Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 18

Shane Stewart's 2 wins propel him to No. 3 in our rankings

After a couple of down weekends, sprint car racing picked up in the northeast region across all of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Altogether, eight events took place between the two bordering states from Thursday through Saturday. On top of those, 410 Sprints also were on the card at Hartford Speedway on Friday night and in California on Saturday for a King of the West series race.

It was Shane Stewart, who moves up one spot to occupy No. 3 in our rankings, captured a pair of World of Outlaws wins over the weekend at Hartford Speedway and Eldora Speedway. These wins are just the latest in his up-and-down season where the team has continually fought to find consistency. The Larson Marks team heads into the homestretch of the season where they'll look to pick up a few more wins and regain 5th in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

Logan Schuchart continued his surge towards the top of our poll with back-to-back second place finishes with the World of Outlaws at Eldora and Lernerville. Shark Racing now heads home to Williams Grove for the prestigious National Open where he'll look to build off his recent successes at one of his home tracks.

Craig Dollansky, who interestingly didn't make a start this past weekend, returns to the poll after just a one week hiatus. Joining him back in the poll after a one week absence is Bill Balog, who struggled mightily in his trip to Central PA where he competed at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway.

Our panel of voting members for Week 18 included the following:
Anthony Corini, Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Kyle Symons, Mike Leone, Shawn Miller, and Tyler Beichner.

1. Donny Schatz, 175 points (7)
Recent Results: After finishes of 2nd at Hartford & 4th at Eldora, he claimed a dominating win at Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 163 points
Recent Results: Couldn't find the podium but still managed Top 5 runs in all three starts last week.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Shane Stewart, 160 points
Recent Results: Notched back-to-back wins at Hartford & Eldora then turned in a 5th place run at Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 4th (+1)

4. Daryn Pittman, 157 points
Recent Results: Claimed finishes of 5th, 3rd, and 6th at Hartford, Eldora, and Lernerville.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (-1)

5. Brad Sweet, 142 points
Recent Results: A 3rd place podium run at Lernerville was the highlight of his weekend.
Previous Ranking: 5th (NC)

6. Greg Hodnett, 137 points
Recent Results: Won Williams Grove's WoO tune-up on top of 3rd place runs at Susquehanna and Lincoln.
Previous Ranking: 8th (+2)

7. Logan Schuchart, 120 points
Recent Results: Added back-to-back runner-up finishes from Eldora and Lernerville to his resume.
Previous Ranking: 10th (+3)

8. Dale Blaney, 119 points
Recent Results: Had a dismal weekend at Eldora where he failed to finish higher than 20th either night.
Previous Ranking: 6th (-2)

8. Joey Saldana, 119 points
Recent Results: Had runs of 6th, 7th, and 9th last week but failed to break into the Top 5.
Previous Ranking: 7th (-1)

10. Jason Johnson, 98 points
Recent Results: Hopes to improve from the sub-par runs of 10th, 11th, and 12th that he had last week.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-1)

11. Lance Dewease, 94 points
Recent Results: After dropping out of the Grove's WoO tune-up, he comes home 4th in Lincoln's Dirt Classic.
Previous Ranking: 11th (NC)

11. Stevie Smith, 94 points
Recent Results: Picks up the hard-fought $20,000 win in Lincoln Speedway's "Dirt Classic".
Previous Ranking: 18th (+7)

13. Rico Abreu, 82 points
Recent Results: Found misfortune and wrecked while leading the All Star feature Saturday night at Eldora.
Previous Ranking: 14th (+1)

14. Chad Kemenah, 80 points
Recent Results: Ran 10th with the Outlaws at Eldora before finishing 2nd the next night in ASCoC action.
Previous Ranking: 14th (-1)

15. Ian Madsen, 75 points
Recent Results: Had a successful trip east with two 8th place Outlaw runs  before his ASCoC win at Eldora.
Previous Ranking: 23rd (+8)

16. Sheldon Haudenschild, 74 points
Recent Results: Had a rough week with a 20th place finish and two 24th place runs in his three starts.
Previous Ranking: 12th (-4)

17. Danny Dietrich, 66 points
Recent Results: Finding his stride before National Open weekend with a win at Susky and 2nd at Lincoln.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+4)

18. Danny Lasoski, 61 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 16th (-2)

19. Kerry Madsen, 57 points
Recent Results: Spent the weekend at Eldora where he recorded a pair of Top 10 finishes.
Previous Ranking: 15th (-4)

20. Mark Dobmeier, 44 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 17th (-3)

21. Lucas Wolfe, 35 points
Recent Results: Finished 2nd at Williams Grove in his only Top 5 run of the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 20th (-1)

22. Ryan Smith, 19 points
Recent Results: Claimed finishes of 8th, 11th, and 10th respectively at Susky, Williams Grove, & Lincoln.
Previous Ranking: 22nd (NC)

23. Craig Dollansky, 18 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Brent Marks, 16 points
Recent Results: Finishes of 8th and 9th at Susquehanna and Williams Grove highlighted his weekend.
Previous Ranking: 19th (-5)

25. Bill Balog, 15 points
Recent Results: Traveled to Central PA this weekend, but did not find the good results he was searching for.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

Dropped Out of Rankings
Brian Brown (24), Byron Reed (25)

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