From the moment he got behind the wheel of a modified, Andy Kamrath has been fast and collecting checkered flags.
It’s a trend that he hopes to continue entering the 2020 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop season.
“My thoughts entering this season are much like they were last year,” Kamrath said. “Come out every weekend and go for the win like we did last year, and of course have some fun with the team along the way.”
After ending the season on a high, Kamrath says the team has their goals set on continuing to be a dominant factor this year, while chasing the championship.
“I have not chased a championship in years and would love to crack my first one in the OSCAAR mod,” he added.
The 2020 campaign will see him cross the province, visiting several different tracks, including the series’ return to the beach.
“The track that I am most looking forward to getting back to this year is Sauble Speedway,” he commented. “I cut my teeth there back in the day at that Speedway and as much as I call Sunset (Speedway) home now, I still have a ton of family up there.”
This past season, Kamrath came out strong, scoring a victory in his series debut at Sunset Speedway in June. He then followed it up with a fourth at Flamboro Speedway a couple months later, before ending the year with four straight victories including the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway.
“We came out very strong last year and really there’s no one to thank more than the people we have surrounded ourselves over the years,” he commented. “Shawn Chenoweth, Bob Chenoweth, Scott Shaw, Mike Schmidt and all my crew guys have developed a great relationship over the years and we all have the same thought process and that’s win. Having some fun along the way is always a positive.”
Even with finishing off the season on a high, Kamrath notes that they haven’t just taken the off-season easily.
“If people think were over here sitting on our hands, that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said. “Shawn Chenoweth and myself speak pretty much every day just going over ideas, plans, setups etc…. We will be ready to take on 2020.”
For Kamrath, he got his start behind the wheel of a Junior Late Model at Sauble Speedway in 1999, and continued to move his way up the racing ladder. His experience since in motorsports has expected across the board, ranging from Mini Stock competition to Late Models.
“The most memorable racing moment would probably be APC series in 2017 winning the LRR 100,” he reflected. “It was my second part time season back in the Pro Late Models after taking a hiatus and to win the week before in regular competition and then win the LRR 100 really put a lot of confidence back in myself, as well as I’m sure put a lot of confidence in the team as well.”
With all the experience he has gained through the years, his advice to someone getting started is to learn as much as you can along the way, and make relationships.
“You never ever know when you might need that person down the road or use that knowledge again,” he added.
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., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin