After careful review of the results from the Speed 16 round, it has been determined that voter fraud altered the results of the Short Track Madness Tournament.
Based on our investigation into the voting, we have come to the conclusion that bots were purchased in order to determine the results of the voting. As a result, the results of the third round and the eight drivers moving on to the Epic 8 have changed.
During our investigation, votes were sorted by IP address and multiple cases of voter fraud were discovered.
"Since voting ended Monday night, our staff has spent a lot of time sorting the voting data to ensure a fair competition,” said Speed51 Content Manager Brandon Paul. “Unfortunately, we discovered multiple cases of voter fraud where particular IP addresses were voting up to 100 times for the same drivers. After sorting through the illegal votes and tabulating the official results, we are now able to announce the official winners of the Speed 16 round."
Following the review, the matchups for the Epic 8 are now set. In the Heartland Region, Super Late Model competitors Ty Majeski and Travis Braden will battle for a spot in the Fast 4.
The top two seeds move on in the West/Canada Region. Defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion Brad Sweet will face the SRL Spears Southwest Tour’s winningest driver, Derek Thorn.
In the North region, a pair of Big-Block Modified racers will do battle. Matt Sheppard will face off against Stewart Friesen to represent that community in the Fast 4.
The South region will match the third and fourth seed against one another, both with strong resumes. Super Late Model standout Bubba Pollard will go against defending and three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion Jonathan Davenport.
Voting will open for the Epic 8 on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET, and will continue until Thursday, April 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Only one vote is allowed per IP address per day during the voting process.
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.
Like the traditional NCAA basketball tournament, our staff has narrowed down a list of hundreds of short track racers to just 65 drivers who qualified for this year's tournament. Accomplishments throughout the 2019 racing season and success during the first three months of the new year were determined when selecting drivers for the bracket.
While the tournament will be crowning a champion, fans can also win by participating in “Short Track Madness.” Those who place their votes and share with their friends, using the widget at the top of the bracket page, will be entered to win one of five Speed51 yearly subscriptions.
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-Story by: Speed51 Staff