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Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Ryan Gustin this week becomes the fifth different driver to lead the way on the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. Gustin's appearance at the top was nearly inevitable as he drove to three straight victories during the most recent stretch of USMTS Hunt activity. 
 
Gustin's ride to the top includes not only the most USMTS victories of the season by any driver but along the way he also picked up big-money wins such as the recent Silver Dollar Nationals and earlier this year, the King of America. This is the first week Gustin has led the standings since a two-week run back in March of 2016. 
 
Last week's number one ranked driver also had a winning weekend as Jason Hughes capped the weekend off with a Hunt victory at Cresco Speedway. Hughes looks to be on his way to another USMTS championship but we'll have to wait a couple weeks to see who rules the roost in 2017. 
 
Jason Cummins racked up another USRA victory over the weekend and made the field against the USMTS drivers at Deer Creek where he finished 12th. Zack VanderBeek seems to be on solid roll once again as he led laps over the weekend and reeled off a string of top-ten finishes to move back into the top five this week at number four. Rounding out the top five this week is Stormy Scott, who drove to a USMTS win at Kossuth Iowa to begin the hunt last week. Scott was solid all weekend long and will try to pursue the Championship when racing resumes at Deer Creek with a slight chance at taking the title. 
 
The rest of the top ten includes former number one Cade Dillard at number six. A rebounding Dereck Ramirez at number seven, Rodney Sanders in eighth, two-time USMTS top-five finisher Lucas Schott at number nine and Fairmont Raceway runner-up finisher R.C. Whitwell at number ten.
 
Keith Foss and Josh Angst fall out of this week's top 20, which allows Tri-State dominator Johnny Bone Jr., and TOMS winner Clyde Dunn, Jr., to move back inside the rankings after their successful weekend. There were 31 drivers who found their way onto our voters' sheets this week, down from 32 a week ago. Those drivers also receiving votes but landing outside the top 20 includes: C.A. Nix, Trevor Latham, Johnny Scott,  Josh Angst, Jake Gallardo, Keith Foss, Nic Bidinger, Tyler Wolff, Cory Crapser, Darron Fuqua, and Zane DeVilbiss.
 
USMTS drivers have a couple weeks to catch their breath after a whirlwind stretch of events. The Hunt championship continues at Deer Creek Speedway on Thursday, September 21st during the annual Fall Jamboree weekend. TOMS drivers are scheduled to head to Kennedale Speedway. Jason Cummins will look to add to his impressive 2017 USRA stats as the points-earning season starts to wind down on the weekly racing trail. We will have all the results and stats in our Invert the Dirt segment next Monday and on Wednesday an all-new rankings will be unveiled after weekend racing. 
 
Our on-demand video library grew even more after last weekend's MLRA Late Model stretch and of course we have all the latest action from the recently wrapped five-race string of USMTS action. MARS Late Models and national tour Modified and Late Model action is also available in our back library of recent 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
12Ryan Gustin
Three wins last week and counting all the big-money and high profile events he's won this season, it's inevitable he would eventually return to the top of the rankings.
21Jason Hughes
One voter says, "He leads the Hunt and will win it again this year." Hughes rolled back into victory lane on the final night of five-race Hunt weekend.
34Jason Cummins
Records yet another USRA win and top 15 in USMTS action … putting together a historical USRA season of domination.
46Zack VanderBeek
Nearly back in victory lane until heartbreak at Fayette County after leading laps, still a pretty solid top-ten weekend for the Z-Man.
57Stormy Scott
A win for Stormy and four top-fives over the last stretch of the Hunt. Currently second in the Hunt but can he still take the Crown or will Hughes prevail again?
63Cade Dillard
Still third in the Hunt but only one top-five finish on the weekend, the Hunt has not been kind to this season's early dominator.
78Dereck Ramirez
Really putting together a solid Hunt with four more top ten USMTS finishes.
85Rodney Sanders
Took the wedge car out last weekend on the MLRA trail.
917Lucas Schott
Back-to-back USMTS top-fives at Fayette County and Deer Creek.
109R.C. Whitwell
Sort of a quiet weekend with just a pair of top-ten USMTS Hunt finishes, but one of them was a runner-up finish at Fairmont.
1110Ryan Middaugh
Now fourth in USRA standings, top five at Lake O but couldn't find the rhythm at CMS.
1211Mitch Keeter
If not for Johnny Bone, 2nds at Tri-State and Monett.
1313Jake Timm
Puts together an amazing 5 top-ten finishes last week!
1412Bumper Jones
Still flying high after most recent Southern New Mexico Speedway win … ready to get back after it in the west.
1513Ricky Thornton Jr.
Just a single top five on the 5-race USMTS Hunt trail last week.
1618Travis Sauer
Finishes the USTMS strong with a pair of top-five finishes including a runner-up outing to Gustin at Deer Creek on Saturday.
17NewJohnny Bone, Jr.
Amazing multiple victory weekend including $3,000-to-win Tri-State Special event.
18NewClyde Dunn Jr.
Texan Takes TOMS victory and reappears back into the top 20 this week.
1916Jim Moody
Solid all weekend at CMS in both the A and B-Mod but winds up third in the $3,000 to win special behind Fuqua and Badder.
2019Jackie Dalton
Another win at Springfield 12th USRA win of the year.
12Ryan Gustin
Three wins last week and counting all the big-money and high profile events he's won this season, it's inevitable he would eventually return to the top of the rankings.
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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