Ryan Battilana was consistent throughout the Living Lighting, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Pro Sprint season and it paid off, as he finished fourth in the year-end standings for the second year in a row.
He was fast right from the first green flag of the season at Sunset Speedway, running inside the top-five all race long en route to placing fourth. He would then score a pair of runner-ups in his qualifying heats at Grand Bend Speedway, before another fourth in the feature.
The return trip to Sunset continued to show the sophomore’s progression behind the wheel, as he once again ran inside the top-five throughout the event en route to a career-best runner-up finish in the first feature. He then rebounded from a spin in the second 25-lap affair to finish fourth.
Battilana would not have a good qualifying run at Flamboro Speedway, which put him deep in the field to take the green flag. However, he did not let that faze him as he made up ground en route to placing sixth. He then battled all race long at Peterborough Speedway en route to a seventh.
The return trip to Flamboro in August saw Battilana start off strong this time around, and make his way up inside the top-three through the first half of the feature. However, a mechanical issue mid-way through the 25-lap affair took him out of the running.
Battilana would rebound a week later at Sauble Speedway, scoring a fourth at the beach. The speed carried over to Grand Bend Speedway with him leading laps in the early stages, before fading back to finish third.
The driver of the No. 4 Pro Sprint started off the playoffs well with a fifth in the first Sunset feature, before battling inside the top-five all race long in the second 25-lap affair en route to a runner-up finish. The momentum followed him to Flamboro as he placed fourth in the feature, followed by battling for the lead early at Peterborough en route to finishing fourth once again.
Even though Battilana was unable to secure a feature victory in his second year of competition, he proved that he is going to be someone to watch in the years moving forward by running upfront on a weekly basis.
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations on your success this past season, Ryan. We look forward to seeing you once again – hopefully in victory lane – in 2020.
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By: Ashley McCubbin