MILLGROVE, Ontario — Throughout the season across the province, it’s been no secret the girls have been showing speed on track, with several victories and championships across the board. It’s a trend the Ladies of the Oval hope to carry through Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway.
The Mini Stock division on Saturday will feature a pair of ladies who have won at Flamboro in the past, with those being Samantha Shaw and Kaitlyn Wallace.
Shaw, a 10-year veteran of the division, has shown speed behind the wheel of her No. 81 Mustang in each previous appearance at the 1/3-mile oval. Although she has yet to take home one of the coveted igloos, she is no stranger to parking it in victory lane in October.
Wallace has progressively gotten better with each passing season at Flamboro, working her way towards being a consistent front running competitor. Everything came together this past season, as she parked the No. 45 in victory lane. In total, she scored 21 top-five’s and 31 top-10’s throughout 2022.
The Legends will see Hailey McNicol look to continue gaining experience and working her way up through the running order. McNicol is no stranger behind the wheel, having success in Pure Stock competition before the move to Legends this year.
The Pure Stocks on Sunday will also feature a strong group, with a couple of the ladies knowing what it’s like to take victories and championships home from Flamboro Speedway.
Reece Bourgeois put together a dream 2022 campaign en route to winning the 2022 Flamboro Speedway Pure Stock Championship. Now with everybody traveling in from across the province, it’s the perfect stage to see how she stands up against the best of the best.
Gillian Hils is a past track champion, and no stranger to scoring victories at Flamboro having done so in both Pure Stock and Mini Stock competition. She ran an abbreviated schedule in 2022, but that did not stop her from parking the No. 32 in victory lane.
Nicole Givens has not stopped improving since getting behind the wheel, and saw all of her hard work come together in the form of a trip to victory lane at Flamboro Speedway this past summer. With a couple other strong runs this year, the ever-growing confidence will be beneficial on Sunday.
Courtney Scott is not always in attendance, but do not overlook her as someone to watch. She has visited victory lane at Flamboro in the past, and scored a couple top-five’s in recent seasons.
Caroline Kelly just got done her rookie season, which saw her work at growing more comfortable on a weekly basis as she tried to work her way forward up the finishing order.
Jennifer Hatch has driven a variety of race cars, and seeing her behind the wheel of her car nicknamed Big Booty this season, it’s been what we’ve been used to. She was able to capture a checkered flag at Sauble Speedway, while also showing speed in appearances at both Delaware Speedway and Sunset Speedway.
Full Throttle Motor Speedway will be well-represented with both Daphne Sullivan and Sandy Eccles in attendance. Sullivan was consistently up front all year at the tight quarter-mile, placing sixth in the year-end standings.
Karlie Wilman will also be making the trek to Flamboro Speedway, following a year of ups and downs at Sunset Speedway. Despite battling mechanical issues at times this year, she was able to show speed throughout the season.
The next crop of lady racers will also be on full display with the Jr Late Models on Saturday, with at least five females set to make up the field.
The 2021 Melissa Bullen Most Improved Driver Award winner Laila Walser will be in attendance, hopeful of adding another checkered flag to her collection following a season of success. She will be joined by fellow Full Throttle Motor Speedway regulars Amber Wallis and Alyssa Burnette, who have been getting faster in each appearance as they look to put another track under their belt.
Kara Martin is no stranger to victory lane, having done so on a couple different occasions this past year at Grand Bend Speedway en route to winning the championship by 49 points over Grayson Masson. She was also the runner-up in their Bone Stock standings, as well.
Morgan Moore put together a solid rookie season at Sunset Speedway, getting faster each week en route to placing third in the year-end point standings.
There will also be a couple ladies behind the wheel of the Mini Trucks, as Kaisha Zimoch hopes to keep the solid performances rolling after placing sixth in the year-end point standings at Grand Bend Speedway and third in points at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. She will be joined on the grid by Amy Ellis.