Super Late Models, NASCAR Elite & Weekly, Mods, PASS, WoO & More
1. Clay Rogers (Hooters Pro Cup Series) – Except for a hiccup in the second race of the Hooters Pro Cup season (at South Georgia Motorsports Park, where Clay went several laps down after being the fastest car on the track), Clay has been on fire. He won back-to-back Pro Cup races, at South Boston Speedway (Northern Division) and Peach State Speedway (Southern Division) and is your current point leader below the Mason Dixon line. He also has a second and a sixth place this year. And he dabbled in his Super Late Model recently, at the inaugural PASS South race at Hickory Motor Speedway, and walked away with a podium finish. Rating: 2.6
2. Mike Rowe (Pro All Stars Series) – The South wanted to rise, but the North conquered once again when three-time Oxford 250 champ Mike Rowe stole the checkers in Easter Bunny 150 Civil War between the best Super Late Model drivers of the north and south. Mike’s not getting any younger, but the 2006 Short Track Driver of the Year (voted on by fans at Speed51.com) is showin’ the young cats that they still have got a lot to learn. Rating: 4.5
3. Junior Miller (Whelen Southern Modified Tour) – Another guy who’s no spring chicken, but is still kickin’ the young kids to the curb in victory lane. He’s won two of the first three NASCAR
Southern Mod Tour races so far this year and has a top-five finish in the other. You can’t argue with his success, but he could be higher on the list if his competition was greater. Rating: 5
4. Mike Stefanik (Whelen Modified Tour) – Truly one of the greatest drivers to ever grace the wheel of a 600-horsepower Modified. And luckily for fans in the northeast this year, that’s all he is driving. The six-time champ started off his season with a win in the Icebreaker. If he wins the title this year, he will join only Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty as the only seven-time NASCAR champions in a single division. Rating: 6.3
Clay Rogers is more than excited to know he is number one in 51's Tower of Power.
5. Travis Kittleson (Super Late Models) – He kicked everybody’s ass in the Super Late Models during Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway. In fact, he was so good; he won the week-long title despite missing a race due to engine problems. He was also on the outside pole for the inaugural PASS Easter Bunny 150 at the Hickory Motor Speedway and led a good portion of the race until the oil pump stopped pumping. He’s the man to beat no matter where he goes. Super Late Model world take notice, this could be Travis Kittleson’s year. Rating: 7.5
6. Stephen Leicht (ARCA) – It may be his only appearance on the Tower of Power this year. And that’s
Travis Kittleson's #88 Super Late Model is always a threat to win.
only because he’ll be driving Busch for the rest of the season. Matt McCall was booted out of the Robert Yates Racing ARCA ride at Nashville Superspeedway in favor of Leicht. The youngster then went out and made RYR’s call look good by winning the race. Rating: 7.6
7. Charlie Bradberry (Super Late Models) – Has been in the hunt for victories in each race he’s entered this year and finally broke through last weekend in the Blizzard Series in Pensacola, Florida. Then, he followed that up with a dominating performance at Mobile that should have resulted in another victory, had he not had a flat tire. Bradberry, like Kittleson, knows time is running short in his attempt to make it to the “big time” and that could spell trouble for the Super Late Model world this year. Rating: 8
8. Eddie Hoffman (ASA LM & CRA Super Series) – He won the inaugural ASA Late Model Challenge event at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, TN and topped that off by finishing top-five in the CRA Super Series opener in the same weekend. By our account, Hoffman hasn’t finished outside the top-10 in any race he’s entered so far this year. In fact, he’s been top-five in five of his six races. Hoffman is a gritty veteran with plenty of pop when he’s got a good piece. Rating: 8.2
9. Fredrick Moore (Georgia Asphalt Series) – The GAS group is among the healthiest racing series in the country right now with 35-plus cars showing up to every race. And Frederick Moore has stepped up his game with a win and no finishes worse than seventh in the first few races. He’s out to a sizable lead and anybody that can do that in a series such as GAS shows some muscle in our book. Rating: 8.5
10. (tie) Andy Seuss (Tour-type Modifieds & True Value Mods) – Has gone from a little fish in a big pond to one of the hottest young rising stars in Modified racing after winning the Modified portion of “Florida Speedweeks” at New Smyrna Speedway. He’s planning on going after perennial tough guy Kirk Alexander on the True Value Modified Series this year in New England, where he picked up a runner-up finish to open the season. That, and he’s making plenty of starts in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour too. Rating: 8.6
Eddie Hoffman has already found Victory Lane this year in the ASA Late Models.
10. (tie) Eddie Mercer (Super Late Models) – He won the series opening race for the CRA Super Series against a stellar field at the Music City Motorplex. Plus he’s still gets some accolades for winning the biggest Super Late Model race of them all, the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway, in December. Now we’re told he’s gunning for a victory in the super-strong PASS South. Rating: 8.6
- Kirk Alexander (True Value Mod Series) – Still the man to beat in that type of Modifed racing in New England.
- Kyle Grissom (UARA Late Models) – Won the season-opener and is looking like his dad (Steve, former Busch Series champ) did early in his career.
- Brett Hearn (D.I.R.T Modifieds) – Nobody has ever been better behind the wheel of a dirt modified and he’s already started his winning ways once again this year.
- Jack Landis (Super Late Models & CRA Super Series) – Won CRA SS race at Anderson Speedway last week and is a consistent threat no matter where he shows up.
- Marc Davis (Late Model Stock Cars) – Is part of NASCAR’s “Drive for Diversity” program and won the season-opener at the Hickory Motor Speedway a few weeks back at just 15 years of age.
Eddie Mercer made out top-10 and he's looking for more as the season goes on.