2019 Short Track Draft Fourth Round Picks: 52-75

The 2019 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes ballot was completed by 80 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-10 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 25. The second pick was revealed later that night.  The third, fourth and fifth picks were announced earlier in the day on Friday.

 

The reminder of the first-round picks (6-10) were announced later Friday night. The second round picks (11-25) were revealed Sunday night.  Third round picks (26-51) were released Monday evening.

 

For the second time in the history of the Short Track Draft, Speed51.com will be revealing the top 100 picks in the draft.  The fifth and final round picks (76-100) will be announced Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

 

Here are the 2019 Short Track Draft picks #52-75.


Pick #52
Karsyn Elledge
Age: 18
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Current Level: Midgets / Outlaw Karts
Twitter: @KarsynElledge3
Last Year's Pick: 81st

 

 

Elledge jumps up 29 positions in this year's Short Track Draft after earning an opportunity to compete full-time with Tucker-Boat Motorsports on the USAC National Midget Series circuit. The daughter of Kelley Earnhardt Miller and granddaughter of the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. impressed the large audience watching the Chili Bowl Nationals when she won her heat race during a preliminary night and went on to win the H-Main feature on Sunday.  She's also an all-star away from the track with a great social media presence and a vibrant personality.

 

Pick #53
Tommy Catalano
Age: 21
Hometown: Ontario, NY
Current Level: Modifieds
Twitter: @tommycatalano54
Last Year's Pick: 53rd

 

 

If there is a racing division that has run on New York asphalt, there’s a good chance Tommy Catalano had participated in it and done well. A winner and champion on the weekly circuit of Central New York tracks, he has 2017 championships with the Race of Champions Late Models and Race of Champions Asphalt Sportsman, plus a fourth-place finish in the RoC Modified Series championship standings. In 2018, he went beyond New York, winning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year honors and scoring his first Tour-type Modified win during the Myrtle Beach 400 weekend.

 

Pick #54
Sammy Smith
Age: 14
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Level: Late Models
Twitter: @sammysmithraci1
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

Sammy Smith surprised the short track racing world when he graduated from the Legend Car ranks to drive a Pro Late Model for Anthony Campi Racing during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.  He capitalized on the opportunity by winning two races on his way to claiming the overall Pro Late Model championship during Florida Speedweeks.  That success was enough to vault him up to 54th in his Short Track Draft debut. He’ll look to continue his success in the Late Model Stock ranks with Nelson Autosport this year.

 

Pick #55
Spencer Davis
Age: 20
Hometown: Dawsonville, GA
Series: K&N East
Twitter: @SpencerDavis_29
Last Year's Pick: 30th

 

 

Spencer Davis has been all over the map during his still young racing career, racing everything from Late Models to Modifieds and everything in between. Now that he’s set his focus on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Truck Series ranks, he just hasn’t seen the kind of production that fans are accustomed to seeing, which may be why he has fallen from 30th to 55th in this year's draft.  He'll have a good opportunity to rediscover that success while racing for Rette Jones Racing on the K&N East circuit in 2019.

 

Pick #56
Brett Yackey
Age: 19
Hometown: Greeley, CO
Current Level: Late Models
Twitter: @brett_yackey
Last Year's Pick: 95th

 

 

In 2018, Yackey made the draft after his selection into the Kulwicki Driver Development Program. One year later, Yackey has jumped 39 spots after winning the 2018 KDDP title for his efforts both on and off the track. Among his notable accomplishments were three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I wins, plus the Turkey Shoot 125 at Tucson Speedway (AZ).

 

Pick #57
Caden Kvapil
Age: 12
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Current Level: Outlaw Karts
Twitter: @CadenKvapil
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

 

Caden Kvapil recently made history at Millbridge Speedway (NC), becoming the first driver to win a feature in all four of the track’s outlaw kart classes – Beginner Box Stock, Box Stock, Intermediate and Open.  Kvapil also impressed at last year’s Keith Kunz Giveback Classic with a runner-up finish.

 

Pick #58
Anthony Perrego
Age: 24
Hometown: Montgomery, NY
Series: Dirt Modifieds
Twitter: @AnthonyPerrego
Last Year's Pick: 68th

 

 

 

A driver that has quietly made a name for himself on the Big-Block Modified circuit in New York, Perrego has collected two track titles on the tight confines of Accord Speedway, and most recently a Big-Block title on the hard clay at Orange County Fair Speedway just last season. "The Montgomery Missile" has also done well in touring competition, winning six times on the Short Track Super Series, with one win being nationally televised on Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV last season.

