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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
By: Sam Stoecklin
It's 14 and 10 on this week's edition of the USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams. That's 14 weeks overall and 10th week in 2018 in the number one position for newly crowned USMTS Champion Johnny Scott! After beginning his weekend with a 15th victory on the season Friday at the Fall Jamboree, 'J' Scott notched a solid top-five for the weekend finale and retains his stronghold at the top of the rankings once again.
 
However, Johnny did not sweep all the number one placements by our voting staff this week as 2018 Jamboree Champion Rodney Sanders made his way to number one on a third of our voter's sheets, keeping him firmly in the number two position after yet another big-money victory in a crown jewel event. 
 
Third this week is USRA champion-bound driver Darron Fuqua. Although Fuqua started the week a bit under the weather, he finished it off with another weekly USRA victory and elevated his total win count on the season at various tracks to well into the twenties after taking his second victory of the season at I-35 Speedway on Saturday. 
 
Moving up one position this week is Stormy Scott, who finished second to his brother yet again to start off the Deer Creek events on Friday night before logging another solid top-three effort to cap off the weekend. At number five this week is Lucas Schott, who never really seemed to get in a groove at the 'Creek posting finishes of 14th and 24th.
 
Finishing out this week's top ten at number six is Jake O'Neil, who moved from 30th on Friday to finish third before struggling on Saturday well outside the top 20. Zack VanderBeek finished fifth in the Jamboree on Saturday and holds at number seven on the rankings just ahead of idle driver C.A. Nix in eighth. Terry Phillips rebounds to the top ten this week at number nine while Dereck Ramirez clings onto the top ten in the 10th position after struggling at 'the Creek
 
This week's Prime Mover is R.C. Whitwell who vaults up the rankings from number 18 to number 11 this week. Whitwell found himself inside the top 10 in both a-main finishes during the Jamboree events. Brad Waits re-enters the top 20 this week at number 12. Waits was 11th on Friday night to start off an outstanding weekend in which he ultimately finished a tick behind eventual winner Rodney Sanders to finish second in Saturday's Jamboree big dance! 
 
Bumper Jones took another step towards wrapping up the Southern New Mexico Speedway championship last weekend after collecting his third win of the season there on Saturday. Jones is a re-entry on this week's countdown as a result of his efforts reappearing at position 16. The final re-entry of the week is Ryan Gilmore, the former USRA National B-Mod champ collected his sixth Modified victory of the season in a special appearance by Modifieds at Lebanon Midway Speedway in Missouri. 
 
Exiting the top 20 this week are Triston Dycus, Tanner Mullens, and Troy Taylor. All total, 36 drivers earned recognition from our voters this week. Drivers falling shy of the top 20 but earning votes included Jake Gallardo, Jake Timm, Tanner Mullens, Austin Siebert, Jason Hughes, Triston Dycus, Dustin Sorensen, Nate Wasmund, Brandon Davis, Mark Schafman, Fito Gallardo, Lance Town, Troy Taylor, Travis Saurer, Philip Houston, and Trevor Latham.  
 
If  you missed any of the Fall Jamboree, don't fret as RacinDirt.com has you covered with a complete video capture of the entire weekend, which is found under our On-Demand video section. USMTS drivers will sit idle through the month of October but will return the first weekend of October for a trip to Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas for the Southern Nationals. TOMS drivers are off until a September 29th visit to Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Oklahoma. 
 
Remaining events this weekend for USRA competitors include a two-day special at Chateau Speedway, weekly event at I-35 Speedway, the two-day Winter Nationals at Lawton Speedway, weekly show at Southern New Mexico Speedway on Saturday, and a two-day special event at Mason City Motor Speedway. 
 
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will return again next Wednesday as we reveal and all-new top 20. If you missed any results, check out our exclusive feature called 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
Secures win number 15 of the year on Friday before settling in for a top-five run Saturday.
22Rodney Sanders
Fourth on Friday to start the Jamboree then caps the weekend with yet another big-money win and takes home $11,000 for the Jamboree victory!
33Darron Fuqua
Elevates season win count well into the 20's by claiming second weekly show at I-35 Speedway.
45Stormy Scott
Runner-up to brother Johnny on Friday and then takes another top-five on Saturday in the finale.
54Lucas Schott
Bit of a struggle weekend for the home-state native during Jamboree weekend.
68Jake O'Neil
After a heat race DQ, bolts from 30th on the grid on Friday to a third-place run, disappointing 27th-place finish on Saturday.
77Zack VanderBeek
Wide range of Jamboree results, outside the top 20 Friday, B-Main winner Saturday before charging up the ranks to finish fifth!
86C.A. Nix
Has 12 USRA Wins. Ranks 5th in USRA points.
912Terry Phillips
Top ten on Friday to start the Jamboree but then 26th in the finale.
1010Dereck Ramirez
Outside the top 15 on both nights of the Jamboree.
1118R.C. Whitwell
Another solid weekend with two top-ten finishes for the Jamboree main events.
12NewBrad Waits
Eleventh on Friday at the Jamboree and then nearly upset the apple cart by finishing second to Sanders in the 50-lap Fall Jamboree finale!
1311Clyde Dunn Jr.
Has 9 USRA Wins and 19 Top-5's.
149Tyler Wolff
Idle weekend.
1520Ryan Gustin
Retires early in finale at the 'Creek to finish 25th.
16NewBumper Jones
Takes his third win of the season at Southern New Mexico Speedway on Saturday.
1715Wendall Bolden
Idle weekend.
18NewRyan Gillmore
Captures sixth win of the season at Lebanon Midway's special modified event.
1917Dennis Elliott
Up to second with USRA with 8 wins and 20 Top-5's.
2014Josh Angst
Made both shows at the Jamboree with finishes of 23rd and 13th respectively.
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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