SHELBURNE, ON – After just under two full seasons spent with the OSCAAR Modified Tour, Dale Reinhart is unquestionably in the running of being heralded one of the most improved tour regulars in recent memory. Reinhart has gone from easing into the Open Wheel ranks in 2016 to becoming a perennial threat for top-5 finishes this season – as evidenced by his most recent 4th place outing at Kawartha Speedway on July 14th.
‘’I think we’ve had a lot of nights these last two years where the car has been a lot better than the driver,” smiles Reinhart. “But this year I really do feel like I’m getting a handle on things. A lot of what I had to think so hard on when I was first starting out is beginning to become second nature. It makes those split-second decisions a lot easier. And, I think ultimately, it’s going to get us closer to contending on a regular basis.”
While Reinhart appears to be gaining steam with his program, he’s more than willing to give credit where it’s due to the OSCAAR Tour’s overwhelmingly talented roster.
“I don’t mind admitting one bit that this deal has been a lot tougher than I ever thought it would be,” notes the Shelburne, ON native. “It’s so much more than just having good equipment and surrounding yourself with good people. Because, at the end of the day, no matter how good your stuff is, you have to beat these other teams. And that’s not easy for one minute.”
“There are so many good cars on this roster – it’s really incredible when you think about it,” continues Reinhart. “These guys have been doing it for a lot longer than I have – so it’s tough to always be giving up that advantage when it comes to experience. You really have to be up on the wheel if you want to try and catch some of these guys sleeping.”
Reinhart’s next opportunity to break through to OSCAAR victory lane will come at Flamboro Speedway this Saturday, as the speedway hosts the tour for Round 6 of the 2018 schedule.
“We’re performing real well right now – it’s been a blast driving the car this season,” says Reinhart. “I’ve made a lot of progress as a driver and I think that’s evident just about everywhere we’ve been this season. I’m closing in on that first win. I really believe it. Seat time is the most important thing in the world when you’re trying to cut the learning curve in these cars. We’ve put in the time, we’ve put in the work and I’m real excited to reap the rewards whenever that time comes around for us.”