WATERDOWN, ON – Days removed from a strong showing in OSCAAR Modified Tour competition at Flamboro Speedway last Saturday, Gary Elliott will jump back behind the wheel of his “ground pounder” this Friday night as the tour makes their first return to Kawartha Speedway since the 2014 season.
“I’m always excited to race at Kawartha,” says Elliott. “In my opinion, it’s one of the nicest speedways in Ontario. I’ve always enjoyed competing there in any style of car”.
“It’s a place that gives you a lot of room to move around,” continues the former Canadian Vintage Modified champion. “It encourages side-by-side racing. There are two solid grooves that really allow you to work when you’re behind the wheel”
And although Elliott enjoys Kawartha’s 3/8-mile confines, he knows that he’ll need to remain on his toes to keep his car in one piece through the 40-lap event.
“I think the fact that things can happen incredibly quickly there will be in the back of my mind all night,” says Elliott.
“It’s very wide, it’s very smooth and it almost lulls you into a false sense of security. It’s a great place to race, but when something goes wrong there you’re reminded very quickly of just how fast you’re going”.
Fresh off of a Flamboro Speedway performance that saw his No. 36 rebound from a cut tire on lap-1 and tear through the 16-car field for a 6th place finish, Elliott will enter Friday’s race in search of his first victory of the 2017 season.
“I was proud of what we turned in at Flamboro,” smiles ‘The Ironman’. “That’s the kind of speed we’ve been working for from this car. Cutting a tire on lap-1 was most certainly not the way we would’ve scripted the feature, but the fact that this car was so strong all night tells us that all of the hours that we invested over the winter were for a reason”.
However, aside from Elliott’s personal goals, the veteran makes it clear that the need to support the OSCAAR Series as a whole on Friday will trump any individual aspirations.
“I think it’s important for every driver on this roster – wether you have a Super [Late Model] or an [Open Wheel] Modified – needs to make sure they’re at Kawartha on Friday to support the series,” insists the Waterdown, ON native.
“We need to come together and band together for the betterment of the series. These are the dates that we absolutely need to support”.
“OSCAAR is really sticking their neck out for us to give us the kind of event we’ve been asking for – so we have to make sure we’re all there,” adds Elliott. “If we don’t stand up and support the series while it’s here, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves if it folds”.