2020 Short Track Draft Second-Round Picks: #11-25

The 2020 Short Track Draft ballot was completed by over 50 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 used an 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 2020 Short Track Draft.

 

The top 10 picks in the draft were revealed during the first-ever live selection show Thursday night on Speed51.

 

The third round picks (26-51) will be revealed Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET, the fourth-round will be revealed Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET and the final round will be held Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

 

Here are the 2020 Short Track Draft picks #11-25.


Pick #11
Giovanni Scelzi
Age: 18
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Current Level: Sprint Cars / ARCA West
Twitter: @GioScelzi
Last Year's Pick: 26th

 

Scelzi is determined to follow in the footsteps of other dirt open wheel stars who have climbed the ranks to NASCAR’s highest levels in recent years.  He jumped 15 spots up the rankings to put himself in 11th for this year’s Draft after a strong 2019 campaign.

 

He scored six wins over the course of the season, doing so in multiple different series.  He earned his second World of Outlaws win at the Dirt Track at Charlotte on a prelim night for the Patriot Nationals, while also scoring his first career wins with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at Knoxville Raceway and with the USAC National Midgets at Placerville Speedway.

 

He makes the jump into asphalt racing in 2020 with Bill McAnally Racing in the ARCA Menards Series West.  He’s already scored one win in 2020, that coming in a Pro Late Model at New Smyrna Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt.

 

Pros: He is a proven star in the dirt open wheel world and his starting to make a name for himself on asphalt.

 

Cons: His short time in a full-sized Stock Car has proven to be a struggle at this point, though with time will come more experience, and perhaps better results.

 

Pick #12
Giovanni Bromante
Age: 16
Hometown: Lattingtown, NY
Current Level: ARCA Menards Series East
Twitter: @GBromante77
Last Year's Pick: 6th

 

In one of the surprises of the 2020 Short Track Draft, Giovanni Bromante falls out of the top 10 to 12th on the board.  Last year, Bromante entered the Draft riding a perfect start to the season, with Super Late Model wins in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway (AL) and the Blizzard Series opener at Five Flags Speedway (FL).

 

Bromante accomplished that coming off a serious back injury suffered in a dirt bike accident, all while making his first career starts in Super Late Models after a successful 2018 in Pro Late Models.

 

Naturally, Bromante’s perfect season didn’t last, but he did win the Blizzard Series championship.  He has now moved up to the ARCA Menards Series East with Viscontin Motorsports, where he finished fifth in the season opener at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

Pros: A quick study in Late Models who has already gained a top-five finish early in his Stock Car career as well.

 

Cons: “Gio” is very reserved on social media and in public interactions.  You don’t have to worry about him saying “the wrong thing,” but a little more personality would make him more marketable and possibly catch more eyeballs in the Draft.

 

Pick #13
Michael "Buddy" Kofoid
Age: 18
Hometown: Penngrove, CA
Current Level: Sprint Cars / Midgets
Twitter: @MichaelKofoid
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

Kofoid was another driver who made a huge jump up the draft boards, sitting at No.13 after going undrafted one year ago.  He has received praise throughout the dirt world in the last year, with Christopher Bell telling reporters at the Chili Bowl that Buddy reminded him of himself trying to climb through the ranks.

 

He earned the Fremont Speedway (OH) track championship one year ago while scoring his first-career All-Star Circuit of Champions win at Wayne County Speedway (OH).  Towards the end of 2019, Kofoid joined the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable and won in his first race with them, a local show at Jacksonville Speedway (IL).

 

He joins KKM full-time in 2020 to chase after the USAC National Midget title in the No.67 Logan Seavey took to countless wins with in recent years.  Kofoid already has a seventh-place finish in his Chili Bowl debut and top-ten runs in all three USAC Midget races ran so far.

 

Pros: The kid can flat-out drive.  He has joined Toyota Racing Development and Keith Kunz Motorsports, which has been a pipeline to NASCAR for several dirt drivers in recent years.

 

Cons: Success on a more national level has yet to come.  He will get ample opportunity to change that on the USAC National Midget trail.

