After a solid night at Delaware, the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd. OSCAAR Modified teams are ready to head to Sunset Speedway on Saturday, July 20 for their 50-lap feature presented by Partco.
Gary Elliott should be a driver to watch this weekend. He has ran up front throughout his OSCAAR career, scoring a top-10 finish in eight of his last 11 features. Historically, Sunset Speedway has been a good track for him with three top-six finishes in 10 starts, including a runner-up.
A.J. Emms enters this weekend off a huge win at Delaware Speedway, and consistency on his side with only five finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 22 series starts. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring a fifth-place finish in June.
Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty hopes to break into the top-10 following an 11th-place finish at Jukasa and an incident in his heat at Sunset in June. In his last eight races at Sunset Speedway, he has posted six top-10’s, including a track-best fourth in September 2015.
2018 OSCAAR Modified Champion Cory Horner enters this weekend with confidence following just three finishes outside of the top-six in the past 14 races. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, posting five podiums in eight starts, including a victory on Canada Day weekend last year.
Luke Gignac enters this weekend with momentum on his side following eight top-six finishes in the last 11 races. He knows his way around Sunset Speedway, finishing on the podium in the 2018 edition of the Velocity 250.
Dale Reinhart has started out his season strong, with a pair of thirds and a sixth. The Innisfil, Ontario track has treated him well, with a runner-up finish at the Velocity 250 last year and a third in June.
Jase Cornell hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a top-10 in nine of the last 12 races. Notably, his best finish at Sunset the past two years has been 11th, on two separate occasions.
After experiencing mechanical issues at Delaware, Wally Wilson hopes to be in the thick of the action this weekend. Notably, his best previous Sunset Speedway finish was 12th at the Canada Day Special in 2018.
Chad Strawn is a driver to keep an eye on following a podium finish at Jukasa. He’s been successful at Sunset Speedway previously with a victory a couple years ago, to go with a third-place finish at the Canada Day Special last year.
Kelly Balson showed that he has good speed, with three top-five’s and four top-10’s in his last eight series starts, including a victory in the season-ending Autumn Colours Classic. He will hope to finish one spot better after a runner-up at Sunset Speedway in June.
Jason Keen knows how to get to Sunset Speedway victory lane, having done so in a Canadian Vintage Modified. He will hope to do the same behind the wheel of his OSCAAR Modified following a sixth-place finish in June, and three top-10’s to start the season.
Jason Bowden hopes to have a little more speed this time around, after scoring a 12th-place finish at Sunset Speedway in June.
The No. 89c was in victory lane in its last appearance at Sunset Speedway, courtesy of Andy Kamrath behind the wheel. Shawn Chenoweth now returns to the seat, hoping to improve upon his seventh-place finish at Delaware Speedway.
Brad Pearsall has made a part-time return to the series following a three-year hiatus. Thus far, he has scored finishes of 12th and 14th in his pair of starts.
Adam Hagen will hope to put together a strong performance as he returns to the OSCAAR fold in the modified division. He finished 13th in the June event at Sunset Speedway.
Craig Scott hopes to be part of the action on Sunday at Sunset Speedway after failing to qualify for last year’s edition of the Velocity 250. He was able to pick up a 16th-place finish at Jukasa.
The MavTV Canada OSCAAR Modified Rookie of the Year battle will certainly have everybody’s attention this season, with a mix of talented drivers hoping to walk away with the prize at year-end. The contenders for 2019 including Norman Newman, Bryan Batty, Jim Bowman, Ian Bourque, and Percy Newman.
Norman Newman is no stranger to the OSCAAR scene, as evident by a successful campaign in the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints last year. He is also adapting quickly to his modified with a pair of top-five finishes. Notably, he finished ninth at Sunset Speedway in June.
Anthony DiBello has showed speed, as highlighted by a runner-up at Delaware Speedway. He finished fourth at Sunset Speedway in June.
Bryan Batty enters the OSCAAR fold following success in the Ontario Legends Series. Despite being bit by mechanical gremlins thus far, he has scored a pair of 15th-place finishes thus far.
The racing promises to be action-packed with several strong contenders hoping to pick up the checkered flag.
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OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season is supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin