After visiting victory lane four times over the past two seasons, it’s no surprise to see Steve Book is set to run the entire Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod schedule once again in 2021.
“I am hoping to put together consistent finishes and hopefully pull out a win,” he commented.
Book was able to accomplish that through the four-race campaign last season, scoring just one finish outside the top-five (sixth at Sunset Speedway), to go along with 10 top-five’s in 2019.
One of the tracks he’s been the most dominant is Jukasa Motor Speedway, having won two of the last four, with podium finishes each time. It’s why it’s no surprise to see it’s the track he is most excited for moving forward.
Despite the success, it has not come easy, as evident by the growing competition in the series.
“These are really cool cars and it’s a great bunch of racers,” he expressed. “There are so many racers in this series that can win at any track so the competition will be awesomem but Trevor Thompson had three strong races in his rookie season so I see him being a threat every race and the duo from Mount Hope will also be a force, even though they are running a limited schedule.
“But honestly, there are 10 cars that can get it done at any time especially with the new talent coming into the series.”
Even with the new talent, you should be able to pick out Book in the field, as a result of the unique Studebaker appearance. The decision to run that particular body style was easy, being it’s modeled after his father’s first racecar, carrying the same No. 47 utilized then.
Since following in his father’s footsteps, Book has gained a lot of experience in his own right, from Enduros at Delaware Speedway to now a regular Hot Rod competitor front runner.
“To anyone looking to get into racing, my advice would be to start in a lower less expensive class to get experience and fun,” he commented. “Then if you can, work on your own equipment. You can progress to other divisions otherwise the cost will get out of control if you have to pay someone else to do all the work on your car.
“They (also) better love it because it takes a lot of time and money, so they will have to sacrifice other things in their lives.”
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