Despite a lot of things going on around the world right now, one thing stayed the same – OSCAAR getting some racing complete on the track. The chance to go fast and battle for positions was not taken for granted by one of the stars of the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park.
“Looking back on the 2020 race season, I’m very grateful for what Dave (Gainforth) and OSCAAR did for us competitors, just getting the opportunity to compete was big,” Paul Senior said. “It also showed me how much I’d miss it if we didn’t get to race at all.”
Paul Senior was one of the 29 different competitors to make laps this season, scoring a season-best third-place finish at Sunset Speedway in September.
“Reflecting on my performance, I need to focus a bit on getting the car to turn just a bit more,” he commented. “We have great power – in my opinion one of the cars to beat for the win, but our Peter-Built race car just needs a few small updates. We’re very, very close to a breakout season even with the competition level increasing with some of the drivers that showed up this year like Tom Walters and Trevor Thompson.”
Even knowing where his own program stands, Senior also recognizes the challenge is just going to increase moving forward with having peaked at the driver registration list.
“I think it’s gonna get pretty wild on the competition side,” he expressed. “More and more heavy hitters like Dwayne Baker and Amanda Balson, plus a few that are laying low about competing. It’s going to be a tuff field to win in.
“With that being said, I still think we will win a feature this year. I have a stronger team than ever; If I do my job as a driver, it’s more than possible for me and my guys. I’m hell bent on winning this coming season.”
If there was one place to choose to break-through for the first victory, certainly doing so at Kawartha Speedway would be a highlight if everything comes together in seeing the track return to the schedule.
“Been going to races there for many years and I love the high speed tracks like that so for me it’s an opportunity I’d never thought I’d get after the track being dormant for a few years,” he commented. “I always look forward to Sunset Speedway. I love to compete at our ‘Home Track’ and will be running there in the LLM class when not running the OSCAAR Tour.”
Senior will once again be behind the wheel of the 1974 Ford Maverick that he has ran for the past two seasons, originally built by Peter Schotanus. It’ll also have the familiar No. 8 on the driver’s door, that has always been one of his favourite numbers and been part of his racing days, going back to North Bay Speedway.
The 2021 season will see the No. 8 carry sponsorship from Juniors Tire, Adam’s Graphics, Muds Garage, Storey Equipment Rentals, and Chris and Katie from Flat Rate Towing. The team is also currently seeking marketing partners to join their team for both the Hot Rod and Limited Late Model.
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., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin