Despite not reaching victory lane, Nick Clarke’s consistency enabled him to place fifth in the year-end OSCAAR Hot Rod Series standings.
Clarke would not run the season opener at Sunset Speedway, but rather put his father Bill behind the wheel of the No. 8 Nova. After a runner-up in the second qualifier, Bill ran in the top-five through the whole feature en route to a fifth-place finish.
Nick’s 2018 debut came at Sunset a couple weeks later as part of the track’s Spring Velocity weekend. He managed to stay out of trouble throughout the 30-lap feature, running just outside the top-five all race long en route to a sixth.
Despite sustaining damage during the heats at Kawartha, he was able to score another top-10 with a ninth. Unfortunately, the bad luck followed him to Jukasa Motor Speedway as he placed 10th after fighting mechanical issues all day. The return back to Sunset to complete the month of June saw his situation improve slightly with a seventh.
The second trip to Kawartha to kick off the month of July saw him battle inside the top-10 through the first half of the feature, but he would fade back in the late stages to finish 11th. He was able to rebound with the trip to the beach, finishing eighth at Sauble Speedway.
The trip to the dirt was exactly what the doctor ordered for Clarke, as he avoided the carnage in the early laps, finding his groove to score a fifth-place finish. The good fortune followed him to Sunset Speedway’s Velocity 250, as he would move forward after starting deep in the field to finish 10th.
Clarke would cap off his 2018 campaign with an eighth-place finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest.