SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Mike Hearty will make the 8+ hour haul from his home-base in Sault Ste. Marie, ON to Innisfil’s Sunset Speedway this weekend for Round 1 of the 2019 OSCAAR Modified Tour schedule.
Hearty’s team – staffed by family and volunteers with one of the most modest budgets on the OSCAAR roster – will compete part-time with the tour in 2019 and are excited to kick-start their season during Spring Velocity weekend.
“We might not have the same flash as some of these other teams but we’re more than ready to put together some strong performances,” smiles the personable journeyman.
The blue-collar veteran transitioned to the OSCAAR Modified Tour after forging a name for himself, first as Laird International Raceway’s Factory Stock division, then as a regular competitor in the Super Stock division at numerous speedways across Southern Ontario.
“We have five years of notes to work with and I feel like we’re as good now as we’ve ever been,” says Hearty. “Our equipment is up to snuff and our team is ready to work as hard as we need to so that we can bring back the results that we feel we deserve.”
“It’s taken a lot of work to get to the point where we feel we can compete with the top guys on this tour,” adds the Sault Ste. Marie, ON native. “Racing is a game of inches, though. Anyone that’s been around it long enough will tell you that some days you’re going to hate it as much as you love it. But, I’m real proud of how far we’ve come.”
With a plethora of laps around Sunset Speedway in the past – behind the wheel of a Super Stock as well as an Open Wheel Modified – Hearty believes that he is in position for a breakthrough performance.
“Sunset may not technically be our home track but it’s absolutely a place that’s felt like home for a long time,” says Hearty. “We’ve paid our dues for years learning how to get around Sunset and I’d love for all of that hard work to pay off for us this weekend. We’re so much better than we’ve shown in the last few years – we just need to find a way to put all of the pieces together.”