VA Late Model Racer Wins Short Track Madness ‘Play-In Race’

Late Model Stock competitor Mike Looney was the victor of the play-in game for the Short Track Madness tournament over Dirt Late Model standout Brandon Overton, earning the 16th seed in the South region for Friday’s first round of the March Madness-style tournament.


The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner and 2019 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national points runner-up scored 56% of the vote.  The polls were conducted on Facebook, Twitter, and


Looney will now be pitted against No.1 seed ‘Smokey’ Chris Madden in the first round of the Short Track Madness.  Voting will begin Friday at 5:00pm ET, and will continue through the weekend until Monday night at 11:59 p.m. ET when the Round of 32 will be determined.


The second round of action will begin Tuesday, March 24 at 5 p.m. with drivers battling to make the “Speed 16.” Voting for the second round will end Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


The Speed 16 will then get underway on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. ET, with voting continuing until Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET.


On Tuesday, March 31 the tournament will become epic with eight drivers qualifying for the “Epic 8.”  Fans will have until Thursday, April 2 to cast their votes for the “Fast 4.”


The “Fast 4” round will see the best driver from each region battle for the top spot beginning Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. ET.  Voting will continue until Monday, April 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and the championship matchup will be revealed on Tuesday, April 7.


Voting to crown the overall “Short Track Champion” of the 2019-2020 season will begin at 5 p.m. ET on April 7 and end on Thursday, April 9 on 5 p.m.  The winner of the tournament will be announced on Speed51 shortly after.


The voting process will mostly be held on, with some additional rounds also being contested on our social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter.


Race fans will be able to get their first look at the ballot Friday night at 5 p.m. ET when voting begins.


-Story by: Speed51 Staff

VA Late Model Racer Wins Short Track Madness ‘Play-In Race’