Preview: Second-Trip to Kawartha for Modifieds

Sunday mark’s the second race of the back half of the 2013 OSCAAR Modified tour and the series’ sophomore trip to Kawartha Speedway. This weekend’s feature event will be 30 laps in length, five laps longer than the previous outing.

Series points leader Gary McLean (No.8) won his third feature of the season last weekend at Peterborough Speedway, but, at the time of publication, his entry in to Sunday’s show was unconfirmed. McLean’s wife, Linda, underwent a major surgery this week and the defending champion warned he may have to miss the race to follow her recovery process.

Last season’s rookie-of-the-year Davey Terry (No.14) suffered a DNF as a result of a broken motor last weekend, but returns to the tour today attempting to repeat his second-place finish from one year ago. Terry has said Kawartha has become one of his favourite tracks and the sophomore driver is eyeing the high-banked oval for his first career victory.

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Matt Barton (No.2) is expected to return to the tour Sunday after a two-race hiatus. Barton, who is running a partial schedule this season, sat fourth in the championship standings before taking the break. This marks Barton’s first trip to Kawartha in an open-wheel modified and the second-year driver has historically performed well on large ovals, including Delaware Speedway.

Rookie contender Shane Stickel (No.39) earned his first career podium finish last week at Peterborough, a second-place result. As a result, Stickel will start on the front-row for the Autumn Colours Classic in October. Stickel has never looked out of place in his five career starts, so he will look for another top-five finish in his first career trip to Kawartha.

Dave Osborne (No.11) suffered a DNF last week after a mid-race incident involving Dean Scott (No.19). Osborne was running just outside the top-five at the time, which bodes well for the rookie driver. Osborne makes his first trip to Kawartha under OSCAAR sanctioning.

Branden Bullen (No.67jr) had another successful outing last weekend where he earned his second consecutive top-five finish. Bullen finished third at Sunset Speedway two weeks ago and fifth last week. Sunday will also mark Bullen’s first trip to Kawartha in an open-wheel modified, but he will have the expertise of his father and former Super Late Model driver Phil Bullen to guide him. Bullen currently leads the rookie-of-the-year standings.

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Canada will award special prizes to the 30-lap A-Main winner following the race and will sponsor all qualifying heat races.

Racing gets underway at 4:30pm on Sunday August 11 for the OSCAAR Modifieds, who will be joined by the OSCAAR Super Late Models for their 50-lap main event and Brighton’s Speedways Vanderlaan dirt Pro Late Models for an exhibition show. The pit gate will open at 11:00am for competitors.

A ‘Show & Shine’ will begin at 12:00pm when spectator gates open, with over 100 hot rods expected to be in attendance for the Syracuse Nationals and Right Coast Cars associated event.

Direction: For directions to Kawartha Speedway, visit http://www.kawarthadowns.com/19p_directions.htm.

Tickets: General Admission, including pit access, is just $25. Discounts are available. Children 15 and under are admitted free. For more information, visithttp://oscaar.ca/news/event-pricing-announced-for-midas-of-orangeville-50-at-kawartha/ .

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.

Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

OSCAAR Media and Public Relations

Contact: oscaar.media@gmail.com

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