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Gary Triska Excited for 2020, Aiming for Some Checkered Flags

After a strong showing this past season, Gary Triska will once again be returning for the 2020 Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprint campaign.

“The team is excited for the 2020 season,” he commented. “There are a few things left to do on the car so it’s ready. It will be interesting; there are a lot of good drivers in the class and it has grown with a great group of guys and girls. It will be one to watch for sure.”

Going into the year, Triska is hopeful of running the full schedule, with a focus on holding a checkered flag.

“We were so close last year, then we had mechanical issues,” he commented.

One of the tracks where he could possibly make that a reality would be Peterborough Speedway, as the three dates scheduled there are circled on his calendar.

“It’s the toughest track in Ontario and it is fast,” he shared.

As noted, Triska is coming off a solid campaign last year, which saw him place ninth in the standings with seven feature top-10’s, highlighted by a sixth at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest.

Additionally, his most memorable moment of the season came at Flamboro as he was leading a heat race, until the chain broke on the last lap coming out of turn two, ending his chances of winning.

“Last season was up and down for us,” he admitted. “We placed well when the car would work, (but) we had mechanical problems more than once thru the season.”

Now as we head into the new year, Triska is ready to study his notes from the past couple seasons and put them to use in hopes of success in 2020.

“I’m definitely comfortable in the car now, so we just need to focus on getting that checkered flag,” he added.

It won’t be an easy goal to accomplish, though, as the competition promises to be stronger than ever across the board.

“The Pro Sprints have a lot of great talent in the series,” he commented. “It’s definitely one of the toughest classes out there for competition as everyone is so close to each other.”

It also only promises to grow that much more, with a couple rookies throwing their names into the ring. To those competitors, Triska’s advice is don’t let these cars fool you, as they are fast.

“Also, don’t give up when times get tough,” he added. “Everyone in the group is there to help.”

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 2020 racing season was 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

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