5 Drivers to Watch

Ryan Fraserryan fraser
The Lucas Oil TQ Can-Am Midget championship contender will lead the tour into Sauble Speedway this Saturday and Sunday for a doubleshot weekend with major championship implications. The Rockwood, ON hotshoe is as good as anyone on the TQ roster this season, and could very well take over from multi-time champion Mack Deman as the new face of the wildly popular tour. The aforementioned Deman currently leads Fraser by 3 points entering the weekend, and a big performance by either competitor could provide some much needed breathing room entering the final stretch of the 2016 schedule. Fraser has won at ‘the Beach’ before, and has proved to be one of the perennial contenders any time the series rolls into a bullring.

Roy Passerroy passer
Roy Passer and the OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour will be at Peterborough Speedway this Saturday with the pole position for the lauded Autumn Colours Classic hanging in the balance for the winner. ‘The Chase for the Colours’ has an excellent chance of drawing one of the best fields that the tour has seen all season. Passer is in the midst of his career best season with the cross-province tour, and has appeared closer to his first ever OSCAAR triumph in every start he’s made in 2016. Owner of three podium finishes in his first four tour starts, the Innisfil, ON veteran is primed to park his Jenco Equipment No. 27 in Peterborough victory lane this weekend.

Gary Elliottgary elliott
‘The Ironman’ continues to enjoy a career resurgence with the OSCAAR Modified Tour. Already in 2016, Elliott has been a weekly threat at the front of the field, alongside a bevy of talented veterans including Gary McLean, Dan Price and John Harper. This Saturday, the Waterdown, ON veteran will return to Peterborough Speedway with his sights set on securing his fifth consecutive top-10 finish at the 1/3 mile. Peterborough is one of the most challenging stops on the tour, and with a surface that makes passing a challenging proposition at the best of times, Elliott’s trademark patience could very well present him with the chance to secure his first career tour win.

Taylor Thringtaylor thring
Freshman Taylor Thring will return to Flamboro Speedway Mini Stock action this weekend, as she works her way through one of the most underrated rosters in the province. The Mini Stocks are a notoriously difficult division to break into, but Thring has tackled the challenge with zest. Armed with a positive attitude and top-shelf equipment, Thring has improved with each Flamboro Speedway start and will no doubt continue that trend this Saturday.

Chris Howsechris howse
Another CRP representative in the midst of a career resurgence is Flamboro Speedway Thunder Car ace Chris Howse. The Hillsburgh, ON native already owns three feature wins at Flamboro this season, and is hoping to finish his season strong in a late-summer push for a first career championship. The veteran-heavy roster is one of the toughest in the province, but Howse certainly appears to be heating up at the right time to give mainstays Brad Collison and Shawn Arnott a run for their money.