Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 1

Chad Kemenah jumps up to No. 4 in our Top 25 Poll

A sunny eleven days greeted sprint car fans and drivers this year in Florida as eight races were completed without issue - 3 at Bubba Raceway Park and 5 at Volusia Speedway Park.

Following the trend he set last year, Donny Schatz was the man to watch as he picked up five wins in just eight starts between All Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaws action. The Tony Stewart Racing driver picked up all but one 1st-place vote in our poll. The final 1st-place vote was dedicated to Stevie Smith, who recently retired, by one of our panel members.

David Gravel and Jason Johnson round out the World of Outlaws podium after showcasing strong runs all week long. Johnson currently holds down the 2nd spot in points among Platinum members as they head into Texas this weekend.

Tim Shaffer, after not being ranked in our Preseason Poll, jumps all the way up to 11th in this week's rankings. Kyle Larson, Jason Sides and Christopher Bell will also join him moving into our Top 25 Rankings.

Of note, ballots were collected before Lincoln Speedway's season-opener took place this past weekend.

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

**Note - Terry McCarl has removed himself from all future polls.

1. Donny Schatz, 199 points (7)
Recent Results: Picked up an astounding 5 wins in Florida between Bubba's and Volusia.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 187 points
Recent Results: Picked up one win amongst his five Top 5 finishes during Speedweeks.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (+1)

3. Jason Johnson, 174 points
Recent Results: Notched his 1st WoO win of the season at Volusia before adding a runner-up finish
Previous Ranking: 8th (+5)

4. Chad Kemenah, 169 points
Recent Results: Pair of podium finishes highlighted his Speedweeks that include three Top 5's
Previous Ranking: 7th (+3)

5. Daryn Pittman, 168 points
Recent Results: Had strong runs of 3rd, 4th, and 5th at Volusia Speedway Park.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (-3)

6. Brad Sweet, 155 points
Recent Results: Follows last year's pair of wins with 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place finishes at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: 4th (-2)

7. Kerry Madsen, 128 points
Recent Results: Claimed a win and 4th place finish at Bubba's after a flat tire robbed him of a win Night 1
Previous Ranking: 13th (+6)

7. Shane Stewart, 128 points
Recent Results: Failing to claim a Top 5 in Florida, a 6th with the WoO at Volusia was his best run.
Previous Ranking: 5th (-2)

9. Brian Brown, 123 points
Recent Results: Earned a pair of Top 5 runs at Volusia Speedway Park.
Previous Ranking: 17th (+8)

10. Joey Saldana, 113 points
Recent Results: Notched a Top 5 at Bubba's and Volusia to make up for his wild ride at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-2)

11. Greg Hodnett, 103 points
Recent Results: A disappointing Speedweeks results in a single Top 5 run, coming at Bubba's.
Previous Ranking: 6th (-5)

11. Tim Shaffer, 103 points
Recent Results: Came so close to a win at Bubba's, but settled for three straight podium finishes.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

13. Lucas Wolfe, 82 points
Recent Results: Finished his week with a 4th place run against the WoO's at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: 23rd (+10)

14. Dale Blaney, 73 points
Recent Results: His lone Top 10 effort came at Volusia Speedway Park against the All Stars.
Previous Ranking: 10th (-4)

15. Danny Dietrich, 70 points
Recent Results: Notched two Top 10 runs in Florida in his first races behind the Buch #13
Previous Ranking: 11th (-4)

15. Rico Abreu, 70 points
Recent Results: Failing to crack the Top 5, a 6th place run at Bubba's was the best of the two weekends.
Previous Ranking: 11th (-4)

17. Kyle Larson, 61 points
Recent Results: Coming from deep, he came up just short of passing Donny Schatz for a win at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

17. Logan Schuchart, 61 points
Recent Results: Recovering from a breakdown on his way to FL, he claimed 7th & 12th place runs with the WoO.
Previous Ranking: 16th (-1)

19. Ian Madsen, 51 points
Recent Results: His best runs of the week were a 9th at Bubba's and 10th's at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: 18th (-1)

20. Lance Dewease, 40 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 15th (-5)

21. Sheldon Haudenschild, 37 points
Recent Results: Struggled at Volusia where he failed to finish any higher than 15th.
Previous Ranking: 14th (-7)

22. Brent Marks, 36 points
Recent Results: His single Top 10 finish in Florida came in the form of an 8th place run at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: 22nd (NC)

23. Danny Lasoski, 34 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 19th (-4)

24. Jason Sides, 32 points
Recent Results: Could not crack the Top 20 in any of his three WoO event starts at Volusia.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Christopher Bell, 32 points
Recent Results: Claimed finishes of 3rd, 6th and 7th in his four starts at Volusia with the ASCoC and WoO.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

Dropped Out of Rankings
Stevie Smith (18), Ryan Smith (22), Byron Reed (25)

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