After a great race to start off the 2018 campaign, the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series drivers will be back in action on May 19 and 20 at Sunset Speedway as part of the track’s Spring Velocity.
It will mark the third time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 last September. Both of those races were won by Dan Archibald. Archibald tried to make it three for three earlier this month, but came up short in his bid, finishing behind Tyler Hawn and Billy Alderson Jr.
Many fans who left the speedway were talking about the battle for the podium spots between the three, as they managed to race side-by-side for multiple laps, door handle to door handle, without a single fender touch.
Hawn will be hoping to make sure the same results are seen after the 30-lap feature, building on the momentum he entered the year with as the inaugural series champion. In three Sunset Speedway features, he has a win and a pair of thirds.
The 2018 season marks the first year of OSCAAR competition for Alderson Jr., and he certainly made his debut memorable with a runner-up performance. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he won Full Throttle Motor Speedway’s track championship twice.
Since joining the fray, Archibald has been a man to watch. With three wins and a third in four career OSCAAR starts, you have to know he’ll be someone to watch this weekend.
Douglas Fischer hopes that his trend of continued improvement in each event pays off. He has scored four straight top-seven finishes, including a podium at the end of 2017 at Flamboro.
The Clarke Racing team knows what it takes to win in OSCAAR, as Nick Clarke was one of the four drivers to score a victory last year, following a pair at Flamboro Speedway. His father Bill has them off to a solid start in 2018 with a fifth-place finish in the season opener.
Dan Price will hope to improve upon his 10th-place finish in the season opener. He was solid at Sunset Speedway last year, though, with a pair of fifths.
Price’s teammate Derek Henderson will also be looking to do the same, following an 11th-place finish in the season opener. He was solid in both of his starts last year, placing fourth at Kawartha and third at Flamboro.
Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that allowed him to challenge for a win in his OSCAAR Hot Rod debut in September 2017. The team knew they had some homework to do following a ninth in the season opener.
Brad Martin will hope to build upon his impressive OSCAAR debut earlier this month, when he was able to finish fourth in the season opener. He has previously visited victory lane at Sunset Speedway as part of the track’s fall Velocity show in the Mini Stock division.
Another driver to watch will be Jeremy McLean, following an eighth in the season opener.
Art Rodgers hopes his trip to Sunset Speedway goes better this time around, as a blown motor sidelined him practice earlier this month.
The OSCAAR Hot Rods will be racing at Sunset Speedway on both Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. They will qualify on the 19th alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds, while full shows are completed for the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour, Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midgets, and Outlaw Midgets. The Hot Rods will then run their feature on the 20th, as features are also ran for all three divisions of the Great Lakes Concrete Series, Bone Stocks, Ontario Legends Series, OSCAAR Modifieds, and OSCAAR Pro Sprints. Full details and pre-sale tickets can be found at http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
By Ashley McCubbin