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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
USMTS regular and idle driver this week Ryan Gustin leads this week's edition of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams for a second straight week and fourth week overall. Gustin outdistances USMTS war horse Jason Cummins by just two points this week as Cummins returns to the runner-up spot in a bid to become just the second "weekly" racer to ever earned the number one rankings after Lucas Schott pulled off the rare feat late last year. 
 
Although Cummins was winless on the weekend, he was still right in the thick of things with two top-five finishes during Mississippi Thunder Speedway (MTS) special events. Cummins was also ranked second in early August. Jason Hughes slips one rung to the number three spot this week just in front of USMTS regulars Zack VanderBeek and Stormy Scott at numbers four and five respectfully.
 
Filling out this week's top ten are Cade Dillard, Mississippi Thunder weekend winner Rodney Sanders, Lucas Schott at number eight, who found the top-five three times at MTS over the weekend. R.C. Whitwell had a solid outing at MTS to come in ninth, one spot ahead of Mitch Keeter who again scored a two-win weekend with victories at Humboldt and Salina Highbanks Speedway. 
 
Jake Timm advances two spots to 11 this week after grabbing a win over the weekend at MTS while Johnny Bone, Jr., moves back into the top 15 this week after posting a third-consecutive Tri-State Speedway victory. Dustin Sorensen rides back into the top 20 this week at number 13 after turning in three top-ten's at MTS, including the big-money win on night number three. Jake Gallardo reappears courtesy of a victory at Southern New Mexico Speedway. The last new entry this week is actually another re-entry as weekend TOMS winner Chris Hennigan makes his way back into the top 20 this week at number 17.
 
Drivers slipping outside of the top 20 this week include Travis Sauer, Jim Moody, and Jackie Dalton. Drivers just missing the top 20 this week include Flint Creek winner Logan Robertson, Josh Angst, I-35 Speedway winner Zach Sanders, Lake Ozark Speedway winner Steve Picou, Jackie Dalton, TOMS runner-up finisher Triston Dycus, Johnny Scott, Cory Crapser, Travis Saurer, Tyler Wolff, C.A. Nix, Jim Moody, weekend MTS standout Adam Hensel, and Robbie Reed. A total of 34 drivers received votes this weekend, up from 31 last week. 
 
We'll be back with an all-new rankings next week as USRA racing will keep plenty of drivers busy and our voters on their toes as the season is begins to wind down at some tracks while others are turning up the wick with late-season special events. No matter what type of racing, either weekly racing or touring events, RacinDirt has all your needs covered each week with exclusive results recaps in our weekly Invert the Dirt write-up, the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams, and a large selection of on-demand video, which this week includes recent events at MTS, Oakshade Raceway, I-35 Raceway, US 36 Raceway and weekend TOMS action. We will see you again next Wednesday for an all-new top 20!
 
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
11Ryan Gustin
On a roll recently and one to watch when USMTS returns to Deer Creek. Currently ranked 5th in Hunt points.
23Jason Cummins
USRA point's leader reels off a 2nd, 3rd, and 8th in Mississippi Thunder trifecta.
32Jason Hughes
One voter proclaims, "He will once again grab the 2017 Hunt Casey's Cup."
44Zack VanderBeek
Seemed to have turned things around in latest USMTS events, but will the down time send the Z-Man back to square one again?
55Stormy Scott
Has markedly improved his results since driving the VanderBuilt Chassis. Currently second in the Hunt points.
66Cade Dillard
If Dillard could have repeated the first half of the season during the second half we would have a three-way race for the Hunt.
78Rodney Sanders
Back to victory lane at Mississippi Thunder, where he also posted two additional top-tens in the Modified. One voter said, "Would rather have seen him at the World 100."
89Lucas Schott
Three top-5 finishes at Mississippi Thunder, very impressive showing .
910R.C. Whitwell
Three top-10 finishes at Mississippi Thunder including a best finish of third.
1012Mitch Keeter
Picks up two more NASCAR wins at Humboldt's season-ending event and Salina Highbanks Speedway.
1113Jake Timm
Bagged a win and some big bucks at Mississippi Thunder with a first and second for the weekend.
127Dereck Ramirez
Slips in the rankings just a bit during USMTS down time.
13NewDustin Sorensen
Grabs the big-money Mississippi Thunder win on final night in an all top-ten weekend … now up to third in USRA points.
1417Johnny Bone, Jr.
Three wins in a row at Tri-State as Bone continues late-season charge.
15NewJake Gallardo
Back in Victory Lane at Southern New Mexico Speedway, where he also prevailed in his Late Model.
1611Ryan Middaugh
Fourth at Lake Ozark Speedway, despite a lack of wins recently, still an impressive season with 11 victories and fourth in USRA points.
17NewChris Hennigan
Returns to victory lane in Texas TOMS action at Kennedale after overtaking early race leader Troy Taylor.
1815Ricky Thornton Jr.
Headed to Boone over the weekend where he was predictably strong.
1914Bumper Jones
Second to Jake Gallardo at Southern New Mexico Speedway.
2018Clyde Dunn, Jr.
On the podium at Kennedale during TOMS action.
11Ryan Gustin
On a roll recently and one to watch when USMTS returns to Deer Creek. Currently ranked 5th in Hunt points.
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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