OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway Preview

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway 2018

After a great race to start off the 2018 campaign, the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series drivers will be back in action on May 19 and 20 at Sunset Speedway as part of the track’s Spring Velocity.

It will mark the third time the Hot Rods have raced at Sunset Speedway, following their inaugural appearance at the Velocity 250 last September. Both of those races were won by Dan Archibald. Archibald tried to make it three for three earlier this month, but came up short in his bid, finishing behind Tyler Hawn and Billy Alderson Jr.

Many fans who left the speedway were talking about the battle for the podium spots between the three, as they managed to race side-by-side for multiple laps, door handle to door handle, without a single fender touch.

Hawn will be hoping to make sure the same results are seen after the 30-lap feature, building on the momentum he entered the year with as the inaugural series champion. In three Sunset Speedway features, he has a win and a pair of thirds.

The 2018 season marks the first year of OSCAAR competition for Alderson Jr., and he certainly made his debut memorable with a runner-up performance. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he won Full Throttle Motor Speedway’s track championship twice.

Since joining the fray, Archibald has been a man to watch. With three wins and a third in four career OSCAAR starts, you have to know he’ll be someone to watch this weekend.

Douglas Fischer hopes that his trend of continued improvement in each event pays off. He has scored four straight top-seven finishes, including a podium at the end of 2017 at Flamboro.

The Clarke Racing team knows what it takes to win in OSCAAR, as Nick Clarke was one of the four drivers to score a victory last year, following a pair at Flamboro Speedway. His father Bill has them off to a solid start in 2018 with a fifth-place finish in the season opener.

Dan Price will hope to improve upon his 10th-place finish in the season opener. He was solid at Sunset Speedway last year, though, with a pair of fifths.

Price’s teammate Derek Henderson will also be looking to do the same, following an 11th-place finish in the season opener. He was solid in both of his starts last year, placing fourth at Kawartha and third at Flamboro.

Lance Foster hopes to have the same speed that allowed him to challenge for a win in his OSCAAR Hot Rod debut in September 2017. The team knew they had some homework to do following a ninth in the season opener.

Brad Martin will hope to build upon his impressive OSCAAR debut earlier this month, when he was able to finish fourth in the season opener. He has previously visited victory lane at Sunset Speedway as part of the track’s fall Velocity show in the Mini Stock division.

Another driver to watch will be Jeremy McLean, following an eighth in the season opener.

Art Rodgers hopes his trip to Sunset Speedway goes better this time around, as a blown motor sidelined him practice earlier this month.

The OSCAAR Hot Rods will be racing at Sunset Speedway on both Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. They will qualify on the 19th alongside the OSCAAR Modifieds, while full shows are completed for the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour, Lucas Oil T.Q. Can-Am Midgets, and Outlaw Midgets. The Hot Rods will then run their feature on the 20th, as features are also ran for all three divisions of the Great Lakes Concrete Series, Bone Stocks, Ontario Legends Series, OSCAAR Modifieds, and OSCAAR Pro Sprints. Full details and pre-sale tickets can be found at http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

Sophie Horton Ready for Rookie OSCAAR Pro Sprint Campaign

Sophie Horton

After having success in dirt go-karts, Sophie Horton will make the next step of her racing career, joining the OSCAAR Pro Sprint ranks in 2018.

“I’m actually really excited to start the new season,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the competition and hoping to do well.”

Horton will become the fourth female driver to ever compete in the division following Katherine Summers, Kelly Summers, and McKenzie Hamilton last year.

“Being the only girl in a group of boys is something I’ve grown accustom to in years of racing,” she said. “But I really hope that by putting myself out there I can be seen by little girls like myself who will be able to see there’s room for them in a male-dominated sport like racing and know that they can be just as good (if not better) of a racer as a boy could be.”

Coming off the heels of a successful test at Flamboro Speedway, Horton enters the year ready to get as much as seat time as possible first and foremost.

For Horton, the decision was made by her and her dad Mike to make the move to OSCAAR following the success on dirt at Merritville Speedway as they both believe it’s a great place to start her asphalt racing career. Looking through her memorial career moments to date, she says it’s hard to choose a single one that stands out.

“I remember my first feature win in Novice 2 like it was yesterday, but also finishing third overall in the Junior 2 division was a huge accomplishment for me that I’m very proud of,” she commented.

