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.
The list is meant to shed light on the division, create talking points, inspire reaction and have fun. So please make sure to react, comment, like and share.
Scott Mast, James Townsend, Samantha Shaw, Ryan Oosterholt, Karl Sault, and Brian WIlson. These were names that were discussed en route to putting together this week’s top-10 ranking after the past two weeks of competition. However, believe it or not, they are not among the final top-10. So who actually made the list?
Previous Mentions: Ranked ninth week 4, fifth week 3, 10th week 1
Will Gibbons showed speed once again at Flamboro Speedway, with a win, a third, and pair of fourth-place finishes. Notably, He has finished all 12 features ran this year in the top-10, with just two finishes outside of the top-five.
However, he earned his way to the top by also impressing at Sunset Speedway on Sunday, June 29. He scored a fourth-place finish in the first feature, before winning the 35-lap Spring Velocity make-up event.
2. Erik Dalla Riva
The 2018 Frostoberfest Champion competed in a pair of features at Flamboro Speedway on June 28, once again continuing to show the speed of the No. 30 Mustang. He scored a runner-up in the first feature, followed by a victory in the second. As of note, his worst finish at Flamboro Speedway this year is a sixth.
He then took his success on the road to Sunset Speedway on June 29, winning the first feature, followed by a fourth in the second.
3. Jeremy Kelly
In Peterborough Speedway’s third night of competition this season, Jeremy Kelly scored a runner-up in the feature. He then backed it up with a victory on Saturday, June 29. To date, he has scored a top-10 in each of the four features ran.
4. Cory Young
Previous Mentions: Ranked eighth week three, sixth on week one
Cory Young started off this stretch in victory lane by winning at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on June 22, followed by a sixth-place finish in the second feature. He then backed up that performance this past weekend with finishes of sixth and third.
5. Neil Hannah
A victory is a sure fire way to make your debut on the Mini Stock top-10 countdown, and that’s what Neil Hannah was able to accomplish at Peterborough Speedway on June 22. He then backed up that performance with a fourth-place finish this past Saturday night.
6. Paul Boyd
Previous Mentions: None
Paul Boyd showcased consistency the past two weeks at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, scoring a runner-up and a fourth on June 22, before finishing first and fifth on June 29.
7. Dylan Holmes
Dylan Holmes continued his early season success at Sunset Speedway, scoring runner-up in the first feature on June 22. He then backed it up with a third-place finish in the Spring Velocity make-up feature. The success allows him to extend his early advantage in the track points standings, after winning on opening night.
8. Mark Klotz
Previous Mentions: None
Mark Klotz made his 2019 debut at Flamboro Speedway in style, winning the first feature on June 22. He then came out in the second event, making his way to the front and was leading on the last lap before being spun out of the lead en route to a seventh-place finish.
Previous Mentions: Ranked third week three, seventh week 2, eighth Week 1
Although the youngster did not start off these past two weeks strong with a 12th-place finish in the first feature on June 22, he was able to quickly get things back on-track by winning the second event.
10. Jake Watson
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week four, second Week 2, second Week 1, Drivers to Watch List
Jake Watson continued his early season success at Flamboro Speedway, scoring a second in the first feature on June 22. He then won the second 20-lap affair following a last lap bump-and-run on Mark Klotz. Unfortunately, he was unable to compete on June 29 as a result of mechanical issues in practice.
His success on June 22 is no surprise as he has posted only one finish outside of the top-six this season to go along with a total of four wins.
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
- Craig Kamrath – Ranked seventh pre-season
- Doug Butler – Ranked sixth week three, 10th pre-season
- Dylan Sharpe – Ranked seventh week four, seventh week 3, Drivers to Watch List
- Ember Junkin – Ranked sixth week two
- Karl Sault – Ranked second week three, third week 2, first week 1
- Kevin Bridge – Ranked sixth pre-season
- Kyle Istead – Ranked ninth week one
- Mike Robinson Jr – Ranked eighth week four
- Nolan Gould – Ranked first week four, 10th Week Two, Drivers to Watch List
- Ryan Oosterholt – Ranked fifth week four, third pre-season
- 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
- Tyler Seaboyer – Ranked second week four, Drivers to Watch List