As we continue our countdown to the 2020 Speed51 Short Track Draft, we take a look at the Top 10 prospects that hail from the Western United States. This group of racers covers a wide spectrum of motorsports, from dirt to asphalt, open wheels to Late Models.
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 West coast prospects for this year’s Short Track Draft.
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.
#1) Hailie Deegan (ARCA) – Deegan was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, and is one of the favorites to be the number one overall pick this year. 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) Logan Seavey (USAC) – The 2018 USAC National Midget champion scored 19 wins one year ago between Midgets and Winged/Non-Winged Sprint Cars, with 12 of them coming in the POWRi National Midget League. Last year’s number five overall pick is making the move to the USAC National Sprint Car series full-time with Reinbold/Underwood, the team CJ Leary took to the series title in 2019.
#3) Giovanni Scelzi (Sprint Cars/Stock Cars) – Scelzi scored wins in both the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions one year ago, while adding his first-career USAC National Midget win at Placerville Speedway in November. He makes the jump to asphalt this year with Bill McAnally Racing in the ARCA Menards Series West, already having scored Late Model wins at Irwindale Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway.
#4) Jeremy Doss (Asphalt LM) – After winning the 2018 SRL Southwest Tour championship, Doss went racing and scored wins in a variety of divisions across the Golden State, one of them being an SRL win at All-American Speedway. He was crowned the 2019 Kulwicki Driver Development Program champion in what was the closest battle in KDDP history.
#5) Jesse Love IV (Stock Cars/Sprint Cars/Midgets) – The two-time Madera Speedway Junior Late Model champion raced a little bit of everything in 2019, which included a full run at the SRL Southwest Tour title, Midget starts for Keith Kunz Motorsports, and select Sprint Car starts, with more dirt starts to come in 2020. Love scored a second-place finish in his ARCA West debut with Bill McAnally and won a Super Late Model feature during the World Series of Asphalt already in 2020.
#6) Carson Macedo (Sprint Cars) – Macedo was crowned the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year with four wins on the tour. He also saw success outside of the country, scoring multiple wins in both Midgets and Sprint Cars in Australia in the offseason, which included the Victorian Speedcar Title, Australian Speedcar Title, and Australian Speedcar Grand Prix.
#7) 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.
#8) Trevor Huddleston (Stock Cars) – Two years after nearly winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship, Huddleston had a breakout year in ARCA West with wins at Irwindale and Evergreen Speedway. He is one of the favorites to win the title this year with Bob Bruncatti and the Sunrise Ford team, having scored a top-five finish in the series opener at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
#9) Jesse Colwell (Midgets) – Colwell’s Keith Kunz Giveback Classic win in 2018 turned out to pay huge dividends in 2019. Colwell went on to claim the POWRi National Midget League champion while winning two races for Keith Kunz Motorsports. He has joined Flea Ruzic and Team Ripper for the 2020 Midget campaign, which started at the Chili Bowl back in January.
#10) Cole Moore (Asphalt LM) – Moore rode a wave of consistency during the 2019 SRL Southwest Tour season, winning the series title while finishing in the top five seven times in nine races. He ended the year by scoring a $10,000 payday at All-American Speedway and by making his first start in the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3