Join Us as We Celebrate the 2023 Season and Champion!
Cory McAllister and Two Speed Motorsports are the 2024 Ontario Sportsman Series Champions. The last three races for the Two Speed Team has resulted in three wins, and maximum points in two of the three. McAllister was able to do what he needed to cement his title as the #4 of Connor James struggled in the final race to keep up with the #71. The Arrivederci 100 started with a rough look, as on the initial green, the field checked up and the #3 of Tim Tolton had his fuel cell dragging on the ground, ending the race before it began. On the ensuing start of the race, Rob Fennama, making his series debut, drove straight into the turn four wall trying to catch up. The biggest story of the race day was the #47 driven by Amber Balcaen, of ARCA Menards fame. Amber was able to move her way from 7th to second in the early going of the race. McAllister’s run looked in jeopardy as he suddenly slowed and the top five closed. This was later attributed to a loss of brakes. Cory MCAllister was able to keep going while the battle behind him ensued. 2022 Champion Kevin Trevellin had a rough night made worse when his rear tire flew off due to a parts failure. On the ensuing restart, Amber Balcaens race came to an end, due to a mechanical issue. Several drivers had to take avasive action to avoid contact including Ollie Ferguson and Brad Robinson. Speaking of Ferguson, the 13 year old came into the race as the co-leader of the Brimstone Games Hard Charger, with Chad McGlynn. The young racer of Lindsay, Ontario needed to move up more positions than McGlynn to take the hard charger title. The driver of the #55 Camaro did just that, making positions up on the final restart to take the Hard Charger award. Cory McAllister would remain up front and not be challenged to the line to take the 2023 Ontario Sportsman Series finale, and the title. Chad McGlynn by virtue of finishing second, was able to secure second in the title over Connor James, by one single point. The Special Events Cup ended at Delaware as well, with co-champions, as Chad McGlynn and Cory McAllister finished tied for the title.
The Ontario Sportsman Series officials would like to thank all of our drivers, teams, crew members, tracks, track personnel, partners, and especially our fans for an amazing 2023 season.
This season has happened thanks to our series partners Gulf Race Fuels, Rea Foods Inc., AutomotiveFluids.ca, & One Stop Auto Centre!
The Ecotek 100 at the Beach was the first start ever in the Ontario Sportsman Series for Hawkestone’s Rick Spencer-Walt, and the late model standout did not disappoint in his #71 Chevrolet for Two Speed Motorsports. Rick, making a guest driver spot for Cory McAllister, has been a long time competitor in the APC Series and multiple tracks across Ontario , joins Amanda Balson as guest drivers for McAllister in 2023. Heading into Sauble, Connor James had a five point lead, over McAllister and Chad McGlynn was in third. The field of entries for Sauble was one of the biggest in quite some time, with fifteen making the trip to the beach to race. Joining the series regulars were Kevin Jackman making his series debut, Shawn McGlynn, Tim Borne and Sauble pole sitter in July, Derek McCullough. Connor James squeaked the lead on lap one before Rick Spencer-Walt took it over and remained there for the remainder of the event. The night was not without a bit of damage, as Michael Hryniuk Jr., Bobby Tolton, Brad Robinson & Brendan Patrick had moments on track which saw them around or with some damage. It was an unfortunate result in the end of multi-time champ Shawn McGlynn, who had a mechanical issue and was unable to finish the race in his #18 Ford. Derek McCullough and Ollie Ferguson rebounded from tough races at Sunset, running strong all night long to finish 3rd and 6th respectively. Ferguson has the honour of being right up with Connor James and Chad McGlynn for the Brimstone Games Hard Charger Award, which is awarded to the driver who advances the most positions throughout the season. As the race approached its end, a caution came out for a hard wreck for the #3 of Bobby Tolton. A dispute on track resulted in the curfew being reached, and unfortunately, the race did not restart. However, it meant Rick Spencer-Walt secures his first career win in his first start, in a dominating fashion. With this win, Cory McAllister secures the points lead heading into the final race at Delaware Speedway on September 15. The race will feature longtime ARCA competitor Amber Balcaen in the #47 Brimstone Games Dodge for Sean Mangin. You can check out the finale at the track or on Rogers TV London. We at the Ontario Sportsman Series want to thank all of our competitors, partners, officials and fans as we head into our final race!
