One thing that has always been very important in short track racing has been personality. Some drivers just have that laugh or that smile that makes everybody like them. Other drivers can’t help but wear the black hat. Some drivers embrace the boos.
Today, Speed51.com is embracing those personalities by announcing the winners of the following 51 Awards: Best Personality and Short Track Bad Boy.
(Short Track Bad Boy)
No driver embraces the bad boy role more than this Tennessee native. His nickname is “Black Sunshine.” His famous No. 0 features a skull and crossbones on his dirt late model. Fans all over the country either love him or love to hate him. But everybody knows who he is. If you haven’t figured it out by now, his name is Scott Bloomquist and he is this year’s short track Bad Boy of the year.
Finishing second in the voting is a name many people might not be familiar with. George Skora, a regular with the Race of Champions (Roc) Asphalt Modified Tour in Upstate New York and Pennsylvania, took home the runner-up position. Connecticut Modified driver Keith Rocco finished third in the voting with the “Slammin’” Sammy Swindell fourth and Super Late Model driver Matt Craig completing the top five.
This is the third year in a row and the fourth time in his career that Scott Bloomquist has been given the title of Short Track Bad Boy in the 51 Awards.
Former Short Track Bad Boy Award Winners
2016 – Scott Bloomquist
2015 – Scott Bloomquist
2014 – Anthony Anders
2013 – Keith Rocco
2012 – Ted Christopher
2011 – Eddie Hoffman
2010 – Kyle Busch
2009 – Kyle Busch
2008 – No Vote
2007 – Kyle Busch
2006 – No Vote
2005 – Ted Christopher
2004 – Scott Bloomquist
Everybody loves heading to the race track and meeting their heroes at the autograph session or in the pit area. It’s even better when your heroes are fun people. Whether they’re nice or quirky or just enjoyable to be around, there are many race car drivers with terrific personalities.
According to race fans, no driver embodied that likable spirit more than New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith.
Griffith is a hard-working kid who races hard, but also knows how to make any fan’s day. When he’s at the race track, he can often be spotted talking to fans young and old with a big smile on his face.
In fact, his biggest fan might be the grandfather of our editor, Brandon Paul. Griffith regularly takes time out of his day to correspond via Facebook Messenger with Paul’s grandfather and through his kindness has earned himself a lifelong fan.
Griffith’s likeability can also be noticed by attending a PASS North event, where you will likely see more Derek Griffith t-shirts in the grandstands than any other driver’s t-shirts.
Finishing second in the voting this year is T-Mac, Tim McCreadie, of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Canadian driver Raphael Lessard finished third, followed by Harrison Burton and Andy Seuss.
Former Best Personality Award Winners
2016 – Andy Jankowiak
2015 – Rico Abreu
2014 – Derek Thorn
2013 – Ryan Preece
2012 – Chase Elliott
2011 – Daniel Hemric
2010 – Jeff Fultz
2009 – Brian Campbell
2008 – No Vote
2007 – Gary St. Amant
2006 – No Vote
2005 – Gary St. Amant
2004 – Butch Miller
-Featured Photo Credit: Chris Dolack