|Kyle Larson (57) racing hard with Sheldon Haudenschild (93)
at Waynesfield Raceway Park during Ohio Speedweek action.
Making a splash on the sprint car scene and moving to No. 14 in this week’s rankings is none other than Elk Grove, Calif.’s Kyle Larson. Larson, joined by fellow asphalt racers Rico Abreu and Kasey Kahne, dropped into Ohio over the weekend to partake in some of the All Star Sprint Speedweek fun. The California hotshoe picked up the miniseries opener at Attica, then continued on to pick up podium finishes at both Waynesfield Raceway Park and Millstream Speedway.
Also making their debut in our Top 25 rankings is sprint car legend Sammy Swindell. Swindell’s strong runs continued this past weekend when he finished 5th at Knoxville Raceway and 2nd at Mason City Motor Speedway against a tough National Sprint League field. Slammin’ Sammy slides in to the 25th and final spot on the poll.
Once again, Fargo, N.D.’s Donny Schatz topped the rankings. Over the past week he notched his 3rd straight River Cities Speedway World of Outlaws win, with another 3rd place finish to boot. Behind him we find a dead-heat tie for the 2nd spot between WoO competitors David Gravel and Shane Stewart. Gravel continues to post consistent Top 5 finishes while Stewart found victory lane twice.
Kyle Larson was the Hard Charger of the week. He now sits 14th in the Rankings, but as of last week he had not tallied a single point due to his NASCAR commitments keeping him from getting dirty. Other notable movers through the field were Shane Stewart, Daryn Pittman and Kerry Madsen who all moved up an impressive 5 spots!
The two drivers who dropped out of the rankings from last week’s poll were Pennsylvania’s Brent Marks and Ohio’s Cole Duncan.
Our panel of voting members for Week 3 included the following:
Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Tony Bokhoven, Mike Leone, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini and Tyler Beichner.
1. Donny Schatz, 199 points (7)
Recent Results: Rebounds from DNF at Granite City to score a win and 3rd at River Cities & Brown County.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)
2. David Gravel, 177 points (1)
Recent Results: Strong 2nd place run at River Cities and 6th place finishes at Granite City & Brown County.
Previous Ranking: 4th (+2)
2. Shane Stewart, 177 points
Recent Results: Dominating week results in two wins at Granite City & Brown County, plus a 4th at River Cities.
Previous Ranking: 7th (+5)
4. Brad Sweet, 170 points
Recent Results: Finishes of 2nd, 6th & 7th at Granite City, River Cities, and Brown County respectively.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (-1)
5. Greg Hodnett, 164 points
Recent Results: Caps off a 4th place run at Williams Grove by collecting another win at Port Royal.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (-3)
6. Dale Blaney, 163 points
Recent Results: Builds off of strong runs at Attica and Waynesfield to capture win at Millstream during Speedweek.
Previous Ranking: 5th (-1)
7. Daryn Pittman, 152 points
Recent Results: Consistently a Top 5 car of late with the WoO. Finishes of 4th, 5th, & 4th over the past week.
Previous Ranking: 10th (+5)
8. Danny Lasoski, 143 points
Recent Results: A weekend with the NSL, he placed 7th at Knoxville and picked up the win at Mason City.
Previous Ranking: 6th (-2)
9. Chad Kemenah, 133 points
Recent Results: Gaining speed, Kemenah placed in the Top 5 in each of the first three OH Speedweek events.
Previous Ranking: 11th (+2)
10. Kerry Madsen, 112 points
Recent Results: Notched a 3rd at Granite City with WoO before finding victory lane at Knoxville with the NSL.
Previous Ranking: 15th (+5)
11. Brian Brown, 97 points
Recent Results: After a 13th at Granite City with WoO, finishes weekend strong with a 4th & 6th in NSL action.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-3)
12. Terry McCarl, 92 points
Recent Results: Scores a 9th at Knoxville in NSL action before finishing just inside the Top 5 at Mason City.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-3)
12. Joey Saldana, 92 points
Recent Results: A runner-up at Brown County highlighted his weekend that also included 9th & 10th place finishes.
Previous Ranking: 13th (+1)
14. Kyle Larson, 84 points
Recent Results: Won his Attica debut followed by a runner-up at Waynesfield and 3rd place at Millstream during Ohio Speedweek.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
15. Sheldon Haudenschild, 78 points
Recent Results: Fending off Larson for the win at Waynesfield was the lone bright spot to his Speedweek start.
Previous Ranking: 20th (+5)
16. Lucas Wolfe, 72 points
Recent Results: Follows up a DNF at Williams Grove with a 2nd place finish at Port Royal.
Previous Ranking: 13th (-4)
17. Dusty Zomer, 60 points
Recent Results: Struggles all weekend result in 13th and 16th place finishes with the Outlaws.
Previous Ranking: 12th (-5)
17. Craig Dollansky, 60 points
Recent Results: Progressively improved all weekend. Finished 12th, 8th & 5th in consecutive starts with WoO/NSL.
Previous Ranking: 16th (-1)
19. Tim Kaeding, 51 points
Recent Results: Notches a podium 3rd place finish at Knoxville before settling for 10th at Brown County.
Previous Ranking: 17th (-2)
20. Danny Dietrich, 44 points
Recent Results: Finishes 2nd at Williams Grove before a 20th & DNQ in two Ohio Speedweek starts.
Previous Ranking: 22nd (+2)
21. Jason Johnson, 31 points
Recent Results: Charges to a 5th place run at Granite City before finishes of 22nd & 12th at River Cities and Brown County.
Previous Ranking: 17th (-4)
22. Lance Dewease, 28 points
Recent Results: The team did not enter a race for yet another week.
Previous Ranking: 21st (-1)
23. Mark Dobmeier, 27 points
Recent Results: Disappointing runs in his neck of the woods. Places 23rd & 13th with the World of Outlaws.
Previous Ranking: 18th (-5)
23. Byron Reed, 27 points
Recent Results: Scores runner-up finish at Attica stop on Speedweek before placing other finishes of 12th & 24th.
Previous Ranking: 24th (+1)
25. Sammy Swindell, 24 points
Recent Results: Joins the rankings after finishing 5th at Knoxville and 2nd at Mason City in NSL action.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Dropped Out of Rankings
Brent Marks (19), Cole Duncan (25)