The summer months are normally where the contenders separate themselves from the pack, and the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series falls under that category for sure. The teams are set to be busy this weekend as they’ll head to a pair of totally different tracks this weekend.
Friday, July 13 will see them take to Kawartha Speedway for the fourth time in two years, before hitting the dirt with their second ever trip to Brighton Speedway on Saturday, July 14.
The list of drivers to watch is extensive, with 17 names appearing on the pre-entry sheet ahead of the weekend. So without further ado, here is everybody you should keep an eye on.
Dan Archibald will be trying earn his third victory in a row this weekend as he has won in each of his last starts, including the first trip of the season to Kawartha in June. Notably, he has won in both of his starts on the half-mile track. The interesting factor will be whether he makes his first dirt start with OSCAAR on Saturday.
Tyler Hawn hopes to build on the momentum as he has no finishes outside of the top-seven this season, with three victories in five races. Notably, his Kawartha statistics rank up there with the best as he has a first, second, and seventh in his three starts. Should we add that he won the inaugural OSCAAR dirt race at Brighton last year?
The 2018 season marks the first year of OSCAAR competition for Billy Alderson Jr., and he certainly hasn’t disappointed with no finishes outside of the top-six this season. His appearance at Kawartha in June saw him place sixth, and it’ll be interesting to how the clay treats him in his first trip there.
Douglas Fischer hopes that his trend of positive finishes continues as he has scored no finishes outside of the top-nine, including three top-fives. He posted a runner-up at Kawartha in June to start the stretch, as he looks towards his first OSCAAR dirt start.
Nick Clarke has a top-10 finish in each of his four starts this year, including a ninth at Kawartha in June. Notably, the trip to Brighton will mark his first OSCAAR dirt start.
Dan Price will be missing out on Kawartha, instead choosing to focus on his OSCAAR Modified that night, but will be in attendance for Saturday at Brighton Speedway. He impressed last year, scoring a fourth-place finish.
Price’s teammate Derek Henderson will also be looking for a good run, as he enters this weekend on a string of three straight top-eight finishes. He has proven he can run well at Kawartha with a fourth last year, but dirt remains a big question.
Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that he has shown thus far this season en route to a third-place finish at Sunset Speedway. His brother Adrian Foster drove the car in the feature in June, making his way from the back to score a fourth-place finish. The real question though – another driver with a dirt question mark.
After suffering a heavy practice crash in June at Kawartha, Brad Martin has made all of the necessary repairs and will be back in action both days this weekend. Hopefully he has a smooth day as he has visited victory lane at Kawartha previously behind the wheel of a mini stock.
Jeremy McLean hopes to break into the top-10 on Friday night at Kawartha as the past two events for him haven’t treated his team well. He will then be putting dirt regular Brandon Crumbie behind the wheel of the No. 88 on Saturday with hopes of a victory.
Art Rodgers should be home on dirt as that’s where his background in racing is, as shown by finishing third at Brighton last year. The real question will be whether he can improve his track-best fifth-place finish from Kawartha in July 2017.
The rest of the drivers will remain question marks for the dirt race as they were not in attendance last year, but the talent pool runs deep here.
Steve Book has yet to finish outside of the top-seven this year, highlighted by a season-best fifth at Kawartha in June.
Jerry Broom hopes to keep the positive momentum going following a season-best sixth-place finish at Jukassa Motor Speedway.
The Mayhews have experience on dirt, and they also know Kawartha really well due to countless Friday nights spent there. Steve hopes to improve upon his track-best fourth from last year, following a third-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Norm may be the one picking up the win after scoring a third in June at Kawartha.
Daryl Fice hopes to rekindle the magic that led to last year’s third-place finish at Kawartha after placing 12th earlier this year in June.
Paul Senior impressed in his OSCAAR Hot Rod Series debut, scoring a fifth-place finish at Sunset Speedway on Canada Day.
Dan Rothwell also made his OSCAAR debut at Sunset, and be hopeful to break into the top-10 this weekend after a 14th-place finish at Sunset.
On Friday night at Kawartha, the OSCAAR Hot Rods will be joined by the OSCAAR Modifieds, and Bone Stocks as the Ontario Legends Series kicks off the Canadian Legend Car Nationals. Make sure to come out and check out the great night of racing, remembering to either print or show the coupon to get $5 off your general admission. Racing kicks off at 6:30 pm sharp.
On Saturday night at Brighton, the Hot Rods will be joined by the Late Models, Canadian Modifieds, and Thunder Stocks. They’ll start the night off with Wall of Fame Inductions at 6:00 pm. Details on the night can be found at http://www.brightonspeedway.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