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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Mother Nature once again played her hand as some tracks were unable to get in their feature events as scheduled. Still, the panel had a variety to choose from with two features ran at Flamboro Speedway, a single feature at Sunset Speedway, and a single feature at Peterborough Speedway.
Previous Mentions: Ranked 10th Week Two, Drivers to Watch List
Nolan Gould is proving early that he will be tough to beat at Peterborough Speedway, as he has opened up the season with back-to-back podium finishes. On June 8, it was his turn in victory lane against a talented stacked field with 24 entries in total.
2. Tyler Seaboyer
Previous Mentions: Drivers to Watch List
After finish off last season strong at Sunset Speedway, Tyler Seaboyer is showing no signs of slowing down. He would take the lead on Lap 4, cruising away from the field to score his first victory of the 2019 campaign. It backs up a fourth-place finish from opening night.
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth Week 3, ninth Week 2, ninth pre-season
The 2018 Frostoberfest Champion competed in a pair of features at Flamboro Speedway on June 8, once again continuing to show the speed of the No. 30 Mustang. The first feature saw him grab the early advantage, cruising away from the field en route to the victory. The second feature saw him involved in a mid-race incident with fellow front runner Karl Sault, but he was able to fight back for a sixth-place finish. As of note, the sixth-place finish is his worst result of the 2019 campaign thus far.
4. Jake Watson
Previous Mentions: Second Week 2, second Week 1, Drivers to Watch List
Jake Watson continued his early season success at Flamboro Speedway, scoring a fifth in the first feature on June 8, followed by a victory in the following event. It builds upon his success as he has posted only one finish outside of the top-six this season to go along with a total of three wins.
5. Ryan Oosterholt
Previous Mentions: Ranked third pre-season
Ryan Oosterholt proved to be tough to handle last season at Peterborough, as he won the Mini Stock Championship. The same speed seems to be there this year as he scored a runner-up finish on Saturday, June 8, to go along with a fourth a couple weeks prior.
6. Dylan Holmes
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week 2, Drivers To Watch List
Dylan Holmes continued his early season success at Sunset Speedway, scoring runner-up on June 8 following a late-race pass on Mike Robinson Jr. for the position. It allows him to extend his early advantage in the track points standings, after winning on opening night.
7. Dylan Sharpe
Previous Mentions: Ranked seventh week 3, Drivers to Watch List
Dylan Sharpe’s growing experience in the Klotz Auto Repair and Engine Machine Shop Mini Stock division shined through on Saturday, June 8 with pair of thirds in the two features. As a result, he has now scored four straight top-five finishes, making him easily as one of the drivers to watch to become the fourth different feature winner this season.
8. Mike Robinson Jr.
Previous Mentions: None
Making his first start of the season at Sunset Speedway, Mike Robinson Jr. won one of his qualifying heats before battling for the lead in the early stages against Tyler Seaboyer, en route to a third-place finish.
9. Will Gibbons
Previous Mentions: Ranked fifth week 3, 10th week 1
Will Gibbons showed speed once again on June 8 at Flamboro Speedway, scoring a pair of fourths in the two feature events. He finished all eight features ran this year in the top-10, with just two finishes outside of the top-five.
10. Jeremy Kelly
Previous Mentions: None
In Peterborough Speedway’s second night of competition this season, Jeremy Kelly scored a third-place finish in the feature after running up front throughout the duration of the event. It marks his second top-10 following an eighth-place finish on opening night.
Drivers Previously Mentioned Listed Alphabetically:
- Andrea Parsons – Ranked fourth week one
- Andy Kamrath – Ranked fifth week one; ranked first pre-season
- Brian Wilson – Ranked first week three, first Week 2, third Week 1, eighth pre-season
- Cory Young – Ranked eighth week three, sixth on week one
- Craig Kamrath – Ranked seventh pre-season
- Doug Butler – Ranked sixth week three, 10th pre-season
- Ember Junkin – Ranked sixth week two
- Issac Dippel – Ranked third week three, seventh week 2, eighth Week 1
- Karl Sault – Ranked second week three, third week 2, first week 1
- Kevin Bridge – Ranked sixth pre-season
- Kyle Istead – Ranked ninth week one
- Samantha Shaw – Ranked eighth week two, fifth pre-season
- Scott Mast – Ranked 10th week three, fifth week 2, Drivers to Watch List
- Shawn Taylor – Ranked ninth week three, seventh week 1, second pre-season