It was an dominant performance by Cory McAllister that was the main storyline out at Sunset Speedway following the 100 lapper presented by Akal Steel, N2Y Tire & Performance, & Learn-to-Trade.com. The Durham, Ontario pilot of the #71 came out and got the maximum points he needed, earning the race maximum 106. Cory won pole, led all laps and won the race to then bump him ahead of Chad McGlynn, who struggled in his #8 Marken Performance Mustang all night, before finishing up in 8th. Connor James, the series points leader made his way up from fifth to second by the midway point. James, racing with a heavy heart, in memory of friend Allan Lankin, showed off a slick new red #4 on the side of his car, and was the only competitor left on the lead lap, following McAllister to the line. Sadly, the night ended early for Richmond’s Doug Cathcart, who had mechanical troubles resulting in his first DNF in several seasons. Another driver who had a tough night was rookie phenom Ollie Ferguson, who struggled all night with the handling on his #55 Tile Plus, MBRP Exhaust Camaro before pulling in before the end of the race, with a mechanical issue ending his night. Tim Borne made his series debut in the familiar car #2, piloted over the past two seasons by Todd Sheppard. Tim struggled with speed before eventually retiring also from a mechanical issue. Cory McAllister took the checkered flag, then blew the cars gears and had a small fire in the #71, meaning he had to walk his way to victory lane. In his series return, Shawn McGlynn worked his way from seventh to finish third, battling hard with Brad Robinson for the final podium spot. Local track favourite Billy Zardo impressed, taking his #3 Speed Auto-Guelph Monte Carlo up from ninth to third in the first half of the race, before he lost brakes and finished seventh. Connor James retains the lead in the title, but only by five as we head back to Sauble. Cory McAllister will have Rick Spencer-Walt in the #71 for Sauble due to prior commitments. Chad McGlynn falls to third in the title and Brendan Patrick stays fourth. Brad Robinson and Kevin Trevellin makes moves as they move up to sixth and seventh in the standings following the absence of Sean Mangin at Sunset. The series heads to Sauble this weekend for EcoTek 100 at the Beach!
The steam coming from Tim Tolton following late race contact at Peterborough (move and win by Brendan Patrick) was evident, and while the agony of defeat was still raw at Varney, the motivation to win was higher than ever. Tolton had not had the success in 2023 with his Black Magic Team prior to Peterborough, as mechanical issues had plagued Tim as well as guest drivers Billy Zardo & Rick Bastien. This time around, the 3 car settled for outside pole to start the race and found himself in lead at lap one. The championship lead evaporated for the 2021 champ Chad McGlynn, as the 8 car starting showing smoke early in race, resulting in an extended trip to the pits to work on the car. The field behaved themselves all the way to lap 45, until the 12 car of Mark Patrick went around in turn four. After the restart, it was the winner in June Cory McAllister got by for the lead! The battle for the top five got interesting, as Brendan Patrick spun off the nose of Michael Hryniuk Jr! Chad McGlynn tried to limit the damage by heading back out on track before Michael Hryniuk Jr., went around, sustaining damage! Sean Mangin had climbed his way back through the field, but sadly the Brimstone Games Dodge had a mechanical failure leading to another caution. Cory McAllister, who had led for a period of time, also had to climb his way back, as after a flat tire McAllister had to pit, and start from the back. The battle for the top five was fantastic with Brad Robinson, Connor James, McAllister, Ollie Ferguson and Michael Hryniuk Jr. in the fight. In the end, it was the Black Magic Racing Monte Carlo pulling into victory lane for Tim Tolton’s third career OSS win, and his third at Full Throttle, as he was declared winner of the Rea Foods 100! The Ontario Sportsman Series returns to track at Sunset Speedway on August 26!
