FRASERVILLE, Ont. (June 2, 2017)
Glenn Watson took the lead from Derrick Tiemersma on lap three of the OSCAAR Super Late Model main event and then dominated the remaining 37 laps on his way to Victory Lane at Kawartha Speedway on Friday night.
Watson, a Barrie, Ont. native, started fourth for the 40-lap showdown that was the nightcap on OSCAAR Racing’s return to Kawartha for the first time in four seasons. Kelly Balson and Tiemersma brought the field to the green flag, but Watson quickly darted to the second spot behind Tiemersma’s No.7 as the outside lane was quick early.
“I was just trying to get out as quick as I could with fresh tires on so we didn’t use those up (getting to the lead),” said Watson. “I was trying to hit my marks, drive a smooth lap and it really worked out for us.”
Watson didn’t waste any time as he followed Tiemersma for less than two laps before taking the lead on the third lap. From there, Watson cruised the rest of the way and earned the win by a full straightaway over Smithville, Ont. driver John Cadman Jr. who took second on lap 13.
“It’s pretty nice,” Watson said of the win. “It’s been a long time that we’ve struggled. We have this McColl car working pretty well here now and we’re really happy. It’s great to be back here in the Victory Circle again.”
Cadman’s second-place finish was as good as most of the field could hope to finish on this night. Watson was simply too strong and without any yellow flags to regroup the field, the No.22 cruised to the win. Although, a yellow flag may not have mattered.
“I don’t even think that would have helped,” Cadman said. “We could have had five yellows and it wouldn’t have made any difference. Glenn was on a different planet. He’s really good. He got his stuff working really well this evening.”
Behind Tiemersma were Balson and Charlie Gallant to complete the top-five.
In other action;
Cory Horner did things the hard way, but ultimately got the job done and parked in Victory Lane for the first time in OSCAAR Modified career. The Oshawa, Ont. driver inherited the lead on lap 20 when leader John Harper of Cambridge, Ont. blew a motor. Horner had to be quick behind the wheel to evade contact with Harper’s slowing No.79 car.
Fans at Kawartha Speedway witnessed a piece of Ontario racing history when Tyler Hawn won the inaugural race for the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series on Friday night. The upstart series features pre-1974 bodied cars designed to look like stock cars of the 1980s and 1990s.
Ottawa’s Matt Haufe started just outside the top-five, but his No.88 was quickly out front and he powered to the lead on lap five. He then had to endure a 10-minute red flag for oil clean up while leading with two laps to go, but Haufe held on to the top spot for his third-straight Eastern Ontario Legends Series presented by Trailer’s Plus victory of the season.