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. With one of the biggest Super Late Model races on the west coast taking place this weekend at Tucson Speedway, we decided to challenge our staff once again.


This week we asked members of our Speed51.com team, “Who are you picking to win the Chilly Willy 150?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Gracin Raz (six votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, five different drivers received votes from our panel of 17 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Chilly Willy 150 below.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Brett Yackey

I’m going to go with a driver who has claimed top fives in two of the last three Chilly Willy events. Brett Yackey is a driver who has put himself in contention and could keep the new winner steak alive in this event.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent

Pick: Gracin Raz

Gracin is an extremely talented driver who seems to come out of the woodwork when there is big money on the line. Look for him to pull into victory lane this weekend in Tucson, Arizona.


Blaise Dillner, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Kody Vanderwal

With picking up a big win racing for the K&N West series last year at Tucson Speedway, Vanderwal will look to continue his good fortune at this race track.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Gracin Raz

Just to prove a point, I’m going with Gracin Raz. He picked on Speed51 during the Short Track Draft last year, so I wanna show him we are bigger people than he thought we were. Plus, he’s got a pretty cool name… very West Coast.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Kody Vanderwal

Some drivers are just hard to beat at certain race tracks. Kody Vanderwal at Tucson Speedway falls into that category. After sweeping the K&N West doubleheader at the track last year, I expect him to return to the track as a favorite to win the Chilly Willy 150.


Casey LaJoie, Speed51.com Pit Reporter

Pick: Gracin Raz

Raz has popped in and out of the short track racing scene over the last few years, but he’s normally a threat to win each time he enters the pit area.  He’s due for a big win and I believe it will come this weekend at Tucson.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Brandon Farrington

Quick bio for all the non-Southwest readers: Back in 2016, Farrington won the Tucson Pro Truck title as a rookie. In 2017, he became a Super Late Model rookie and also won the title. He then went back to back in 2018. One of the brightest stars currently at Tucson, if he can keep all four fenders on he’ll be a winner this Saturday.


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

Pick: Brandon Farrington

The defending Tuscon Speedway track champion has been close to winning the Chilly Willy in the past. This year, he finishes the job and takes the big win at his home track.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Brandon Farrington

Since I haven’t done my homework on west coast short track racing, I am going to count on my Northeast Correspondent Connor Sullivan to make the right pick. ConDog knows what he is talking about!


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Brett Yackey

He has made a name for himself as part of the Kulwicki Development deal. Look for him to solidify himself as a star in the making this weekend at the Chilly Willy 150.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Gracin Raz

The Oregon native finished second during a K&N West race at Tucson in 2015.  He has experience and the know-how to reach victory lane on Saturday.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Gracin Raz

Raz has been a popular driver over the last couple of years. I expect him to have a solid finish at Tucson.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Jason Jefferson

I’ll take a driver that most other people may not have on their radar. Jefferson has helped mentor many young drivers over the past few years as he stepped out of the driver’s seat. The Northwest driver has raced just a handful of times over the past four years but won a Yakima Speedway Fall Classic and had a second-place finish in his only Chilly Willy race in 2015 during that short span. He’s the “Superman” of the Northwest and will fly high to a Chilly Willy win this weekend.


Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Brett Yackey

After covering a lot of the Kulwicki events, I believe that Brett Yackey has a lot to prove, with a lot to back it up. I think he will do well and be there when It comes down to it. He has a lot of knowledge and determination, and I think he might have what it takes to take home the top spot this weekend.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Gracin Raz

He is hungry and looking for a strong start to his 2019 campaign amongst a large field of competitors. Plenty of opportunity to start the west coast’s season off on the right foot.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Brandon Farrington

I am siding with the Nutty Northeast Editor Connor “The Canadian” Sullivan. He did his homework and I am siding with his quality facts. So, my prediction for the 2019 Chilly Willy is Brandon Farrington will cross the start/finish line first.


Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor

Pick: Brett Yackey

“The Moose” is a legend in his home state of Colorado, but has fared well in his trips to the Chilly Willy. In four starts, Yackey has four top 10s, with a best finish of third. Perhaps this is the year Yackey moves atop the podium.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

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Speed51.com Picks: Who Will Win the Chilly Willy 150?