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Nick Clarke Ready to Get Back to Hot Rod Victory Lane

After a tough 2018 Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod season, Nick Clarke is hoping that this year goes much better for him and his team.

“Entering the 2019 season, I’m excited to see the new faces in the series and am expecting some tough competition,” he said.

He will be running a 1969 Ford Mustang Coupe for the 2019 campaign.

“My Crew Member Mitchell found it in a scrap yard while looking for other parts, and the price was right so we jumped on it,” he said.

Clarke is entering the year focused on improving from last year, which he feels “shouldn’t be hard to do with the bad luck we had.” Despite the rough seas at times, he was able to score eight top-10 finishes, including a season-best fifth at Brighton Speedway.

While hoping to be stronger this year, he notes the crew is exactly where they need to be, but perhaps he could give better feedback and “settle into the car a little more.”

Although the 2019 schedule will take Clarke across the province, he notes he is most excited about the new addition with Peterborough Speedway joining the fold.

“That’s a track that I have so much fun driving at,” he commented.

The excitement about the new addition is just the beginning for Clarke entering 2019, though.

“The Hot Rod series for 2019 looks as if it is working its way to be a top series in Ontario with the amount of interest it has sparked,” he commented.

When asked which five drivers he’s keeping an eye on, he was quick to list Tyler Hawn, Steve Book, Jeremy McLean, and Tim Tolton. He also noted Jordan Latimer, as JL Motorsports has toyed with the idea of entering the series in the coming years.

For Clarke, his interest in racing came as a result of growing up at his second home, Full Throttle Motor Speedway. The speedway also played host his most memorable moment in racing, which was winning his first career championship in 2016.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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