After a long off-season filled with plenty of hours in the shop perfecting the racecars, it all comes down to this weekend at Sunset Speedway. The Knightworks Design, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Hot Rod Series will kick off their season, with a 30-lap Spring Velocity feature presented by Matteo’s Pizza & Café.
It will mark the sixth time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 in September 2017. Thus far, we’ve seen Dan Archibald win four races, with Tyler Hawn picking up a pair of event wins.
Following each of the events, regardless of the winner, the fans have left the speedway talking about the racing, as the stars of the series have battled side-by-side for multiple laps without a single fender touch.
Hawn will be hoping to pick up his third Sunset Speedway victory, building upon the two previous victories and runner-up, with just one finish outside of the top-five in five races. He enters this weekend as the all-time series leader in race winner, hoping to get on the podium after ending last season in victory lane at Flamboro Speedway.
Douglas Fischer hopes to get back on the podium as the Doug House team had a rough end to the 2018 campaign following a pair of crashes. He showed speed at Sunset Speedway last year, including a fifth-place finish in last year’s Spring Velocity feature.
Nick Clarke will hope to repeat his past success in the series, hopeful of taking the team’s new car to victory lane. He has finished in the top-10 in each of his last three appearances at Sunset Speedway, highlighted by a sixth in last year’s Spring Velocity feature.
Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that allowed him to challenge for a win in his OSCAAR debut at Sunset Speedway in 2017. Although Foster wasn’t behind the wheel all season last year, his team showed speed with a fourth-place finish by Miles Tyson at Sunset in July.
Jeremy McLean will be debuting a brand new car, hoping to build on last year’s success with a pair of top-five’s for his race team. Sunset Speedway hasn’t always been his best track, with a best finish of eighth last year.
Steve Book heads into this weekend with a smile on his face following a successful campaign en route to placing top-five in the year-end standings last year. In four Sunset Speedway races, he has no finishes outside of the top-seven with a track-best fourth in last year’s Velocity 250.
Steve Mayhew will enter this weekend with momentum on his side following five consecutive top-10 finishes. He finished 10th in his first appearance at Sunset in July 2018.
Jeremy Broom has gotten better with each OSCAAR start, and will hope to build upon his fourth-place finish in last year’s season finale at Flamboro Speedway. He posted a track-best of sixth at Sunset Speedway in 2018.
Paul Senior hopes to have a good outing in his first OSCAAR trip to Sunset Speedway after scoring three top-five’s in three starts last season.
Brad Martin ended his season on a high last year, scoring a third-place finish at the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway. Notably, it marked his second career Sunset Speedway top-five following a fourth in the 2018 Spring Velocity feature.
Adam Misener will be making his return to the series following a year off, hoping to build upon his sixth-place finish from last year’s Velocity 250.
Rodney Rutherford made his OSCAAR debut at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest, scoring a fifth-place finish. Now with the car looking stunning, he hopes to be part of the conversation this year.
While the discussion for the win will be rapid, there will also be a lot of focus on the Ohsweken Speedway Rookie of the Year battle with several new faces joining the ranks.
Sean Walker hopes to turn his late model success at Peterborough Speedway into a couple victories with the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. Meanwhile, Bradley Holt enters the class following a short stint in Sunset Speedway’s Super Stock division.
Dalen Martin will be debuting a stunning mustang, hoping to come out swinging and show what he can do in a class “with the most badass looking cars in the province.”
Another entry that has caught attention during pre-season discussion is Leroy Robinson, as he gets back behind the wheel for the first time in sitting on the sidelines for 20 years. Notably, the car Robinson will be driving was previously raced by his father.
They will be joined by fellow rookies Robert Robinson and Dan Rothwell at the Spring Velocity, among others.
Beyond the drivers mentioned here, there is the possibility to see other faces make an appearance this weekend at Sunset Speedway. The class is expected to grow through the summer, with several drivers already stating that they will be ready for the second series event of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway after simply running out of time ahead of Spring Velocity in preparing their new rides.
Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.
OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season is supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
Preview written by Ashley McCubbin