Thursday, May 25, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 10

David Gravel picked up a pair of wins as the WoO trekked through Central PA

Welcome back race fans for the 10th week in our rankings. Before we begin, I'll apologize for not posting the Top 25 last week. I know everyone was furious (I know how serious you take it), so we'll try not to let it happen again. Ballots were still collected, and driver's points were tallied up for end-of-year totals. This week, our voters' ballots take into consideration all of the races that were contested from May 19th-21st.

David Gravel took advantage of hot streak through Central PA where he picked up back-to-back wins at the pigeon hills of Lincoln Speedway and the historic Williams Grove Speedway. His runs meant enough to our voters to propel him back into the No. 1 spot in our poll. He returns to the top spot after a one week hiatus, and it his his fifth week this season that he has held command of No. 1.

One man's fortune is another man's loss, er, something like that. Donny Schatz falls to No. 2 in the poll following a week where he placed runner-up at Williams Grove and fourth at Lincoln Speedway. Schatz has still never dropped outside of the top two in this poll's history (May 2016).

Brad Sweet maintains the No. 3 spot for the ninth consecutive week, and behind him we find his teammate Daryn Pittman. This is Pittman's highest ranking of the season as he rides the coattails of three straight top-six finishes, including a pair of runner-ups. Rounding out the top five is Jason Johnson who dropped one spot in the rankings.

Tim Shaffer earns the Hard Charger award for the week as he improves six spots to No. 14 in our Top 25 rankings. He piloted the Rudzik Racing machine to a podium finish in the Morgan Cup finale at Williams Grove Speedway to finish his weekend in Central Pennsylvania.

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

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |

Note: Ballots were collected before Wednesday's race at New Egypt Speedway

1. David Gravel, 221 points (5)
Recent Results: Found victory lane in back-to-back races at Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedway
Previous Ranking: 2nd (+1)

2. Donny Schatz, 220 points (4)
Recent Results: Produced two Top 5's in his three starts in Central PA over the weekend
Previous Ranking: 1st (-1)

3. Brad Sweet, 203 points
Recent Results: Continued his consistent runs with Top 10's at all three WoO events in Pennsylvania
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)

4. Daryn Pittman, 197 points
Recent Results: A strong weekend in PA resulted in runner-up finishes at both Lincoln and Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: 6th (+2)

5. Jason Johnson, 189 points
Recent Results: Followed a 6th place at Lincoln with finishes of 14th & 9th at Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: 4th (-1)

6. Shane Stewart, 173 points
Recent Results: Picked up his first win of the season at Williams Grove in his only Top 10 of the weekend
Previous Ranking: 8th (+2)

7. Lance Dewease, 159 points
Recent Results: Finished 8th and 4th place in his two WoO starts at Williams Grove over the weekend
Previous Ranking: 7th (NC)

8. Brian Brown, 157 points
Recent Results: Once again, rain kept him from playing in the dirt at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night
Previous Ranking: 5th (-3)

9. Logan Schuchart, 137 points
Recent Results: Cracked the Top 10 once but it resulted in a 5th place at William's Grove Morgan Cup
Previous Ranking: 9th (NC)

10. Sheldon Haudenschild, 133 points
Recent Results: Placed in the Top 10 twice over the weekend with a best of 8th at Lincoln Speedway
Previous Ranking: 10th (NC)

11. Ian Madsen, 122 points
Recent Results: Sat at home as Knoxville was a wash with rain in the area
Previous Ranking: 12th (+1)

12. Chad Kemenah, 116 points
Recent Results: Rain in Indiana and Wisconsin kept him and the All Stars from racing all weekend
Previous Ranking: 11th (-1)

13. Danny Dietrich, 100 points
Recent Results: Followed up a podium WoO run at Lincoln with 19th & 12th place finishes at The Grove
Previous Ranking: 17th (+4)

14. Tim Shaffer, 93 points
Recent Results: Followed up poor outings with a 3rd place finish in the Williams Grove Speedway finale
Previous Ranking: 20th (+6)

15. Jason Sides, 90 points
Recent Results: Struggled all weekend with a 24th place at Lincoln and 21st & 15th at Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: 15th (NC)

16. Kerry Madsen, 83 points
Recent Results: Rain in the Midwest ruined any plans he had of racing over the weekend
Previous Ranking: 14th (-2)

17. Dale Blaney, 79 points
Recent Results: His best finish of 9th at Lincoln was his only Top 10 with the Outlaws in Pennsylvania
Previous Ranking: 16th (-1)

18. Greg Hodnett, 77 points
Recent Results: Showed some speed with Top 10 runs in two of his three Outlaw starts over the weekend
Previous Ranking: 19th (+1)

19. Rico Abreu, 76 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 13th (-6)

20. Kyle Hirst, 51 points
Recent Results: Picked up the win in NARC/KWS action at the Thunderbowl Speedway in California
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

21. Mark Dobmeier, 45 points
Recent Results: Ran second at River Cities Speedway in his only start of the weekend
Previous Ranking: 22nd (+1)

22. Joey Saldana, 36 points
Recent Results: Struggling through PA resulted in finishes of 13th, 24th and 17th at Lincoln and the Grove
Previous Ranking: 21st (-1)

23. Parker Price-Miller, 32 points
Recent Results: Took the weekend off following his stellar performances the week prior
Previous Ranking: 18th (-5)

24. Brian Montieth, 30 points
Recent Results: Prior to his DNF Saturday, he placed 5th & 7th at Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedway
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

25. Freddie Rahmer, 27 points
Recent Results: Bounces back after spinning at Lincoln to finish on the podium at Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

Dropped Out of Rankings
Lucas Wolfe (23), Paul McMahan (24), Carson Macedo (25)

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