The 2014 season is quickly approaching and all teams are hard at work on the shop preparing for the biggest season yet in modified racing.
In just two short years drivers and fans have brought modified racing back to the forefront of racing in Southern Ontario. No other series in Canada has seen this kind of growth in such a short period of time and it only going to continue in 2014.
Sunset Speedway was the host for the very first OSCAAR Modified series event back in May 2012. It is also the site that currently holds the record for car count, as 26 Modifieds started the feature at last year’s Velocity Weekend. It is also the track that the first American competed with the OSCAAR Modifieds. The final distinction it holds is the youngest driver Dustin Jones at age 14 took his first green flag of his OSCAAR career.
Sunset has continued to show its support for the series by having the OSCAAR Modifieds at the track five times in 2014. The series will start off their third season joining the super late models on May18th for a 30 lap feature event. Although the spot light maybe on the super late models for the Bierderman Memorial weekend, the Modified drivers will be sure to put on some great wheel to wheel action on both days of competition on June 28th -29th. After a long summer of racing the Modifieds will once again tackle Sunset Speedway on August 23rd in preparation of the upcoming Velocity Weekend on Saturday September 27th and 28th
The OSCAAR Modifieds have only had a chance to compete on the fast Kawartha Speedway once in each of the past two seasons. Well 2014 that is all going to change as the Modifieds will be tackling the speedway not once but twice. The first opportunity will be early in the season on June 1st as the mods will join the Super Lates and the mini stock nationals for a 25 laps feature event. Sunday July 13th is shaping up to be one of the biggest racing events of the summer at Kawartha Speedway. Not only will fans witness the Super Lates, the Mini Stocks, and the Pro Dirt Late Models, the OSCAAR Modifieds will be looking to build off the green to checker run of last year’s feature event.
The first of two stops at Peterborough Speedway in 2014 will occur on August 2nd as part of the touring series Chase for the Colours. As with the Super Lates this year’s feature winner and second place will be guaranteed a starting spot for the prestigious Autumn Colours of no worse than 5th and 6th. This will be the only time for teams to test and prepare for the annual Thanksgiving weekend Classic in which the 2014 season champion will be crowned.
When you bring the OSCAAR Modifieds to Barrie Speedway you can be assured of some close quarters racing. Combine a very tight ¼ mile track, open wheels and the desire to win fans will be treated to some good old school “rubbin is racing”. Fans will not want to miss June 14th as the Modifieds will make their only stop of the year at Barrie Speedway.
July means only two things 1. Sunshine and hot temperatures 2. OSCAAR Modifieds are heading to Sauble Beach. On July 26th the OSCAAR Modified Drivers will leave the relaxing beach and head to the track for a 30 lap feature event.
The only Friday night event in 2014 will take place on August 15th at Delaware Speedway. Always a favorite with the drivers the fast yet tricky track always provides some great racing action. This year the OSCAAR Modified Drivers will be able to showcase their talent to a standing room only crowd as they share the stage with the stars of the ISMA Super Modified Series.
The most prestigious event that every modified driver wants is the Rick Woolner Memorial Championship. 2013 saw the event grow into a two day event with the Prelude to the Memorial Saturday and the Memorial on Sunday. With both events full points paying shows and the ultra-fast and tight confines of Varney Speedway, it really is a racing spectacle to witness this event. Last year’s event paid out over $1900.00 to the winner and over $500.00 to start making it the biggest event in modified series history, fans will want to circle September 13th and 14th on their calendars.
Open wheel fans can rest assured that the 2014 season will again provide the great racing action that people expect for the OSCAAR Modifieds
News and Notes: As of right now three Rookie of the Year Candidates have registered: Gary Elliott (#36) has recently purchased his new Modified, Drew Stieler (#99) is preparing for his first season , Dustin Jackson (#61) at 15 years of age is ready to showcase his talent. JR Fitzpatrick (#84) is putting the finishing touches on his new mod and Mike Westwood (#91) busy preparing his new ride, Chad Strawn (#77) will compete for his first OSCAAR Modified Championship in 2014, Adam Adams (#51) is set to return to action in 2014.