As the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It, and the Qwick Wick OSCAAR Hot Rods both get ready for this weekend at Sauble Speedway, it’s time to look at some things to consider….
Andy Kamrath. Kelly Balson. T.J Edwards. Marshall Schrenk.
Those were four of the drivers who placed in the top-five at Sunset Speedway last month, which would surprise nobody who follows the series on a regular basis. Each of them consistently is able to do that, and has visited victory lane in the past couple seasons.
The foursome will try to keep their dominant force going when they head to Sauble Speedway this weekend for the second race on the tour. It will be interesting to see how it plays out, in knowing the track’s history for producing drama and diversity.
Through the past nine races at the beach, each event has seen a different face visit victory lane. A 10th winner is very well possible, given that three of those mentioned above have yet to do so at the beach. That only grows when you realize how many laps T.J. Edwards has around the facility, and the fact he scored a podium in 2021.
That said, if there’s a driver who has a high chance of becoming the first repeat winner, Kamrath’s probability is high. He grew up at Sauble Speedway so he has tons of laps there in a variety of racecars, and has won the last four straight tour events.
The fifth face that joined the aforementioned four in the top-five at Sunset Speedway was Herb Walters. Despite being a rookie on the tour, he has been impressive as he placed sixth at the Autumn Colours Classic last season prior to a fourth at Spring Velocity.
The success comes to no surprise when you consider the family history of racing in the province of Ontario, combined with Walters’ own success behind the wheel of a super stock. There was a reason he was called the Cheque Casher for a reason through the last decade.
Car counts have been the talk of the province of Ontario through the first month and a half of racing, and not always positive actually. However, when it comes to the Qwick Wick OSCAAR Hot Rods, it’s definitely great.
Current expectations for Sauble Speedway this coming weekend is at least 20 cars, possibly a full field of 24. The season opener at Sunset Speedway featured 19, and there’s at least four drivers set to make their 2022 debut.
Trevor Thompson will be the one several are keeping an eye on, after watching the success the silver bullet was able to have in 2021. Despite not reaching feature victory lane, he scored five top-five’s including a season-best fourth at Fall Velocity.
Doug Wilson is another that catches the attention of several people, simply by the beautiful white and orange paint scheme his car has. He was solid in his lone start on the tour in 2021, with an eighth at the beach.
Jaymee Adams hopes her sophomore campaign treats her well following a pair of top-10’s in 2021, with one of those coming at Sauble.
Diversity of Winners
The Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It aren’t the only division with different winners at Sauble Speedway, as each of the past three features saw a different face make it happen.
The top-five finishers at Sunset Speedway, by the way, aren’t on the list so it makes you believe a fourth winner is extremely possible when the checkered flag flies on Saturday night. After all, Tom Walters was fast at the beach last year before mechanical issues derailed his effort, while Steve Book has been on the podium multiple times. Combined with veterans Amanda Balson and Bill Zardo, and every lap should thrill those in attendance.