After spending the past 19 years racing every Friday night at Delaware Speedway, Jeremy Taggert knew it was time for a change of pace moving forward.
“We’ve raced a lot of Friday nights at Delaware Speedway and racing every single Friday night of the summer gets to be a lot,” he expressed. “We wanted to take a step back and run something that we can more pick at what we want to do. If we want to run the full season, we’ll do that. If not, then we’ll just go out and have some fun.”
The perfect opportunity presented itself, too, as the veteran is a fan of the old Chevrolet and Jason Legge had a 1958 Chevrolet for sale. After working out the perfect deal with his sponsors, Taggert will join the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods in 2021.
“We’re looking to hopefully just finish every lap and stay on the lead lap as much as we can and learn,” he commented. “It’s a whole new car, new division, and new tracks as there’s a lot of tracks that we haven’t raced at.
“We just want to learn and to keep the car in one piece and load it on the trailer every night. If we can get up there and compete for some top-five’s and top-10’s, we’ll be plenty happy with that.”
Although the schedule will see the No. 58 Landshark Group, DAAGS Used Tires and Service, and Fastenal Chevrolet travel across the province, it’s the trip home to Delaware Speedway which has Taggert most excited.
“It’s a track that I am really familiar with, and hopefully we can have a really good showing there,” he said. “But I’m excited to try some of the short tracks. I’ve heard Sauble and Sunset are really nice tracks, so we’re excited to get up there, too.”
Notably, Delaware Speedway has been a part of his life for a long time, as he has been going there for close to 40 years now since he was a baby with his family involved.
Although behind the wheel for 19 years himself, it is worth noting he had to work for his first career victory.
“It took me 17 years,” he recalled. “We were always a very low budget team and we were finally able to get a little extra money and put it into the car. We ran two years in a row to where we finished second in points with no wins and then finally the third year, we were able to get a win. That was probably the highlight of my career so far.
“Then we raced Late Models at Delaware and were able to get a win – just a heat win but it was still a big moment for us.”
With the experience under his belt and set to change direction moving forward a little, Taggert says his biggest advice to budding racers is simple – have fun.
“I found over the years the more competitive I’ve tried to get, the more I fell out of love in the sport,” he said. “We took a step back and we’re having more fun with it. I enjoy going to the track now, not stressed out about points. My advice is to go out and have fun and if you’re finishing every lap, then you’re doing well.”
The Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods are in action this Sunday, July 25 at Sunset Speedway. They will be joined by the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Just Foam It, and the Ontario Outlaw Super Late Models.
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.
By: Ashley McCubbin