Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the 2018 season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
“Tyler is smart. 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.” – Dan Archibald
“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.” – Nick Clarke
“Honestly, I’ve never driven the car this hard. 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.” – Tyler Hawn
“I think the series is great. I’ve told this to Dave (Gainforth) before that OSCAAR is run very well. The tech guys are great, the officials are awesome. All the drivers are kind and helpful; whenever you have a problem, there’s always someone there asking if you need something. I think the series is an amazing idea because the cars look awesome, and like I said, everybody is so good with each other. We’re not out there to crash each other, but have a good time and Dave monitors it very well. I think the series is going to take off that much more, considering there were six cars last year, and now it’s stepped up to about 12. Hopefully next year we’ll have about 20-something through the year because I can see a lot of guys interested in the series, and it’s worth getting into.” – Brad Martin
It started as kid from lawnmower to Go Cart racing in a club, hanging out around car shops, I got addicted and I couldn’t wait to have my own race car. I was fortunate to have my dad to help and support me get my first”Mini Stock” Race Car and when I was only 14 years old. My excitement, my strong energy of passion lead me to become: “Rookie of the year, Hard Charger, Best Appearing Car Award, along with 7 Feature Wins” in my first year. – Jeremy McLean
“I was close to pulling the pin on the Hot Rod Series. I regained hope for the series when I personally started receiving a lot of questions and interest in the series, and acknowledgement from the fans. I have no question at this time with a consistent car count and the volume of cars being prepared that the series will be a huge success. It is really cool see the pictures of a full field of these things.” – Adam Misener
“I enjoy being a car owner almost as much as I enjoy being a driver so it really was a very exciting time. 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.
“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.” – Dan Price
“My first one was obviously a big deal. I actually hurt the motor in the car and probably wouldn’t had lasted many more laps. It was a 50 lap race, and when we finally got the car back to the trailer, there was not a lot of oil left in it, so that was pretty big deal. When I won Velocity the first time, it was kind of cool, but I didn’t know the significance of the Velocity Mini Stock invitational. When I came back the next year and everybody was excited that I won it again, it really sunk in. that was a pretty cool deal for me. That was actually my last Mini Stock win, so perfect way to bookend my first one to my last one.” – Brad Martin