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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams® USMTS/USRA Power Rankings
In one of the closest finishes ever on USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams, Darron Fuqua takes over the top spot becoming just the second "Weekend Warrior" racer to lead the rankings. Fuqua edged out former number one Johnny Scott by one point for the top spot while 'J' Scott himself edged out Zack VanderBeek by one point for the number two ranking, meaning just two points separate the top three drivers for the number one spot!
 
Fuqua's journey to the top comes from his incredible string of recent wins and command of the USRA National Point Standings, where he seems nearly unbeatable. The only other weekend racer to ever lead the top 20 since its inception in 2013 is Lucas Schott, who ranked number one in late 2016. 
 
Johnny Scott sat idle for the rankings off period last week but last night he came roaring back with another USMTS victory (reflected in next week's rankings) in Iowa, racking up his 17th USMTS top five. Zack VanderBeek is third this week after claiming a high-dollar $5,000-to-win show recently at Deer Creek Speedway. Rodney Sanders is fourth this week after his top-five Deer Creek finish and is currently third in the overall USMTS standings. Rounding out the top five this week is Stormy Scott, who returns to the top five for the first time since early June. 'S' Scott posted a runner-up finish to VanderBeek in the $5,000-to-win race at Deer Creek. 
 
Among the prime movers this week is Clyde Dunn, Jr., moving from number 11 last week to position 8 this week. Dunn kept terrorizing the competition at Devil's Bowl for back-to-back victories while fellow Texas-based runner Wendall Bolden, also moves up the rankings this week to position 7 after podium finishes at RPM Speedway and Devil's Bowl. C.A. Nix also flies up the rankings this week returning to the top ten at number 10 after posting consecutive TOMS series podium finishes. The other forward moving driver is Terry Schultz who picked up a win at unsanctioned Central Missouri Speedway and also scored back-to-back top fives at Lakeside Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway during the previous weekend's action to advance to position 16 this week. 
 
Bo Day is new to the top 20 this week after a huge TOMS victory at Southern Oklahoma Speedway and then nearly cashing in again the next week at Lawton with a TOMS runner-up finish. Another new driver this week is J.D. Auringer, who went on to record back-to-back victories at the gaining in steam Hamilton County Speedway, where Auringer has established himself as the man to beat. Triston Dycus is back in the top 20 after strong TOMS finish at Ardmore followed by a TOMS victory at Lawton last weekend. The final new entry this week is Lance Town, who racked up several top five's in the last couple of weeks capped by his second win of the year at Lakeside Speedway this past Friday. 
 
Falling in out of the top 20 this week are Bumper Jones, Ryan Gustin, Troy Taylor, and Brad Waits. A total of 36 different drivers earned votes from the voting staff this week, up from 31 the previous rankings. The list of drivers outside the top 20 earning recognition this week includes Ryan Gustin, NCRA runner-up Tanner Mullens, Mississippi Thunder winner Dustin Sorensen, Troy Taylor, Deer Creek winner Brandon Davis, Jody Tillman, Bumper Jones, Trevor Latham, Brad Waits, Mark Dotson, Tyler Davis, Jon Sheets, I-35 Speedway winner Dennis Elliott, Jake Timm, and Ryan Gillmore.  
 
USMTS competitors are already competing this week with Johnny Scott picking up a win at Hamilton County Speedway. The tour moves on to Southern Iowa Speedway tonight and then moves to the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska July 20th and 21st. TOMS racers head to West Texas Raceway on July 20th followed by Route 66 Motor Speedway on July 21st. Weekly racers are starting to see their point's battles shape up at the various tracks and competition is hotter than ever as head into late July action. 
 
Be sure to check out RacinDirt.com's extensive on-demand video library of Modified action and 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.
 
The USMTS/USRA FAST® Power Rankings Presented by COMP Cams will take next week off but we will return with an all-new top 20 the following week on Wednesday, July 18th with double the results for our voting staff to sort through. 
 
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
15Darron Fuqua
Kicked off a win streak at Lucas Oil Speedway during mid-week show on Thursday. Last Friday winner at Lakeside, then grabs first win of the year at I-35 Speedway the following night. Friday runner-up to the boss-man Town at Lakeside. Saturday night winner at Lucas for his 7th victory there this year! Four wins at three different tracks in the last two weeks.
21Johnny Scott
USMTS ranked number 1 with 5 wins and 16 Top-5s. Enjoys some non-touring time before slipping in a Tuesday USMTS win in Iowa!
34Zack VanderBeek
$5,000-to-win special event winner at Deer Creek! USMTS 4th in points with 4 wins.
42Rodney Sanders
Top-five run at Deer Creek special. Currently third in USMTS standings.
56Stormy Scott
Runner-up to VanderBeek at recent Deer Creek special. Fifth in points with USMTS with four wisn and 11 top-five's.
63Jake O'Neil
USMTS number two in points with 2 wins and 12 top-five's.
79Wendall Bolden
Third last week at RPM, then second and third in Devil's Bowl action.
811Clyde Dunn, Jr.
Back-to back Lone Star State victories for Dunn at Devil's Bowl…having a strong year!
97Lucas Schott
Tenth-place run at the 'Creek two weeks ago. Runner-up to Sorensen at Mississippi Thunder on Friday.
1015C.A. Nix
Racks up a pair of TOMS podium finishes.
118Dereck Ramirez
Quiet non-touring weekend.
1212Ryan Middaugh
His wins are solid but low car counts against local drivers will hurt his USRA points. Winner at Lake Ozark Speedway.
1313Terry Phillips
Went Late Model racing with MLRA.
1414Cade Dillard
Absent from Modified results.
1510Tyler Wolff
Struggles at Lucas Oil Speedway.
1618Terry Schultz
Third at Lucas Oil on Thursday. Back-to-back fifth-place runs at Lakeside. Nabs fourth CMS win of the year on Saturday.
17NewBo Day
Top-five run at RPM last weekend. Takes a TOMS win at Southern Oklahoma Speedway and runner-up the next night at Lawton TOMS event.
18NewJ.D. Auringer
Picks up back-to-back Hamilton County Wins!
19NewTriston Dycus
Sixth at Ardmore TOMS event then wins TOMS Lawton event the following week.
20NewLance Town
Eighth-place run on Thursday at Lucas Oil. Top-five run at Lakeside Friday, then on the podium at I-35. Grabs second Lakeside win on Friday over hard-charging Fuqua. On the podium Saturday at Lucas Oil.
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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