The 2018 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes ballot was completed by 61 short track insiders, including media members, team and driver development professionals, track and series promoters and officials, product and industry representatives, NASCAR National Series drivers, crew members, short track racing veterans and more.  The voters could select as few as 10 and as many as 51 drivers on their ballot, ranked in order that they would choose the drivers to compete for their driver development team in the top levels of the sport.  

 

Speed51.com used a scientific equation that factored in total number of votes, quality votes, first-place votes, top-five votes and top-1o votes in order to determine the top-51 picks in the 2018 Short Track Draft.  

 

The number-one overall pick was revealed on Thursday, April 26. The second pick was revealed on Friday, April 27.  Later that day, the remainder of the first-round picks (3-10) were revealed on Speed51.com. 

 

The second-round picks (11-25) were announced on Monday, April 29.  Third round picks (26-51) were announced on Tuesday, April 30. 

 

The fifth and final round (76-100) will be announced Thursday, May 3 at 5 p.m. 

Here are the 2018 Short Track Draft picks #52-75. 

 


Pick #76Dawson Fletcher (Late Models) – While new to the Late Model game, Fletcher has already gained a lot of fan attention from his Legends Car days; a point that was proven when he won the Short Track Draft fan vote a little over a week ago. After a Legends career that included three major championships, Fletcher has made himself known in Pro Late Model competition early in 2018, finishing Top Six in every race, including four Top Five's at tracks such as Crisp Motorsports Park, South Alabama Speedway, and his home track New Smyrna Speedway.

 

Pick #77Holly Shelton (Midgets) – The 22-year-old driver garnered a lot of attention in 2016 when it was announced that Shelton would be racing for Keith Kunz Motorsports, the powerhouse team of Midget racing. Since then, Shelton hasn’t been able to accomplish too much to garner more attention.

 

Pick #78Shane Lee (Super Late Models/ARCA) – Lee is coming off a third-place finish in the 2017 ARCA Racing Series championship standings.  He also recently strapped into a Super Late Model and finished second in the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).

 

Pick #79Molly Helmuth (Super Late Models) – Helmuth continues to look for her breakthrough Super Late Model win on the track, but off the track she’s already a star.  Helmuth is a member of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, and with the help of fellow KDDP driver Brittney Zamora she raised nearly $2,000 for a local food bank already this year.  She’s also a great ambassador for her marketing partners.

 

Pick #80Ryan Millington (Late Model Stocks) – With nine wins, Ryan Millington became the youngest track champion in the history of Hickory Motor Speedway just weeks after his 16th birthday. He also picked up a $5,000 win in Caraway Speedway’s season opener in March.

 

Pick #81Karsyn Elledge (Outlaw Karts) – Elledge had gone winless in an Outlaw Stock for a few years, but that winless streak ended just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately for Elledge, that win appears to have come a little too late to help her draft stock this year. However, Elledge got some good news recently, as she will be making her Midget debut later this year.

 

Pick #82Justin Carroll (Late Model Stocks) – Justin Carroll scored a big win in the CARS Tour Throwback 276 event at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) last summer, beating some of the best in Late Model Stock racing. He also had a strong showing at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and he has been named as one of the seven Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalists for 2018.

 

Pick #83Devin Moran (Dirt Late Models) – A second generation driver out of Ohio, Devin Moran has competed in numerous touring series on part-time basis the past couple of seasons. After making a limited amount of appearances in 2016, Moran entered fulltime in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and came out fighting, winning twice with 14 top-five finishes and a fourth-place finish in points.

 

Pick #84 - Carson Macedo (Sprint Cars) – Carson Macedo scored 12 wins during the 2017 season including his first Arctic Cat All Starts Circuit of Champions win at Lincoln (IL) Speedway. Macedo also claimed the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals title at Ohsweken Speedway. He is currently competing in his second full season with ASCOC.

 

Pick #85Jack Dossey III (Pro & Super Late Models) – The 18-year-old up and comer Jack Dossey, III has been working the ladder of the CRA ranks the past couple of seasons, first starting in Late Model Sportsman and now moving up to the full Late Model ranks. He has made a splash in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour competition, winning Rookie of the Year in 2016 and winning the championship in 2017. He has also put in some time in Super Late Models, mostly part-time in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

 

Pick #86Kyle Weatherman (Stock Cars) – Kyle Weatherman scored the biggest win of his career back in 2015. He scored an ARCA Racing Series victory on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. He also had five runner-up finishes that year. Since then, Weatherman has gone on to make two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts.

