Late Model Ready For Pracitce

We got our Late Model back from Creative Edge, and once again Steve and the boys did an awesome job. This paint scheme is different than any before, but similar to 2011. I like it very much and know all my sponsors will be happy with the car and the look. Marty Hagen came over on Sunday and we scaled the car getting the numbers where we wanted to start. We still have a few minor things to do and then we’ll be ready to go. The Modified is 95% ready, just a few things left. It sure would be good to get a little more help but most of my crew are 2 hours away and I appreciate them coming to the races. Matt and Jon Smith will be at many races, as will my cousin Ryan, when he can get out. Marty will make most of the Mod shows, and new crew member Billy Redgift will make as many as he can throughtout the season.
Billy and I were on the same Dart team, we had fun playing Darts and when I told him about the races he got very interested. I still could use more help but it seems most everyone is way too busy to help out. Once the cars are ready, and they will be soon, then we know we will be fine with our crew making it to the races.
Special thanks to Marty Hagen, Matt and Jon Smith, Ryan Elliott, Jason Legge, Corey Adams, Ron Gibbons and Billy Redgift.
Practice for the Mod is this coming Sunday, with opening day at Sunset on May 16th. The Late Model starts racing on May 9th at Varney. Our schedule will be done this week, and posted on our web site and face book.

OSCAAR Modified Lettered For 2015

We finally got our Modified back from Creative Edge. Looks much like it did in 2014. We still need to make a few little things for the car, bleed the brakes, add lead, and scale it, then buy tires.
Once that’s done we will be ready for practice day at Sunset in 2 weeks.
Special thanks to Ron Easton of Oakville Trailers for making some changes on the Modified, to Marty Hagen for his help getting my cars ready and to Steve Lyons at Creative Edge for his finishing touch on our 2015 OSCAAR Modified.
My schedule will be posted soon, and I will be updating my 2015 crew and sponsors for this coming season.
I am so thankful that Quaker State will be back again for an incredible 42nd season.

Late Model Ready For Creative Edge

Thanks to the hard work of one of my crew members, and crew chief, Marty Hagen, our car is ready to be lettered. The Modified is getting lettered now and will be done soon. I will be posting my 2015 agressive schedule very soon, so watch for it and other interesting things happening for the coming year.

Late Model Painted

032815 (9)Ron Easton, owner of Oakville Trailers, painted our car this weekend. I am happy with how it turned out. Now we will get the rest of the mechanical done and send it out for lettering to Creative Edge.
The windows need to go in, but before that, we will clean the car inside first, and buff both front and rear windows.

Late Model Slowly Coming Together

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Our Late Model has been undergoing some minor repairs, nothing very serious in 2014 that meant we needed a major over haul. We could use an updated car, perhaps one of the newer Late Models, but that isn’t in the budget so we will make the Late Model I’ve had since I started, get the job done in 2015.
Ron Easton, o/o of Oakville Trailers is dong the body work and will have the car painted by mid April, then it comes home for pre practice prep.
The only parts we will need are shocks and springs, and valve springs for the engine.
Once the pre practice work is done, we will send the car to Steve Lyons of Creative Edge for lettering. The Modified will go first.
Though a little later than normal for having my cars race ready, we are still in good shape to be ready for practice day.
I will be posting our 2015 schedule soon and it’s going to be a busy season.
We are at 721 consecutive nights, and my goal is 800 in a row before I retire, so putting a bunch in this year wil let me reduce the number of races over the next 3 years. I do understand that I can’t do this without help, and without the grace of God to give me good health, a good crew and the continued support from my sponsors. I have been blessed and I am truly thankful for all I have been given. I love this sport, and all the people in it.

2015 Season Under Way

NOTE: Many of our fans and friends have been having difficulty getting on our site, me to. The problem was the hosting company of the server. I noticed back in November they were not contacting me when they took money from my account. Then my stie went down for a long period for no reason on my part. I called Mike Larkin, of Canadian Computech….a wizard….and asked him to look into it for me. He didn’t know why I was having trouble, but he suggested it could be with the hosting company Dark Scape. Mikey suggested I switch to Go Daddy once we get things settled with Dark Scape.
I tried contacting Dark Scape again with no reply. Finally my site went down altogether in December. Mikey then started looking into transferring my site to Go Daddy, but ran into red tape with proper forms needing to be filled etc.
In mid February I was sent forms to fill out, the questions included the name of the owner of the site etc. I filled out everything they asked and emaild it back. To my shock, I got a reply back from this board, saying that I did not own my web site, it was owned by Dark Scape and only they could release it. I explained that I could not get in touch with them, and then I was told there was nothing they could do. I asked about my site, and the lady said it belonged to them not me. I told her I had been posting on it for 7 years and had tons of my history, but that it was shut down. She said there was nothing anyone could do, “your site is lost sir”. WHAT!!!! Anyway I was a mess for a few days. I called Mikey back and told him what she said, I was very discouraged. He said “no problem I will check into it”. I said “but my site is gone, there is no way to get it”. Then the most awesome news I could here. “Oh Gary, I saved your entire site when I checked into it a month ago, not to worry”. Wow, what a blessing, thank you Mikey.
So now we are up again, under Go Daddy and I will be updating this site frequently as before. It is now but if you use the previous name it will work as well.
Here is our first update with the new look web page 🙂

