The Super Stock division served as the debut class for the 2019 Silly Season Portal at Short Track Musings, revealing the plans for several drivers. We learned what Donovan Price, Cory McAllister, and Coltin Everingham have on the card for the new season. The second edition saw us check in with Dan Cabral at Cabral Racing Promotions to reveal plans for six more drivers.
The plans continue to roll out of hiding and be revealed for fans, so here are some more drivers who have openly discussed their 2019 plans as of January 31, 2019.
Penny Racing reached out to Short Track Musings shortly after the posting of the second edition to let us know that Bryan Penny will be back behind the wheel in 2019. The team has been hard at work preparing a super stock that they plan to run full-time at Peterborough Speedway.
Sunset Speedway’s division will see some familiar faces, as well, with Paul Pepper confirming that he will be returning in 2019.
“Our rookie season was always going to be more about building our confidence than putting up results,” says Pepper. “I knew coming into this deal how big of a challenge I had ahead of me. We set realistic goals and we were real happy with what we came home with.”
“The fact that we didn’t start to get this team off the ground until January and we were leading laps by September is a huge accomplishment. We have a lot to build on, and that tells me that 2018 was a huge success for us.”
Brandon Passer has also laid down the gauntlet, wanting it known that he will be a threat for the title at Sunset Speedway after multiple trips to victory lane in 2018.
“We’re going to be a problem for anyone and everyone in this division next Summer – I can promise you that,” Summitted Passer. “Our hearts are in it. Every person that’s a part of this team. We all want to win. And, we’re all ready to put in as many hours as it takes to be the best team on the roster.”
Another driver in the same boat is Frank Davey, who has reinserted himself in the conversation after a re-resurgence in his program in 2018 that led to a couple trips to victory lane.
“I want us to have the chance to race for a championship,” explains ‘Flyin Frank’. “Right now we have good people, good equipment and experience with winning races and titles in this division – that’s a real good place to start with when you’re talking about coming out and running for points.”
“If we can get our legs under us early on the Summer then there’s no reason we can’t be in the mix all season. Our goal right now is to come back next year – with a car that’s even better than we have right now – and get to the top of the division and win another championship.”
You can also include Nick Tooley on the roster as he plans to be out multiple nights in 2019. If the team can land some additional funding, it may be pushed to a full campaign.
“At the end of the day – we don’t have the money to make a go of this on our own,” admits Tooley. “We need to sit down with our sponsors, do everything that we can to bring them back and then try and get in the room with a few new marketing partners if we want to be back for a full season.
“We don’t just want to be another team in the pits. I want us to have the chance to be a factor in this division and be good enough to really contend for wins week-in and week-out. That’s what we’re looking to do every time we get to the speedway from here on out.”
Full Throttle Motor Speedway also got a dose of news this week, with Travis McLean revealing that he will be running the full schedule in 2019.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to (Full Throttle Motor Speedway) after a couple seasons away,” says McLean with a smile. “I think that there are elements to my style now that have improved in a huge way since the last time I was a regular there. We’ve put down a lot of laps at a few different speedways in the last two or three years, and I really believe that every single one of them has made us better.”
For those who attend Sauble Speedway on a weekly basis, you’ll be happy to learn that Zac Sprung will be back in the conversation in 2019.
“I promise that we didn’t just go home and sit on the couch,” laughs the Owen Sound, ON product. “Even when we couldn’t be on track we were working and researching and making sure that when we roll back into the pits this Spring we’re ready to win.
“We built this team from nothing. It’s been a lot of work just to make it this far. Every step has felt like it’s been into the wind. But, I can look at our program now and say that it’s the best it’s ever been. I hated having to sit out for a chunk (of 2018) but in the end it’s been a blessing for us.”
Another driver that many fans have kept their eye on is Matt Bentley, and reasonably so as he’s a threat to win every time he hits the track. While nothing is confirmed yet for 2019, he is in the process of trying to put plans together to be out as much as possible.
“I know that we can get the job done with our team and this car – whether it’s racing for another weekly championship or just chasing Crown Jewels,” explains the multi-time feature winner. “We’ve already had some informal talks with some folks that might be able to come on board and help us our next year, and we’re going to keep that up all Winter.”
If you’re a driver and want to have your plans listed in the Silly Season guide, please get a hold of Short Track Musing’s Ashley McCubbin immediately to do so.