 

Pick #14
Jeremy Doss
Age: 23
Hometown: Upper Lake, CA
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @jeremydoss75
Last Year's Pick: 7th

After cracking the top 10 for the first time one year ago, Doss dropped seven spots in this year's draft to the 14th pick.  The 2019 Kulwicki Driver Development Driver won often last season, but it was perhaps the strength of his victories that saw his stock fall in this year's draft.

 

In 2018, Doss won three races and the championship while competing with the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series, widely regarded as the toughest Late Model series on the West Coast.  But in 2019, Doss made the change and competed in Pro Late Models for the majority of the season.

 

At the end of the season, Doss reacquired his Super Late Model and hauled east to compete in the prestigious Snowball Derby, where he once again matched up well against the competition. He plans to compete in more Super Late Model races once again in 2020 once the racing season resumes.

 

Pros: Doss has established himself as one of the best Late Model drivers on the West Coast.

 

Cons: He has yet to score a signature victory that makes him stand out.  A few big wins on the national scale could help his stock tremendously.

 

Pick #15
Matt Craig
Age: 21
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @matthewcraig54
Last Year's Pick: 45th

Matt Craig continued his domination of Super Late Model racing in the Carolinas in 2019, scoring two wins en route to the CARS Super Late Model Tour championship.  The title marks his fourth straight year winning a championship in the region after winning three consecutive PASS South titles.

 

More notably for Short Track Draft stock, Craig branched out and traveled more in 2019.  He scored a Southern Super Series win at Montgomery Motor Speedway, won the Florida Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway and finished on the podium in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

 

Craig also started 2020 with a bang, winning with both the PRA Tours Super Late Model Series and the CARS Tour at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) before racing was put on hold.

 

Pros: We knew he was the top dog in Carolinas Super Late Model racing.  Thanks to more travel in 2019, we now know he can race with the best in the region.

 

Cons: Running up front has also led to its share of controversy for Craig, most notably with Bubba Pollard.

 

Pick #16
Zeb Wise
Age: 17
Hometown: Angola, IN
Current Level: Sprint Cars / Midgets
Twitter: @Zeb_Wise11
Last Year's Pick: 28th

After jumping onto the national open wheel scene with his first USAC Midget win at Clyde Martin Memorial Raceway in 2018, Wise established himself as one of the true rising stars of the discipline last season and garnered the attention of Toyota Racing Development.

 

Wise scored the biggest win of his career at what’s becoming one of the biggest Midget events in the country, the BC39 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He scored three USAC Midget wins altogether in 2019, finishing fifth in the final points standings.  He also jumped into a Winged Sprint Car for the first time in the waning months of the year, quickly impressing many with several top-ten runs.

 

This year will see Wise attempt the full All-Star Circuit of Champions schedule with Sam McGhee Motorsports, in addition of a part-time USAC Midget schedule with Keith Kunz Motorsports.

 

Pros: Wise is a personable driver with loads of talent to bring to the table for any interested team

 

Cons: With two high-profile rides for 2020, the expectations for him are high.  Failure to reach those can see him disappear into a deep open-wheel talent pool.

 

Pick #17
Sammy Smith
Age: 15
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @sammysmithraci1
Last Year's Pick: 54th

Sammy Smith moves into the second round in this year’s Short Track Draft, following a 2019 season which started off with a Pro Late Model Championship in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.  Smith had several strong runs throughout the year, both on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and in various Pro Late Model events.

 

Smith closed out 2019 with a podium finish in the Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway.  He started 2020 with another win at New Smyrna, now competing in the Super Late Models with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

 

The KBM team has taken several premier Short Track Draft prospects to victory in years past, and Smith hopes to continue that success in 2020.

 

Pros: A remarkably consistent racer, Smith is almost always in the top-10 whenever he shows up at the track.

 

Cons: Fairly or unfairly, voters will be looking for major wins out of any driver in “Rowdy’s” equipment.

 

Pick #18
Cannon McIntosh
Age: 17
Hometown: Bixby, OK
Current Level: Midgets
Twitter: @Cannon_mac08
Last Year's Pick: Undrafted

McIntosh’s 2019 season started on fire – literally – after his car caught fire during hot laps at the Shamrock Classic.  What did he do that night at the “Mini Magic Mile” at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds?  He won the race against traditional open wheel racing’s best.

