With car counts that fluctuated between the upper teens and lower twenties, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series treated fans to some exciting side-by-side action during their tenure at Mosport/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Speedway.
When that venue ceased operation midway through the 2013 campaign, the club travelled to Peterborough Speedway for a one race showdown to determine the championship.
Although he was leading the standings heading into the final event, Dwight Brown punctuated his points position with a daring three-wide pass, in the third turn of the 'A' main's final lap to claim the crown.
It was the second consecutive title for the soft-spoken veteran speedster from Beeton, Ontario - but also signified what many thought could be the end of the line for the popular tour. Despite having a number of drivers ready to run for the next season, OMRS was a series without a home. That's when Bill Pickford, Randy Hollingsworth and Rick Warnes - the three drivers responsible for keeping the drive alive - went to work.
"The first order of business was confirming a point’s fund," said the group. "Techtonix Construction Corporation had been an excellent partner over the past years and even though they're now known as TORQUE BUILDERS INC, they've stepped-up to the plate for 2014 to back the series once again."
With sponsorship in place for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC., the next step in the process was finding a place to race. Feedback from the fans and race teams following the 2013 finale opened the door, and after talks with Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse, dates were made available on their schedule.
Within days of that confirmation, conversations with John Casale of Flamboro Speedway (near Hamilton, Ontario) provided OMRS with a second venue for 2014.
In celebration of their exciting off-season announcements, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC. had a presence at the popular Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto, with copies of their tentative schedule available for fans at the Flamboro Speedway display.
Series organizers say that drivers, teams and especially fans can look forward to a thrilling season of open wheel racing action, with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC.
"With Flamboro Speedway on the schedule, we could very well see some new drivers and teams join the series," said the group. "When working with both tracks, we also did our best to build a schedule that would avoid any potential conflicts that would prevent our drivers from running at other venues during off weekends."
Additional OMRS information can be found at www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com or at www.facebook.com/OMRS Ontario Modifieds Racing Series powered by TORQUE BUILDERS INC.
TORQUE BUILDERS INC. Ontario Modifieds tentative 2014 schedule*:
Saturday, May 10th: Flamboro Speedway
Saturday, June 7th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, July 12th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 16th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, September 6th: Flamboro Speedway
Friday, October 3rd: Flamboro Speedway
Saturday, October 4th: Flamboro Speedway
* Additional dates to be announced