At the end of July, officials with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series received correspondence via e-mail and social media from the promotional team at Sunset Speedway, advising that in order to compete at the Fall Velocity event – which was to conclude the 2017 OMRS season – teams would need to convert their equipment to a rules package and tire brand currently in use by a rival open wheeled racing tour.
After discussions with its teams, OMRS has made the choice to remove the race date from the schedule and will be advising sponsors and fans of the decision. Rick Warnes – speaking on behalf of the team of Ontario Modifieds Racing Series officials that also includes Randy Hollingsworth and Bill Pickford – says the tour regrets that talks between the track and OMRS were not satisfactory to meet the concerns of Sunset Speedway.
“We released our schedule – which included season opening and closing Sunset Speedway dates – at the start of the season,” said Warnes. “To change direction at this point of the year wouldn’t be fair to our teams, isn’t in the best interest of the sport and could technically be construed as a breach of contract. On behalf of all the OMRS teams, we’d like to thank the group at Sunset Speedway for their support over the past couple of seasons and hope we might be able to work together in the future.”
Warnes continued by saying that the season will now conclude Saturday, September 2nd – as part of the Championship Clash – at Peterborough Speedway. OMRS will wrap-up its 2017 campaign during the final event at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval.
“J.P. Josiasse and Dave Sikma have been great friends to our series and were quick to step-up to the plate to accommodate our final event of the year,” Warnes added. “Our teams look forward to continuing our partnership with Peterborough Speedway to the crowning of our tour champion, into the 2018 season and beyond.”
Fans can find full series details – including up-to-date point standings – at www.facebook.com/OMRS. Clarke Motorsports Communications is proud to represent Ontario Modifieds Racing Series 2017 season.
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media