5 Thoughts to Think About – Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods

OSCAAR Hot Rods at Sauble Speedway.

Even though it was a shortened schedule for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, there was a lot to offer through the four events that were ran, as they offer a variety of thoughts for the years ahead.

Diversity

When the concept of the OSCAAR Hot Rods was developed, a lot of excitement surrounded the idea of the series and what was to come. It was just a matter of seeing what the car builders and drivers could come up with in the shop and get out to the track.

Flash forward a couple years, and you can easily say it’s one of the fastest growing divisions in the province. Even though the 2020 season was shortened due to COVID-19, several drivers made their series debuts – seven in total, with several of them experiencing their own respective successful.

There’s also diversity in looking at the variety of experience competitors bring to the table, from past late model champions to competitors with super stock or mini stock experience. The variety of cars is also there, from a Ford Fairline and Pontiac Laurention, to a Studebaker Hawk and a Rambler Ambassador. It seems this will also continue to grow heading into 2021 with several other beautiful cars currently being built, including a station wagon.

Rookie Winners

In speaking of the success of the rookies, it was apparent when three of them were able to become first time winners in the series, ironically with those all happening in a row to close out 2020.

Rob Bromley kicked off the party by scoring the victory in the series’ lone trip to Sauble Speedway. He did not have it easy, having to hold off Adrian Foster as the pair went to war, trading the top spot back and forth over the second half of the feature. The success did not end there, as Bromley scored a seventh at Jukasa Motor Speedway despite having to start last on the field due to issues in qualifying.

Tom Walters showed speed in the first two events of the year, with a runner-up at Jukasa, followed by running up front until mechanical woes at Sauble. Everything came together for the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee at Sunset Speedway, as he used his years of experience on the 3/8-mile oval to hold off all challengers en route to the checkered. He then backed it up with a runner-up at Jukasa a week later.

Trevor Thompson had the silver bullet on a role at Sunset, enough to score a runner-up to Walters. The performance came following a runner-up in his first trip to Jukasa in August, so everyone knew returning to the Crown Jewel a month later, he would be someone to watch. The predictions proved true, as he found his way into the lead once the four-way battle was settled at the checkered flag.

Each of these drivers proved they are capable of getting the job done, and could also easily see themselves as championship contenders if they elect to run a full schedule. Combined with the current mainstays in the series, the title battle could be one to watch.

Mr. Consistency

Steve Book is already known as one of those to watch, as evident by a runner-up in the points in 2019. It’s why a lot of people had the Studebaker as one of their cars to watch entering this season, and you have to wonder what could’ve been with the full schedule.

Even with a shortened schedule, Book did not slow down one bit as he won the season opener at Jukasa Motor Speedway, and followed it up with three more top-six finishes for an average finish of 3.5 across the four events.

That’s not how he earned the headline Mr. Consistency, though. He accomplished that feat by writing a new chapter in the series history book by scoring 25 straight top-10 finishes, dating back to Sunset Spring Velocity in May 2018. While hoisting checkered flags is nice, good solid results goes a long way when it comes to the points – and it’s why a lot of people have circled the No. 64 heading into 2021.

Here From The Beginning…..

There are always a lot of conversations occurring about Hot Rods around the province, and there’s a name that comes up more often than not – Tyler Hawn. After all, he is one of the drivers that has been here from the beginning.

His impact on the series goes beyond that, though; he currently holds a couple different records in the history books. The biggest is obviously the three consecutive championships, but you cannot forget the series-leading nine feature wins or 23 top-five finishes.

It was surprising to see the No. 2 not win a feature in 2020, but that just shows you how competitive the series is. Even though the elusive checkered flag was missing, it still proved to be a solid season for Tyler Hawn. He scored a heat win at Sunset Speedway to go with a top-10 in each race, highlighted by a season-best third to conclude the year at Jukasa.

In knowing they did not reach victory lane this past year, you can expect the gang at Hawn Motorsports to go hard to work this winter in hopes of not repeating that in 2021.

Inching Closer

If you are looking for a driver to reach victory lane that has not been able to do so yet, then look no further than Paul Senior. The No. 8 Ford Maverick may not have a feature checkered flag yet, but it could very well happen soon.

Since debuting his new ride in 2019, Senior has shown speed as evident by a third-place finish at Flamboro and battling for the win at Jukasa. That carried into this past year, with a top-six finish in each of the three events the team entered, including a third at Sunset Speedway.

