CONCORD, NC (September 25, 2003) -- It's pretty hard to deny calling a guy that won 16 out of 18 races the top Short Track driver in the country, especially when that same driver was just named the NASCAR National Weekly Racing Series Champion.
CONCORD, NC (September 25, 2003) -- It's pretty hard to deny calling a guy that won 16 out of 18 races the top Short Track driver in the country, especially when that same driver was just named the NASCAR National Weekly Racing Series Champion. That is exactly what 51SportsRacing.com's panel of experts thought too, naming Mark McFarland the most powerful Short Track driver in the country by the slimmest of margins over some of the country's best touring Short Track drivers.
"I've been watching McFarland all year long and there's no denying that he's one of the hottest Short Track drivers in America right now," said 51SportsRacing.com editor Bob Dillner, who is also an on-air commentator for SPEED Channel. "McFarland is an up-and-comer who I expect to be in the NASCAR big-leagues soon. But, the three guys directly behind him in 51's Short Track Power Rankings will be there soon as well. Huffman, Fultz, and Yeley have been pretty awesome this year in their own right. We're just happy to be able to cover all of them here on 51SportsRacing.com."
Those drivers Dillner talks of are Hooter's Pro Cup driver Shane Huffman, NASCAR Southeast Series driver Jeff Fultz and USAC's JJ Yeley. The four drivers were separated by a mere 1.1 ratings point.
The monthly poll is based on individual rankings of a select panel of highly respected motorsports journalists and racing industry insiders selected by the 51SportsRacing.com staff. This month's list also includes drivers from ASA, Featherlite Modified Series, Hooters Pro Cup, NASCAR's Midwest, Winston West and Busch North Series, ARCA, Pro All Stars Series, World of Outlaws and other racing series across America.
"There are so many great Short Track racers across the country, but no one knows who is the hottest at any particular time," said 51SportsRacing.com writer Jeremy Troiano. "We've worked hard on coming up with a select group of journalists and insiders that know the Short Track Racing world and who can tell us who is the hottest Short Track driver in the country. Like we've said before, this isn't a comparison of who is leading the points, but who's hot and making noise."
Huffman was the Pro Cup Southern Division champion with five wins and started off the five-race championship series with a dominating flag-to-flag win at Winchester (IN) Speedway. Fultz wrapped up the Southeast Series season at Greenville-Pickens Speedway with a win, his sixth on the ten-race schedule. Yeley, who was number one in the rankings for the last two months, had recorded 22 National victories on both dirt and pavement and has wrapped up the Silver Crown Championship.