 

Pick #87Logan Runyon (ARCA/CRA Super Series) – Logan Runyon’s finest moment came at Winchester Speedway (IN) when he was crowned as the 2017 ARCA/CRA Super Series champion. Runyon scored nine top-10 finishes with a best finish of third at Ohio’s Kil-Kare Speedway.

 

Pick #88Larry Wight (Dirt Modifieds & Midgets) – A major presence on the dirt tracks of Central New York State, Larry Wight has won numerous weekly races, including the 2016 Big-Block championship at Fulton Speedway. He made great strides in the Super DIRTcar Series in 2017, winning twice and finishing third in points. He impressed many in January 2017, when he qualified for the Saturday A-Main of the Chili Bowl Nationals.

 

Pick #89Anthony Nocella (Modifieds & Midgets) – Drifting between Modifieds and Midgets, Anthony Nocella has become a force in the Modified scene the past few seasons, especially in the Valenti Modified Racing Series.  Nocella won the 2017 title with five wins, bringing his career total to 12. He also has gained experience on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Nocella has been dynamic in both the NEMA and NEMA Lite Midgets of the Northeast, and has even won on the dirt throughout the country.

 

Pick #90Jared Fryar (Late Model Stock Cars) – Back in 2015, Fryar scored a PASS South win, which might be his biggest victory to date. Fryar also was credited with a CARS Tour Late Model Stock win in 2017, but he was the second one to cross the finish line in that race. For 2018, Fryar has gone back to the Super Late Models.  So far, he has scored two top-10 finishes with the CARS Tour.

 

Pick #91Matt Swanson (Modifieds) – Swanson is still one of the top prospects in Modified racing, but he’s yet to breakout the way that many thought he may.  Although he’s had some strong runs, the 18-year-old is still winless in Tour-type Modified competition.

 

Pick #92Bobby McCarty (Late Model Stocks) – Over the past year, Bobby McCarty has proven he can compete with the greats in Late Model Stock racing. The Summerfield, North Carolina driver won the 2017 Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway (VA) and currently leads the CARS Late Model Stock Tour points standings, with a win at Tri-County Motor Speedway (NC).

 

Pick #93Matt Bowling (Late Model Stocks) – The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion, Matt Bowling dramatically cut back on his racing schedule last year. Some voters still recognize Bowling’s talent and potential, even though he hasn’t displayed it as much as many names on this list.

 

Pick #94Ronnie Williams (Modifieds) – A product of Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Modified ranks, Ronnie Williams has gone head to head against some of the best Modified drivers weekly since 2014, earning eight career wins so far in the Stafford SK’s. In 2017, he made his rookie debut on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, finishing second in rookie points despite running just 10 of 16 races. For 2018, Williams will compete full-time in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Stafford SK’s.

 

Pick #95Brett Yackey (Late Models) – Yackey, a member of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, already has one win under his belt in 2018 after winning a Late Model feature at Colorado National Speedway.  In addition to his racing success, Yackey is also a star player for his high school football team.

 

Pick #96Jared Irvan (Super Late Models) – Jared Irvan boasts two career PASS South Super Late Model victories. He has committed to running for the PASS National Championship this season, where he has two top-10 finishes in as many races, including a third-place finish at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT).

 

Pick #97Cole Timm (Super Late Models) – The former CARS Tour Super Late Model champion hasn’t been able to do much racing recently, but he can still run up front when he does. Timm ran three CARS Tour races in 2017, scoring a top-five finish in one of those races, and leading six laps in the other one.

 

Pick #98Taylor Miinch (Lucas Oil Modifieds) – Miinch is the defending Lucas Oil Modified Tour champion, and he picked up four victories en route to that title. In 2018, Miinch has already picked up one victory just two races into his title defense.

 

Pick #99 - Ahnna Parkhurst (Crate Late Models/Super Late Models) – Ahnna Parkhurst is a name known in the Dirt Late Model world. She raced under the Team Dillon Racing banner which transitioned into the Shane McDowell Racing banner. Parkhurst picked up three Crate Late Model wins in 2017 at Swainsboro, Rome, and Modoc. She will be splitting seat time between Crate Late Models and Super Late Models for the 2018 season.

 

Pick #100Ronnie Davis, III (Pro Trucks) – This Virginia driver has toured the nation making a name for himself in a number of different truck series. Ronnie Davis has gained the most notoriety out west in the Southwest Tour Truck ranks where he has posted 15 career wins since 2013. His career out west came to a head in 2017 when he took home the SWTT championship.

 

-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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2018 PFC Short Track Draft Fifth Round Picks: #76-100