As we continue our analysis of the 2019 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes on Speed51, we take a look at the Top 10 Females in this year’s draft class.
This group of racers covers a wide spectrum of motorsports, from dirt to asphalt, open-wheels to Late Models … and for a couple of names on the list, they’re not even limited to just one of the above.
Keep in mind that not all racers are eligible for the Short Track Draft. Drivers must be under the age of 25 as of May 1, 2019. Additionally, if they lose their rookie status in any of NASCAR’s top-three series by the end of the 2019 season, or if a driver plans to compete in more than seven races in any of NASCAR's top-three touring series during the 2019 season, they are also ineligible for the Short Track Draft.
#1 – Hailie Deegan (Pick #4) – K&N Pro Series / ARCA
Deegan broke through with a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West wins, improving dramatically and quickly in her transition from off-road racing as a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Mod Karts champion. As such, Deegan is now the highest-ranked female in Short Track Draft history, besting Kenzie Ruston’s ranking of 11thin the 2012 Draft.
#2 – McKenna Haase (Pick #44) – Sprint Cars
Like Deegan, the first-ever female winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Haase holds a place in history as the first female winner of a Sprint Car feature at the historic Knoxville Raceway (IA). Haase has five wins at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.”
#3 – Brittney Zamora (Pick #50) – K&N West / Super Late Models
Zamora won back-to-back Northwest Super Late Model Series championships in 2017 and 2018, earning a full-time ride with Bill McAnally Racing for the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season. Zamora finished eighth at Irwindale Events Center (CA) in the second K&N West event of the season.
#4 – Karsyn Elledge (Pick #52) – Midgets / Outlaw Karts
After enjoying considerable success with the Outlaw Karts at Millbridge Speedway (NC), Elledge impressed a wider audience with a preliminary night heat race win at the Chili Bowl Nationals. She is now competing full-time on the USAC National Midget Series circuit for Tucker-Boat Motorsports.
#5 – Ahnna Parkhurst (Pick #86) – Dirt Late Models
Parkhurst has won a handful of Crate Late Model features in her young career after getting started in the Late Models at 14 years old. She is now spending time in both Crate and Super Late Models, and collecting strong finishes such as an eighth-place finish last weekend as th Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series visited Talladega Short Track for “NASCAR Weekend.”
#6 - Holly Shelton (Pick #95) – Midgets
Shelton had several strong runs in the national Midget scene over the past few years, including a pair of runner-up finishes with the POWRi National Midgets Series in 2018. However, she is currently without a ride in 2019.
#7 – Molly Helmuth (Pick #100) – Super Late Models
Helmuth finished fifth in CARS Super Late Model Tour points standings in 2018 after moving south from the Pacific Northwest. She was also voted the CARS Tour’s Most Popular Driver, but is still seeking that breakthrough on-track performance to catch the eye of the expert panel.
#8 – Brooke Storer (Missed the Cut) – Late Model Stock / Sportsman
Storer has enjoyed a ton of success in Florida’s Sportsman ranks, winning the Auburndale Speedway (FL) track championship in the division and picking up a 2018 win in the Wheel Man Racing Series. As a part of the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Class of 2019, Storer is also competing in Late Model Stock Cars this year, scoring a top-ten finish at Langley Speedway (VA) in April.
#9 – Jo Jo Wilkinson (Missed the Cut) – Pro Late Models
A winner at Huntsville Speedway (AL), Wilkinson has had some strong runs on the big stage such as a ninth-place finish in the 2018 Snowflake 100. Wilkinson suffered injuries in a vicious crash last weekendat Five Flags Speedway (FL) but is already setting ambitious timelines for her return to racing.
#10 – Kendra Adams (Missed the Cut) – Late Models
In 2017, Adams became the first female and the youngest driver to ever win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I Rookie of the Year honors for the province of Ontario.