This weekend, the OSCAAR Modifieds will take to Peterborough Speedway for their annual summer visit. The event provides the perfect opportunity for the fourth different feature winner of the season to emerge, as well as possibly a way for some drivers to turn their luck around heading into the second half.
Luke Gignac enters this weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-five finishes after making his return to the series. He has proven to be fast at Peterborough previously, winning the Chase for the Colors in August 2017, to go along with a third-place finish in October.
A.J. Emms enters this weekend looking for his fourth top-five of the season as the team tries to overcome some mid-season bad luck. He’s done well at Peterborough in the past, scoring four top-fives in six starts, including a victory in the 2016 edition of the Autumn Colours Classic.
Current points leader John Harper will be looking for his second straight victory after picking up the win at Flamboro. He has been consistent this season, with no finishes outside of the top-four. He knows how to run well at Peterborough, including a fourth in October 2016.
Gary Elliott will be looking for his third straight top-10 following a season-best sixth-place finish at Flamboro. In his eight previous races at Peterborough, he has posted eight top-10’s with a track-best of fourth.
Cory Horner has been consistent this season, posting no finishes outside of the top-eight. In his seven previous events at Peterborough, he has only placed outside of the top-seven once, highlighted by a runner-up in October 2015.
Wally Wilson will look to shake the bad luck that has plagued his team thus far this season. His best previous finish at Peterborough was 12th in last year’s Autumn Colours Classic.
Jase Cornell will hope to score his eighth career top-10 as he enters the weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-10 performances. He was solid at Peterborough previously, finishing ninth in August 2017.
Dale Reinhart has been solid on a weekly basis, and enters this weekend on the heels of back-to-back top-five finishes. He scored a fifth-place finish at Peterborough in August 2017.
Mike Hearty will make the trip from Sault St. Marie, hoping to score his sixth top-10 of 2018 following a season-best sixth twice. Should we mention that he finished sixth in last year’s Autumn Colours Classic, too.
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.
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 this weekend as Peterborough Speedway is his home track.
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 keep the magic going following an eighth-place finish at Flamboro despite a mid-race spin.
Showler enters this weekend hoping to get back on the podium like he did at Jukasa and Sunset, following back-to-back finishes outside of the top-10.
Keen hopes to find his steady consistency once again after posting a solid ninth at Flamboro.
Tyler Di Venanzo will look to keep building experience with his third series start of the season, following a 12th-place finish at Flamboro.
Marshall Schrenk will be looking to put some momentum together following back-to-back top-10’s.
Branden Bullen will make his second series start of the season, hoping to find his way to the front on Saturday night.
Raymond Anthony is also set to make his series start after making his debut at Kawartha. He hopes to have a nice, smooth night while continuing to learn the characteristics of the car.
Bob Franks will be making his first OSCAAR trip to Peterborough Speedway, hoping to break into the top-10 after a 13th-place finish at Kawartha in June.
Kelly Balson knows what it takes to win at Peterborough in both a late model and super late model. He will try to do the same now in the modified after finishing third in his most recent OSCAAR start at Kawartha.
The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Peterborough Speedway website at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/.
By: Ashley McCubbin