Top 10 – Week 20
1. ‘The Instant Classic’ Andy Kamrath
Former Ltd. Late Model frontrunner turned Mini Stock standout Andy Kamrath has made the absolute most of a part-time schedule in 2014. The Holland Landing, ON-based driver won the Sunset Speedway Spring Derby in May, then swept both ends of the Kawartha Speedway Mini Stock Nationals in June & August. On Thursday, September 18th, he won an event that paid more money than all 3 of his previous conquests put together. ‘The Instant Classic’ led all 50-laps of the inaugural Sunset Speedway Frequent Flyer 50 on Thursday, September 18th, besting a field of 53-cars and walking out with over $2,000 in purse money and post-race bonuses.
2. Doug Butler
New Lowell, ON veteran Doug Butler locked up the 2014 Barrie Speedway championship on Saturday, September 13th. Butler has been nearly flawless this season at Barrie, tallying 7 feature wins, racing in fields of over 20 cars a night. The former Autumn Colours Classic winner clinched the championship in style, winning the final feature event of the season to become the first Mini Stock driver in division history to have won championships at both Simcoe County-area tracks (Sunset and Barrie).
3. ‘Straightpipe’ Ryan Babin
2014 Peterborough Speedway champion Ryan Babin impressed in his return to Sunset Speedway on September 18th. The sophomore turned in an impressive performance, finishing 2nd to Mini Stock heavyweight Andy Kamrath in the inaugural Frequent Flyer 50 – just days after announcing his potential hiatus from short track racing.
4. Samantha Shaw
As talented a third-generation driver as any currently competing in the Mini Stock division, Samantha Shaw has been close to victory lane at Sunset more times than she can count over the course of the last two seasons. The Guelph, ON up-and-comer finally kicked her Sunset winless streak on September 13th, winning the 35-lap ‘Championship Night’ event. With a Sunset win in her hip pocket, Shaw is ready to commence her run through the Playoff Season.
5. ‘The Astronaut’ Brandon McFerran
8-time Sunset Speedway feature winner Brandon McFerran celebrated his first career championship with a podium finish on September 13th. The third-generation driver has won more features than any other driver on the Sunset roster this season, and has drawn praise for his maturation behind the wheel this season. ‘The Astronaut’ is without question one of the top young stars in Ontario, and is likely to make some more noise before the 2014 season has been put to rest.
6. Billy Schwartzenburg
2014 Sauble Speedway champion Billy Schwartzenburg earned a 3rd place finish in Sunset Speedway’s Frequent Flyer 50 invitational on September 18th. The multi-time feature winner gave eventual winner Andy Kamrath and runner-up Ryan Babin all they could handle en route to a podium finish. Although we’re certain Schwartzenburg would sooner have walked out with the victory, a 3rd place finish in an event that drew 53 cars is certainly nothing to take lightly.
7. Russ Aicken
London Recreational Racing representative Russ Aicken was back in victory lane at Flamboro Speedway on September 20th. The New Hamburg, ON veteran toppled an 18-car field for his 5th win of the 2014 season, effectively sewing up a 2nd place finish in points for his No. 71.
8. Cory Young
Owen Sound, ON veteran Cory Young doubled down as Full Throttle Motor Speedway champion this season. The Mini Stock expert was a force to be reckon with all season long on Friday nights, putting up an incredible total of 15 feature wins at the Mount Forest, ON bullring. Young locked up his second straight championship with back-to-back top-10 finishes in twin feature action on September 19th.
9. Chad Corcoran
Rising star Chad Corcoran has shown flashes of brilliance through the 2014 season. When not grappling with mechanical issues, the Milton, ON product looks to be a driver well on his way to a bright future. Corcoran reminded us just how much he is capable of on September 13th at Flamboro Speedway, sweeping his qualifying heat race as well as the 19-car A Main for his second victory of the 2014 season.
10. Jordan Howse
Sunset Speedway Rookie of the Year Jordan Howse continues to impress. The second-generation driver snatched a top-5 finish at Sunset Speedway’s Frequent Flyer 50 on September 18th – after being spun on the opening lap of the feature. Howse very well may be the best driver on the Sunset roster to have not won a feature event this season. With the Playoff Season on his doorstep, the soft-spoken upstart will have a few more chances to break into victory lane before his freshman campaign comes to a close.