After finishing fourth in the year-end standings last year, James Stanley improved by a spot to rank third at the end of the 2018 OSCAAR Pro Sprint season.
Right from the drop of the initial green flag, he was fast this year as he ran in the top-three throughout the opening feature of the season at Sunset Speedway en route to a third-place finish. Unfortunately, the next two weeks did not go as planned. A wreck in his heat took him out of contention in the return to Sunset on Canada Day weekend, followed by mechanical issues in the qualifiers at Flamboro Speedway.
He was able to quickly rebound, starting off the month of August strong at Peterborough Speedway with a runner-up finish. He then backed it up with a third at Sauble Speedway, followed by scoring his lone heat victory of the year and a second in the first night of racing at Grand Bend Speedway. The second night wasn’t that bad, either, as he finished second in qualifying before placing third in the feature.
The momentum followed him back to Sunset Speedway, as he ran in the top-five throughout both features en route to a pair of fourths. After missing the first of the two features at Flamboro Speedway due to mechanical issues, he’d make his way to the front after starting tail of the field in the second to finish fifth.
The season finale at Peterborough saw potential shown, but Stanley would end up running mid-pack through both features to cap off the year with a pair of fifth-place finishes.