This has been a difficult off season, but we are making progress slowly. Our Modified had a few repairs done to it, nothing major, except maybe the lead tray on the left front, but other than that it was new bumpers, nose and sides.
We will doing all the maintenance to our Mod soon, changing of all fluids, and thorugh nut and bolt. Our shocks were sent to Jeff Walt for testing and rebuilding, and then we can prepare it for final scaling and set up.
Then it goes to Creative Edge for lettering and race car SPA treatment.
Special thanks to Marty Hagen for all his help so far. I will be posting more updates now that our revamped site is up and working.

I would like to thank Ron Easton of Oakville Trailers for his awesomes support in 2015 again. He has done all the work on the Mod and is currently working on the Late Model as well.
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2014 OSCAAR Banquet

OSCAAR “Sportsman of the Year”
    Happy New Year to all our fans and friends………………We had our 2014 Annual OSCAAR banquet on Saturday night. It was our first Modified season and OSCAAR banquet. I had attended the Sunset Speedway banquet earlier in November and our team was presented the “Media Award” for helping promote the track, our sport and of course sponsors. That was the 3rd time in a row of winning that award at Sunset Speedway. The Media Award is awesome, because it’s like a big thank you for helping promote our sport, something my team has done for most all of our 46 seasons……however, winning the “Sportsman of the Year” award in the OSCAAR Modifieds, was one of the nicest awards I have ever won. This was our 5th time to win this award and it was not only a surprise but made me feel good knowing that the way I race, hard but clean, was worthy of the recognition we got…….teh season was very good for me, and my team, Bob Periera, Matt Smith, Marty Hagen, Paul Douglas, Dave Hennessey, who made it for most all of the races, as well as help from Jim Hulzinga, Ken Stenhouse and Jason Douglas….I’m sorry to all my fans, my web site was down over the holidays but I will keep it updated now…..I hope to have some news on all our sponsors by the end of next week. It’s taken a long time to get confirmation but we are slowly getting there……….thank you for supporting our race team.

2014 A Very Good Year

OSCAAR Modified Season Rates A+…….Thanks To My Crew. Sponsors And Fans For An Awesome Season
     It’s been over a month since our last race and things are kind of quiet now. Our pit crew is getting some rest. I am busy with the task of getting our sponsors back on board for 2015. Most sponsors are, but I’m still waiting to hear from one proposal and two existing sponsors. They were very supportive in 2014 contributing to our best season since 1999. My crew was amazing this year. I wasn’t easy on them with such a hectic and full schedule. But they offered their help when they could and I am very thankful to them all….thank you to these men and their families Bob Pereira, Marty Hagen, Matt Smith, Paul and Jason Douglas, Dave Hennessey, David Elliott, Donna Wierzswinski, Jim Hulzinga, Gehrig Halliday, Peter Shelton, Ken Stenhouse, Glenn and Patrick Ruelens and Tim Tolton….Ron Easton of Oakville Trailers for his amazing work and help. Note: Special thanks to Scott Wylie for helping us near the end of the season. High Lites 1) 3rd in OSCAAR Modified points…best points finish since 1999 2) 7 wins….most since 2007 3) Feature win in Modified….first in our own car since 2008 4) 34 nights raced…most since 1990…3rd most in 46 years 5) Reached 1132 total nights 6) Reached 721 consecutive nights….streak started June 5th 1987 7) 86 total races….breaks record of 80 in 1981 Thanks to all our competitors in 2014 for making this year a fun season, by running very competitive and with respect. Finally a special thanks to the OSCAAAR staff, the track owners and promoters who work hard to give us a place to race and do their best to make us feel welcome and appreciated. Thanks to TW Robarts, Dan Little Jr, Donna Tolton and Morgan Amber for supplying photos. Looking forward to 2015 our 47th season 🙂