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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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Following a great season of competition across the province, everybody came together for the short track year-end playoffs. With each track hosting a big event, a lot of talent was showcased with the cream rising to the crop, as familiar faces found their way to victory lane. It also did not go as smoothly as warranted for everybody, though, as some drivers suffered bad luck along the way.
After a week to digest the four thrilling weeks of racing, each of the five panel members were asked to send in 10 drivers that caught their attention through these events. The 10 competitors who received the most mentions are below, listed in alphabetical order, for you to read through.
Did we include the right 10 drivers? Who did we forget about?
Previous Mentions: Ranked fifth week one, first pre-season
Andy Kamrath started off the playoffs strong, dominating en route to winning the Velocity 250 feature at Sunset Speedway.
He then traveled to Flamboro Speedway. laying down the quickest lap in time trials. He looked to be headed towards victory in the first feature when he would spin around in someone else’s fluid, backing the No. 35 Honda Civic into the turn one/two wall. Restarting 16th with 25 laps to go, he would drive his way back to a runner-up finish. He then scored a dominating victory in the second feature, but lost the overall victory in a tie-breaker to Karl Sault.
Kamrath showed speed at Peterborough Speedway, though went through a slew of mechanical issues. He blew the motor in practice on Friday, changed the head gasket to only have an oil line go while leading his qualifying heat on Saturday. He made his way from tail of the field (27th) to sixth on Sunday in 17 laps, only to have fuel pick-up issues take him out of contention.
Previous Mentions: None
Bobby Tolton began his playoffs at Full Throttle Motor Speedway, crossing the finish line in ninth, though was bumped up to eighth virtue of a post-race disqualification.
He then went to Flamboro Speedway, qualifying 22nd for the first feature, surviving the chaos and making his way forward to a 17th-place finish. He would start third in the second feature, battling inside the top-10 throughout the feature en route to a 12th-place finish. He would be credited with a 12th-place finish overall.
It seemed the No. 13 hit it’s stride when it hit Peterborough Speedway, with Cayden Lapcevich scoring the Younggun Showcase victory behind the wheel. Tolton kept the good times rolling, finishing top-three in both of his qualifying heats before battling up front all feature long en route to a third-place finish.
Previous Mentions: Ranked third week 11, third week six, fourth week five, eighth week three, sixth on week one
Cory Young ran strong through his heats at Sunset Speedway with a pair of runner-up finishes, and ran in the top-five throughout the 35-lap feature en route to finishing fifth.
He then backed it up with a runner-up finish at Full Throttle Motor Speedway a week later.
He would run inside the top-10 throughout the first feature at Flamboro Speedway en route to a ninth-place finish. Starting 10th in the second feature, he battled within the top-10 once again en route to finishing seventh. He would be credited with an eighth-place finish overall.
Previous Mentions: Ranked third week 10, second week nine, sixth week six, Drivers to Watch List
Eric Yorke came out strong at Sunset Speedway, winning both of his qualifying heats to be the top qualifier for the event. Starting sixth after the invert, he would make his way to second by the 10th lap. He would try to reel in eventual race winner Kamrath, but was unable to, crossing the finish line in second.
Previous Mentions: Ranked ninth week 11, fifth week 10, eighth week nine, fifth week eight, third week seven, ninth week five, third week three, seventh week 2, eighth Week 1
Qualifying 19th at Flamboro Speedway, he would battle his way to a 19th-place finish. He would start second for the second feature following the invert, leading eight laps en route to finishing ninth. He would be credited with a 12th-place finish overall.
He carried the momentum to Peterborough Speedway, leading the first half of the Younggun Mini Stock Showcase en route to a runner-up finish. He then won both of his qualifying heats to start on pole, and fought through a couple incidents to finish 11th in the 50-lap feature.
Kicking off his playoff run at Flamboro Speedway, Jake Watson qualified eighth for the first feature, working his way forward to finish fourth. Starting 16th in the second feature, he fought back from a significant hit mid-race in the turn four wall following contact with a fellow competitor to finish fifth. He would be credited with third overall.
