Thursday, April 6, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 3

Schuchart's 3rd career WoO win propels him into the Top 10 in our rankings

Welcome back for another week of our Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll. Our voters' ballots this week take into consideration all of the '410 sprint' races that were contested from March 29th-April 2nd. Only five events were contested in that time frame, with three events falling subject to rainy weather.

Donny Schatz maintains the top spot but finds David Gravel and Brad Sweet hot on his tail. Schatz was still able to collect eight of the ten first-place votes, with Gravel corralling the remaining two votes. A repeat of last week for Connecticut's Gravel could be enough to propel him into the #1 position for the first time.

Two young guns surged up into the Top 10 of our rankings for the first time this season. Logan Schuchart finds himself sitting 8th in the Top 25 Sprint Car Poll following his charge to the front at Keller Auto Speedway where he was able to pick up the win. One spot behind him is where you'll find Sheldon Haudenschild. Lil' Haud continues to impress in his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws, boasting Top 10 finishes in each of the last three events.

Two Central PA drivers join the Top 25 in Brian Montieth and Doug Esh. They replace the trio of drivers that have dropped out of the rankings: Lynton Jeffrey, Jason Sides, and Lance Dewease.

Of note, ballots included the World of Outlaws stop at 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.

Previous rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | 2 |

1. Donny Schatz, 247 points (8)
Recent Results: Added a pair of Top 5's at Keller Auto Speedway and Perris to his 2017 resume
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 242 points (2)
Recent Results: Picked up wins #2 and #3 of the season last weekend in California
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Brad Sweet, 231 points
Recent Results: Earned two podium finishes at Perris and Keller Auto Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)

4. Jason Johnson, 191 points
Recent Results: A 10th place run at Placerville was his only Top 10 finish over the past week
Previous Ranking: 4th (NC)

5. Greg Hodnett, 180 points
Recent Results: Wound up as the bridesmaid at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania.
Previous Ranking: 8th (+3)

6. Shane Stewart, 179 points
Recent Results: Has broken the Top 10 just once in the last three World of Outlaws events
Previous Ranking: 5th (-1)

7. Daryn Pittman, 178 points
Recent Results: Earned 6th and 7th place finishes at Placerville and Perris, respectively
Previous Ranking: 7th (NC)

8. Logan Schuchart, 177 points
Recent Results: Charged through the field at Keller to earn his 3rd career WoO win & first of the season
Previous Ranking: 11th (+3)

9. Sheldon Haudenschild, 169 points
Recent Results: Finished in the Top 10 in all three World of Outlaws events, with a high finish of 3rd at Perris
Previous Ranking: 12th (+3)

10. Ian Madsen, 164 points
Recent Results: Continues to impress out west by recording Top 5's at Keller Auto and Perris Speedway
Previous Ranking: 18th (+8)

11. Rico Abreu, 160 points
Recent Results: Picked up a runner-up finish at Keller Auto Speedway
Previous Ranking: 9th (-2)

12. Brian Brown, 143 points
Recent Results: Scheduled to follow the WoO to Arizona after failing to crack the Top 10 last weekend
Previous Ranking: 6th (-7)

13. Danny Dietrich, 119 points
Recent Results: Finishes 7th at Lincoln (PA) Speedway after winning their first two shows of the year
Previous Ranking: 10th (-3)

14. Dale Blaney, 101 points
Recent Results: Scheduled to return to the track next weekend (4/14) at Attica Raceway Park
Previous Ranking: 13th (-1)

15. Chad Kemenah, 97 points
Recent Results: Has yet to enter an event since the conclusion of Florida Speedweeks
Previous Ranking: 16th (+1)

16. Tim Shaffer, 86 points
Recent Results: Will look to get back on the track after a wash-out in Ohio last weekend
Previous Ranking: 14th (-2)

17. Joey Saldana, 83 points
Recent Results: Earned a pair of 11th place finishes at Placerville and Perris
Previous Ranking: 17th (NC)

18. James McFadden, 76 points
Recent Results: The Aussie native picked up a 5th place finish at Keller Auto Speedway with the WoO
Previous Ranking: 22nd (+4)

19. Brian Montieth, 60 points
Recent Results: Held on for the win at Lincoln Speedway by the tightest of margins
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

20. Kyle Hirst, 50 points
Recent Results: Recorded runs of 5th & 9th place against the WoO at Placerville and Keller Auto Speedway
Previous Ranking: 24th (+4)

20. Lucas Wolfe, 50 points
Recent Results: Came home 4th in the final rundown at Lincoln Speedway
Previous Ranking: 20th (NC)

22. Brent Marks, 45 points
Recent Results: Consistent over the last three World of Outlaws events with finishes of 12th, 13th and 14th
Previous Ranking: 21st (-1)

23. Caleb Helms, 44 points
Recent Results: Will look to pick up his 3rd win of the season this weekend, weather-permitting
Previous Ranking: 19th (-4)

24. Kerry Madsen, 41 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 15th (-9)

25. Doug Esh, 25 points
Recent Results: Crossed first under the checkers at Port Royal Speedway for his first win of 2017
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

Dropped Out of Rankings
Lynton Jeffrey (23), Jason Sides, (25) Lance Dewease (25)

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