Varney, ON – Gary McLean (No.8 McLean Industrial Design) bounced back from a rough outing last Sunday to earn a win on night one of the 2013 Rick Woolner Memorial Saturday night at Varney Speedway Motorplex.
The veteran driver and nine-time winner of the Memorial race set the quick time in time trials to put himself on the pole for Klotz Canada qualifying heat race one. The win in the heat race would translate to the pole position for the 30-lap main event.
Starting inside the front row for the main event of the evening on a frigid September night, Gary was able to hold off cousin Brian McLean (No.47 Bowmanville Home Building Centre) for the entire 30 laps as the two ran first and second, respectively, all night long.
The win is Gary’s fourth of the 2013 season and comes after the team fought back from a wicked wreck last week at Flamboro Speedway. With the win, Gary receives a $250 bonus courtesy of Jim Brown Trucking.
The race was slowed by caution periods four times, with the first coming on lap 13 when Justin Jones (No.92 Superior Maple) spun in turn four.
No sooner had the green flag dropped on the following restart, Branden Bullen (No.67 Alliston Transmission) and Darryn Wright (No.62 Future Pro Goalie School) got tangled on the frontstretch before another lap was complete.
Davey Terry (No.14 Wasteco) used the ensuing restart to get underneath Brian McLean for the second position. Terry ducked beneath the No.47 on lap 14, but the two made light contact on the frontstretch, which forced Terry to the infield grass.
Terry was able to gather his car back to the racing surface, but not before falling back to seventh. The Erin, Ont.-based driver would fight his way back to a fourth-place finish.
The third yellow of the night came on lap 23 when Jones spun in turn three. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. driver was under heavy fire when he attempted to yield the bottom lane to race leader Gary Mclean, but got the car in to the marbles in the process.
The restart gave Brian McLean his best chance at overtaking the top spot, but it was not meant to be. Brian explained following the race a problem with his right-front shock hurt the car’s performance through the corner.
The final yellow flag of the night came on lap 29 just as the field had taken the white flag when Dean Scott (No.19 Little Tracks Petting Zoo) spun in to the turn four grass.
The fourth yellow of the night led to a single lap dash to the finish, where Gary would hold off Brian for the victory. Brent McLean would finish third to complete the all-McLean podium for the second time in OSCAAR history at Varney.
Terry would finish fourth, narrowly edging Monty Kelly (No.96k At a Glance Screen Printing) who completed the top-five.
Shane Stickel (No.39 MSD Machine Tool) was the top finishing rookie with a sixth-place finish, receiving a $50 bonus courtesy of Sheila Eccles of Craig McDonald Reddon Insurance.
The OSCAAR Modified tour is back in action on Sunday afternoon at Varney Speedway Motorplex for night two and the 50-lap Rick Woolner Memorial. Racing begins at 4:00pm.
Results: Rick Woolner Memorial Night One – 30 Lap Feature (Starting Position in Parentheses)
1. 8 Gary McLean (1); 2. 47 Brian McLean (2); 3. 7 Brent McLean (3); 4. 14 Davey Terry (4); 5. 96k Monty Kelly (5); 6. 39 Shane Stickel (7); 7. 1B Brad Pearsall (8); 8. 48 Ted Patterson (10); 9. 13 Bobby Tolton (11); 10. 67jr Branden Bullen (12); 11. 19 Dean Scott (9); 12. 88 Ryan Dick (13); 13. 92 Justin Jones (15); 14. 91 Mike Westwood (6) (DNF); 15. 62 Darryn Wright (16) (DNF); 16. 79 John Harper (14) (DNF); 17. 4 Mike Ford (17) (DNF); 18. 22 Rob Fennema (DNS).
Time Trial Results
1. Gary McLean (Conn, ON) 12.575 seconds; 2. 14 Davey Terry (Erin, ON) 12.663; 3. 7 Brent McLean (Conn, ON) 12.724; 4. 47 Brian McLean (Conn, ON) 12.767; 5. 96k Monty Kelly (Mitchell, ON) 12.799; 6. 1b Brad Pearsall (Gilford, ON) 12.888; 7. 39 Shane Stickel (Kitchener, ON) 12.973; 8. 91 Mike Westwood (Milton, ON) 13.065; 9. 19 Dean Scott (Woodstock, ON) 13.264; 10. 48 Ted Patterson (Mount Forest, ON) 13.345; 11. 13 Bobby Tolton (Guelph, ON) 13.404; 14. 67jr Branden Bullen (Bradford, ON) 13.719; 15. 92 Justin Jones (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) 13.858; 16. 4 Mike Ford (Walkerton, ON) 14.717. No Time: 22 Rob Fennema (Harrow, ON); 62 Darryn Wright (Watford, ON).
Klotz Synthetics Qualifying Heat Results
Heat 1 (Odd Qualifiers to Determine Odd Number Starting Positions)
1. 8 Gary McLean; 2. 7 Brent McLean; 3. 96k Monty Kelly; 4. 39 Shane Stickel; 5. 19 Dean Scott; 6. 13 Bobby Tolton; 7. 88 Ryan Dick; 8. 92 Justin Jones; 9. 22 Rob Fennema (DNS).
Heat 2 (Even Qualifiers to Determing Even Number Starting Positons)
1. 47 Brian McLean; 2. 14 Davey Terry; 3. 91 Mike Westwood; 4. 1B Brad Pearsall; 5. 48 Ted Patterson; 6 67jr Branden Bullen; 7. 79 John Harper; 8. 62 Darryn Wright; 9. 4 Mike Ford.
The OSCAAR Modified tour is presented by a number of dedicated sponsors throughout Ontario, including: Knightworks Design, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics Canada, Race2way.ca, Dave Franks Photos, Dickson Printing, Finishline Fabrication, McColl Racing Enterprises, McGunegill Engine Performance, Stefko Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuels, OntarioOval.com, RaceTime Radio, Inside Track Motorsport News, Jenco Equipment, Midas of Orangeville, Reinhart Trailer Sales, North Toronto Auctions, and South Shore Services.
By: Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations