Top 25 National Sprint Car Poll – Week 8
|Danny Holtgraver continued his hot streak with the All
Stars and improved 10 spots in this week’s poll.
Sprint car fans across the country were able to enjoy another mostly dry weekend after weathering through a seemingly wet spring. The majority of the scheduled ‘winged 410’ races got in as scheduled. The casualties were Williams Grove Speedway, Skyline Speedway, and Devil’s Lake Speedway.
All Star Circuit of Champions regular Danny Holtgraver was the man on the move in this week’s poll moving up ten spots to No. 14. Coming off of a pair of Top 5 runs with the series in Michigan, the Pittsburgh, PA native piloted the Pete Grove owned no. 70 machine to a $10,000 payday in Sharon Speedway’s Lou Blaney Memorial. The monster paycheck is the biggest of Holtgraver’s career since winning the King of the 360’s race at East Bay Raceway Park a few years ago.
Not far behind Holtgraver was the Grand Forks, ND-based Mark Dobmeier. Although it’s not known as a hot bed for sprint car racing, Dobmeier has excelled in the sport. He has won most of the races at River Cities, this past week included, and he just notched his 2nd win of the season at Badlands Motor Speedway. His results over the weekend were good enough to move him up eight spots where he now occupies No. 13 in our Top 25 poll.
As we’re accustomed to seeing, the World of Outlaws points leader Donny Schatz maintained his stranglehold on the top spot in the poll for the 8th consecutive week, and he captured every first place vote in the process. The remainder of the Top 5 is filled out by David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Greg Hodnett, and Daryn Pittman.
Three drivers made the jump up into our Top 25 sprint car poll. Pennsylvania’s Brent Marks (20), Alan Krimes (21), and Logan Schuchart (25) all move into the rankings. Marks and Schuchart make their return into the poll, while Krimes makes his debut. Dropping out of the Top 25 was Sammy Swindell, Kyle Larson and Stevie Smith. None of them made an appearance on a dirt track this past weekend.
With the rejuvenated Kings Royal weekend at Eldora Speedway upon us, look for these rankings to be a good indicator of who’s hot, who’s not, and which drivers you can expect to see running towards the front of the pack.
Our panel of voting members for Week 8 included the following:
Blake Anderson, Brian Liskai, Bobby Gerould, Tony Bokhoven, Mike Leone, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini and Tyler Beichner.
1. Donny Schatz, 175 points (7)
Recent Results: Records a runner-up finish and his 13th WoO win at Cedar Lake.
Previous Ranking: 1st (NC)
2. David Gravel, 164 points
Recent Results: Follows up a respectable 8th place finish at Cedar Lake with a 2nd the next night.
Previous Ranking: 2nd (NC)
3. Shane Stewart, 156 points
Recent Results: Cracked the Top 5 with a 4th Place finish the first night at Cedar Lake.
Previous Ranking: 3rd (NC)
4. Greg Hodnett, 155 points
Recent Results: Double features at Lincoln provided Hodnett with a win and 3rd place result.
Previous Ranking: 4th (NC)
5. Daryn Pittman, 146 points
Recent Results: Strong runs of 7th & 3rd at Cedar Lake, respectively.
Previous Ranking: 5th (NC
6. Brad Sweet, 145 points
Recent Results: Ran strong at Cedar Lake but couldn’t crack the podium.
Previous Ranking: 6th (NC)
7. Joey Saldana, 122 points
Recent Results: After leading a good portion of the race, finished 3rd in the Cedar Lake opener.
Previous Ranking: 7th (NC)
8. Danny Lasoski, 119 points
Recent Results: A sub-par performance at Cedar Lake turns into a win at Knoxville the next night.
Previous Ranking: 12th (+4)
9. Sheldon Haudenschild, 116 points
Recent Results: Following a weekend sweep with the ASCoC, finishes 2nd in the Lou Blaney Memorial.
Previous Ranking: 10th (+1)
10. Chad Kemenah, 99 points
Recent Results: Made some late race moves to garner a 4th place finish at Sharon Speedway.
Previous Ranking: 9th (-1)
11. Dale Blaney, 88 points
Recent Results: In a rare occurrence, he fell back a few spots resulting in a 5th at Sharon.
Previous Ranking: 8th (-3)
11. Danny Dietrich, 88 points
Recent Results: Tallies a 2nd & 4th with double features at Lincoln. Finished 4th in the Trail-Way special.
Previous Ranking: 13th (+2)
13. Mark Dobmeier, 80 points
Recent Results: Clicks off another River Cities win, then goes on to win at Badlands the following night.
Previous Ranking: 21st (+8)
14. Danny Holtgraver, 56 points
Recent Results: Picks up the $10,000 winner’s check from the ASCoC-sanctioned Lou Blaney Memorial.
Previous Ranking: 24th (+10)
15. Kerry Madsen, 53 points
Recent Results: Sub-par performances at Cedar Lake with 11th & 19th place finishes to show for it.
Previous Ranking: 14th (-1)
16. Lance Dewease
Recent Results: Took the week off to prepare for the upcoming Summer Nationals at Williams Grove.
Previous Ranking: 11th (-5)
16. Lucas Wolfe, 50 points
Recent Results: Notches a 5th in the first feature at Lincoln but is unable to finish the second main event.
Previous Ranking: 15th (-1)
18. Rico Abreu, 44 points
Recent Results: Fast all weekend long, recorded 5th & 7th place finishes with the WoO at Cedar Lake.
Previous Ranking: 17th (-1)
19. Brent Marks, 42 points
Recent Results: Claims the runner-up spot at Port Royal then wins in a rare Trail-Ways special on Sunday.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
20. Alan Krimes, 35 points
Recent Results: Records two podium finishes, including a win, with double features at Lincoln.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
21. Brian Brown, 32 points
Recent Results: A 10th place finish was the best Brown had to show after running Cedar Lake with the WoO.
Previous Ranking: 20th (-1)
21. Craig Dollansky, 32 points
Recent Results: Joins the WoO at Cedar Lake fora 6th place finish, then heads back to Knoxville to finish 4th.
Previous Ranking: 21st (NC)
23. Terry McCarl, 29 points
Recent Results: Finished 12th at Badlands Speedway in his only start of the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 18th (-5)
24. Dusty Zomer, 27 points
Recent Results: Could only muster a 9th place finish at Badlands in his only start of the weekend.
Previous Ranking: 19th (-5)
25. Logan Schuchart, 27 points
Recent Results: Picked up his first career WoO win at Cedar Lake, then runs 6th the following night.
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Dropped Out of Rankings
Sammy Swindell (16), Kyle Larson (23), Stevie Smith (25)
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