NORTH BAY, ON – OSCAAR Hot Rod Series sophomore Jeremy McLean is ready for his first ever start at Hagersville, ON’s Jukasa Motor Speedway this coming Saturday.
The former Mini Stock regular turned Hot Rod Series up-and-comer missed the tour’s stop at ‘Canada’s Crown Jewel’ in 2018 but is more than willing to make up for lost time on June 1st.
“This is a big event that our team has had circled on the shop calendar since Dave (Gainforth) and his team released the schedule this Winter,” explains McLean. “It still doesn’t feel real that a small team like ours is going to get the chance to race at a place like Jukasa. It’s an honour, honestly.”
The North Bay, ON racer has worked tirelessly to find his footing on the surprisingly deep OSCAAR Hot Rod Series roster – registering a career-high 5th place finish at Sauble Speedway in September 2018 – though he understands what an emphatic Jukasa performance would do for his standing with the growing tour.
“Jukasa’s a place that can definitely give you some street cred if you walk out with a good finish,” laughs McLean. “People pay attention to how you run there. I haven’t had the chance to compare there yet – but it’s absolutely something I’ve noticed about guys that have gone there and run up front and finished on the podium.”
“A strong day there gives you a sort of legitimacy that you can’t really earn anywhere else,” adds the personable journeyman. “It seems like the absolute perfect place to showcase what a team like ours is capable of. I really want to take advantage of the opportunity this Saturday.”
On the topic of possible strategies for Saturday’s 30-lap race, McLean readily admits that it could certainly require a readiness to adapt on his part.
“I’d be lying if I said that I had a real good idea of what to expect,” the former Barrie Speedway Mini Stock winner. “For us, the day is going to be all about using our practice time wisely and figuring out what the car needs and what adjustments we can make to get better as the day goes on.”
“This race means a lot to a lot of the guys on this roster. It’s not going to be easy to roll in there and steal away a good finish from some of the team’s that have been (to Jukasa) before, but I know that we’re up for the challenge. It’s a pleasure to race against these guys and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do to try and out-think them this Saturday.”