Being in the top-51 in the Speed51.com Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes is quite an honor, but making the top-10 is something special. This year the battle for the 10th position was about as close as it could get between Ross Kenseth, Ty Majeski and Austin Hill.
When we at Speed51.com powered by JEGS revealed the top-10 last week, it was former All American 400 winner Ross Kenseth who won the battle for 10th. Majeski, the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour champion, and Hill, the four-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner, just barely missed out.
Kenseth received votes from 55-percent of our voters in this year’s draft, which included members of the short track racing media, NASCAR stars and industry insiders. The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Matt Kenseth also received 24 top-10 votes.
Majeski was ranked 11th, and received votes from 51-percent of our voters. The Midwest Super Late Model driver also received 24 top-10 votes, just like Kenseth. His average vote of 10.96 fell just behind Kenseth’s 10.84.
The interesting thing here is that Hill, a multi-time winner on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, was ranked 12th, but his 27 top-10 votes topped Kenseth in that category. Hill’s average vote position was a 9.1, which ranked above the averages for both Kenseth and Majeski.
The reason why Kenseth and Majeski were ranked ahead of Hill is because they both received one first-place vote each. A first-place vote is weighted more than any other vote. So even though Hill received more top-10 votes than the other two drivers, he was placed behind both of them.
Just like if they were battling on the track, the battle between these three drivers for the 10th position in the 51 Short Track Draft was as intense as could be. Ultimately, it came down to who was able to pick up a “win” (first-place vote) and who wasn’t.
Stay tuned to Speed51.com in the coming days for more analysis and breakdown of this year’s Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes.
-Text by 51 Staff. Photo credit: Speed51.com