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2023 Super Stock Drivers to Watch Part 4

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.

4. Jay Doerr
Last Year’s Rank: N/A

Thoughts Entering the Season: We are getting the car ready for 2023 with hopes of another successful season. We accomplished most of our remaining carrer goals in the 2022 season, winning five of 10 features, getting our 50th feature win and the Delaware track Championship. The only goal we left on the table was the track record.
2023 Plans: The intention was to make 2022 our final full time year of racing, but after all the fun we had we decided to run one more. Our plans at this point are to run the full Delaware schedule. We have been tossing around the idea of running the Quick Wick Super Stock series as well, but have not committed to that at this point.
2023 Goals: Our goals for 2023 would be to lock down the track record at Delaware Speedway (we had it briefly last year and Pete beat it by a couple thousandths) and repeating as track Champions.
Drivers we’ll be keeping an eye on: There is so much talent in this division that’s a tough question. (Shawn) Chenoweth found a bunch of speed at Delaware and is always a tough competitor. (Trevor) Collver struggled some in 2022, but I’m sure will get back on track. (Carson) Nagy, (Andrew) Ferreira, (Chase) Pinsonneault and (Ryan) Dyson will all be contenders I think. If we decide to run the series (Pete) Vanderwyst is a tough one to top there, as well (Lane) Zardo is always on his game.

A lot of people would like to see Jay Doerr partake in the Qwick Wick Super Stock Series full-time, just by watching his success at Delaware Speedway alone this past season. He was able to secure the championship with eight top-five’s and nine top-10’s, including four trips to victory lane. For the record, those wins were in dominating fashion at times with impressive drives through the field on Friday nights.

3. Pete Vanderwyst
Last Year’s Rank: 18th

Thoughts on 2022: It’s pretty cool. I mean at the end of the day, I had no envisions of coming back racing. I’d be out of it for the last couple 12, 13 years and getting my feet back wet last year was a lot of fun, competing in that series that Luke (Ramsay) and Frank (Wall) and the guys at Qwick Wick put together was pretty cool. Coming out this year with a brand new car and trying to get some things figured out with that with the metric program that McColl (Racing Enterprises) came up with a lot of ideas from Burt McColl himself, it was a pretty great accomplishment in my mind.
2023 Plans: Right now, my son Peter will be running the same car that I ran last year at Delaware (Speedway) in a Friday night program, and then I’ll run that car on the Qwick Wick Series.

When you overcome the odds and beat the best in the business for a championship, there is no way that you cannot be inside the top-five of the rankings. Pete Vanderwyst certainly made people pay attention in 2022, by securing the Qwick Wick Super Stock Series title with three top-five’s and five top-10’s, including a victory at Delaware Speedway. He ran the half-mile as his home track this past season, coming up 12 points shy of the championship in second with two wins, seven top-five’s, and eight top-10’s.

2. Gerrit Tiemersma
Last Year’s Rank: 6th

Thoughts on 2022: It was a very successful season for us! We had multiple wins in a row, were the Sunset champions, just missed out on the Qwick wick championship and had a lot of fun with our fans and supporters.
2023 Plans: Currently we are not sure what our goals are for 2023. We are waiting to see what tracks put out for their schedules and if there are any unique events to visit. The same old show isn’t for us and we will continue to aim to win the big ones!

It seems each season that Gerrit Tiemersma puts behind the wheel, he continues to improve as a driver – and it is showing with the wins, and now championships adding up. He secured his first career title this past season at Sunset Speedway, scoring a pair of victories, seven top-five’s, nine top-10’s, and an average finish of 3.22. He also took his talents on the road to come up just four points shy of the Qwick Wick Championship, placing second with three top-five’s and four top-10’s, including a victory at Sunset Speedway.

1. Lane Zardo
Last Year’s Rank: 1st

Does it surprise anybody to see Lane Zardo at the top of the ranking for the second year in a row? Probably not, if you are aware of your statistics across the province. The 2021 Qwick Wick Super Stock Series Champion tried to defend his championship last season, coming up short by 10 points to place third in the standings with two top-five’s and four top-10’s, including a victory at Flamboro Speedway. He shined at the Hamilton, Ontario based oval all summer long, securing the track championship with 10 wins, 19 top-five’s, 22 top-10’s, and an average finish of 2.18182.

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