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 a huge event coming up this weekend at Bristol Motor 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 CARS Tour Late Model Stock race during the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Lee Pulliam who was named the favorite to win the race.  Overall, eight different drivers received votes from our panel of 21 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Late Model Stock race at Bristol Motor Speedway below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Josh Berry

Josh Berry is certainly one of the favorites and has the equipment he needs to smoothly bring his No. 88 to victory lane.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Announcer

Pick: Bobby McCarty

Bobby McCarty is my pick. I’ve never seen him race, however, his stats are great at the beginning of this season and I think it will continue at Bristol.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor

Pick: Bobby McCarty

Simply put, he’s been on fire as of late and I expect him to continue his success this weekend on the high banks of Bristol.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Josh Berry

This field has a ton of talent. And while my heart tells me Bradley McCaskill, I’m gonna go with maybe a lil safer pick in Josh Berry. Both can win, but I think the physical demands of Bristol on a race car and the preparation JR Motorsports will take to prepare for that give Berry the advantage.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Lee Pulliam

I’m not going outside of the box with this pick, but I believe it’s the smart pick. Pulliam knows how to get it done in big races and he was fast during last weekend’s test at Bristol.  Although he missed last year’s Short Track U.S. Nationals, Pulliam is not a stranger to the Last Great Colosseum; he competed in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at the track in 2014.


Casey LaJoie, Speed51.com Pit Reporter

Pick: Josh Berry

Berry was very fast last year but got hit with a string of bad luck all weekend. He’ll be looking for redemption this year and will be undoubtedly fast out of the gate.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Myatt Snider

One year ago I had Snider as my pick in this very race. Since he comes in as the defending winner, why change it? Since then Snider has only picked up more experience, especially in the NASCAR Trucks, and that can only help his cause.


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

Pick: Josh Berry

The defending CARS Late Model Stock Tour champion has been one of the top LMSC stars over the past few years and is always a threat wherever he goes. Look for him to bag another big win on Saturday night.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Myatt Snider

I will take Myatt Snider to go back to back at Thunder Valley. With the experience of winning the inaugural event, he should go into this race with a lot of confidence.


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Lee Pulliam

All he does is win. Pulliam is a favorite as soon as drives through the pit gate, regardless of where he goes.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Lee Pulliam

On the biggest stage for the Late Model Stocks the best driver to run the division over the last half century will rise up to shine. Pulliam will prove once again why he runs so well. If he doesn’t win, it will be like Martinsville where he is in the mix and around the top five all day.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Layne Riggs

Riggs was very fast at last year’s Short Track Nationals, competing for the win late in the going. With that in mind, he will be looking to rebound from last year’s misfortunes and take the victory.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com West Coast Editor

Pick: Ty Gibbs

The last name Gibbs and Bristol have always been a great combination. My pick is Ty Gibbs to get his first big win of his rising career by taking home the trophy sword in the Late Model Stock Cars for the Short Track U.S. Nationals.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Pulliam didn’t get a chance to run this race last year, but the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion will be hungry for a victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. With a victory already on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, look for Pulliam to park his No. 5 in victory lane this weekend.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Myatt Snider

He’s had some really good runs in the Truck Series, and returns to his roots this weekend in Late Model Stock Cars. I’ll pick Snider to win thanks to his experience from last year.


Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Personally, I think this is going to be the best race of the weekend and this was a difficult decision on who to pick. However, Lee Pulliam has been known to show up and stand out at big races like these and give the other competitors a run for their money. Therefore, Pulliam is going to be the one taking home a sword this year.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Sam Mayer

It may not have been in a Late Model Stock, but Mayer had a good Florida Speedweeks. He’s working with JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry and should be able to learn a few tricks of the trade. I think Mayer will breakthrough for his first win in a big way this weekend at Bristol.


Melissa Strahley, Speed51.com Gulf Coast Editor

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Though the four-time national champion is only driving his Late Model Stock part-time for the 2018 season, Lee Pulliam will be going full-throttle this weekend at Thunder Valley. A worst-from-first victory in March at Myrtle Beach is a pretty good indication that Pulliam will end up in Victory Lane.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Lee Pulliam

While Pulliam may not have the experience from last year’s race to fall back on, Pulliam just has a thing for winning big races. His No. 5 machine was extremely fast at the test last week, which had Pulliam both loose and confident. I think Pulliam will be celebrating that Late Model Stock victory.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Lee Pulliam

When you don’t know what you are talking about, just keep your mouth shut and pick the king of Late Model Stocks. Lee Pulliam for the win this weekend.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Lee Pulliam

Lee Pulliam is the new guy in the CARS Tour but he comes to Bristol with the fire to win another “Big Race” in the No. 5 car.


Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor

Pick: Deac McCaskill

A late entry for this weekend’s Late Model Stock feature, Deac McCaskill was fast all weekend at last year’s Short Track U.S. Nationals before retiring less than 30 laps into the main event. He also finished second in a UARA race at Bristol in 2005, an example of the veteran’s experience which should give him a leg up on the competition.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Speed51.com Staff Picks for Late Model Stocks at Bristol