PETERBOROUGH, ON (July 4, 2018)- After winning the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by Torque Builders Inc. tour championship in 2016, Oshawa, ON’s John Baker Jr. ran through a season of highs and lows last year. The driver, who was used to being a contender at every event, was faced with a frustrating year plagued by bad luck and mechanical issues that resulted in a sixth place finish in the final point standings. Despite the problems he’d endured, a streak of three late season wins gave the likeable racer an indication that things were about to turn around.
With a pair of 20 lap features on the agenda, the popular open-wheeled squad paid its first visit to the Hamilton area’s Flamboro Speedway Saturday, June 30th. Coming into the weekend, the fan favourite stood second in the OMRS standings, just 10 points out of the top spot. Coming from fourth on the starting grid in the opening round, JBJ had his eyes on the front of the pack and managed to take the win in the first 20 lapper. Reigning series champion Brad Stevenson, Anthony DiBello, Chad Strawn and Rick Warnes rounded-out the top five. Randy Hollingsworth, Willow Barberstock, Craig Stevenson and Rob Warnes completed the running order.
With tour officials inverting the finish from the opener to start the next main event, Baker Jr. would start from the back of the pack, with some heavy hitters standing between him and victory lane. Rob Warnes and Craig Stevenson brought the field to the green flag, but mechanical issues would sideline the former champion’s #95 machine. One of the best racers in the province at working through traffic, John Baker Jr. wouldn’t be denied his second win of the day. DiBello, Strawn, Brad Stevenson and Rick Warnes chased him across the stripe. Barberstock, Craig Stevenson, Hollingsworth and Rob Warnes wrapped-up the finishing spots.
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series notebook: Following the Flamboro event, the series takes some time off before a Saturday, July 21st return to Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval.
To learn more about the 2018 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – schedule, visit the group’s social media platform, www.facebook.com/OMRS or look for the newly redesigned web-site www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com, coming soon.
For over a decade, Torque Builders Inc. has worked with partners and clients in the construction industry, offering new, general construction services, renovations and retrofits in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector. See www.torquebuilders.com to find out more. The 2018 OMRS tour is also supported by Complete Mechanical, Borque Transmission, Gen-3 Electrical and Sterling Tire.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media