A panel of industry experts from all four corners of the country and Canada have voted on their choices for the fifth 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 – Bobby Pierce (Dirt Late Models) – The Hell Tour has been Bobby Pierce’s playground thus far in 2016. The Dirt Late Model racer from Oakwood, Illinois has racked up 10 wins at 10 different tracks dating back to June 16. It would be tough to find a racer anywhere in North America that has as many wins in such a short amount of time as Pierce.
#2 – Matt Sheppard (Dirt Modifieds) – With a new team in place, “Super Matt” has been hitting his stride as of late. Sheppard picked up nine wins since the beginning of June including three Super DIRTcar Series wins, a Short Track Super Series win, a victory at Brewerton (NY), two wins at Cananadaigua (NY) and two wins at Utica-Rome (NY). He also currently leads the Super DIRTcar Series standings.
#3 – Cody Coughlin (CRA/JEGS Tour) – Coughlin continued his strong runs in Late Model action during the month of June by not finishing any worse than fourth in any of the races he competed in. Coughlin scored a JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win at Salem Speedway and continues to lead both the JEGS Tour and ARCA/CRA Super Series point standings. He’s looking to become the first driver to ever win both championships during the same season.
#4 – Cole Anderson (Southern Super Series) – Anderson shot out of a cannon at the start of the 2016 season, but then he and the Anthony Campi Racing team struggled during the early summer months. Now as the summer months heat up, Anderson is heating up too. Anderson recently won back-to-back Southern Super Series races at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) and South Alabama Speedway proving that he’s once again hitting his stride.
#5 – Stewart Friesen (Dirt Modifieds) – Friesen has been on a tear recently in his No. 44 Big-Block Modified. Most recently Friesen won three races at three different race tracks in three nights. He has picked up three Super DIRTcar Series wins since June 26 and is in contention for the championship.
#6 – Ty Majeski (Super Late Models) – Ty Majeski slipped four spots in this edition of the power rankings, not because of poor performance but simply because he didn’t race as much this past month. Majeski recorded a big ARCA Midwest Tour win at Gateway Motorsports Park (IL) and finished fourth in his ARCA debut at Madison (WI).
#7 – Chase Briscoe (ARCA) – Briscoe has been on a tear in the ARCA Racing Series as of late. The current series points leader is coming off of back-to-back wins at Winchester Speedway (IN) and Iowa Speedway. He now has seven top-five finishes in 11 starts this season.
#8 – Bryan Clauson (Midgets/Sprints) – Clauson’s Circular Insanity Tour continues through the summer months, and Clauson isn’t slowing down. He has scored a total of 10 wins since the beginning of June including eight 410 Non-Winged Sprint wins, a 360 Winged Sprint win and a USAC Midget victory.
#9 – Tyler Roahrig (Outlaw Super Late Models) – Roahrig picked up three big Outlaw Super Late Model wins during the month of June. He kicked off the month by winning the inaugural Gary Terry Memorial 125 at Kalamzoo Speedway (MI) and followed that up by winning the Stan Perry Memorial and the Jim Blount Memorial at New Paris Speedway (IN).
#10 – Patrick Emerling (Race of Champions Modifieds) – Emerling continued his impressive season on the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series by winning the Ol’ Boy Cup 60 at Lancaster National Speedway (NY) and a recent RoC race at Holland Int’l Speedway (NY).
#11 – Noah Gragson (K&N Pro Series) – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winner at Stafford and two runner-up finishes in K&N Pro Series West action at Sonoma (CA) and Stateline (ID).
#12 – Scott Bloomquist (Lucas Oil LM Dirt Series) – Bloomquist has been the hottest driver on the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series as of late, winning four races since the start of June.
#13 – Ted Christopher (Modifieds) – After a rough start to his season, “TC” has turned things around as of late at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT). He swept the Valenti Modified Racing Series and SK Modified features on one occasion in June before recently winning the SK 5K.
#14 – Todd Gilliland (K&N West) – Gilliland started the season red hot but cooled off during the month of May before picking up his third K&N West win of the year at Stateline Speedway (ID) this past weekend.
#15 – Doug Coby (Modifieds) – Coby’s dominance extended beyond the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this past month when he won the $10,000 Tri-Track Open Modified Series show at Seekonk Speedway (MA). He all swept all three NWMT poles in June and picked up a win at Stafford.
#16 – Josh Richards (WoO Late Models) – “Rocket Man” continued his impressive season by scoring four World of Outlaws Late Model Series wins since the beginning of June. He now had 10 wins on the year and a comfortable lead atop the point standings.
#17 – Justin Haley (K&N East) – Haley continues to turn heads on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit. He picked up a victory at Columbus Motor Speedway (OH) in June and continues to lead the point standings.
#18 – Jon McKennedy (Modified Racing Series) – McKennedy picked up two Valenti Modified Racing Series wins during the month of June. His first came at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) and his second came at Monadnock Speedway (NH) following an impressive last-lap pass. He also finished third after serving two penalties at Claremont Speedway (NH).
#19 – Chris Eggleston (K&N West) – Eggleston flexed his muscles during the month of June by winning a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races, one in his first visit to Orange Show (CA) and the second at his home track of Colorado National Speedway.
#20 – Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (ACT/PASS) – “The Punisher” enjoyed a consistent and successful month of June. Helliwell picked up a win and a guaranteed starting spot in the Oxford 250 by winning the Pro All Stars Series Non-Winner’s race at Oxford Plains (ME). He also recorded a finish of second in American-Canadian Tour action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway (VT) and a fifth-place finish at Speedway 51 (NH).