It was an incredible year of short track racing in 2019, closing out the decade with some great memories, memorable races and exciting finishes. To look back on the year that was, “Stat Boy” Elgin Traylor looks By the Numbers at the 2019 short track racing season.
0: Travis Braden ended up winning the Snowball Derby in the tech line, and he became the second winner in the decade to win the race with leading a single lap.
0.059: The margin of victory for Brandon Sheppard’s win over Dale McDowell at the Eldora Late Model Dream XXV.
2-2: Brian Campbell made it two-for-two in the Money in the Bank at Berlin Raceway. The Michigan standout also did big things later in the month when he won his sixth ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Toledo Speedway. Campbell is also chasing the most wins in the ARCA/CRA Super Series which he could gather this season.
3: Preston Peltier won the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway for the third-straight year in the $25,000 to win race. Peltier was the first to win two races at the Showdown and now he’s the first to win third. Peltier adds this third crown jewel to his trophy case that includes a World Crown 300 win, a Colorado Challenge Cup and several Easter Bunny 150 wins.
3: Jonathan Davenport won the World 100 at Eldora Speedway for the third time in his career. Not bad for a guy who was a DNQ for his first three attempts at the race.
4: Peyton Sellers won at the South Boston Speedway in the Late Model Stock Car 200 for the second-straight year. For Sellers it was his fourth win in this race. Lee Pulliam finished second in the race, Pulliam is a former six-time winner of the race as the front two make up 10 wins in this race.
7: There is just something magical about the number seven in recent Oxford 250’s. Travis Benjamin won with the number this year and Curtis Gerry and Glen Luce have also won with it, marking three wins in the last five races by three different drivers. In fact, nine of the last 11 Oxford 250 winners have had a seven in their number.
8: With his win at New Smyrna Speedway, Jeff Choquette became the eighth different winner this season in the Southern Super Series.
8: Matt Kenseth breaks his own record by winning the Slinger Nationals for the eighth time in his career. We think he’s got Slinger Speedway figured out.
13: It had been 13 years since Jeff Taylor won a Super Late Model race at Oxford Plains Speedway before the Late Model change to the ACT style for a few seasons. Earlier this year he won at OPS for the first time since 2011 and his first in a Super Late Model since 2006.
13: The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Pro Late Models again extended their streak with no repeat champions since they started in 2007. That’s 13 years with 13 champions and 47 different winners.
14: Philip Morris won 14 races, but that wasn’t enough as Jacob Goede won the NASCAR Whelen All American Series title with 10 wins. The 30 top-five runs also helped Goede win the title.
18: Bubba Pollard won the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Super Late Model week-long championship, marking yet another historical milestone in his career and an 18th straight season with no repeat champions at the World Series.
40+: Mike Rowe scoring a win this season at Beech Ridge marked his 40th (by our records) if not more season with at least one win.
392: Stephen Nasse led an all-time race high 392 laps in the 2019 Winchester 400.
623: We forgot to mention him in our decade Modified recap, but Jamie Tomaino extended his most starts total to 623 on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. His start at Wall Stadium was his 623rd of his career. It was also his first tour start at Wall in 12 years.
$44,000: We made a note that if someone swept the show at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, they’d get a lot of money and Josh Berry did just that. His $44,000 payday at Martinsville came from winning the pole, both segments and lap leader money. That’s one of the biggest checks in asphalt racing this season.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51 photo