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, is embracing those personalities by announcing the winners of the following 51 Awards: Best Personality and Short Track Bad Boy.


Best Villain

(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


Scene-Stealing Performance

(Best Personality)


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

The 51’s: Best Personality & Short Track Bad Boy Winners