In 2020, the Ontario Stock Car Association of Asphalt Racers (OSCAAR) celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. OSCAAR has been responsible for sanctioning many successful divisions over the years. Their newest race group is the Hot Rod category, which was introduced in 2017. The Hot Rod division was created to have a sportsmanlike racing environment. This division is sponsored by Knightworks Design and is titled the OSCAAR Knightworks Design Hot Rod Series.

The 2020 season was scheduled to include a total of thirteen events. However, it appeared that the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus would prevent any racing this year. That changed when Track Management at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Flamboro Speedway and Sauble Speedway, along with APC Series Officials, were able to work with all levels of government to make events possible.

The amended calendar consists of three race weekends. The first event takes place in early August at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Round two will be hosted by Sunset Speedway. Teams will return to Jukasa Motor Speedway for the finale on September 26.

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 bodies. The cars must be North American, steel body and have 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 OSCAAR Knightworks Design Hot Rod series opened its 2020 campaign at Juskasa Motor Speedway. Drivers would compete in a thirty-lap race on the 5/8-mile semi-banked oval.

Nineteen OSCAAR Knightworks Design Hot Rod competitors line-up on the back straight at Jukasa Motor Speedway for round one of the series. Pacing the field is the No. 10K D.A.D.S. Auto Parts sponsored Chevrolet Chevelle of Jay Doerr. Beside Doerr is the 1974 Ford Maverick driven by Paul Senior. The second row is occupied by the 1971 AMC Javelin of Scotty Beatty and the defending series champion, Tyler Hawn.
In the two OSCAAR Knightworks Design Hot Rod events conducted last season at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Steve Book earned third and first-place finishes. The driver of the No. 47 1956 Studebaker Hawk, with backing from Beach Road Steel Sales, started the thirty-lap contest in eighth place. However, Book maneuvered his way through the field and took the lead on the lap-ten restart for the victory.
Opening the season with a strong result was the runner-up, Trevor Thompson. The series rookie piloted the No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro. Thompson was gridded seventh for the start of the event. Like the winner, Book, he weaved his way to the front and grabbed the second position during the lap-20 restart; Thompson lost the spot to Jim Blackwell but regained it on lap-twenty-seven. Thompson held to spot to the checkered flag.
It was difficult to believe that 2013 Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member, Tom Walters, is classified as a rookie. 2020 will be Walters’ first season in the OSCAAR Knightworks Design Hot Rod division. He debuted a beautifully prepared 1974 Rambler Ambassador. During the race, Walters wasted little time demonstrating why; he was in the Hall of Fame and moved for the sixth starting spot to a third-place finish.
Last year, Jesse Kennedy drove the No. 10K 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle and competed in both the Hot Rod division and Super Stock class at the Canadian Short Track Nationals. In the Hot Rod category, he claimed a runner-up finish. The season, Jay Doerr was behind the wheel of the Chevelle. Doerr usually races a Late Model at Delaware Speedway. He adjusted quickly, starting on the pole and finished in fifth place.
The reigning Hot Rod champion, Tyler Hawn, returned to defend his title. Hawn has won the crown every year since the series inception in 2017. Driving the No. 2 1967 Chevrolet Beaumont, he started the thirty-lap event in the fourth spot. Unfortunately, Hawn fell out of contention and finished seventh. It will be difficult to secure another championship with this result as there are only three races on the calendar.
Seventeenth place starter, Dan Rothwell, drove the No. 21 Chevrolet Chevelle. It was evident early in the event that Rothwell was competing with an engine on its ‘last legs.’ He circulated at the rear of the field and stayed off the racing line. On lap-18, the motor expired and Rothwell spun on his own fluid in corner two. The contest was red-flagged while the track’s maintenance crew cleaned the surface.
The top three finishers for round one of the 2020 OSCAAR Knightworks Design Hot Rod series at Jukasa Motorsport Speedway. In the center is the winner, Steve Book. This was Book’s second victory in three attempts at Jukasa. Standing on the left side is a series rookie and runner-up, Trevor Thompson. Occupying the last spot is the third-place finisher and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member, Tom Walters.

18Steve Book1960 Studebaker Hawk30-
27Trevor Thompson1970 Chevrolet Camaro30-
36Tom Walters1966 Rambler Ambassador30-
43Scott Beatty1971 AMC Javelin30-
51Jay Doerr1969 Chevrolet Chevelle30-
62Paul Senior1974 Ford Maverick30-
75Tyler Hawn1967 Chevrolet Beaumont30-
84Jim Blackwell1965 Mercury Comet30-
99Adrian Foster1972 Chevrolet Chevelle30-
1012Bill Clarke1976 Chevrolet Nova30-
1115Paul Boundy1973 Chevrolet Malibu30-
1211Nick Clarke1969 Ford Mustang30-
1310Jeremy McLean1968 Chevrolet Chevelle30-
1418Matt Young1969 Chevrolet Chevelle30-
1516Dalen Martin1957 Ford Fairlane18Did Not Finish
1614Bob Parsons1964 Dodge 300 Sedan18Did Not Finish
1713Dan Rothwell1969 Chevrolet Chevelle18Did Not Finish
1819Ryan Cowan1969 Chevrolet Camaro10Did Not Finish
1917D'Arcy McGibbon1971 Plymouth Scamp5Did Not Finish
--Brandon Robertson1974 Ford Torino0Did Not Start

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