 

Pick #59
Cole Williams
Age: 23
Hometown: Borden, IN
Series: Late Models
Twitter: @colewilliams46
Last Year's Pick: 54th

 

 

The Borden, Indiana native can win big races. He’s proven that by winning the Masters of the Pros, the inaugural Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol, and he owns track championships at Lebanon I-44 Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.  However, Williams doesn’t race as much as one might hope, and with only limited Super Late Model experience, time may be running out for the 23-year-old to climb the ladder.

 

Pick #60
Brandon Pierce
Age: 22
Hometown: Oak Ridge, NC
Current Level: Late Model Stock Cars
Twitter: @bpierce354
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

Brandon Pierce had plenty of strong runs in 2018, including his first career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win at South Boston Speedway (VA).  However, Pierce really garnered attention by taking the checkered flag in the $10,000-to-win CARS Tour season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) as he begins his first season driving for Lee Pulliam Performance.

 

Pick #61
Jared Fryar
Age: 25
Hometown: Trinity, NC
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @JaredFryar14
Last Year's Pick: 90th

 

Jared Fryar, the grandson of two-time Snowball Derby winner Freddy Fryar, added a major accomplishment of his own to the family name by claiming the 2018 CARS Tour championship.  However, he did so without a single win, as Fryar enters 2019 looking for his first checkered flag since a CARS Late Model Stock race at Dominion Raceway (VA) in 2017.

 

Pick #62
Tanner Carrick
Age: 17
Hometown: Lincoln, CA
Current Level: Midgets / Sprint Cars
Twitter: @Carrick_Tanner
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

 

The 17-year-old from Lincoln, California is making his first Speed51.com Short Track Draft appearance after two wins in the POWRi National Midget Series and a sixth-place showing in USAC National Midget Series points with Keith Kunz Motorsports in 2018.  He is still looking for the breakout season that would solidify him as the next big star to come out of the KKM stable.

 

Pick #63
Cayden Lapcevich
Age: 19
Hometown: Grimsby, Ontario
Current Level: Late Models
Twitter: @CaydenLapcevich
Last Year's Pick: 36th

 

 

 

Lapcevich set the Canadian short track racing world on fire by dominating the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and winning the championship in 2016.  But after a 2018 season with only a few starts in the ARCA/CRA Super Series with Fair Racing Development and two Outlaw Super Late Model starts in the famed Bobby Blount No.16 at Jukasa and Toledo, the 19-year-old driver fell to 63rd in this year’s draft.

 

Pick #64
Austin Herzog
Age: 16
Hometown: Clovis, CA
Current Level: Late Models
Twitter: @Austin11Herzog
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

Herzog has established himself as one of the rising stars on the West Coast Late Model scene. After winning multiple races in Madera Speedway's Jr. Late Model division, Herzog is beginning to take the next step up the racing ladder.  He made his debut with both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour in 2018, and he kicked off 2019 with a win in Madera's Nut Up Pro Late Model Series.

 

Pick #65
Chase Cabre
Age: 22
Hometown: Thonotosassa, FL
Current Level: K&N East
Twitter: @ChaseCabre
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

A staple on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit for three seasons now, 22-year-old Chase Cabre has put up top-five finishes in 26.7% of his starts with Rev Racing. Those are solid numbers, but he still is yet to find victory lane at that level. To increase his draft stock he will need to find victory lane soon, as time is starting to run out on his Short Track Draft eligibility.

 

Pick #66
Will Rodgers
Age: 24
Hometown: Murrieta, CA
Current Level: K&N / ARCA
Twitter: @willrodgers65
Last Year's Pick: 47th

 

The Murrieta, California native first made himself known after nearly beating Kevin Harvick in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma in June 2017.  Since then, he has earned four wins between the West and East Series’.  However, all four of those wins come on road courses.  At the age of 24, his shot at the next level could be dwindling away if he doesn’t earn a win on an oval.

