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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Unlike last week's quiet rankings at the top, this week is anything but as it was an absolute nail biter right until the final voter inputs were factored in to determine this week's placements on the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams!
 
In the end, Stormy Scott prevailed and moves to the number one ranking. It's the first time since 'The Storm' has paced the field since June of 2014! Overall, it's his sixth week at the top of the rankings since we first introduced Power Rankings in 2013. Stormy reeled off his 5th USMTS win of the year at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night in a near story-book Power Rankings top-five match-up as he held off his brother Johnny, Rodney Sanders, and early race leader Darron Fuqua. Stormy also scored a runner-up finish at Humboldt on Friday for his solid weekend and return to the top!
 
Brother Johnny Scott holds number two this week. After an unusually slow start on Friday at the 'Hummer where he finished twelfth, 'J' Scott came roaring back the next night and was part of the four-man contingent for the win at Wheatland, where he ultimately finished second.
 
In third this week is last week's number one, Rodney Sanders. As mentioned, Sanders was also part of the mad-dash for victory in Wheatland as he was right in the mix. Sanders was also top-five on Friday at Humboldt. Zack VanderBeek moves ahead to number four this week after grabbing his fifth win of the season on Friday night at Humboldt Speedway and solidly in the top 10 on Saturday in Wheatland. Rounding out the top five is former number one Darron Fuqua, who nearly met his ultimate racing goal of pulling off a win against the USMTS touring guys by leading until late in the race at the track where he is the USRA point's leader in weekly race action. 
 
Elsewhere in the top ten, Jake O'Neil, Dereck Ramirez, and Clyde Dunn, Jr. all make forward movement this week. O'Neil was top-ten in Humboldt USMTS action on Friday while Ramirez was top-five at the 'Hummer. Dunn, Jr., picked up his sixth win on the year in USRA action at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Saturday. C.A. Nix and Terry Phillips also advance this week as Nix was a strong finisher in TOMS action at Ardmore while Phillips posted two 8th-place USMTS runs. 
 
Jake Timm is the Prime Mover of the week with a jump from 18 to 14 as he started his USRA weekend with a top-five at Mississippi Thunder before returning to victory lane on Saturday at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota over the biggest field of USRA cars assembled for the weekend. 
 
Returning to top 20 this edition are R.C. Whitwell who picked up a pair of USMTS top-ten finishes, Ryan Gustin, who gained 11 spots in the final Humboldt rundown and then went top-ten on Saturday, Lance Town, who made both USMTS weekend starting grids, and Ardmore TOMS winner Kenny Gaddis, making his Power Rankings debut at #20. 
 
Falling out of the top 20 this week were Ryan Middaugh, Brandon Davis, Logan Robertson, and Terry Schultz. All total, our voters placed 31 drivers on their sheets this week, down from 35 drivers last week. Those drivers earning votes but falling short of top-20 include: Tryston Dycus, Central Missouri Speedway winner Chad Lyle, Jason Hughes, Ryan Middaugh, Mississippi Thunder Speedway winner Josh Angst, Terry Schultz, Greg Pfeifer Jr., Chateau Speedway winner Darwyn Karau, Nic Bidinger, NCRA Hutchison Nationals winner Tanner Mullens, and Brandon Davis.
 
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 heads north for three days of action in Minnesota and Iowa with action beginning on Friday at I-94 before moving to Ogilvie Raceway Saturday and then dropping south to Iowa at Mason City Motor Speedway on Sunday. TOMS drivers have the weekend off to take in some of the many USRA action tracks throughout the south, where valuable USRA points are on the line. 
 
Be sure to check out RacinDirt.com's extensive on-demand video library of Modified action, including last weekend's USMTS action, plus TOMS from Southern Oklahoma Speedway and weekly USRA racing plus nation-wide stand-out Modified events. 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
14Stormy Scott
Huge weekend for the 'Storm with a run from 7th to 2nd on Friday at the 'Hummer and then takes his fifth win of the year at Lucas Oil in Saturday's donnybrook. Has 15 USMTS Top 5's this year.
22Johnny Scott
After a quiet run to 12th, gets right back after it in a four-car battle at Lucas Oil where he finishes second. Has 19 USMTS Top-5's, leads USMTS points.
31Rodney Sanders
Right in the mix on both nights with back-to-back top five's. One voter said, "No reason to drop him from the top in my opinion, solidly in the mix."
45Zack VanderBeek
Captures his fifth USMTS win of the year on Friday at Humboldt and top-ten finish at Lucas Oil Saturday. Eleven USMTS top 5's this year.
53Darron Fuqua
Started off slowly on Friday but quickly righted the ship on Saturday at Lucas Oil, where he is the USRA man to beat. This time he nearly pulled off an upset USMTS win against the Scott Brothers and Sanders!
66Lucas Schott
Back-to-back top ten's with USMTS including a top-five run after starting 11th on Saturday at Lucas Oil. Two wins with 13 Top-5's.
79Jake O'Neil
Solid seventh-place run Friday but then tough luck on Saturday dropping from pole position to 20th at the finish.
811Dereck Ramirez
Starts second and finishes fourth at Humboldt on Friday but unable to advance from 15th on Saturday at Lucas Oil and finishes where he started. Six USMTS top-five's this year.
910Clyde Dunn, Jr.
Now a six-time Devil's Bowl Speedway winner this year as solid season gains even more steam!
107Wendall Bolden
Tenth on Friday at RPM followed by a podium finish Saturday at Devil's Bowl. Sits second in USRA standings.
1113C.A. Nix
Runner-up to Gaddis in TOMS action at Southern Oklahoma Speedway Saturday.
1215Terry Phillips
Posts a pair of quiet 8th-place finishes in USMTS action at Humboldt and Lucas.
138Tyler Wolff
Flies under the radar over the weekend with back-to-back 14th-place finishes in USMTS weekend action.
1418Jake Timm
Fifth at Mississippi Thunder on Friday to start the weekend and then takes the win at Deer Creek on Saturday over the weekend's largest weekly racing field of cars.
1514Dustin Sorensen
Sixth at Mississippi Thunder on Friday but then slips back to 20th at the 'Creek on Saturday night.
16NewR.C. Whitwell
Two USMTS Top-10s last weekend, very consistent driver this season.
17NewRyan Gustin
Moves up 11 spots from 22nd to 11th at the USMTS stop at Humboldt. Finishes top ten at Lucas Oil on Saturday.
18NewLance Town
Struggled at Humboldt Friday to a 20th-place finish before finishing 16th at Lucas Oil on Saturday.
1912Brad Waits
Third at Mississippi Thunder on Friday and then posts a runner-up finish at Deer Creek on Saturday.
20NewKenny Gaddis
Captures first TOMS victory of the season over sizable field at Southern Oklahoma Speedway on Saturday.
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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