After a couple weeks off to catch their breath, the OSCAAR Modified teams are excited for the final stretch of races to cap off the 2018 season. knowing the talent that will be in the field, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the open-wheel stars put on the feature of the Velocity 250 weekend at Sunset Speedway.
Though if anyone is going to win this weekend, they’ll probably have to find their way by OSCAAR Modified multi-time series champion Gary McLean. Although he finished 13th in his most recent Sunset Speedway appearance, he won the eight straight features before that weekend.
Gary Elliott should be a driver to watch this weekend. He has been a solid competitor all year, scoring a top-10 finish in each of his last five features, including a victory at Sauble Speedway. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him with three top-six finishes in eight starts, including a runner-up.
A.J. Emms enters this weekend with momentum following a pair of top-fives in his most recent series appearances, including a runner-up at Peterborough. Consistency is the name of the game for him, with only three finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 16 series starts. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a track-best fifth in May.
Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty hopes to break into the top-five following six top-10’s thus far this season. He will be looking for his sixth straight Sunset top-10, hoping to improve upon a track-best fourth in September 2015.
Cory Horner enters this weekend with confidence following just one finish outside of the top-six this season, in a year highlighted with a pair of feature victories. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, posting four podiums in six starts, including a victory on Canada Day weekend.
Luke Gignac enters this weekend with momentum on his side following five straight top-six finishes, including a runner-up at Sauble Speedway. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, finishing on the podium in last year’s Velocity 250.
John Harper will be looking to keep his solid year going with just one finish outside of the top-four all year long to date. He has been solid at Sunset Speedway in the past, posting no finishes worse than seventh with a track-best third in May.
Dale Reinhart will enter this weekend with a smile on his face after scoring his first career victory in the series’ most recent event at Sauble Speedway. Sunset Speedway has treated him well in the past, with a fourth-place finish at the Velocity 250 last year.
Jase Cornell hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a top-10 in each of his last six starts, including a fifth-place finish at Sauble Speedway. Notably, his best finish at Sunset this year is an 11th, which he scored in May.
After picking up a career-best ninth at Sauble Speedway, Wally Wilson hopes to repeat that performance this weekend. Notably, his best previous Sunset Speedway finish was 12th at the Canada Day special.
Chad Strawn may not be running the full schedule, but keep an eye on him this weekend as he scored a third-place finish at the Canada Day weekend special.
Marshall Schrenk hopes to keep the string of top-10’s going as he has posted one in each of his last four series starts. Notably, he finished 10th in the Canada Day special at Sunset Speedway.
Kelly Balson showed that he has good speed, with a top-five and two top-10’s in five series starts this season. He will hope to have a better run this time around after finishing 20th at Sunset Speedway on Canada Day weekend.
Branden Bullen will hope to score his first top-10 of 2018 following a 12th-place finish in his most recent series appearance.
One of the big stories to watch this season has been the rookies, as they’ve each found their own highlights through the season.
Jason Keen is no stranger to Sunset Speedway, having visited victory lane there multiple times in the Canadian Vintage Modified ranks. He showed that with a sixth and eighth in the two Sunset Speedway events this season, and is coming off a career-best third-place finish at Sauble Speedway.
Jason Bowden also knows his way around the speedway, given his experience in the Vintage Modified competition as well. He finished ninth and 16th in his pair of Sunset appearances, but enters this weekend after back-to-back top-10 finishes at Sauble.
Jeff Showler will be hope to get back up front after experiencing a crash during heat action at Sauble Speedway. He was fast at Sunset Speedway earlier this year, finishing second in the Canada Day special.
Tyler Di Venanzo will be hoping to break into the top-10 following back-to-back 12th-place finishes.
Duane Cinnamon will hope to have some good luck after a pair of finishes outside of the top-10 in his most recent series starts. Notably, he posted a fifth-place finish in the Canada Day special.
David Balych enters this weekend looking for his first top-10 of 2018 after finishing 15th in his most recent appearance with OSCAAR, which came at Kawartha. He has performed well at Sunset Speedway before, posting two top-nines in five appearances.
Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action.
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By Ashley McCubbin