This weekend the number one overall pick from 2014 will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Richmond Raceway.  By 2014, Daniel Hemric had won the eyes of many in the Short Track world. He won the 2013 Southern Super Series title and had already won races in Pro Late Model and Tour-Type Modfieds before landing a full ride with Jake and Deanna Carswell.

 

Hemric was worthy of the top overall pick in 2014 after being second the year before and third the season prior to that.  Now the NASCAR world is seeing what he can do.  Hemric beat out an up-and-coming driver named Erik Jones who was fresh off a Snowball Derby win in 2012.  Jones held off charges from Kyle Busch to put his name on the map and now he’s a second year driver at the top level of NASCAR.

 

Ryan Preece made more noise last week with his win at Bristol and he was third to this duo in 2014.  Preece was the only full-time Modified driver in the top 10 that year after he moved from 13th to 3rd in the draft standings.

 

Ross Kenseth and Kyle Benjamin made up the fourth and fifth spots in the top five.

 

Biggest Bust: Gray Gaulding.  It takes talent to drive a race car and it takes time to develop.  After two years in K&N it seemed like it was Cup or bust for Gaulding.  He never got the same amount of laps as he did when he was running for points.  He ran limited races and then poof he’s in Cup.  Think of where he would be had he run a full season of ARCA or in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series?  It could have been the difference between getting there and staying there.

 

Biggest Steal: The 2015 number one overall pick Christopher Bell was in 24th just a year before. Some of us already knew and it was during that season that we figured it out.  Ironically the 2014 draft featured six number one picks either past or present.

 

Undrafted Free Agent:  He was not even in the Top 51, but a year later he was the number-one overall pick.  If you could go back to 2014 and pick Ty Majeski it would be like getting Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick.  Majeski won a bunch in 2014 and it seems like everything since then.

 

2014 Short Track Draft Top 51

1 Daniel Hemric
2 Erik Jones
3 Ryan Preece
4 Ross Kenseth
5 Kyle Benjamin
6 John Hunter Nemechek
7 Ben Rhodes
8 Bubba Pollard
9 Lee Pulliam
10 Daniel Suarez
11 Corey LaJoie
12 Johnny VanDoorn
13 Derek Thorn
14 Bryan Clauson
15 Joey Polewarczyk Jr.
16 Austin Theriault
17 Cole Custer
18 Kenzie Ruston
19 Anderson Bowen
20 Cody Coughlin
21 Brandon McReynolds
22 Harrison Burton
23 Cameron Hayley
24 Christopher Bell
25 Andy Seuss
26 Rico Abreu
27 C.E. Falk
28 Dillon Bassett
29 Brennan Poole
30 Stephen Nasse
31 Grant Enfinger
32 Justin Bonsignore
33 Todd Gilliland
34 Bobby Santos III
35 TJ Reaid
36 Keith Rocco
37 Ronnie Bassett Jr.
38 Karsyn Elledge
39 Timmy Solomito
40 Travis Braden
41 Gray Gaulding
42 Jeremy Doss
43 Tommy Barrett
44 Patrick Staropoli
45 Dominique Van Wieringen
46 Tommy Lemons Jr.
47 Spencer Davis
48 DJ Shaw
49 Jessica Clark
50 Joey Doiron
51 Nick Drake

 

-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

-Photo Credit: Laura Ward/LWPictures.com photo

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PFC Short Track Draft Throwback: The 2014 Draft