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 Dirt Late Model racing’s most prestigious races being held Saturday at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, 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 48th Annual World 100?”


The answers we received varied, but when all the votes were tallied it was Scott Bloomquist (eight votes) who was named the favorite to win the big race.  Overall, 10 different drivers received votes from our panel of 18 experts.


Check out our full list of staff picks for the World 100 below.


Aaron Creed, Speed51.com National Correspondent 

Pick: Brandon Sheppard

Although Dirt Late Model racing is not really my area of expertise, I know that one of the very few who has consistently won as much if not more than Scott Bloomquist is Brandon Sheppard. Sheppard gets it done this time around in the Rocket1.


Adam Mackey, Speed51.com Correspondent

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

As long as that shoulder is feeling good, I think Bloomer is gonna be the man at Eldora this week. Even if he forgets to qualify or gets there late, he’s still the favorite.


Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com Florida State Editor

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

I don’t know much about dirt, but I do know stories of the legendary Bloomquist. I’m picking him to cross the finish line first at the Big E.


Bob Dillner, Speed51.com Executive Editor

Pick: Billy Moyer

I’m gonna say Billy Moyer one more time. Mr. Smooth could be the only one to clear up that Black Sunshine train and how fitting that would be to the Moyer camp. Billy and Scott Bloomquist have been rivals for years. He could be the only seven-time World 100 winner when all is said and done.


Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

I know it’s the easy pick, but I’m not sure how I can pick anyone else after the beatdown he put on the field during the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora earlier this year. He didn’t just win that race, he put a spanking on them. I like Bloomer’s chances of completing the crown jewel sweep at The Big E in 2018.


Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor

Pick: Jonathan Davenport

Sometimes you need to stick with the driver with the most momentum, and Superman has plenty of that heading into the World 100 this year. He’s won two of the last three and is cleaning everybody’s clocks in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points this year.


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

Pick: Bobby Pierce

The Smooth Operator hasn’t had the season he was hoping to have to this point but a big win can turn a season around just like that. Look for Pierce to win his second World 100 in three years and reestablish himself as one of the top Dirt Late Model drivers in the country.


Daryl Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Nick Hoffman

I am going to stick with my #51Draft #Team51MoJo drivers for this one as well. Nick Hoffman may not be a favorite and might be considered a dark horse to win the World 100, but these kind of races are just unpredictable. It’s races like this that can make a career soar to the top, and I’m hoping Hoffman can etch his name in the World 100 record book.


Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

He’s been on the podium 15 times with four wins. He already won the Dream this year, so it’s time for Scott to do the double in the World 100.


Evan Canfield, Speed51.com / MoJo Photos

Pick: Josh Richards

Josh Richards has accomplished just about everything in Dirt Late Model competition, but has never won the biggest race in the country. As hard as it is to pick a winner for the World 100, I think that Josh Richards will finally raise the big check at Eldora.


Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

Scott Bloomquist will continue to grow his legend status with a World 100 win. Bloomquist is one of the best in the business and a four-time World 100 winner, so it’s hard not to choose the bad boy to win another race at Eldora Speedway.


Kevin Peters, Speed51.com Southwest Editor

Pick: Jonathan Davenport

The winner of two of the last three World 100’s has continued his success into the 2018 season with nine wins in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, which leads the league. He has also won in seven other series this season and will ring up win number five in the World 100 at Tony Stewarts’ Eldora Speedway.


Madison Mabry, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Chris Madden

There has been an abundance of winners and solid contenders going into the World 100 weekend, but Chris Madden is long overdue for a World 100 win. He’s leading the World of Outlaws points over Mike Marlar by a small margin, so a big win would do wonders for Smokey.


Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

He seems like the Bubba Pollard of Dirt Late Model Racing (or vice versa), so I’m going to have to take him to win the World 100.


Mark Keeler, Speed51.com Operations Manager

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

Since I’m known as the “dirt hater” here on Speed51.com, put me down for Bloomquist. He’s one of the only names in the Dirt Late Model world that I recognize consistently.


Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor

Pick: Earl Pearson, Jr.

EPJ just picked up one big win just a couple of weeks ago in the inaugural Dirt Million at a different Ohio track. I think the 2006 winner of the World 100 gets his name on the big check a second time at The House that Earl (a different Earl) Built.


Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent

Pick: Dale McDowell

Back in June, Dale McDowell was second at the Dream at the Big E. After finishing in the top five three of the last four years at the World 100, MacDaddy will take home his second win in the event and laugh all the way to bank down in Chickamunga.


Tom Ryan, Speed51.com Digital Manager

Pick: Scott Bloomquist

My pick for the 48th running of the World 100 is one of the toughest dirt late model drivers to beat when it comes to big money races. Scott Bloomquist will climb out of Black Sunshine the victor after he passes over the scales with a green light this year.


-Text by Speed51.com Staff

-Photo credit: Heath Lawson

Speed51.com Staff Picks: Who Will Win Eldora’s World 100?