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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
For the second-consecutive week the race to the number one position on the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams comes right down to the wire as Rodney Sanders returns to the top of the standings this week in a tight battle with Johnny Scott. After last week's three-way battle for supremacy, it came down to Sanders and Scott this week with our voting staff split on the number one rankings; however, Sanders overall placement secured the number one ranking by just two points. 
 
Sanders' second week at the top this week and 54th overall on the rankings stems from his recent hot streak and from his summer of money tour that keeps rolling along. Sanders drove to a mid-week USRA win last Wednesday in Iowa before claiming the $8,000-to-win Silver Dollar Nationals on Saturday. However, the wins were not over yet as he then went on to take another special-event win at Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday night to complete a stellar weekend with over $13,000 in winnings alone! When it comes to the big-money races of the past few years, no other drivers has been as dominant as Sanders. 
 
Johnny Scott was also back in the winner's circle in last week's action when he picked up his series-leading eighth USMTS victory of the season to kickoff the week at Hamilton County Speedway. 'J' Scott also was on the podium in Iowa before heading to I-80 for the Silver Dollar Nationals, where he actually had some struggles; however, despite his troubles making the grid, J Scott rebounded to a solid-sixth-place run in the finale. 
 
Third this week is Stormy Scott who was one of the most consistent drivers of the last stretch of racing. 'S' Scott rolled to finishes of third and second in Iowa before moving on to I-80 where he started 16th on the grid and rallied to a top-five run during the main event.
 
Last week's number one slips to number four this week as Darron Fuqua likely did not meet his own personal goals at I-80 but still made the starting grid after a strong night one qualifying run. He also competed in the pre-I-80 event with USMTS and has secured 14 wins this year on the USRA point's chase to secure his place among the elite this season. 
 
At number five this week is a resurgent Lucas Schott. The former number one opened the week with a pair of USMTS top-five runs and a took the victory in one of the I-80 qualifiers on Friday. Schott then upped the ante and went on to finish on the podium behind Sanders and Hughes in the main event. 
 
Sixth through tenth positions this week are occupied by Zack VanderBeek, who raced to a strong fourth-place run during Saturday's I-80 finale. Dereck Rises to number seven this week on the heels of three straight top-ten finishes and an I-80 qualifier victory on Friday. Clyde Dunn, Jr., holds at number eight this week after a Texas top-five run while fellow Texan Triston Dycus flies up the rankings from number 16 last week to number nine this week. Dycus ripped off a pair of consecutive TOMS victories on the tour over the weekend. Wendall Bolden rounds out this week's top ten. 
 
Brandon Davis is back, and in a big way as the Minnesotan captured his second-consecutive Deer Creek Speedway victory on Saturday one night after finishing second for the re-opening of Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minnesota. Davis re-enters this week's rankings at number 14. Casey Arneson also returns to the rankings on the cusp of a USMTS top-five run at Hamilton County and a top-ten finish during the Silver Dollar Nationals. I-80 runner-up Jason Hughes is another returning top-20 driver this week as he re-enters at number 19. The final re-entry this week is Troy Taylor, who recorded a pair of TOMS top-five runs during the series' jaunt in Western Texas over the weekend. Casey Arneson Fifth at Hamilton County with USMTS Tuesday. Takes the B-Main win at the Silver Dollar Nationals and then advances from 17th to finish 7th in the finale. Jason Hughes Finishes second to Sanders at the Silver Dollar Nationals.  Troy Taylor Comes away with a pair of TOMS top-five finishes during the western Texas swing.
 
Leaving the top 20 this week were Terry Schultz, J.D. Auringer, Bo Day, and Lance Town. Those drivers earning votes but missing out on a top-20 placement this week included: Terry Schultz, Springfield winner Jim Body, Lance Town, Bo Day, J.D. Auringer, Logan Robertson, Brad Waits, Dustin Sorensen, Jacob Bleess, Charlie Steinberg, I-35 winner Gunner Martin, Jake Timm, new Dad and Lakeside Speedway winner Nic Bidinger, Ryan Gustin, and PRM Speedway winner Bobby Ruffin. 
 
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will return again next Wednesday morning as we reveal and all-new top 20. The USMTS tour takes a week off prior to kicking into high gear the first week of August while the TOMS series heads to Superbowl Speedway. USRA weekly racers will look to regain some lost ground as they will have the spotlight throughout next week's results. 
 
Be sure to check out RacinDirt.com's extensive on-demand video library of Modified action, including all the recent action from the Silver Dollar Nationals! If you missed any results for the week, catch yourself up via our exclusive results recap, Invert the Dirt. To catch up with USMTS tour action, be sure to read the Inside Dirt segment by USMTS tour announcer Chris Steppan.
 
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 samonthemic@hotmail.com.
RankPriorDriver Name
14Rodney Sanders
Makes a $13,000 haul on the weekend with a victory on Wednesday at Southern Iowa before claiming another Silver Dollar Nationals title Saturday. Then moved over to Mason City the following night to cap off the weekend with another victory!
22Johnny Scott
Takes the win at Hamilton County Speedway for his eighth USMTS win of the year. Also posts finishes of 3rd and 4th on the weekend and despite some struggles at I-80, rebounds to finish sixth.
35Stormy Scott
USMTS finishes of third and second leading into the Silver Dollar Nat's, where he finished fifth from 16th on the grid.
41Darron Fuqua
Starts third in Southern Iowa USMTS event and finishes 14th. Grabs sixth in the opening Silver Dollar Nationals qualifier and ultimately finishes 23rd on the grid in the finale after retiring at lap 29. The USRA points leader with 14 wins and 20 Top-5s.
59Lucas Schott
USMTS runner-up at Hamilton County last Tuesday then fifth at Southern Iowa. Takes one of the prelims at Silver Dollar Nationals before going on to finish third in the finale.
63Zack VanderBeek
Slow start to the week with finishes of 9th and 15th before ultimately finishing fourth in the Silver Dollar Nationals finale.
711Dereck Ramirez
A pair of sixth-place mid-week USMTS results and then a prelim win to kick off the Silver Dollar Nationals. He went on to finish eighth in the finale.
88Clyde Dunn, Jr.
Posts one top-five finish on the weekend at RPM Speedway.
919Triston Dycus
Back-to-back TOMS victories for a dominating weekend, leading all 50 TOMS laps completed on the weekend.
107Wendall Bolden
Quiet eighth-place finish at RPM Speedway.
116Jake O'Neil
Fifteenth and 8th to start USMTS action last week with a Silver Dollar Nationals prelim runner-up finish before retiring early in the finale at lap 18 for a 24th-place run.
1210C.A. Nix
Seventh and third-place finishes in weekend TOMS action. Seven USRA wins and 14 Top-5s.
1313Terry Phillips
Mid-week top ten USMTS runs before finishing a quiet 13th in the Silver Dollar Nationals.
14NewBrandon Davis
Kicks off the weekend with a runner-up finish at the reopening of Chateau Raceway before going on to post his second-consecutive win of the season at Deer Creek.
1515Tyler Wolff
Posts a top-five in a Silver Dollar Nationals qualifier and finishes 16th in the A-main.
1612Ryan Middaugh
7 USRA wins and 9 Top-5s.
1714Cade Dillard
Did not make the trip to I-80.
18NewCasey Arneson
Fifth at Hamilton County with USMTS Tuesday. Takes the B-Main win at the Silver Dollar Nationals and then advances from 17th to finish 7th in the finale.
19NewJason Hughes
Finishes second to Sanders at the Silver Dollar Nationals.
20NewTroy Taylor
Comes away with a pair of TOMS top-five finishes during the western Texas swing.
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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