She will hope to make new memories this season, beginning at Sunset Speedway on May 20 in the Advantage Powder Coating 25. While admitting she’s excited for all the tracks on the schedule, Sunset was one of those initially circled on the schedule.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sunset and I’d love to be able to race there soon,” she said.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Brian MacDonald Ready to Step Up to Pro Sprints

Brian Macdonald

After having experienced success in the OSCAAR ranks previously, Brian MacDonald is hopeful for continuing that in the OSCAAR Pro Sprints for 2018.

“My thoughts entering the season are I hope all teams have a safe and successful season,” he said. “My goals and expectations for this season coming up are to get as many wins as possible over my dad as he plans his return for this upcoming season.”

MacDonald made his name familiar in the OSCAAR ranks two years ago in 2016, ranking second in the OSCAAR Midget standings with eight top-fives. While last year he was kept away from the track, he is stoked to be part of the competition this year.

While hopeful to be part of the fray up front, he knows it won’t be easy, competing against the likes of Daniel Hawn, James Stanley and Rob Summers.

“I think the club is growing very quickly going into 2018,” he said. “It hasn’t taken long for these guys running the show to get things rolling. I think it shows how dedicated they are to all of this and I think that dedication will go a long way towards building a successful series for years to come”

Although he admits that Flamboro is his all-time favourite track, the opportunity to open the Pro Sprint schedule at Sunset Speedway on May 20 is welcoming in seeing how fast the cars will be on the smooth track.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Tyler Hawn Scores Hat Trick in OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Season Opener


OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Top Three

If the season opener is any indication, it’s going to be a great year of competitive OSCAAR Hot Rod Series racing. At the end of the first event, though, a familiar face was in victory lane as Tyler Hawn scored the win.

Tyler Hawn won the first heat ahead of Dan Archibald, Douglas Fischer, Steve Book, Lance Foster, and Derek Henderson. For both Foster and Henderson, mechanical issues kept them from contending.

Billy Alderson Jr. won the second heat ahead of Brad Martin, Jeremy McLean, Dan Price, and Bill Clarke.

Tyler Hawn went for the daily double ahead of Alderson Jr., Henderson, Foster, and Price.

Dan Archibald won the fourth heat ahead of Clarke, McLean, Book, Fischer, and Martin.

Come feature time, it’d be Douglas Fischer leading the field to green ahead of Bill Clarke, Jeremy McLean, Billy Alderson Jr., Dan Archibald, Tyler Hawn, Steve Book, Lance Foster, Dan Price, Derek Henderson, and Brad Martin.

The feature started off with a battle side-by-side for the lead between Clarke and Alderson Jr., with Alderson putting the No. 18 Billy’s Speed Shop Varney / Reliance Printing Walkerton / Hanover Snacks in Durham / Home Hardware Durham Chevelle out front on Lap 2. Hawn was then able to slip up into second, with Archibald taking the third spot on Lap 4.

Clarke now ran fourth ahead of Fischer, Foster, McLean, Book, Martin, Henderson and Price. Martin continued his climb from the back, getting alongside Book for eighth at Lap 8, completing the pass a couple laps later. He was then able to get by McLean for seventh and pass him at Lap 13.

The shuffling continued all throughout the field with Fischer and Foster battling for fifth, with Foster initially taking spot. However, trouble for Foster brought out the race’s lone caution, dropping him to the rear.

The restart saw a close battle for the lead between Hawn and Alderson, with Hawn taking the top spot shortly after. Tyler Hawn then led the final laps en route to putting the No. 2 Fox’s Bakery and Deli / 400 Transmission / TSS Top Shops / Watson Garage Baumont into victory lane.

“The car was a little tight, so when he chose the inside, I’m like, ‘Perfect, I can use the outside to get a run-off,’” Hawn said in victory lane. “I was working for that. There’s a lot of motor in that thing. I was giving it everything I had.”

Alderson and Archibald spent the final laps side-by-side, battling door-to-door for second, with Billy Alderson Jr. just edging Dan Archibald at the line. Brad Martin finished fourth, followed by Bill Clarke, Douglas Fischer, Steve Book, Jeremy McLean, Lance Foster, Dan Price, and Derek Henderson.

Of note, Art Rodgers showed up to take part in the show as well, but was sidelined following a blown motor in practice.

The OSCAAR Hot Rods will be back in action at Sunset Speedway on May 19 and 20 as part of the track’s Spring Velocity. They will be joined by both the OSCAAR Modifieds and OSCAAR Pro Sprints. Event details, as well as pre-event ticket sales, can be found at http://www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

Fans are encouraged to check out the OSCAAR website at http://www.oscaar.ca, while following the series across social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

By Ashley McCubbin

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