Editor’s Note: The Speed51 Short Track Draft ranks the top prospects in short track rankings in the eyes of more than 100 industry experts who take part in the voting process. The following Top 10 ranking includes the opinions of Speed51 Correspondent Koty Geyer, and in no way reflects potential voting results or the ultimate outcome in the 2020 Short Track Draft.
As we continue our countdown to the 2020 Speed51 Short Track Draft, we take a look at the Top 10 female prospects. This group of racers covers a wide spectrum of motorsports, with all regions of the country represented.
Keep in mind that not all racers are eligible for the Short Track Draft. Drivers must be under the age of 25 as of April 1, 2020. Additionally, if they lose their rookie status in any of NASCAR’s top-three series by the end of the 2020 season, or if a driver plans to compete in more than seven races in any of NASCAR's top-three touring series during the 2020 season, they are also ineligible for the Short Track Draft.
Here are the Top 10 female prospects for this year’s Short Track Draft.
#1) Hailie Deegan (ARCA) – Just like in the Western driver rankings, Deegan takes the top spot here as well. She won two ARCA Menards Series West races at the Las Vegas Dirt Track and Colorado National Speedway one year ago on her way to a third-place points result. She currently sits second in ARCA Menards Series points standings, with a runner-up finish at Daytona International Speedway.
#2) Brittney Zamora (Stock Cars, Asphalt LM) – Zamora made the transition to ARCA West last year for Bill McAnally Racing after winning two straight Northwest Super Late Model Series titles, earning six top-fives and finshing fifth in the final standings. She returns to the Super Late Model ranks in 2020, with at least one ARCA West start planned with Jefferson Racing at Irwindale.
#3) Ahnna Parkhurst (Dirt LM) – The Richard Childress Racing Development Driver scored two wins and over twenty top-fives one year ago racing across the Southeast. More Super Late Model starts are planned this year after competing in select races with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Southern All Stars Series to go along with her Crate LM schedule.
#4) Brooke Storer (Sportsman, Asphalt LM) – Storer was a participant in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program in 2019, while running with the Wheelman Sportsman Series and finishing in the top 10 in all but one of her starts in the series. She already has a win with the series in 2020 at Citrus County Speedway and currently leads the Wheelman Series points standings after two races.
#5) McKenna Haase (Sprint Cars) – Haase ran the full Knoxville Raceway 360 Sprint season once again in 2019, garnering an eighth-place result in the points. She traveled outside Iowa toward the end of the 2019 season, and also made her 410 debut in Australia over the winter. 2020 will see her run full-time at Knoxville once again while making other starts in both 360s and 410s.
#6) Harli White (Sprint Cars) – White won her first ASCS race in March 2019 at I-30 Speedway against some of the top 360 racers in America. She currently leads the ASCS National points standings over four-time defending series champion Sam Hafertepe, Jr with a third and a six in the first four races of the 2020 campaign.
#7) JoJo Wilkinson (Asphalt LM) - In just her second race back from injuries sustained in a frightening crash at Five Flags Speedway, Wilkinson won a Pro Late Model feature at Huntsville Speedway. She recently had her best performance to date with a ninth-place finish in the Alabama 200 last March at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
#8) Gracie Trotter (Stock Cars, Asphalt LM) – The North Carolina driver is part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program for the second year in a row, and will compete in Late Model Stock races throughout the year. Trotter scored a fourth-place finish in her ARCA West Debut at The Bullring at Las Vegas in her series debut with Bill McAnally. She is also the 2019 Winter Heat Series champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
#9) Karsyn Elledge (Midgets, Outlaw Karts) – Elledge ran the full USAC Midget slate for Tucker-Boat Motorsports one year ago, steadily improving as the season progressed. She made the A-Main on her Chili Bowl prelim night, advancing to the E-Main on championship Saturday with Dave Mac Motorsports.
#10) Kate Re (Mods/Asphalt LM) – The Maine driver has won three PASS Modified races in the last two years and finished fourth in last year’s points standings. One of the most promising female prospects to come out of New England in quite some time, she makes the jump to Super Late Models in 2020 to chase after the Oxford Plains Speedway championship.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3