Picking the winners of big short track races throughout the country is a tradition that our staff at Speed51.com has enjoyed for many years. This week, we’re mixing it up.  We’re not picking a race winner, we’re picking a champion.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Super Late Model championship during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Bubba Pollard (five votes) who was named the favorite to win the championship.  Overall, eight different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway below.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Spencer Davis

The Dawsonville, Georgia driver has been a fixture at New Smyrna for the World Series for several years. He last ran a full week in 2017 and finished second overall. Davis will be the one to beat.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

The best Super Late Model driver in the country gets David Roger’s car for Speedweeks. There is no reason Pollard doesn’t dominate at New Smyrna Speedway.


Blaise Dillner, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Spencer Davis

I think Spencer Davis will put together a consistent week, possibly score a win and take home the championship.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Dan Fredrickson

A lot of IFs in this pick…


1) IF Dan Fredrickson runs the whole week, I’ll take him.


2) IF not, I’ll go with Derek Kraus.


3) IF DK doesn’t go the whole week, I’ll go with Brad May. IF he doesn’t, I give up.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Derek Griffith

Hailing from the Northeast, Griffith will likely be overlooked entering the seven nights of racing. He’s improved with each trip he’s made to New Smyrna and should be at the top of his game with a new Fury chassis. Without names like Burton, Majeski and Nasse in attendance, I expect Griffith to steal a win or two and be in contention for the title.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Ryan Moore

The R.C. Moore team showed promise at the World Series in 2018, returning to victory lane. A dominant win last month at the Red Eye has shown that they are to be considered among the favorites.


Dakota Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)

Pick: Sam Mayer

Mayer turned heads at last year’s World Series, nearly winning the Super Late Model championship. This year, he one-ups his performance from 2018 and takes the SLM title.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Sam Mayer

This young gun has a lot of talent and was strong in his 2018 Speedweeks campaign. I look for Mayer to capture some victories this time around at New Smyrna and capture that 2019 Speedweeks championship.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Winning championships takes consistency. Pollard is a very smart racer and knows what it takes. Expect the Georgia native to claim the title for David Rogers.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Bubba isn’t typically a points racer, but the TM Ranch No. 11 team is. This experiment is also a way to get Rogers dialed into the new Senneker chassis.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Pollard’s resume is filled with some of the biggest race wins in the country. One thing missing from that impressive list is the Speedweeks championship at New Smyrna. Driving for legendary Florida racer David Rogers, I believe that Bubba will have all of the right tools to win in the Sunshine State and take the Speedweeks championship.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Carson Kvapil

He’s a young driver that has a great bloodline; pair that with one of the best Super Late Model teams in the country fresh off winning the Winter Showdown, Kvapil will be tough to beat. He will start off a little slow early in the week but will finish strong to take the championship.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Brad May

May is a veteran all over Central Florida, as is his car owner Bobby Sears. May has more laps around New Smyrna than anyone else on the entry list and is always a contender at the high-banked half-mile. Being the defending track champion with almost a half dozen wins in weekly competition doesn’t hurt either.


Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Gulf Coast Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

We have a Super Late Model superstar in a New Smyrna Speedway veteran’s equipment. You can’t go wrong.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Sam Mayer

Mayer has made a splash at Speedweeks before, and I expect the Wisconsin native to bring the heat to New Smyrna. This is not about winning, though winning helps. If he can avoid trouble all week, I expect he will be in the mix for the World Series SLM championship.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Ryan Moore

My pick for the 2019 Super Late Model champion will be Ryan Moore. After getting a big win during Speedweeks 2018 and having a great run during the Red Eye, he will be top of the heap at the conclusion of Speedweeks 2019.


Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor

Pick: Sam Mayer

The Wisconsin young gun shined last year in the World Series. This year, I expect he will pick up that elusive World Series race win he couldn’t snag last season, and the title to boot.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Picks: Who Will Win SLM Title at New Smyrna?