Now in its thirty-first season, the Ontario Stock Car Association of Asphalt Racers (OSCAAR) is responsible for
sanctioning two divisions: Modified and Hot Rod.
The Hot Rod division, which receives backing from Knightworks Design, draws many competitors and features some exciting races. The 2021 season was scheduled to kick off in May with an event at Sunset Speedway. However, as the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continued, adjustments would have to be made to the racing calendar.
The 2021 OSCAAR Knightworks Hot Rod’s season begins in late July at Sunset Speedway with the first of three visits. Two weeks later, the teams return to Sunset. In mid-August, the Hot Rods will compete at Brighton Speedway, which is followed by events at Sauble Speedway and Peterborough Speedway. In September, the series makes its final visit to Sunset. Round six is conducted at Delaware Speedway. The penultimate event is at Flamboro Speedway, with the finale taking place at Peterborough on the Thanksgiving Weekend.
The cars competing in the championship are constructed to specifications and rules common to most stock car series. What makes the Hot Rod division unique are the makes and models that compete in the division. The cars must be North American, have a steel body and been in production between 1949 and 1974. No pickup trucks, convertibles or front-wheel-drive vehicles can participate in this series. The Hot Rods must have a stock roof, grill, tail and the rest of the body panels can be fabricated from 22-gauge sheet steel but must retain a stock appearance. Many of the other rules governing this class are for safety and to keep the costs down.
The opening round of the 2021 Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series was held at Sunset Speedway on July 25. The results from six heat races on the 0.333-mile asphalt oval would determine the starting order for the thirty-five-lap feature event.
|Drivers line-up for the opening round of the 2021 Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway. Pacing the field is the No. 9 Rambler Ambassador of Cole Weber, who won the third heat race. Next to Weber is Amanda Balson in the No. 16 London Recreational Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Occupying the second row are the No. 55 Chevrolet of Dave Waite and Tyler Hawn driving a Chevrolet Beaumont.|
|Jesse Kennedy driving the No. 10 D.A.D.S. Auto Parts Chevrolet Chevelle won round one of the 2021 Knightworks Design Hot Rod Series. Kennedy collected a victory in the first qualifier and a fourth-place in heat race four. He started the thirty-five-lap feature in the eighth position. Before the one-third mark of the race, Kennedy was on the tail of the leader, Amanda Balson. On lap-20, he moved into the top spot for good.|
|The driver of the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro, Amanda Balson, made her Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series debut at Sunset Speedway. Balson is a veteran at Sunset Speedway and was on the pace immediately. She earned second and third-place finishes in her heat races. Balson started the finale on the outside of the front row and jumped into the lead. Unable to hold off a hard-charging Jesse Kennedy, she finished second.|
|The three-time Hot Rod Series champion, Tyler Hawn, arrived at Sunset Speedway with the team still putting the finishing touches on the No. 2 Chevrolet Beaumont. Despite not have as much time as they would have liked, the experienced crew put together a car that allowed Hawn to earn second and third-place results in the heats. Unfortunately, he was no match for the two leaders in the feature and finished third.|
|The Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series have several vehicles competing that attract extra attention; among them is Steve Book’s car. He is campaigning a 1960 Studebaker Hawk with backing from Beach Road Steel Sales. The Studebaker is competitive, with Book capturing several feature victories. He was gridded in the sixth position for the final event of the weekend and finished in fourth place.|
|With the three groups (Modified, Super Late Model and Hot Rod) competing at Sunset Speedway, there was a total of sixteen qualifying races. The only driver to earn two heat victories was Trevor Thompson. Thompson driving the No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro was in seventh place for the start of the thirty-five-lap feature. He lost a position to the winner, Jesse Kennedy, but managed to score a fifth-place result.|
|Last season Ontario short track legend Tom Connors introduced his new 1966 Rambler Ambassador to the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. Connors’ driving ability and experience in building race cars allowed him to run at the front. For 2021 he has moved on to new challenges and the Rambler is being driven by Kyle Fetterly this season. In the final contest on Sunday, Fetterly finished seventh after starting ten.|
|The top three finishers for the opening round of the 2021 Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway. Starting from left to right. Holding the checkered flag is the feature winner, Jesse Kennedy, who was also victorious in the first qualifier. Beside Kennedy is the runner-up, Amanda Balson, driver of the London Recreational Racing Chevrolet Camaro. The final spot is occupied by past champion Tyler Hawn.|
|1||8||Jesse Kennedy||1969 Chevrolet Chevelle||35||-|
|2||2||Amanda Balson||1974 Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|3||4||Tyler Hawn||1967 Chevrolet Beaumont||35||-|
|4||6||Steve Book||1960 Studebaker Hawk||35||-|
|5||7||Trevor Thompson||1971 Chevrolet Camaro||35||-|
|6||5||Marty Monette||1972 Ford Mustang||35||-|
|7||10||Kyle Fetterly||1966 Rambler Ambassador||35||-|
|8||18||Billy Alderson Jr.||1966 Chevrolet Chevelle||35||-|
|9||9||Adrian Foster||1972 Chevrolet Chevelle||35||-|
|10||24||Jeremy McLean||1968 Chevrolet Chevelle||35||-|
|11||11||Dalen Martin||1971 Ford Mustang||35||-|
|12||16||Steve Mayhew||1974 Chevrolet Nova||34||-|
|13||13||Sean McFell||1956 Ford Fairlane||34||-|
|14||17||Jeremy Taggert||1958 Chevrolet Bel Air||34||-|
|15||23||Sean Walker||1955 Chevrolet Bel Air||33||-|
|16||21||Jaymee Adams||1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass||32||-|
|17||12||Paul Senior||1974 Ford Maverick||28||Did Not Finish|
|18||1||Cole Weber||1964 Rambler Ambassador||27||Did Not Finish|
|19||20||Dan Rothwell||1969 Chevrolet Chevelle||25||Did Not Finish|
|20||3||Dave Waite||1957 Chevrolet Bel Air||16||Did Not Finish|
|21||22||Gary Hannah||1971 Plymouth Satellite||15||Did Not Finish|
|22||19||Ryan Cowan||1959 Pontiac Bonneville||15||Did Not Finish|
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