SAULT STE MARIE, ON – Personable short track veteran Mike Hearty will look to continue building his constantly improving Open Wheel Modified program this Friday, as the OSCAAR Modified Tour makes its much anticipated return to Fraserville’s Kawartha Speedway.
“Kawartha was one of the tracks that we initially had a tough time figuring out – but the more laps we put down there, the better we get,” says Hearty.
“The more you race with this tour, the more you can pick up from the guys around you. That’s especially true for Flamboro because there are guys in this roster with literally hundreds of laps there.”
Hearty opened his 2018 season with a 10th place finish in Round 1 of the OSCAAR Tour at Sunset Speedway on May 20th. And, while a top-10 performance against some of the province’s top Open Wheel stars is never anything to be ashamed of, Hearty couldn’t help but feel as though there was more that could have been accomplished.
“I felt like we left a lot on the table at Sunset and I really want to keep from making that mistake again,” admits the Sault Ste. Marie, ON native. “We had a lot of speed and just didn’t execute the way we should have. It’s easy to play it safe with these cars and just run out of laps – I think that might be where I went wrong.”
“We just have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off,” continues Hearty with a smile. “I believe, with everything in me, that we have a car that can run in the top-5 on a regular basis. We just have to put all of the pieces together to make that happen. Hopefully Kawartha can be the beginning of that.”
Having made the move to Modified racing after a successful stint in the Super Stock division at speedways across Ontario, the well-liked Hearty has shown continuous growth since joining the tour in 2015, and hopes his low-budget team is not far from being able to contend at the front of the field on a nightly basis.
“We’re learning on the spot, and we’re getting closer and closer every single time we back out of that trailer,” says Hearty with confidence. “I’m real proud of how far this team has come in four years.”
“We’ve made some big strides in a short amount of time and I know that we’re ready to start becoming a presence up front in these races. We’ll be sure to roll out on track at Kawartha with every ounce of effort that we have to try and take down a top-5.”