noted, Kawartha was the sight of a victory last year for him, as well as a third-place finish.
Although Horner will be gunning to make it two June Kawartha wins in a row, there’s no question a full field of drivers will be looking to take that chance away from him.
The man to watch will be Gary McLean, as he will be hoping to go back-to-back following his victory at Sunset Speedway to start the season.
Gary Elliott will head to Kawartha Speedway fresh off persevering through motor issues at Sunset Speedway for a top-10 finish. Elliott has ran well at the Fraserville, Ontario oval previously, finishing second in 2014 with a sixth-place finish last July.
John Harper hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a podium finish at Sunset Speedway. Coming off his second top-five in the last three OSCAAR races, he hopes to build upon his fifth-place finish from last July at Kawartha.
Chris Milwain will hope to score his fourth career OSCAAR victory following three wins last season, and a podium to kick off this year at Sunset Speedway. He was solid at Kawartha previously, placing second and third in the pair of events last year.
David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, having posted three top-10’s last season. He was solid at Kawartha during that stretch, scoring a seventh in June 2017.
Dale Reinhart hopes to have luck on his side after watching his day go up in smoke at Sunset Speedway. He was solid last year at Kawartha Speedway, placing seventh and eighth in his pair of races.
Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, hoping to improve upon his sixth-place finish from last season. He started off the 2018 campaign with a 10th-place finish at Sunset Speedway.
Wally Wilson will continue his learning curve behind the wheel of his modified, hoping the mechanical gremlins from Sunset are behind him so he can improve upon his track-best 14th-place finish from last season.
Jase Cornell will hope to put together a solid performance following an 11th-place finish to start the 2018 campaign at Sunset Speedway. Notably, he finished 17th in his Kawartha Speedway debut last year.
Brad Stevenson hopes to spoil the party on Friday night at Kawartha Speedway, but in order to do that, he has to make sure to stay out of trouble as that bit him last year in both events. Notably, he has ran with OSCAAR previously, posting a third-place finish at Peterborough in 2016.
He’ll be joined by his teammate Chad Strawn, who knows how to get the job done virtue of running up front at Sunset Speedway until he was involved in a mid-race incident. He also has gotten the job done before, having visited Kawartha’s famed victory circle.
Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Kawartha after it seemed trouble was at every turn for him during the season opener. Notably, he has done well previously in OSCAAR competition, including an eighth-place finish at Peterborough Speedway in 2016.
Kelly Balson made his name known in the OSCAAR ranks with success in the Outlaw Super Late Model level, including visiting feature victory lane at Peterborough Speedway. He will now transition to a modified for 2018 – more specifically, the car that Powell drove to victory lane last year.
Marshall Schrenk will make his first series trip to Kawartha Speedway following a 13th-place finish at Sunset Speedway.
After entering semi-retirement, Josh Gruntz will make his return to the OSCAAR Modified fray this weekend at Kawartha Speedway.
The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – each impressed in the season opener with lots of speed and ability behind the wheel. Keen faired the best with a sixth-place finish, followed by Bowden in ninth and Showler in 12th. Who will come out on top this weekend?
You’re also going to want to keep an eye on a couple other rookies, as both Craig Scott and Bob Franks are planning to make their OSCAAR debut at Kawartha Speedway, as well.
The OSCAAR Modifieds will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, Ontario Legends Series, and Bone Stocks. Make sure to come out and check out the great night of racing, remembering to either print or show the coupon to get $5 off your general admission.
Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
By Ashley McCubbin