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These Are the Top Young Short Track Racing Drivers in America

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The history of motorsports is rich with iconic figures who pushed the boundaries of speed, skill, and determination. These trailblazers not only dominated the racetracks but also captured the hearts of fans worldwide

Let’s explore the exciting world of motorsports and discover the next generation of racing superstars. A distinguished panel of FloRacing industry experts, drawing from both the dirt and pavement racing realms, has meticulously curated a list of the top 20 young prospects under the age of 20. These talented drivers are poised to make waves and redefine the future of racing. Without further ado, here are the rising stars:

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1) Corey Day (Sprint Cars Racing)

Corey Day, at just 18 years old, has already made a significant impact in the world of sprint car racing. Hailing from Clovis, CA, Day’s achievements speak volumes about his talent and determination. In 2023, he clinched the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series championship, winning an impressive nine races along the way. Notably, he secured his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win at the prestigious Gold Cup Race of Champions. Day’s prowess on the track and his upcoming full-time participation on the High Limit Racing national tour with Jason Meyers Racing in 2024 position him as a rising star to watch.


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2) Sammy Smith (NASCAR Xfinity Series)

American professional stock car racing driver who has already left an indelible mark on the racing scene despite his tender age of 19. In 2021 and 2022, Smith achieved back-to-back ARCA Menards Series East championships, showcasing his prowess on both dirt and pavement tracks. His victories in the Florida Governor’s Cup and the prestigious Winchester 400 further solidified his reputation as a rising star. But it was in the NASCAR Xfinity Series that he truly made history.

Sammy Smith became the youngest Xfinity Series winner ever, claiming victory in the spring race. His dominant performance behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports left fans in awe. Notably, he held off seasoned drivers like Kyle Busch and Ryan Truex to secure his first Xfinity Series triumph.

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3) Jesse Love (NASCAR Xfinity Series)

The 2024 season marks a pivotal moment for Love as he steps into the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing, Love has wasted no time making an impact.

Notably, he secured his first top-five finish at Phoenix Raceway, finishing as the runner-up in the Ag-Pro 300.

4) Emerson Axsom (Sprint Cars / Midgets)

In 2022, Emerson made waves by earning the title of USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year. He finished an impressive fifth in points, a remarkable feat for a newcomer. A true standout, he became the first teenager in seven years to secure a USAC Sprint Car win.

Notably, his debut in the USAC Silver Crown series at Terre Haute Track saw him charge from 26th to finish an astonishing fifth. At just 17 years old, he shattered records, surpassing the previous achievement held by Aaron Fike.

5) William Sawalich (Pavement Late Models / ARCA)

Sawalich’s racing journey began at the tender age of nine, competing in various midget races, including Sr. Animal’s and World Formula. From 2017 to 2019, he dominated the scene, winning several track championships at Little Elko Speedway.

In 2020, he transitioned to legends cars, where he continued to shine. Notably, he secured the INEX Young Lions State Championship in Minnesota.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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