With each season that comes up in the Ontario short tracks, there is always a list of drivers that everyone is keeping an eye on with each other division, wondering how they’re going to perform.
When the fans and fellow competitors were asked about the Pure Stock class, there were ultimately 61 names that came up throughout the discussions – bringing us to this point. Each of those drivers have been ranked, with their final position on the list being determined based on a combination of 40% fan vote and 60% expert – the fellow competitors – vote.
As always, be sure to comment with your thoughts – whether positive or negative, and enjoy getting to know these competitors a little more.
20. Kris Khan
Kris Khan has been a front runner in the Pure Stocks for a number of years, as evident by numerous trips to victory lane at Peterborough Speedway. He repeated the feat in 2020, winning a heat race – and scoring a top-five finish. He also showed he can get it done away from home against the best, adding a trophy to his collection at Flamboro Speedway.
19. David Rockwood
2021 Plans: We are currently rebuilding our spare car after the Flamboro Enduro, and in the process of something with a little more horsepower for 2021 and run the 5 race deal beside the APC series with our super stock
Goals: To have a full race season, getting more people involved in racing by letting up and coming drivers drive my car. Expectations are to continue to be successful in our pure stock team
What makes Pure Stocks fun? Every Race you have multi people who could win each and every race; it really shows how competitive this class is and fun and cheap it can be.
Drivers to Watch: First would be Hailey McNicol – the performance she put out last year in a few races was incredible. Zach Hatch would be another car to watch coming out of the McNicol stable; he will have a break out year. Connor Ellis will be a another up and coming racer to watch; he beat me in the Flamboro Enduro in a car I helped build. Like I said before, everyone is a contender every night – just these ones will definitely be the ones to watch as they come through the ranks.
While David Rockwood spoke about getting others behind the wheel, he has earned respect in his ability to get the job done himself. He was fast last year at Flamboro with just one finish outside the top-six, including a pair of top-five’s.
18. Megan Mitchell
2021 Plans: Get my new pure stock on the track. I’d really like to get more seat time, and improve on speed and handling. I’m hoping that we are able to run a some-what normal season, so I’m planning on looking for a few sponsors to jump aboard the team.
Goals and Expectations: Biggest expectation is to have fun; my biggest goal is to build my confidence on the track. I’d like to have my car running near the top-five by the end of the year. I’ll also be eligible to run for Rookie of the Year but with so many new drivers, there’s gonna be a lot of competition. I’m just gonna run my best races and see where I end up with that!
What makes pure stocks so much fun? It’s affordable. You can’t add performance parts so your success isn’t based on what’s under the hood. As long as you have the determination and knowledge, you can succeed. It’s a really great class to make friends-there’s a lot of drivers supporting other drivers.
Drivers to Watch: Two rookies to watch are my brother Chase Mitchell – he’s been very quietly, but greatly improving, as well as Spencer Riddell – who works at Flamboro and is finally taking a turn behind the wheel. Some more experienced drivers to watch are Michael Kenny – he’s had a lot of success in the past, as well as Reece Bourgeois – you can tell she’s gained a lot of confidence in 2020.
Limited track time has resulted in being able to see truly what Megan Mitchell may be capable of, but she’s caught the eyes of many so far. She made a pair of starts in 2019, placing 12th and 13th.
17. Luke Dippel
2021 Plans: Race in the Fun Stock division at Varney Motor Speedway, vying for the championship but also to have fun
Goals and Expectations: To have fun, and try to beat Richard Geerlinks
What makes Pure Stocks so much fun? Racing with all the cars makes it fun, and also being able to race against my teammate Richard Geerlinks
Drivers to Watch: Ron Parsons, Mark O’Gill, and Richard Geerlinks
16. Ryan Oosterholt
2021 Plans: To race full season at Peterborough if we’re allowed to
Goals: To try to run up front and be a championship contender.
What makes Pure Stocks so much fun? It’s affordable and fun.
Drivers to Watch: I honestly couldn’t tell you we didn’t have much. I’m not sure who’s doing what, just have to bring our best and hope it’s enough to compete.
When you talk about Peterorough Speedway and Pure Stocks, Ryan Oosterholt is the first name that comes to mind for many, and it’s obvious to see why. Just count the amount of times the Farm Bros Racing driver has visited victory lane, whether in weekly events or big races, like the Autumn Colours Classic. Actually, he even picked up a win last year, along with a fourth in the second event.
15. Sean Kennedy
2021 Plans: To mainly win the 2021 Peterborough speedway bone stock championship in which we actually get a full season in due to COVID, but if not we plan to run the odd race/invitational to get some more chances in victory lane.
Goals: Maximize every race we enter regards to where we start in each race to where we finish and have a maximum gain on the day.
What makes Pure Stocks so much fun? Pure Stocks have become one of the most competitive classes around the area on Ontario so racing so close to everyone is what makes it such a rush of excitement , specially when winning.
Drivers to Watch: I feel like Shawn Solomon has brought a complete package this year and will defiantly be the one to see if he continues to impress.
Stay tuned to meet our top-14 drivers to watch….