After a month long break 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 are set for their second feature of the season presented by Streamline Race Products.
It will mark the seventh 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 finishing second at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Douglas Fischer hopes to get back on the podium as the Dog House team following a ninth-place finish at Jukasa. 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. The new car showed speed at Jukasa with a fourth-place finish. 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.
Jeremy McLean hopes the speed shown out of the new car with a fifth-place finish at Jukasa carries over to this weekend. 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 third-place finish at Jukasa. 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.
Jeremy Broom has gotten better with each OSCAAR start, as showcased by picking up his first career victory at Jukasa. He posted a track-best of sixth at Sunset Speedway in 2018.
Rodney Rutherford has shown speed in his first two OSCAAR starts, with a pair of top-six performances. Now with the car looking stunning, he hopes to be part of the conversation this year.
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.
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.
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.
Dalen Martin’s mustang debut at Sunset Speedway was impressive with a heat victory. He then backed it up with an eighth-place finish at Jukasa.
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.
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 and scored a 10th-place finish at Jukasa.
Robert Robinson hopes to have a smoother day at Sunset Speedway, as he was one of the few involved in an incident at Jukasa. Greg Belyea is also hoping for smoother after being bit by mechanical issues at the beginning of the month.
Robertson and Co. Racing made a statement with their No. 74 entry at Jukasa, racing in the top-10 throughout the duration of the event. They hope to carry over the speed into their first trip to Sunset Speedway with OSCAAR.
They will be joined by fellow rookie Dan Rothwell, 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 in the coming weeks.
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