September 6, 2013- The OSCAAR Modifieds make their first ever trip to Flamboro Speedway this Saturday night, with several big names set to do battle. Open-wheel modifieds have never competed at Flamboro under OSCAAR sanctioning, but several drivers have previous experience at the 1/3-mile Millgrove, ON-oval.
The series was originally scheduled to make its Flamboro debut on July 20, but a power outage in the Hamilton-area forced the event’s cancellation.
This weekend’s stop is the first of two this season at Flamboro for the Modified tour, which will also compete at the speedway’s signature Oktoberfest event on October 5.
The tour has been off since competing at Delaware Speedway on August 17 where Justin Demelo (No.82) was victorious for the second-time this season. Demelo will compete this Saturday at Flamboro in hopes of completing the hat-trick and has announced he will donate all of his race winnings to the purse for the 2013 edition of the Rick Woolner Memorial at Varney Speedway Motorplex on September 14 and 15.
Reigning series rookie-of-the-year Davey Terry (No.14) is preparing for a strong run at his family’s home track. Terry, a cousin of Flamboro’s popular Shaw family, is coming off a fifth-place result in his fourth-career start at Delaware. Look for the ‘Erin Express’ to be back inside the top-five again this weekend.
Current points leader Gary McLean (No.8) extended his points lead at Delaware with a second-place finish. McLean is among the drivers with experience at Flamboro and will look to use his pedigree as an advantage.
Brent McLean (No.7) currently sits second in the championship standings despite a DNF at Delaware. The third-year modified pilot has two wins this season, but has not had the same success he experienced in the first-half of late. McLean won an unsanctioned open-wheel modified event at Flamboro last fall. Look for the Bowmanville Home Hardware sponsored entry to get back on track this weekend.
Shane Stickel (No.39) earned an impressive sixth-place finish at Delaware three weeks ago, and is in good position to earn another top-five this Saturday. Stickel has plenty of Flamboro experience in a Vintage Modified, but none of yet in an OSCAAR Modified. Regardless, Stickel is capable of transferring the skills to his new MSD Machine Tool/Creative Edge sponsored ride.
Tim Tolton (No.13) will make his first career OSCAAR Modified tour start this Saturday in place of son Bobby. The younger Tolton will be out of action after the birth of his son, Chase, on Thursday. Tim has experience competing in open-wheel cars with the Varney Outlaw Modifieds, but has not yet piloted Bobby’s Knightworks Design sponsored machine. Look for a solid performance from the veteran pilot.
Despite having very limited practice at Delaware, Branden Bullen (No.67jr) had a 10th-place finish. Bullen also ran well at Kawartha Speedway on August 11, so another top-ten will be good for the rookie driver’s lead at the top of the rookie standings.
Dave Osborne (No.11) is also expected to return to active competition after missing the series’ last two races. The Brantford, Ont. driver last competed with the tour at Peterborough where he finished 10th, but was collected in a mid-race incident which ended his night. Expect the ‘Wild Child’ to rebound with a solid finish at his former home track.
The OSCAAR Modifieds will be joined by the OSCAAR Super Late Models as well as three of Flamboro Speedway’s regular divisions and the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. To accommodate the six divisions on tap for Saturday night, the start time has been moved ahead to 4:00pm. Spectator gates open at 3:00pm.
Directions: For directions to Flamboro Speedway, located in Millgrove, Ont. visit the following link: http://flamborospeedway.net/?page_id=60
Tickets: For ticket pricing and information, please visit: http://flamborospeedway.net/?p=919.
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By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia) – OSCAAR Media and Public Relations