The Ontario Stock Car Association of Asphalt Racers (OSCAAR) was formed in 1990 and has been responsible for sanctioning many divisions. Currently, OSCAAR manages three divisions: Modified, Hot Rod and Pro Sprint.

The Modified division, which receives backing from Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, draws many competitors and features some exciting race. The 2019 season kicked off in May with an event at Sunset Speedway and ends at Peterborough Speedway during the very popular Autumn Colours weekend. Between these dates, there are also races conducted at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Delaware Speedway, Sauble Speedway and Flamboro Speedway. The title chase is scheduled to include a total of sixteen race events.

The cars competing in this class are purpose-built open-wheel vehicles. The Modifieds use a steel tube frame chassis, which is no less than 1-3/4-inch outside diameter with 0.095-inch wall thickness. Bodies are made of sheet metal with the driver’s compartment and engine bay covered. The cars may be any make or model, but they tend to have little to no resemblance to their road-going counterparts.

The engine option selected by the car owner determines the weight of the vehicle. A Modified using 350-horsepower Crate Engine is the lightest at 2,600-pounds and 2,775-pounds is required for a car powered a Built Motor. Weight may be added or removed depending on the choice of transmission.

Many of the other rules governing the OSCAAR Modified class are for driver safety and to keep costs down.

The OSCAAR Modified division was scheduled to compete at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 6 as a support event for the NASCAR Pinty’s series. However, inclement weather moved in before the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC forty-lap feature could be completed and the race was held on Sunday.

This is how the first lap of the feature looked before the rain moved in and forced the Officials to red flag the race and move it to Sunday. On the pole in the No. 18 Oakville Auto and Diesel Modified of heat one winner, Jason Keen. Sharing the front row with Keen is Chad Strawn, who finished second in heat two, driving the Bad Axe Restoration sponsored Modified. A total of twenty-three competitors started the event.
John Harper driving the No 79 Modified captured the rain-delayed forty-lap Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC feature at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Harper, who finished second in the 2018 OSCAAR Modified points chase, showed great speed in practice. He competed in the second heat race and finished third. In the feature, Harper took the lead and lap-27 and maintained the position despite a caution late in the contest.
The regular driver of the No. B10 Cochrane Automotive / London Recreational Racing Modified, Kelly Balson, stepped aside for this event. The car was piloted by the 2018 APC Late Model champion, JR Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick didn’t disappoint and scored a victory in the second heat. He moved into second place during the feature, but Fitzpatrick could not hold off a hard-charging, John Harper and finished in the runner-up position.
In the season opener at Sunset Speedway, Chad Strawn claimed a heat race victory. At Jukasa Motor Speedway, the driver of the No. 77C Bad Axe Restoration Products sponsored Modified competed in heat two and finished third. Strawn started on the front row for the feature and moved into the lead early. However, unable to maintain the pace, he lost positions to John Harper and JR Fitzpatrick and was third at the finish.
Jason Keen won the first heat at Jukasa Motor Speedway after battling with Norman Newman, Jeff Showler and APC Late Model competitor, Josh Stade. Keen started on the pole for the forty-lap Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC feature. Before the end of lap-1, he had fallen to third place. By the end of the event, Keen was passed by John Harper, JR Fitzpatrick and Chad Strawn – finishing in fourth place.
AJ Emms was another competitor who scored a heat win in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. Driving the No. 14 BAE Environmental / FMR Scrap Buyers sponsored Modified; Emms grabbed another heat victory at Jukasa Motor Speedway. He started the feature in seventh place but slowly fell down the race order. At the checkered flag, Emms was in the eleventh spot.
The top-three finishers for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified event at Jukasa Motor Speedway. In the center and winning his first race of the season is John Harper. Harper’s victory moved him into a three-way tie atop the point standings. On the left side is the runner-up and current APC competitor, JR Fitzpatrick. Finishing third was Chad Strawn – one of the three drivers leading the title chase.

1John HarperModified / DSE40-
2JR FitzpatrickModified / London Recreational Racing40-
3Chad StrawnModified / Eibach Springs40-
4Jason KeenModified / Oakville Auto and Diesel40-
5Cory HornerModified / Custom Forming40-
6Norman NewmanModified / Family Funland40-
7Dale ReinhartModified / SGR Plumbing40-
8Anthony DiBelloModified / DiBello Towing40-
9Shawn ChenowethModified / London Recreational Racing40-
10Luke GignacModified / Port's Cooling & Heating39-
11AJ EmmsModified / Klotz39-
12Mike HeartyModified / Flawless Roofing39-
13Brad PearsallModified / The Car Guy39-
14Jase CornellModified / TBA39-
15Bob FranksModified / Nadeau's Collision Service38-
16Bryan BattyModified / Broadway Service37-
17Craig ScottModified / Premier Mining Products37-
18Jim BowmanModified / Hanover 45 Holidays37-
19Gary ElliottModified / Quaker State37-
20Mark HamacherModified / Canada Tubeform37-
21Josh StadeModified / Bad Axe Restoration37-
22Wally WilsonModified / The Fyre Place37-
23Justin DeMelloModified / L82 Construction40Disqualified

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