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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 14

Shane Stewart picked up wins at West Liberty and Beaver Dam over the weekend

All but one event of Ohio Speedweek was completed, although they dealt with rain nearly every single night. That was the highlight of the past week, although racing was seen from World of Outlaws to weekly action across the country. This week's ballot take into account the events from June 19th-25th.

Donny Schatz continues to occupy the No. 1 spot in our poll, although he shares the coveted first-place votes with two other drivers. David Gravel and Kyle Larson each claimed a first-place vote as well. Gravel holds onto the No. 2 position, meanwhile Shane Stewart slides up to No. 3 which marks his highest ranking in the poll this season. Brad Sweet falls back to fill the void at No. 4, and fellow World of Outlaws driver Jason Johnson rounds out the top five.

Following his win the previous with at Eagle Raceway with the World of Outlaws, Kyle Larson picked up wins on three straight days last week at Michigan International (NASCAR), and Wayne County/Sharon Speedway (ASCoC). Look for him to make some noise next week as he joins the drivers of PA Speedweek for a couple of shows, weather-permitting.

Four drivers have moved into the Top 25 after not being ranked in our previous edition. The aforementioned Larson (9), California's Shane Golobic (20), Indiana's Spencer Bayston (22), and Ohio's Cole Duncan (24) all caught the attention of our voting panel. Falling out of the rankings are Dale Blaney, Bill Balog, Gio Scelzi and Parker Price-Miller.

We will be off next week as PA Speedweek continues its rampant pace in the middle of summer. Enjoy Independence Day, and see everyone 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 | 13 |


**Note: Ballots collect before the WoO event at Route 66 Raceway


1. Donny Schatz, 223 points (7)
Recent Results: Experienced a rare DNF at Beaver Dam after a win and fifth place earlier in the week
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 211 points (1)
Recent Results: Notched three Top 10's with a fifth at Granite City being his best result of the week
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Shane Stewart, 206 points
Recent Results: Followed up an eighth place run with back-to-back wins at West Liberty and Beaver Dam
Previous Ranking: 4th (+1)

4. Brad Sweet, 200 points
Recent Results: Ran in the Top 5 in all three WoO shows including a pair of podium finishes
Previous Ranking: 3rd (-1)

5. Jason Johnson, 175 points
Recent Results: Claimed three straight podium finishes at Granite City, West Liberty and Beaver Dam
Previous Ranking: 7th (+2)

6. Kerry Madsen, 154 points
Recent Results: Finished fourth, sixth, and second at Granite City, Jackson and Beaver Dam, respectively
Previous Ranking: 9th (+3)

7. Daryn Pittman, 153 points
Recent Results: A fourth place run at West Liberty separated his other mid-pack finishes last week
Previous Ranking: 5th (-2)

8. Ian Madsen, 152 points
Recent Results: After terrible runs with the Outlaws, he came home to finish runner-up at Knoxville Raceway
Previous Ranking: 8th (-2)

9. Kyle Larson, 143 points (1)
Recent Results: Dominated in both of his Ohio Speedweek starts with wins at Wayne County and Sharon
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

10. Brian Brown, 137 points
Recent Results: Ran seventh at West Liberty with the Outlaws before finishing third at Knoxville Raceway
Previous Ranking: 8th (-2)

11. Tim Shaffer, 123 points
Recent Results: The 2017 Ohio Speedweek champion picked up a win and a pair of fourths last week
Previous Ranking: 14th (+3)

12. Danny Dietrich, 120 points
Recent Results: Notched a pair of Top 5 runs in Ohio before heading home to win at Lincoln Speedway
Previous Ranking: 13th (+1)

13. Lucas Wolfe, 117 points
Recent Results: Recovered from a FLIP earlier in the race to come back and WIN at Port Royal Speedway
Previous Ranking: 16th (+3)

14. Chad Kemenah, 114 points
Recent Results: Claimed a trio of third place finishes at Wayne County, Waynesfield and Muskingum
Previous Ranking: 11th (-3)

15. Logan Schuchart, 99 points
Recent Results: Struggled to find speed with finishes of ninth, 22nd, and 24th in WoO action
Previous Ranking: 12th (-3)

16. Lance Dewease, 97 points
Recent Results: Finished third in a rare weekly start at Port Royal Speedway
Previous Ranking: 10th (-6)

17. Sheldon Haudenschild, 78 points
Recent Results: Strong runs resulted in back-to-back sixth place finishes at Granite City and West Liberty
Previous Ranking: 17th (NC)

18. Greg Hodnett, 58 points
Recent Results: Finished fourth at Port Royal Speedway as he gears up for PA Speedweek
Previous Ranking: 15th (-3)

19. Carson Macedo, 55 points
Recent Results: Ran 2nd at Sharon Speedway on top of his 6th place runs at Wayne County & Waynesfield
Previous Ranking: 20th (+1)

20. Shane Golobic, 45 points
Recent Results: Picked up a win at Ocean Speedway and a second at Calistoga in NARC action
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

21. Rico Abreu, 42 points
Recent Results: A third place run at Sharon Speedway offset his dismal runs at Wayne County and Calistoga
Previous Ranking: 22nd (+1)

22. Spencer Bayston, 36 points
Recent Results: Followed up his OH Speedweek win at Muskingum with a second place at Atomic Speedway
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

23. Jason Sides, 32 points
Recent Results: A seventh place run at Granite City marked his only Top 10 finish of the week
Previous Ranking: 19th (-4)

24. Cole Duncan, 30 points
Recent Results: Finished his run of five straight Top 5's against the All Stars with a win at Atomic Speedway
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

25. Freddie Rahmer, 22 points
Recent Results: The Central PA hotshoe finished in a podium spot at his home track Lincoln Speedway
Previous Ranking: 18th (-7)

Dropped Out of Rankings
Dale Blaney (21), Bill Balog (23), Gio Scelzi (24), Parker Price-Miller (25)

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