KINCARDINE, ON – While drivers across the province have settled into the first month of a long offseason, Sauble Speedway Mini Stock regular Will Gibbons and his family-owned operation are already working towards what they hope will be a very busy 2018 season.
“We’re expecting the busiest off-season we’ve ever had,” says Gibbons. “The work hasn’t stopped since we came home from the last night of racing. It’s an exciting time for us because we’re adding to our team in a way that we never have before. Things are about to get a lot more hectic for us – in a good way.”
“We have to go over both of our cars from bumper to bumper,” continues the veteran with a smile. “Plus – we’re building two brand new cars. So, yah, we’re ready to invest a lot of hours this Winter.”
Gibbons’ fleet will compete fulltime at Sauble Speedway in 2018, with Gibbons and third-year teammate Bob Bailey campaigning for the points championship and crew member turned driver Clay Rieck throwing his name in the ring to chase the speedway’s Rookie of the Year title.
“I’m fully committed to running for a championship next year and we’ll have Bob Bailey back in our team car fulltime,” explains the Kincardine, ON native. “Clay’s been one of the most dedicated guys on our team for a long time and I couldn’t be more excited to give him a chance to jump behind the wheel.”
And the fourth member of the Gibbons Motorsports stable?
“We’ve decided to keep the driver of our fourth car a secret for a little while longer – but when we do make the announcement I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people.”
With Sauble Speedway’s stock trending upwards after a 2017 acquisition by owner Paul Gresel and promoter Mark Dilley, Gibbons is confident the speedway’s Mini Stock division is set for its biggest season yet.
“Our whole team feels like the Sauble Mini Stocks have one of the best rosters around,” says the former feature winner. “You go up and down the pit area at ‘the Beach’ and it’s full of guys that could win at any speedway in the province. It’s a tough division and it’s only getting better every week.”
“We’re all-in as far as supporting this division,” adds Gibbons in reference to his newly minted 4-Car effort. “We’re ready to do whatever we need to do to help it keep growing. The car counts are going up and so is the level of talent. It’s a good time to be a Sauble regular. We’re excited for what next season is going to bring.”