2020 Kulwicki Driver Development Program Semifinalists Revealed: Four New Englanders Made the List

CONCORD, N.C. – The seven drivers who will represent the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) for the 2020 racing season will come from a diverse group of 15 semifinalists that were announced on Monday morning’s edition of Speed51.com’s “The Bullring.” The drivers range in age from 15 to 23 years of age and represent nine different states and one Canadian province.

“The process to select our 2020 KDDP driver lineup has already required some extremely difficult choices by our advisory board members,” said KDDP executive director Tom Roberts. “There were more than 30 different drivers who received votes during the initial round of judging and the board did a fantastic job in narrowing it down to 15 semifinalists. They certainly face an incredible task in selecting just seven drivers out of this group to carry the KDDP colors and compete for the Kulwicki Cup this season.

“The desire to be a KDDP driver continues to grow in the short track racing world each year and I think this distinct group of semifinalists certainly reflects that,” Roberts said. “The quantity of applicants for our 2020 program was very impressive, but it was the quality of competitors who applied that was most striking to me. We had numerous track and series champions among those who didn’t make our semifinalist list this time around.

“Our board members did an absolutely incredible job in choosing these 15 semifinalists,” said Roberts. “I would have welcomed any of the applicants that the board considered into the group. While they were able to narrow it down to these 15 drivers, there were at least another 30 who would have been quality candidates for the seven finalist spots for our 2020 program.”

The 15 KDDP semifinalists for 2020 include, in alphabetical order: (Twitter & Highlights)

Wyatt Alexander, 20, Ellsworth, Maine – @WAlexander_96

Youngest ever champion of Wiscasset Speedway’s Boss Hogg 100

Danny Benedict, 23, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada – @Dannybenedict54

2019 KDDP Finalist, 2018 Provincial NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion

Jackson Boone, 19, Franklin, Tennessee – @jacksonboone7

2019 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Pro Late Model Champion

RJ Braun, 19, Wales, Wisconsin –

2019 Big 8 Rookie of the Year, 2019 Slinger Speedway SLM Rookie of the Year

Chad Butz, 20, Howard, Wisconsin – @ButzCbr8

Youngest Super Late Model winner in Norway Speedway (Michigan) history at the age of 15

Luke Fenhaus, 15, Wausau, Wisconsin – @luke_fenhaus

2019 KDDP Finalist, 2018 State Park Speedway SLM track champion, five feature victories

Marcel Gravel, 23, Wolcott, Vermont – @Gravel86Marcel

2017 Milk Bowl pole position winner & all time Thunder Road track record holder

Austin Herzog, 17, Clovis, California – @Austin11Herzog

2019 Nut Up Pro Late Model Champion at Madera Speedway

Garrett Huffines, 18, Selah, Washington – @GarrettHuffines

2019 Fall Classic winner (Yakima Speedway) & Pro Late Model track champion

Ryan Kuhn, 20, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts –

2018 Seekonk Speedway Late Model Champion

Reilly Lanphear, 20, Duxbury, Vermont – @reillylanphear

Going full time on American Canadian Tour after racing Late Models at Thunder Road

Jacob Nottestad, 18, Cambridge, Wisconsin – @Jnottestad97

2019 Late Model Track Champion at Slinger Speedway with 9 feature wins and 9 fast times

Kole Raz, 16, Lake Oswego, Oregon – @RazKole

2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Arizona State Champion

Riley Stenjem, 19, Stoughton, Wisconsin – @77stenjem77

Won 2 of 3 Late Model features at 2019 Jefferson Speedway Wisconsin State Championships

Brooke Storer, 21, Land O’ Lakes, Florida – @brookestorer9

2018 Auburndale Speedway Sportsman Champion, two Wheel Man Racing Series feature wins

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