A panel of industry experts from all four corners of the country and Canada have voted on their choices for the eighth Short Track Power poll of 2016. Drivers in all forms of short track racing, including Late Models, NASCAR Touring Series, ARCA, Dirt Late Models and Modifieds, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and everything in between were eligible.
The rankings shown below were decided after polling our panel of experts in the industry. Rankings were based on overall number of votes, with more weight given to each vote the higher the vote. Example, a #1 vote would be more valuable than a #2, #3, etc.
Here are the results of the short track power rankings to this point in the 2016 racing season:
#1 – Ty Majeski – Super Late Models (July Rank: 6) – The No. 1 pick in the 2016 Speed51.com Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes continues piling up the wins in 2016. Majeski has won eight races since the last edition of the power rankings on Speed51.com to bring his 2016 total to 19. He most recently picked up ARCA Midwest Tour wins at Grundy County Speedway (IL) and Marshfield Motor Speedway (WI) while also winning the Blue Race at Wisconsin International Speedway. Majeski also scored a total of five Late Model wins at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI).
#2 – Todd Gilliland – K&N West (July Rank: 14) – Three races, three wins for Todd Gilliland since the last edition of the power rankings. Gilliland showed plenty of power by recording K&N Pro Series victories at Iowa Speedway, Evergreen Speedway (WA) and Stateline Speedway (ID). After a hot start to the season, Gilliland is back on top of the Stock Car world.
#3 – Lee Pulliam – Late Model Stock Cars (July Rank: NR) – The defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion has officially flipped the switch. Pulliam won an impressive six races during the month of July and continued his hot streak to kick off August. He now has 13 wins on the season and has cracked the top five in NWAAS points.
#4 – Josh Richards – WoO Late Models (July Rank: 16) – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series has become Josh Richards’ personal playground in 2016. Richards parked the No. 1 in Victory Lane eight times since the beginning of July and has opened up a large lead in the championship standings over Shane Clanton. He currently has 16 WoO wins to his credit this season.
#5 – Matt Sheppard – Big-Block Modifieds (July Rank: 2) – Sheppard continued his charge towards back-to-back Super DIRTcar Series championships during the month of July and the early part of August. His six SDS wins since the beginning of July is the most of any driver. “Super Matt” also recently recorded a Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series win at Fonda Speedway (NY) and sits atop the RoC point standings.
#6 – Casey Roderick – Pro/Super Late Models (July Rank: NR) – Roderick scored a total of three wins since the last version of the power rankings on 51. He prevailed in the Southern Super Series most recent battle at Five Flags Speedway (FL) while also winning Pro Late Model races at Mobile International Speedway (AL) and Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL).
#7 – Bobby Pierce – Dirt Late Models (July Rank: 1) – Pierce didn’t win a lot since sitting atop the last version of the power rankings, but when he did win he did so in a big way. The “Smooth Operator” picked up the biggest win of his career in the North/South 100 at Florence Speedway (KY) while also winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Macon Speedway (IL). A few more wins could have certainly helped Pierce’s stock in this month’s rankings.
#8 – Keith Rocco – Modifieds (July Rank: NR) – “Kid Roc” is involved in another tight battle for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title, and he’s doing all he can do to come out on top. Rocco scored wins at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) and New London-Waterford Speedbowl (CT) to bring his 2016 wins total to 11. He currently sits just three points out of the lead in the NWAAS Division I standings.
#9 – Jeremy Doss – Super Late Models (July Rank: NR) – Doss cashed in on one of the biggest wins of his career by winning the prestigious Montana 200 at Montana Raceway Park. He showed additional power by winning a Super Late Model race at Shasta Speedway (CA) and a Pacific Challenge Series race at Madera Speedway (CA).
#10 – Jimmy Blewett – Modifieds/Late Models (July Rank: NR) – It has been “Showtime” during the early stages of the month of August. Blewett put the Mystic Missile back in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory Lane at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) before going to his home track of Wall Stadium (NJ) and winning a Modified and Late Model race. He also recently won a Crate Modified race at Wall.
#11 – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (PASS North – July Rank: NR) – The Pole Racing team has figured out their Super Late Model program and proved it with PASS North wins at White Mountain (NH) and Oxford (ME) in July.
#12 – Jason Johnson – Sprint Cars (July Rank: NR) – The “Ragin’ Cajun” recently pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year thus far. Johnson, who had only won one previous race in 2016, held off Knoxville Nationals dominator Donny Schatz to win the prestigious Sprint Car race. It may only be one win, but there’s no denying the power needed to fend off Schatz at Knoxville.
#13 – Cody Coughlin – Late Models (July Rank: 3) – Coughlin continued his successful 2016 Late Model campaign by winning the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event at Anderson Speedway (IN). He also recorded a third-place finish at Spitzer Motor Speedway (OH) and a sixth-place run in the prestigious Kalamazoo Klash to maintain his lead atop the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series standings.
#14 – Stewart Friesen – Dirt Mods (July Rank: 5) – Mr. Freeze cooled off a bit since the last version of the power rankings but continues to win races. Friesen picked up the Super DIRTcar Series win at Ransomville Speedway (NY) while also winning a July Modified feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (NY).
#15 – Patrick Emerling – Modifieds (July Rank: 10) – Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series wins at Holland (NY) and Chemung (NY) keep Emerling in the top 15 for the second straight month.
#16 – Scott Bloomquist – Dirt Late Models (July Rank: 12) – Bloomquist added Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series wins at Tri-City (IL) and Florence (KY) since July’s version of the power rankings.
#17 – Matt Bowling – Late Model Stock Cars (July Rank: NR) – It’s time to recognize Matt Bowling as a true threat to win the NWAAS National Championship. As the season rolls on, Bowling continues to rack up the wins on the Southeast Late Model scene. His most recent wins came in a pair of Late Model Stock races at South Boston (VA).
#18 – Cole Butcher – Pro Stocks (July Rank: NR) – Pro Stock racing in the Maritime region of Canada has belonged to Butcher recently. He picked up two wins recently including the Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld in Nova Scotia.
#19 – Terry Senneker, Jr. – Outlaw Super Late Models (July Rank: NR) – He may not race often, but when he does he is sure to flex his muscles. Senneker returned behind the wheel of No. 37 and won the Kalamazoo Klash for the fifth time.
#20 – Cory Hedgecock – Dirt Late Models (July Rank: NR) – Hedgecock scored a pair of NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series wins, as well as wins at Crossville (TN) and Volunteer (TN) since July’s power rankings.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff