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.
Although the panel mostly agreed on the 10 drivers that should be on this list, there were variations on how they should be ordered due to a variety of factors – competition, field size, and how each driver came across the result they got. So did we get it right this week?
Previous Mentions: Ranked eighth week two, fifth pre-season
Coming into the season, Samantha Shaw was one of the most talked about drivers at Sunset Speedway. She is backing up that conversation, as she visited victory lane at the Innisfil oval on July 6. The driver of the No. 81 Mustang kept the success rolling into this past weekend, as well, scoring a runner-up finish.
In the five features that she has ran this season at Sunset Speedway, she has yet to score a finish worse than third.
2. Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson’s success continued at Full Throttle Motor Speedway as he finished second and first in the pair of features on July 13. To date, he has seven wins and 16 top-five’s in the 16 races ran.
He also took his success to a different speedway, winning the open 4 Cylinder Run What You Brung event at Grand Bend Speedway on July 7.
3. Cory Young
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week five, eighth week three, sixth on week one
Cory Young started off this stretch by scoring a runner-up at Grand Bend Speedway on July 7, followed by a win and a fifth at Full Throttle Motor Speedway on July 13. To date, he has two wins and 15 top-five’s in 16 features at the bullring.
Previous Mentions: Ranked first week four, 10th Week Two, Drivers to Watch List
Using patience to his advantage at Peterborough Speedway on July 6, he was able to reel in race leader Kent Missons and make the late race pass with a couple laps to go to score the victory. It marks his second feature win of the season, in a year that has seen him run top-five on a weekly basis.
5. Will Gibbons
Previous Mentions: Ranked first week 5, ninth week 4, fifth week 3, 10th week 1
Will Gibbons showed speed once again at Flamboro Speedway, with a 10th and victory in the pair of features on July 6. Notably, he has finished 14 features ran this year in the top-10, with just three finishes outside of the top-five.
He also made the trip to Grand Bend Speedway on July 7, scoring a third-place finish.
6. Eric Yorke
Previous Mentions: Drivers to Watch List
Making just his second start of the season, Eric Yorke scored the feature victory at Sunset Speedway on July 13. He showed speed also in his lone previous event on June 8, running top-five before mechanical issues.
7. Jake Watson
Previous Mentions: Ranked 10th week five, 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 pair of runner-ups at Flamboro Speedway on July 6. His success is no surprise as he has posted only one finish outside of the top-six this season to go along with a total of five wins.
8. Karl Sault
Previous Mentions: Ranked second week three, third week 2, first week 1
Karl Sault returned to Flamboro Speedway victory lane on July 6, before scoring a sixth-place finish in the second feature. The early championship favourite now has five wins and 11 top-five’s, with just one result outside of the top-six all year long.
Previous Mentions: None
It seems Chandler Bos is finding his groove at Sunset Speedway as he scored a runner-up and a third over the past two weeks, making him the driver to bet on for your next first-time feature winner. He did get to hold the checkered flag, though, as he won a couple of his qualifying races.
10. Kent Missons
Previous Mentions: None
It appeared as though Kent Missons was going to get his first feature win of 2019 at Peterborough Speedway, as he dominated the feature on July 6. However, he would be passed in the late stages, ultimately crossing the finish line in second.
Drivers Previously Mentioned Listed Alphabetically:
- Andrea Parsons – Ranked fourth week one
- Andy Kamrath – Ranked fifth week one; ranked first pre-season
- Craig Kamrath – Ranked seventh pre-season
- Doug Butler – Ranked sixth week three, 10th pre-season
- Dylan Holmes – Ranked seventh week five, sixth week four, fourth week 2, Drivers To Watch List
- Dylan Sharpe – Ranked seventh week four, seventh week 3, Drivers to Watch List
- Ember Junkin – Ranked sixth week two
- Erik Dalla Riva – Ranked second week five, third week four, fourth Week 3, ninth Week 2, ninth pre-season
- Issac Dippel – Ranked ninth week five, third week three, seventh week 2, eighth Week 1
- Jeremy Kelly – Ranked third week five, 10th week four
- Kevin Bridge – Ranked sixth pre-season
- Kyle Istead – Ranked ninth week one
- Mark Klotz – Ranked eighth week five
- Mike Robinson Jr – Ranked eighth week four
- Neil Hannah – Ranked fifth week five
- Paul Boyd – Ranked sixth week five,
- Ryan Oosterholt – Ranked fifth week four, third 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