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2019 OSCAAR Modified Silly Season Synopsis

With continued growth each year, the OSCAAR Modifieds have certainly become one of the must-see divisions to watch across the province of Ontario. With the schedule recently announced by the sanctioning body for 2019, it is promising to be another exciting year of competition.

With the competition top-notch across the division, it’s easy to tell why everybody has their eye on where you will find drivers in 2019. Short Track Musings has been interviewing drivers since the last checkered flag of 2018, and will continue to do so as we move closer to May. In the process, drivers have revealed some plans.

Here is what we know when it comes to the OSCAAR Modifieds as of January 5, 2019.

Cory Horner has already announced his intentions to return to the series in 2019, set on defending on his championship that he was able to win this past year.

“Although 2018 was a very successful season for us as a team picking up 11 heat wins and 2 feature wins and getting my first ever championship, we are always looking to improve our weekly program,” he told Short Track Musings. “One of my main goals for 2019 would definitely be to win more feature events but as well to work on the consistency of the car an make it faster each and every week.”

ADAMS Motorsports revealed that Luke Gignac will once again be behind the wheel of their No. 99 Modified, hoping to pick up the team’s second championship after walking away victorious in 2017.

A.J. Emms is set to take part in the tour, hoping to pick up as many checkered flags as he can across a limited schedule. More details surrounding the team’s exact plans are expected to be revealed over the next couple months.

Tommy Robb will return to the division after spending time racing in other divisions over the past couple of years. The No. 88r ran the first five races of the 2015 schedule, with two top-10’s notched in the process.

There’s always something going on at the Mike Westwood Fabrications shop, and this year does not disappoint. Open-wheel fever has taken over with Mike Westwood working on several projects, including a brand new modified for himself to run this season.

After a solid rookie campaign in the OSCAAR Pro Sprint division, Norman Newman is ready to go a little faster, having purchased a modified for 2019. The original plan, as shared on social media, was to campaign the modified full-time with the Pro Sprint on a partial schedule.

Mike Bicknell has a rich history with OSCAAR through Super Late Model competition. A new chapter will be added in 2019 as he will be behind the wheel of a Dave Taylor-built modified.

Two more familiar faces to Super Late Model competition, Ian Bourque and Jim Bowman, shared photos of their freshly built modified to the OSCAAR social media team back in December.

After winning the Autumn Colours Classic, Kelly Balson has been putting in the hours to have the No. b10 modified even stronger in 2019. As to whether you will see him full-time on the tour, that has yet to be revealed.

Mike Hearty‘s long hauls from Sault St. Marie will continue, as he has showcased photos of his modified being prepared for the 2019 campaign already.

There’s also a rookie mystery driver, who simply sent the OSCAAR social media department a photo of the back of his car to begin discussions.

If you’re a driver and want to have your plans listed in the Silly Season guide, please get a hold of Short Track Musing’s Ashley McCubbin immediately to do so. 

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