Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Just shy of two months since last reaching the pinnacle of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams, New Mexico's Johnny Scott returns to the number one spot this week after rolling off one of his strongest three-race weekends of the season!
J Scott rolled off two runner-up finishes and capped the weekend off with a win at Salina Speedway in Kansas to claim his series-leading fifth trip to victory lane this year. After finishing second twice to Rodney Sanders over the first two Kansas stops, Johnny found himself embattled in a furious showdown with his brother to close out the weekend, where he emerged the winner and solidified his lead at the top of the USMTS standings. It's the sixth week total at the top for Johnny and second overall this season.
The 'Rocket' Rodney Sanders does just that and rockets up this week's rankings from last week's number seven spot to position number two, his highest spot on the top 20 since last being ranked number two in late August of 2016! Sanders secured his 81st and 82nd career USMTS victories on the first two Kansas stops of the weekend and then finished off the weekend with a fifth at Salina. This comes as no one's surprise as the season of money is about to begin and unless you've been pulling your race car to the track with a tow tuck, you know Sanders' record of big-money wins in the last five years. Could this be the stepping stone to taking home the $40,000-to-win Modified Masters? Time will tell.
At position three this week is Zack VanderBeek, who moves up from last week's number five position after posting two more top-five's along with a sixth-place run for his three-race Kansas weekend. This is the highest VanderBeek has been on the top 20 since the first rankings of the year in April.
Darron Fuqua is the national USRA Point's Leader and is coming off another two-race win weekend in local competition. With his rise to number four Fuqua sets another new high-level mark on the rankings for himself and is once again the highest-ranked non-touring driver. Fuqua's latest victories came at Lakeside Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway.
Lucas Schott had a relatively disappointing weekend and failed to record a single top-five run over the weekend and tumbles from last week's number one ranking to this week's number five position. However, it's not time to panic just yet because like Sanders, Schott is known for swooping in and stealing the big money, especially over the last couple of years and he is certainly capable of coming away with the big win at Cedar Lake this weekend.
Jake O'Neil and Stormy Scott had a mixed bag of results this weekend and move down on the rankings to numbers sixth and seven this week. On the other hand, Dereck Ramirez posted another strong weekend of results and moves up one rung to this week's number eight position. Terry Phillips moves down a spot to number nine this week in a tie with one of the south's strongest competitors this year, Wendall Bolden, who captured his fifth win of the season and as a result sets a new high on the rankings for himself at the number nine position.
There is plenty of movement elsewhere on the rankings this week with Clyde Dunn, Jr., moving from last week's number 15 position to rise to number 11 after collecting the victory at Devil's Bowl Speedway. Cade Dillard also moves up the rankings to land at number 12 this week after posting three straight top-ten finishes in the Kansas weekend. The biggest mover this week is Mitch Keeter, who vaults from number 20 last week to 13 this week on the heels of yet another double-win weekend at Humboldt Speedway and Salina Highbanks Speedway respectively. The final prime-mover of the week is Ryan Gillmore, who moves up four spots on the heels of two solid outings outside of his normal Springfield haunt. Gillmore was seventh on Friday at Lake Ozark Speedway and then reeled off a top-five run at Central Missouri Speedway, where he also collected the B-Mod victory in his first-ever appearance at the track.
Voting staff recognized 34 different drivers this week, down from 38 last week. Triston Dycus and Lance Town slip from the top 20 this week while Ryan Middaugh and Ryan Gustin re-enter the top 20. Middaugh rolled to a win at Lake Ozark Speedway while Gustin made the grid in all three USMTS events during the Kansas swing with a best finish of seventh.
Those drivers earning votes but coming up just shy of the top twenty include Hamilton County Speedway winner J.D. Auringer, USMTS Salina Runner-Up Tanner Mullens, Mississippi Thunder Speedway winner Brad Waits, Lance Town, R.C. Whitwell, Mark Elliott, Tri-State Speedway winner Trevor Latham, $5,000 Lone Star winner Bobby Malchus, Joe Duvall, Stanley Reed Jr., Jacob Bleess, CMS winner Kevin Blackburn, Cory Crapser, and Mike Striegel.
