Finding his groove and building upon last year’s success, Nick Clarke would place third in the year-end Knightworks Design, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Hot Rod standings.
“This season was definitely a step in the right direction from last year,” he said. “A lot less mechanical issues, and much better results on track.”
Starting on pole for the first feature of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Clarke was fast from the initial green flag and ran inside the top-five through the event en route to finishing fourth. He started off strong a couple weeks later at Sunset Speedway, but mechanical problems took him out of the contention on Lap 7.
The struggles unfortunately continued to start July at Peterborough Speedway, with Clarke going for a pair of spins en route to placing 13th in the feature. He got his redemption at Sunset, though, rebounding from an incident in qualifying to finish sixth.
The month of August started off in the clay, with Clarke finishing eighth at Brighton Speedway. He then backed it up with a pair of top-five’s – fourth and fifth – at Flamboro Speedway a couple weeks later. His favourite moment of the year came a week later at Jukasa, where he was able to get through the chaos down the backstretch en route to a third-place finish.
The short track playoffs would not start off as Clarke hoped, as he was involved in a mid-race incident at Sunset to take him out of contention. He rebounded a couple weeks later, placing fifth at Flamboro’s Frostoberfest, followed by another fifth to complete the season at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic.
On top of the success experienced this year, the series also gave him a unique opportunity to race against both his dad and Bob Parsons, with Bill Clarke scoring a heat victory at the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway.
“Family is definitely a huge part of our racing,” he commented. “I enjoy racing against my Dad, and Bob. I honestly think it pushes me a little harder to improve every week, and to try and beat them on track.”
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations on your success this year Nick as it was great to see you, and the whole family at the track this season. We look forward to seeing you in 2020.
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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.
By: Ashley McCubbin