Entering the 2016 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes many of the experts believed the number-one pick would come down to Ty Majeski and Todd Gilliland. While there wasn’t a whole lot of debating about which two drivers would go first and second in the draft, there was much debate about who should have been selected first. In the end, Majeski ended up being selected as the number-one pick by the narrowest margin ever witnessed in the Short Track Draft on Speed51.com.
Majeski, who won 19 races in 2015, earned votes from 32 of the 37 members on this year’s panel of industry experts. Gilliland, who won in his ARCA, K&N East and K&N West debuts, recorded that same number of votes from the panel.
Once the votes were even in that category, we moved on to the “quality votes” category which factored in a variety of factors including top-20 votes and overall strength of the vote they received. Majeski edged Gilliland in that category by a slim margin of two votes.
We then moved on to top-10 votes and top-five votes. This is where Majeski’s selection as the number-one pick started to become more evident. Majeski had 30 top-five votes, while Gilliland recorded 27 top-10 votes and 25 top-five votes.
The last category factored in was the number of number-one votes received in the 2016 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes. Majeski was the number-one pick for 17 of the 37 voters. Gilliland received 10 votes as the top pick in the draft.
To put that number in perspective, Christopher Bell – the top pick in the 2015 Short Track Draft – received 28 votes one year ago.
Like the NFL Draft, the debate about which athlete should have been selected as the first pick continued following the Short Track Draft. Many race fans sounded off on social media announcing their support for Majeski as the number-one pick, while some also went to social media asking how Gilliland wasn’t the top pick.
Regardless of which side of the fence you may be on, there’s no doubting the talent of the top two picks in the 2016 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes. While only time will tell which driver ends up being the better pick, the 2016 Short Track Draft will go down in the record books as the closest battle ever for the number-one pick.
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51