Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 13

Alaskan native Bill Balog makes his first appearance on the poll in 2017

Sprint Car racing is now in full swing as every week from now through August is littered with mid-week specials across the country. This week, our voters' ballots take into consideration all of the races that were contested from June 8th-11th. In that span, twenty seven '410' races were ran with none being lost to rain!

Albeit by a slim margin, Donny Schatz maintains his hold on the No. 1 spot as carries a narrow eight point lead over David Gravel who occupies No. 2. That duo of drivers has not been able to break away from Brad Sweet, who continues to show as much speed as anyone in the country. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver has been the 3rd ranked driver in our Top 25 poll in all thirteen weeks.

The two busiest drivers of the weekend were Ian Madsen and Bill Balog, with both drivers entering four events. Madsen collected three Top 5 finishes including runner-ups with the IRA Sprints at Angell Park Speedway and against the World of Outlaws at Knoxville Raceway. As a result, the Aussie driver moves into a tie for fifth in the poll. The North Pole Nightmare, Bill Balog, beat Ian Madsen to the checkers at Angell Park for the win and finished bridesmaid in each of his three other starts.

The aforementioned Balog makes his first appearance in our Top 25 rankings following multiple appearances in 2016, meanwhile a young driver from Fresno, Calif. is making his career debut in the poll. Giovanni Scelzi has shown much promise in his limited starts, and this past weekend he won the NARC show at Thunderbowl Speedway for his second consecutive series win.

We will be off next week as Ohio Speedweek ramps up, and yours truly has a few races to be at along with other prior commitments. With that said, ballots will still be collected and points tallied. See you in two weeks!

Our panel of voting members included 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 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 10 | 11 |

1. Donny Schatz, 200 points (8)
Recent Results: Collected two podiums at Knoxville including his 10th series win of the year
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 192 points
Recent Results: Notched a pair of runner-up finishes as the Outlaws visited the famed Knoxville Raceway
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Brad Sweet, 184 points
Recent Results: Followed up a win on Night #1 at Knoxville with a 3rd place result on Saturday
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)

4. Shane Stewart, 168 points
Recent Results: Was consistently fast in Iowa on his way to 4th and 6th place finishes
Previous Ranking: 4th (NC)

5. Daryn Pittman, 153 points
Recent Results: Claimed respectable finishes of 8th and 13th against a tough field at Knoxville
Previous Ranking: 5th (NC)

5. Ian Madsen, 153 points
Recent Results: Claimed three Top 5' across four races with three different series in the Midwest last weekend
Previous Ranking: 6th (+1)

7. Jason Johnson, 151 points
Recent Results: Ran 8th & 10th at Knoxville in his first visit since winning the Nationals last August
Previous Ranking: 7th (NC)

8. Brian Brown, 136 points
Recent Results: Continued his string of strong finishes with 4th, 5th & 6th place runs with the WoO and ASCoC
Previous Ranking: 8th (NC)

9. Kerry Madsen, 133 points
Recent Results: Claimed two Top 5's over the weekend in WoO & ASCoC action at Knoxville and 34 Raceway
Previous Ranking: 9th (NC)

10. Lance Dewease, 128 points
Recent Results: Settled for 3rd & 2nd place finishes at Williams Grove and Suquehanna Speedway, respectively
Previous Ranking: 10th (NC)

11. Chad Kemenah, 118 points
Recent Results: Took advantage of the All Stars' tour through the Midwest with a win and two more podiums
Previous Ranking: 11th (NC)

12. Logan Schuchart, 112 points
Recent Results: Bounces back from not qualifying to finish 7th the following night at Knoxville
Previous Ranking: 12th (NC)

13. Danny Dietrich, 97 points
Recent Results: Won the $5,000 special at Lincoln (PA) after strong runs at Susquehanna and Williams Grove
Previous Ranking: 14th (+1)

14. Tim Shaffer, 89 points
Recent Results: Won at Attica Raceway Park in his final tune-up before Ohio Sprint Speedweek
Previous Ranking: 16th (+2)

15. Greg Hodnett, 85 points
Recent Results: Back in a Maxim chassis, he picked up two wins and a fourth in Central PA over the weekend
Previous Ranking: 21st (+6)

16. Lucas Wolfe, 84 points
Recent Results: Tallied a pair of Top 5's and a DNF across his three starts in Central PA
Previous Ranking: 13th (-3)

17. Sheldon Haudenschild, 73 points
Recent Results: Struggles all weekend at Knoxville kept him from cracking the Top 15 in the results
Previous Ranking: 15th (-2)

18. Freddie Rahmer, 48 points
Recent Results: Picked up another Williams Grove feature win prior to recording a DNF at Lincoln
Previous Ranking: 25th (+7)

18. Jason Sides, 48 points
Recent Results: Finished outside of the Top 20 both nights at Knoxville in a weekend he'll soon forget
Previous Ranking: 17th (-1)

20. Carson Macedo, 43 points
Recent Results: Notched his first career All Star win at Lincoln (IL) Fairgrounds and finished 4th at Macon
Previous Ranking: 24th (+4)

21. Dale Blaney, 39 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 18th (-3)

22. Rico Abreu, 37 points
Recent Results:
Previous Ranking: 19th (-3)

23. Bill Balog, 30 points
Recent Results: Picked up a win and three second place finishes at Angell Park, Oshkosh, Wilmot & 34 Raceway
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Gio Scelzi, 28 points
Recent Results: Found victory lane at Thunderbowl Speedway for his second straight NARC victory
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

25. Parker Price-Miller, 24 points
Recent Results: A 4th place finish at Angell Park was his best of his three Midwest starts over the weekend
Previous Ranking: 20th (-5)

Dropped Out of Rankings
Mark Dobmeier (22), Byron Reed (23)

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