The Irving Oil 100 at Peterborough Speedway took place on Saturday, July 29, 2023, the fifth race of the 2023 Ontario Sportsman Series season, following the cancellation of the Akal Steel 100 at Delaware due to weather. In 2022, the race at Peterborough provided a chaotic, incident filled event which led to a first time winner in Kevin Trevellin. The 2023 version of the race would be no different! The day started off with a new polesitter, as Brendan Patrick would score his first ever WMI Pole Award! Connor James continued his hot streak in second, with Michael Hryniuk Jr. and Doug Cathcart lining up in row two. The green flag flew and it was the pilot of the #02 Dmac Automation Ltd. Chevy leading the way. Unfortunately, a part broke on the #15 Alison Martel Realty Chevy of Michael Hryniuk Jr., on lap fifteen, resulting in the car being taken off via two tow trucks, ending the night for them. Contact was aplenty, with Chad McGlynn, Kevin Trevellin, Mark Patrick, Sean Mangin all taking turns bumping and banging. Brendan Patrick would lead until Connor James took over the lead just before halfway in the 100 lapper. A quick spin meant another caution and ultimately, disaster for the #4 Airedale Carries Inc. team, as Connor James’s engine would fail on the restart, resulting in a check up,causing damage to multiple cars. Tim Tolton would be the man for the next bulk of the race, taking his Speedy Auto Service-Guelph, John’s Towing Chevy Monte Carlo to the front! Tim, a forty year veteran of motorsports this year hasn’t had a ton of luck for the Black Magic Team this year, but he was showing the cars strength, streaking away from Patrick and Amanda Balson, who was driving as a guest driver for Cory McAllister. In the closing laps, contact between Sean Mangin and Mark Patrick resulted in a huge crash for the #12 Delaware Pump & Parts Ltd Chevy. The car would spin into the inside wall so hard it caused some damage to the wall itself. Mark was okay, but the car was not. Following a brief red flag for cleanup, Tolton and Brad Robinson would lead the field back to the green with under ten to go. On the restart, Patrick dove under Robinson for second, and chased after Tolton. With five laps to go, Patrick sent his car into turn one, and made contact with the back of Tolton’s #3, sending it sideways and up the track. Brendan would slide underneath and scoot away to score his first career OSS victory. Brad Robinson would score his best career finish in second, over Chad McGlynn who passed Kevin Trevellin at the line for third. Tolton would lose ground and fall to fifth on the finish. After the fifth round, Connor James loses his points lead to Chad McGlynn and falls to second. Cory McAllister and Brendan Patrick now tie for third and Michael Hryniuk Jr. sits fifth. The OSS returns to action August 12th at Full Throttle Motor Speedway for its second trip this season.
When Cory McAllister joined the OSS full time in 2023, he knew the path to victory could be within reach. Following his first career win at Full Throttle, things for the Two Speed Motorsports driver were looking pretty good. Then, Sunset happened. A mechanical issue caused his #71 to spin from second place and back into the turn three wall, ending his night. Toasting to the fans with a beer in hand, given to him from a fan in the beer garden, McAllister wondered what could have been, as in three races he had two DNFs, with one win. After getting back to the pits, McAllister learned of the severity of the damage. Cory’s plan was to battle for a championship in both OSS and Sunset’s Super Stock Series, but the damaged car was testing his patience, his wallet, and leading to a ton of time in the shop, resulting in the very real possibility he would not make it to the fourth round of the OSS Championship, at Sauble Speedway. Luckily, an old Kevin Gallant car became available, and McAllister went to work. In no time at all, the car was purchased, wrapped, and on its way for the Racin’ The Waves 100 at Sauble, Presented by OSS Partners Kilton Inc., Reinhart Auctions, & Shelby Signs and Graphics. Connor James, the current points leader, won pole, but had his time disallowed following a disqualification in tech, meaning Derek McCullough would win his second career WMI Pole Award! However, on the start, the CPE Services Ltd. #38 Dodge would immediately get passed by McAllister, rocketing to the front in his newly acquired car. McAllister and veteran Chad McGlynn in the Kilton Inc./Marken Performance Kitchener Ford would battle back and forth, sharing the lead multiple times. The race at Sauble was one of attrition, with multiple caution flags claiming several victims, including Sean Mangin, Mark Patrick, Brendan Patrick & Doug Cathcart. One of the most noticeable struggles during the night was the #44 Muskoka Jet Ski Rentals/North Country Communications Chevrolet of Brad Robinson, who struggled with pace all day, before eventually retiring early with a mechanical issue. In the closing laps, McAllister’s #71 Struyk Energy Systems/Epic Racewear/Two Speed Motorsports Camaro found a familiar foe chasing him, the #4 Airedale Carriers Inc./Islip Flo Controls Camaro of Points leader Connor James. James & McAllister put on a great show at Full Throttle, and once again at Sunset, but this one was even more exciting, with the #4 hunting down McAllister in the closing laps. James tried to close enough, but was unable to do so, and Cory McAllister won the Racin’ the Waves 100. James finished second, with Chad McGlynn, Michael Hryniuk Jr., and Doug Cathcart rounding out the top five. McCullough battled to finish sixth over Kevin Trevellin in seventh. Sean Mangin, Mark Patrick, and Ollie Ferguson rounded out the top ten.
McAllister had a lot to say following his second win of the season “This win is dedicated to my crew. When we unloaded, we were way off the pace. No one gave up and they went to work and changed a lot! We used qualifying as a practice and felt confident following. I was definitely getting nervous with all the restarts, but it all worked out! Sauble is close to our home town, it was great seeing tons of fans out! Now to get back to the shop to get our primary car ready for Delaware!”
Connor James extended his points lead over Chad McGlynn, McAllister, Hryniuk Jr. and Sean Mangin.
The OSS hits the track next on July 14 at Delaware Speedway, for the Akal Steel 100!