It seems with each lap turned behind the wheel, Senior gets to know his car that much better and the experience seems to be translating into speed. Now it’s just about putting the pieces together in 2021 to make it happen.

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

5 Thoughts to Think About – Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds

OSCAAR Modified Series 2020

Even though it was a shortened schedule for the stars of the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds, the four events that did transpire brought a lot of thoughts to ponder as we look towards the future of the division and what’s possible.

Rookie Success

If there was any doubt about the future of the OSCAAR Modifieds, the success of a trio of rookies should put that debate to bed. Each of these young stars who came from other forms of racing to try their form at open-wheel proved quite capable of being competitive.

Actually, one of them was able to get the job done with T.J. Edwards picking up the checkered flag in the season finale at Jukasa Motor Speedway after a heavy-weight battle with some series front runners. The success was no accident, either, as he scored a runner-up in his debut at Canada’s Crown Jewel and scored a sixth at Sunset Speedway in September. The only event he failed to score a top-10 was as a result of being involved in an incident.

Jake Watson does not have the finishes to show for what he did this past year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t count the past Mini Stock standout out of the conversation. In both events at Jukasa, he managed to run up front with the leaders, including leading a lap and sticking around in the top-five in the first event. If they can work out the mechanical gremlins for 2021, he will be someone to watch on a weekly basis.

Coltin Everingham got the dished the same hand as Watson, as mechanical issues saw the past Super Stock Champion have to spend a lot of time in the pits the first two events. He did cap off the year on a decent note, though, scoring a 10th-place finish at Jukasa.

Dominance

When it comes to Andy Kamrath, you just need to list the statistics to understand how strong he has been since entering OSCAAR competition in 2019. 10 races under his belt with a top-five finish in each outing including seven trips to victory lane to put him second on the all-time win list. If that’s not enough, he had an average finish of 1.75 across the four events in 2020.

While it was proven that the king can be beaten as evident by finishing second and third in the last two events this year, it should not take away from success London Recreational Racing has been able to put together. You also have to know if they put together a full-time effort in 2021 that they will be one of the clear favourites for the championship.

Breaking Through

Since his foray began in OSCAAR competition, A.J. Emms has been a consistent front runner, putting together 21 top-10’s in a row before the streak was broken after contact at Sunset Speedway this year. He has also checked a lot of boxes off along the way, highlighted by winning the series championship in 2019.

The Emms Racing team got to strike out another goal in securing their first win at Sunset Speedway in September. While the track hasn’t always been his best on the circuit, recent strides over the past two seasons have proven it was coming with four podium finishes in the last five events. They put it together, holding off Kamrath en route to victory lane.

Looking over his victories, Emms is one of the lone drivers who can say that he has won at almost every track on the tour – Peterborough, Sauble, Flamboro, Delaware, and now Sunset Speedway. The only thing missing now is securing a win at Canada’s Crown Jewel, Jukasa. He has ran well there, including a pair of previous runner-up performances.

Contenders Growing

While a lot of the conversation in relation to the front of the field and championship contenders as circled around a small group of drivers, that is no longer the case. If the 2021 season comes together as everyone hopes, it could be dog fight for the title amongst a group of competitors.

Although Kelly Balson did not reach victory lane in 2020, he’s no stranger to holding checkered flags in OSCAAR competition as evident with previous wins at Sunset Speedway and Peterborough Speedway. He also showed a ton of speed at Sunset, but a couple incidents saw him having to fight his way back to the front. He also showed he has the consistency to get it done, as evident by no finishes worse than sixth this year including a runner-up at Jukasa.

Each season behind the wheel, Dale Reinhart has steadily grown as a driver and improved his team, as evident by their victory last year at Delaware amongst a breakthrough campaign. He also showed speed this year with a pair of top-sevens, and led laps at Sunset. However, it seems bad luck has followed him more than anything as evident with two results outside the top-10 in 2020. If he can shake that off, or possibly find a lucky horseshoe, it could be a great story in 2021.

Inching Closer

It’s always great to see drivers celebrating in victory lane for the first time, and it seems there is a group that are managing to inch closer with each event behind the wheel.

Jason Keen has made himself a regular on the tour, and showed signs of promise with a couple heat wins under his belt thus far. He also showed his diversity behind the wheel, in scoring a top-five at both Jukasa and Sunset this year. Now if he can just pick up the program a little bit, he could possibly hold that feature checkered flag for the first time.

