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.
A combination of 12 different feature winners including an American, along with three different disqualifications certainly made the decisions for the panel of five difficult this past week.
As each member weighed things differently, the only question remains to be seen is did we get it right? That’ll be up to you to do after you read through!
Previous Mentions: Ranked fifth week four, third pre-seasonv
Ryan Oosterholt has put together a pair of impressive weeks at Peterborough Speedway. He held off his teammate Nolan Gould to win the feature on August 3, before scoring a runner-up to Jeremy Kelly on August 10. Oh, and he also drove a bone stock to feature victory lane during that same period.
2. Dalton Irish
Previous Mentions: None
A regular in the racing scene in Michigan, Dalton Irish made the long trip north of the border for the Mini Stock Summer Shootout at Sauble Speedway. He showed speed qualifying, taking the early lead in the feature and never looking back en route to the victory.
3. Samantha Shaw
Previous Mentions: Ranked second week seven, first week six, 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 August 10 for her third win of the season. She also scored a runner-up finish on August 3, so it’s worth nothing that this season in seven features, she has yet to score a finish worse than third.
She also showed her ability against the best in the province with an eighth-place finish at Sauble Speedway.
Previous Mentions: Ranked eighth week six, second week three, third week 2, first week 1
Karl Sault has put together a pair of impressive weeks at Flamboro Speedway. He finished fourth and third in the features on August 3. He then won the opening feature on August 10, followed by a runner-up in the second.
5. Issac Dippel
Previous Mentions: Ranked third week seven, ninth week five, third week three, seventh week 2, eighth Week 1
Issac Dippel is make a good mid-season charge at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, as he won the feature on August 3, followed by a fourth and second this past weekend. In 18 features this season, he has only posted one finish outside of the top-five.
6. Erik Dalla Riva
Previous Mentions: Ranked 10th week seven, 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 seventh on August 3, followed by a third and a victory on August 10 at Flamboro Speedway. In 14 features this season at the Hamilton, Ontario based oval this season, he has scored 12 top-five’s with no finishes worse than seventh.
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week seven
In only his third appearance of the season, Warren Paxton proved that the No. 33 Honda Civic was fast en route to a runner-up finish at Sauble 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 the August invitational at Sunset Speedway, and the playoff events at Sunset (Velocity 250) and Peterborough Speedway (Autumn Colours Classic).
8. Nolan Gould
Nolan Gould has kept the success rolling at Peterborough Speedway, picking up a runner-up on August 3, followed by a third-place finish on August 10, in a year that has seen him run top-five on a weekly basis.
9. Brian Wilson
Previous Mentions: Ranked second week six, first week three, first Week 2, third Week 1, eighth pre-season
Brian Wilson started off this stretch by finishing second in the 50-lap feature on August 3 at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, followed by a win and a fourth on August 10.
Previous Mentions: Ranked eighth week seven, third week five, 10th week four
Jeremy Kelly is still fast at Peterborough Speedway, as proven with a victory on August 10. He started off this ranking period with a seventh on August 3.
Drivers Previously Mentioned Listed Alphabetically:
- Andrea Parsons – Ranked fourth week one
- Andy Kamrath – Ranked fifth week one; ranked first 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
- Doug Butler – Ranked first week seven, sixth week three, 10th pre-season
- Dylan Holmes – Ranked ninth week seven, seventh week five, sixth week four, fourth week 2, Drivers To Watch List
- Dylan Sharpe – Ranked sixth week seven, seventh week four, seventh week 3, Drivers to Watch List
- 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
- 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,
- Scott Mast – Ranked 10th week three, fifth week 2, Drivers to Watch List
- Shawn Taylor – Ranked seventh week seven, ninth week three, seventh week 1, second pre-season
- 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