After a successful rookie campaign in the Queenston OSCAAR Modified division, Jason Keen will be returning for another season – except there will be a change to his racing program.
“We’re working hard,” he said. “We’re build a new car for next summer, so we’re working on it to get it ready. Ron Easton at Oakville Trailer is building it for us. It’s coming along good, as Ron has done a lot of work to it so far.”
With the new wheels underneath him, Keen is hoping to take the car to feature victory lane, while placing in the top-five throughout the year as much as possible.
Keen has been successful across the calendar, but notes that Sunset Speedway is his favourite track on the 2019 schedule. Though notably, it was Sauble Speedway where he scored his season-best finish, with a third.
The success experienced last year for Keen, with a heat victory and nine feature top-10’s wasn’t by accident.
“We did everything we could last year to be strong, as we worked on the car every week between races,” he said. “I think it showed up at the end of the year because at the last couple of races, we did better. I had my best finish last year at the end of the season, and we did a lot of work to get to that point.”
Across the final four races of the season, Keen was able to string together three straight top-five finishes. He feels the set-up notes that they were able to make through the season, combined with learning how the suspension works for the Modifieds, will help them be successful this year.
It won’t be easy to place well, as the Modified class continues to grow with more talented drivers throwing their hats in the ring.
“It’s going to be a big division this summer,” he commented. “I think it’s one of the best series right now in Ontario with the way the car count is going.”
For Keen, he got his start in racing through the Kitchener Waterloo Karting Club at the age of 12. He then worked his way up, eventually landing his feet in the Canadian Vintage Modifieds where he won a total of seven championships.
“The first one was the most memorable because I beat the guy that finished in second by one position on the track,” he noted. “It came down to the last race – he finished second, I won the race. That’s how the championship played out, and he was a good driver, too.”