Veteran Ontario late model racer Paul Law is joining the OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model tour for the 2012 racing season. Driving his familiar #72 Midas of Orangeville, Ron Little Trucking, Hawk Shop Chevrolet Impala, Law will be competing in a touring series for the first time since a stint with the American Cup Lite tour in the early 2000’s.
Law enters the 2012 OSCAAR season as another Rookie-of-the-Year contender, but is no rookie in terms of experience. The racing career for the native of Brampton, Ontario began in the early 1980’s at Varney Speedway in the enduro series before moving on to a street stock and a track championship at Flamboro Speedway. Law has competed in a Limited Late Model at Mosport Speedway on a few different occasions and has finished as high as second in the points standing while earning a Most Improved driver award.
As with many of the other rookies entering OSCAAR this season, Law is in chase of a Rookie Points championship, while finishing in the top-five overall in points is Law’s ultimate goal for the season. For an experienced driver, there is a pretty simple way to achieve these goals.
“Keep your nose clean, try and finish every race,” said Law.
After a shortened 2011 season due to other commitments, joining OSCAAR appeared to the logical fit for Law in 2012, who explained his decision to join the series.
“(OSCAAR is) more of an open car versus the Limited Lates. You can put four tires on when you go in the feature and the competition is much greater,” said Law. “You’ve got guys like Jeff Hanley, Rob Clarke, Glenn Watson. You’ve got some real competition you can learn from.”
The OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Models are scheduled to make one stop this summer at Mosport Speedway on July 21, a date that Law has circled on his calendar after having raced there for many years.
“I’ve done quite a few laps there. I’m hoping to do really well there,” explained Law.
Joining Ontario’s Premier Touring Series will allow Law to race with some old friends and familiar competitors including Jeff Hanley, Mike Beyore, Chris Burrows, and Todd Campbell.
“I haven’t raced with those guys in a while, so I’m looking forward to getting back racing with them,” said Law.
Law believes that the deep competition OSCAAR possesses will be his biggest challenge in 2012 and the current strength of the series is due largely to the introduction of the crate motor over the past few seasons.
“I think on the big part, the growth of the supers is (from) bringing the crate motor in. I don’t think we’ve ever seen the car count that we saw last year. I myself am going to have a crate motor this year. I think that’s a big step forward. It’s a much cheaper way to go. I think that’s what is bringing the series.”
The car counts OSCAAR saw last year topped out at 28 for the September 25 event at Sunset Speedway, but the series featured more than 20 cars on half-a-dozen occasions. With a handful of rookies joining the series for 2012 and a selection of veteran drivers returning to the series, it is not unreasonable to consider 30-35 cars arriving at some of the biggest events of the year.
“With that kind of car count, of course the fans are going to be stoked. You get a full field of cars, 24 cars. I don’t think you see that in Ontario very often,” said Law. “OSCAAR is the way to go.”
Be sure to take in all of the OSCAAR action at the season opener at Sunset Speedway on Sunday, May 20, including the first ever open-wheel modified event at the refurbished Sunset Speedway.
By Clayton Johns / OSCAAR