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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
The USMTS 'Hunt' has begun and even though Zack VanderBeek's unmatched string of top five finishes came to an end, our voters kept him ranked in the number one position for an eighth-consecutive week on this week's edition of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams.
 
Last week VanderBeek just edged out weekly USRA top gun Jason Cummins to remain number one while this week the Z-Man had the Reaper breathing down his neck. VanderBeek struggled out of the gate in the first two Hunt events while Gustin posted back-to-back top-five runs from deep on the weekend starting grids to move into the second place position on this week's rankings. 
 
Speaking of Cummins, he was a very close third this week as he swept the entire north land USRA weekend racking up three victories, which came at Chateau Raceway on Friday, Deer Creek Speedway on Saturday, and Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday, despite his triple-win weekend, Cummins slips into the number three spot down from runner-up last week.
 
Although Cade Dillard had an unusually quiet pair of runs in USMTS action, he stopped in at Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday to run with the weekly contenders there and came away with a solid victory and remains fourth on this week's list. Rounding out the top five is Stormy Scott, who just missed the top ten on Thursday at Springfield went on to record his fourth win of the year and first in the new VanderBuilt car on the next night at Humboldt Speedway. This is the first week back inside the top five for "S" Scott since late June.
 
R.C. Whitwell had another solid weekend in both USMTS and weekly action at Salina Highbanks but slips just outside the top five this week in the sixth position, followed by a re-surging Rodney Sanders who registered back-to-back top-five USMTS runs over the weekend before finishing out the week back in his Late Model. 
 
Tyler Wolff rockets up the rankings registering his highest placement ever on the rankings in position number eight this week. Wolff snatched his first-ever USMTS win on Thursday at Springfield, followed that up with a top ten at Humboldt and then returned to his "weekly" racing track at Salina Highbanks to record another top five to wrap the weekend. Bumper Jones will look to return to action out West but still finds a spot in the top ten this week one rung ahead of Jason Hughes who returns to the top ten just weeks after his scary crash in Oklahoma. Hughes was back on the podium at Humboldt, a place he knows quite well.
 
This week, Triston Dycus, Fito Gallardo, and Josh Angst fall outside of the top 20 while Chris Brown, Nic Bidinger, and Dustin Sorensen return to the top-20 this week. Brown reeled off a strong start to the USMTS Hunt action but when the rest of the weekend was a wash-out he headed back south to pick up a TOMS win at Ardmore. Nic Bidinger has been on a roll lately at Lakeside Speedway where he was back in victory lane again to re-enter this week's rankings. Dustin Sorensen also was back in the winner's circle this week with a win at Mississippi Thunder Speedway up north.
 
All total, 31 racers found their way onto voters' sheets this week, down from 36 last week. Those drivers just missing out on a spot in the top 20 were: Logan Robertson, Joe Duvall, Tri-State Speedway winner Johnny Bone, Jr., Triston Dycus, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Trevor Latham, Jake Gallardo, Johnny Philpot, Jr., Josh Angst, Zane DeVilbiss, and Max Eddie Thomas.
 
This week, the 'Hunt' resumes with the following events:
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 | Brown County Speedway | Aberdeen, SD
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Red Cedar Speedway | Menomonie, WI
Friday, August 11, 2017 | Amsoil Speedway | Superior, WI
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Ogilvie Raceway | Ogilvie, MN
Sunday, August 13, 2017 | Mason City Motor Speedway | Mason City, IA 
 
Hopefully you caught some of last week's live coverage of the initial Hunt races. If not, have not fear, RacinDirt.com has you covered with one of the largest vaults of on-demand video coverage in the entire dirt nation. Both Modified and Late Model events you can watch and get caught up on all the action. If you missed any results last week, we have you covered in that department as well with our exclusive weekly rewind of results with our Invert the Dirt feature. 
 
Keep your browser pointed right here to RacinDirt.com as we continue to cover all of the Hunt action and get back to action with the MLRA Late Model as they trek north to Nebraska. Don't forget, we'll be back next Wednesday with an all-new edition of the Power Rankings, see if VanderBeek finds his groove once again to hang on to number one or, will we see a new driver sitting on the top of the perch?
 
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
11Zack VanderBeek
The top five streak has ended as VanderBeek suddenly finds some struggles.
23Ryan Gustin
My number one ranking this week. Consistent finishes - Needs to improve on his qualifying heats 18th to 3rd and 17th to 5th in Hunt action.
32Jason Cummins
Triple threat weekend with victories at Chateau on Friday, Deer Creek Saturday, and Sunday at Mason City. Destiny when it comes to USRA championship.
44Cade Dillard
Quiet top ten at Springfield to kick off Hunt racing and then a late-race spin costs him a solid run at Humboldt. Roars back to life with victory at Salina Highbanks Saturday.
56Stormy Scott
Slow start at Springfield but dominates at the Hummer for Hunt victory and fourth win of the season and first in the VanderBuilt machine.
65R.C. Whitwell
Twelfth in Hunt opener then 8th at Humboldt on Friday. Top five to finish the weekend at Salina Highbanks.
711Rodney Sanders
Runner-up at Springfield and solid at Humboldt but then finishes the weekend off in the Late Model in MARS action.
816Tyler Wolff
Secures first-ever USMTS win dominating 40 laps at Springfield to kick off the 'Hunt. Stays strong at Humboldt with 6th-place run. Finishes the weekend on the podium at Salina Highbanks on Saturday.
97Bumper Jones
Will look to get back after it out west.
109Jason Hughes
Back behind the wheel and reels off solid 11th place run in first appearance since the devastating crash. Returns to the podium at Humboldt and already back in the game.
118Lucas Schott
Runner-up outing at Deer Creek.
1214Mitch Keeter
Solid tenth-place run in Humboldt hunt race. Runner-up finish to Dillard at Salina on Saturday night.
1314Jake Timm
Youngster is strong out of the gate in Springfield Hunt opener then 11th at Humboldt.
149Ryan Middaugh
Weather plagues the central Missouri USRA stand-out but still sixth at US 36, has ten wins on the year.
15NewChris Brown
Just like that, Brown is back in action with a top-ten to kick off the weekend at Springfield. Strong runner-up Hunt finish to Stormy at Humboldt on Friday. Caps off the weekend with a TOMS win at Southern Oklahoma Speedway to get right back in the thick 㹡戼⽲ാऊ㰉⁡牨晥∽
1618Dereck Ramirez
Starts the hunt with a pair of top tens at Springfield and Humboldt.
TieNewNic Bidinger
On a roll at Lakeside
1820Jackie Dalton
Doesn't run and hide when the USMTS shows up in his back yard and grabs a top five!
Tie12Johnny Scott
M.I.A.
20NewDustin Sorensen
Podium finish at Deer Creek after taking Mississippi Thunder win on Friday.
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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