 

That had been the Oklahoma driver’s last win until he pulled off a preliminary night victory during the Chili Bowl last January.  He capped the weekend off with a third-place run in the main event, just behind Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell in his debut with Keith Kunz Motorsports.

 

The Chili Bowl has led to a full-time opportunity on the USAC National Midget trail with KKM, giving him the opportunity to prove what many open wheel fans knew about the driver all along while he was racing for his family team.  He has also joined the Toyota Racing Development stable for 2020, giving him a clearer shot at the upper levels.

 

Pros: McIntosh has proven he can make the most out of his opportunities and win when it counts

 

Cons: With that being said, aside from the Shamrock Classic and Chili Bowl preliminary triumphs, his trips to victory lane have been far and far in-between.

 

Pick #19
Jesse Love
Age: 15
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
Current Level: ARCA West
Twitter: @jesselovejr1
Last Year's Pick: 35th

Now equipped with a full-time ride on the ARCA Menards Series West for Bill McAnally Racing, Jesse Love made a big jump up the drat board to crack the top 20 in this year's Short Track Draft.

 

Love cut his teeth in racing by competing in Dirt Midgets on the west coast, making history as the youngest driver to ever win a full-size Midget series race.  He added another feat to his resume by becoming the youngest winner and champion at Madera Speedway at the age of 12.

 

However, it wasn't until this past February that Love was able to grab the attention of the racing world when he scored his first Super Late Model win at New Smyrna Speedway during Florida Speedweeks.

 

Pros:  Great personality and very mature for his age. He's already proven he can win on both dirt and asphalt.

 

Cons: He's still a rookie when it comes to having stock car experience.  It may take some time, but he has a team that should be able to guide him to victory lane sooner rather than later.

 

Pick #20
Connor Okrzesik
Age: 19
Hometown: Grand Bay, AL
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @connorokrzesik
Last Year's Pick: 8th

Another faller from last year, Connor Okrzesik was a top-10 pick in last year’s Short Track Draft and now sits 20th.  Okrzesik soared on draft boards last year, winning the CRA SpeedFest Super Late Model 200 by holding off Kyle Busch to kick off 2019.

 

Since then, however, success has been fleeting for Okrzesik. He did return to Crisp Motorsports Park victory lane in 2020 with the Southern Super Series, but did not win away from the Georgia track.

 

Otherwise, he only had a handful of strong finishes, such as a pair of top-five finishes at Five Flags Speedway during the Blizzard Series season.  The year ended in heartbreak, falling out of the running in both the Snowflake 100 and the Snowball Derby.

 

Pros: Okrzesik has performed well without being affiliated with a “superteam” in Late Model racing, including a marquee win at SpeedFest a year ago.

 

Cons: Without more consistency or some wins away from the Watermelon Capital, Okrzesik must prove his adaptability moving forward.

 

Pick #21
Carson Kvapil
Age: 19
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @Carson_Kvapil
Last Year's Pick: 22nd

 

The son of former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Travis Kvapil sees a slight improvement in this year’s Short Track Draft, moving up to the 21st pick.  However, you could argue it was a down year for Kvapil.

 

In the Outlaw Karts, Kvapil continued to flex his muscle, once again winning the Open Division championship at Millbridge Speedway.  He also scored the opening night win for the 2020 season at Millbridge.

 

However, Kvapil went winless on the year in Super Late Model competition, competing in both the Midwest and Southeast.  There were occasional bright spots, such as a runner-up finish at Rockford Speedway (IL) in June and at South Boston Speedway (VA) in November, but there was also plenty of adversity.

 

Pros: Kvapil has proven he can win, on both dirt and pavement.

 

Cons: After a down year in 2019, Kvapil needs to bounce back in 2020 to keep his Short Track Draft stock afloat.

 

Pick #22
Taylor Gray
Age: 15
Hometown: Denver, NC
Current Level: Late Model Stock Cars
Twitter: @TaylorGray17_
Last Year's Pick: 32nd

Racing fans know of Tanner Gray, the NASCAR Truck Series competitor and former NHRA Pro Stock Champion who won on the ARCA Menards Series East campaign last year.  Tanner’s younger brother is proving he can get the job done in the short track world as well.

