The initial list of 5 TO WATCH saw big names dropped that could possibly insert themselves in not only the conversation to win races, but possibly the championship. However, the discussion doesn’t end there.
Ultimately, this division is always full of excitement, as seen with nine different feature winners in 2017. Don’t expect that number to decrease significantly, either, as here are five more drivers to think about.
Dan Archibald recently confirmed that his team will be chasing both the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series Championship, and now the Sunset Speedway Championship. Last year, he split his time between Sunset Speedway and Peterborough Speedway, winning events at both tracks along the way. On top of winning on June 24, Archibald scored a top-10 finish in each of his 2017 appearances at Sunset Speedway – except one, highlighted by four top-fives in eight races.
Success isn’t a surprise, though, given the year before he scored a feature win and seven top-10’s. however, he has yet to insert himself into the championship discussion to date. That may now change with a new focus for 2018.
Gerrit Tiemersma burst into the division in a big way last year, picking up 12 top-10’s in his first full campaign, highlighted by a win on the third night of competition. Like Archibald, we’re not surprised by his success given his family history and Mini Stock resume. But last year, wrecks plagued the youngster en route to becoming a series title threat. Is it his turn to shine?
Johnny Morrison has proven to be controversial at times, but let’s face it – everybody in this division has their moments; you can just ask Archibald about that. Last year, though, the results really started to show.
Purchasing a car from Kendra Adams, Morrison scored nine top-10’s, including a victory in July. It is unclear whether full commitment is known for the Sunset Speedway regular schedule, but he is certainly going to be one to watch when it comes to the Great Lakes Concrete Series.
Ryan Semple’s plans for 2018 have been up in the air for most of the off-season, with rumors floating of a shortened schedule, rather than chasing the championship. However, if the pieces fall in place and the No. 64 is there on a weekly basis, you can expect him to be a title contender.
He was right in the thick of the discussion all year in 2017, placing second in the year-end standings to Jordan Howse with an average finish of 4.94 after finishing no worse than ninth on any given night. Did we mention that there was a feature win in there, too?
A staple on the division for awhile now, Semple has visited victory lane at least once in each of the past three seasons. You have to believe that will continue, no matter the schedule decided upon, for 2018.
Dustyn Mombourquette is making a case for the young drivers on the division, as he had a breakout year of sorts. After just scoring a single top-10 in 2016, he backed it up with nine top-10’s this past season, including three top-fives and three heat victories. If the continued improvement is shown this year, you could very well possibly see him score his first feature win.