Stox Personality of the Year 2017: Nominee #1

Four personalities have been shortlisted for the 2017 Stox Personality of the Year award. This time, the nominees were chosen by last year’s winner, Mick Sworder.

One nominee will be announced each day for the next 4 days – so make sure you keep checking the site!

How to vote

Once all nominations have been announced, you will be able to vote for your favourite via the website. Voting will open on Saturday 9 December and will close at midnight on Saturday 16 December. The winner will be announced on Sunday 17 December.

Nominee #1: Stuart Smith Junior

“If someone wants to start a war, they can. But they will lose…”

That was the fighting talk coming from Stuart Smith Junior on the eve of the National Points Championship Shootout finale at Belle Vue. History records that nobody did want to start a war with him that day. Smith wrapped up the title that everybody already knew was his with two heat wins on the bounce. Such was Smith’s determination to win the title in style that he attempted a risky last-bender on James Morris. And it worked. Everything came together perfectly and Smith won the Shootout for the second time, but it was the most comprehensive victory since the Shootout was dreamed up in 2009.

The joy that Smith felt at winning the Shootout was matched on the terraces too. Fans of the Rochdale Smiths have been starved of silverware for too long, but winning the silver roof – and the manner in which Stuart did it – seems to have rejuvenated them. There is talk of reviving the Zigger Zagger crew that used to chant the name of Stuart Senior, perhaps even setting up a modern-day fan club. That would be welcome. A bit of partisanship and friendly rivalry might bring a bit of colour back to the terraces, especially given the gloom that has pervaded since the Coventry debacle.

Everybody will remember Smith’s run to silver, but don’t forget that he won the final in two out of the first six meetings – admittedly starting from red grade, but making full use of the advantage – which saw him top the grading points after the first period. Although Frankie Wainman Junior and Nigel Green eventually elbowed their way past, Smith remained in the top three for the rest of the year.

His statistical achievements make impressive reading and signal a consistency that has been missing for the past few seasons. He had the second-highest points-per-meeting average (behind Green), second-highest number of shale points (behind Wainman), second-highest number of final wins (behind Green again), third-highest number of tarmac points (behind Green and Wainman), and the highest number of overall race wins (26 compared to Green’s 22).


We caught up with SSJ shortly after the end of the season and asked him about his year behind the wheel:

It’s been your best season for some time – have you done anything differently this year?

I have some really good lads behind me at the minute. That enabled me to be dedicated without sacrificing too much time away from work. It’s all down to the team as a whole, the sponsors and the fans.

Why do you think nobody was able to challenge you for the National Points Shootout?

I have never blown up my own arse, I’m not like that, but I have always been one to beat. It’s just that everything else has to be in the right place at the right time. What I mean by that is work, money, family, equipment team sponsors, etc… However, at this particular time I believe I have driven better than anyone else too!

What’s your approach to races?

To win at all costs within the spirit of the sport. That is what is great about the sport – we should race hard and never take it off track.

You’re well known for being aggressive when the situation calls for it and you carved through the field like a man on a mission during the Shootout. Do you think other drivers are prepared to use the bumper enough?

I think everyone can use the bumper well. Some do it more calculated than others which seems go to under the radar, but everyone is willing to use it.

Words: Scott Reeves
Photos: Colin Casserley

Facebook Network:

What is this?

Latest Posts
Skegness, 14th July 2018 - Photo Gallery
Skegness, 14th July 2018 – Photo Gallery
Jul 20, 2018

Photos from Day 1 of the Skegness UK Speed Weekend

Official BriSCA F1 2018 World Semi-Final Grids
Official BriSCA F1 2018 World Semi-Final Grids
Jul 18, 2018

The BSCDA has announced the official World Semi-final grids for the 2018 BriSCA F1 World Championship

Preview: European Championship 2018
Preview: European Championship 2018
Jul 18, 2018

Scott Reeves takes a look at the drivers to look out for in the upcoming European Championship.

Belle Vue, 1st July 2018 - Meeting Report and Photos
Belle Vue, 1st July 2018 – Meeting Report and Photos
Jul 17, 2018

Stuart Smith Junior wins the 2018 British Championship at Belle Vue.

Northampton, 24th June 2018 - Meeting Report and Photos
Northampton, 24th June 2018 – Meeting Report and Photos
Jul 13, 2018

James Morris becomes the first BriSCA F1 final winner at the Northampton Shaleway

Ipswich, 23rd June 2018 - Meeting Report and Photos
Ipswich, 23rd June 2018 – Meeting Report and Photos
Jul 11, 2018

Ryan Harrison took the meeting final at the annual visit to Ipswich

Lochgelly, 17th June 2018 - Photo Gallery
Lochgelly, 17th June 2018 – Photo Gallery
Jul 4, 2018

Tom Harris takes another win in Scotland

Preview: British Championship 2018
Preview: British Championship 2018
Jun 27, 2018

With the British Championship just around the corner, we take a look at the drivers to watch.

Track Photography

Recent Archives