Delaware Speedway

2023 Super Stock Drivers to Watch Part 3

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. The Super Stocks are no different, as evident by the success and strength of the Qwick Wick Super Stock Series since launched. 

There are a bunch of drivers who are capable of winning, but here are some drivers that are on the radar of people across the province.

As always, be sure to comment with your thoughts – whether positive or negative, and enjoy getting to know these competitors a little more.

11. Chase Pinsonneault
2022 Ranking: N/A

2023 Plans: Our plans are pretty big, we have chosen to run full seasons in the quick wick series, and Delaware superstock and pro late weekly series.
2023 Goals: A top 5 in each series. I think this goal will give me something to chase all season and help motivate me. I would also like to win a feature at Delaware in any car or class.
Drivers to Watch: 1) Lane Zardo – he is always fast no matter where he goes. 2) Carson Nagy – super quick and aggressive, he can put himself in a position to win every week. 3) Gerrit Tiemersma – very consistent driver and constantly in the top 5, he’ll be in the championship hunt for sure. 4)Pete Vanderwyst – both Pete jr and sr are going to be quick, and will be looking to pick up the checker every week. 5) Justin collision – he’s always fun to race with, and I’m sure he will be quick this season.
Most Memorable Moment of 2022: The memorial at Flamboro Speedway was a pretty big moment for me, closing off a strong race season.

If you look back a year ago, this was a name not even on the radar. However, you cannot ignore the talent behind the wheel after seeing the success he was able to put together across the board in a demanding schedule. He scored a top-five in one of two appearances on the Qwick Wick tour, alongside being the highest rookie in the Delaware Speedway home track standings (sixth) with three top-five’s and nine top-10’s. He then took his talents to Flamboro Speedway, scoring four wins, 21 top-five’s, and an average finish of third.

10. Trevor Collver
2022 Ranking: 3rd

When asked of his plans for the 2023 season as part of a longer form interview, Trevor Collver answered, “We are planning to run the Delaware Superstock weekly series and the Qwick Wick Superstock Series. The competition in both classes is second to none but the goal is to win both.”

Battling on the Qwick Wick tour, he placed fourth in the year-end standings with four top-10’s, highlighted by a second in the Canada Day 50 at Delaware Speedway. He also ran the full schedule at the half-mile oval, finishing third in the home track standings with five top-five’s and eight top-10’s.

9. Paul Pepper
2022 Ranking: 32nd

What is the definition of a breakout season? That is something a lot of people were asking after watching the performance by Paul Pepper this past season at Sunset Speedway. Despite being plagued by some mechanical issues, he scored three top-five’s and six top-10’s, including his first career division victory in dominating fashion on July 9. Oh, and he scored a top-five finish at the Autumn Colours Classic to complete the year.

8. Cory McAllister
2022 Ranking: 21st

2023 Thoughts: To have fun and be our best every night we unload!
2023 Plans: Compete full-time in the Ontario Sportsman Series as well run the full Sunset Super stock schedule!
Drivers to Watch: I think that’s pretty well impossible in this class, as the entire division is quick and everyone’s working towards that one position! Sure makes for a great show for the fans!

It seems with each passing season, we have watched the speed in the No. 71 build more and more, with everything coming to a climax in 2022. Cory McAllister became a regular contender to win features at Sunset Speedway weekly, inserting himself into one of the closest championship battles in the province with a win, nine top-five’s, and an average finish of 3.6667. Unfortunately, the Qwick Wick tour did not see the same success, with a best finish of 11th on two occasions.

7. Shawn Chenoweth
2022 Ranking: 15th

2023 Thoughts: It’s time to be relevant again
2023 Plans: QW series APC series and pro late/super stock home track racing across all speedways
2023 Goals: Always the same – run up front and hopefully get some wins
Drivers to Watch: Lane Zardo, Paul Pepper, Cory McAllister, Gerrit Tiemersma, Chase Pinsonneault

He may not have committed to a single track this past season, and that’s fine because he proved he was fast all over the province with a series of impressive performances. Depending how you look at it, unfair call and all, he should have been the winner at Peterborough Speedway in Qwick Wick Super Stock Series competition. He got his trip to victory lane, though, winning the Autumn Colours Classic. Alongside that, he scored two more top-five performances. He also won in both of his lone feature appearances at Flamboro Speedway, along with three top-five’s at Delaware Speedway.

6. Carson Nagy
2022 Ranking: 2nd

2023 Thoughts: I think this year will be one of the best we’ve seen for super stock competition. The division keeps improving every season and I can’t wait for it!
2023 Plans: We plan on racing at Delaware full time, Qwick Wick series full time, and we are aiming to run some special events at the end of the year.
2023 Goals: To continue to learn off the veterans in the division, to be competitive every time we hit the track, and a big thing for my team is consistency.
5 Drivers to Watch: The same as normal. Gerrit Tiemersma, Lane Zardo, Trevor Collver, Pete Vanderwyst, and Ryan Dyson has continued to improve, really excited to see what he can do in 2023! Jay Doer killed it at Delaware this year and I’m sure he’ll be just as impressive this year

After winning the Flamboro Speedway Championship in 2021, a lot of people expected big things out of Carson Nagy going into this past season. Arguably, they got the success they wanted, but the competition seemingly was one step above. He ran the full season at Delaware Speedway to place fourth in points with two wins and five top-five’s, alongside eighth in the Qwick Wick Series with two top-five’s.

5. Bailey Jacobs
2022 Ranking: N/A

To say he was not one of the drivers featured on the list entering last season is an embarrassment, when you consider the year he was able to put together. After all, he was your 2022 Peterborough Speedway Track Champion with two feature wins, 10 feature top-five’s, five heat wins, and an average feature finish of 2.5 over the course of the season. It marks no surprise, if you look back at the year prior and realize he was able to be successful in 2021 as well.

He will make the transition from Peterborough to Sunset Speedway in 2023, which opens up a lot of questions as to whether he can repeat the same numbers once again.

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