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 Pro Late Model races ever being held Sunday at Jukasa Motor Speedway (ONT), 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 inaugural Canadian Short Track Nationals?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Bubba Pollard (11 votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, eight different drivers received votes from our panel of 20 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the Canadian Short Track Nationals below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Bubba Pollard

He is fresh off a win in his first Oxford 250 start, so why not keep the trend going north of the border?  Jukasa should be a facility that will work to Bubba’s liking with fast speeds and plenty of room to race.  The Canadian contingent such as two-time APC Jukasa winner Jason Hathaway, Cayden Lapcevich, J.R. Fitzpatrick, and the Maritime’s Cole Butcher will be tough, but I have a feeling we’re going to see Bubba bring the cash back to the States.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Brian Campbell

Everyone likes Bubba Pollard for this event and who can blame them. Then again, when it comes to pretty big races, another name that pops up a lot is Brian Campbell and for good reason. Campbell is my pick to take the big check.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor

Pick: Raphael Lessard

Easy pick here. Lessard shown a lot of talent and skill this season while winning the Redbud 400 and U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol. This weekend he’ll playing on his home turf with some of the best equipment in the business with KBR Racing.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Cayden Lapcevich

Everyone’s on the Bubba train, and while there are so many who could win this one, I’m gonna stick with a Canadian. Lapcevich has been one of the more successful drivers in Canada during the last few years. And while everyone is paying attention to the others, I say Lapcevich slips through the field and takes this one.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Brian Campbell

One driver has taken on Bubba Pollard head-to-head and come out on top during the 2018 season. That driver was Brian Campbell during the $20,000 Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway. While the cars and the track may be different this time around, I like Campbell’s odds to once again come out on top in a battle of the Senneker chassis.


Casey LaJoie, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Bubba Pollard. The Pro Late Model he has currently hasn’t lost a race since it was built. It’s won the Snowflake 100, Baby Rattler 125, Master of the Pros, and the list goes on. I don’t see that undefeated record changing this weekend at Jukasa.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Brian Campbell

2018 has been a stellar year for the Michigan driver, winning three of the four Pro Late Model races he’s entered on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. He also has a big race win on the SLM side at Berlin Raceway in the Money in the Bank 150. Campbell has momentum and is one of the few Americans who has driven Jukasa when it was known as Cayuga Speedway back in the day.


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

Pick: Bubba Pollard

At this point, I can’t go with anyone other than Pollard. Coming off the best performance in his career at the Oxford 250 last weekend, he goes to a track similar to what he races in the deep south in a car he has yet to lose in. Look for him to add another big win to his storied career.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Brian Campbell

Since Bubba Pollard is going to be the staff favorite to win the $50,000 at Jukasa, I am willing to go against the odds and take Brian Campbell to score the victory. Campbell has an impressive winning percentage so far in 2018, so why not add this big payday to the list?


Duane Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Raphael Lessard

It would be to easy to pick Bubba Pollard. Lessard will have a “home field” advantage with the race being on Canadian soil. The youngster shows lots of speed everywhere he goes and he’ll need every bit of it Sunday.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Coming off his Oxford 250 win last Sunday, Pollard is going to drop the mic at Jukasa.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Carson Hocevar

Carson Hocevar has been one of the fastest Late Model drivers in the country as of late. He will definitely contend for what would likely be the biggest win of his career.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

It will most likely be the popular pick, but how can you not go with Bubba Pollard? During this generation of racing, it seems like if the big money is on the line that Bubba Pollard is going to find a way to win it. Bubba Pollard’s trailer is going to be really heavy coming back across the border with 50,000 loonies on board.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

With two of the hottest Late Model drivers in the country entered, I can see Bubba Pollard or Brian Campbell bringing home the $50,000. As much as I would like to go away from the heavy favorite, I’m going to have to take Mr. Pollard, who has rewarded me each time I’ve picked him to win.


Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

How could you pick anybody else besides Bubba Pollard when it comes to a Pro Late Model race? He’s proved to be dominant in Pro Late Models in the States and is sure to do the same in Canada. Bubba Pollard will be the one to bring the cheque (thanks, Kendra Adams) back home.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Tyler Roahrig

“Kid Rocket” is fast in every car he gets in, and this will be a great opportunity for him to show his talent outside of the Outlaw Late Model scene. I expect Tyler Roahrig to learn excel at Jukasa and take home the Canadian cash this weekend.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Although this will be new competition for him, I can’t pick anyone to beat him in that Pro car when nobody has yet, dating back to it’s first race at New Smyrna in November of 2017. Even if he has to resort to his “backup” car, that car is fresh off the Oxford 250 win. I look for Pollard to bring the $38,382.41 winner’s check in USD back home to Georgia.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Bubba Pollard

When it comes to Pro Late Model racing, there’s no topping Bubba Pollard. Plus, I’m just not betting against this guy anymore. I didn’t think he could go to Oxford and win his first try, but he did. What reason is there to think he can’t go to Jukasa and win there in his first attempt? Especially in a Pro Late Model that is still undefeated.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Bubba is in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches of his career, and that is saying something for a guy that won 18 races just a few seasons back. Pollard’s Pro Late Model car is nearing the one-year undefeated mark, and it will be no different north of the border. He has already established himself as the top Late Model driver in the United States. After this weekend, he will be the tops in North America.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Bubba Pollard

Pollard’s current No. 26 Pro Late Model has never been defeated in North America, and even though it’s going to be driving north of the border it will win again. Poutine for everyone.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

-Photo credit: Speed51.com / John A. Miller

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