|Brent Marks rejoins the poll after picking up a pair of wins over the weekend|
This week's rankings can be summed up by looking at the improvement of young hotshoes across the country - and not just year-to-year but week-to-week as well.
Highlighting the rankings this week are Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, and Brent Marks. All three drivers are racing at different levels, and yet each driver is showing that a driver and team can improve regardless of which stage they choose to race on each week.
Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA moved to No. 12 in the rankings while he continues to show improvement in his 2nd year of touring with the World of Outlaws. This past weekend resulted in a pair of Top 5 finishes at River Cities Speedway and Nodak Speedway. Keep in mind he only had five such finishes in all of 2015.
Sheldon Haudenschild, who you'll find regularly on the All Star Circuit of Champions tour, moves to No. 11 in the poll. Lil' Haud raked in a pair of Top 5 finishes over the weekend as well, including a win at the recently reopened Millstream Speedway.
Brent Marks, another Central PA driver, rejoins the Top 25 poll for the first time in ten weeks. Marks, who's family-owned team travels more than most, can be considered a true outlaw. He runs mostly in Central PA, but they don't hesitate to get out and run with the All Stars or World of Outlaws. This past weekends efforts (3rd at Williams Grove, 1st at Port Royal & Path Valley) were enough to push Marks to No. 20 in our weekly sprint car rankings.
Our panel of voting members for Week 14 included the following:
Anthony Corini, Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Kyle Symons, Mike Leone, Mike Mallett, Shawn Miller, Tony Bokhoven and Tyler Beichner.
1. Donny Schatz, 200 points (8)
Recent Results: Still undefeated since Knoxville. Picked up wins at River Cities and Nodak Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)
2. Daryn Pittman, 189 points
Recent Results: Follows up a 6th place effort at River Cities with a podium run at Nodak.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)
3. David Gravel, 178 points
Recent Results: Solid runs at River Cities and Nodak with 8th and 5th place runs, respectively.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)
4. Jason Johnson, 169 points
Recent Results: Follows up a 7th place finish at River Cities with a strong runner-up result at Nodak Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 9th (+4)
5. Dale Blaney, 153 points
Recent Results: Finds continued success on ASCoC tour with a 2nd at Brownstown & 3rd at Millstream.
Previous Ranking: 4th (-1)
6. Brad Sweet, 152 points
Recent Results: Notched a podium run at River Cities before just missing the Top 5 at Nodak Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 7th (+1)
6. Shane Stewart, 152 points
Recent Results: Scores a mediocre 9th place finish at River Cities before recording a DNF at Nodak.
Previous Ranking: 5th (-1)
8. Danny Lasoski, 134 points
Recent Results: Found victory lane at Knoxville Raceway's season finale.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+3)
9. Greg Hodnett, 128 points
Recent Results: Couldn't crack the Top 5 at Williams Grove or Port Royal with two 6th place finishes.
Previous Ranking: 6th (-3)
10. Joey Saldana, 98 points
Recent Results: Managed a 5th place finish at River Cities and 7th place effort at Nodak.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+1)
11. Chad Kemenah, 97 points
Recent Results: Finished 6th and 2nd, respectively, in ASCoC events at Brownstown and Millstream.
Previous Ranking: 10th (-1)
12. Sheldon Haudenschild, 94 points
Recent Results: Notched two Top 5 runs over the weekend with the All Stars including a win at Millstream.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+9)
13. Logan Schuchart, 93 points
Recent Results: Added a pair of Top 5 runs to the resume with 4th place finishes at River Cities and Nodak.
Previous Ranking: 23rd (+10)
14. Rico Abreu, 91 points
Recent Results: Stuck to the asphalt side of racing this past weekend.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-6)
15. Mark Dobmeier, 88 points
Recent Results: Snagged a podium run with the Outlaws at River Cities before winning at Badlands on Saturday.
Previous Ranking: 18th (+3)
16. Craig Dollansky, 73 points
Recent Results: Wound up 3rd in the final rundown at Knoxville Raceway's season-ender.
Previous Ranking: 15th (-1)
17. Kerry Madsen, 61 points
Recent Results: Drove through the field in the Matt Wood Racing #17W at Knoxville to record a 5th place finish.
Previous Ranking: 13th (-4)
18. Lance Dewease, 57 points
Recent Results: Did not make a start over the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 13th (-5)
19. Sammy Swindell, 52 points
Recent Results: Did not make any starts on dirt during the past week.
Previous Ranking: 17th (-2)
20. Brent Marks, 45 points
Recent Results: Follows up a 3rd at Williams Grove with wins at Port Royal and Path Valley.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
21. Brian Brown, 43 points
Recent Results: Had the fastest car but settled for second at Knoxville's season finale.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
22. Ian Madsen, 35 points
Recent Results: Finishes a disappointing 8th at Knoxville.
Previous Ranking: 16th (-6)
23. Brian Montieth, 30 points
Recent Results: Charged forward for a 5th place finish at Angell Park.
Previous Ranking: 24th (+1)
24. Bill Balog, 28 points
Recent Results: Notched a win at LaSalle and 4th at Angell Park in IRA-sanctioned action.
Previous Ranking: 24th (NC)
25. Danny Dietrich, 27 points
Recent Results: Ran 2nd at Williams Grove before settling for 6th at Lincoln Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 19th (-6)
Dropped Out of Rankings
Stevie Smith (19), Jamie Veal (22)