Although everybody wishes they could be at the track, that is currently not the case as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It certainly puts a bummer on the shoulders of lots of people, including those involved with OSCAAR as this year marks their 30th anniversary campaign. Short Track Musings thought it’d be fun during this time to look into the vault, and pull some videos and photos out for fans to enjoy.
If the OSCAAR schedule had been taking place as scheduled, then June 13 would have marked the inaugural trip for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park to Delaware Speedway. It was set to be an exciting night as the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop were also supposed to be in attendance, along with some school bus racing.
The OSCAAR Modifieds have been making the trip to the half-mile throughout the past eight years, with six different drivers victorious in the 12 events. 5-time Series Champion Gary McLean is the all-time win leader with five victories to his credit, followed by track regulars Jamie Cox and Justin Demelo with a pair a piece. Jeff Showler also managed to score himself a single win, with A.J. Emms and Dale Reinhart winning the 2019 events.
For Demelo, his first victory in the modifieds came at his home track, and it came in style as he dominated the event, leading flag-to-flag in his third appearance. As he said after the event, the third time was the charm. It was a familiar face that crossed the checkered in second, with Gary McLean holding down the spot ahead of Barry Newman, David McCullough, and Davey Terry.
In the years that followed, Demelo got the opportunity to hold the checkered flag again on two different occasions – once at Delaware, and once at Sunset Speedway. But for now, it’s your turn to relive the first win.