With a new car underneath him this season, Chad Strawn has proven early that it is fast as his Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified season is off to a strong start.
“I can’t thank Junior Hanley enough for everything he has done for us this year,” he commented prior to the season opener. “Because of this, I think we are going into the season fairly confident.”
Entering the year, Strawn was set on keeping his goals in perspective, with eyes focused on just having a clean season.
“Last season was a bit rough all year and or just bad luck,” he said. “But the past is the past and we will only move forward.”
Thus far, he has done just that as he won a heat at Sunset Speedway, before finishing on the podium at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
The success hasn’t come easy, though, as the competition hasn’t made it easy on the driver of the No. 77c modified.
“It’s definitely a growing series with a lot of big names,” he said. “A lot of competition where anyone can win.”
As we head into the summer months, Strawn is keeping his eyes on Cory Horner, John Harper, Chris Milwain, Kelly Balson and Gary McLean as his biggest competition.
For Strawn, he got his start in racing via his father letting him drive his thunder car at Mosport Raceway to help dry the track. From there, he was able to get his chance behind the wheel, winning races at Kawartha Speedway in the Thunder Car division, before moving into the modifieds.
Even with the success that he has been able to experience in the modified, those days in the thunder car still stand out in the past memories, racing against the likes of the Donaldson’s, Willie Reyns, Andy Ford and others at Kawartha.
By: Ashley McCubbin