Battling for the victory in each race that he entered this season, Dan Archibald put together an impressive win streak en route to placing eighth in the year-end OSCAAR Hot Rod Series standings.
Archibald was fast right from the season opener at Sunset Speedway, battling with fellow podium finishers Tyler Hawn and Billy Alderson Jr. throughout the feature en route to a third-place finish. Returning to the Innisfil, Ontario track a couple weeks later, he led 23 laps before losing out to Hawn on a late-race restart to finish second.
“Tyler is smart,” Archibald said afterwards. “He kept pinching me down so I burned up the right rear. He’s a little smarter than I thought. I shouldn’t had left off like I did at first when I got out front. I should’ve got a little further away to make him work a little harder. But you know what? He’s one of the best guys that I’ve raced with. I enjoy racing with Tyler.”
The battle on track really emphasized the friendly rivalry the pair had formed late last season, and would carry forward the rest of 2018.
“Honestly, I’ve never driven the car this hard,” Hawn said. “No offense to Dan, but my whole goal this weekend was to beat him. We talked each other up in the pits, and we have a good time. He ran me hard. A little bit of tire mark here and there, but that’s part of racing.”
Hitting up Kawartha Speedway to start the month of June, the speed of the No. 07 Corvair showed as Archibald found his groove. After being involved in a mid-race incident at Lap 19 and having to restart from the tail of the field, the veteran would make his way forward. A climb that was highlighted by an impressive three-wide pass for third would be completed when he edged out Douglas Fischer at the line to score the victory.
Returning to Sunset Speedway for Canada Day weekend, Archibald got his redemption as he took the lead on lap four and never looked back, holding off Hawn on the late-race restart. He would then clock off another victory a couple weeks when the series returned to Kawartha Speedway.
With a focus on other endeavors across the province, Archibald took a break from OSCAAR Hot Rod competition, returning to the series when they headed back to Sunset Speedway in September. He would find his groove once again, pacing the field from Lap 3 all the way to the checkered for his fourth victory of 2018.
Although things did not swing in his favor at the season finale at Flamboro Speedway, there’s nothing to be ashamed of when looking back at a season full of checkers.
By: Ashley McCubbin