RacinDirt.com has exclusive features such as USMTS Announcer Chris Steppan's "Inside Dirt," which features the latest news and information from an insider's point of view of what is happening on the tour. Did you miss any results for the weekend? If so, check out our 'Invert the Dirt' (ITD) segment, a weekly recap of results from Modified tracks throughout the USRA landscape and beyond, ITD is brand new every Monday only at RacinDirt.com. If it's video you're after, we definitely have you covered in that department with our deep library of on-demand video from Modified events across the nation. Everything from touring series such as USMTS, TOMS, Summit American Modified Series, UMP, NASCAR, and WISSOTA, plus weekly racing A-main events from all throughout the Midwest and beyond.
A huge week of racing is on tap for USMTS drivers as they head north to Cedar Lake for the Modified Masters. As of press time, over 70 Modifieds had pre-entered for the vent, which pays a whopping $40,000 to win! TOMS racers return to action down south with a pair of events scheduled for Texana Raceway Park in Edna, Texas and I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas. USRA and weekly racers will return to their Friday and Saturday local haunts and once the weekend is complete, our voting staff will have plenty of results to sort through to determine next week's top 20.
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will be back again next Wednesday morning for an all-new rankings! Until then, check out the exclusive features RacinDirt.com offers and the vast amount of on-demand video from Modified events across the nation from Modified Sanction Bodies across the nation and weekly racing.
Each week, RacinDirt.com's racing insiders rank drivers based on United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), United States Racing Association (USRA), and similar car-type results to compile their lists. Voter opinions do not reflect the thoughts as a whole of RacinDirt.com. Send voting inquiries to RacinDirt.com staff member Sam Stoecklin at email@example.com.
|Starts the three-race USMTS Kansas swing with a pair of runner-up finishes before finally reaching the top on night three with the win at Salina Speedway, his series-leading fifth win of the year.|
|Two out of three weekend victories on the USMTS tour for the resurgent driver, now up to 82 career USTMS wins! Climbing up the rankings.|
|Two top-five finishes and a sixth-place run for a solid USMTS Kansas weekend.|
|Starts the weekend off with a solid run to 15th at 81 Speedway with USMTS and then went on to best the USRA competition at Lakeside and Lucas Oil Speedways for his ninth and tenth victories of the season. The current USRA point's leader.|
|Not a top-five in sight over the three-day Kansas swing and a rare finish outside the top 20 for the Minnesotan, will look to rebound at the Masters!|
|Progressively got better over the three-day Kansas USMTS events, with finishes of 9th, 7th, and 4th … but still lost ground to J Scott on top of the standings.|
|A fourth-place run was his top finish of the weekend … was in the mix for the win with his Brother Johnny until the final laps at Salina.|
|Three-for-three on USMTS weekend top ten-runs, including a best finish of third to close the weekend at Salina.|
|Best finish of the weekend was a sixth-place run at Dodge City, also posted finishes of 8th and 13th for the USMTS swing in Kansas.|
|Takes the win at RPM on Friday, for his fifth win of the year and then goes runner-up to Dunn at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Saturday.|
|11||15||Clyde Dunn, Jr.|
|Takes the win at Devil's Bowl for his first there of the season.|
|Good to see the 97 back on tour albeit for a brief three-day weekend with Kansas swing finishes of 8th, 9th, and 10th respectively.|
|Racks up another two-win race weekend with victories at Humboldt on Friday followed by a trip to the winner's circle at Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday.|
|Starts the weekend off with a seventh-place run at Lake Ozark on Friday before heading to CMS for the first-time ever with a solid fifth-place run up the field.|
|Absent from the weekend results from the south.|
|Eleventh at Mississippi Thunder Speedway for his lone outing for the weekend.|
|The west will be back in action this weekend!|
|Secures third win of the year at Lake Ozark on Friday.|
|A quiet weekend for the Arkansas driver.|
|Raced and made the starting grid at all three USMTS Kansas events with a best finish of seventh.|