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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
Ryan Gustin led last week's number two driver by just two points to stay atop the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. This week, Gustin leads that same driver by just one point to stay number one for a third-consecutive week and fifth week overall in the history of our top 20! 
 
Heading into the finale of the USMTS Hunt and Fall Jamboree all eyes are on Deer Creek Speedway and an interesting tale with a possible upset twist could be brewing. While there is no doubt the likes of Gustin, Hughes, VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, Cade Dillard, and Rodney Sanders are odds-on favorites for the big wins over the next few days, USRA stand-out Jason Cummins has a legitimate shot at taking over the number one ranking if he can score some wins and race among the top contenders at Deer Creek Speedway throughout the weekend.
 
Sitting just one point behind Gustin at number one, our voters already realize the strong season that Cummins has put together, which includes 20 USRA victories. If he can upset the apple cart with the USMTS contingent, he could become just the second "weekly" racer to lead the way onto he rankings after Lucas Schott led late in the year last season. 
 
The entire top 10 remains locked into their same positions this week with Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, and Stormy Scott occupying positions three, four, and five. Elsewhere on the rankings, Pea Ridge Arkansas' Johnny Bone, Jr., advances three spots to number 11 this week just missing the top 20 after posting yet another victory at Tri-State Speedway. Bone is easily the driver of the month for September, racking up multiple wins against solid fields of cars. 
 
This week 39 drivers found their way on our voters' rosters, up from 34 the week before. Slipping out of the top 20 this week Dustin Sorenson, Jake Gallardo, Chris Hennigan, and Clyde Dunn, Jr. These drivers exiting the top 20 made room for four re-entries, including Lakeside winner Tyler Wolff blasting back onto the top 20 at number 14. TOMS winner Triston Dycus reappears at number 15 this week while Lakeside top-five runner Darron Fuqua re-enters at 18, one rung ahead of traveler Logan Robertson at number 19. 
 
Drivers also earning votes this week but falling shy of the top 20 include: Ryan Gillmore, who claimed an "A" mod win in his first-ever Modified start at Springfield Raceway. Trevor Latham, Jackie Dalton, Jake Gallardo, Josh Angst, Phillip Houston, Robbie Reed, Nic Bidinger, Dustin Sorensen, Johnny Scott,  Scott Green, Joe Duvall, C A Nix, Chris Hennigan, Cory Crapser, Jacob Bleess, Jim Moody, Shane Sebraski, and Travis Saurer.
 
This weekend the RacinDirt.com road warriors are on the USMTS trail once again as they head to Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota for the finale to the 2017 Hunt and the annual Fall Jamboree. All three nights will be broadcast live on RacinDirt.com. Be sure to visit the main page for pay-per-view ordering information. You won't want to miss a lap of the action as the best Modified drivers in the country flock to the 'Creek for this highly anticipated event.
 
Next week's rankings will take shape after all of the weekend activities at Deer Creek and throughout our coverage area. Who will come out on top? The rankings have never been closer to determine the number one driver of the year! Will it be Hughes, VanderBeek, Gustin, Stormy Scott, or Dillard, or will weekly racing USRA strong horse Jason Cummins upset the party and come away with the number one spot? Only one way to find out, point your browser right back here next Wednesday as we unveil and all-new top 20! 
 
In the meantime, be sure to check out our vast amount of on-demand video from recent events from the Late Model ranks in MLRA and MARS West action, plus weekly and special-event Modified A-mains from around the country. Plus, if you missed any of the results from last weekend, you can catch up all in one place with our exclusive 'Invert the Dirt' feature, which is a weekly rewind of results from both Modified and Late Model racing from around the nation.
 
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
Great decision to join Hughes, can he end the season with another crown jewel?
22Jason Cummins
Tested Lakeside ahead of the upcoming Jayhawk Jamboree. Leading USRA with 20 wins on the season.
33Jason Hughes
Another Championship for Hughes on the horizon … leads USMTS Hunt.
44Zack VanderBeek
Another driver who is normally solid at the 'Creek, can he put a cap on a stellar season with a big money win?
55Stormy Scott
Has used the Vanderbuilt to his advantage late this year and sits second in the Hunt.
66Cade Dillard
Can he finish off the year the way he started?
77Rodney Sanders
When he runs the Modified he is usually near the front, expect the same at the 'Creek!
88Lucas Schott
Top 10 at Cedar Lake.
99R.C. Whitwell
Another Lakeside test run for the Jayhawk then a 2nd at Salina Highbanks for a solid weekend.
1010Mitch Keeter
Another win for Keeter at Salina Highbanks Speedway … fantastic season!
1114Johnny Bone, Jr.
Hottest driver for September … picks up another win at Tri-State Speedway!
1212Derek Ramirez
Another driver that has improved late this season … usually runs well at the 'Creek, can he collect the big win?
1311Jake Timm
Excellent results in the most recent USMTS results Top 10 at Cedar Lake.
14NewTyler Wolff
Dominated at Lakeside-with some Jayhawk Jamboree prep.
15NewTriston Dycus
Takes another TOMS win in Texas at Route 66.
1616Ryan Middaugh
Fourth USRA in points with 11 wins.
1718Ricky Thornton Jr.
Expect we'll see more of him with the other series events completed.
18NewDarron Fuqua
Top five at Lakeside.
19NewLogan Robertson
Runner-up at Flint Creek Speedway.
2019Bumper Jones
Idle in the west but ready to strike again when action returns.
11Ryan Gustin
Great decision to join Hughes, can he end the season with another crown jewel?
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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