It’s that time of year again, race fans. It’s time for the Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes. The ballot, featuring over 400 drivers from all over North America, can be found right here.
Every spring, experts from all over the country debate the draft stock of the hottest football prospects using all sorts of different criteria to decide who should be picked when. Well, we here at Speed51.com have done the exact same thing for the 12th annual Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes.
Speed51’s experts have meticulously selected over 400 drivers from all over North America following a specific set of rules to determine exactly who is eligible for the this year’s version of the draft and which drivers are left out.
Some big names have been deemed ineligible for the Draft, such as the defending Snowball Derby winner, John Hunter Nemechek.
Why is that, you ask? Well, we’ll tell you.
Age – For the first time in the history of 51’s Short Track Draft, the age cut-off is now 25 years old as of May 1. The age has always been 29 years old, but this year we decided to make it 25 years or younger.
NASCAR National Series contract – We determined that if a driver is going to run 10 or more races in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions, then they are no longer eligible for the draft, even if they meet the age requirement. That is why Nemechek and a few more drivers such as Brennan Poole, Austin Theriault and Cole Custer are no longer eligible.
NASCAR Rookie Status – Some drivers may have made starts in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions in the past, but then came back to the short track ranks. We have decided that if they still have rookie status in the national divisions they are still eligible for the Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes.
The first episode of the 51 War Room premieres tonight at 5 p.m. ET on Speed51.com and will feature a panel of experts hotly debating the criteria for this year’s Draft.
Fans can participate in the debate using the hashtags #51WarRoom and #ShortTrackDraft on Twitter. We want to hear from you on whether we got it right with our criteria, or whether we’ve all gone completely insane.