 

Gray earned the 32nd pick in last year’s draft on the strength of his first career Late Model Stock win.  It came at one of the discipline’s historic venues, Hickory Motor Speedway, with the CARS Tour.

 

Gray added a $10,000 win to his resume to start the 2020 season, winning with the CARS Tour at Southern National Motorsports Park.

 

Pros: A strong lineage of racing success runs in Gray’s family, and he’s proven to fit right into the mold.

 

Cons: He’s still young, but he’ll likely need to work his way above the Late Model Stock to start really impressing voters.

 

Pick #23
Hudson O'Neal
Age: 19
Hometown: Martinsville, IN
Current Level: Super Late Models
Twitter: @HudsonONeal71
Last Year's Pick: 21st

Growing up under the wings of his father, Dirt Late Model legend "The Real Deal" Don O'Neal, Hudson O'Neal has started to make his name known to race fans throughout the country.  After seeing his name as the 21st pick in last year's draft, "The New Deal" drops just two spots to 23rd this time around.

 

O'Neal scored four victories on the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2019 while competing against the biggest stars in Dirt Late Model racing.  Despite an injury that sidelined him for an extended period of time in 2018, he has improved throughout his career and is now searching for that breakout season that could take him to the next level.

 

Pros: He has a great mentor in his father Don guiding him along the way. He's also a very likable 19-year-old that connects well with fans and others in the industry.

 

Cons: He has yet to have a breakout season or score a big victory that makes everyone say, "Whoa, this kid is the real deal."  That could be coming soon.

 

Pick #24
Carson Macedo
Age: 23
Hometown: Leemore, CA
Current Level: Sprint Cars
Twitter: @carson_macedo
Last Year's Pick: 34th

After scoring five wins and finishing second in the All-Star Circuit of Champions points standings in 2018, Macedo joined Kyle Larson Racing and made the jump to the World of Outlaws last year and was crowned the Rookie of the Year.

 

Macedo scored four wins with the Outlaws last season while starting in all but two of the 72 features ran over the course of the season.  He added 44 top-10’s throughout the campaign, good for over 60% of the races ran on the grueling tour.

 

He has already won four times in the 2020 season, three coming in the Midget in New Zealand and Australia and one coming in a local show at Williams Grove Speedway, stealing a trophy from the Pennsylvania Posse.  So far, he has finished in the top-ten in all three World of Outlaws races that have been ran, coming during the Super DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

 

Pros: He has the talent and the consistency to compete for titles with the World of Outlaws for years to come.  He is also verified on Twitter, which is a big plus.

 

Cons: He failed to make both the Kings Royal and Knoxville National A-Mains last year, the two biggest races on the World of Outlaws slate year after year.

 

Pick #25
Tyler Erb
Age: 23
Hometown: Magnolia, TX
Current Level: Dirt Late Models (Lucas Oil LM Dirt Series)
Twitter: @Terbo_91
Last Year's Pick: 11th

 

Erb fell 14 spots in this year’s Short Track Draft compared to last year’s but it wasn’t due to a lack of success on-track.

 

“Terbo” joined Best Performance Motorsports for his rookie campaign with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the duo quickly hit it off.  He scored six wins with the tour, second-most behind series champion Jonathan Davenport, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts.

 

He has one win on the year, that coming with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series at Boothill Speedway (LA) in early March.

 

His bravado, on track and off, make him a driver who gets a lot of reaction from the fans, good and bad.  That played true after recording a fiery interview with DirtonDirt after a DIRTcar Summer Nationals race at Tri-City Speedway that saw him get put in the wall in the final corner by Kyle Bronson racing for the win.

 

Pros: He is quickly becoming one of the top starts in the Dirt Late Model realm.  At 23 and on year two with Best Performance Motorsports, the best is yet to come.

 

Cons: His age also plays against him, with his chances of moving to the next level growing dimmer and dimmer as he gets older.  Dirt Late Model drivers also haven’t received many opportunities in recent years, which does not help his cause.

 

- Text by Speed51.com Staff

2020 Short Track Draft Second-Round Picks: #11-25