After a long career as a crew chief, Chuck Marsh is getting back behind the wheel of a stock car. This time, Marsh will be behind the wheel of the #38 OSCAAR Modified for the duration of the 2013 season.
Marsh purchased a new brand-new 2quik chassis from Kluth Motorsports in New York in order to compete in the upcoming season, calling the piece ‘state of the art.’
The Peterborough, ON native has been part of the Ontario racing scene for over two decades. Marsh has worked with Super Late Model drivers Terry Robichaud, Mike Bricknell and acted as a crew chief in the CASCAR Super Series and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with the Ed Hakonson-owned Team 3 Red, Bryan Cathcart, and Pete Sheppard III.
He will nonetheless be a rookie contender on the OSCAAR Modified tour. Marsh prefers to view himself as an ‘old rookie.’
“I’m 49 years-old and I’ve done this all my life,” said Marsh. “I want to give it another kick at the can and see how it goes.”
Marsh is attempting to be ready for the season opening race at Sunset Speedway, but it is unlikely due to the number of changes required for his ride to be OSCAAR legal.
“I’m going to miss the first race” said Marsh, “because there are so many things that have to be changed when you bring a car from the US. After that, I plan to be at 99% of the races.”
Marsh says he became interested in the series last summer after attending a few races. The on-track action combined with a few behind-the-scenes discussions had him convinced.
“I went to two races. I went to Kawartha and spent some time with the points champion (Gary McLean) and learned how the cars work,” he said. “We had a car at home that worked, but decided to buy a brand new car
and see how it works.”
Like many drivers entering the series, Marsh knows the competition will be stiff and is among the reasons he chose to get involved with OSCAAR.
“I think right now with the field of cars we’ve got, that’s going to be more of challenge than any track we face,” explained Marsh.
Marsh is excited for races at nearby Peterborough and Kawartha, but also for his first experience at Sunset Speedway, which is likely to take place during the double-header Biederman Memorial weekend. Marsh hopes to begin his OSCAAR Modified career at Barrie Speedway on June 15.
From Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)