Debuting a new Studebaker this season, Steve Book ran up front on a weekly basis in route to placing second in the Knightworks Design, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Hot Rod standings.
“It was the same model car my dad started racing with and he has always wanted to build another one,” Book said at the beginning of the year.
After scoring a pair of fourths in the qualifiers at Sunset Speedway before the Spring Velocity feature was rained out, Book ran in the top-three throughout the entire event at Jukasa Motor Speedway en route to a third-place finish. He then returned to Sunset at the end of June, scoring a heat win and a second.
After running into issues during qualifying at Peterborough Speedway, Book made his way to the front after starting mid-pack for another runner-up finish. He then returned to Sunset, once again putting another stellar performance together en route to placing fourth in the feature.
The month of August saw the Hot Rods make their lone dirt appearance with a trip to Brighton Speedway. Book won his qualifying heat, before battling for the top spot all race long en route to finishing fourth. He then backed it up a couple weeks later at Flamboro Speedway by placing fourth and second in a pair of features.
After showing speed on a weekly basis, everything came together for Book at Jukasa on Canadian Short Track Nationals weekend. He put the No. 47 Studebaker in the top-five through the first half of the event, inheriting the lead when the leaders got together ahead of him. He then held off Jesse Kennedy and Nick Clarke en route to scoring his first win of the season, and second victory of his OSCAAR Hot Rod career.
He looked to carry the momentum into Sunset by winning one of his qualifiers, but a mid-race feature accident relegated him to a ninth. He rebounded a couple weeks later at Flamboro, making his way through the field after starting mid-pack and using a restart to his advantage to take the lead, and pace the field en route to his second victory of 2019.
He did not stop his winning ways there, ending off his season with a sweep at the Autumn Colours Classic by winning both of his heats, followed by the feature. The victory did not come easy at Peterborough, though, as he was challenged closely through the final laps by series champion Tyler Hawn.
Continuing to build his notebook and learn about his new ride, Book impressed fans across the province with a ton of speed on a weekly basis. He will certainly be someone to consider for championships in the years ahead.
“I think this series is the coolest series in Ontario racing and I hope everyone remembers to have some fun with it and not drive up the cost,” Book said. “I think (series president) Dave (Gainforth) has put together a good rules package and is trying to make it affordable which is what racing needs.”
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations on your success this year, Steve. We look forward to seeing you back 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