Thursday, April 13, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 4

Jason Sides is coming off a pair of Top 5 finishes last weekend

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 April 7th-9th. Mother Nature started to play nice as nine of the eleven scheduled events were completed. The only races claimed by the weather were the Friday shows at Williams Grove Speedway and Attica Raceway Park.

Once again, Donny Schatz hangs on to the top spot, however David Gravel claimed two first-place votes for the second week in a row. Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, and Jason Johnson round out the Top 5.

The biggest mover of the week can be found in Bartlett, TN's Jason Sides. "Double Down" finds himself 15th in our National Media Poll this week after dropping out of the rankings last week. Sides's finishes this past weekend marked his fourth and fifth straight Top 10 finishes in World of Outlaws competition.

Brian Brown had the best weekend of all drivers as he jumps from 12th to 4th in our rankings. "Blackjack" recorded a pair of podium finishes at in Arizona with the Outlaws including his first win of the year at Cocopah Speedway.

Paul McMahan (19th) and Cory Eliason (21st) make their first appearances of the year in our Top 25 Rankings. Those two along with Jason Sides replace James McFadden, Brent Marks, and Kerry Madsen who have dropped out of the poll.

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 | 3 |

1. Donny Schatz, 247 points (8)
Recent Results: Picked up 2nd and 5th place finishes at Cocopah and Arizona Speedway respectively
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 242 points (2)
Recent Results: Follows a 7th place run at Cocopah with a runner-up at Arizona Speedway
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Brad Sweet, 229 points
Recent Results: Earned a pair of Top 5's in Arizona with 4th and 5th place finishes
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)

4. Brian Brown, 204 points
Recent Results: Followed the WoO to the state of Arizona to pick up a win and additional podium finish
Previous Ranking: 12th (+8)

5. Jason Johnson, 203 points
Recent Results: Failing to crack the Top 5, his best finish was a 7th place at Arizona Speedway
Previous Ranking: 4th (-1)

6. Rico Abreu, 193 points
Recent Results: Picked up a win at Arizona Speedway to notch his fifth Top 5 run with the WoO's this year
Previous Ranking: 11th (+5)

7. Shane Stewart, 182 points
Recent Results: After struggling at Cocopah, the Larson-Marks team rebounds for an 8th at Arizona Speedway
Previous Ranking: 6th (-1)

8. Greg Hodnett, 170 points
Recent Results: Finished 2nd at Port Royal before a flat tire at Susquehanna knocked him out of contention
Previous Ranking: 5th (-3)

9. Chad Kemenah, 153 points
Recent Results: Making his first start since Speedweeks, he bests the 39-car field for the win at Atomic
Previous Ranking: 15th (+6)

10. Sheldon Haudenschild, 142 points
Recent Results: Just missed a Top 5 finish when he came home sixth at Cocopah Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-1)

11. Daryn Pittman, 140 points
Recent Results: The Oklahoma native looks to turn things around after recording two 14th place finishes
Previous Ranking: 7th (-4)

12. Logan Schuchart, 120 points
Recent Results: Recorded an 11th place run at Cocopah and 17th at Arizona Speedway
Previous Ranking: 8th (-4)

13. Dale Blaney, 116 points
Recent Results: Earned a podium 3rd at Port Royal before traveling to Atomic and finishing 5th with the ASCoC
Previous Ranking: 14th (+1)

14. Ian Madsen, 115 points
Recent Results: Continuing to follow the Outlaws, he finished 8th & 13th at Cocopah and Arizona Speedway
Previous Ranking: 11th (-3)

15. Jason Sides, 105 points
Recent Results: Runs of 4th and 5th in Arizona makes it five straight Top 10's for the Tennessee native
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

16. Doug Esh, 97 points
Recent Results: Took the checkers again at Port Royal before finishing 2nd at Susquehanna Speedway
Previous Ranking: 25th (+9)

17. Danny Dietrich, 90 points
Recent Results: Followed up a 4th place run at Lincoln with a 10th place finish at Atomic with the All Stars
Previous Ranking: 13th (-4)

18. Joey Saldana, 77 points
Recent Results: The Brownsburg Bullet captured respectable finishes of 9th & 13th last weekend
Previous Ranking: 17th (-1)

19. Paul McMahan, 74 points
Recent Results: The CJB Motorsports pilot picked up his first Top 5 of the year at Cocopah Speedway
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

20. Tim Shaffer, 51 points
Recent Results: After a disappointing 11th at Port Royal, he ran 7th against a tough field at Atomic Speedway
Previous Ranking: 16th (-4)

21. Cory Eliason, 46 points
Recent Results: The California hotshoe picked up the KWS/NARC series opener at Kern County Raceway
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

22. Kyle Hirst, 38 points
Recent Results: Finished on the podium with a 3rd place run at Kern County with KWS/NARC
Previous Ranking: 20th (-2)

23. Caleb Helms, 32 points
Recent Results: Following a week off, he earns the Hard Charger award and finishes 10th at Atomic
Previous Ranking: 23rd (NC)

24. Brian Montieth, 29 points
Recent Results: Just cracked the Top 5 at Lincoln before settling for an 8th place finish at Susquehanna
Previous Ranking: 19th (-5)

25. Lucas Wolfe, 26 points
Recent Results: Earned finishes of 6th & 7th at Lincoln and Susquehanna, respectively
Previous Ranking: 20th (-5)

Dropped Out of Rankings
James McFadden (18), Brent Marks (22), Kerry Madsen (24)

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