Throughout the off-season, Short Track Musings has been in contact with various drivers and teams getting first-hand knowledge about their plans for the 2019 season. The various conversations led to several information across all of the divisions, specifically Sunset Speedway’s Signs of Innovation Bone Stocks.
With just one week before the season opener at Sunset Speedway, here is what we learned in relation to the Bone Stocks as of Friday, April 19.
Aundrea Lusk will be back in the fold for 2019, hoping to build upon the rookie experience that led her to a top-five finish in the year-end standings. She told STM the critical piece is working on “being more comfortable being around other cars on the track.”
Ryan D’Antimo is joining the Signs of Innovation Bone Stock division behind the wheel of a 1998 Dodge Neon Coupe, after watching the success of fellow family member Jason D’Antimo in the Mini Stock class.
“My family has been excited since last year,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “It was the first year out in a long time. My grandfather raced many years ago back at Pinecrest when it first started; my dad also raced years ago at Sunset in the Late Model division. So now being the third generation to come back, it’s really exciting. I got to watch my uncle race all last year in the Mini Stock and he did really well, so it’s going to be good to have my own car this year.”
JNL Motorsports will be fielding a pair of cars full-time, with Jeff Norman and rookie James Potentier serving as the drivers. Norman made his debut late last year at Sunset Speedway, and feels if they “can stop having the issues that we are having, then we should be able to have better finishes moving forward.”
SKLD Motorsports will have two full-time entries, with rookies Karlie Wilman and Andrew Shiling behind the wheel. Both of them admitted to STM that they are nervous and excited entering the season, but are hoping to learn while keeping both cars in one piece from the drop of the first green to the final checkered waved.
S2RT Racing has experienced success in the Mini Stock division at Sunset Speedway with Curtis Stewart, and will be expanding their team in 2019 by entering a pair of Bone Stocks. Corey Howden will be behind the wheel full-time, while Shawn Stewart will be running “a handful of events.”
“I’m entering this season with optimism and enthusiasm to be racing for Team S2RT,” Howden told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “Being naturally comfortable and confident behind the wheel, as much seat time as I can possibly get will settle me into how the oval track works so I can make my team proud.”