Kelly Balson Scores First OSCAAR Modified Sunset Speedway Victory

INNISFIL, Ontario — After coming up one spot short a month ago, Kelly Balson got his Sunset Speedway redemption by winning the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Modified feature presented by Partco.

The first heat did not start off, with Shawn Chenoweth’s night coming an early end with motor issues on Lap 3. Adam Hagen would then bring out the next two yellow flags, with a pair of spins, along with a quick spin for Brad Pearsall. Kelly Balson picked up the win ahead of Chad Strawn, Jason Keen, Pearsall, Bryan Batty, Hagen, and Mark Hamicher.

The second heat featured a small incident in turns three and four involving Norman Newman and Jase Cornell. A.J. Emms picked up the win ahead of Anthony DiBello, Gary Elliott, Dale Reinhart, Mike Hearty, Luke Gignac, and Wally Wilson.

Come feature time, A.J. Emms started pole ahead of Kelly Balson, Jason Keen, Brad Pearsall, Chad Strawn, Dale Reinhart, Anthony Dibello, Gary Elliott, Mike Hearty, Jason Bowden, Luke Gignac, Bryan Batty, Mark Hamicher, Wally Wilson, Adam Hagen, Jase Cornell, and Norman Newman.

The race would not get off to the smoothest start, with Gignac going around in turn four. There’d be no caution called, with Emms grabbing the early advantage ahead of Balson, Pearsall, and Keen, as Strawn and Reinhart ran side-by-side for fifth. Strawn got the spot, quickly moving up into fourth on Lap 3 ahead of Keen, with DiBello alongside Reinhart.

Dibello would get the sixth spot on Lap 4, followed by passing Keen. The race’s first caution would then come out on Lap 6 for Hagen going around in turn two. With 44 laps to go, Emms led Balson, Pearsall, Strawn, Dibello, Keen, Reinhart, Bowden, Cornell, and Newman.

Emms got a good restart ahead of Balson, with Strawn moving up into third ahead of Pearsall and Dibello as Reinhart and Keen battled for sixth. Behind them, Cornell ran eighth ahead of Newman, with Gignac and Bowden side-by-side. Gignac got the 10th spot on Lap 10, with Batty rounding out the top-12. Reinhart would clear Keen for sixth on Lap 11, with Cornell challenging Keen a couple laps later. Behind them, Gignac would look to continue moving forward as he got alongside Newman for ninth.

With 15 laps on the board, Emms continued to lead ahead of Balson, Strawn, Pearsall, and Dibello. Reinhart now ran sixth ahead of Newman and Gignac, with Cornell alongside Keen for ninth. The race’s second caution would then come out on Lap 18 for Bowden going around in turn four. Under caution, Batty pulled down pit road, done for the event with overheating issues.

Emms got a good restart ahead of Balson, with Pearsall alongside Strawn for third ahead of Dibello, Reinhart, Gignac, Newman, and Cornell. Dibello would tag the back of Pearsall on Lap 22, which allowed Strawn to keep the third spot. Strawn would get alongside Balson for second a lap later, with Dibello alongside Pearsall for fourth.

Balson would hold onto the second spot, with the battle for fourth continuing ahead of Reinhart and Gignac. The battle for fourth would not go smoothly, with more contact happening off of turn four, resulting in both Pearsall and Dibello going around for the second caution. Under the yellow flag, Keen would make a pit stop. At the halfway mark, Emms led Balson, Strawn, Reinhart, Gignac, Newman, Cornell, and Elliott.

Balson would get a good restart, taking the top spot with Strawn alongside Emms for second. Strawn would get the spot, bumping Emms back to third ahead of Reinhart and Gignac. Newman ran sixth ahead of Cornell, as Dibello got alongside Bowden for eighth ahead of Elliott. Dibello got the spot, followed by passing Cornell two laps later for seventh. The caution would then fly on Lap 34 for Bowden going around in turn four.

With lightning occurring off of the backstretch and a storm ready to move in, the event was called at this point. Due to over half of the 50 laps being complete, the race is deemed official with full points being counted.

Kelly Balson got the win ahead of Chad Strawn, A.J. Emms, Dale Reinhart, and Luke Gignac. Norman Newman finished sixth, followed by Anthony Dibello, Jase Cornell, Brad Pearsall, and Gary Elliott. Mark Himacher finished 11th, followed by Wally Wilson, Jason Keen, Jason Bowden, Bryan Batty, Adam Hagen, and Mike Hearty.

The next race for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds on Saturday, July 27 at Flamboro Speedway, with the 40-lap feature presented by Touchwood Cabinets.

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

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.

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