After a thrilling event at Kawartha Speedway, the OSCAAR Modifieds are set for their sixth event of 2018 – Flamboro Speedway.
After picking up the checkered flag at Kawartha, Gary McLean openly stated that his team will not be in attendance this weekend at the Hamilton, Ontario oval. It’s a shame as everybody knew he’d be fast, having won three features this season thus far, along with three features in 2016 at Flamboro.
That said, without the No. 8 Modified in the field, everybody will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity to snag a checkered flag this weekend.
Luke Gignac enters this weekend with momentum following his first top-five of 2018 two weeks ago at Kawartha Speedway. He knows his way around Flamboro as he won an event last year there in June.
A.J. Emms will hope to put the bad luck in the rearview mirror after a blowing a motor in his qualifying heat race at Kawartha. The Hamilton, Ontario track seems to fit his driving style, with four runner-ups over the past two seasons.
John Harper has been consistent this season with no finishes outside of the top-four, highlighted by a win at Kawartha in June. Flamboro was one of his strongest tracks previously with a win in August 2016, but only scored two top-fives in five races there in 2017.
Gary Elliott will be looking to score his third top-10 of the 2018 campaign after placing 10th in the 40-lap feature at Kawartha. He knows his way around Flamboro from weekly competition, and has visited victory lane in a modified there.
David Balych hasn’t had the year he wanted as he has yet to score a top-10 in three starts thus far this season. He has ran well at Flamboro in the past, scoring a third-place finish there in 2016.
Dale Reinhart will hope to build on the momentum from a fourth-place finish two weeks ago at Kawartha, which marked just his second top-10 of 2018. In his four previous starts at Flamboro, he has four top-eights, including a third.
Cory Horner will be looking to keep the points lead following his first finish outside of the top-six with an eighth at Kawartha. In his last nine starts at Flamboro, he has posted seven top-fives, including a runner-up in 2016.
Jase Cornell hopes to keep the momentum going following his first top-10 of the season with an seventh-place finish at Kawartha. Of note, Flamboro Speedway was the sight of his first career OSCAAR top-10, and he scored a second top-10 last year in October.
OSCAAR Midget graduate Wally Wilson hopes to score his first top-10 of the season following a season-best 12th-place finish earlier this year at Sunset Speedway. Notably, his best finish to date at Flamboro is 12th in May 2017.
Duane Cinnamon will hope to have a smooth day at Flamboro after finishing 19th in the most recent series event at Kawartha. He has done well earlier this year, as he finished fifth at Sunset Speedway at the beginning of July.
Dan Price had some damage to fix following a first lap incident at Kawartha, but he will be someone to watch if he is in the field.
The 2018 rookie of the year candidates – Jason Bowden, Jason Keen, and Jeff Showler – have each impressed this season with lots of speed and ability behind the wheel.
Bowden enters this weekend hoping to rekindle the magic that delivered a fifth-place finish at Kawartha in June following three finishes just outside of the top-10.
Showler enters this weekend hoping to get back on the podium like he did at Jukasa and Sunset, following an 11th-place finish at Kawartha.
Keen hopes to find his steady consistency once again as he posted his first finish outside of the top-10 this year at Kawartha.
Tyler Di Venanzo may also possibly be in the field after making his series debut at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Marshall Schrenk will be looking to put some momentum together following his first top-10 of the season at Sunset Speedway.
It is unclear whether defending track winner Chris Milwain will be in the field as he suffered a significant crash with Mark Gordon mid-way through the Kawartha Speedway. It is worth noting that he scored three feature victories at Flamboro in 2017.
Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show-up this weekend so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action.
The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Flamboro Speedway website at http://flamborospeedway.ca/.
By Ashley McCubbin