Ontario Modifieds Series has a Busy August Stretch at Peterborough Speedway
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
With just a handful of events remaining on the tour's 2016 schedule, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. is set to begin the annual Hot August Night series at Peterborough Speedway.
The popular, powerful open wheeled group will start the new month of action Saturday, August 6th as part of a show that will also include the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series. It'll be the division's first of 3 shows over 4 weeks at the venue known as Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. After the campaign began with a streak of 4 straight wins by John Baker Jr., 2014 champion Robert Warnes and former Mini Stock standout Alex Lees have scored feature wins. Rick Warnes – who along with Randy Hollingsworth and Bill Pickford make-up the OMRS team of officials – says it's a very exciting time of the year.
"For a while, it looked like the #63 car was going to run away with things, but the championship chase has become quite close over the last couple of shows," said Warnes, who along with Hollingsworth also competes in the series. "There isn't a driver in the starting field that can't make it to the winner's circle, so they're determined to make every position count on the track and in the eventual point standings."
Warnes says that having the recent new faces in victory lane has tightened the ranks throughout the running order. While his early season streak of 4 straight wins still has John Baker Jr. at the top of the standings, but he's starting to feel the others closing-in on his back bumper. There is less than a 75-point gap between 1st and 5th. From 1st to 11th is a difference of just 120 markers.
"Consistency has long been the key for this group," affirmed Warnes. "Drivers like Brad Stevenson, Ryan Babin/Christopher Mulders and Duane Cinnamon – who have yet to win a main event – could find themselves battling for the title when the season's final checkered flag waves."
Ontario Modifieds Racing Series point standings
#63 John Baker Jr. 370
#68 Stu Robinson Jr. 326
#77 Brad Stevenson 313
#46 R. Babin/C. Mulders 306
#88 Ryan Dick 296
#95 Rob Warnes 290
#41 Duane Cinnamon 265
#64b Chris Burrows 264
#62 Randy Hollingsworth 261
#07 Alex Lees 257
#98 Rick Warnes 250
#62w Willow Barberstock 233
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Even though he has yet to win a main event, Brad Stevenson is just over 50 points outside of the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – point lead heading to a busy month at Peterborough Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media