Since being established in 2001, Speed51.com has served as the go-to place on the web for short track news and race coverage. Each year, race fans worldwide make their way to Speed51.com powered by JEGS to follow their favorite drivers, tracks and series, as well as spot the next group of NASCAR stars. More often than not, before drivers hit the big leagues, you can find those future stars on 51.
Because of that, Speed51.com has adapted a new slogan: Where Legends Are Made.
“We are honored to have covered so many of the drivers in NASCAR’s big three series right now,” said Bob Dillner, Executive Editor, Speed51.com. “Our entire staff is made up of racing fans who have been blessed to make a living in this industry. We do not hire people that do not have the knowledge. And to see our staff, those that are there now and those that have moved on, cover some of the names we have covered is pretty phenomenal. Kyle (Busch) won the NASCAR Sprint Cup title last year and we covered him in his rookie season in the old ASA. Joey Logano could do it this year and we’ve covered him up the racing ladder from Legends Cars.”
Before he was a NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor, Chase Elliott frequented the front page of Speed51.com as a Snowball Derby champion and Late Model competitor. As a young teenager hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Bill Elliott, Chase appreciated each time his name was mentioned on 51.
"It was always a big deal to me and my team when we were on Speed51,” said Elliott, now the driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “That is the main way to keep up with short track racing, so any time you were featured on Speed51 it meant a lot.”
Before William Byron started winning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races with Kyle Busch Motorsports, he was a top-five pick in Speed51.com’s annual Short Track Draft and was featured on the website for winning Late Model and K&N East races.
It was on Speed51.com where Busch was able to watch and read about Byron’s talents before ultimately putting him behind the wheel of one of his trucks.
“It just comes from paying attention on some websites like Speed51.com; they’re a really good source,” Busch said following Byron’s NCWTS win at New Hampshire in September. “Watching some younger drivers with the videos and stuff, you get to really see some of these guys in action. It’s fun to see the younger guys and their talents and being able to look for that next William Byron-type that will have the opportunity to showcase what our trucks can do on the race track.”
Busch himself also received coverage from Speed51.com on his way to becoming a NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. 51 covered Busch during his rookie season with the original ASA Tour.
Another current Sprint Cup star, Joey Logano, also cut his teeth in the short track ranks while being featured on Speed51.com. The then-teenager from Connecticut was covered by 51 from his days in a Legends Cars, to his Late Model and Pro Cup days, to his championship season on the NASCAR K&N East circuit.
Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney also received plenty of attention and coverage from Speed51.com throughout his years in the Late Model ranks. Blaney, who was picked as the No. 3 prospect in the 2011 Short Track Draft on 51, often found himself on Speed51.com while competing with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South from 2009-2012.
Prior to winning his first career Snowball Derby in 2012, Erik Jones was a relatively unknown name outside of the Midwest. After beating Kyle Busch in that race, which was broadcast live on Speed51 Radio and on Speed51.com’s Trackside Now coverage, Jones began his path to stardom.
Jones would later find himself in a full-time NCWTS ride driving for Busch before winning another Snowball Derby in 2013 and a NCWTS championship in 2015.
Martin Truex, Jr. (K&N East), Denny Hamlin (Late Models), Trevor Bayne (Late Models / K&N East), John Hunter Nemechek (Late Models), Daniel Hemric (Late Models), Daniel Suarez (K&N East) and Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Legends & K&N East) are also NASCAR stars who found themselves on Speed51.com before making it to the big leagues.
Two of NASCAR’s youngest hotshoes who cut their teeth in dirt racing, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, spent time forming their craft in Late Model racing before making the jump to NASCAR’s top series. During their stints in the Late Model ranks, 51 was there to cover their every move as they made the transition from dirt to pavement.
There are so many others currently making the jump to the big leagues that 51 has had the pleasure of following, including Cole Custer (K&N East), Cody Coughlin (Late Models) Ryan Preece (Modifieds), Rico Abreu (K&N East), Cameron Hayley (K&N East & West) and Ben Rhodes (K&N East).
T-shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel with the new “Where Legends Are Made” slogan will soon be available for purchase on Speed51.com.
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