OSCAAR Modified Chase for the Colours Preview

With a couple drivers making their first starts of the years and coming off a competitive event last weekend, the OSCAAR Modified drivers are certainly excited for Saturday’s Chase for the Colours event at Peterborough Speedway.

Notably, the Chase for the Colours event has been on the minds of drivers since pre-season, as the winner not only gets the pole for the Autumn Colours Classic but also will be locked into the OSCAAR Championship Chase.

Going into the Chase for the Colours at Peterborough Speedway this Saturday night, the drivers eligible for the OSCAAR Chase are: Gary McLean, Luke Gignac, Dan Price, Gary Elliott, A.J. Emms, Cory Horner, John Harper, Rob Di Venanzo and Brian McLean. Out of those drivers, only eight will make the cut when the Chase begins. If a driver wins the Chase for the Colours, they will be locked into the Chase, as long as they maintain eligibility by competing in the required amount of races.

Gary McLean enters this weekend with momentum as he’s won the last three straight races, with no finishes outside of the top-eight this season. He has always ran well at Peterborough, scoring the victory in the Autumn Colours Classic twice, along with a previous Chase for the Colours victory.

Luke Gignac hopes to keep his early season momentum going after posting his third straight top-five last weekend at Delaware Speedway. While this marks his first Peterborough Speedway modified start, he has a lot of experience there in thunder car, notably picking up a win last season.

After having Kelly Balson fill-in for him last weekend at Delaware, Dan Price returns to the seat of his modified as he looks for his fourth top-10 of 2016. In his previous two Peterborough starts, he has posted finishes of ninth and 11th.

Gary Elliott is hoping to get back to the front after just missing the top-10 at Delaware Speedway, following a pair of pair of top-six finishes. In his four previous races at Peterborough, he has posted four top-10s with a best finish of fourth.

A.J. Emms is just hoping for a smooth weekend after finding himself on the hook at the end of last weekend’s race at Delaware Speedway. Despite the recent struggles, Emms has shown speed this year with three top-five finishes. He also ran well last year at Peterborough, posting a fourth place finish in the Autumn Colours Classic.

Cory Horner has continued to impress in his modified career, posting three top-10 finishes this year. Unfortunately, issues during qualifying resulted in a DNS for the feature at Delaware Speedway. His home track is the perfect place to try and turn things around as he has finished in the top-seven in his each of his three previous starts, including a runner-up finish last October.

John Harper is looking to get back to running well, as well, as he struggled at Delaware Speedway with a poor showing. He was quick last year and impressed, but has yet to post a top-10 finish this year. Notably, he finished in the top-six in both Peterborough races last season.

Rob Di Venanzo hopes to have a strong run at Peterborough Speedway coming off his second straight top-10 last weekend. He finished 12th last year at the patch in his second career OSCAAR start.

Brian McLean enters this weekend looking to turn his season around after bad luck in the past two races, with wrecks taking him of contention. He has ran well at Peterborough previously, scoring a fourth place finish last August.

2015 Autumn Colours Classic victor John Baker Jr. will be making his first start of the season this weekend. Over the course of his rookie campaign last year, he posted 10 top-10 finishes, including a pair of podiums at Peterborough.

Brad Stevenson will make his first career OSCAAR start this weekend at Peterborough Speedway. He has a lot of experience on the track, as well as in a modified through other racing endeavors so look for him to be strong Saturday night.

Chris Milwain has shown a lot of speed, as evident by three straight top-eight finishes, including a third at Delaware Speedway. He finished 10th at Peterborough last August.

Following a top-10 finish in each of his starts this year, Ryan Dick will be looking for another solid performance after posting an ninth and eighth in his previous two starts at Peterborough.

David Baylch is looking to build some momentum following a ninth place finish at Delaware Speedway. He finished seventh in last year’s Autumn Colours Classic.

Shane Stickel has made a single start this season, finishing eighth at Flamboro. If he’s in attendance this weekend, he’ll look to build on his previous Peterborough success of two top-six finishes.

The full itinerary and prices can be found on the Peterborough Speedway website at http://www.peterboroughspeedway.com/.


By: Ashley McCubbin

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Joining OnPitRoad.com mid-2013 season, Ashley McCubbin is now the Managing Editor and contributes to each racing division as needed. Since studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber, Ashley has published articles on a couple of different websites, while serving as a public relations representative for different short track teams. Born in North York, Ontario, Ashley currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area. She has spent her entire life at the short track level, falling in love with the sport at the age of five. Beyond her love of short track racing, she also has grown an interest for both NASCAR and the IndyCar Racing Series. She also enjoys taking photos and working on websites, while playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush afterwards.