Norman Newman proved his rookie campaign was no fluke, as evident by having speed once again in 2020 with a fifth-place finish at Sunset Speedway. There’s nothing that can replace experience behind the wheel, and continuing to get stronger finishes in each appearance at each track has been the name of the game. It’d be no surprise to see him score a podium finish in 2021, and he should be considered a dark horse to steal a win.

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

2020 Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Season in Review

OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway 2020.

Although the season was shortened for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park, it was not without a lot of action. The competition seemed to increase with a bunch of competitive new faces allotting for four different winners across the four races.

The classic cars that everyone loves kicked off their season in a big way, heading to Jukasa Motor Speedway for their first event of 2020. The time trial session saw a familiar face at the top of the scoreboard, with Steve Book continuing his dominance at the crown jewel after winning there in 2019.

Although Book drew eight for the invert, he did not say stuck in traffic for long. He moved up into second on Lap 5, before utilizing a restart to take over the lead. Stretching it out to a healthy advantage by the halfway mark, it was an easy road to victory for him.

Trevor Thompson was smart in his approach to his first race in the series, following Book through the traffic to the front of the field. It paid off en route to a runner-up ahead of fellow rookie Tom Walters. For Scott Beatty, it was a slower climb to the front in comparison to his competitors, but it paid off with a fourth as Jay Doerr rounded out the top-five. The heartbreak, though, went to Ed Bowlby in watching his top-five run fall apart in the final stages.

While several new faces were finding their way to the front, you could not turn your back on the old guard as we learned as Sauble Speedway for the second event of the year. Reigning champion Tyler Hawn showed his speed once again, laying down the quickest speed in time trials ahead of Walters and Bowlby.

Ultimately, the invert helped set the stage here with rookies Walters and Rob Bromley pacing the field to the green flag. They battled early, and it seemed as though it’d go down to the final stages, but that did not materialize with Walters running into mechanical issues. Bromley wasn’t left off the hook, though, as Adrian Foster was there to challenge.

It was not totally clean to the checkered flag, as the pair traded a couple bumps through the final three laps. Bromley would have enough speed, though, holding off the challenge from Foster to score his first career victory. Book, meanwhile, kept his consistency going as he made his way back through the field to finish third despite a mid-race pit stop. The rest of the top-five was also comprised of familiar faces, with Hawn and Paul Senior taking up fourth and fifth.

The third event of the year would see a slight change in pace, with heats being utilized to set the starting grid at Sunset Speedway instead of time trials. The format played into Walters’ favour, with his multi years of experience at the 1/3-mile oval allowing him to sweep both of his heats.

Despite starting eighth on the grid through the invert, Walters also wasted no time in making his way forward, getting alongside Billy Alderson Jr. for the top spot on Lap 16. From there on, a couple restarts late in the event couldn’t slow the progress with the veteran picking up his first career OSCAAR Hot Rod Series checkered flag.

Thompson fighting through the learning curve and making progress with each lap paid off for him as well, as he managed to squeak by Alderson in the final laps for second. Senior also was able to find some speed, as he snagged third to bump Alderson back to fourth. Scott Beatty, meanwhile, showed why he used to be strong at Sunset in a late model as he rounded out the top-five.

The last event for the series saw them return to the crown jewel, with a trip to Jukasa once again. Being able to visit a track for the second time in 2020 paid off for Thompson, as he laid down the quickest lap in time trials.

Although he drew sixth on the invert, he would not avoid the battle for the lead for long. The second half of the event would showcase why the Hot Rods are the fastest growing series in the province with Walters, Thompson, Hawn, Book, and Foster unable to get away from each other, stacked all together battling side-by-side for positions.

Thompson’s speed paid off, though, as he was able to take over the top spot on Lap 20 and lead from there on for the victory. Walters wrapped up his rookie campaign on a high with a second, with Hawn proved he can still run with the best in third. Steve Book and Adrian Foster rounded out the top-five.

As shown through the season, familiar faces are still able to battle up front and challenge for wins, with Book even reaching victory lane. However, the competition just continues to get stronger and closer as evident by three rookies picking up checkered flags.

With 10 drivers scored at least one top-five this year, it makes you wonder just how many others could have joined those four in victory lane if a full schedule would’ve been together. It also makes you happy in thinking about what could be possible in the battle for the championship in 2021.

