As we continue our analysis of the 2020 Short Track Draft on Speed51, we take a look at the Top 10 Super Late Model drivers in this year’s draft class.
This group of racers covers drivers who either spent 2019 behind the wheel of a Super Late Model or will spend 2020 in one.
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.
#1) – Derek Griffith (Pick #3)
“D-Griff” shot up the draft boards in the months leading up to the draft due to his performance at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, winning the Super Late Model points title and finishing second in his ARCA Menards Series East debut. Due to that, he is now running the full ARCA East season for Chad Bryant Racing.
#2) – Stephen Nasse (Pick #4)
Nasse was another driver who soared in the Draft for 2020, coming off the strength of wins at the U.S. Short Track Nationals and the Winchester 400. Nasse has wins in both his Pro Late Model at CRA SpeedFest and his Super Late Model at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in 2020.
#3) – Corey Heim (Pick #8)
The Georgia driver picked up the biggest win of his career to date at CRA SpeedFest in January. While he was unable to win in ARCA one year ago, he had eight top-fives and finished outside the top-10 just once in 13 starts.
#4) – Jake Garcia (Pick #10)
Yet another young Georgia driver under the tutelage of Ricky Turner, Garcia finished second in his Snowball Derby debut last December as a 14-year-old. He won the Alabama 200 at Montgomery Motor Speedway back in March, his biggest win to date.
#5) – Giovanni Bromante (Pick #12)
Bromante set the Super Late Model world on fire early last season when his won in his first two career Super Late Model starts, coming in the Rattler 250 and the Blizzard Series Opener. While he went winless over the rest of 2019, he did earn a Blizzard Series championship.
#6) – Jeremy Doss (Pick #14)
After winning the SRL Southwest Tour championship in 2018, Doss ran just about everything there was to race in California last season. He did end the year back in a Super Late Model at the Snowball Derby, and has more starts planned when racing resumes in California.
#7) – Matt Craig (Pick #15)
Craig earned a championship for the fourth-straight season, this one coming with the CARS Super Late Model Tour. Already known as one of the top shoes in the Carolinas, Craig scored wins with both the Southern Super Series and in the Florida Governor’s Cup in 2019.
#8) – Sammy Smith (Pick #17)
The Iowa native made his presence known in the Pro Late Model world last season, starting the year with a World Series of Asphalt Pro Late Model championship and ending it with a third place run in the Snowflake 100. He makes the jump to Super Late Models in 2020 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
#9) – Jesse Love IV (Pick #19)
After running the full SRL Southwest Tour schedule in 2019, Love started 2020 with a win down at New Smyrna during the World Series. He joins Bill McAnally Racing full-time in the ARCA Menards Series West for 2020, where he already has a second-place finish in his debut in February.
#10) – Connor Okrzesik (Pick #20)
Okrzesik’s first Super Late Model win was a big one – he outdueled NASCAR champion Kyle Busch to win CRA SpeedFest in 2019. He added a Southern Super Series win at Crisp Motorsports Park in August, beating Super Late Model shoe Bubba Pollard for that one.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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