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They way they talk... you have got to travel the nation to get any sort of change at the drafts...

There is some talent in TSRS but they will not get anywere running the series if they want to go up...

 

 

 

12) James Buescher (Pro Cup / Camping World East / ARCA) – The 12th round draft pick in the NFL was Ryan Clady, who has shifted from right tackle to left tackle over the last few years. His versatility has put him solidly within the top 15 players in the draft.

Buescher like Clady, has spent his time jumping locations. This season he is splitting his time between the Pro Cup, ARCA and the Camping World East Series as well as a few tryouts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at age 18. He proved he can win on a big stage last year with his ARCA RE/MAX Series triumph in Lakeland, FL.

 

Strengths: Buescher has shown to be versatile and adaptive in the different seats, running towards the front in most races, especially in a heavy stock car which the NASCAR scouts love.

 

Weaknesses: Closing the deal at the end of a race seems to be his trouble. He is also a tough interview at times. As with others, these are not meant to be rude, but he could use a make-over.

 

 

28) Colt James (ASA Late Models) - Knowledge and talent are two things that Colt James has, which could prove to be a formidable force some day. He’s also got a very marketable, very rough-and-tough name. He’s a consistent threat for ASA Late Model wins, he just needs to do some more racing to keep his name out there. He’s 25, so it’s time to start racing a lot and winning as much as possible before it’s too late to catch that eye. Working at Yates Racing's engine shop isn't hurting, either.

 

35) Casey Smith (Super Late Models) – Casey Smith had one of the most successful seasons in all of Super Late Model racing in 2008. He won a bunch at Mobile International Speedway in their Miller Lite Series and was strong everywhere he went from Pensacola to Nashville. Smith’s main problem is that he’s been doing the same thing for a few years now at just 23. A couple trips outside the deep South would help his credibility.

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8. Ryan Lawler (PASS South / Super Late Models)

 

 

 

It took a judge's call to decide whether Lawler was even eligible for this year's Short Track Draft. The 2007 PASS South champion has been testing the waters in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Green Light Racing, but the deal was struck to give Lawler some seat time in a big-league ride, not to showcase his skills for the team, which needs sponsored drivers to fill their seats. Our judges ruled that this made him in fact eligible for the draft since he is still showcasing his skills in the hunt for a big league ride. He's just using a different avenue to do it.

 

 

 

Lawler is a Legends grad who has accomplished much in his two plus seasons of Super Late Model racing. Under the watchful eye of old school coach Robert Hamke, Lawler finished top-five in his first ever Super Late Model race in '06. Since then he has won races and a title in PASS South. He also won an ASA race last year. But his biggest prize of all was the 2007 Winchester 400 victory laurels. If you can win at Winchester, you can win anywhere, just ask Ryan Newman.

 

 

 

His secret seems to be to race against the best and keep his eyes, and mind, open wide enough to learn from them. Not a bad strategy at all.

 

 

 

Lawler looks like a surfer from California rather than the 21-year-old Texan that he is. He could be the next big thing from Texas since the Labonte brothers, and those Cup champs weren't too shabby either.

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What about Bradley Reithmier? Now that kid has some potential! He's done a great job in the Sprints and Craftsman Truck series mixing it up with the BIG BOYS! Not to take anything away from the guys mentioned above. Small town kid with talent and a great attitude. Makes me proud to live in Hutto Texas. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRADLEY!!

Koodos go out to Robert Richardson JR as well!

 

Michael Rothhammer

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