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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Although Louisiana's Cade Dillard went sport mod racing this past weekend, his early season performances keep him at number one for a fourth-consecutive week and seventh week overall on this week's USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. Like the rest of the USMTS contingent, Dillard will swing back to USMTS action in just a couple of weeks. Until then, several "weekly" racers made their moves or debut on this week's rankings, have a look at who made the grade this week!
 
 
With the USMTS drivers on hiatus until the tour resumes in a couple weeks, there is little movement in the upper echelon as Ryan Gustin holds down the number two ranking again this week. Lucas Schott returns to the top three this week as Ricky Thornton, Jr., and Jason Hughes round out the top five.
 
 
Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, and Rodney Sanders sit in positions six through nine while Travis Saurer rockets up the rankings after recording a pair of NASCAR-sanctioned wins at Cedar Lake, this marks his highest placement on the rankings since the incredible run he put together earlier this season in USMTS action.
 
 
As more and more weekly race venues open their gates the Friday/Saturday night drivers will start making their presence known throughout the top 20 as many of those drivers are lurking just outside of the 20 ranked drivers on this week's rankings.
 
 
Falling out of the top 20 this week were Philip Houston, Josh Angst, Jesse Sobbing, and Fito Gallardo while Mitchell Clement makes his first-ever appearance inside the top 20 after recording a huge TOMS East Modified win over the weekend in Texas. Jackie Dalton found his way back to the podium with a win at Springfield Raceway and re-enters just ahead Clement at number 16. Darron Fuqua and Jeff Cutshaw were also victorious over the weekend at I-35 Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway respectively and also find their way back into the top 20.
 
 
All total, our voting staff recognized a whopping 42 drivers on their submissions this week, making this week one of the highest ever as far as different drivers earning votes. Drivers just outside the top 20 this week include the likes of Philip Houston, Bobby Ruffin, Josh Angst, Fito Gallardo, Chad Howell, Kerry Davis, Jack Sartain, Triston Dycus, Dennis Elliott, Kenny Gaddis, Charlie Smith, Bobby Pearish, RC Whitwell, Jesse Sobbing, Robbie Reed, David Winslett, Colby Smith, Zane DeVilbiss, Cory Crapser, Logan Robertson, and Wesley Veal.
 
 
 
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will return again next week with an all-new top 20. More and more tracks are opening and next week's rankings will weigh heavily on the outcome of those events.
 
 
While you're waiting, be sure to have a look at our extensive library of on-demand video and race highlights from Modified and Late Model racing around the U.S. This weekend we'll be on hand with breaking news and results from Lucas Oil Speedway as the MLRA season begins in Wheatland. If you've missed any results lately, you can check out our weekly Invert the Dirt section of race results and our Modified Schedule to find out which drivers are scoring wins.
 
 
Each week, RacinDirt.com's hand-selected racing insiders rank drivers based on United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), United States Racing Association (USRA), and similar car-type results. Voter opinions do not reflect the thoughts as a whole of RacinDirt.com. Voting inquiries may be addressed to staff member Sam Stoecklin at samonthemic@hotmail.com.
 
RankPriorDriver Name
11Cade Dillard
Records a sport mod victory at Sabine Speedway during off week.
22Ryan Gustin
Should be fun to watch at I-35 when the tour stops there on the upcoming stretch.
34Lucas Schott
Schott leads the pack of young lions from the north, the talent up there is sick!
43Ricky Thornton, Jr.
One to keep an eye on at the upcoming cage match!
54Jason Hughes
Enjoying the final weeks of USMTS downtime.
68Zack VanderBeek
Upcoming stretch could prove pivotol and beneficial to his new VanderBuilt car.
77Stormy Scott
Time for Stormy to finally reel in a USMTS win on this upcoming swing.
85Johnny Scott
Records two IMCA Frostbuster wins this weekend.
96Rodney Sanders
Big run of late model events coming up, how often do we see Rod in the Mod?
1019Travis Saurer
A pair of NASCAR wins at Cedar Lake this weekend.
1112Jake Gallardo
Waiting for the west to roar back to life.
129Mitch Keeter
Made the podium at Humboldt.
1311Dereck Ramirez
Could be a darkhorse at upcoming Lakeside romp.
1415Jake Timm
Look out for this guy in 2017!
1512Chris Brown
Scaling back in 2017, but had a great pre-season romp with USMTS across the south.
TieNewJackie Dalton
Springfield Raceway main-event winner.
17NewMitchell Clement
Flies into the top 20 on the heels of TOMS East win at Superbowl Speedway.
18NewDarron Fuqua
I-35 Speedway feature winner.
19NewJeff Cutshaw
First win against a field of 28 at Wheatland.
2015Terry Phillips
Moves back to the late model action this weekend for MLRA at Wheatland.
Each week, RacinDirt insiders rank their top 20 drivers based on United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), United States Racing Association (USRA) results, and USRA-type modified results and competition. The opinions of our voters, are just that, opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts as a whole of RacinDirt.com or its staff. Would you like to be an USMTS/USRA Power Rankings voter? Email samonthemic@hotmail.com for more information.
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