Tonight in Cincinnati, Ohio, the best of the best in Major League Baseball will convene for the “Mid-Summer Classic,’ the MLB All-Star game. With bragging rights and home-field advantage on the line for the winning team, a lot of pride goes into just making an All-Star team to perform on one of baseball’s biggest stages.
While there’s no true All-Star event that brings short track racers from all different disciplines together for one night like MLB will serve up tonight, we at Speed51.com decided to make a roster of short track All-Stars to this point of the season.
So don your favorite team’s cap – whether it’s a race team or a MLB ballclub – and check out who a panel of Speed51.com staff members have voted to the 2015 Speed51.com Short Track All-Star Team.
1B – Bubba Pollard (Super Late Models)
Power on the corner, the Albert Pujols of short track racing.
2B – Daniel Wilk (Bandoleros)
Young hotshot that wasn’t well known until 2015, like the Sox 2B Brock Holt.
SS – William Byron (KNEast, Super Late Models, Late Model Stocks)
A rookie making his All-Star debut, like the Royals’ Alcides Escobar.
3B – Jonathan Davenport (Dirt Late Models)
A big dude who flat-out dominates. He’s the best of the best hands-down in short track racing this season.
OF – Ryan Preece (NWMT, NWAAS Modifieds)
Like Mike Trout of the Angels, he’s always good and almost a shoe-in for an All-Star spot.
OF – Casey Smith (Southern Super Series)
The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain had been good, but never this good. Same can be said for SSS point leader Smith who his having his best season on the tour.
OF – Lee Pulliam – (NWAAS Late Models)
Andrew McCutchen-esque consistency at the top of all statistical categories.
C – Shane Clanton – (Dirt LM)
The veteran on-field leader who gets it done, like one of the many Molinas of MLB.
DH – Donny Schatz (WoO Sprints)
All he does is hit the big ones. He’s got the WoO Sprint Car field watching his laser shows seemingly every night.
PH – Ross Kenseth (Super Late Models, ARCA)
Kenseth steps in for Hemric in the Carswell Super Late Model for big late-season shows, a solid mid-season “pinch-hit.”
P (Ace) – Christopher Bell (PASS, CARS SLM)
When things are on the line and you need someone to get it done, nobody’s been better in more types of race vehicles this year than Bell.
P – Brayton Haws (CARS LMSC)
Making an impact at a young age and stealing the show, like the Rays’ Chris Archer.
P – Ty Majeski (ARCAMT, SLM)
Northern strength like the Minnesota Twins’ Glen Perkins.
P – Derek Griffith (GSPSS)
Like playing for a small-market club, Griffith has turned heads in GSPSS that can’t be denied by the big media markets.
RP (Relief Pitcher) – Dylan Nobile (USAC)
Relief pitchers don’t always get the most attention, somehow his seven USAC Western Pavement wins in 10 races haven’t received that much attention, but should.
Closer – Rodney Sanders (USMTS)
Lights out in USMTS, “Sand Man” just like Mariano Rivera.
Utility – Rico Abreu (Sprints, Midgets, KNEast)
Wins in open wheels and now stock cars, one of the most successfully-versatile drivers in recent memory.
Umpire – Ricky Brooks (Southern Super Series)
When the tough call needs to be made (like tossing series champ Bubba Pollard from a SSS race in tech), Brooks ain’t scared.
Coach (consultant) – Rob Fuller (LFR Chassis)
Built LFR chassis into a winner in SLM & Modifieds in just a year’s time.
Manager (crew chief) – Kevin Bellicourt (KNEast)
New full-time KNEast CC has led rookie William Byron to three wins so far.
Owner – Harry Scott/Justin Marks (KNEast)
New partners have continued team’s past success, have now won five of seven series races to date.
– By Speed51.com staff