After a great run to close out the inaugural season, it’s no secret that Nick Clarke is one of the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series drivers ready to get back to the track.
“I’m excited to get back into the car and race in an amazing series,” he said. “We struggled at the start of the season but ended on a high note and our team is hoping that will just get better come opening night at Sunset.”
Making his series debut at Flamboro Speedway in July, Clarke came away with the victory despite battling fuel pick-up issues. Although the next two races didn’t go as smoothly for the driver of the No. 8, he rebounded to win the season-ending event at Flamboro’s Frostoberfest.
Despite Flamboro being his top track thus far, Clarke’s most excited stop for 2018 is the trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway in June with him adding, “I don’t think I know a single person that isn’t excited to try that place out.”
Now entering his second year, the focus is having fun and keeping the car in one piece each weekend while winning some races along the way. However, it’s no secret that scoring a trip to victory lane won’t be easy with the level of competition brewing.
“The three cars I feel will be the biggest competition would be Tyler Hawn, Dan Archibald, and Billy Alderson,” Clarke commented. “Those three always have well prepared cars and are all front runners.”
Although those three are on the hit list, many other names are on the blink of joining them as Clarke says “the series is going to take off” with hopes of seeing a full competitive field based on off-season discussion.
For Clarke, he got the racing bug at the early age, spending his childhood at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.
“I can’t remember a weekend that we weren’t at the track watching and cheering for my dad and some local heroes like Gary McLean, Jason Mclellan, and Scott Way,” Clarke said.
In a career that has seen many memorable moments across different divisions, Clarke says the most memorable has to be racing side-by-side with Scott Mast in 2016 and just edging him out for the championship.
By: Ashley McCubbin