After putting on a show that displayed to everybody in the house why the ground pounders are some of the best drivers to watch in racing, the OSCAAR Modifieds will return to Jukasa Motor Speedway this weekend on Saturday, June 23.
The man heading into the event with the most momentum on his side has to be Gary McLean, as he led flag-to-flag last weekend at Jukasa en route to victory. Thus far in three races for 2018, he has scored two wins and runner-up.
The other driver to visit victory lane thus far in 2018 is John Harper, as he picked up the victory at Kawartha. He is off to a solid start in 2018, with three straight top-four finishes.
While these two drivers will be tough to beat, there is a field hoping to score their first victory of the 2018 campaign on Saturday night.
Cory Horner knows what it takes to do well in OSCAAR, as he has started off the year with three straight top-six finishes, including a season-best third at Kawartha.
Gary Elliott will head to Jukasa Motor Speedway hoping to return to the top-10 after running into mechanical issues last weekend. He started off the year solidly with a seventh-place finish at Sunset Speedway.
Dale Reinhart hopes to keep the momentum going, following back-to-back top-10 finishes.
Mike Hearty is set for the long haul from Sault St. Marie to be part of the action, hoping to improve upon his eighth-place finish from last weekend.
Wally Wilson will continue his learning curve behind the wheel of his modified, hoping the bad luck from the past three races is behind him.
Jase Cornell will hope to score his first top-10 of 2018 following a pair of 11th-place finishes and a 16th to start off this season.
Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Jukasa as last weekend didn’t go smoothly, with his night being derailed by issues for an 18th-place finish.
Kelly Balson made his name known in the OSCAAR ranks with success in the Outlaw Super Late Model level, and has started off solidly in the modified, scoring a seventh-place finish last weekend.
A.J. Emms is off to a solid start, scoring back-to-back top-five finishes, including a runner-up last weekend at Jukasa.
ADAMS Motorsports is ready to return to the track. With Luke Gignac still on the sidelines due to his thumb injury, the team has got Darryl St. Onge to drive in his place this weekend at Jukasa. St. Onge may be new to modifieds, but he’s no stranger to competition as a past Thunder Car Champion at Barrie Speedway.
The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – each have impressed thus far, with each of them placing in the top-15 in each race this season. While Keen topped the charts with a sixth at Sunset and Bowden was highest at Kawartha with a fifth, Showler got the honors of the first rookie podium with a third last weekend at Jukasa. Who will come out on top this weekend?
You’re going to want to keep an eye on some other rookies, as both Tyler Di Venanzo is set for his second start this weekend, continuing to get used to his brand new ride in the jump up from go-karts.
Ryan Dick made his return to OSCAAR competition last weekend, running into mechanical issues which derailed his effort. It’s a shame, really, as he has done well previously, placing fourth at Flamboro in his last series start, October 2016.
David Balych continues to work towards his first career victory, having posted three top-10’s last season. He picked up a season-best 14th last weekend at Jukasa.
Marshall Schrenk will make his second series trip to Jukasa Speedway following a 12th-place finish last weekend.
The OSCAAR Modifieds will be joined by the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series and Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Series.
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.