After dominating social media and garage talk all off-season, the inaugural event for the upstart Ontario Super Late Model Series is almost upon us. May 26th will see the biggest names in Outlaw-bodied Super Late Model racing descend on Flamboro Speedway – so we’ve assembled a guide of just five drivers you should be excited about entering Round 1 of the tour.
One of the most revered and respected Super Late Model competitors of the modern era, Glenn Watson is a threat to win at any time, at any speedway, any day that he unloads his legendary No. 22. That’s a fact. Watson enters the first ever OSLMS season as a 6-time OSCAAR Super Late Model Series champion and a multiple time winner of just about ever Ontario Super Late Model crown jewel event that you can think of. Those are impressive numbers. So, if any other roster member sees themselves headed to the front on Saturday, there stands an excellent chance that they’ll have to get around Watson on their way there.
Few Super Late Model drivers have made the same dramatic strides in the last five years as Sean Grosman. The North Miami, FL native has showed considerable improvement since transitioning to Super Late Model competition from the weekly Ltd. Late Model wars in 2014. This Saturday, ‘The Frequent Flyer’ will look for a first career Flamboro Speedway win at a facility that has not a habit of being kind to Grosman in the past. Grosman is as cunning and cerebral as they come, and if any racer can formulate a strategy to carve out an impressive performance at an unfamiliar speedway – it’s him.
One of the more criminally underrated racers that Ontario Super Late Model racing has to offer – second-generation wheelman John Cadman Jr. is merely one marquee victory away from establishing himself as a legitimate threat to win on any given night. Cadman’s style is relentless. Which means that even if he doesn’t walk out of Flamboro with a win, there’s a good chance that he made sure to keep the eventual winner on his toes and watching his rearview mirror.
Veteran Super Late Model contender Gary Passer will forever be the consummate ‘Wild Card’ any time he rolls his car off the trailer. Few racers – in any division – attack a track with the same ferocity as Passer does lap after lap. While his style will never be misinterpreted as the most conservative approach to competition, you can count him amongst one of the most exciting racers you’ll ever pay hard-earned money to see. Wether or not he wins on Saturday night – trust us – you’ll know that he was there.
No doubt the most interesting narrative entering Saturday’s OSLMS opener is the Flamboro Speedway return of second-generation star Jordan Howse. The Hillsburgh, ON native is the son of multi-time Flamboro Pro Late Model champion Paul Howse. However, despite growing up in the Flamboro pit area, Jordan has spent the better part of the last five seasons competing in the Mini Stock and Super Stock divisions at Sunset Speedway – most recently winning the 2017 instalment of Sunset’s Super Stock championship. Howse is as naturally gifted as they come, and he showed flashes of brilliance in his limited appearances with the Fast Eddie Super Late Model Series at Sunset last year. Could Howse pull off the upset win? We can guarantee it would be a MASSIVELY popular outcome if he did.