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Wally Wilson Seeks Continued Improvement Towards Top-Five in 2021

In each season he has been behind the wheel of an OSCAAR Modified, Wally Wilson has found a bit more speed. That is a trend that continued, despite the 2020 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop campaign being cut down to four races.

“Looking back in the shortened 2020 season, I’d say that we were able to put together a solid campaign,” Wilson said. “While I was able to gain my best career finish, we’ve still got some work to do, but I think we showed that we’re going to be a force next season!”

While he was able to score a career-best eighth at Sunset Speedway this past summer, he notes the team could improve on the bigger tracks, such as Jukasa Motor Speedway and Delaware Speedway.

“We’ve been working hard in the shop already preparing our cars, which is something that’s a bit different is that we’re off to an earlier start with it this year,” he added.

The fact they are showing speed, combined with being in the shop earlier than previous seasons has Wilson motivated to make 2021 his “year to really shine and turn some heads, finally.”

“It would mean a lot to me for us to get a top 5 or heat win, just because I know how hard myself and my team have worked at getting to that point,” he commented. “It’s been a lot more difficult than anticipated, but I believe we’re capable of it next season. Of course as special as it would be, I also know that we have work to do to continue improving, and a lot of time in the shop preparing the cars to potentially win a championship and features in the future!”

Looking at the potential schedule ahead, Sauble Speedway is circled first on his calendar, being his home track. However, Wilson notes he has grown to enjoy the trips to Flamboro Speedway and Peterborough Speedway, and Sunset Speedway joined the list virtue of his September finish.

For Wilson, the motivation to get behind the wheel of a modified came from watching the NASCAR Tour-Type modifieds on television.

“The mods have always been one of my favourites to watch,” he expressed. “There was many times my dad and I would go to Sauble Speedway to watch the OSCAAR Modifieds in action before we began to race in the series! They’ve always been one of the coolest cars on track no matter where they are!”

Being able to compete in the series with the No. 69 has been special for Wilson with having been with him since childhood.

“Growing up, I would always ask my dad what number I should put on the car I coloured in old NASCAR colouring books, and NASCAR games,” Wilson recalled. “He would always tell me 69, because it’s the same upside down as it is upside right, which I must say is a true statement as I’ve been upside down at Peterborough in the Midgets back in 2015!”

For the 2021 campaign, Wilson welcomes back returning sponsors The Fyre Place & Patio Shop and Have1.com to the team.

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

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