For the fifth straight Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop event, Andy Kamrath would make the trip to victory lane, this time at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Jeff Walt was the quickest in time trials, with a lap of 18.843 seconds ahead of TJ Edwards (18.865), Andy Kamrath (18.889), Jake Watson (19.099), and Kelly Balson (19.102). Walt would pull a five for the invert, though, handing the pole to Balson.
Balson started pole ahead of Watson, Kamrath, Edwards, Walt, Jason Keen, Dale Reinhart, Brent McLean, AJ Emms, and Chad Strawn. Norman Newman qualified 11th, followed by Chris Milwain, Geoff Chant, Mark Hamacher, Bob Franks, Wally Wilson, Craig Downey, and Coltin Everingham.
Watson would jump out to the early advantage off of start, with Edwards grabbing the lead on the second lap. However, the caution would come out due to Downey’s hood coming off, laying on the frontstretch.
The restart would see Kamrath get a big run through turns one and two, going around the outside of both Edwards and Watson to take the lead. Edwards ran second ahead of Watson, Walt, Balson, Keen, and Balson.
Balson would get by Keen on Lap 3 to take over fifth, with Emms running seventh ahead of Downey, McLean, and Reinhart. Unfortunately, Everingham’s day came to an early end as he headed pit side on Lap 5 with a clutch issue.
Downey, meanwhile, was turning his rough start to a great beginning in the feature, getting alongside Emms for seventh on Lap 5, with Reinhart and McLean side-by-side for ninth. Reinhart got the spot a lap later, with Strawn looking to follow him through.
Closer to the front, Walt moved into third on Lap 7, with Balson getting alongside Watson for fourth ahead of Downey, Keen, and Emms. Balson took over fourth, with Downey following him through to bump Watson back to sixth ahead of Keen, Emms, and Reinhart. Balson then went wide on Lap 12, allowing Downey to take over the fourth spot.
Watson continued to run sixth ahead of Keen, Emms, and Reinhart – until he headed pit side with a mechanical issue on Lap 16, ending his race early. The gremlins bit a couple others, as well, with Strawn slowing a lap later.
At the halfway mark, Kamrath held a healthy advantage ahead of Edwards, Downey, Walt, Balson, Keen, Emms, Reinhart, and McLean, with Milwain and Franks side-by-side for 10th. Emms then took sixth on Lap 21, with Reinhart and McLean following him by Keen. Emms continued to move forward, passing Balson for fifth a couple laps later, with Keen getting by McLean.
Emms would move into fourth ahead of Walt on Lap 26, with McLean slowing a lap later with a problem. Balson now ran sixth, followed by Reinhart and Keen, though moved into fifth after passing Walt on Lap 29. The caution then came out three laps later for an incident involving Reinhart and Keen. Meanwhile, under the yellow flag, Downey stopped on the frontstretch with a problem.
Kamrath got a good restart ahead of Edwards, with Balson getting back by Emms for third ahead of Walt, Keen, and Reinhart, as Newman and Milwain battled for eighth ahead of Chant. Emms then got back alongside Balson for third with three laps to go, completing the pass the following lap.
Andy Kamrath held off the late-charge from TJ Edwards to score the victory, with AJ Emms out-battling Kelly Balson for third as Jaosn Keen rounded out the top-five. Jeff Walt finished sixth, followed by Dale Reinhart, Norman Newman, Chris Milwain, and Geoff Chant. Bob Franks finished 11th, followed by Mark Hamacher, Wally Wilson, Craig Downey, Brent McLean, Jake Watson, Chad Strawn, and Coltin Everingham.
The 40-lap affair was streamed live via GForce Network. A full replay of the event can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPNm2dZ3peM.
The Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds will be back in action at Flamboro Speedway on September 12 with the Living Lighting OSCAAR Pro Sprints. Though before then, the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods will be back in action at Sauble Speedway on August 22 with the Pro Sprints.
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