The 2015 Speed51 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes ballot was completed by nearly 100 short track insiders, including media members, team and driver development professionals, track and series promoters and officials, product and industry representatives, NASCAR National Series drivers, crew members and more. The voters could select as few as 10 and as many as 51 drivers on their ballot, ranked in order that they would choose the drivers to compete for their Driver Development team in the top levels of the sport. The drivers with the best average result made the list of the top-51 picks in the 2015 Short Track Draft.
Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Super/Pro Late Models, Legends
The debate over the number-one pick in the NFL Draft has surrounded a pair of quarterbacks, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta. One, Winston, has a history of run-ins with the law and questionable activities while on and off campus. The other, Mariota, has a squeaky-clean record and has equally impressive statistics. There’s no telling which one will be the best quarterback in the NFL, but Mariotta has proven to be a little more of a role model for young fans.
While there are no real un-wholesome “players” in the Short Track Draft, William Byron, like Mariotta, is a “take home to momma” type of young star.
The 17-year-old North Carolinian is a former Legends Car National Champion (2013) and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina Rookie of the Year (2014), who is competing full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season with powerhouse HScott Motorsports.
Byron picked up his first career K&N East win at the tough Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC) earlier this year and has run strong in several Pro and Super Late Model starts as well. All the while, he has impressed the faith-based Liberty University enough to back him in his racing efforts, putting his smiling, handsome face over on and off-campus marketing platforms.
The Short Track Draft panel believes in the wholesomeness of Byron, as well, voting him to an 8.9 average position. He picked up three first-place votes and was in the top 10 on 30 ballots.