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Thursday, August 31, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Jason Hughes did not earn the most first-place votes this week from our voters; however, he was overall ranked higher across our returned voting sheets this week and just edges out Ryan Gustin on this week's edition of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams.
 
This week marks the second-straight week at number one for Hughes and 43rd overall week he has led the rankings over time. Hughes took his latest victory, his eighth of the year, last Wednesday at the Boone River Bayou at Hamilton County Speedway, which turned out to be his lone top-five of the weekend, still enough to remain number one. 
 
On the other hand, Ryan Gustin, our number two ranked driver this week rolled off four-consecutive top-five finishes including two seconds, a fourth, and a win as the weekend came to a close last weekend at Casino Speedway in Watertown, South Dakota. For his efforts, Gustin inches up from number three last week to runner-up this week. 
 
Cade Dillard slips a notch to number three this week but it was a solid outing for the Louisiana-based driver last weekend on the Hunt tour as he posted four top-five finishes including a runner-up best finish of the weekend at Nobles County Speedway to eventual winner Rodney Sanders. 
 
Moving into a third-place tie in this week's rankings is northern star Jason Cummins, who recorded a remarkable 18th victory of the season as he closes down on the USRA championship. Cummins' latest trip to victory lane came at Mason City Motor Speedway in Iowa. 
 
Rounding out the top five this week is Texan Rodney Sanders, who returns to a top-five placement on the rankings for the first time this season and since the final edition of the rankings in mid-November of 2016. Sanders posted three top-five's on the USMTS trail and picked up a win at Nobles County during the weekend action for his 78th career win. 
 
Elsewhere on the top 20, Zack VanderBeek slips outside of the top five this week to land at number six while second-place in the Hunt Stormy Scott holds on to number seven. Dereck Ramirez claimed his first-ever USMTS spotlight by roaring to a popular victory at Rock Rapids Speedway in Iowa and this week vaults back up the rankings to land at number eight. R.C. Whitwell sits inside the top ten at number nine this week while Ryan Middaugh ventured out of the Lake Ozark region to compete at a pair of Kansas City Metro tracks where he led laps and posted a solid run at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) on Saturday to remain at number ten this week. 
 
Double-weekend winner Mitch Keeter moves up to number 11 this week after taking his latest Humboldt Speedway win and then following that up with a win at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday. Jake Timm and CMS winner Jim Moody also see forward action and also move up positions on this week's top 20. 
 
Slipping out of the top 20 this week are Johnny Scott, Trevor Latham, Jeff Cutshaw, Tyler Wolff and Dustin Sorensen. Replacing these drivers are now seven-time Southern New Mexico Speedway winner Bumper Jones re-entering at number 12, double-weekend winner Keith Foss who re-enters at 15, and 11-time USRA winner Jackie Dalton who collected another win at Springfield raceway over the weekend. 
 
All total, 32 drivers found their way onto our voters' ballot sheets this week, down one from last week's 33. Those drivers also earning recognition but who finished outside of the top 20 include: Johnny Scott, Monett Speedway winner Trevor Latham, Dennis Elliott, Lucas Oil Speedway track champion Jeff Cutshaw, Cory Crapser, Triston Dycus, Jake Gallardo, Joe Duvall, Lakeside winner Tim Karrick, Tyler Wolff, Dustin Sorensen, and Zane DevilBiss.
 
USMTS drivers remain busy in the coming weeks as the Hunt begins to wind down, the next events include Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Kassuth County Speedway; Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Fairmont Raceway; Friday, September 1 at Fayette County Speedway; Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Deer Creek Speedway; and Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Cresco Speedway in Cresco, IA.
 
We'll be back with an all new top 20 next week as USMTS action continues. TOMS Modifieds are set to roar back to action next week as well, and of course, the USRA championship season rolls on with weekly and special event racing over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
 
We will have all the latest news and information from the world of USRA, TOMS, and USMTS action as well as updates from the national Super Late Model tours in addition to MARS Late Models at Monett and MLRA action from I-80, Lakeside Speedway, and Lucas Oil Speedway. You can always find the latest on-demand video in our vast library of events that we have covered all season long. Until then, we will see you right back here for an all-new top 20 rankings again next Wednesday morning! Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend everyone. 
 
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
11Jason Hughes
Gustin earns the most number one rankings but Hughes comes out on top just edging out Gustin for the number-one spot.
23Ryan Gustin
Gustin had the best overall results last week. "Probably should be number one in my opinion," says one voter.
32Cade Dillard
Another great week with four top-5's. Can he put together a string of victories in the Hunt?
Tie5Jason Cummins
Records 18th win for the year. Current USRA National Points leader.
56Rodney Sanders
IF he was running full time, he would be in the overall top five in Hunt points.
64Zack VanderBeek
Dropping off after a hot late July early August run.
77Stormy Scott
Early week was not as good as later in the week results, second overall in Hunt points.
812Derek Ramirez
Good to see him win one this week. Much Improved performance late this season.
98R.C. Whitwell
Three Top-10's last week with his best a sixth. Rookie points leader.
1010Ryan Middaugh
Traveled out in search of results at Lakeside and CMS. Led the first half of the CMS feature. Currently third in USRA Points.
1112Mitch Keeter
Doubled up the weekend with Humboldt and Lucas Oil wins.
12NewBumper Jones
Southern New Mexico feature winner, 7th USRA win.
1315Jake Timm
Three Top-10s last week with his best a third.
Tie9Ricky Thornton, Jr.
Struggling lately on the Hunt trail.
15NewKeith Foss
Takes two feature wins last weekend, Deer Creek and Mississippi Thunder.
1620Jim Moody
Takes 5th win at CMS. The driver to pick for the $3,000-to-win Labor Day special at CMS.
1711Lucas Schott
Fifth at Deer Creek.
1816Travis Sauer
Eighth on night two his best of the weekend, currently 2nd in Rookie points.
19NewJackie Dalton
Captures 11th USRA Feature win of the year.
2020Josh Angst
Records a pair of northern-based top-five's over the weekend.
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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