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TDN’s 2016 National Sprint Car Media "Top 40 Countdown"

After a long and thrilling season of action-packed racing from coast to coast, we give you the Top 40 “Winged 410 Sprint Car Drivers of America”.
To make the list, voters had to be included on just one ballot. Each ballot, which was submitted by our Voting Panel, asked for twenty-five drivers to be ranked 1-25. Their 1st place driver received 25 points, with each position after that dropping one point until 1 point was awarded to their 25th place driver.
Donny Schatz’s 1st place total of 4,732 points came shockingly close to the perfect score of 4,750. Four other drivers claimed 1st place votes over the course of the season besides Schatz. Daryn Pittman [5] led the way followed by David Gravel [4], Brad Sweet [1], and Danny Lasoski [1].
Our esteemed panel of voters consisted of Blake Anderson, Bobby Gerould, Shawn Miller, Mike Leone, Mike Mallett, Brian Liskai, Tony Bokhoven, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini, and Tyler Beichner.

1. Donny Schatz [4,732 points]

Hometown: Fargo, ND
Wins: 25
Points: 1st (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank1st    Low Rank1st

Key Wins: Kings Royal, World Finals

2. David Gravel [4,170 points]


Hometown: Watertown, CT
Wins: 9
Points: 3rd (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank10th
Key Wins: Jokers Wild, Silver Cup, Skagit sweep

3. Daryn Pittman [4,090 points]

Hometown: Owosso, OK
Wins: 8
Points: 2nd (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank10th

Key Wins: Knight Before the Kings Royal

4. Greg Hodnett [3,794 points]

Hometown: Spring Grove, PA
Wins: 23
Points: 1st (Williams Grove), 2nd (PA Spdwk)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank9th

Key Wins: Wins at 7 different tracks

5. Shane Stewart [3,792 points]

Hometown: Bixby, OK
Wins: 12
Points: 6th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank10th

Key Wins: Gold Cup, 4-Crown

6. Brad Sweet [3,693 points]

Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
Wins: 8
Points: 4th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank3rd    Low Rank10th

Key Wins: Won 3 of first 4 WoO races

7. Dale Blaney [3,246 points]


Hometown: Hartford, OH
Wins: 8
Points: 2nd (All Stars)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank4th    Low Rank14th
Key Wins: 7 ASCoC wins


8. Danny Lasoski [2,701 points]

Hometown: Dover, MO
Wins: 7
Points: 1st (Knoxville & NSL), 2nd (Jackson)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank18th

Key Wins: 3 NSL wins, 5 wins at Knoxville

9. Joey Saldana [2,640 points]

Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
Wins: 5
Points: 5th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank6th    Low Rank15th

Key Wins: Las Vegas, Devil’s Bowl

10. Chad Kemenah [2,563 points]

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Wins: 2
Points: 1st (All Stars)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank7th    Low Rank17th

Key Wins: Fremont (WoO), 1 ASCoC win

11. Sheldon Haudenschild [2,200 points]

Hometown: Wooster, OH
Wins: 9
Points: 3rd (All Stars)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank7th    Low Rank21st

Key Wins: Dirt Classic OH, Pete Jacobs Mem.

12. Kerry Madsen [2,152 points]


Hometown: St. Mary’s, NSW, AUS
Wins: 6
Points: 5th (Jackson Motorplex), 6th (NSL)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank8th    Low Rank19th
Key Wins: 2 WoO wins, 4 NSL wins


13. Lance Dewease [2,068 points]

Hometown: Fayetteville, PA
Wins: 10
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank5th    Low Rank22nd

Key Wins: Summer Nationals, Tuscarora 50

14. Rico Abreu [1,778 points]

Hometown: Rutherford, CA
Wins: 10
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: Fifteen
High Rank6th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: Iron Man 55, Dirt Classic IN, Gold Cup, Rock N’ Roll Gold Cup

15. Jason Johnson [1,728 points]

Hometown: Eunice, LA
Wins: 4
Points: 7th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Twelve
High Rank4th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: Knoxville Nationals, World Finals

16. Danny Dietrich [1,462 points]

Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
Wins: 9
Points: 1st (PA Spdwk), 2nd (Williams Grove)
Weeks in Top 25: Eighteen
High Rank9th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: WoO National Open, 2 ASCoC wins

17. Brian Brown [1,448 points]


Hometown: Grain Valley, MO
Wins: 4
Points: 2nd (Knoxville & NSL), 4th (Jackson)
Weeks in Top 25: Seventeen
High Rank8th    Low RankNot Ranked
Key Wins: 3 NSL wins at Knoxville


18. Craig Dollansky [1,334 points]

Hometown: Elk River, MN
Wins: 5
Points: 3rd (Jackson & NSL), 4th (Knoxville)
Weeks in Top 25: Seventeen
High Rank10th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: 3 NSL wins

19. Mark Dobmeier [1,321 points]

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Wins: 16
Points: 1st (Badlands), 4th (River Cities)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank13th    Low Rank25th

Key Wins: 7 straight wins at River Cities in July

20. Logan Schuchart [1,138 points]

Hometown: Hanover, PA
Wins: 2
Points: 8th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Eleven
High Rank7th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: 2 WoO wins

21. Terry McCarl [1,016 points]

Hometown: Altoona, IA
Wins: 4
Points: 5th (Badlands)
Weeks in Top 25: Ten
High Rank9th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: WoO win at Knoxville, 2 NSL wins

