The OSCAAR Super Late Model series invades Delaware Speedway for its only stop of the season on Friday night, but Delaware always provides some of the best action all season long. Brandon and Glenn Watson sit atop the OSCAAR Super Late Model standings after 6 of 12 races in the 2012 campaign. Brandon, competing full-time on the tour for the first time, has grown an impressive 34-point lead in the standings aided principally by six consecutive top-five finishes, including five in the top three.
Uncle Glenn stumbled out of the gate, but is nearing a return to his dominant form that earned him a fourth consecutive championship in 2011. Under the new points system, Glenn will have to finish ahead of nephew Brandon in a number of the remaining five events to have a shot at a fifth straight title. However, if anybody is capable of overcoming the challenge, it’s the #22 red rocket.
Derrick Tiemersma has showed so far in 2012 that a season away from the track didn’t cause him to slip at all as he sits tied for second in the championship standings. After two consecutive top three results, the 2007 champion is hungrier than ever for a win and could be poised to check a Delaware victory off his ‘to do’ list.
George Wilson has rebounded impressively from an opening night DQ. The ‘Steel City Outlaw’ likely would be the points leader, but now sits one point back of second place and 35 off the lead. It is a difficult mountain to climb, but Wilson is quite determined in his first full season in OSCAAR.
Gary Passer’s win last race has his team entering tonight with heads held high. Passer has struggled at times this year, but seems to have regained the form that earned him a top-five overall finish in 2011. Look for the #13 to be in the top-five again this evening.
Rookie competitor Rob Poole has been constantly plagued with mechanical troubles despite the team’s best efforts. The former Sunset track champion is not used to DNFs in his racing career and will certainly look to turn the season around with a solid finish tonight.
After the Don Biederman Memorial was rained out on August 10, OSCAAR President Dave Gainfoth was forced to shorten the 2012 tour to 11 races from the initially scheduled 12. The Don Biederman race assumed the rainout date from the June 1st postponed Kawartha event, with the 50-lap event from June being eliminated from the schedule.
Spectator gates open at 6:00pm with the first green flag set to fly at 8:00pm. The OSCAAR Super Late Models will be joined by the OSCAAR Open-Wheel Modifieds, who will run a 25-lap feature, and Delaware Speedway’s truck division, who will battle for 35 laps.
By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)