The Velocity Weekend at Sunset Speedway played host to OSCAAR and their fans. When the final checker flag waved the fans left the track a little sun burned and with the racing fix that only OSCAAR can provide. If fans like side by side racing, battles for the leads, seeing accidents as they cheer for their favorite driver then OSCAAR gave them what they needed.
Dickies Outlaw Super Late Models presented by London Recreational Racing:
Eighteen Outlaw Super Late Model teams signed in for the opening round of the 2015 season. Early in practice three teams suffered engine problems. The issues unfortunately ended the weekend early for the #7 of Derrick Tiemersma and the #89c of Shawn Chenoweth. The #39 of Shane Gowan was able to load up the primary car and make the trip back to the shop to grab his backup car for the 53 lap Lucie Awylin Memorial feature event. Tyler Hawn was also a victim of motor issues, sidling the team for the weekend after the second heat race. The Saturday qualifying action saw Rookie of the Year Contender #29 Sean Grosman pick up his first checker flag in his first official race. Picking up the other heat wins were the #17 of Kevin Cornelius, #22 Glenn Watson and #07 Todd Campbell. The 53 lap main event lined up with the #07 of Campbell and #b10 of Kelly Balson sharing the front row. It would not take to long for things to get exciting, and a yellow flag fever took over the race. The biggest accident was midway through when the #8 of Paul Howse, #70 Mike Beyore, made contact ending Mikes race after leading laps early in the event. By lap 16 the #17 of Cornelius had made his way to the front and was able to hold off all challengers to claim victory in the Lucie Awylin Memorial. In victory lane Kevin graciously donated back the extra sponsor money to a fund in Lucie’s name that is set up to help other families that have suffered losses. Kelly Balson and his #b10 recorded his series best finish with a second place finish, and has given indication to his fellow competitors he is ready to challenge for the championship. Todd Campbell also tied his series best finish with a third place run given that team the early season boost it needs. The Outlaws are off for a week before heading to Flamoboro Speedway for round 2 of the 2015 season.
Lucie Awylin Memorial Feature Finish: 1st #17 Kevin Cornelius, 2nd #b10 Kelly Balson, 3rd #07 Todd Gordon, 4th #82 Corey Jones, 5th #40p Charlie Gallant, 6th #51 Mike Bently, 7th #13 Gary Passer, 8th #8 Paul Howse, 9th #39 Shane Gowan, 10th #27 Roy Passer, 11th #4 Jay Palumbo, 12th #29 Sean Grosman,, 13th #70 Mike Beyore, 14th #84 JR Fitzpatrick, 15th #22 Glenn Watson, #42 Tyler Hawn dns, #7 Derrick Tiemersma dns, #89c Shawn Chenoweth dns
Inside Track Motorsports News Hard Charger Points: 1st #51 Mike Bently 10pts 2nd #39 Shane Gowan 9pts 3rd #82 Cory Jones 8 pts 4th #17 Kevin Cornelius 7 pts 5th #13 Gary Passer 6 pts
HOOSIER Modifieds Treat the Fans to a Great Day of Racing:
As the Hoosier Modifieds enter their fourth season, if Saturday nights feature is any indication about the competition in 2015, fans are in for a great season. A strong field of 17 modifieds signed in to do battle. Unfortunately one team night would end early as the #19 of Dean Scott season would start with engine problems sidelining the team for the night. In the off season Dean and his team made plans to chase the championship. Although this set back has the team fighting an uphill battle now, look for Dean to be ready for the next event at Flamboro Speedway. The four qualifying heats saw the wins split evenly amongst the Rookies and the Veterans. #21 Chris Milwain and #79h of Cory Horner, both picked up their first career OSCAAR checker flag in heat race action. Veterans #77 Chad Strawn and #36 of Gary Elliott also picked up wins in the 10 lap heat race action. The start of the feature would see #20 of Rookie Mike Hearty starting on pole with Strawn starting second. When the green flag waved it was the #20 of Hearty getting sideways and stacking the field but all continued going. The #39 of Shane Stickle was strong in his heat races and quickly took over the lead on lap 2 of the feature event. From that point on it was a classic side by side , wheel to wheel battle between the #39 of Stickle and 3 time defending champion of #8 Gary McLean. Although the #8 of McLean is credited with leading from lap 12 to the finish, it was a fierce battle to the end. The highest placing rookie of the race was the #79h of Cory Horner, who recorded his best OSCAAR finish with a third place finish. Rounding out the top 5 in the feature where the #77 of Strawn and the #36 of Elliott. The Hoosier Modifieds next event will be Saturday May 30th at Flamboro Speedway for another 30 lap feature event.
