Bayston Tops 2017 Midget Power Rankings

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 40

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (December 18, 2017) – Climbing up one more rung on the ladder, Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston captured the top spot in the 2017 edition of the Midget Power Rankings after finishing third and then second over the previous two seasons.

Picking up steam over the latter half of the season, Bayston racked up eight overall Midget feature wins to take the top ranking by 60 points over Keith Kunz Racing teammate Tanner Thorson.  It marks five years in a row for a Kunz rep to top the Midget Power Rankings after Christopher Bell took the top spot in 2013 and 2014 and then Thorson occupied the position in 2015 and 2016.

Bayston first cracked victory lane in the Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo on June 11 before adding landmark wins at the Belleville Midget Nationals and Eldora’s Four Crown Nationals.  Those were among four wins for Bayston en route to the USAC Midget crown along with another four triumphs in POWRi action as six of his victories came over the final half of the year.

After topping the Midget Power Rankings each of the past two years, Thorson was just one win off of Bayston’s win rate with seven scores as he finished out the year in second. Thorson’s wins included two in USAC National action, four in POWRi competition and a Calistoga triumph with the USAC Western Midgets.

While Keith Kunz Racing posted a one-two finish, the newly-formed Clauson-Marshall Racing team filled out the balance of the top five with Shane Golobic in third, Tyler Courtney in fourth and Justin Grant in fifth.  The CMR trio combined for nine wins over the course of 2017 while the Kunz team accounted for 27 overall wins.

Competing in a limited slate of Midget events while winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck championship, Christopher Bell made the most of his dirt track time by piling up a 2017-best ten wins in just 13 Midget starts to land sixth in the Midget Power Rankings.

Brady Bacon earned seventh with Zach Daum, Ryan Robinson and Tyler Thomas rounding out the top ten.

Daum ranks as the only driver to crack the Midget Power Rankings top ten over each of the past five years with Golobic, Courtney and Grant each making their first top ten appearance.

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A look at this year’s Top 50 in Midget Power Rankings is as follows:

RankNameHometownWinsPoints2016 Rank2015 Rank2014 Rank2013 Rank
1Spencer BaystonLebanon, IN86682321200
2Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV760811625
3Shane GolobicFremont, CA144417545129
4Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN540880126102NR
5Justin GrantIone, CA33591269076141
6Christopher BellNorman, OK1034629511
7Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK43425423622
8Zach DaumPocahontas, IL13254822
9Ryan RobinsonForesthill, CA0289933NRNR
10Tyler ThomasCollinsville, OK6277810913
11Logan SeaveySutter, CA2238164NRNRNR
12Holly SheltonSacramento, CA023814NRNRNR
13Tucker KlaasmeyerPaola, KS12331228NRNR
14Chad BoatPhoenix, AZ422978870104
15Zeb WiseAngola, IN1218NRNRNRNR
16Ronnie GardnerCorona, CA42151614199
17Tanner CarrickLincoln, CA0211NRNRNRNR
18Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA220311445
19Michael PickensAuckland, NZ41962251742043
20Jerry Coons, Jr.Tucson, AZ016619124511
21Michael FaccintoHanford, CA31472630NR156
22Alex BrightCollegeville, PA314115521010
23Andrew FelkerCarl Junction, MO014113774
24Grady ChandlerEdmond, OK11393270148NR
25Jake NeumanNew Berlin, IL01392241193132
26Cory ElliottBakersfield, CA31362178NRNR
27Wesley SmithNixa, MO31173361NRNR
28Jake SwansonAnaheim, CA01137321011017
29David PrickettFresno, CA1105NR143NR33
30Keith RauchDenver, CO210023236170
31Kory SchudySpringfield, MO29346135NRNR
32Jonathan BeasonBroken Arrow, OK19135604981
33Alex SchutteRohnert Park, CA38643992899
34Frankie GuerriniSan Rafael, CA0863417104115
35Ryan GrethShartlesville, PA18339345827
36Matt MooreOklahoma City, OK174148NRNRNR
37Dave DarlandLincoln, IN07328161112
38Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK0701232932170
39Cannon McIntoshBroken Arrow, OK168NRNRNRNR
40Kyle LarsonElk Grove, CA06725245514
41Justin PeckMonrovia, IN46610201466
42Chase JonesGreenwood, IN266NRNRNRNR
43Gage WalkerIndianapolis, IN0635540111NR
44Chris WindomCanton, IL159496315119
45Brad LoyetSunset Hills, MO0581085690NR
46Kyle SchuettPhilo, IL1575719188NR
47Steven ShebesterPauls Valley, OK156278699NR
48Chase BriscoeMitchell, IN056NR87NRNR
49Austin BrownMillstadt, IL05518131618
50Bob HarrAurora, CA254653786174

Features Completed: 131 (158 in 2016, 141 in 2015, 126 in 2014, 154 in 2013)

Number of Different Winners: 60 (62 in 2016, 65 in 2015, 57 in 2014, 66 in 2013)

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 236 (278 in 2016, 274 in 2015, 241 in 2014, 248 in 2013)

Past Top Tens in Midget Power Rankings:

2016 – 1. Tanner Thorson (16) 795, 2. Spencer Bayston (3) 666, 3. Carson Macedo (3) 551, 4. Zach Daum (4) 469, 5. Brady Bacon (1) 356, 6. Bryan Clauson (5) 317, 7. Chad Boat (3) 310, 8. Tyler Thomas 294, 9. Ryan Robinson 282, 10. Justin Peck (1) 273.

2015 – 1. Tanner Thorson (7) 548, 2. Darren Hagen (5) 522, 3. Spencer Bayston (5) 500, 4. Rico Abreu (9) 488, 5. Christopher Bell (8) 438, 6. Bryan Clauson (6) 422, 7. Andrew Felker (3) 383, 8. Zach Daum (3) 379, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3) 373, 10. Tyler Thomas (2) 276.

2014 – 1. Christopher Bell (16) 659, 2. Zach Daum (4) 589, 3. Bryan Clauson (10) 555, 4. Rico Abreu (5) 449, 5. Darren Hagen (6) 421, 6. Tanner Thorson (2) 411, 7. Andrew Felker (3) 313, 8. Tracy Hines (2) 304, 9. Tyler Thomas (1) 283, 10. Alex Bright (5) 244.

2013 – 1. Christopher Bell (10) 543, 2. Zach Daum (8) 504, 3. Darren Hagen (8) 415, 4. Andrew Felker (2) 406, 5. Rico Abreu (7) 402, 6. Bryan Clauson (8) 397, 7. Brad Kuhn (1) 325, 8. Tracy Hines (2) 322, 9. Ronnie Gardner (13) 280, 10. Alex Bright (3) 231.

A part of the recurring “The Wheatley Chronicles” series of articles on, the Open Wheel Power Rankings are determined by cumulative points based on a sliding scale dependent upon car count at Sprint Car and Midget events across all sanctions and non-sanctions throughout North America.

The Wheatley Chronicles brings insight and highlights from all variety of racing series throughout the nation in 2017 and beyond along with the Open Wheel Power Rankings.  Please send any comments, questions or advertising inquiries regarding The Wheatley Chronicles at to Lonnie Wheatley at