Gravel Closing the Gap on Schatz in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 14

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 19, 2017) – Donny Schatz maintains his familiar position atop the STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings.

But not by as much though, as David Gravel has been cutting the gap with three more wins in recent weeks to run his season win total to five triumphs.

Meanwhile, Schatz has been stuck on nine wins for a full month now, shut out of victory lane since a March 18 triumph at Tulare’s Thunderbowl.

As a result, Schatz’ edge over Gravel has been cut from 143 points to just 98 markers.  Brad Sweet is just another 35 points back in third as the lead trio of Schatz, Gravel and Sweet have effectively separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Schatz (16), Gravel (14) and Sweet (13) are the only drivers in double-digits in terms of posting top-five finishes with nobody else posting more than seven.

While Schatz, Gravel and Sweet have been strongest in the early portion of the season, Jason Johnson made a move to fourth with last weekend’s Devil’s Bowl triumph while Tim Shaffer rounds out the top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Rico Abreu, Daryn Pittman, Shane Stewart, Brian Brown and Chad Kemenah.

The current top 50 in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings…


1Donny SchatzFargo, ND94011
2David GravelWatertown, CT53032
3Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA22683
4Jason JohnsonEunice, LA21617
5Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA01575
6Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA11458
7Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK01434
8Shane StewartBixby, OK01366
9Brian BrownGrain Valley, MO113310
10Chad KemenahAlvada, OH113211
11Danny DietrichGettysburg, PA212614
12Ian MadsenSydney, NSW012512
13Sheldon HaudenschildWooster, OH011416
14Greg HodnettThomasville, PA111317
15Logan SchuchartHanover, PA111313
16Lucas WolfeMechanicsburg, PA19919
17Kerry MadsenSt. Marys, NSW1999
18Paul McMahanElk Grove, CA09418
19Cole DuncanLockbourne, OH08926
20Doug EshLancaster, PA28644
21Jason SidesBartlett, TN08258
22Kraig KinserBloomington, IN08115
23Joey SaldanaBrownsburg, IN08020
24Brian MontiethPhoenixville, PA17930
25Dale BlaneyHartford, OH07824
26Spencer BaystonLafayette, IN160NR
27Christopher BellNorman, OK05822
28-tieKyle HirstLoomis, CA15628
28-tieBrock ZearfossJonestown, PA15637
30Caleb HelmsFindlay, OH25521
31Alan KrimesDenver, PA05456
32Carson MacedoLemoore, CA05140
33Freddie RahmerSalfordville, PA04934
34Caleb ArmstrongNew Castle, IN04823
35Brent MarksMyerstown, PA04625
36Byron ReedMonclova, OH04538
37Gerard McIntyre, Jr.New Oxford, PA14248
38D.J. FoosFremont, OH14239
39Lance DeweaseFayetteville, PA140NR
40Greg WilsonBenton Ridge, OH04061
41Brad LoyetSunset Hills, MO138NR
42Rick LaffertyPennington, NJ03863
43Aaron OttEast Berlin, PA038NR
44Paul NienhiserChapin, IL136NR
45Tim KaedingSan Jose, CA03536
46Ryan SmithKunkletown, PA03570
47T.J. StuttsLiverpool, PA03364
48Travis PhiloWaterville, OH03255
49Lynton JeffreyPrairie City, IA13129
50Steve BuckwalterRoyersford, PA031NR

Features Completed: 47

Number of Different Winners: 30

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 144


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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 Open Wheel Power Rankings also include Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings, the Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings, the Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings, the Midget Power Rankings and 305 Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park.

Past Top Tens in STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings:

2016 – 1. Donny Schatz (26) 1,516, 2. Daryn Pittman (9) 1,292, 3. Greg Hodnett (19) 1,283, 4. Shane Stewart (12) 1,172, 5. David Gravel (9) 1,172, 6. Brad Sweet (8) 1,114, 7. Joey Saldana (5) 966, 8. Dale Blaney (8) 877, 9. Danny Dietrich (9) 816, 10. Chad Kemenah (2) 784.

2015 – 1. Donny Schatz (31) 1,480, 2. Greg Hodnett (17) 1,089, 3. Shane Stewart (11) 1,033, 4. Danny Dietrich (16) 961, 5. Dale Blaney (16) 931, 6. Joey Saldana (3) 923, 7. Kerry Madsen (4) 920, 8. Danny Lasoski (14) 903, 9. Daryn Pittman (6) 876, 10. Brad Sweet (6) 874.

2014 – 1. Donny Schatz (26) 1,476, 2. Daryn Pittman (14) 1,219, 3. Kerry Madsen (7) 1,083, 4. Paul McMahan (5) 1,040, 5. Dale Blaney (21) 975, 6. Joey Saldana (8) 895, 7. Greg Hodnett (11) 871, 8. Brad Sweet (5) 783, 9. David Gravel (5) 715, 10. Danny Dietrich (10) 624.

2013 – 1. Donny Schatz (26) 1,089, 2. Daryn Pittman (8) 925, 3. Fred Rahmer (7) 764, 4. Paul McMahan (4) 728, 5. Lance Dewease (3) 673, 6. Greg Hodnett (8) 668, 7. Tim Kaeding (12) 624, 8. Dale Blaney (7) 591, 9. Tim Shaffer (3) 549, 10. Brian Montieth (9) 545.

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