As the series keeps expanding, so does the selection of tracks as the Hanover Holiday OSCAAR Modifieds are set to make their inaugural trip to Capital City Speedway. Bringing forth one of the longest hauls of the season, teams have been spending the week guessing what will be the right combination to get around the 3/8 mile the quickest.
Coming off a pair of podium finishes, Davey Terry hopes that he has the right combination to hit victory lane this weekend and finally knock down his first career victory. Terry looked to have one of the strongest cars both days this past weekend. On Saturday night, he worked his way from the sixth starting spot to second and tracked down the leader, however was unable to find a way by. In the Sunday feature, Terry led 27 of the 30 laps before being passed late by both Cayden Lapcevich and Gary McLean. With everything hitting on all the right spots for the No. 14 team, expect victory lane to greet them soon.
Though if any driver should figure out Capital City in their first attempt, it’ll be Gary McLean. McLean was the first to get the ball rolling in the OSCAAR mods, dominating the first season. The domination has since dwindled a bit, however the veteran is still posting top finishes and counting up the points in route to a possible third straight championship. No doubt the No. 8 should be strong on Saturday night.
Keeping in the family, Brian McLean could very well be considered a dark horse this weekend. Normally not running up front with his brother, Brian got the ball rolling on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway with a third place finish. Could the No. 47 team figured out what it takes? Quite possibly.
While the McLeans have experience on their side, they’ve also had their hands full with other drivers – like Max Beyore. After running a partial schedule last year with some impressive finishes, Beyore has been ultra impressive in his attempt to run the full schedule this year with his worst finish of the year being an eighth. As a result, Beyore sits second in points and heading to a new track, he will no doubt be looking to gain some points on Gary.
It has yet to be determined at press time whether Matt Barton will make the long haul to Capital City. However if he does, keep an eye on the No. 2 as he has been strong in each start that he has made this season and is considered a threat to win each week. Couple others to watch if they make the haul will be Shane Stickel and Branden Bullen.
Rookies Dustin Jackson and Tommy Robb will both look for their first feature wins this weekend as they have both been impressive in their rookie seasons so far, posting solid finishes across the tracks. However beyond the simple solid finishes, they have been impressive for other reasons. Jackson is only 13-year-old and has a heat win and five top-10s this year, while Robb scored a sixth and seventh at Sunset Speedway this past weekend despite dealing with a broken wrist as a result of a crash at Barrie Speedway.
After winning at Sunset Speedway in May, Chad Strawn was hoping to head back to victory lane last weekend. However, that didn’t happen as a result of a pair of finishes outside of the top 10. Though known as a front modified runner despite the limited experience, Strawn should be able to get things back on the road with positive top-five finishes this weekend – if he finds the right combination.
Unfortunately, Gary Elliott also struggled this past weekend at Sunset Speedway with steering issues. Elliott has stated that the necessary repairs were made on Tuesday and he should be good to go this weekend. Elliott is looking for a good run after finishing second at Barrie Speedway last month.
Brent McLean also is looking for a good run this weekend after posting a pair of poor finishes this weekend. McLean has been strong on the tour in the past, finishing runner-up in the standings the past two seasons, so look for Brent to bounce back this weekend.
Drew Stieler and Ryan Dick continue to improve with each lap behind the wheel and it shows in their finishes. Both drivers will be looking for top-1o finishes this weekend after struggling this past weekend. Mike Westwood didn’t have his Sunset trip go his way either as mechanical issues bit him so look for a better run by him this weekend.
Bobby Tolton missed the Sunset Speedway double due to other commitments, however has shown intentions of going to CCS this weekend. Tolton’s season hasn’t gone his way so far with struggling with the handling of his modified, so a good solid run would go a long way.