Catching the attention of everyone watching, Dan Price impressed with his classic 1957 Chevrolet Bell Air en route to placing second in the OSCAAR Hot Rod standings.
When the series kicked off their inaugural campaign at Kawartha Speedway, though, it wasn’t Price behind the wheel of the No. 09. While focused on his modified, he put 1996 Mosport Speedway Champion Derek Henderson in the driver’s seat. Henderson did a solid job, scoring a pair of top-fives in qualifying before placing fourth in the main event despite fuel pick-up issues.
Henderson remained behind the wheel for the next event at Flamboro Speedway, showing more speed this time around without the mechanical problem. It showed on-track, as he scored a third-place finish.
It’s a move that paid off for the series, too, as Henderson is currently building a car of his own for 2018.
“I enjoy being a car owner almost as much as I enjoy being a driver so it really was a very exciting time,” Price said. “Seeing Derek back behind the wheel especially in one of my cars was pretty special after looking up to him when I first got into racing back in the 90’s, I feel responsible for getting him hooked again and I like it.”
Price made his series debut at Brighton Speedway, wanting to be part of OSCAAR history with our first ever dirt event. He started up front in the feature, and ran second through the early stages, but overshooting turn one on Lap 4 proved costly as he’d drop back to fourth, where he’d end up.
Price was also fast at Kawartha a week later, placing second in his heat, but ultimately ended up sixth in the feature.
In the series’ inaugural Sunset Speedway appearance, Price was ran as part of the front runners, starting second in the feature, and battling in the top-five for position throughout en route to a fifth. Price backed it up with another fifth in the second feature, despite being chased down late by Douglas Fischer.
Price finished the same way as the year started – giving someone else a chance to drive the car, as he put dirt regular Logan Shwedyk behind the wheel. He was solid in his performance, ultimately finishing fourth in the feature.
“Logan Shwedyk is a young man who races a Thunder Stock on the dirt and I figured why not give him a task of the pavement; he was incredibly excited and thankful being able to try something new,” Price said. “”This community has brought me such joy, and made me so, so many great friends it’s nice to be able to do something to give back to it. The excitement and gratitude I saw in these guys (along with Casey Cavanagh) was the highlight of my season.”
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations to Dan Price and his team on their success this year. We look forward to seeing you on-track in 2018.