OSCAAR Midget Grand Bend Speedway Preview

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After a week off to catch their breath, the OSCAAR Midgets turn their attention to Grand Bend Speedway this weekend. Entering their ninth race of the year with growing notebooks, this weekend’s race promises to be a thriller with a full field of drivers on track.

Wayne McKibbon has been solid all year so far, scoring a top-10 finish each week. He’ll look to carry the success forward at Grand Bend, where he posted a fifth place finish earlier this year.

Brian MacDoanld has been strong at Grand Bend, posting a fourth place finish last year followed by a third in June. He hopes to score his seventh straight top-five this weekend.

Alex Cuzzilla enters this weekend with a smile on his face as he scored his first career feature victory a couple weeks ago at Flamboro Speedway. He was solid at Grand Bend in June, posting an eighth place finish.

Russ Couture made his return to the series a couple weeks ago following a mid-season crash, posting a ninth place finish. He’ll be hoping for a strong run this weekend following a sixth in June.

Wally Wilson has started off the year with a pair of solid finishes – sixth and ninth. He hopes to score his third straight top-10 finish after just missing the top-10 with an 11th last year at Grand Bend.

Back in June, Ryan Brown scored a runner-up finish at Grand Bend Speedway. It kicked off a great summer stretch as he enters this weekend with six straight top-five finishes, including a win mid-season.

Zack Milman hasn’t started off his rookie campaign as he hoped, facing issues in the first two races this year. the rookie is no doubt looking to have a smooth day come Saturday at the bend.

Bill Heatherton didn’t have the 2016 debut he had hoped with a 12th place finish, but has placed in the top-10 each week since, including a fifth place finish at Flamboro.

Darryl Anthony made his first start of the year at Peterborough, running into issues. Unfortunately, the past four races have seen those issues return. He hopes he has it worked out so he can score his second top-10 of 2016.

Craig Deacon has run two races thus far this year, posting a pair of solid finishes with an eighth and a seventh. He hopes to break into the top-five this weekend.

Unfortunately, Paul Derno didn’t have the 2016 debut he hoped for at Flamboro Speedway with mechanical issues. He’ll hope to have those sorted out this weekend. Meanwhile, Trevor Spoul was solid in his debut this year, posting a solid eighth place finish.

James Stanley hopes to score his fourth straight top-two finish this weekend. He has been strong at Grand Bend in the past, posting a third place finish last August.

Shawn Stanley hopes to have a solid run as his last start with the series resulted in a finish just outside of the top-10. There’s a strong chance he could place in the top-five after finishing fifth last year at Grand Bend, followed by a ninth this year.

Owen Elliott made his first start of the year a couple weeks ago at Peterborough, picking up the victory. He’ll hope to have another strong run this weekend.

Monty Farrell made his 2016 debut at Flamboro Speedway last month, posting a solid ninth place finish. He’ll be hoping for a strong run this weekend.

Currently, Brian MacDonald leads Wayne McKibbon by 29 points in the series standings. Grand Bend Speedway marks the final race before the OSCAAR Race for the Cup kicks off at Sauble Speedway next weekend. Right now, the qualified drivers include MacDonald, McKibbon, Wally Wilson, Ryan Brown, Alex Cuzzilla and Zack Milman.

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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.