Veteran Will Gibbons Believes the Time is Now for Mini Stock Championship Push

Will Gibbons
KINCARDINE, ON – After establishing himself as a driver to watch during Sauble Speedway’s 2017 Mini Stock season, veteran Will Gibbons is more ready than ever to return to fulltime competition in 2018 in search of his first career championship.

“This is the best equipment I’ve ever had,” smiles Gibbons in reference to the brand new car he debuted for the 2017 season. “We worked day in and day out on this piece all summer and got better and better every time it came off the trailer. By the end of the season, we were as fast as anyone in the division. We’re going to be a problem for a lot of people this year.”

Sauble’s Mini Stock roster currently boasts an eclectic mix of exciting up-and-comers and tenured veterans who combine to form a fan-favourite division that often contends for Race of the Night honours at ‘the Beach’.

“The Mini Stocks are as exciting now as they’ve ever been,” notes the second-generation racer. “These other classes are spending more money, but I absolutely think our quality of racing is better. There’s a ton of parity in this division right now. The guys are all running within a few tenths of one-another and it’s never been harder to win a feature at Sauble. There’s nothing else I’d sooner be racing.”

With ample experience on his side, a dedicated crew and top-shelf equipment, there’s no question the Kincardine, ON racer will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season. However, the former feature winner admits that status as a favourite or underdog makes little difference when it comes to his motivation entering 2018.

‘’I haven’t thought too much about wether we should be considered a favourite or not,’’ shrugs Gibbons. “People can make whatever predictions they want – but it’s not going to impact how hard our team works. We’ve put in more hours than anyone on this roster over the past two seasons and we’re not slowing down now. We’re ready to outwork anyone.”

“The [Mini Stock] division is the type of racing that still rewards the guys that put in the time and effort,” continues the longtime Sauble regular. “It’s not just as easy as writing a cheque with these cars. You have to grind and research and really understand what you’re doing. With that being said, I don’t think there’s any chance that we aren’t in the [championship] conversation next August.”