Continuing to get faster over the course of the season, Billy Alderson Jr. had a memorable rookie OSCAAR Hot Rod Series campaign en route to placing second in the year-end standings.
Alderson Jr. was fast right from the drop of the first green flag, winning his first OSCAAR heat before pacing 10 laps in the feature en route to a runner-up finish at Sunset Speedway. When the series returned to the Innisfil, Ontario oval a couple weeks later, he won another qualifying race before running up front throughout the feature once again en route to finishing fourth.
The month of June took the Hot Rods to Kawartha Speedway, which saw the speed of the No. 18 shine once again. Alderson Jr. led the first half of the feature, before contact on a restart resulted in a spin sending him to the back. He would use the second half of the race to work his way back up to sixth by the checkered. He would also lead laps at Jukasa Motor Speedway, before being past by Tyler Hawn at the halfway mark en route to a runner-up.
Returning to Sunset on Canada Day weekend, Alderson continued to run up front, staying inside the top-three all race long en route to a third-place finish. He then backed it up with a runner-up at Kawartha a couple weeks later.
With consistently showing speed weekly, more fans began to wonder when he would finally break through for his first feature victory. The magic would come together in the series’ first ever trip to the beach, with Alderson Jr. finding his way to the winner’s circle at Sauble Speedway.
The Velocity 250 saw a new driver behind the wheel of the No. 18, with Cole Weber handling the reigns. Weber won his second qualifying heat, before running in the top-five through the 30-lap feature en route to a second-place finish.
Alderson Jr. was back behind the wheel for the season finale at Flamboro Speedway, winning his first heat before running top-five all feature long en route to finishing second.