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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Another week into the 2017 season and another weekend of jam-packed USMTS events keeps Louisiana's Cade Dillard in the cat-bird's seat for a second-consecutive week and seventh week overall on this week's installment of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. Picking up the Southern Region Championship, his sixth overall win of the season during the Lonestar Speedway event, which accounted for his 16th career USMTS victory, there is no question that Dillard  sits in the number one position.
 
Stormy Scott also notched another victory, his third of the year and 40th career USMTS  victory, good for sixth on the all-times win list and more than enough to remain in the number two ranked position. Ryan Gustin secured finishes of 2nd, 4th, and 6th in Southern Region USMTS action last weekend and firmly remains planted in the number three spot this week. Gustin finished second in Southern Region points behind Dillard.
 
Locked in with finishes of 3rd, 1st, and 4th, the Z-Man, Zack VanderBeek brought his own VanderBuilt chassis to victory lane for the first time this season and vaults from number 8 last week to position 4 this week, the highest he's been on the rankings since a month ago. Rounding out the top five this week is Ricky Thornton, Jr., who, like several others went IMCA racing this past weekend.
 
Jason Hughes was only able to record one USMTS top-five finish over the weekend and slips one spot to number 6 this week. Current USMTS Rookie of the Year leader R.C. Whitwell posted three top-ten runs including one top-five over the weekend and advances one spot in the rankings to number 7 this week. Johnny Scott went IMCA racing like Thornton and comes in at number 8 this week, one rung ahead of Chris Brown, who moves up four spots to number 9 this week after recording three top-five runs with USMTS. Mitch Keeter rounds out the top 10 this week after posting another victory at Humboldt and a second at Salina Highbanks Speedway over the weekend.
 
Other key activity and movement on the rankings this week includes USRA weekly racer Jim Moody, who rode the high line to a runner-up finish at Central Missouri Speedway  (CMS) from a mid-pack starting position and moves into 12th this week up from number 16 last week. Josh Angst returned to victory lane this past weekend  at Mississippi Thunder Speedway and then posted a runner-up finish at Deer Creek and another podium finish at Mason City on Sunday to return to the top 15 this week moving from number 16 to 14.  Jackie Dalton recorded a double-win weekend in the Missouri Ozarks area with wins at Springfield Raceway and Monett Motor Speedway and moves from 19 last week to 15 this week. 
 
Falling just outside of the top 20 this week are Joe Duvall and Ryan Middaugh, who are replaced by two new drivers this year onto the top 20. Dustin Sorensen flies in at number 17 after posting wins in the north country at Chateau Raceway on Friday and then again on Saturday at the always competitive and stacked field at Deer Creek Speedway. Kevin Blackburn was also a two-race winner last weekend as he started the weekend off on Friday with a win at Callaway Raceway and then followed that up on Saturday night with his second-consecutive win of the season at CMS. 
 
Additional drivers earning votes this week included: double-runner-up finisher Jason Cummins, Lakeside Speedway winner Kerry Davis, I-35 Speedway winner Mark Dotson, Lonestar USMTS runner-up finisher Travis Saurer, Lucas Oil Speedway winner Jeff Cutshaw, Lake Ozark Speedway winner Ryan Middaugh, Joe Duvall Jake Timm,  Terry Schultz,  Jacob Bleess,  Max Eddie Thomas,  Charlie Smith,  Terry Phillips,  Tyler Wolff , Bobby Pearish,  and Darron Fuqua. All total 37 drivers appeared on the rosters this week, down from 34 a week ago. 
 
It's shaping up to be another action-packed weekend of events as we draw near to Memorial Day Weekend. Be sure to check back again next week for an all-new USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. 
 
Until then, we have plenty of original content on RacinDirt.com to hold you over, including the Invert the Dirt weekly segment where we put all the major results in one place for you to play catch up on in case you missed any USMTS and USRA events and also major results from the super late model ranks throughout the Midwest and nationally. We also have an extensive library of on-demand video of events from all over the U.S. including a complete menu of USMTS and weekly USRA racing, UMP Modifieds, and late model events.   
 
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
No question this driver is number one … picked up his 16th career and 6th USMTS win of the year at Lonestar Speedway. Secures the Southern Region championship! Could this be the year of an overall championship for Dillard?
22Stormy Scott
The 'Storm' notches 40th career USMTS victory, good for sixth on the all-time win list!
33Ryan Gustin
Another weekend USMTS romp brings finishes of 2nd, 4th, and 6th. Finished second to Dillard in Southern Region.
48Zack VanderBeek
With runs of 19th to 3rd and 13th to 1st at Heart O' Texas and Kennedale Speedways, the Z-Man finishes the week in fourth at Lonestar Speedway and had 11 top five-finishes in Southern Region action. Picked up the first-ever victory for the VanderBuilt chassis. Quite possibly, driver of the weekend!
54Ricky Thornton, Jr.
Went IMCA racing.
65Jason Hughes
Finishes of 9th, 3rd, and a DNF 23rd were Hughes' results for the weekend.
76R.C. Whitwell
Posts two USMTS top ten's, including a top-five run to keep recent streak going. USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader.
89Johnny Scott
IMCA bound for the weekend.
913Chris Brown
Two USMTS finishes of fifth and one second for Brown who finished third overall in the USMTS Southern Region.
1010Mitch Keeter
Secures win number six at Humboldt Speedway and runs second at Salina Highbanks.
116Lucas Schott
No USRA/USMTS action last weekend.
1216Jim Moody
Runner-up to Kevin Blackburn at CMS for best weekend finish after starting mid-pack. Should have tried his high-side move sooner as he ran out of laps to run down leader.
1311Dereck Ramirez
Two finishes of seventh and one of eighth is consistent but still not top three or wins.
1416Josh Angst
Takes the win at Mississippi Thunder on Friday and then third at the 'Creek Saturday. Then, one more podium at Mason City on Sunday.
1519Jackie Dalton
Another win for Dalton at Springfield and Monett.
Tie15Jake Gallardo
Returns to action next weekend out west.
17NewDustin Sorensen
Kicks off the weekend in style at Chateau in Victory Lane and then one-ups that with a huge victory against stout field at Deer Creek Speedway!
1818Zane Devilbiss
USMTS finishes of 14th, 11th, and 11th, props to Zane for running with USMTS!
1912Rodney Sanders
Enjoying his year outlaw style running wherever and whatever he wants.
20NewKevin Blackburn
A double-win USRA weekend at Callaway Raceway and Central Missouri Speedway, where he kept Moody behind him to score his second straight at CMS.
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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