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week 11, first week 10, fifth week nine, fourth week eight, eighth week six, second week three, third week 2, first week 1
Laying down the fourth quickest lap in qualifying, Karl Sault would take over the lead on Lap 25 when Kamrath went for the spin, holding off the field the rest of the way for the victory in the first feature. Starting 19th in the second feature, he moved up into the runner-up spot with 13 laps to go, and challenged Kamrath on a late-race restart, ultimately crossing the finish line in second. Though due to having the better finish in the first feature (1st), he would be declared the overall 2019 Frostoberfest Champion in the tiebreaker.
Previous Mentions: Ranked seventh week 11
Qualifying third for the first feature at Flamboro Speedway, he battled inside the top-five all race long en route to finishing third. Starting 17th for the second feature, he would get caught up in a late-race incident with six laps to go. He would rebound to finish 10th, getting fifth in the overall results.
Previous Mentions: Ranked fourth week 10, eighth week eight, fifth week seven, fourth week six, first week four, 10th Week Two, Drivers to Watch List
Nolan Gould was fast through qualifying at Peterborough Speedway, finishing second and first in his heats, allowing him to start second for the feature. However, the first lap would not go to his liking as contact would result in him taking a slide through the grass. He gathered it back up without a caution, scored 13th as of Lap 2. He began to make his way forward, moving into second following a restart at Lap 28. He would challenge his teammate for the victory on a late-race restart, though ultimately crossed the finish line in second.
Previous Mentions: Ranked seventh week 10, fourth week nine, first week eight, fifth week four, third pre-season
Ryan Oosterholt would finish second in both of his qualifying heats, allowing him to start fourth for the feature. He would waste no time making his way forward, taking the lead on a Lap 9 restart. He then led the rest of the way, holding off challenges from the likes of Warren Paxton and Gould en route to winning the 2019 Autumn Colours Classic.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Bridge
Previous Mentions: Ranked sixth pre-season
Kevin Bridge would post the eighth quickest lap at Flamboro Speedway, though forgot to roll across the scales immediately following, resulting in his time being disallowed. Starting last in the b-main, he would make his way through the field to score the victory.
He would start 25th in the first feature and made his way forward to cross the finish line with a eighth-place finish. Starting 12th in the second feature, he battled inside the top-five throughout the second feature of the event en route to finishing third. He would be credited with a fourth-place finish overall.
Drivers Previously Mentioned Listed Alphabetically:
- Andrea Parsons – Ranked fourth week one
- Brian Wilson – Ranked eighth week 11, eighth week 10, ninth week eight, second week six, first week three, first Week 2, third Week 1, eighth pre-season
- Chandler Bos – Ranked ninth week six
- Craig Kamrath – Ranked seventh pre-season
- Dalton Irish – Ranked second week eight
- 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 fifth week 11, sixth week 10, seventh week nine, sixth week seven, seventh week four, seventh week 3, Drivers to Watch List
- Ember Junkin – Ranked sixth week two
- Erik Dalla Riva – Ranked first week 11, ninth week 10, first week nine, sixth week eight, 10th week seven, second week five, third week four, fourth Week 3, ninth Week 2, ninth pre-season
- Jason Tolton – Ranked ninth week nine
- Jeremy Kelly – Ranked 10th week eight, eighth week seven, third week five, 10th week four
- Kent Missions – Ranked 10th week six
- Kyle Istead – Ranked ninth week one
- Mark Klotz – Ranked eighth week five
- Melissa Bullen – Ranked sixth week 11
- Mike Robinson Jr – Ranked eighth week four
- Neil Hannah – Ranked 10th week nine, fifth week five
- Paul Boyd – Ranked sixth week five
- Ryan DiBello – Ranked 10th week 10
- Samantha Shaw – Ranked second week 11, second week 10, third week nine, third week eight, second week seven, first week six, eighth week two, fifth pre-season
- 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 10th week 11, sixth week nine, second week four, Drivers to Watch List
- Warren Paxton – Ranked seventh week eight, fourth week seven
- Will Gibbons – Ranked fifth week six, first week 5, ninth week 4, fifth week 3, 10th week 1