Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
Johnny Scott etched yet another USMTS victory under his belt over the weekend and swept all but one first-place vote from our voting staff to stay at number one for a seventh week on this installment of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams.  
After a disappointing start to the weekend with a rain-out and then a blown motor at Park Jefferson. 'J' Scott, who was under the weather for the weekend with sinus issues, turned things around on Sunday night overtaking early leaders Tyler Peterson and Dereck Ramirez for this twelfth victory of the season on his quest to become USMTS champion.
Holding at number two this week is brother Stormy Scott who notched a pair of quiet top ten-finishes to edge out rising Lucas Schott for the number two position. Schott rises to number three this week, the highest he's been on top 20 since mid-June. The former number one driver drove to victory lane on Saturday night from fourth on the grid at Park Jefferson Speedway in South Dakota to keep his late-season surge going.
Rodney Sanders added another top five finish to his strong 2018 season and remains at number four this week. On Sunday, Sanders advanced through the tight confines of Casino Speedway to move from 23rd on the grid to 10th at the finish. Darron Fuqua's incredible season continued over the weekend as he took his 15th and 16th USRA-sanctioned victories at Lakeside Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway, where he wrapped up the track championship on Saturday.
Jake O'Neal, Terry Phillips, Southern Oklahoma Speedway winner C.A. Nix, Casino Speedway contender Dereck Ramirez, and Zack  VanderBeek round out this week's top ten ranked drivers. For Nix, it was his sixth visit to victory lane at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.
Clyde Dunn, Jr., jumps up the rankings this week to become the prime mover after taking his eighth victory of the year at Devil's Bowl Speedway. Dunn moves from number 15 to 11 this week. Josh Angst posted a big win over a talent-filled grid at Deer Creek Speedway for his fourth victory of the year and re-enters top 20 at number 15 this week. 
Triston Dycus also re-enters the rankings this week on the heels of a fifth TOMS victory of the year by taking the win at Superbowl Speedway. Chad Lyle returns to top 20 for the first time in many years at number 18 as he posted another victory at unsanctioned Central Missouri Speedway, where he now has 66 career victories. Interestingly enough, after 30 years racing on and off there, it was Lyle's first-ever track championship. Jake Gallardo is also a returning driver this week at number 19 after taking his third-consecutive win at Southern New Mexico Speedway on Saturday.
Leaving top 20 this week were Lance Town, Dustin Sorensen, West Texas Speedway winner Philip Houston and Trevor Latham. All total, 34 drivers earned placement on this week's voting staff's entries, the same amount as last week. Drivers also earning votes but falling shy of the top 20 were Phillip Houston, Lance Town, Bumper Jones, Jake Timm, I-35 Speedway winner Dennis Elliott, Dustin Sorensen, Jon Sheets, Royal Jones, Jake Timm, Jason Hughes, Terry Schultz, Trevor Latham, Adam Kates, and Mark Schafman.
Labor Day weekend special events throughout the country for USRA Modified racers will surely help shape next week's edition of top 20 while USMTS drivers continue their push up north, beginning on Thursday at Rapid Speedway, then Fayette County Speedway on Friday in Iowa before heading to Deer Creek on Saturday and ultimately finishing their swing on Sunday night at Cresco Speedway, back in Iowa. For TOMS drivers, a pair of events await drivers at Southern Oklahoma Speedway and RPM Speedway respectively. 
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will return again next Wednesday morning as we reveal and all-new top 20. Be sure to check out the most extensive library of on-demand Modified event videos found anywhere on the net. 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 Stepan. Stay tuned to for future announcements regarding upcoming pay-per-view events!
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
Another win  up to 9 wins and 23 Top-5s. Twelve USMTS wins this season!
22Stormy Scott
Five wins and 17 Top-5s, a strong season so far for S Scott.
35Lucas Schott
The Park Jefferson victory brings him up to 3 wins and 18 Top-5s.
44Rodney Sanders
Finishes of fourth and tenth on the USMTS tour.
56Darron Fuqua
Lakeside and Lucas  Oil wins up to 16 USRA wins overall Leads USRA National Points.  
63Jake O'Neil 
A tick off for the weekend but still strong this year with 3 wins and 15 Top-5s.
79Terry Phillips
Phillips is grinding it out with one victory this year and 2  Top-5s over the weekend add to his total of 13 for the year.
88C.A. Nix
10th USRA win of the season and fifth this year at  Southern Oklahoma.
911Dereck Ramirez
Two top-three finishes last weekend. Led at Casino Speedway on the bullring until being overtaken by 'J' Scott to finish runner-up.
107Zack VanderBeek
VanderBeek added two more top-ten finishes to his consistent season, but he'll be one to watch as the tour heads back to his home state of Iowa this weekend.
1115Clyde Dunn Jr.
Records his 8th Career USRA win  at Devils Bowl Speedway over the weekend.
1210Tyler Wolff
A lone top-five finish over the weekend on Saturday at Salina Highbanks Speedway.
1313Wendall Bolden 
Second in USRA Points this year with  6 wins and 20 Top-5s!
1412Brad Waits
Moves from 9th to a 3rd-place run at Deer Creek on Saturday in a stacked field.
15NewJosh Angst 
Takes his fourth win of the season at Deer Creek Speedway over Timm and Waits.
16NewTriston Dycus
Records his fifth TOMS series victory on the season after driving to victory lane at Superbowl Speedway on Saturday.
1714Cade Dillard
Back to idle status in the mods but still grabbing votes from the staff.
18NewChad Lyle 
Takes his first-ever Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) championship after posting his 66th career victory there, will be one to watch for this weekend's $3,000 to win CMS special.
19NewJake Gallardo 
Records his third-straight win at Southern New Mexico Speedway, on a roll now after a slow start to the season out west.
2018Tanner Mullens
Kansas driver has posted some huge wins this year in his native state and will be one to watch for Labor Day weekend special events in his neck of the woods.
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