Brad Martin Pleased with Progression of OSCAAR Hot Rod Series

Brad MartinAfter scoring a pair of podiums late last season, Brad Martin will be one of the drivers chasing after his first career victory in the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series in 2019.

“It would be pretty awesome,” he commented. “It would feel like a weight would be lifted off our shoulders because we’ve been so hard to be a fast car and a contender. It’d make everything feel worthwhile.”

Debuting his No. 53 Dodge Daytona last year, Martin unfortunately didn’t start off the year as he wanted with a crash in practice at Kawartha Speedway sidelining him for a couple race nights. However, he was able to rebound, scoring three to-five finishes before the final checkered flag of 2018.

While the results were nice to see, Martin says the most memorable moment of the year came from off the track, and becoming a family with his fellow drivers and crews in the pits.

“I think the series is great,” he said. “I’ve told this to Dave (Gainforth) before that OSCAAR is run very well. The tech guys are great, the officials are awesome. All the drivers are kind and helpful; whenever you have a problem, there’s always someone there asking if you need something. I think the series is an amazing idea because the cars look awesome, and like I said, everybody is so good with each other. We’re not out there to crash each other, but have a good time and Dave monitors it very well.

“I think the series is going to take off that much more, considering there were six cars last year, and now it’s stepped up to about 12. Hopefully next year we’ll have about 20-something through the year because I can see a lot of guys interested in the series, and it’s worth getting into.”

Martin went on to add that he’s already talked to some guys about getting them involved in the series in 2019, encouraging them to come out to events and hang around in the pits to see the camaraderie that he speaks of.

“It’s a great group of people and the way the rules work for your cars, you can run anything and they weight you accordingly,” he continued. “They’re also not out there to make a million dollars as the payout is the same for everybody, so it makes us more cautious – less aggressive perhaps. The series is going somewhere fast.

“Like I’ve said, I’ve talked to a couple guys about getting into it and they’re paying close attention to the series. I’ve also got friends who have gotten cars over this past summer who are trying to get them ready for next year after just coming to a couple races and seeing how it went.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Excess Storage to Sponsor OSCAAR Hot Rod Event at Brighton Speedway

Excess StorageOSCAAR is proud to announce that Excess Storage will be the presenting sponsor for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series event at Brighton Speedway.

Located in Stirling, Ontario, Excess Storage offers safe secure indoor climate controlled storage for all of your needs. For more information, check out their website at http://www.excessstorage.ca, or give them a call at 613-395-3935.

The Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series event at Brighton Speedway is always a must-see, with the 1/3-mile clay oval being lone dirt event for the tour for the season. Last year, Steve Book made his way by Brandon Crumbie in the second half of the event to take the win. In 2017, it was two-time series Champion Tyler Hawn finding his way to victory lane.

The 2019 campaign marks the third season for the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, and promises to be jam-packed with action as the series continues to grow. With over 20 drivers already pre-registered and working in their garages on their rides, you’re going to want to check out one of the most unique classes of racing in Ontario.

OSCAAR is currently in the process of looking for more marketing partners and sponsors for the 2019 campaign. For as little as $300.00, you could be the title sponsor for an event on the schedule. If interested, please e-mail Dave Gainforth at oscaargainforth@gmail.com or Dan Balych at danb7297@gmail.com for more information.

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

Jaden Riddell Set to Chase OSCAAR Pro Sprint Championship

Jaden RiddelAfter coming close to taking home the OSCAAR Pro Sprint Championship in his rookie campaign, Jaden Riddell will be back on the grid with dreams of glory in 2019.

“Entering this season, my thoughts are that we had a really good run last year and we are looking to come out on top this year,” he said. “I’m excited to see the new cars coming out this year and I’m looking forward to learning new things.”

Entering his sophomore campaign, the teenager says his goals are to become a better driver, while expecting to go out every race and learn, while becoming a better sportsman.

The 2019 campaign will take Riddell to four different tracks across the province, which is fine as he doesn’t have a particular favourite. However, he does admit that he is looking forward to getting back to Sunset Speedway, in hopes of picking up his first career victory at the Innisfil, Ontario oval.

Riddell got to experience the thrill of winning throughout the 2018 campaign on three different occasions. Out of the victories, the stop in victory lane at Grand Bend stands out.

“It was my first win and that is where my racing career started,” he said.

After posting scoring nine top-five’s en route to a runner-up in the season standings, Riddell says the key for 2019 is improving his sportsmanship on and off the track, while expanding his knowledge of the car itself.

For Riddell, his interest in racing was sparked by his grandpa.

“My grandpa has always had a passion in racing and asked if I wanted to try it once behind the wheel,” he recalled. “I couldn’t wait to get back in the car.”

Despite several different memorable moments throughout his young career to date, the most memorable takes him back to that first career victory at Grand Bend.

“I have had a lot of good memories but my most memorable would have to be passing the 2 car (Daniel Hawn) in the last corner of the last lap to win my first OSCAAR feature,” he commented.

For those looking to get their start in racing, Riddell says they should just do it.

“You will never want to stop once you start,” he commented. “The speed, the intensity of going wheel-to-wheel with someone – it’s one of the best feelings in the world. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do good because you will learn something new every race.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Partners with OSCAAR as an Associate Sponsor

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When traveling across the province to various events, racers want to ensure that their racecar is protected and remains in perfect condition during their travels. So it’s no surprise that many of the teams have purchased a trailer from Scott Reinhart through the years.

The connection between the pair will grow in 2019 as Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Limited will be an associate sponsors for all three OSCAAR tours – the Queenston OSCAAR Modifieds, the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series, and the OSCAAR Pro Sprints.

Since 2007, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Limited has been selling trailers in Shelburne, Ontario with over 200 new and used trailers in their inventory. With multiple awards to their name, they carry a wide variety of brands, to cover all of your trailer needs, whether personal or business. On top of having trailers for sale, they also have a service department and parts depot to help you if necessary.

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The next time you’re looking for a trailer, be sure to stop in at 556007 Mulmur Melancthon Townline in Mulmur, Ontario, or check out their website at https://www.scottreinharttrailers.com/. Alternatively, you can also stop by the No. 51 Modified pit following the races and speak to Dale Reinhart.

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

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