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OSCAAR Preview: Super Lates set to tackle the beach this weekend

With their last event being about a month ago, the OSCAAR Super Late Model drivers are itching to get back at it this weekend with a trip to Sauble Speedway’s 1/4 mile. The one-groove track should produce some fast, action-packed racing as drivers try to get around each other.

Last year, Andrew Gresel was able to master the craft the best on his home track as he dominated the 50-lap feature, in leading all of the laps en route to victory lane. No doubt the sophomore driver should be strong this weekend based on his performance so far this year as he has yet to finish outside of the top five in a single-event this year.

Though perhaps the driver to watch will be Kevin Cornelius as he is coming off two victories in the last three feature events, including the Don Biederman Memorial Championship. He also ran strong in his Sauble debut last year, posting a third place finish behind Gresel and Derrike Tiemersma,

One of the previous Sauble race winners that will definitely be in the field come this weekend is Glenn Watson, who picked up the victory in 2011. So far this year, though, the four-time series champion has been up and down with some solid runs, but also some weeks with struggles. Given the trend, he should be good this weekend.

Jeff Hanley won at Sauble in both 2008 and 2010 (2009 was rained out), though has not confirmed whether he will be at Sauble this weekend. He has ran all the events this year, except for one, posting a top-five finish in each appearance this year.

Following a DNF last year at Sauble, Tyler Hawn will be looking for a better outting this year as he tries to top his ninth place finish from 2012. Hawn made his debut this year mid-season and has got better with each run as he continues to get the bugs sorted out with his car.

Another driver looking for a good run this year at Sauble is Shane Gowan, who also posted a DNF in 2013. Gowan desperately needs a good run after having a big wreck at Kawartha earlier this season that saw his Sunset weekend fall off pace.

Rob Poole has only made one trip to Sauble in his career and won his first heat in 2012, though also saw his night cut short due to carb problems. He will be looking to keep his solid season going as he has yet to finish worse than ninth this year.

In his Sauble debut, Jesse Kennedy was impressive with a fifth place finish. However, his second appearance in 2012, less than stellar with a finish outside of the top 10. Kennedy hopes this weekend will be better, coming off of a pair of top 10s at Sunset.

Both rookies Kelly Balson and Dave Doucette have been impressive this year, posting top-10 finishes and even a couple top-fives. Both will be looking for the right groove this weekend at Sauble Speedway in their first trip to the 1/4 mile. Balson has a momentum on his side with a fifth in feature two of the Don Biederman Memorial, while Doucette is hoping to crack the top 10 after Sunset didn’t pan out as well as hoped.

Sophomore driver Corey Jones is hoping that his Sauble debut also goes well after getting the early season mechanical issues sorted out with his ride.

With the OSCAAR Hanover Holiday Modifieds running their Rick Woolner Memorial this weekend at Sauble to go with the Super Late show, it promises to be an action-packed night that fans across the province shouldn’t miss.

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