Winged Sprint Car Rankings – Volume IV
Welcome back for another edition of our monthly Winged 410 Sprint Car Rankings. First and foremost, I welcome any feedback that you may have. Whether you agree, disagree, wonder why I left someone off the lift, thought I overranked a driver, or any other feelings you might have, please leave a comment below!
So with that said, it’s time to get down to business!
|Donny Schatz powers his TSR #15 through the corner|
1. Donny Schatz (No Change)
Surely to no one’s surprise, Schatz comes in at no. 1 in our rankings for the second straight month. In 12 World of Outlaws races since our last set of rankings, Donny has tallied six wins (including another Knoxville Nationals triumph), three runner-up finishes and a lone third place run. To put it on the podium in 10 of the last 12 WoO races against the best competition undoubtedly notches his current title as the best sprint car driver in the country. Schatz currently holds a 154-point stranglehold of the standings over defending champ Daryn Pittman.
2. Daryn Pittman (No Change)
The defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion finds his place in our rankings at no. 2 for the second straight month as well. Pittman continued his success in the Northeast with a win at Fulton Speedway in NY. His 2nd and most recent win with the WoO in the past month came at the high-banked 1/3rd mile oval known as River Cities Speedway where he had to fend off the current series points leader Donny Schatz. In between the two wins, Pittman found victory lane at the Knoxville Raceway after partaking in the Speed Sport World Challenge on Saturday afternoon of Nationals Week.
3. Dale Blaney (+1)
The “King of the All Stars” has been exactly that. The Ohio native’s domination of the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is almost unheard of. Taking a look at the numbers, Blaney has won four of the last five ASCoC races. His lone blunder came at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, SD where mechanical troubles retired him from the race.
4. Kerry Madsen (-1)
Australia’s own Kerry Madsen has been laying the smack down on his American competitors, landing him at #4 on our rankings. Madsen’s commanding win in the Ironman 55 at Ken Schrader’s Federated Auto Parts Raceway in Pevely, MO is a lifetime dream for many drivers, yet it may have only been his second best run in the past month. Madsen’s third-place run in the 54th Annual Knoxville Nationals could be a stepping stone for more success for the team in the coming years.
5. Brian Brown (Unranked)
Unfortunately, Brian Brown may own the title of “Best Sprint Car Driver Without a WoO Win”. Discount the multiple Knoxville Nationals prelim feature victories that he has collected, because the WoO higher-ups do not count those as official WoO wins. Nonetheless, Brown captured another prelim victory in this year’s edition of the Nationals as well as his third consecutive runner-up finish in the main event. His breakthrough is coming soon!
6. Brent Marks (Unranked)
The 23 year old Myerstown, PA native has begun to establish himself as a power in Posseland. Within the past month, Marks has notched four wins on the tough Central PA circuit, including the $10,000 to win Dream race at Port Royal and a stretch of three wins in as many starts. Marks has also opened some eyes as he’s improved when he decided to take his family-owned team on the road to hit a handful of World of Outlaws shows.
7. Rico Abreu (Unranked)
Abreu, fresh out of St. Helena, Calif., has continued to impress many fans and critics. In recent weeks, Abreu has garnered wins in unfamiliar territory with victories at tracks that he doesn’t frequent very often. One of Abreu’s two wins over the past month came at Tri-City Speedway (IL) over veteran Danny Lasoski in Midwest Open Wheel Association action. Following that up, Rico held off the likes of Mark Dobmeier, Brady Bacon, and others to snag his first career All Star win at Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota.
8. Paul McMahan (-3)
Paul McMahan’s sprint car resume has continued to build with recent successes. A veteran in every sense of the word, McMahan has propelled the CJB Motorsports #51 machine to be a persistent threat to win at every show they enter. Strong runs for McMahan of late include a WoO win at I-55 in Pevely, MO (a precursor to the Ironman 55) and a sixth-place finish in the 54th running of the Knoxville Nationals.
On the Edge: Drivers that fell out of the rankings
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