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PREVIEW: Hoosier OSCAAR Modified Race No. 7 – Sunset Speedway

After putting on a show at Peterborough Speedway, the Hoosier OSCAAR Modifeds will return to Sunset Speedway for the third time of the 2015 season.

Three-time Champion Gary McLean leads the crop into the weekend after winning the last three events at Sunset Speedway. McLean leads the modified drivers in victories at Sunset with 10 victories in 15 races. He currently leads the points standings in search of his fourth championship coming off a victory at the Chase for the Colors event.

Another McLean to keep an eye on will be Brian McLean as he showed speed during the season opener, finishing sixth. He fell off through the middle of the season, but bounced back to finish fourth at Peterborough.

Going into the weekend, Gary Elliott is one of the drivers to watch as he has been posting solid finishes with each passing week, getting closer to his first Modified victory. Sunset Speedway marks a good spot for it to happen as he has tons of laps around Sunset in the Late Model division, and has ran upfront at Sunset Speedway. In his last three Sunset appearances, he has finished fifth, second and sixth. He’s also coming off of a pair of top-10 finishes, finishing fifth at Sauble and eighth at Peterborough.

Shane Stickel enters this weekend with momentum after scoring his first career victory in the first feature of the Rick Woolner Memorial and a third place finish at Sauble Speedway. He also knows his way around Sunset Speedway, posting a second place finish in the first event of the season.

Davey Terry missed the season opener at Sunset Speedway, but posted a solid fourth place finish in the second event of 2015 to go along with the podiums from last season. He’ll look to bounce back after issues took him out of contention at FTMS.

Though well all these drivers have a bulk of modified experience, there is going to be a slew of rookies in the field, as well.

David Balych enters this weekend with some Sunset Speedway momentum after a top-nine finish in both of his first two appearances. He is looking for a good, solid top-10 finish after a 12th and a 19th in the last two events.

After driving a wide-range of open-wheel cars over the years, highlighted by a championship in the four-cylinder Outlaw Modified Series last year, A.J. Emms made the jump to the OSCAAR Modified division. He enters this weekend confident following an eighth place finish in his last Sunset Speedway appearance. The driver of the Allen Adams’ owned No. 99 entry is hoping to bounce back following bad luck at Peterborough.

Sault St. Marie native Mike Hearty has been solid this far this year, scoring a four straight top-10 finishes. He’s hoping to avoid the trouble that plagued him in his last Sunset Speedway appearance this weekend.

Dan Price enters this weekend with momentum, following a ninth place finish at Peterborough. He will be hoping to score his first Sunset Speedway top-10 after finishes of 13th and 16th in the previous two events. Fellow Peterborough Thunder Car standout John Baker Jr. has been solid this year, posting a pair of runner-up finishes. He’s been solid at Sunset with a finish of seventh in his last appearance.

Cory Horner enters his first full season on the tour after running the final two events of last season. He has been turning a lot of heads this early in the season with six top-seven finishes in eight modified events, highlighted by a third and a second at Sunset Speedway to start this season.

Chris Milwain has showed a ton of speed, but hadn’t found the luck till he got to Peterborough Speedway, posting a 10th place finish. He’ll hope to do better this weekend.

Beyond those mentioned here, there are other drivers that may show their face on Saturday night so be sure to be in attendance to see these cars in action. Details about the event can be found at or

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