Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 2

Strong runs in Las Vegas move Brian Brown up to #6 in our rankings

Welcome back for our first set of rankings since Florida Speedweeks. Our voters' ballots this week take into consideration all of the '410 sprint' races that were contested since the end of February - 13 in total.

To no one's surprise, Donny Schatz maintains the top spot and collected all ten first-place votes. He still has yet to relinquish the #1 ranking in our poll since its inception nearly a year ago. The remainder of the Top 5 is composed of fellow World of Outlaws competitors.

Our first non-Outlaw driver comes in at #6. Brian Brown made the annual trek down to Sin City to enter both World of Outlaws events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. The Missouri native racked up a pair of Top 5 finishes, including a heartbreaking runner-up finish after surrendering the lead in the final corner.

Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild is our biggest mover of the week, sliding up nine spots to #12 in our rankings. In the midst of his rookie campaign on the Outlaw tour, he's coming off a pair of fourth place runs at Thunderbowl Speedway in Tulare, CA.

Caleb Helms leads the charge of drivers moving into the Top 25 for the first time this season following his 2-for-2 performance at Attica and Mansfield. Joining him as new entrants to the rankings are Aussie drivers James McFadden and Lynton Jeffrey, and west-coaster Kyle Hirst.

Of note, ballots were collected before the World of Outlaws visited Placerville Speedway on Wednesday, March 29th.

Our panel of voting members includes 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, 250 points (10)
Recent Results: Has picked up four wins since Speedweeks (Lonestar, Las Vegas [2], Thunderbowl)
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 233 points
Recent Results: Found victory lane for the first time this year at Thunderbowl Speedway
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Brad Sweet, 229 points
Recent Results: Claimed his 1st win of the season at Stockton following two 3rd place runs at Thunderbowl
Previous Ranking: 6th (+3)

4. Jason Johnson, 208 points
Recent Results: Notched a runner-up finish at Lonestar before earning a 4th place run in Las Vegas.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (-1)

5. Shane Stewart, 200 points
Recent Results: Notched a runner-up finish at Thunderbowl before claiming another podium finish at Stockton
Previous Ranking: 7th (+2)

6. Brian Brown, 188 points
Recent Results: Surrendered the lead in Las Vegas coming to the checkers but still claimed two Top 5's
Previous Ranking: 9th (+3)

7. Daryn Pittman, 187 points
Recent Results: Settled for a runner-up finish at Thunderbowl after surrendering the lead late in the race
Previous Ranking: 5th (-2)

8. Greg Hodnett, 165 points
Recent Results: Found victory lane in the Williams Grove opener, and followed that with a 3rd at Port Royal
Previous Ranking: 11th (+3)

9. Rico Abreu, 154 points
Recent Results: Has a pair of Top 5 finishes to his credit since Florida - Las Vegas (2nd) & Thunderbowl (5th)
Previous Ranking: 15th (+6)

10. Danny Dietrich, 153 points
Recent Results: Now 2-for-2 at Lincoln Speedway after picking up another win on Saturday night
Previous Ranking: 15th (+5)

11. Logan Schuchart, 142 points
Recent Results: A successful weekend in Las Vegas with the World of Outlaws resulted in a pair of Top 5 runs
Previous Ranking: 17th (+6)

12. Sheldon Haudenschild, 140 points
Recent Results: Finding speed out west, he ran 3rd at Lonestar & 4th both nights at Thunderbowl Speedway
Previous Ranking: 21st (+9)

13. Dale Blaney, 124 points
Recent Results: Finished second in the Port Royal Speedway lid-lifter
Previous Ranking: 14th (+1)

14. Tim Shaffer, 107 points
Recent Results: Earned 2nd & 5th place finishes against stout fields at Attica and Mansfield, respectively
Previous Ranking: 12th (-2)

15. Kerry Madsen, 99 points
Recent Results: Met the Outlaws in Sin City and left after respectable 8th & 9th place finishes
Previous Ranking: 8th (-7)

16. Chad Kemenah, 98 points
Recent Results: Has yet to enter an event since Florida Speedweeks
Previous Ranking: 4th (-12)

17. Joey Saldana, 84 points
Recent Results: The #17 team has struggled, failing to claim a Top 10 run since Florida.
Previous Ranking: 10th (-7)

18. Ian Madsen, 79 points
Recent Results: Has finished in the Top 10 in three of the last five World of Outlaws events
Previous Ranking: 19th (+1)

19. Caleb Helms, 66 points
Recent Results: Picked up a pair of wins over the weekend at Attica and recently re-opened Mansfield.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

20. Lucas Wolfe, 64 points
Recent Results: Ran 3rd in his 2016 Lincoln Speedway debut, following a 9th place run at Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: 20th (-7)

21. Brent Marks, 48 points
Recent Results: Recently cracked the Top 10 in his Rookie tour with the WoO with a 9th place run at Stockton
Previous Ranking: 22nd (+1)

22. James McFadden, 44 points
Recent Results: Finished 4th at Thunderbowl with the World of Outlaws in his 4th U.S. start of the year
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

23. Lynton Jeffrey, 30 points
Recent Results: Ran 8th at Attica before heading east to win the Port Royal season opener
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Kyle Hirst, 28 points
Recent Results: Cracked the Top 10 with the World of Outlaws when he finished 8th in Tulare, CA.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

25. Jason Sides, 21 points
Recent Results: Has a best finish of 17th place in the six races since leaving Florida.
Previous Ranking: 24th (-1)

25. Lance Dewease, 21 points
Recent Results: Has yet to enter an event in 2017.
Previous Ranking: 20th (-5)

Dropped Out of Rankings
Kyle Larson (17), Danny Lasoski (23), Christopher Bell (24)

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