Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll - Week 11

The biggest week in Sprint Car racing is almost here. The Knoxville Nationals is now just one week away, and the anticipation is at an all-time high. Can anyone steal the show from Donny Schatz, who looks to claim his 10th Nationals crown, and possibly also dethrone him from the top spot in our National Sprint Car Poll?

Dale Blaney found his way back to victory lane following a month-long absence en route to becoming this weeks' biggest mover, leaping forward eight spots to the No. 6 hole. Blaney held off charges from Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Holtgraver, and others at Eriez Speedway to claim the All Star win.

Aussie native Ian Madsen rejoins the poll for the first time since early June following stellar performances during the National Sprint League's tripleheader this past weekend. Madsen's 4th at Jackson Motorplex and 2nd at Hancock County Speedway were impressive, but it was the team's win at Knoxville Raceway just before the Nationals that was the icing on the cake.

Parker Price-Miller, the youngster from Indiana, made his debut in the Top 25 after strong performances during the four-race Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) speedweek. Highlighting the week for Price-Miller was a pair of wins at Quincy Raceways and Jacksonville Speedway.

Also joining the poll after a one week hiatus is Iowa's Terry McCarl. He piloted his No. 24 machine to win the NSL-sanctioned event at Hancock County Speedway as the teams gears up for next weekend's Knoxville Nationals.

The three drivers falling out of the Top 25 from last weeks rankings are Christopher Bell, Danny Holtgraver, and Logan Schuchart.

Our panel of voting members for Week 11 included the following:
Blake Anderson, Mike Mallett, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Tony Bokhoven, Mike Leone, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini and Tyler Beichner.

1. Donny Schatz, 200 points (8)
Recent Results: Back to his winning ways, found victory lane at Ohsweken then runner-up at Wilmot.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)

2. David Gravel, 189 points
Recent Results: Rebounds from mediocre Ohsweken run to find victory lane at Wilmot.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)

3. Daryn Pittman, 179 points
Recent Results: Kept it in the Top 5 in both nights of World of Outlaws action.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)

4. Brad Sweet, 166 points
Recent Results: Back-to-back Top 5's highlighted by a 2nd place finish at Ohsweken.
Previous Ranking: 5th (+1)

5. Greg Hodnett, 163 points
Recent Results: Wins the Grandview make-up feature, then adds two more Top 3 finishes on the week.
Previous Ranking: 4th (-1)

6. Dale Blaney, 129 points
Recent Results: Finds victory lane for the first time in five weeks with a win at Eriez in All Star action.
Previous Ranking: 14th (+8)

7. Sheldon Haudenschild, 125 points
Recent Results: Notches a pair of runner-up finish in ASCoC-sanctioned action at Eriez and Tri-City.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+4)

8. Shane Stewart, 115 points
Recent Results: Garnered respectable finishes, but failed to crack the Top 5 for a 3rd straight week.
Previous Ranking: 10th (+2)

9. Lance Dewease, 114 points
Recent Results: The team did not make a start this past week.
Previous Ranking: 5th (-4)

10. Joey Saldana, 111 points
Recent Results: Follows up an 8th place run at Ohsweken with a podium finish at Wilmot.
Previous Ranking: 12th (+2)

11. Kerry Madsen, 107 points
Recent Results: Wins $20,000 at Jackson before adding a podium finish at Hancock County to his resume.
Previous Ranking: 16th (+5)

12. Danny Lasoski, 104 points
Recent Results: Places 2nd at Knoxville in his only Top 5 finish of the NSL-sanctioned tripleheader.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-3)

13. Chad Kemenah, 96 points
Recent Results: Stayed consistent with 5th & 6th place finishes at Eriez and Tri-City, respectively.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-5)

14. Mark Dobmeier, 91 points
Recent Results: Won his 6th straight River Cities main before capturing his 4th straight Badlands feature.
Previous Ranking: 20th (+6)

15. Rico Abreu, 81 points
Recent Results: Did not make any 410 sprint starts last week.
Previous Ranking: 6th (-9)

16. Craig Dollansky, 68 points
Recent Results: Posts a pair of Top 5 finishes at Knoxville and Hancock County in NSL action.
Previous Ranking: 16th (NC)

17. Sammy Swindell, 66 points
Recent Results: Garners three Top 5 finishes in the NSL tripleheader led by a podium finish at Jackson.
Previous Ranking: 22nd (+5)

18. Brian Brown, 59 points
Recent Results: Managed a Top 5 in just one of his three starts over the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 13th (-5)

19. Ian Madsen, 52 points
Recent Results: Gearing up for the Nationals, he won the NSL feature at Knoxville and scored two more Top 5's.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

20. Stevie Smith, 50 points
Recent Results: Won at Grandview and also finished 5th in their make-up feature.
Previous Ranking: 15th (-5)

21. Kyle Hirst, 37 points
Recent Results: Failing to win his fourth straight KWS event, he placed 4th in the rundown at Placerville.
Previous Ranking: 18th (-3)

22. Danny Dietrich, 35 points
Recent Results: A 2nd place finish at Grandview was his only Top 5 over the course of the week.
Previous Ranking: 21st (-1)

23. Terry McCarl, 32 points
Recent Results: Scored an NSL-sanctioned win at Hancock County Speedway.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

24. Parker Price-Miller, 27 points
Recent Results: Captured two wins during the four-race MOWA Sprint speedweek.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

25. Jamie Veal, 21 points
Recent Results: Did not make any starts last week.
Previous Ranking: 23rd (-2)

Dropped Out of Rankings
Christopher Bell (19), Danny Holtgraver (24), Logan Schuchart (25)

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