The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams®
By: Chris Stepan
Rodney Sanders has climbed to the top of the heap after his dominating USMTS victory at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, Mississippi this past Friday night. Sanders, rallied from the tail of his heat to make the redraw and then started 4th in the main and lead every lap en route to his 87th career USMTS victory, taking the USMTS point lead in the process.
Ryan Gustin remains a solid second in this week’s power rankings. Gustin had mechanical gremlins force him to scratch from the USMTS main event in Jackson, but remains a threat to win each night he unloads his #19R.
Zack VanderBeek jumps into the top three in this week’s top three after his 12th to 2nd run at Jackson on Friday night. The Z Man is always a threat to win and is showing considerable speed early in 2019.
Darron Fuqua holds strong at #4 in this week’s power rankings and remains one of the highest touted Modified drivers in the country after his win at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, KS on Friday night and runner-up finish at the opener at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO on Saturday night.
Terry Phillips makes the leap into the top five in the rankings after his 3rd place run in Jackson on Friday night. TP has had a good race car each night so far in 2019 and looks to be a factor nightly so far in the early part of the season.
Ricky Thornton Jr. slips to sixth, while Joe Duvall moves up from 11th to 7th, Jake O’Neil, RC Whitwell, who is coming off a win at Longdale, and Jason Hughes round out the top ten in the second rankings of 2019.
Lucas Schott, Tyler Wolff, Dereck Ramirez, Tanner Mullens and Lucas Oil Speedway winner Jon Sheets round out the top fifteen.
Sixteen through twenty in this week’s poll feature Logan Robertson, Tyler Davis, Clyde Dunn Jr., RPM Speedway winner Wendall Bolden, Tyler Davis and Kyle Strickler.
Other drivers that received votes included: Nic Bidinger, Mike Striegel, Triston Dycus, Terry Schultz, Josh Angst, Darrell Nelson, Cole Traugott, Philip Houston, Tad Davis, Tim Culp, Dennis Elliott, Chase Domer, Chad Lyle, Robbie Reed, John Webb, Adam Kates and Zane Ferrell.
The RacinDirt.com power rankings are comprised of USMTS, USRA, TOMS, NCRA, NASCAR and USRA-type events across the United States. Each week, the panel of industry insiders determine the current week’s top 20. Voter opinions do not reflect the thoughts as a whole of RacinDirt.com. Send voting inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Dominating performace at USMTS stop at Jackson, Mississippi|
|Troubles marred his USMTS weekend in Mississippi, but still one of the strongest drivers in the country|
|Raced from the 6th row to a runner up finish in Jackson, Mississippi over the weekend|
|Picked up a USRA win in Humboldt and ran a solid second at the Lucas Oil Speedway opener|
|After getting upside down at the King of America, had a solid third place USMTS run in Mississippi|
|6||1||Ricky Thornton Jr.|
|King of America champion didn’t compete in USRA action this past weekend|
|Another strong outing in Mississippi. Two top 10's in USMTS action so far in 2019|
|Sidelined this weekend with a leg infection|
|Picked up a USRA win at the re-opening of the Longdale Speedway over the weekend|
|Was not in aciton this weekend. Preparing for Cajun Clash|
|Was not in action this weekend|
|Competed at the Humboldt Speedway but had mechanical issues force him out of the event|
|Was not in action this weekend. Preparing for Cajun Clash|
|A pair of top ten runs at the Hummer and Lucas Oil|
|Picked up a wire to wire victory at the Lucas Oil Speedway opener over the weekend|
|Raced to his first ever top 5 finish with the USMTS series this past Friday night in Jackson, MS|
|After a solid King of America, picked up a runner up finish at Humboldt's opener|
|18||15||Clyde Dunn Jr|
|Was not in action this weekend. TOMS event at Southern Oklahoma was rained out|
|Picked up a USRA win at the opening of RPM Spedway in front of a massive crowd and huge field of cars|
|Was not in action this weekend. Preparing for Late Model competition|