Each year, Speed51’s Short Track Draft analyzes hundreds of racing prospects to determine the most promising future stars of NASCAR. This year’s ballot features more than 350 prospects, across all forms of short track racing in North America.
However, ranking those 350 prospects for the final draft result isn’t a simple process. It involves enlisting the voices of a wide range of industry experts and a complex evaluation of their feedback.
Before Speed51 announces the results of the 2020 Short Track Draft next week, here is how those results are determined.
First, the ballot is sent to more than 100 members on the Short Track Draft panel, a process which is already underway. Those voters include members of the media, former top Short Track Draft picks, NASCAR Cup Series drivers, promoters and other industry experts.
Voters are tasked with ranking the top short track racing prospects in North America. There are more than 350 prospects are the Short Track Draft ballot, and write-in votes are allowed as long as the prospect meets the Short Track Draft criteria.
In order to be eligible for the ballot, drivers needed to meet the following criteria:
- 25 years or younger as of April 1, 2020
- Maintain rookie status in NASCAR’s top-three series
- Have less than eight races scheduled in NASCAR’s top-three series
- Competed in a short track racing event at least once in 2019
Once completed, voters return their ballots to Speed51, where the tabulation process begins. The ballots are analyzed using a unique formula to determine the final results. That formula includes weighing number-one votes, top-five votes, and quality votes (percentage of top-10 votes received).
The total number of votes, as well as the average voting placement, for each driver are also factored into the Short Track Draft formula. Along with the returns of the Short Track Draft panel, the results of the Short Track Draft fan vote counts as one vote.
Once the results are calculated, it is time to unveil them and announce who will join the prestigious list of former number-one draft picks in the Speed51 Short Track Draft. Former number-one picks include the likes of Chase Elliott, Bubba Pollard, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Ty Majeski, Todd Gilliland, Harrison Burton and, most recently, Chandler Smith.
Once calculated, the results of the Short Track Draft will be announced in parts on Speed51 starting on Thursday, April 30. On that day, there will be a live selection show for the top 10 picks at 7 p.m. ET.
Who will receive that number-one pick? Stay tuned to Speed51 to find out, and follow #ShortTrackDraft on Twitter for the latest updates on the Short Track Draft.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans