NEWCASTLE, ON – Having tallied a 3rd-place finish in the OSCAAR Modified Tour season opener at Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 2nd, second-generation racer Chad Strawn is certainly not lacking in motivation ahead of Round 2 of the tour this Saturday at Delaware Speedway.
“I love racing with this tour because of how many incredibly talented teams there are,” says Strawn. “Every event you prepare for, you end up naming off a dozen guys that are good enough to run up front. It gets you fired up, because you know that you can’t come with anything less than your best stuff.”
For Strawn, the preparation process for the Delaware Speedway tour stop took on a few extra twists and turns when his family-run team discovered that they had suffered irreparable damage to their primary motor during the closing laps of their podium finish at Jukasa.
“Yeah – we didn’t see that one coming,” shrugs the soft-spoken Newcastle, ON native with a laugh. “Once we got it home and had it pulled apart we realized how bad it actually was. Frankly, we were lucky to finish the race.”
“We put our motor from last year in the car to make sure that we’ll be good to go for this Saturday. We shook it down at Peterborough (Speedway) last weekend with the (Ontario Modified Racing Series) tour and it seemed to be issue free.”
Strawn is eager to build on his strong performance in the season opener as he and his team hope to chase an OSCAAR Modified Tour championship in their first full season on the tour.
“We’re confident in what we’ve built with this program in the last five years,” says Strawn. “I’m ‘all in’ to chase this points championship because I know that we’re good enough to contend. I don’t just want to feel out a spot on this roster, I want to make sure we’re in the mix every week so that we have something to show for this at the end of the season.”