Known for one of the coolest cars on the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series tour, the Doghouse House Racing team managed to end off the year ranked fourth in the year-end standings.
Leading the field to green for the first green flag of the 2018 season, Douglas Fischer ran in the top-five throughout the 30 lap feature at Sunset Speedway en route to a sixth-place finish. He would repeat the same performance when the series returned to the Innisfil, Ontario oval a couple weeks later, this time placing one spot better in fifth.
Once the series hit the road, though, the speed of the 1971 Chevrolet Nova showed with Fischer scoring his first heat victory of the year at Kawartha Speedway. Starting up front for the feature, he survived the chaos and led some laps en route to an impressive runner-up performance. The momentum carried over to the fastest track on the schedule, with Fischer battling Steve Mayhew late in the event at Jukasa Motor Speedway to a fourth.
Unfortunately when the series returned to Sunset Speedway on Canada Day weekend, the same performance wouldn’t show through with Fischer fading in the late stages to finish ninth.
The return trip to Kawartha brought a welcome surprise behind the wheel of the No. 3 entry, with car builder Shaun McWhirter taking the controls. He would place second in his qualifying heat, before finishing fourth in the feature after challenging Brad Martin in the final stages for third.
The month of September would see Fischer back behind the wheel for his home event at Sauble Speedway, picking up a seventh-place finish. McWhirter then took on the dirt when the series headed to Brighton Speedway, unfortunately getting caught up in the opening race crash en route to placing 11th.
The team would work through the nights over the next couple of weeks to make the repairs, putting the Nova back together just in time for the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway. Unfortunately, more issues plagued the team as a mechanical issue caused the transmission to come up through the floor during the heat races. The team would once again make the necessary repairs allowing Fischer to run Sunday’s feature, finishing 11th despite a hand injury.
Fischer then capped his year off with a 10th-place finish at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest following a trip through the infield grass on the opening lap after a three-wide battle.
By: Ashley McCubbin