6th Hot Rod Jeremy Mclean

6th in OSCAAR Hot Rod Points: Jeremy McLean

Scoring four top-10’s over the course of the season, Jeremy McLean was able to finish sixth in the year-end OSCAAR Hot Rod Series standings.

The season would begin with back-to-back trips to Sunset Speedway, which allowed McLean to start off his campaign on a solid note. He ran strong in his qualifying races, along with battling for spots in both features for a pair of eighths. Unfortunately, the good fortune didn’t follow him to Kawartha Speedway as a mechanical issue would end his night early.

He would work to solve the gremlins, but ultimately wouldn’t see the performance he wanted the next couple of weeks. He finished 11th at Sunset on Canada Day weekend, followed by a 13th at Kawartha.

The trip to the beach was exactly what the doctor ordered, though, as he was able to get his season steered back in the right direction. He would start off the month of September with a fifth-place finish at Sauble Speedway. He would then put dirt regular Brandon Crumbie behind the wheel for the race at Brighton Speedway, and the decision paid off. Crumbie won a qualifying heat, before leading a couple laps in the feature and finishing second despite the hood starting to come up into his view.

He carried the momentum to Sunset Speedway, scoring his first career OSCAAR heat victory, before placing 12th in the feature. He ended the season with a ninth at Flamboro Speedway after being involved in a mid-race incident.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Norman Newman

6th in OSCAAR Pro Sprint Points: Norman Newman

Despite battling mechanical issues through his rookie campaign, Norman Newman picked up four heat wins en route to placing sixth in the year-end OSCAAR Pro Sprint standings.

For Newman, the gremlins began right out of the gate at the season opener, with the issues causing him to miss the night of competition. Returning back to Sunset Speedway at the beginning of July, he came with a vengeance. He won both of his qualifying heats, battling inside the top-five all feature long en route to a third-place finish.

He carried the momentum with him to Flamboro Speedway, scoring a pair of runner-ups in qualifying before once again finding the top-five all feature long en route to a fourth. He’d experience similar results in his first trip to Sauble Speedway, scoring a heat victory before placing second to Daniel Hawn in the feature.

While he showed speed during qualifying at Grand Bend Speedway with a heat win, everything went away in the feature. He’d be one of the drivers involved in a mid-race incident during Saturday’s feature, which caused issues resulting in him having to pack it up early on Sunday.

The gremlins followed him back to Sunset Speedway, as he headed pit side during the first feature on Lap 7 with a mechanical issue. He was able to fix the problem at the speedway, finishing the second 25-lap event on the night with a fifth-place finish. Unfortunately, both features at Flamboro were met with a similar fate, as he failed to finish inside the top-10 in both of those.

Newman was able to finish off the year strong despite the problems that plagued him through the month of September, though. At Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colours Classic, he led a pair of laps in the first feature before fading back to finish third. He then started pole for the second 25-lap event, fighting his way back to place fourth after going for a mid-race 360 degree spin.

With the bugs appeared to be worked out of the No. 72 Pro Sprint as the year came to a close, expect Newman to be one of the drivers to watch early in 2019. He will have his hands full, as the team made an off-season purchase that will also shake up one of the other OSCAAR divisions.

By: Ashley McCubbin

Luke Gignac

7th in OSCAAR Modified Points – Luke Gignac

After winning the championship last season, Luke Gignac overcame adversity in 2018 to place seventh in the year-end OSCAAR Modified standings.

Starting off the campaign at Sunset Speedway, Gignac won his qualifying heat and looked strong in the feature, challenging for the sixth position at the halfway mark of the event. Unfortunately, there would be contact, causing Gignac to make heavy contact with the frontstretch wall. The incident caused Gignac to break his thumb, missing the next three races.

ADAMS Motorsports would elect to put Darryl St. Onge in the car for the third of those races – the return to Sunset Speedway on Canada Day weekend.

“We had a few decision to make and as a team, we wanted a driver that fit our style of racing,” ADAMS Motorsports co-owner Allen Adams said. “We have been friends with Darryl for years he is an awesome wheel man and a lot of fun to be around and work with so he will be a good fit.”

Making his OSCAAR debut, St. Onge was quick right from the start of the night, leading seven laps in his qualifying race before being passed on the final lap for a runner-up finish. He then backed it up with a fourth-place finish in his second heat. Despite going around for a spin with 20 laps to go while running in the top-five, he rebounded for a ninth-place finish.

Gignac would return behind the wheel for the series’ second trip of the year to Kawartha Speedway. It looked as though he hadn’t missed a single beat, placing second in his qualifying heat before running in the top-five throughout the feature to finish fifth. He then backed it up with another fifth a couple weeks later at Flamboro Speedway. Beginning August at Peterborough Speedway, he ran in the top-five throughout the event before fading in the final stages to finish sixth.

The mid-summer trip to the beach worked out well. He then backed it up with a heat win and second at Sauble Speedway, before making his way to the front and stalking Gary Elliott for the lead, but unable to complete the pass, placing second. He then returned to Sauble a month later, finishing fifth in the feature.

Kicking off the short track playoffs at Sunset Speedway, Gignac battled hard in the top-10 throughout the 50-lap feature, crossing the finish line in sixth. He then backed it up with a fifth-place finish at Flamboro Speedway despite being spun with nine laps to go.

The season finale would see Gignac overcome an incident at the halfway mark to end the year with a sixth-place finish.

While it was not the season the ADAMS Motorsports team initially envisioned, they proved they are still one of the front runners in terms of speed, and can overcome adversity if necessary.

7th in OSCAAR Hot Rod Points: Lance Foster

7th Hot Rod Lance Foster

Despite having three different drivers behind the wheel of the X entry this past season, the Foster Racing team came together to finish seventh in the year-end OSCAAR Hot Rod Series standings.

Lance began the night behind the wheel at Kawartha Speedway a couple weeks later, getting caught up in a crash during the qualifying heat. The team made the decision to put his brother Adrian Foster behind the wheel for the feature, with Adrian overcoming a poor starting position to finish fourth.

The team would then call upon Miles Tyson to make his OSCAAR Hot Rod Series debut at Sunset Speedway. Tyson was fast in qualifying, scoring a runner-up after a race-long battle with multi-feature winner Dan Archibald. He then ran up front through the full feature, crossing the finish line with a fourth-place finish.

The return to Kawartha produced optimism for everybody, with Adrian back behind the wheel once again. However, it didn’t work out as strongly as the team warranted with an eighth-place finish. He was able to turn his luck around, avoiding the chaos on the dirt at Brighton Speedway to finish fourth.

The playoffs began strong for Adrian Foster as he was running in the top-five at Sunset Speedway, until a last lap spin saw him place ninth in the final rundown. He then capped the year off with a sixth at Flamboro Speedway.

Lance Foster began the year behind the wheel at Sunset Speedway, with him battling mechanical issues en route to a ninth-place finish. Returning to the Innisfil, Ontario oval a couple weeks later, the No. X was running as the team warranted, allowing Foster to make a last lap pass to score a career-best third-place finish.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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