22. Ian Madsen [885 points]




Hometown: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Wins: 4
Points: 1st (Jackson), 3rd (Knoxville), 4th (NSL)
Weeks in Top 25: Twelve
High Rank15th    Low RankNot Ranked
Key Wins: ASCoC 4-Crown @ Eldora





23. Stevie Smith [848 points]

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
Wins: 4
Points: 10th (Williams Grove)
Weeks in Top 25: Eleven
High Rank12th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: Dirt Classic PA, Night Before the 50

24. Lucas Wolfe [808 points]

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Wins: 4
Points: 6th (Port Royal), 8th (Williams Grove)
Weeks in Top 25: Eleven
High Rank13th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: Port Royal PA Speedweek

25. Sammy Swindell [743 points]

Hometown: Germantown, TN
Wins: 3
Points: 7th (NSL & Jackson Motorplex)
Weeks in Top 25: Eleven
High Rank16th    Low RankNot Ranked

Key Wins: 2 NSL wins, 1 ASCoC win

26. Brent Marks [621 points]

Hometown: Myerstown, PA
Wins: 4
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: Ten
High Rank18th    Low RankNot Ranked
27. Dusty Zomer [556 points]



Hometown: Brandon, SD
Wins: 4
Points: 4th (Badlands)
Weeks in Top 25: Eight
High Rank12th    Low RankNot Ranked




28. Kyle Larson [394 points]

Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Wins: 3
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: Four
High Rank11th    Low RankNot Ranked

29. Tim Kaeding [386 points]

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Wins: 4
Points: 2nd (Badlands), 6th (Jackson Motorplex)
Weeks in Top 25: Six
High Rank17th    Low RankNot Ranked

30. Byron Reed [365 points]

Hometown: Monclova, OH
Wins: 9
Points: 1st (Attica & F.A.S.T.), 3rd (Fremont)
Weeks in Top 25: Six
High Rank24th    Low RankNot Ranked

31. Jamie Veal [306 points]

Hometown: Warrnambool, VIC, AUS
Wins: 0
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: Four
High Rank13th    Low RankNot Ranked
32. Danny Holtgraver [302 points]



Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Wins: 3
Points: 6th (All Stars)
Weeks in Top 25: Five
High Rank14th    Low RankNot Ranked




33. Kyle Hirst [255 points]

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Wins: 9
Points: 1st (KWS), 9th (Silver Dollar)
Weeks in Top 25: Four
High Rank18th    Low RankNot Ranked

34. Bill Balog [221 points]

Hometown: Brookfield, WI
Wins: 10
Points: 4th (IRA)
Weeks in Top 25: Four
High Rank24th    Low RankNot Ranked

35. Brian Montieth [163 points]

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA
Wins: 6
Points: 2nd (Lincoln), 3rd (Williams Grove)
Weeks in Top 25: Two
High Rank23rd    Low RankNot Ranked
36. Bryan Clauson [128 points]
Hometown: Noblesville, IN
Wins: 1
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: Two
High Rank20th    Low RankNot Ranked

37. Ryan Smith [114 points]


Hometown: Kunkletown, PA
Wins: 1
Points: 11th (Williams Grove)
Weeks in Top 25: Two
High Rank22nd    Low RankNot Ranked






38. Christopher Bell [111 points]
Hometown: Norman, OK
Wins: 3
Points: N/A
Weeks in Top 25: One
High Rank19th    Low RankNot Ranked

39. Doug Esh [107 points]
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Wins: 3
Points: 1st (Port Royal), 4th (Williams Grove)
Weeks in Top 25: One
High Rank25th    Low RankNot Ranked
40. Cole Duncan [89 points]
Hometown: Lockbourne, OH
Wins: 4
Points: 1st (Ohio Sprint Car Series)
Weeks in Top 25: Two
High Rank21st    Low RankNot Ranked

Remaining Drivers
41. Alan Krimes [88]
42. Parker Price-Miller [84]
43. Tim Shaffer [82]
44. Jac Haudenschild [76]
45. Bud Kaeding [73]
46. Greg Wilson [62]
      Willie Croft [62]
48. Kraig Kinser [57]
49. Cap Henry [53]
50. Justin Henderson [52]
51. Jason Sides [41]
52. Shane Golobic [33]
53. Brady Bacon [32]
54. Dean Jacobs [30]
      Paul McMahan [30]
56. James McFadden [28]
57. Randy Hannagan [25]
58. Chris Andrews [23]
59. Jack Sodeman, Jr [22]
60. Brock Zearfoss [21]
      Aaron Ott [21]
      Sean Becker [21]
63. A.J. Flick [16]
64. Aaron Reutzel [15]
65. Carson Macedo [14]
66. Jason Meyers [13]
67. Brooke Tatnell [12]
      Craig Mintz [12]
69. Dave Blaney [11]
      Jonathan Allard [11]
71. Zach Daum [10]
      Jacob Allen [10]
      Cory Haas [10]
74. Brandon Rahmer [9]
      Cory Eliason [9]
      Jerrod Hull [9]
77. Steve Meyer [8]
78. Steve Buckwalter [6]
      Travis Philo [6]
80. Scott Neitzel [4]
      Danny Mumaw [4]
      Austin Hogue [4]
      Brian Smith [4]
84. Brad Loyet [3]
      Scott Thiel [3]
      Cale Thomas [3]
87. Andy Forsberg [1]
      D.J. Netto [1]
      Danny Smith [1]
      Gerard McIntyre, Jr [1]
      Jeff Swindell [1]
      Jim Siegel [1]
      Lee Jacobs [1]
      Rob Chaney [1]

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