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Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset Speedway Preview

After a long break, the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified drivers are ready to tackle a busy schedule that will see them in action three straight weeks in a row, beginning with back-to-back events at Sunset Speedway.

As we glance through the field, there are several drivers to keep an eye on.

Kelly Balson showed that he has good speed, with six top-five’s and eight top-10’s in his last 12 series starts. The past Sunset Speedway winner will hope to carry the momentum into this weekend after scoring a podium at last year’s Velocity 250.

Geoff Chant will hope things continue in the current direction, following a 10th-place finish in the first event this year at Jukasa.

Jase Cornell hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a top-10 in 13 of the last 21 races. Notably, he scored a track-best seventh-place finish at Sunset Speedway last September.

After just missing the top-10 at Sunset last September, Craig Downey hopes this time around is the charm as he tries to better his 11th from Velocity 250 weekend. He showed speed at Jukasa and was as high as third before mechanical issues.

TJ Edwards certainly proved that you can’t count him out of the battle for the win despite being a rookie, as evident by a runner-up finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway in his series debut.

A.J. Emms enters this weekend with only five finishes outside of the top-eight in his past 32 series starts. The driver of the No. 14 Modified has had success at Sunset Speedway previously, scoring three podium finishes last year.

Coltin Everingham will be making his first start behind the wheel of a modified at Sunset, but that doesn’t mean you should count him out as he is a previous track champion in the Super Stock division. He’s also in search of a bit of redemption following mechanical issues at Jukasa.

Bob Franks hopes to break into the top-10 this weekend after coming close thus far through his OSCAAR career.

Ben Gruntx will be making his series debut this weekend, behind the wheel of the Gruntz Racing modified, after a solid Pure Stock campaign at Peterborough Speedway last season. The family is no stranger to open-wheel competition, with brother Josh Gruntz having been successful in his own right.

Mark Hamacher will also be aiming for the top-10 after scoring a 12th-place finish at Jukasa.

After missing some races, past series champion Cory Horner will be in the field this weekend at Sunset Speedway, hoping to rekindle the team’s past magic that led to a couple checkered flags.

The No. 89c was in victory lane in its last appearance at Sunset Speedway, courtesy of Andy Kamrath behind the wheel. Kamrath will hope to repeat the feat after having picked up the checkered flag in the last five series events.

Jason Keen knows how to get to Sunset Speedway victory lane, having done so in a Canadian Vintage Modified. He will hope to do the same behind the wheel of his OSCAAR Modified following a top-five in the first Velocity 250 feature last season, and a fifth-place finish at Jukasa last month.

Brent McLean did not have the result he wanted at Jukasa, enduring mechanical issues. If he has those worked out, he could be someone to watch on Saturday as a past series race winner.

Chris Milwain will hope to keep the strong runs going following a ninth-place finish at Jukasa.

Norman Newman is no stranger to the OSCAAR scene, picking up a couple wins last season in his rookie Modified campaign. He started this year with an eighth at Jukasa, and finished sixth at Sunset Speedway in July, followed a top-five in the second Velocity 250 feature.

Dale Reinhart enters this weekend with momentum, following a top-10 finish in each of his last seven series starts. The Innisfil, Ontario track has treated him well, with just two finishes worse than fourth in his last five starts, including a runner-up at Fall Velocity in 2018.

Chad Strawn is a driver to keep an eye on after showing speed at Jukasa. He’s been successful at Sunset Speedway previously with a victory a couple years ago, to go with a third-place finish at the Canada Day Special in 2018.

Wally Wilson hopes to be in the thick of the action this weekend, aiming for a top-10 performance. Notably, his best previous Sunset Speedway finish was 12th at the Canada Day Special in 2018.

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