The 18th Annual Autumn Colours weekend was another for the record books with clear skies, hundreds of race cars and overflowing parking lots. The OSCAAR race featured a definite entry for the record book as Brandon Watson became the youngest ever OSCAAR driver to win a feature race.
Starting on the outside pole position, Watson quickly jumped out in The Smart Exchange #9 car to take the first lap and went on to lead all 50. Jeff Dunford had started on the pole and then settled behind Watson in 2nd place. Dunford tried to catch Watson and maintained a decent pace, but in the end would fall back to a few car lengths short of the lead.
So in the end it was a strong win by Brandon Watson who sported a big grin in victory lane. “It was a great run” said Brandon, “It was unfortunate I didn’t get to race with Hanley. But it was a great job by all my crew.” The two drivers raced hard with each other at the 2009 Autumn Colours with Watson earning big praise from Hanley for the way he raced. In addition to that 2nd place finish, Watson picked up 2nd and 3rd at Sunset and Kawartha this season and it seemed just a matter of time before the young gun made it to victory lane.
Watson’s reference to Hanley was a dramatic turn of events that saw contact between the 77 of George Wilson and the 70 of Jeff Hanley result in the 70 car hitting the front-stretch wall at high speed. Hanley’s car was done for the night while Wilson was black-flagged also ending his race. Both drivers had fast cars and likely would have been racing for top five finishes or better by the end of the race.
Jeff Dunford picked up 2nd for a personal best finish in OSCAAR. The team was very pleased with the car’s performance throughout the weekend. Dunford also picked up another heat race win during Saturday’s racing. But high hopes for a win were quickly dashed as the 9 car charged to the win. “We didn’t have the car for Brandon. He got the jump at the start and I couldn’t make up any ground” said Jeff, “I was mainly concerned on what was coming up from behind me, just went for a ride and kept the car in one piece – we’ll get them next year for sure!” Dunford then went on to thank Terry Snyder and all his crew for all their hard work on the car. This was the best season ever for the 7T Malclom Wallace Automotive Repair team, good for 2nd overall in the 2010 Championship points.
The battle for 3rd place came down to the wire with Glenn Watson eventually pulling by John Owen. Owen held the 3rd spot for most of the race and was really hoping to get his first podium finish in a while. But the 22 red rocket has been hot all season and even overcame an early problem that forced Watson to get help in the pits. He charged back up through the field until he caught up to Owen. “I had some fun racing with Johnny Owen at the end there” said Glenn, “He was trying to protect the bottom and I figured if I was going to get by him I had to get up there and get it done.”
The come from behind podium finish was an indicator of the skill and depth of the #22 Rival Office/Race2Way.ca Team. Watson and his crew can now lay claim to three consecutive OSCAAR Championships, a feat rivaled only by five-time Champion Rob Clarke back in 1999, 2000 and 2001. There will be more on Watson’s OSCAAR Championship in a few days.
John Owen in the John Owen Engines #2 Outlaw car picked up 4th in the feature, which was his 2nd straight 4th place finish at the 1/3 mile bullring. Owen’s luck and performance picked up in the 2nd half of 2010 and he was racing near the front rather than mid-pack. The early season bad luck included getting caught up in some wrecks and having to make repairs. This altered plans for a full season of racing to a part-time schedule. Despite entering in 8 of 12 events, Owen’s late season success helped him climb into the top ten in points for 2010.
Rounding out the top five was Keith King in the Union Cab & Towing #91 car. King was in his rookie year of racing in OSCAAR and came a long way this season to end up with his career best 5th place at Autumn Colours. He finished a close second in the Rookie contest just behind Dwayne Baker, but that was mostly due to entering in 6 vs 7 races for Baker.
New for OSCAAR at Autumn Colours was Klotz Canada who will be the Official Oil Sponsor for OSCAAR in 2011. Heat race winners with presented with cases of oil from Klotz and each driver present at the Peterborough race received a product voucher. Welcome and thank you to Klotz Canada.
OSCAAR would like to thank all its sponsors: APX Racewear, Dickson Printing, Finish Line Fabricating, Hoosier Tire Canada, Inside Track Motorsports News, JBM Leasing Limited, Jenco Equipment, Klotz Canada, Knightworks Design, Matco Tools, North Toronto Auction, Race2way.ca, Reinhart Trailers, Seahorse Web, South Shore Services, VP Racing Fuels.
The heat race winners were: #40P Charlie Gallant, #62 Lloyd Ritchie, #7T Jeff Dunford, #48 Dwayne Baker.
Race Report by Don McLeod
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- Heat Race 1 – win for Charlie Gallant
- Heat Race 2 – win for Lloyd Ritchie
- Heat Race 3A – to caution for 69
- Heat Race 3B – win for Jeff Dunford
- Heat Race 4A – to caution for 70,16P
- Heat Race 4B – win for Dwayne Baker
- Feature Race (Lap 15) – Green flag to lap 15 caution for 77,70
- Feature Race (Lap 34A) – to lap 34 caution for 91
- Feature Race (Lap 34B) – to lap 34 caution for 48
- Feature Race (Lap 34C) – to lap 34 caution for 62,40P,7
- Feature Race (Lap 50) – from lap 34 to checkers – Brandon Watson
Results: Peterborough Speedway, October 9 & 10, 2010
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