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2019 OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Silly Season Synopsis

With a strong finish to the 2018 campaign, it’s safe to say that things are heading in the right direction for the OSCAAR Hot Rods. That has showed with a variety of build photos being spread across Facebook since the last checkered flag of the season.

So here are some competitors who have openly discussed their 2019 plans as of January 29, 2019.

Brad Martin confirmed to STM back in October that he would back with the Hot Rod Series in 2019, hunting for his first career series victory.

“It would be pretty awesome,” he commented. “It would feel like a weight would be lifted off our shoulders because we’ve been so hard to be a fast car and a contender. It’d make everything feel worthwhile.”

Many fans throughout the season saw the progress by Leroy Robinson on his ride (pictured top), which he completed just as the last checkered flag was flown for 2018. Hopefully he can have a strong debut in 2019 after putting in the hard work and time.

Brian McLean revealed that he will be back on the grid for the OSCAAR Modified campaign on a part-time basis. There is also word being spread that the team has began a Hot Rod build with plans to debut the car before season’s end.

While everybody fell in love with Brad Martin’s Dodge, there’s another in the works, courtesy of Mat Hopkins.

There is also a new Pontiac build in progress, courtesy of Tim Van Oostveen.

Known as one of the best dirt modified racers, Greg Belyea is headed to asphalt in 2019 as he is in the process of building a 1969 Cougar (pictured left) for the 2019 OSCAAR Hot Rod Series tour.

Nick Abballe is set to join the tour after purchasing the No. 8SR from Paul Senior at the end of the campaign. Abballe has some racing experience under his belt, via competing in various classes at Flamboro Speedway.

After gaining experience behind the wheel of a street stock, Jake Brissette is ready for the next step of his racing career in the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. He will be running his grandfather’s number, 56. He has began working on his car, as pictured below left.

Sean Walker has also sent along photos to OSCAAR of his 1955 Chevrolet build in progress for the 2019 season, as pictured below right.

Tyler Hawn will be back in the field in 2019, hoping to score his third straight OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Championship after going back-to-back.

Jeremy McLean may have parted ways with his ride, but that doesn’t mean that he’s leaving the series. His team has been hard at work throughout the off-season on a new build.

The grid keeps expanding, with Robert Robinson and Dalen Martin adding their names to the grid. Both of their cars can be seen below, alongside McLean’s build in progress.

Tim Tolton (below left) will have one of the most unique builds, as well, as he puts together a Studebaker for 2019. OSCAAR fans known him well via the Modified division. Tolton has raced several other classes, though, ranging from Mini Stock, to Late Models and the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series.

Though let’s not stop there with unique builds as Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock and Thunder Car competitor Tyler Junkin (below center) ranks right up there on the list.

There’s also going to be a beautiful 1951 Pontiac on the grid in 2019, courtesy of John Myers (below right).

Rodney Rutherford made his OSCAAR Hot Rod debut late in the season, putting together a solid run at Flamboro Speedway. Since then, he has began to make upgrades on his ride in hopes of a strong full campaign in 2019.

Everybody may know Jim Bowman from his Super Late Model success, but there’s another Bowman that is set to get into racing. Chris Bowman is in the midst of getting a 1967 Beaumont ready for the 2019 campaign.

Many fans have been following the progress of Ryan Cowan’s build in the OSCAAR Hot Rod facebook group. As he continues to work away, he hopes to have the car ready for the 2019 season.

Cabral Racing Promotions released that Steve Book will be following the entire 2019 Hot Rod Series schedule after winning the Rookie of the Year honors this past season.

“Running with the (OSCAAR Hot Rod) series was some of the most fun I’ve had in racing in a long time,” Voiced Book. “I first saw them when they came to Flamboro (Speedway) in 2017 and thought that it was the perfect concept for a tour and something that I absolutely needed to be a part of.”

“We didn’t have a ton of expectations when we set off for some of our first few races in 2018 – but I was happy with the gains that we were able to make right off the bat,” adds the Hamilton, Ontario native. “Our team did everything we could to improve from one race to the next.”

 

If you’re a driver and want to have your plans listed in the Silly Season guide, please get a hold of Short Track Musing’s Ashley McCubbin immediately to do so. 

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