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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
For a twelfth week overall and eighth week in 2018, Johnny Scott maintains his stronghold on the latest edition of USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. To say that 'J' Scott has put down an amazing season is indeed an understatement as he recently claimed his first-ever USMTS Championship and 15th overall victory of the season to continue his dominance of the series.
 
Filing in at number two this week again is Johnny's Brother Stormy Scott. 'S' Scott was again strong in the most recent string of USMTS activity where he strung together another three top-five finishes, which included yet another runner-up finish to Johnny. 
 
Third this week is Minnesotan Lucas Schott, who is closing in on 'S' Scott as he most recently grabbed his sixth series victory this year in a dominating run at Fayette County Speedway in Iowa. Rounding out the top five this week are Rodney Sanders, fresh off another trio of top-five USMTS runs at number four and USRA point's leader Darron Fuqua, who most recently swept the Labor Day Specials at Central Missouri Speedway to push his win total to 22 on the season.
 
A small amount of movement takes place from sixth to tenth this week with Jake O'Neil and Terry Phillips holding strong at numbers six and seven while Dereck Ramirez and Zack VanderBeek each edge up one tick this week to the numbers eight and nine positions. Number 10 this week is C.A. Nix, a recent winner on the TOMS tour at Southern Oklahoma Speedway where he led flag-to-flag for the win.
 
Elsewhere on top 20 this week, we find Ryan Gustin blasting back into the rankings at number 15 after capturing the recently completed Modified Nationals at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, where he is no stranger to big-money victories in the Modifieds. 
 
R.C. Whitwell returns to the rankings this week after a recent run of strong performances, which included a pair of top-ten finishes in USMTS action, plus a huge Thursday night victory at the Modified Nationals where he ultimately went on to finish third in the finale. Jason Hughes is also a returnee this week after recently capturing the Modified Classic special event at Tri-State Speedway over Labor Day weekend. 
 
Drifting out of the top 20 this week are Cade Dillard, Chad Lyle, and Jake Gallardo. A total of 30 drivers earned votes from the voting staff this week, down from 34 from our last published top 20 two weeks ago. Those drivers falling just shy of top 20 this week include Cade Dillard, Chad Lyle, Jake Gallardo, Jake Timm, recent Chateau Speedway winner Jason Cummings, Tri-State Speedway recent winner Trevor Latham,  Dennis Elliott, Dustin Sorensen, recent TOMS winner Bo Day, and Terry Schultz.
 
Although USMTS drivers will enjoy some downtime prior to returning to action September 20th through 22nd for the annual Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway, there is still plenty of action left on the table for drivers to stay active including the $5,000-to-win Jayhawk Modified Classic this weekend at Lakeside Speedway. TOMS drivers have a pair of events this weekend including a stop at 82 Speedway in Petty, Texas on Friday followed by a first-ever visit to Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma on Saturday. In addition, there are plenty of tracks still active this weekend among our USRA coverage wheelhouse including I-35 Speedway, Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Springfield Raceway, and Tri-State Speedway. 
 
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 Steppan. Stay tuned to RacinDirt.com for future announcements regarding upcoming pay-per-view events!
 
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
11Johnny Scott
Three more top-five's in recent activity, with two of those victories. Secures his first-ever USMTS championship and now has racked up 15 victories on the year!
22Stormy Scott
Another trio of top-five finishes to add on to his stellar 2018 season during recent USMTS action.
33Lucas Schott
Schott recently collected his sixth victory of the season by dominating all 40 laps at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa.
44Rodney Sanders
Two recent runner-up USMTS finishes at Rapid Speedway and Fayette County Speedway plus strong showing at Mississippi Thunder with top-five finishes in Modified Nationals.
55Darron Fuqua
Dominated the Labor Day weekend specials at Central Missouri Speedway by cashing in on $3,500 worth of victories over two nights.
66Jake O'Neil
Seventh and sixth in recent USMTS activity, has 15 USMTS top-five's this year and three wins.
77Terry Phillips
Takes a pair of recent USMTS top-five finishes at Rapid Speedway and Fayette County Speedway.
89Dereck Ramirez
Strong third-place finish at Rapid Speedway where he was the hard-charger.
910Zack VanderBeek
The second half of the season has not been kind to the Z-Man but still reels off 3 recent USMTS top-ten finishes.
108C.A. Nix
Recent TOMS series dominance at Southern Oklahoma Speedway leading flag-to-flag. A ten-time winner this season among TOMS/USRA competition.
1111Clyde Dunn, Jr.
Takes his eighth victory on the year at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
1212Tyler Wolff
Records finishes of 11th and 12th at Mississippi Thunder and posted a runner-up finish during the Modified Classic at Tri-State to Hughes the weekend before.
1313Wendall Bolden
Recent top-ten run at Devil's Bowl Speedway in an otherwise slow results time frame fro Bolden.
1414Brad Waits
Takes a pair of Modified Nationals top-ten finishes at Mississippi Thunder.
15NewRyan Gustin
A win and 5th at Mississippi Thunder Speedway Modified Nationals.
1615Josh Angst
Clips off a pair of USMTS top-ten finishes and adds one more top-ten run on night one of the Modified Nationals at Mississippi Thunder in seventh position.
1716Triston Dycus
Two recent top-ten finishes in TOMS action at Southern Oklahoma Speedway and RPM Speedway.
18NewR.C. Whitwell
Strong recent performances of 6th and 9th in USMTS action and then picks up a win on night one of Modified Nationals and ends the weekend on the podium in third in the finale.
19NewJason Hughes
Modified Classic winner at Tri-State Speedway over Labor Day Weekend.
2020Tanner Mullens
Mullens takes the make-up date victory at Humboldt on Sunday, where he earned champion honors.
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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