We continue to breakdown the 2015 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes by looking at some of the top picks in the draft that didn’t receive first-place votes from this year’s group of voters.
With over 400 names for our voters to choose from, it is tough for all of the drivers to receive a first-place vote. All of the top-51 drivers did receive at least two top-10 placements on the 2015 ballots, but there were seven within the top-25 that weren’t selected as number-one picks by industry insiders.
Those drivers include:
Austin Hill – While he was the 12th pick in the draft, his streak of three in a row in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East didn’t move anyone to make him a top draft pick. 50% of the voters did put Hill on their ballot, while 27 placed him in their top-ten.
Todd Gilliland – The son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland started off the 2015 season by winning the inaugural CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina. He was on 56% of the ballots with 10 of the voters placing him in their top 10.
Zane Smith – Smith surprised many with his solid runs and victories at the 49th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing back in February at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He appeared on 45% of the ballots with 10 voters putting the young driver in their top-10 rankings.
Casey Roderick – The Georgia driver had a banner year in 2014 by winning two Super Late Model marquee events, the Rattler 250 and the World Crown 300. 39% of the voters included Roderick in their ballot, while 11 of them placed him in their top-10.
Kyle Grissom – The son of former NASCAR driver Steve Grissom recently got his first Southern Super Series win at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. He was on 35% of the voter’s ballots with eight of them placing him in their top-10.
Brayton Haws – The 15-year-old is quickly making a name for himself in short track racing. He is popular on social media and recently won the CARS Late Model Stock Tour event at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC. That wasn’t enough to earn him a first-place vote in this year’s draft, but he made 31% of the ballots with seven top-10 votes.
Mason Mitchell – The 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion had one win and six second-place finishes in 2014. He appeared on 30% of the ballots and also had seven top-10 votes.