Mother nature has not been playing friendly for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Modifieds, with their first feature of the race being cancelled and second postponed. However, the action on the track has still been thrilling enough to warrant one of the weekly pieces.
1. Harper is Victorious
Going into the 40-lap feature presented by Queenston Chevrolet at Jukasa Motor Speedway, John Harper was not one of the first names to come to mind as someone to challenge for the victory. However, he put together a dominating performance, taking the lead on Lap 23 and not looking back.
His success should not be a surprise for several reasons. He has been part of the OSCAAR Modifieds for a couple seasons now, and scored a runner-up in the series standings last season to Cory Horner. Furthermore, he has been victorious on the big tracks previously with a win at Kawartha Speedway.
2. Three-Way Tie at the Top
With several talented drivers sprinkled throughout the OSCAAR Modified field, the championship battle is expected to go right down until the last lap at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic this year. After all, it did so last season with Horner and Harper going back and forth.
With three heats and a feature in the books for each of the drivers, things are certainly closer than they appear with the top-three tied for the top spot – Kelly Balson, Chad Strawn, and Harper. While Harper is the only driver to have won a feature, Balson and Strawn have experienced victory with a heat victory to their credit – mind you, the second for the No. b10 of Balson was courtesy of J.R. Fitzpatrick filling in at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Each of these competitors have won previously in modified competition, with Balson last year at Peterborough Speedway and Strawn on a couple occasions (Sunset and Kawartha). If they all run the entire schedule as intended, it could be a thrilling heavyweight battle to watch at the top of the standings.
3. Returning to Delaware
For the first time since 2016, the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd. OSCAAR Modifieds will invade to Delaware Speedway for a 40-lap feature presented by The Fyre Place and Patio Shop. The last time the series raced on the half-mile, Jeff Showler scored his first career victory in June, followed by Gary McLean winning the pair of events that followed.
Neither driver has ran a feature event to date this season, with Showler in attendance at Jukasa but experiencing mechanical issues. If the mechanical issues are sorted out for the No. 4, Showler should be fast, considering his podium finish last year at Jukasa.
Meanwhile, you can never count McLean out of the discussion considering that he has won 38 features through his OSCAAR career to date.
4. Heavy Hitters with Problems Early
While the stars have shined, big names have also struggled in the early portion of the season. Last year’s series champion Cory Horner currently sits 19th in the standings, with Chris Milwain just a couple positions higher than him. Without a doubt, both drivers could use a turnaround performance this weekend at Delaware.
The half-mile has treated Horner well in the past as in his four previous OSCAAR features at Delaware, he has posted only one finish outside of the top-10.
5. MavTV Rookie of the Year Contender Shines
Norman Newman may be in his first year of OSCAAR Modified competition, but he is doing well so far. The MavTV Canada Rookie of the Year contender currently sits fifth in the series standings following a top-five in each of his three heats ran, and a fifth-place finish at Jukasa.
His quick ability to adapt to the modified has surprised some, considering he is coming from OSCAAR’s smallest division, the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints. He was successful there, though, finishing sixth in the year-end standings.