Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
For a sixth week this season and tenth week overall at the top, Johnny Scott captured all but one first-place vote this week to lead the way once again on the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams.  'J' Scott continued his dominant ways over the weekend coming very close to once again sweeping the USMTS weekend.
On Friday, Johnny was strong out of the gate at the third-annual Grant Junghans Memorial before relinquishing the lead to eventual winner Jake O'Neil. However, J Scott kept the pressure on right until the checkers and finished runner-up. On Saturday at Salina Highbanks Speedway, it was right back to business and his winning ways as Johnny collected his eleventh USMTS win of the season.
Sitting second this week once again is Johnny's sibling, Stormy Scott, who after a slow start at Lakeside rebounded on Saturday night at Salina Highbanks Speedway, where he started on the pole before eventually coming away with a second-place run to brother Johnny.
Flying up the upper echelon this week is the Grant Junghans Memorial winner, Jake O'Neil, who was pure magic at Lakeside in wrestling the lead away from this year's hottest driver as he overtook Johnny Scott for the lead and held on to clinch his biggest career win to date. Voters recognized his stellar weekend with O'Neil actually receiving a first-place vote from one voter. O'Neil was also top-five on Saturday and advanced him from number eight last week to this week's number three spot.
Rounding out the top five this week are Rodney Sanders and Lucas Schott, who both had mixed success over the weekend. Sanders came away with a pair of top-ten finishes, passing a bunch of cars along the way while Schott was right in the mix to claim a second Junghans Memorial victory by finishing third but he didn't fare quite as well on Saturday and was out of the top twenty at the finish.
The other notable movement this week comes courtesy of six drivers who re-enter top twenty after posting solid performances. Brad Waits is back in a big way with a Chateau Raceway win on Friday and Saturday top-five run at Deer Creek. Cade Dillard returned to the USMTS top-ten on two occasions over the weekend and returns at number 14. Lance Town sat on the pole for the Junghans Memorial and ran top-five at Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday on his way back to the top 20 at number 16. Mississippi Thunder winner Dustin Sorensen returns this week at number 17, while Philip Houston returns to top 20 after a long absence after collecting the Route 66 Speedway win in Texas. At number 20 this week is Trevor Latham, who earned a USMTS hard-charger award over the weekend.
Our voters placed 34 different drivers on their ballots this week. Drivers earning votes but falling short of the top 20 included: Max Eddie Thomas, CMS and Lake Ozark winner Kevin Blackburn, Jake Timm, Jake Gallardo, Ryan Gillmore, Lucas Oil Speedway winner Jon Sheets, $2,000-to-win Deer Creek winner Keith Foss, R.C. Whitwell, Jason Hughes, Ryan Gustin, Bumper Jones, Terry Schultz, I-35 winner, Dennis Elliott, and Ricky Thornton, Jr. Drivers leaving the top 20 this week were Ryan Gilmore, Jake Gallardo, Jake Timm, Ryan Gustin, Ryan Middaugh, and Josh Angst.
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will return again next Wednesday morning as we reveal and all-new top 20. Until then, we already have the most extensive library of on-demand Modified event videos, including the recently concluded swing through Lakeside Speedway for the Grant Junghans memorial. After this weekend, we will add the Northern swing for USMTS as the touring crew heads to Iowa and South Dakota. The TOMS contingent roars back to life with a stop at Superbowl Speedway on Saturday and look for videos from across the USA of the best Modified action in the business.
As always, 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,'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 Send voting inquiries to staff member Sam Stoecklin at 
RankPriorDriver Name
11Johnny Scott
Hounded O'Neil at the Junghans Memorial over the closing laps but came up just short but not on the next night as he claimed his 11th feature win of the year at Salina Highbanks.
22Stormy Scott
Breaks into the top 10 for the Junghans Memorial and then runs second to brother Johnny at Salina Highbanks after starting on the pole.
38Jake O'Neil
Records biggest win to date in his budding career by claiming the $10,002 payday during the Grant Junghans Memorial and then backs it up with a top-five run at Salina Highbanks.
43Rodney Sanders
Seems to be off just a bit these last few weeks and not in the mix for the victories, still two top-tens on the weekend after runs of 14th to 7th and 23rd to 8th.
54Lucas Schott
Moved from ninth on the grid in a bid to take his second Junghans Memorial and finished third but then outside of the top-twenty on Saturday.
65Darron Fuqua
Couldn't get the needed steam going at Lakeside but comes back to the top-five on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.
76Zack VanderBeek
Struggle weekend for the Z-Man with a lone top-ten finish at the 'Highbanks.
89C.A. Nix
Claimed his second-consecutive Lawton Speedway victory in Texas on Saturday. An eight-time winner this season.
97Terry Phillips
Top-five run during the Lakeside stop but then outside the top-15 on Saturday at Salina Highbanks.
1011Tyler Wolff
Strong weekend for Wolff with USMTS finishes of 6th and 4th as the strongest-running regional driver on the tour stops.
1110Dereck Ramirez
USMTS finishes of 9th and 10th on the tour.
12NewBrad Waits
Winner on Friday at Chateau Speedway and backs it up with a 5th-place run Saturday at Deer Creek.
1313Wendall Bolden
A lone top-ten finish at RPM Speedway on Friday, has six wins on the year.
14NewCade Dillard
Returns to the front of the field with USMTS finishes of 5th and 6th on the weekend in borrowed equipment.
1512Clyde Dunn, Jr.
Silence in Texas.
16NewLance Town
Pole-sitter on Friday at Lakeside before going on to record a nice top 10 at the Junghans Memorial. Returns to the podium at Lucas Oil on Saturday with a runner-up finish. Currently fourth overall in USRA National points.
17NewDustin Sorensen
Takes the win on Friday at Mississippi Thunder then third behind Foss and Davis at Deer Creek on Saturday.
1818Tanner Mullens
Weekend NCRA winner in Kansas at 81 Speedway.
19NewPhilip Houston
Runner up in Lubbock on Friday and then winner at Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas on Saturday.
20NewTrevor Latham
7th  Salina Highbanks and 14th Lakeside
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