When the OSCAAR Hot Rods takes the green flag for their inaugural event at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, Adam Misener will be one of the drivers in the field behind the wheel of his 1964 Impala. After all, he’s been on board with the series since the original announcement.
“I am excited about starting this season,” he said. “It is the first opportunity in three years to be able to commit to a full season in any series. I am looking forward to points racing again, and racing regularly with old friends from the Barrie Speedway days.”
Misener was attracted to race with OSCAAR by the series concept, liking the idea of being able to place an old body on whatever chassis and power-train that you choose.
“This series is virtually guaranteed to draw a crowd,” he added. “With the $11000 value placed on each car through the claim rule, I think it creates a class of old school type driver/owner/builder competitors. I joke that this class feels like it was built for my car, not my car built for the class.”
The eight-race schedule will take the driver of the No. 11 Northland Automotive, Woods Welding and Fabrication, Standard Auto-Glass, DS Motorsports and Juniors Tire Service entry across the province, including a trip to Brighton Speedway in July for some dirt action. Though the date he has circled on his calendar is the trip to Fraserville, Ontario for Kawartha.
“I have never raced there before, so I’m excited to race at a different facility,” he said. “I think the combination of all these traveling series racing there together will be an awesome show.”
For Misener, he got his start in racing through drag racing his four-cylinder 1999 Mazda daily driver, beating blown camaros and mustangs. He then moved to demotion derbies, before heading oval track racing.
“One day while scouting demo cars, I found two VWs – a Sirocco and a Fox, that were too good to wreck, but not good enough for the street,” he recalled. “I bought them for both for $50, stripped, fixed and fitted a home-made roll cage into the Sirocco and raced to a fourth overall finish in 2010 at Barrie speedway. Ever since I have been climbing the ladder of speed to the next class up.”
Looking back through the years, he says his memorable career moment came in 2012 at the Autumn Colours Classic.
“I had my hot little 240sx mini-stock that I started 31st due to previous DQ,” he started. “Up until that point, I had never run that car that hard that long before (50 lap) with high RPM high compression and a little fat on sunoco 110. The exhaust was cherry red all the way to the tip and it caught the floor on fire and I was trying to put it out while racing. Eventually, I had to pit, but still ended up 10th.”