Continuing to improve each season has been a trend for Nick Clarke, and that’s something that he will look to continue as he returns to the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods in 2020.
“We are trying to improve on the last three seasons and can hopefully come out this spring stronger than ever with both of our cars,” he commented.
While he has been able to have success himself, it has been fun to watch the family atmosphere around his team. On top of himself racing, he has gotten the 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.”
The driver of the No. 86 Matteo’s Pizzeria and Café, John’s Towing, P.W. Auto Sales, Moonlight Design, Artic Clear Water, Kenilworth Auto Recyclers entry had his own success in 2019, scoring five top-five’s and eight top-10’s en route to placing third in the year-end 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.”
There were also plenty of memorable moments, including a season-best performance at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
“I think my favourite part of the year would have to be our third-place finish at Jukasa,” he commented. “We were so close to a win.”
The success has not come easy, though, as Clarke notes that his team can spend anywhere from 15 to 20 hours per week in the shop car, and with more time possible “depending on the events that had happened at the last event.”
“The current growth and competition in the Hot Rod Series is amazing,” Clarke said. “It’s absolutely wild to be one of the teams to see how far this has come in such a little amount of time. The teams that keep showing up are getting stronger and stronger every time, and it pushes everyone else to try and be that much better.”
The competition is only expected to grow once again with more rookies on-board.
“I think I would tell the potential rookies not to get discouraged if they have bad luck, and work through it,” he said. “The harder your team works the better your results will be.”
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 2020 racing season was 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