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

2020 Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modified Season in Review

OSCAAR Modifieds at Sunset Speedway 2020

Although the season was shortened for the Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC OSCAAR Modifieds presented by Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd. and The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, it was not without a lot of action. A couple familiar faces found their way to victory lane, while some new blood showed they are going to be part of the conversation for years to come.

The open-wheel stars kicked off their season in a big way, heading to Jukasa Motor Speedway for their first event of 2020. The time trial session had a small surprise with two new faces leading the way as Jeff Walt posted the quickest time ahead of TJ Edwards.

Their reign at the front of the field did not last, though, as Andy Kamrath wasted no time in making his presence known come race time. Taking the lead on Lap 2, he stretched it out to a healthy advantage by the halfway mark en route to the victory. If you’re a regular to modified competition, it’s no surprise given he had won the last four events of the 2019 campaign.

Edwards made good on his qualifying speed, running inside the top-five all day long en route to an impressive runner-up finish in his welcoming to modified competition. The 2019 series champion A.J. Emms also proved he wasn’t slowing down, either, making a climb through the field during the second half of the feature to round out the podium. Kelly Balson and Jason Keen completed the top-five, showcasing the diversity in competition as both of them were part of the equation last season.

Balson showed speed throughout the season, as evident in the second event of the year which brought the series to Sunset Speedway. He was the quickest in time trials, with fellow past winners Chad Strawn and Kamrath joining him in the top-three.

Kamrath would find his way to the front once again, though it took a couple extra laps this time around as the No. 89c was not in the lead till a restart at Lap 28. From there on, a smooth restart led the veteran to victory. Chad Strawn followed him across the finish line, showcasing he hasn’t lost nothing since grabbing a checkered flag at Sunset a couple years ago.

Though again, new faces came to light this event as well, with Craig Downey scoring his first career podium finish with a third in his second year behind the wheel. Cory Horner and Jeff Showler would round out the top-five, as the diversity in competition once again shined through.

More than anything, though, there were several drivers left wondering what if as their days ended early, whether via mechanical issues or contact. Dale Reinhart was one of those, as he led laps through the first half before running into issues. Balson also showed speed to be in the top-three, but a couple incidents relegated him to a seventh.

There wasn’t a lot of time to wonder what if, though, as it was a quick turnaround for the teams in returning back to Sunset Speedway just a week later. It was also a refreshing change of pace, as heats were utilized for qualifying for the first time in 2020.

With division heavyweights Kamrath and Emms each scoring their respective heat wins, it left everybody wondering what would happen come feature time. A restart at Lap 17 set the tone for the event, as Emms took the lead, and stretched it out to a healthy advantage. However, Kamrath was able to reel him in through the second half of the event, finding his nose right on the back of the No. 14 in the closing laps. However, it wasn’t enough, with Emms scoring the victory to break the stranglehold that Kamrath had held on the series.

Reinhart got his redemption from the week prior, running up front all feature long en route to a third. Balson also proved his strength, scoring yet another top-five with a fourth. Norman Newman was able to round out the top-five, showcasing that his 2019 rookie season was not a fluke.

The last event for the series saw them return to the crown jewel, with a trip to Jukasa Motor Speedway. Speaking of familiar faces, multi-time champion Gary McLean showed he is still someone to watch by laying down the quickest time in qualifying. Unfortunately, a blown motor on Lap 15 ended his night early.

Utilizing the notebook built earlier this year, combined with his experience in the weeks that followed, Edwards was able to get by Kamrath for the top spot on Lap 20 and did not look back afterwards as he drove to his first career victory. Balson would score a second, giving him the most consistent season of the drivers to not hold a checkered flag in 2020, while Kamrath rounded out the podium.

Familiar faces came to play once again this time around, with past race winner Brent McLean in fourth ahead of Jason Keen. Although he has yet to reach victory lane, the No. 18 is showing it could very well happen in 2021 with steady runs up front over the past couple years.

As shown through the season, familiar faces were able to find victory lane – however there was also a rookie that was able to accomplish the feat. It just means the competition is getting stronger with each race put in the books.

With 12 drivers scoring at least one top-five this year, it shows the diversity of competition is strong and the fight for the championship in 2021 will definitely be close right from the initial green flag to the final checkered.

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

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