Ahhh, short track playoffs – there isn’t a better time of the year, is there? Let’s be honest, everybody enjoys these events because you know it’s going to be an exciting show watching the best of the best from across the province duel for glory.
With a successful Velocity 250 in the rearview mirror, it’s time for the next one – Frostoberfest, where each driver hopes to take home an igloo. To be honest, I may be building my own in the infield given how cold it’s going to be.
As the final preparations are put in place for the event, here are your 10 drivers to watch this weekend.
Russ Aicken – Mini Stock –> Ironically, the 2017 Mini Stock Champion has yet to win a Frostoberfest. He finished fifth overall in 2012, followed by a third and a fourth in 2013. The 2014 edition saw him involved in an incident, while 2015 saw him place 28th overall. He was strong last year with a runner-up in the first feature, but the 18th after an incident in the first one did him no bonuses. After winning 10 features this past season, is 2017 the year he gets it done?
Shawn Chenoweth – Pro Late Model –> The 2017 track champion has an igloo – just not in late model competition. He picked up the win in the thunder car division on three different occasions. Now tasked with running three features versus a normal pair, it’ll be interesting if he can keep the momentum rolling all the way through. He came close last year, losing out to Cayden Lapcevich in a tie-breaker.
Steve Ecker – Thunder Car –> This year if Ecker wins, it won’t catch anybody off-guard as everybody saw what he did last season en route to taking home the igloo. While he ran a limited schedule this season at Flamboro, one of those nights saw him visit victory lane.
Jordan Howse – Pro Late Model –> Jordan Howse is known for his super stock success this year at Sunset Speedway with the championship and the Velocity 250, but that’s not how this weekend is set to play out. Instead, he will be going after the Triple Crown behind the wheel of a Pro late Model. Don’t count him out, though, as he’s got numerous laps around Flamboro and his super late model success this year shows he can adapt quickly to new equipment.
Andy Kamrath – Mini Stock –> Andy Kamrath has been known as one of the fastest Mini Stock competitors in recent years, and has been terroring it up with invitational wins everywhere. Fresh off winning the Velocity 250 at Sunset Speedway, he also won that event the year before and the 2016 Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway. Although he didn’t make an appearance last year at Frostoberfest, expect him to be one of the drivers to watch this weekend as he was the overall event winner in 2014.
Billy Schwartzenburg – Pro Late Model — A past winner of the event behind the wheel of his mini stock, Schwartzenburg will hope to become the first driver to win the pro late igloo as they get a first shot this year. Since moving up to late model, he has been fast with numerous top-fives and feature wins at Flamboro, with an impressive APC Series resume to boot.
Pete Shepherd – Pro Late Model –> After making waves on the NASCAR scene, Shepherd returned to his roots this season in racing both a pro late model and super late throughout the summer. Behind the wheel of his pro late, he has been solid with three podiums at Jukasa Motor Speedway in their big-name events. He also has a ton of laps around Flamboro so it should be quick adapting, as shown with his super late when he was running well until a mid-race incident.
Nick Troback – Thunder Car – The 2017 track champion has yet to take home an igloo, but that could change now. He showed speed en route to the title, picking up 12 wins and 27 top-fives over the course of year. He was in contention to win last year, scoring a runner-up and a fifth in the pair of features.
Miles Tyson – Thunder Car –> Miles Tyson knows what it’s like to take home an igloo, as he was able to do that in 2015 with his mini stock. Now two years later, he will hope to do the same in his thunder car. Tyson has been fast, though, scoring a runner-up and a 15th in the pair of features last year. Since then, he made the trip to Sunset Speedway victory lane this season. Is that an omen for what’s to come?
Cory Young – Mini Stock –> Cory Young enters the event as the defending winner as he took home the igloo last season with a runner-up and win in the pair of features. Young has been solid this year, running up front at the Velocity 250 before being involved in a wreck. With a string of top-fives at Sunset Speedway to close out the year, you know the speed is there.