In a unique partnership, ShortTrackMusings.com has partnered with the Ontario Mini Stocks facebook to put together a top-10 ranking of the best asphalt Mini Stock drivers across the province.
STM’s owner Ashley McCubbin and Rich Schwartzenburg from OMS FB put together a expert panel consisting of five members that will work together to rank the top-10 drivers on a bi-weekly basis throughout the season. The diversity of the panel from drivers to car builders to sponsors to car owners and media brings a variety of insights and opinions to the table.
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The first weekend of competition in the province saw a pair of tracks get their season started – Flamboro Speedway and Full Throttle Motor Speedway. With four different drivers reaching victory lane, it left the discussion wide-open for the panel members.
Previous Mentions: None
Karl Sault started off his season at Flamboro Speedway on a high note, scoring a runner-up in the first feature. He then weaved his way through the talent-filled field en route to scoring the victory in the second event.
Sault showed promise during his 2018 campaign, scoring three feature victories throughout the season with 13 top-five finishes.
2. Jake Watson
Jake Watson was the first Mini Stock driver to visit victory lane this season, with the win in the initial feature of the night. He then worked his way from a seventh row starting spot in the second feature to the front to score a runner-up finish.
As previously discussed, the driver of the No. 88 Mustang will be running for points for this season with a focus on winning the championship following victories in both the Mini Stock and Super Stock divisions last year.
Previous Mentions: Ranked eighth pre-season
Brian Wilson got the honor of calling himself the first Mini Stock feature winner of the season at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, with a victory there. He then made his way up through the field to place fourth in the second feature.
Wilson was solid at FTMS last year, scoring eight wins and 26 top-five’s en route to a runner-up in the standings. He then took his speed on the road, winning a feature at Flamboro Speedway’s Frostoberfest en route to placing eighth overall.
Previous Mentions: None
Parsons started off her season at Full Throttle Motor Speedway with a sixth-place finish in the first feature. She then used a strong starting spot for the second event to her advantage, taking the early lead and holding off Cory Young for the feature victory.
Parsons has been getting stronger with each season behind the wheel, scoring 10 top-five’s with a feature victory last season.
Previous Mentions: Ranked first pre-season
Kamrath was strong in the first feature at Flamboro Speedway, picking up the EPIC Racewear Move of the Night Award, after sliding through the grass and saving the car en route to a third-place finish. He then backed it up with a fourth in the second feature.
‘The Instant Classic’ has earned a reputation in the division as being one of the guys to beat, no matter what track he unloads the No. 35 Honda Civic at. Through the past couple seasons, he has been able to collect checkered flags at the Autumn Colours Classic, Velocity 250, and Frostoberfest.
Previous Mentions: Drivers to Watch
Although Cory Young did not reach victory lane at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, he came close in both features with finishes of third and second.
Young is no stranger in being successful across the province as he is a two-time Sauble Speedway Champion, two-time FTMS Champion, three-time 4-cylinder open winner at Delaware Speedway, and the 2016 Frostoberfest winner.
Previous Mentions: Ranked second pre-season
The defending Flamboro Speedway Champion put together a consistent opening night with a fourth and fifth in the pair of features.
En route to last year’s title triumph, he racked up five wins, 21 top-five’s and 24 top-10’s against one of the deepest fields of talent in the province. He then completed the season with a runner-up finish in the first of two features as part of the year-end Frostoberfest feature.
Previous Mentions: None
Issac Dippel ran up front in both features at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on Saturday night, with finishes of second and third.
Dippel was solid in 2018 at FTMS with 15 top-fives, highlighted by a victory last June. He also caught the province’s attention by winning the Autumn Colours Classic B-Main.
9. Kyle Istead
Kyle Istead delivered his new primary sponsor a solid performance at Flamboro Speedway, with finishes of fifth and sixth in the pair of features.
He showed a lot of potential to be one of the main contenders this year through his 2018 performance at the Hamilton, Ontario-based oval with seven top-fives, highlighted by a victory in September.
10. Will Gibbons
Will Gibbons showed the potential of his No. 10 Honda at Flamboro Speedway, making his way from deep in the field to finish 10th. He then led 14 laps in the second feature en route to a third-place finish.
A previous feature race winner, Gibbons is one of the drivers electing for a touring-style schedule in 2019.
The opinions expressed are those of the panel and don’t nessarly reflect the opinions of those not on panel, whether competitors, promoters, or fans.