Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 17

Ryan Smith makes his debut in our Top 25 rankings

It's beginning to feel like the season is coming to an end, and my notion was confirmed when I put together this week's results file for our voting panel. Only 10 '410' sprint car races across the country were scheduled, with all but one being ran as scheduled. The only event to be lost to rain was Atomic Speedway's "Jeff Gordon Night" in southern Ohio.

As the season is winding down, we've developed a gameplan for our rankings. Instead of releasing weekly up through the World Finals at the end of October, we'll only continue our weekly trend for the next two weeks, and then go on hiatus until the week following the World Finals. That will mark the end of our inaugural sprint car poll.

Enough about the future, let's get to the down and dirty that took place last weekend. There were nine different winners among the nine races. Jason Johnson, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart, Ryan Smith and Brent Marks were the only drivers to record multiple Top 5's.

Sliding into the Top 25 this week is a trio of Central Pennsylvania drivers. Brent Marks (19), Lucas Wolfe (20) and Ryan Smith (22) all move up into the poll. Marks and Wolfe have been in and out over the course of the year, whereas this is Ryan Smith's debut in our rankings.

In order for them to move up, three drivers had to drop out of the rankings to make room for the PA Posse. Craig Dollansky, Sammy Swindell, and Bill Balog are the drivers that fell out of the Top 25.

This weekend we'll see major events at Eldora Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, and Lincoln Speedway that will be sure to shake up the rankings. Be sure to get out and support your local dirt track this weekend, before winter comes and it's too late!

Our panel of voting members for Week 17 included the following:
Anthony Corini, Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Kyle Symons, Mike Leone, Mike Mallett, Shawn Miller, and Tyler Beichner.

1. Donny Schatz, 225 points (9)
Recent Results: Got back on the winning track at Clay County, and finished runner-up at El Paso.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 205 points
Recent Results: Had runs of 3rd (US 36 Raceway), 6th (El Paso), and 12th (Clay County) last week.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (+1)

3. Daryn Pittman, 196 points
Recent Results: Came up short with a runner-up result at Clay County in his only Top 5 last weekend.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (-1)

4. Shane Stewart, 190 points
Recent Results: Claimed a pair of Top 5 finishes at Clay County and US 36 Raceway
Previous Ranking: 4th (NC)

5. Brad Sweet, 189 points
Recent Results: Finished on the podium twice and added a 5th over the three WoO races last weekend.
Previous Ranking: 6th (+1)

6. Dale Blaney, 172 points
Recent Results: Will be back in action at Eldora Speedway this weekend as part of the Four Crown Nationals.
Previous Ranking: 5th (-1)

7. Joey Saldana, 163 points
Recent Results: Picked up his 5th World of Outlaws win of the season at US 36 Raceway.
Previous Ranking: 14th (+7)

8. Greg Hodnett, 159 points
Recent Results: Ran a dismal 12th at Williams Grove but rebounded with a 2nd place finish at Selinsgrove.
Previous Ranking: 8th (NC)

9. Jason Johnson, 153 points
Recent Results: Picked up the win in the WoO's stop in Colorado. Also added a runner-up result at US 36.
Previous Ranking: 12th (+3)

10. Logan Schuchart, 127 points
Recent Results: Finished 4th in two of the three stops the World of Outlaws made last week.
Previous Ranking: 17th (+7)

11. Lance Dewease, 122 points
Recent Results: Beginning preparations for the Dirt Classic and National Open.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-2)

12. Sheldon Haudenschild, 114 points
Recent Results: Will be in action this weekend at Eldora's Four Crown Nationals.
Previous Ranking: 10th (-2)

13. Chad Kemenah, 109 points
Recent Results: Picks back up with his ASCoC counterparts this weekend in Rossburg, OH.
Previous Ranking: 13th (NC)

14. Rico Abreu, 102 points
Recent Results: Finished 19th at Chicagoland in his NASCAR Truck ride.
Previous Ranking: 7th (-7)

15. Kerry Madsen, 98 points
Recent Results: Garnered respectable 9th & 10th place finishes at Clay County and US 36 with the WoO.
Previous Ranking: 14th (-1)

16. Danny Lasoski, 75 points
Recent Results: Notched a pair of 6th place runs with the World of Outlaws at Clay County and US 36 Raceway.
Previous Ranking: 16th (NC)

17. Mark Dobmeier, 73 points
Recent Results: By no surprise, he picked up another win to cap off a great year at River Cities Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 20th (+3)

18. Stevie Smith, 68 points
Recent Results: Didn't make any starts as the team gets ready for Lincoln Speedway's Dirt Classic.
Previous Ranking: 15th (-3)

19. Brent Marks, 58 points
Recent Results: Had strong runs of 3rd at Williams Grove and 4th at Selinsgrove this past weekend.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

20. Lucas Wolfe, 57 points
Recent Results: Comes off a 6th place run at Williams Grove to pick up a dominating win at Selinsgrove.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

21. Danny Dietrich, 45 points
Recent Results: Had a rough weekend with finishes of 9th & 10th at Williams Grove & Selinsgrove, respectively.
Previous Ranking: 19th (-2)

22. Ryan Smith, 44 points
Recent Results: Finally picked up a win at Williams Grove before a 3rd place run at Selinsgrove the next night.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

23. Ian Madsen, 32 points
Recent Results: Failed to crack the Top 10 in a pair of starts with the World of Outlaws last weekend.
Previous Ranking: 18th (-5)

24. Brian Brown, 30 points
Recent Results: Failed to register a Top 10 at any of the three WoO events he entered last weekend.
Previous Ranking: 21st (-3)

25. Byron Reed, 29 points
Recent Results: Picked up the win in Fremont Speedway's Jim Ford Classic.
Previous Ranking: 25th (NC)

Dropped Out of Rankings
Craig Dollansky (22), Sammy Swindell (23), Bill Balog (24)

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