Whether it was a checkered flag, or just a cool moment, there were several highlights that stood out for a lot of people in 2022.
Everyone is very used to seeing the No. 67 Mustang in victory lane courtesy of Josh Bullen, but there was a moment that changed this past season. Samantha Shaw jumped behind the wheel on a Sunday afternoon at Sunset Speedway and proved she is still someone to watch in the division. She picked up a victory in her heats, followed by taking over second on Lap 6 after starting 10th for the 25-lap feature. She got a good restart at the halfway mark, pacing the field through the second half of the event to victory lane.
Another personal highlight for Shaw was starting on the front row for Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway – which is an event that should be on this list in general. There were plenty of highlights in that event, from the battle for the lead between Shaw and Cory McAllister, to McAllister dominating prior to getting caught up in an incident with a lap car. Throw in Bobby Mercer and Karl Sault, the top-five was the place to be as everyone witnessed a couple of the division’s heavy weights battle it out. However, Shawn Taylor was the star of the show, rebounding from being involved in the early race crash to capture the checkered flag and coveted igloo.
The division standouts found success across the province as Brian Wilson continued to add to his collection of trophies, scoring the victory in the Dave Wilson Memorial at Full Throttle Motor Speedway. It was only made sweeter by having his son Brian Wilson Jr. place second.
The year also saw a couple new faces in victory lane, with Mike Thomson’s hard work at Flamboro Speedway culminating into him scoring his first career feature victory on August 20. In total, the No. 16 Mustang completed the season with a pair of victories, 23 top-five’s, and 32 top-10’s. Matt Clarke also had a memorable moment of his own, scoring a runner-up on Military Night at Full Throttle Motor Speedway.
Each track also completed the year crowning a champion, including Jason D’Antimo utilizing consistency to capture his first career title at Sunset Speedway. D’Antimo ended the season with nine top-five’s and 12 top-10’s.
Although the success was nice for some, you cannot forget those who are getting their feet wet in the sport, like Sera Giannone. Leaning on the experience of those around her including her teammate Nick Tooley who competes in the Super Stock division, she was able to compete in her first career heats and features this year. While it may not have turned out as well as she hoped, it certainly has wet the appetite for future racing aspirations.
There was also other memorable moments – that we do not know whether are remembered for good reasons or not. The b-main at the Autumn Colours Classic will always be something to stick with those involved after it took over an hour to complete a 20 lap event to set the tail of the field for the coveted event. Some simply celebrated the fact they survived the carnage without a single mark on their, while Ryan Babin held the checkered flag high in the air.