In a unique partnership,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.
With a lot of eyes on the mini stock division this week with the big invitational at Jukasa Motor Speedway, the panel was certainly feeling the pressure in ranking the top-10 competitors.
So how did the Jukasa performances get weighed against the regular Saturday night action? Well, you can let us know if we got it right!
Previous Mentions: Ranked sixth week three, 10th pre-season
Starting outside pole at Jukasa Motor Speedway, Doug Butler broke out to the early lead and led the fast cars around the half-mile oval. However, he would fall back to the runner-up spot on Lap 20 with Dylan Sharpe making his way by. Butler stayed close, and it paid off when Sharpe ran into issues with nine laps to go. Butler got the lead back, and never looked back from there on out.
The driver of the No. 10 Nissan has had a quiet season to date, only running a couple nights at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. While initially planning Jukasa to be his last appearance of 2019, he stated the pay day from the big event may result in a couple more appearances.
2. Samantha Shaw
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 27 for her second win of the season. Notably, in the five features that she has ran this season at Sunset, she has yet to score a finish worse than third.
She also showed her speed and ability on the bigger stages, picking up a fourth-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
3. Issac Dippel
Issac Dippel is make a good mid-season charge at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, as he swept the features on July 27. In 16 features this season, he has only posted one finish outside of the top-five.
Additionally, he scored a solid eighth-place finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
4. Warren Paxton
Previous Mentions: None
In only his second appearance of the season, Warren Paxton proved that the No. 33 Honda Civic was fast en route to a runner-up finish at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
As we head into the second half of the season, you will see him out more as he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS that he will be at Sauble Speedway on August 4, the August invitational at Sunset Speedway, and the playoff events at Sunset (Velocity 250) and Peterborough Speedway (Autumn Colours Classic).
5. Nolan Gould
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week six, first week four, 10th Week Two, Drivers to Watch List
Nolan Gould has kept the success rolling at Peterborough Speedway, picking up his third feature win of 2019 on July 27, in a year that has seen him run top-five on a weekly basis. He also made an appearance at Jukasa Motor Speedway, scoring a ninth-place finish.
Previous Mentions: Ranked seventh week four, seventh week 3, Drivers to Watch List
Dylan Sharpe has certainly found the speed in the No. 17 Acura at Flamboro Speedway, winning on July 20, followed by a sixth in the second feature. In 15 features this season, he has scored just three finishes outside of the top-10.
He also showed speed at Jukasa Motor Speedway, taking the lead and looking poised to be possibly headed to victory lane before running into a mechanical issue. He was credited with a 25th-place finish.
7. Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor seems to be returning his usual groove at Flamboro Speedway, winning the first feature on July 20 before finishing 10th in the second 20-lap affair. He has scored just one finish outside of the top-10 this season.
He also took part in the event at Jukasa Motor Speedway, picking up a sixth-place finish.
8. Jeremy Kelly
Previous Mentions: Ranked third week five, 10th week four
Jeremy Kelly is still fast at Peterborough Speedway, as proven with a victory on July 20.
9. Dylan Holmes
Dylan Holmes continues to be a front runner at Sunset Speedway, scoring a runner-up finish on July 27. To date, he has only scored one finish outside of the top-five in seven features this season at the Innisfil, Ontario oval, to currently sit second in the standings.
10. Erik Dalla Riva
Previous Mentions: Ranked second week five, third week four, fourth Week 3, ninth Week 2, ninth pre-season
Erik Dalla Riva is still fast behind the wheel of the No. 30 Mustang, finishing third and second in the pair of features at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, July 20. In 12 features this season at the Hamilton, Ontario based oval this season, he has scored 10 top-five’s with no finishes worse than seventh.
Drivers Previously Mentioned Listed Alphabetically:
- Andrea Parsons – Ranked fourth week one
- Andy Kamrath – Ranked fifth week one; ranked first pre-season
- Brian Wilson – Ranked second week six, first week three, first Week 2, third Week 1, eighth pre-season
- Chandler Bos – Ranked ninth week six
- Cory Young – Ranked third week six, fourth week five, eighth week three, sixth on week one
- Craig Kamrath – Ranked seventh pre-season
- Ember Junkin – Ranked sixth week two
- Eric Yorke – Ranked sixth week six, Drivers to Watch List
- Jake Watson – Ranked seventh week six, 10th week five, fourth week four, second Week 2, second Week 1, Drivers to Watch List
- Karl Sault – Ranked eighth week six, second week three, third week 2, first week 1
- Kent Missions – Ranked 10th week six.
- 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
- Tyler Seaboyer – Ranked second week four, Drivers to Watch List
- Will Gibbons – Ranked fifth week six, first week 5, ninth week 4, fifth week 3, 10th week 1