Hoosier Modified Feature Finish: 1st #8 Gary McLean, 2nd #39 Shane Stickle, 3rd #79h Cory Horner, 4th #77 Chad Strawn, 5th #36 Gary Elliott, 6th #47 Brian McLean, 7th #12 David Baylch, 8th #20 Mike Hearty, 9th#88 Ryan Dick, 10th #99 AJ Emms, 11th #88r Tommy Robb, 12th #63 John Baker Jr, 13th #09 Dan Price, 14th #65 Bill Burrows, 15th #13eh Mark Saul, 16th #21 Chris Milwain, #19 Dean Scott dns
Inside Track Motorsports News Hard Charger points: 1st #47 Brian McLean 10pts, 2nd #12 David Baylch 9pts, 3rd #88r Tommy Robb 8pts, 4th #79h Cory Horner 7 pts, 5th # 39 Shane Stickle 6pts
Hoosier Tire Award: Randon Position 12th in feature (picked by Donna) $50.00 gift certificate #63 John Baker jr
Midas of Orangeville Midgets Thrill the fans at Velocity Weekend:
The first race of the 2015 season for the Midas of Orangeville saw thirty teams sign in to start their chase for the championship. With one of the largest car counts in Ontario all midget drivers know that they have to be on the “A” in order to make the 24 car starting field main event. With six heat races on tap the fans were treated to some great side by side, sometimes three wide action from the midget drivers. The season would start with the #18 of Paul Draganac picking up the win in heat #1. Heat #2 would find defending champion #83 Jamie Bound taking the win, with his brother Jody Bound in the #5 taking the win in heat #3. Brian McDonald in the #42 would get his first checker flag of the season in heat race #4. Jody Bound and Paul Draganac would pick up their second win of the night in heat race 5 and 6.
The #97 of Robin McLean and the #68 of Adam Carrothers would lead the field of 24 to the green flag for their 25 lap feature event. Right from the start the action was fast and furious as everyone was wasting no time to get to the front. The #83 of Jamie Bound showed he was the man to beat and it only took him two laps to move up from his second starting spot to the lead. A few cautions slowed the pace of the feature giving teams a chance to make the move on the #83 but bound was not to be denied and went on to claim the first ever Midas of Orangville Midget feature event. It was a family affair at the front of the field as #5 Jody Bound would place second, followed by the pole sitter #97 of Robin McLean. Rounding out the top 5 where #48 Brian Woodland and #68 Adam Carrothers.
The final race of the evening was the 6 lap non qualifier feature for the midgets. The five cars put on a great show with Rookie Bob Ross taking the win, over Raynor Vickers and Ryan Brown.
The Midas of Orangeville Midgets will back in action this Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway. If you had not had a chance to see the midgets in action, you need to make plans to be at Peterborough this weekend.
Midas of Orangville Feature Finish: 1st #83 Jamie Bound, 2nd #5 Jody Bound, 3rd #97 Robin McLean, 4th #48 Brian Woodland, 5th #48 Adam Carrothers, 6th #84 Richard Woodland, 7th #42 Brian McDonald, 8th #53 David Bradley, 9th #37 Steve Lassman, 10th#51 Shawn Stones, 11th #69 Wally Wilson, 12th #62 Rob McCall, 13th #17 Mike McLaughlin, 14th #57 James Stanley, 15th #77 James Rodgers, 16th #26 Katherine Summers, 17th #18 Paul Draganac, 18th #3 Lorne Van Dusen, 19th #8 Larry Lawson, 20th #88 Jim Rodgers,21st #55 Cory Whittam, 22nd David Gallinger, #98 Kevin Spiez dns, #9 Shawn Gardner dns
B feature: 1st #28 Bob Ross, 2nd #86 Raynor Vickers, 3rd #24 Ryan Brown, 4th #71 Wayne McKibbon, 5th #13 Craig Deacon #75 Shawn Stanley dns
-OSCAAR Press Release. Photo credit: Todd D Walden