11. Scott Lynch (NASCAR WEST) – He may have slipped to the 11th pick in the draft, but he could have very easily gone in the top-10. Lynch was last year’s NASCAR West champion and because of the fact that he’s running with those boys, he is getting some good big track experience. The 24-year-old had a fumble in the first race of the year, but rebounded nicely in the second with a third-place finish.
guy on the field but Singletary’s keen sense for the game propelled him ahead of others. Kluever is of the same mold. He doesn’t have the big bucks of WalTom, Country Joe or SS Racing in ASA, but he’s competing bumper-to-bumper with them. And he’s doing it virtually on his own; and with the help of his own brother. David Stremme likes this 25-year-old kid and so do we.
16. Matt Carter (PRO CUP) – Peyton and Eli Manning are both damn good, but it didn’t hurt to have a famous dad, Archie, who is a former player in the sport they were entering. Matt Carter, the 22-year-old Carolinian, is cut from the same mold. His dad is Nextel Cup team owner Travis Carter. Carter, last year’s Late Model Stock champ from the Hickory Motor Speedway, is a rookie in Pro Cup this year and he’s looking pretty sporty already.
17. Tim Schendel (MWS) – His team is the Green Bay Packers and we all know that particular franchise has produced two of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time in Bart Starr and Brett Favre. Well, with think Schendel, if given the chance, could quarterback a team to a championship as well. The 24-year-old has been winning in
NASCAR’s Midwest Series the past couple of years, but he’s looking for be picked up by a good team in the upper echelons of NASCAR.
14. Erik Darnell (SES, MWS, WCS) – We’ve been waiting for Darnell to break out of his shell and guess what, it’s happening. Darnell, like Deon Sanders, plays on two different fields, well, sort of. Darnell is going for broke this year by running both NASCAR’s Midwest and Southeast Series’. He’s got two top-5s and three top-10s in the first three events he’s competed in this year. Add to that, he's got one win already in the Wisconsin Challenge Series. At 21, he’s a perfect candidate for a development program.
15. Brent Sherman (ARCA) – Here’s another guy who is pushing 30, but like Chris Weinke (Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State a couple years ago) proved, you can still be at the top of your game even though your older than most of the freshman in the draft class. Some might consider it a risky pick because of his age and the fact that he has not won in three years of ARCA competition, but we’re sticking with him.
12. JR Norris (SES) – Give him the ball and he will run with it. This 24-year-old has what it takes and he’s finally going to get a chance to prove it this year in Richie Wauters machine in NASCAR’s Southeast Series. He’s got two poles, a bunch of laps led and a third place finish in the first two races this year. Plus, JR was leading the historic Snowball Derby in December until somebody took him out. Mark our words, this kid is the real deal and he’ll score often.
13. Todd Kluever (ASA) – Here’s a guy who gets the more out of his stuff than most. He’s like Mike Singletary was with the Chicago Bears; he wasn’t the most talented
JR Norris' career is on the fast track now with a top-notch ride in the NASCAR Southeast Series.
18. Woody Howard (LMSC) – Another Woody, one by the last name of Hayes, would have liked this kid. You see, Woody Hayes coached Ohio Sate to six national football titles and he loved tough guys who were fast. That is Woody Howard to a tee. This 22-year-old is pounding the pavement in the Late Model Stock car world in the Southeast and he’s making name for himself.
19. Chuck Barnes Jr. (SSS) – Here’s another 22-year-old whom a famous NFL coach would have liked. You see, Chuck Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles, but he did so while relying on a cagey, young, blonde haired, tough guy named Terry Bradshaw. Chuck Barnes, who has been rocking the Sunoco Super Series lately, looks and plays like a young Bradshaw.
With success in three different series, Darnell is poised to be a hot shot in many more series in the future.
Matt Carter has made the top-20 in our draft, not only because of his famous father, but his power on the track.
20. Ben Rowe (PASS) – Growing up in New England, his favorite football team is obviously the Patriots. The problem for Rowe, he’s already older than current Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who by the way, already has two Super Bowl titles to his credit. At 28, Rowe does have two titles of his own, in the deep-northeast based PASS Series (Super LMs). He also won 8-races last year. At least give him a shot in the Busch Series race at Loudon (NH), then we can see what he’s really made of.