Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 5

David Gravel recently recorded his 4th WoO win of the season

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 13th-16th. Knoxville Raceway's season opener was lost to Mother Nature, as was Silver Dollar's sprint car event. Nine events were contested, however, with the World of Outlaws, All Stars, and MOWA all in action.

David Gravel, after three weeks of dominance, has upended Donny Schatz to claim the No. 1 spot in our rankings. The Connecticut native, while piloting the the CJB Motorsports #5 entry, finally earns the top position after four consecutive weeks of being second.

Donny Schatz relinquishes the top spot but only drops one spot to No. 2 on our list. The duo split the first-place votes with five apiece, but it was Gravel obtaining more total votes overall. Not far behind them are Brad Sweet and Jason Johnson, who are having fantastic season in their own rights and are just a few points away from moving further up the board.

The biggest mover of the week is none other than Pennsylvania's own Lucas Wolfe. Wolfe, in his first year driving for owner Mike Barshinger, claimed the $5,000-to-win Spring Championship at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.

With big movers, comes big fallers. This week's biggest drop was found in Rico Abreu, who dropped ten spots down to No. 16. The California driver placed 6th in a Sprint Car Challenge Tour event at Placerville Speedway. This did not count towards voters' ballots as we only take into consideration '410' sprint car events.

Falling out of the Top 25 Poll this week are Cory Eliason (21), Kyle Hirst (22) and Caleb Helms (23). Replacing that trio of drivers is Lance Dewease, who returns to the rankings after a two-week absence, along with Spencer Bayston and Carson Macedo who are making their first appearances of the season.

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 | 4 |

1. David Gravel, 245 points (5)
Recent Results: Continues his hot streak with a win at Gator Motorplex and 2nd in Devil's Bowl's finale
Previous Ranking: 2nd (+1)

2. Donny Schatz, 243 points (5)
Recent Results: Recorded a 4th place finish at Gator Motorplex but did not contend at Devil's Bowl
Previous Ranking: 1st (-1)

3. Brad Sweet, 232 points
Recent Results: Followed up his runner-up finish Night 1 at Devil's Bowl with a win in the finale
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)

4. Jason Johnson, 220 points
Recent Results: Notched three Top 6 finishes last weekend including a win in the Devil's Bowl prelim
Previous Ranking: 5th (+1)

5. Sheldon Haudenschild, 171 points
Recent Results: Earned his fifth Top 5 run of the year Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway
Previous Ranking: 10th (+5)

6. Brian Brown, 158 points
Recent Results: Rain ruined his plans of running the Knoxville Raceway season opener
Previous Ranking: 4th (-2)

7. Daryn Pittman, 158 points
Recent Results: Ran 7th in the Devil's Bowl prelim as he looks to get his season back on track
Previous Ranking: 11th (+4)

8. Logan Schuchart, 157 points
Recent Results: Picked up a podium finish Friday at Devil's Bowl in between 10th & 11th place finishes
Previous Ranking: 12th (+4)

9. Shane Stewart, 153 points
Recent Results: Placed 6th at Devil's Bowl on Friday but failed to crack the Top 5 for the third straight week
Previous Ranking: 7th (-2)

10. Chad Kemenah, 152 points
Recent Results: Finished 5th in the final rundown of the All Star Circuit of Champions race at Attica
Previous Ranking: 9th (-1)

11. Greg Hodnett, 138 points
Recent Results: A 4th place run in Lincoln's Spring Championship followed a 10th at Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: 8th (-3)

12. Jason Sides, 135 points
Recent Results: Extended his streak of Top 10's to eight straight races at Gator Motorplex and Devil's Bowl
Previous Ranking: 15th (+3)

13. Dale Blaney, 116 points
Recent Results: Bouncing back from a DNQ on Friday at Attica, he ran 4th the next night against the All Stars
Previous Ranking: 13th (NC)

14. Danny Dietrich, 114 points
Recent Results: Recorded a pair of podium finishes in Central PA at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway
Previous Ranking: 17th (+3)

15. Lance Dewease, 98 points
Recent Results: In just his second start of the year, he piloted the #69K to victory lane at Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

16. Rico Abreu, 95 points
Recent Results: Did not enter a '410' sprint event this past weekend but placed 6th in '360' competition
Previous Ranking: 6th (-10)

17. Paul McMahan, 91 points
Recent Results: Settled for a runner-up finish at Gator Motorplex after leading the majority of the race
Previous Ranking: 19th (+2)

18. Lucas Wolfe, 85 points
Recent Results: Follows up a mediocre run at Williams Grove by winning the Spring Championship at Lincoln
Previous Ranking: 25th (+7)

19. Ian Madsen, 80 points
Recent Results: His plans of entering the Knoxville Raceway opener were washed out by Mother Nature
Previous Ranking: 14th (-5)

20. Joey Saldana, 79 points
Recent Results: Ran 6th at Gator Motorplex before placing 4th at Devil's Bowl for his second Top 5 of the year
Previous Ranking: 18th (-2)

21. Tim Shaffer, 69 points
Recent Results: Ran up front at Attica Raceway Park both nights on his way to 3rd & 6th place finishes
Previous Ranking: 20th (-1)

22. Doug Esh, 52 points
Recent Results: Never challenged for the win with 7th & 8th place runs at Williams Grove and Port Royal
Previous Ranking: 16th (-6)

23. Spencer Bayston, 45 point
Recent Results: Recorded two podium finishes at Attica over the weekend including a win with the All Stars
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Brian Montieth, 35 points
Recent Results: After struggling at Williams Grove, he bounced back to run 2nd at Lincoln Speedway
Previous Ranking: 24th (NC)

25. Carson Macedo, 19 points
Recent Results: Stayed up front Friday at Attica on his way to a 5th place run against a stout field
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

Dropped Out of Rankings
Cory Eliason (21), Kyle Hirst (22), Caleb Helms (23)

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