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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
A rain-soaked and water logged version of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams sees Ricky Thornton, Jr., once again at the top of the standings with 9 of 11 voters placing him at number one. Thornton and the rest of the USMTS contingent roar back to life this coming weekend to complete the southern region action and it's safe to say the strongest performer coming out of this swing will likely find himself in the cat bird's seat next week, but for now, Thornton hold court.
 
Cade Dillard once again sits into he second position. Does he have a geographical advantage over Thornton? We will soon find out; however, visiting new tracks and new territories has never seemed to phase RT so we could be in for a real showdown this weekend!
 
The Scott Brothers hold down the numbers three and four positions once again with the Reaper, Ryan Gustin lingering just behind in the fifth spot. Can the Scott's keep early season momentum rolling, many believe so, but just as equally, eyes are on Gustin to carry the torch for team Hughes/Gustin in the south land.
 
Zack VanderBeek is sixth this week, just ahead of Mississippi Thunder Speedway winner Lucas Schott. Jason Hughes sits eighth with Rodney Sanders and Jake Gallardo rounding out the top ten. Mississippi Thunder was one of a very few tracks who were able to race last weekend after the deluge ofwet weather plagued events.
 
A total of 41 drivers found their way on our voters' sheets this week, up from 36 last week. Just missing the top 20 this week were: Terry Phillips, Darron Fuqua, Jacob Bleess, Jason Cummins, Charlie Smith, Fito Gallardo, Josh Angst, Jackie Dalton, Logan Robertson, Terry Schultz, Philip Houston, Cory Crapser, Chase Junghans, Joe Duvall, Johnny Philpot, Jr., CA Nix, Aaron Marrant, Ryan Middaugh, Josh Landers, and Troy Taylor. Trevor Latham and Tyler Wolff make the top 20 this week after Latham's Lakeside victor and Wolff's return to the podium at Humboldt. Jason Cummins and Terry Phillips fall just outside of the top 20 this week. 
 
It will be a busy weekend at the RacinDirt.com camp as action resumes for the United States Modified Touring Series and with the Super Late Model Contingent with MLRA action finally resuming. Keep your browser pointed to RacinDirt.com for all the latest news and information regarding racing in the Midwest and beyond.
 
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will return again next week with an all-new top 20. While you're waiting, be sure to have a look at our extensive library of on-demand video and race highlights from Spring Modified events. There's also plenty of on-demand action from the world of Late Model racing around the U.S.   
 
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
11Ricky Thornton
Leads the Central Region rankings, we'll see what happens this week as USMTS returns to racing.
22Cade Dillard
Good start to his season … needs to rack up some wins to move up on my chart
33Johnny Scott
The Scott Brothers seem to fit right back into their old seats….
44Stormy Scott
….and their old winning ways with both drivers in victory lane early this year.
56Ryan Gustin
Will the Hughes/Gustin team be back on the track? Gustin looks strongest so far this year.
65Zack VanderBeek
Flying slightly under the radar, but never too far from victory lane, which could come at any time.
78Lucas Schott
Winner at Mississippi Thunder Speedway as the north is slowly coming to life.
87Jason Hughes
Return to action hopefully means a return to form for last year's champ.
910Rodney Sanders
MLRA Late Model this weekend? We'll see what happens.
109Jake Gallardo
Winning races and running up front, you can almost look into the crystal ball and see the former USRA champ right in the thick of things once the end of the season rolls around.
1111Mitch Keeter
Keeter is solid at home track in Humboldt, many voters want to see him outside of his element.
1213R.C. Whitwell
R.C. keeps inching up the standings closer to the top ten, will he get there in the next few weeks?
1312Dereck Ramirez
Another driver just under the radar and waiting for that one moment when everything clicks!
1415Jim Moody
Started 19th after a problem in his Lakeside heat race, climbed up into 3rd in the feature.
1514Zane DeVilbiss
The one driver who can challenge the Gallardo's when the wild west dirt flies!
1616Travis Saurer
Voters looking forward to seeing this driver back in action, great start but MIA status is a bit confusing at times.
1720Jake Timm
Another northern star finding his way to the top 20, up three places from last week.
1817Chris Brown
Still in the top 20, that shows how much voters know this driver's talents will return, possibly in this next swing through the Lone Star State and points south.
19NewTrevor Latham
$1,000 to win at Lakeside against a good field of drivers, makes his top 20 debut this week.
20NewTyler Wolff
Another driver breaking into the top 20 after a strong weekend run at the 'Hummer.
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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