When Trevor Thompson threw his hat into the conversation of Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park rookies, nobody knew what to expect.
He certainly provided a surprise, capping off the shortened 2020 campaign in victory lane at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
“It was a surreal feeling,” he commented. “We knew we were going to be fast with the improvements we made to the car, but to get out there on my second time ever on that track and being that fast and getting the win on top of it all – I think it’s the most fun I’ve ever had racing!”
Outside of the checkered flag, Thompson proved he could be a possible championship contender in the future with runner-ups in his other two starts at Jukasa and Sunset Speedway. In other words, thus far, he’s succeeding at the challenge he felt his team needed following six years of Late Model competition at Varney Speedway.
“The Hot Rods series is an affordable way to get out there and have some good competitive fun,” he added.
Now with the success underneath him, Thompson admits being excited about getting back to the track in 2021.
“We show up to every race aiming for that win,” he commented. “We try to keep the car consistent and keep our eye on that checkered flag!”
Looking for wins, there’s a good chance his next one could come at another big oval, with his first trip to Kawartha Speedway – which is the event he has circled on the schedule currently.
Being able to log laps at the different tracks on the tour will be critical for Thompson as he feels he needs to “get out there and get more experience” to become an even stronger threat for the title.
Fortunately, you won’t miss him on the track if he returns in the same car, having ran a bright silver Camaro for his debut campaign.
“I’ve always loved Camaros,” he shared. “I own a ’67 and a ’69 Camaro and I fell in love with the second gen body style.”
As for the No. 00, that goes back to his childhood in watching his dad help out Pro Modified competitor Greg Belyea.
“I’ve always been around those numbers,” he said. “When I bought my first late model, it already had the 00s on it and I felt that was fitting so they stuck around.”
Being around the track as a child, he easily got bit by the racing bug, getting his first chance behind the wheel of a mini truck at the age of 12. He would compete in those for five to six years, before taking a six-year hiatus and returning to run Late Models.
For their support, Thompson would like to thank his dad, Chris Thompson and his family for always supporting me in my crazy endeavors, Chuck and Dan Lawler, Bill Alderson, Werner Meissner who is no longer with us but was always there to help out with anything, Scott McQueen, and Cole Weber.
Additionally, he’d like to offer a shout-out to his sponsors – Thompson’s Auto Tech. (Elmira), Rural Roots Brewing Company (Elmira), BTL (Elmira), Harvey’s Swiss Chalet (Elmira), Astron (elmira), Elmira Auto Supplies / NAPA, and Billy’s Speed Shop (Varney).
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