 

Pick #67
Buddy Shepherd
Age: 19
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Series: Late Models
Twitter: @buddyshepherd15
Last Year's Pick: 34th

 

 

 

Buddy Shepherd is a former track champion at Madera Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park, as well as a winner with the SRL Southwest Tour at Madera and a winner of Madera’s Short Track Shootout.  However, he had a quiet 2018 and has made just limited racing appearances over the past year and a half, dropping his stock.

 

Pick #68
Jason McDougal
Age: 21
Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
Current Level: Sprint Cars / Midgets
Twitter: @jasonmcdougal73
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

 

McDougal earned a surprise win in USAC Sprint competition last year when he passed Kevin Thomas Jr. in the final laps to win at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.  So far in 2019, the 21-year-old from Broken Arrow, OK has two top 10s in the USAC Sprints and finished in the top five in both USAC Midget starts he’s made, coming at Kokomo Speedway during the Kokomo Grand Prix.

 

Pick #69
Gabe Brown
Age: 16
Hometown: Conway, NH
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @GabeBrown47
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

Brown strapped into a Super Late Model for the first time in July 2017 at the young age of 14 and scored a top 10 finish in his first start against a strong field at Oxford Plains Speedway.  In 2018, in his first full-time season in Super Late Models, he used a season of consistency to win the track championship at Oxford. To keep moving his stock forward, he will need to eventually find victory lane for the first time and prove he can be more than just a consistent racer.

 

Pick #70
Tanner English
Age: 25
Hometown: Benton, KY
Series: Dirt Late Models
Twitter: N/A
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

Tanner English successfully defended his MARS Racing Series championship in 2017, making him a back-to-back title holder in the Dirt Late Model series. Since last year's draft, English also impressed with strong runs at East Bay during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks as well as a win last year in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. He's also joined the No. 116 SWR Racing team led by Randy Weaver for the 2019 season.

 

Pick #71
Devin O'Connell
Age: 21
Hometown: Madison, CT
Series: Super / Pro Late Models
Twitter: @_DevinOConnell
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

A multi-time Legends Car champion on the national level on both ovals and road courses, O’Connell struggled in his transition to full-size race cars despite winning 2016 ACT Late Model Tour Rookie of the Year honors. Armed with experience in 2018, O’Connell went to work in the Granite State Pro Stock Series, winning twice on route to the series title. He’s back to defend in 2018, in addition to running PASS National races and possibly some other national contests.

 

Pick #72
Tate Fogleman
Age: 19
Hometown: Durham, NC
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: N/A
Last Year's Pick: 74th

 

 

2018 was Tate Fogleman’s first winless season in Super Late Model racing since, ironically, 2015, the year he won the PASS South Championship based on sheer consistency.  2018 proved to be much more of a mixed bag, as Fogleman had two top-fives and three top-10s on the CARS Tour but missed the top 10 in all five of his PASS South starts.

 

Pick #73
Dylan Zampa
Age: 15
Hometown: Napa, CA
Current Level: Late Models
Twitter: N/A
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

A former winner and recent graduate of Madera Speedway’s Jr. Late Models division, Dylan Zampa won in his Madera Pro Late Model debut in March.  Zampa also recently tested with Lee Faulk Racing and Development at Hickory Motor Speedway, so he could be one to watch on the East Coast in the future in a year or two as another Madera Late Model product.

 

Pick #74
Justin Carroll
Age: 23
Hometown: Concord, NC
Series: Late Model Stock Cars
Twitter: @toast57
Last Year's Pick: 82nd

 

 

“Toast” picked up multiple wins in Late Model Stock weekly competition at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) and Ace Speedway (NC) in 2018, as well as a sixth-place finish in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.  The Kulwicki Driver Development Program finalist is already back to his winning ways with a victory last weekend at Ace.

 

Pick #75
Joe Graf, Jr. 
Age: 20
Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
Current Level: ARCA
Twitter: @Joegrafjr
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

 

 

 

Graf boosted his stock last season when he broke through for his first career ARCA Racing Series victory at Berlin Raceway.  Although he ruffled a few feathers with the way he won the race on the final lap, his name is now in the record book as an ARCA winner.  He will need to build off that win and establish himself as a regular contender on the ARCA circuit to see his draft stock grow in 2019.

 

- Text by Speed51.com Staff

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2019 Short Track Draft Fourth Round Picks: 52-75