Now in its thirty-second 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 Qwick Wick Fire Starter, draws many competitors and features some exciting races. Due to COVID 19, the last couple of years have resulted in a reduced number of races and limits on spectator attendance. In 2022, the Federal and Provincial governments have listed many of the restrictions, which means OSCAAR has a full calendar and will see the return of fans.
Fourteen races are on the 2022 Qwick Wick Fire Starter OSCAAR Hot Rod schedule.
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 have been produced 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 other rules governing this class are for safety and to keep the costs down.
Round six of the 2022 Qwick Wick Fire Starter OSCAAR Hot Rod Series was held at Sunset Speedway on July 23. The results from six heat races on the 0.333-mile asphalt oval would determine the starting order for the thirty-lap feature event.
|Nineteen competitors line up on Sunset Speedway’s back straight for round six of the 2022 Qwick Wick Fire Starter OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. Starting on the pole and pacing the field is the No. 9 1964 Rambler Ambassador of Cole Weber. Next to Weber is Tom Walters driving the No. 47W 1974 Dodge Dart. Row two is occupied by Paul Senior in a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle and the 1971 Plymouth Superbird of Bill Zardo, Sr.|
|Cole Weber dominated the proceedings in round six of the Qwick Wick Fire Starter OSCAAR Hot Rod Series. The driver of the No. 9 1964 Rambler Ambassador won each of his heat races and earned the pole for the thirty-lap feature. During the final race, Weber had to deal with Tom Walters, but after the lap-5 caution period, Walters was focused on defending his position. Weber would go flag-to-flag for the victory.|
|Driving the No. 47W 1974 Dodge Dart, with backing from RGC Sports and Cathcart Trucking, was the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer Tom Walters. Walters grabbed the victory in the evening’s final heat race and started the feature beside the pole-sitter, Cole Weber. Early in the contest, he pressured Cole, but later in the race, Walters had to defend, first, against Paul Senior and then John Gaunt before finishing second.|
|Former CASCAR and NASCAR competitor John Gaunt made a triumphant debut in round three of the Qwick Wick OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway. He claimed a win in heat race five and started the feature in the seventh position. Gaunt drives the No. 96 Gaunt Collision sponsored 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II. After battles with Travis Farrow, Rob Bromley and Paul Senior, Gaunt finished third.|
|Despite this lurid spin in the sixth heat race, Paul Senior was a contender in the finale. Driving the No. 8SR PPG Canada / HRE Engines / Adams Graphics sponsored 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle, Senior was in the third position for the thirty-lap feature. He challenged Tom Walters early in the event but eventually found himself defending third. John Gaunt would pass him on lap-18, leaving him to finish fourth.|
|Round six at Sunset Speedway would see a change in the standings. When the weekend ended at Delaware Speedway, Rob Bromley was second in the title chase. During the heats races at Sunset, Bromley collected a pair of third place results driving the No. 6 Bromley Automotive 1972 AMC Javelin. In the feature, he started and finished fifth. More important, the retirement of Amanda Balson gave him the points lead.|
|After races four and five at Delaware Speedway, Amanda Balson’s lead in the championship shrunk to just three markers after she was involved in a multi-car wreck. With repairs made to the No. 16 London Recreation Racing 1974 Chevrolet Camaro, she was ready to defend her place in the standings. Unfortunately, on lap-5 of the feature at Sunset, Balson was involved in an accident. After round six, she was third in points.|
|The top three finishers for round six of the 2022 Qwick Wick Fire Starter OSCAAR Hot Rod Series at Sunset Speedway. In the center is the winner, Cole Weber. This event belonged to Weber as he won his heat races and the feature in the No. 9 1974 Rambler Ambassador. On the left is the runner-up, Canadian Stock Car veteran Tom Walters. Completing the top finishers is John Gaunt, who won last time at Sunset.|
|1||1||Cole Weber||1964 Rambler Ambassador||30||-|
|2||2||Tom Walters||1974 Dodge Dart||30||-|
|3||7||John Gaunt||1966 Chevrolet Chevy II||30||-|
|4||3||Paul Senior||1968 Chevrolet Chevelle||30||-|
|5||5||Rob Bromley||1972 AMC Javelin||30||-|
|6||8||Travis Farrow||1968 Pontiac Firebird||30||-|
|7||14||Nick Clarke||1969 Ford Mustang||30||-|
|8||15||Donny Beatty||1974 Chevrolet Camaro||30||-|
|9||10||Steve Book||1960 Studebaker Hawk||29||-|
|10||13||Ryan Cowan||1959 Pontiac Bonneville||29||-|
|11||11||Connor Ellis||1968 Chevrolet Chevelle||29||-|
|12||12||Gary Hannah||1967 Dart Swinger||30||-|
|13||17||Bill Clarke||1966 Pontiac Parisienne||28||-|
|14||16||Sean Walker||1955 Chevrolet Bel Air||27||-|
|15||19||Matt Spry||1969 Chevrolet Chevelle||26||-|
|16||18||Paul Bogensberger, Jr.||1969 Chevrolet Chevelle||7||Did Not Finish|
|17||4||Bill Zardo Sr||1971 Plymouth Superbird||5||Did Not Finish|
|18||6||Amanda Balson||1974 Chevrolet Camaro||5||Did Not Finish|
|19||9||Dustin Kellar||1969 Chevrolet Camaro||5||Did Not Finish|
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