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Gresel and McLean Win on OSCAAR Night
July 22nd, 2016
By Ryan Dyson
OSCAAR Racing night presented by Tormont CAT at Delaware Speedway featured racing from the outlaw Super Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds, both very fast and daring racing machines. While the local stars sat out this week, the touring series drivers stepped up their game to put on a thrilling show. The 50-lap feature race for the Super Late Models was won by Andrew Gresel (#81). Gary McLean (#8) won the 30-lap main event for the Open Wheel Modifieds.
The opening 10-lap heat race for the Super Late Models was led to green by the #2 of Tyler Hawn. Shane McGinnis (#03) grabbed the lead on the opening lap and began to pace the field as Glenn Watson (#22) pressured from behind. On lap 7 the #52 of Gary Passer had a mechanical issue on the front straightaway and began to leak fluid on the racing surface. McGinnis would go on to win the heat race over Watson and Rob Clark (#49). The second heat race began with Jesse Kennedy (#10) on the pole, in his return to racing. On the opening lap, the #40P of Charlie Gallant spun in turn. On the restart, Andrew Gresel (#81) took over the race lead, and began to distance himself. Gresel would go on to win the race over Jesse Kennedy and Roy Passer (#27).
The second round of heat races for the Super Late Models began with the #40P of Charlie Gallant on the pole, alongside Rob Clark. Clark would get the lead early, after almost getting turned entering the first corner. The field would get single file and race until lap 6 when the caution came out as Tyler Hawn’s #2H went up in smoke down the front straightaway for what to be a broken power steering line. Clark would go on to win the heat race as Charlie Gallant finished 2nd and Darrell Lake 3rd. The 4th and final heat race started with JR Fitzpatrick on the pole alongside teammate Roy Passer. Fitzpatrick took sole possession of the lead early, as Glenn Watson began to track him down. Fitzpatrick would hold off Watson for the win as McGinnis finished in 3rd.
Long time OSCAAR campaigner and multi-time champion Rob Clark started on the pole position for the 50-lap main event for the Super Late Models, with the #03 of Shane McGinnis starting in the 2nd position. Rob Clark led the race for the opening 18 laps as Andrew Gresel chopped his way through the field. On lap 19 the #03 of McGinnis moved to the inside of Clark for the race lead, allowing Gresel to follow through for 2nd. The two drivers would distance themselves from 3rd on back, as they fought fiercely. On lap 26, off of turn 2 Gresel would get a run to the inside for the race lead and take sole possession entering turn 3. The #81 would immediately open up a gap and begin to track down lapped traffic. Just after the 30 lap mark, JR Fitzpatrick would move into the top 5 with a pass on the #10 of Jesse Kennedy. Within 10 to go, the 3rd – 6th place cars were all nose to tail, fighting hard for a podium spot. In the end it would be all Andrew Gresel, who continues his season of excellence with another win, his first in a Super Late Model in 2016. In the caution free race, the #03 of McGinnis would finish 2nd and Rob Clark would hold on for a podium finish in 3rd.
Each division ran double heat races, which helped to set the fields for the feature races. The 10-lap heat races for the Open Wheel Modifieds were action packed. The opening heat race saw Gary McLean (#8) lead the field to the green flag and begin to stretch his legs until lap 2 when there was a major crash on the front straightaway that saw the #47 of Brian McLean up on two wheels and into hard into the turn 1 wall after contact with the #5 of Jay Christie. On the restart Gary McLean would keep the lead and go on to win the race over the #21 of Chris Milwain. The second heat races started with the #14 of AJ Emms on the pole, alongside defending Delaware Modified race winner, Jeff Showler (#4). The race would go wire to wire as Emms took the victory over Showler and Justin Demelo (#82).
The second round of heat races for the OSCAAR Modifieds began with the #88 of Ryan Dick on the pole alongside the #21 of Chris Milwain. Milwain took the race lead on the opening lap, while Justin Demelo and Gary McLain moved up to 2nd and 3rd respectively. Milwain would win the race as McLean made a last lap pass over Demelo for 2nd. The #97 of Rob Di Venanzo led the field to green for the 4th and final heat race, with the #99 of Luke Gignac to his high side. Gignac assumed the top spot early on as Barry Newman (#1) challenged from behind. Gignac would hold off Newman for the heat race victory, while the #97 of Rob Di Venanzo finished 3rd.
The #21 of Chris Milwain led the field to the green for the 30-lap main event, alongside the #09 of Kelly Balson, who was filling in for Dan Price. Milwain led the race early until lap 7 when former Delaware Speedway regular and champion Barry Newman moved around him. After the ⅓ mark in the race, the top 5 drivers closed up on each other and ran nose to tail, breaking away from the field. The top 5 drivers were swapping spots, as Gary McLean made several moves to the outside and into the top 3. On lap 17, Jeff Showler broke loose coming off of turn 2 and corrected into the outside wall, collecting AJ Emms in a very hard crash. Both drivers would walk away uninjured, which was a great sight to see after two very hard impacts. On the ensuing restart, Gary McLean would make several moves to work his way into the top position, around Milwain and Newman. After taking the race lead, McLean would spread his legs as he pulled to almost a straightaway advantage. Gary McLean would go on to win the 30-lap event, over Barry Newman, Chris Milwain, Luke Gignac, and Justin Demelo.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Friday July 29th featuring racing from the Ground Masters Super Stocks, V8 Stocks, Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks, and a King of the Hill spectators race. The event begins at 7:30pm, tickets are available online at www.DelawareSpeedway.com.
This Week at Delaware Speedway - July 22nd
This week at Delaware Speedway
This Friday night Delaware Speedway will be taken over by OSCAAR for a night of Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified action. The weekly drivers will have a rest as fan favourite names such as Jesse Kennedy, JR Fitzpatrick, Darrell Lake, Justin Demelo, Jeff Showler and more take on the historic half mile.
Tickets for the event can be purchased right here on the track website, and all gate time and event time information can be found on the schedule page.
View the event itinerary HERE
Friday July 8th, 2016 PURCHASE TICKETS
Spectator gates open: 6:00pm | Event begins: 7:30pm
OSCAAR Super Late Models (10-lap heats (x4), 50-lap feature)
OSCAAR Open Wheel Modifieds (10-lap heats (x4), 30-lap feature)