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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Cade Dillard held on to the USMTS Southern Region points this week and edges out Stormy Scott to return to the number one position this week on the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams.
 
Dillard earned enough number one rankings to close the deal and return to the top for a sixth week during 2017 and ninth week overall. Although Dillard didn't pick up a win over the three-day USMTS southern swing, his consistency and Southern Region points lead were enough for our voters to place him back on top. This week we celebrate our 100th edition of the Power Rankings!
 
Stormy Scott picked up his 39th career USMTS victory over the weekend and his second of the year. Scott's latest victory came at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He also posted another top-five run and one DNF but it was enough to move him up the rankings to second, his highest of the year.
 
Ryan Gustin was also a weekend winner over the latest swing, the 81st of his career and third of the 2017 campaign. Route 66 was the latest site for a Reaper win and helped him move up from number five to number three this week.
 
Ricky Thornton, Jr., was MIA from USMTS racing last weekend in favor of the Late Model and tumbles from the number one position after remaining there for the past two weeks. However, his five wins on the season behind the wheel in USMTS action keeps him in the top five.
 
Rounding out the top five this week is Jason Hughes, who registered his 149th career win, which came at West Texas Raceway. The win was Hughes' third of the season as he and Gustin were solid throughout the weekend's events. Hughes returns to the top five for the first time since mid-April.
 
Completing our top 10 this week we find two-time weekend winner and northern-based driver Lucas Schott, who inches up to number six this week. One voter said he thought R.C. Whitwell was the most consistent USMTS driver of the weekend and many drivers felt the same as R.C. rockets into the 7th ranking this week up from number 12 last week to earn his highest-ever placement on the rankings.
 
Mr. Consistency Zack VanderBeek sits in the number eight spot with absentee driver Johnny Scott slipping to number nine while Mitch Keeter rides another victory at Humboldt to finish in the tenth-ranked spot this week.
 
Elsewhere on the rankings Dereck Ramirez inches into the number 11 spot on the verge of breaking back into the top ten. Texan Chris Brown at last came back to the fray with some outstanding runs in USMTS competition and moves up five spots to number 13. 'Big Daddy' Joe Duvall, another solid runner from the USMTS weekend re-enters at the number 14 spot this week. Stand-out performances from weekend warriors including those by Josh Angst, Jackie Dalton and Ryan Middaugh, led to their re-entry on this week's rankings.
 
Despite making a return to USMTS action last weekend, Tavis Saurer falls from this week's top 20 as do Jake Timm, Trevor Latham, and Tyler Wolff. Drivers just missing out this week included Lakeside winner Terry Schultz, Travis Saurer, TOMS winner Chris Henigan, Bumper Jones, Jake Timm, Charlie Smith, Fito Gallardo, Max Eddie Thomas, Jason Cummins, Dustin Sorensen, Aaron Marrant, Darron Fuqua, CMS winner Kevin Blackburn, and Zach Sanders. All total, 34 drivers found their way onto voting sheets, down from 41 last week.
 
Once again this weekend a full plate of action is on deck and our voters will put it all into perspective with their rankings again next week. Remember to check out our exclusive material such as Invert the Dirt for the latest rankings and don't miss our huge library of on-demand video, which features the most recent MLRA Late Model action, weekly racing, and USTMS main events! We'll be back next Wednesday with an all new USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP.  
 
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
12Cade Dillard
"It was a difficult task putting together the 20 best this week, with Thornton M.I.A. in the Modifieds, I decided to put Cade back in the number one spot, but I also moved Gustin and Hughes back up the rankings," said one voter. Still tops the Southern Region points.
24Stormy Scott
Moving up to number 1 my chart after the last several USMTS results. The Storm picks up another win and with the exception of one DNF had a stout weekend. Chicken dinner Thursday at Ardmore. Left no doubt in Ardmore, and could have very well been in contention for the win in Amarillo had he not been caught up in the lapped car incident on lap 12 that registered Stormy another DNF.
35Ryan Gustin
Wins a race - the Hughes team is gaining momentum! Winner in Amarillo after following his car owner and teammate across the line the night before in Lubbock.
41Ricky Thornton, Jr.
MLRA Late Models last weekend. Still among the year's best with five USMTS wins already.
58Jason Hughes
Solid win at West Texas Raceway…recovered to 8th after being sent to the back for a lap 12 incident that took him out of the lead in Amarillo. Another USMTS victory for Hughes, the team tandem may very well dominate!
67Lucas Schott
Winning ways just like last year, the top of the rankings is just so packed, you want to put him higher but everyone is so on their game near the top, I have faith he'll finish in the top tier by the end of the year. Winner at MTS and at Cedar Lake's $3K. Cool Hand Luke is the real deal and now that racing in the North is in full swing, he will likely begin rising toward the top.
Tie12R.C. Whitwell
Probably most consistent USMTS driver at all three tracks.
86Zack VanderBeek
Strings together some consistent USMTS finishes to keep flying the consistency flag. His ususal top 10s - 3 last weekend, Mr. Consistency.
93Johnny Scott
Tuning up for the $50K IMCA race. Johnny B. Gone?
1011Mitch Keeter
Picks up his fifth victory of the year, just a phenomenal season out of nowhere and so refreshing to see a driver like Mitch just step up and own it! Another Humboldt win chasing NASCAR points.
1113Dereck Ramirez
Two Top 10's. Ramirez still keeps searching for that slight edge. Records some solid outings with the USMTS with a best finish of seventh.
129Rodney Sanders
MLRA Late Models last weekend.
1318Chris Brown
4th in the Southern Region - his best a 3rd art Route 66 Speedway. Solid 3rd to cap off the weekend after some idle time.
14NewJoe Duvall
Two straight Top 5's to close the weekend…could we be on the cusp of seeing the most epic celebration in series history?
1510Jake Gallardo
In victory lane over the weekend but in his UMP Late Model, rough go in the mod at Southern New Mexico Speedway.
1614Jim Moody
After two in a row at CMS, turns in a less than stellar qualifying heat race into a solid fourth-place fun against a field of 28 cars!
TieNewJosh Angst
Ruled the north like a Viking boss racking up wins at Deear Creek and Mason City! Candy Man looks to shake off the bad luck.
1815Zane Devilbiss
Zane is turning up the wick of late and mixing it up with the big boys. Ventures out with the USMTS and 3 TOP 15s - not bad for the weekend.
19NewJackie Dalton
Wnner at Springfield to keep him among the top 20.
TieNewRyan Middaugh
Winner in a CRATE motor at the recently re-opened Lake Ozark Speedway.
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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