@OSCAARRacing • (December 12, 2015)– Despite a string of finishes outside of the top-12 through the early part of the summer, Richard Woodland had a good start to the season and a good finish to the season en route to finishing third in the Midas of Orangeville OSCAAR Midget standings.
Woodland would start the season on a strong note at Sunset Speedway in May, finishing sixth in the series season opener. About a week later, Woodland headed to Peterborough and after battling his brother Brian throughout the entire feature, he would take the lead on the last lap to put the No. 84 BW Towing and Larry’s Small Engines Midget in victory lane. Keeping the momentum going stronger, Woodland would head back to Sunset Speedway, posting a fifth place finish.
A strong start to the season would allow Richard Woodland to head into Full Throttle Motor Speedway with the points lead. However unfortunately, the weekend wouldn’t go as warranted with a 14th place finish. It seemed that the month of July was the struggle point of the season for Woodland, as the bad luck continued at Sunset Speedway with a 20th place finish. Early race contact at Peterborough and a struggle at Sauble Speedway would present Woodland with another pair of finishes outside of the top-15.
Going into the month of August, it was no surprise that Woodland was hoping to get his season turned around as soon as possible. That would happen, as he’d have a strong run at Peterborough with a third place finish, following another stellar battle with his brother Brian. The following weekend at Grand Bend Speedway saw yet another stellar battle between the brothers, this time for the race lead throughout the event. Once again, though, Woodland would come up short, finishing behind his brother in the second spot. Woodland would then complete the month off on a strong note with a sixth place finish at Flamboro Speedway.
The month of September would produce a mixed bag of results for Woodland, as he had one strong event, and one not-so strong event. He would finish third at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, before returning back to Sunset Speedway and failing to finish as a result of a mechanical problem.
Woodland would end his season on a good note, though, finishing fourth in the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway.
Always a driver that is near the front of the Midget field, Woodland certainly showed once again why he’s a driver that everyone keeps an eye on. With a solid season behind him, perhaps the 2016 season will see him be able to celebrate with glory on his side.
By: Ashley McCubbin