|Rico Abreu took a break from his asphalt schedule to claim|
three podium finishes at Eldora's Kings Royal weekend.
The 33rd Annual Kings Royal and 25th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup are in the rear view mirror as we head into the latter stages of summer. Next up on the card of huge events is the highly-anticipated Summer Nationals for the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. A heavy dose of drivers currently in the Top 25 will be in attendance, and chances are one of them will be in victory lane on Saturday night.
Rico Abreu ran with the World of Outlaws for a second consecutive weekend, and as the seat time builds up he continues to find speed. Abreu's talent was on showcase at the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH where the young wheelman recorded 3rd place finishes in both preliminary nights before finishing runner-up in the finale. His efforts are reflected in our poll as he's the biggest mover of the week, advancing eleven positions from No. 18 to No. 7.
Just as we have the hard charger, someone has got to be the biggest loser as well. The lowly nomination goes to Pittsburgh, PA's Danny Holtgraver who dropped ten spots in the rankings. This comes just one week after Holtgraver earned the hard charger award.
Surprise, surprise. #DamnYouDonny Schatz is still atop our Top 25 rankings following stellar performances at Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, and Lernerville Speedway. The remainder of the Top 5 is filled out by David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, Greg Hodnett and Shane Stewart.
Three drivers made the jump up into our Top 25 sprint car poll. California's Kyle Hirst (21) and Oklahoma's Stevie Smith (23) both moved into the rankings. Hirst looked impressive in winning a King of the West Sprint Series show at Ocean Speedway while Stevie Smith captured the runner-up spot at Williams Grove's Outlaw Tune-up. Dropping out of the Top 25 was Alan Krimes and Dusty Zomer.
Our panel of voting members for Week 9 included the following:
Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Tony Bokhoven, Mike Leone, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini and Tyler Beichner.
1. Donny Schatz, 160 points (6)
Recent Results: Hasn't finished outside of the Top 2 in the last eight World of Outlaws races.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)
2. David Gravel, 138 points
Recent Results: Adds a Kings Royal prelim win and the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup to his resume.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)
3. Daryn Pittman, 132 points
Recent Results: Picked up a prelim win at Eldora after reaching the podium from the back at Attica.
Previous Ranking: 5th (+2)
4. Greg Hodnett, 124 points
Recent Results: Two more podium finishes at Williams Grove and Port Royal.
Previous Ranking: 4th (NC)
5. Shane Stewart, 121 points
Recent Results: Fails to crack the Top 5 in any of the World of Outlaw's last five events.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (-2)
6. Brad Sweet, 108 points
Recent Results: Strong 3rd place run at the Kings Royal. Mechanical failure ends his Silver Cup 3rd place run.
Previous Ranking: 6th (NC)
7. Rico Abreu, 101 points
Recent Results: Victory lane eludes him, but he scored a runner-up and two 3rd place finishes at Eldora.
Previous Ranking: 18th (+11)
8. Dale Blaney, 98 points
Recent Results: A runner-up at Attica and 3rd place at Lernerville surround a disappointing Kings Royal.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+3)
9. Danny Dietrich, 84 points
Recent Results: Three Top 5 runs on the Central PA circuit capped off by a win at Susquehanna.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+2)
10. Sheldon Haudenschild, 83 points
Recent Results: Placed 4th at Attica and 9th at Lernerville with the World of Outlaws.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-1)
11. Lance Dewease, 79 points
Recent Results: Used a win at Williams Grove and 2nd at Susquehanna to tune up for the Summer Nationals.
Previous Ranking: 16th (+5)
12. Kerry Madsen, 72 points
Recent Results: An up-and-down Kings Royal Weekend with a 4th place prelim finish as the high point.
Previous Ranking: 15th (+3)
13. Joey Saldana, 70 points
Recent Results: The Brownsburg Bullet couldn't crack the Top 5 on any night at Eldora.
Previous Ranking: 7th (-6)
14. Danny Lasoski, 68 points
Recent Results: Made the long haul to Eldora and Lernerville with very little to show for it.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-6)
14. Mark Dobmeier, 68 points
Recent Results: Midwest hotshoe grabs his 3rd Badlands Motor Speedway win of the season.
Previous Ranking: 13th (-1)
16. Brian Brown, 53 points
Recent Results: Strong runs at Eldora result in 5th and 6th place finishes over the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+5)
17. Chad Kemenah, 48 points
Recent Results: The highlights of his Kings Royal weekend were 8th and 9th place preliminary finishes.
Previous Ranking: 10th (-7)
18. Brent Marks, 37 points
Recent Results: Towed from Central PA to make all three features at Eldora against stiff competition.
Previous Ranking: 19th (+1)
19. Craig Dollansky, 35 points
Recent Results: Winner winner chicken parm dinner. Dollansky found victory lane at Knoxville.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+2)
20. Logan Schuchart, 32 points
Recent Results: Returning home to Central PA for a Summernationals and a shot at $50,000.
Previous Ranking: 24th (+4)
21. Kyle Hirst, 28 points
Recent Results: Won the King of the West touring race at Ocean Speedway.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
22. Lucas Wolfe, 27 points
Recent Results: Strong runs at Williams Grove, Port Royal, and Susky before setting quick time at Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 16th (-6)
23. Stevie Smith, 25 points
Recent Results: Finished runner-up to Dewease in the WoO Tune-Up at Williams Grove.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
24. Danny Holtgraver, 21 points
Recent Results: After a 5th place run at Attica with the WoO, struggled heavily at Eldora and Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 14th (-10)
25. Terry McCarl, 20 points
Recent Results: Scored a podium 3rd place finish at Badlands Motor Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 23rd (-2)
Dropped Out of Rankings
Alan Krimes (20), Dusty Zomer (24)