As the youngest full-time competitor on the tour, Dustin Jackson would have a very solid rookie season.
The 14-year-old Sault St. Marie native was able to quickly adapt to the open-wheel modifieds and kicked off the year on a successful note, with a solid fifth place finish in the season opener at Sunset Speedway. The return trips to Sunset allowed for the success to continue as Jackson was able to four top-six finishes in the five Sunset events. The biggest event, though, was at the end of June when Jackson picked up his first career heat victory to become the youngest OSCAAR race winner at the age of 13.
Unfortunately, the eastern Ontario portion of the schedule with trips to Peterborough Speedway and Kawartha Speedway wouldn’t go as planned, though. In the four events between the pair of tracks, Jackson found himself in a couple incidents, resulting in a pair of finishes outside of the top 10.
If you eliminate two of those events, though, Jackson was in the top 10 on a weekly basis. His team, comprised of his parents and crew, fought through the adversity that they faced at each turn. There were a pair of races mid-summer that could’ve resulted in much worse results. He would finish eighth at Barrie Speedway after getting in the final lap wreck, and managed to get out of Delaware Speedway with a 10th place finish after problems.
When they would have things go their way, the driver of the No. 61 Wardlaw Heating & Cooling, Winchester Arms, Let The Fur Fly Pet Salon, Frankie’s Towing, Milne Transportation, Union Cab & Limousine and J&J Promotions Modified proved that he can race upfront with the elite racers in the series. A trip to Ottawa at the beginning of July produced stellar results with Jackson finishing second and fifth in the pair of features. He would then head to Sauble Speedway at the end of the summer, finishing third in the Rick Woolner Memorial.
“We had a great year we had some ups and downs but met a lot of great and nice people,” he commented. “The series was ran very well and we had lots of fun and lots of memories from our oscaar season.”
While most of the OSCAAR competitors are done racing for the year, Dustin Jackson isn’t quite done yet. He will be heading to 5 Flags Speedway next month to run the Friday night Modified feature as part of the historic Snowball Derby weekend in Florida.
“I’m looking forward to the whole event and also I am very excited for the experience,” he commented. “I hope everything goes well for myself and our team.”
Stay tuned to the Dustin Jackson Racing facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks as they plan to keep fans posted on their venture.
By: Ashley McCubbin
Photo Credit: Dan Little Photography