Open Wheel Power Rankings – The Latest…

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 17

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (May 4, 2017) – Thomas Kennedy is among the latest leaders in the Open Wheel Power Rankings as the likes of Donny Schatz, Justin Grant and R.J. Johnson maintain their respective top takings.

Kennedy has moved atop the Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings while Schatz holds down first in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings, Grant leads the way in Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings and Johnson holds the lead in Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings.

Also, Christopher Bell holds the top spot in Midget Power Rankings released earlier today while Marcus Thomas is atop the initial 2017 release of the 305 Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park.

STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings

While the lead trio of Donny Schatz, David Gravel and Brad Sweet remains the same in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings, the rest of the standings have shuffled up extensively with Mother Nature playing a big role over the past two weekends.

Gravel has continued to cut away at Schatz’ early big advantage, whittling it down to just 88 points with Sweet another 47 points back in third.

Behind the lead trio, Tim Shaffer has worked his way up to fourth with Danny Dietrich cracking the top five after collecting his third win of the year last weekend.  Chad Kemenah has climbed to sixth with the balance of the top ten including Jason Johnson, Brian Brown, Sheldon Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman filling out the current top ten.

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The current top 50 in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings…

1Donny SchatzFargo, ND94161
2David GravelWatertown, CT63282
3Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA22813
4Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA02065
5Danny DietrichGettysburg, PA317611
6Chad KemenahAlvada, OH116910
7Jason JohnsonEunice, LA21614
8Brian BrownGrain Valley, MO21539
9Sheldon HaudenschildWooster, OH115313
10Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK01507
11Lucas WolfeMechanicsburg, PA114516
12Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA11456
13Dale BlaneyHartford, OH014325
14Shane StewartBixby, OK01428
15Ian MadsenSydney, NSW013612
16Greg HodnettThomasville, PA112614
17Kerry MadsenSt. Marys, NSW111617
18Brian MontiethPhoenixville, PA111524
19Logan SchuchartHanover, PA111315
20Doug EshLancaster, PA210620
21Jason SidesBartlett, TN010321
22Paul McMahanElk Grove, CA010118
23Lance DeweaseFayetteville, PA310039
24Cole DuncanLockbourne, OH010019
25Freddie RahmerSalfordville, PA19833
26Caleb HelmsFindlay, OH29730
27Joey SaldanaBrownsburg, IN08823
28Brock ZearfossJonestown, PA18229
29Kraig KinserBloomington, IN08122
30Carson MacedoLemoore, CA07932
31Kyle HirstLoomis, CA17828
32Brent MarksMyerstown, PA17735
33Alan KrimesDenver, PA07431
34Ryan SmithKunkletown, PA07346
35Christopher BellNorman, OK07227
36Caleb ArmstrongNew Castle, IN06734
37Byron ReedMonclova, OH16536
38Aaron OttEast Berlin, PA06443
39T.J. StuttsLiverpool, PA06447
40Spencer BaystonLafayette, IN16026
41Gerard McIntyre, Jr.New Oxford, PA15337
42Cory HaasYork, PA05365
43Logan WagnerHarrisonville, PA25157
44Rick LaffertyPennington, NJ05142
45Aaron ReutzelClute, TX04981
46Bud KaedingCampbell, CA14879
47Travis PhiloWaterville, OH04848
48Steve BuckwalterRoyersford, PA04550
49Greg WilsonBenton Ridge, OH04540
50D.J. FoosFremont, OH14238

Features Completed: 65

Number of Different Winners: 41

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 183


Momentum Racing Suspension Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings

Justin Grant has continued his red-hot start to the 2017 campaign by adding another pair of recent wins to extend his lead in Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings to 55 points over Chad Boespflug with Chris Windom just another nine points back in third.

Grant added his fourth Non-Wing 410 Sprint Car win of the year in USAC action at Plymouth Speedway on Friday, April 21, before adding another win two nights later at Kickapoo Speedway in Illinois.

Behind the lead trio of Grant, Boespflug and Windom, Thomas Meseraull made a jump from ninth to fourth after top-four runs at both Plymouth and Kickapoo while Jarett Andretti rounds out the current top five.

Shane Cottle is sixth with the balance of the top ten including Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon, Damion Gardner and Landon Simon.

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The current top 25 in Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings…

1Justin GrantIone, CA51841
2Chad BoespflugHanford, CA11293
3Chris WindomCanton, IL31202
4Thomas MeseraullSan Jose, CA1769
5Jarett AndrettiMooresville, IN0706
6Shane CottleKokomo, IN0697
7Kevin Thomas, Jr.Cullman, AL16810
8Chase StockonSullivan, IN0608
9Damion GardnerConcord, CA2574
10Landon SimonTipp City, OH15713
11Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK0575
12Brady ShortBedford, IN05112
13Michael FischesserCincinnati, OH04318
14Brody RoaBuena Park, CA04311
15Jon StanbroughAvon, IN04115
16Justin OwenHarrison, OH14022
17Kody SwansonKingsburg, CA23825
18Richard Vander WeerdVisalia, CA13714
19Hunter SchuerenbergSikeston, MO13616
20-tieJake SwansonAnaheim, CA03517
20-tieBrent BeauchampFairland, IN03520
22Max McGheeMooresville, IN02850
23Dallas HewittTroy, OH02737
24C.J. LearyGreenfield, IN02719
25Nick BilbeeIndianapolis, IN12521

Features Completed: 24

Number of Different Winners: 16

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 87


Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings

Taking advantage of a couple of idle weekends for previous leader Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Winnipeg’s Thomas Kennedy has climbed atop the Rod End Supply Winged 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings.

Kennedy added his third consecutive triumph in a row with an April 22 score at Park Jefferson after a season-opening runner-up finish in the “King of 360s” finale at East Bay to earn a slim four-point advantage over current Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour point leader Hafertepe, Jr., with Johnny Herrera just another six points back in third.

Current Sprint Car Challenge Tour (California) point leader Sean Becker is just 11 points off the lead pace in fourth with Derek Hagar rounding out the current top five.

Shane Golobic and Morgan Turpen have moved into the top ten in sixth and seventh, respectively, with Brian Bel, Mark Smith and A.J. Maddox rounding out the current top ten.

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The current top 50 in Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings…

1Thomas KennedyWinnipeg, CAN31443
2Sam Hafertepe, Jr.Sunnyvale, TX51401
3Johnny HerreraAlbuquerque, NM31342
4Sean BeckerRoseville, CA113313
5Derek HagarMarion, AR211910
6Shane GolobicFremont, CA111711
7Morgan TurpenCordova, TN511615
8Brian BellMemphis, TN31104
9Mark SmithTower City, PA21106
10A.J. MaddoxTampa, FL11107
11Terry McCarlAltoona, IA11085
12Robbie StillwaggonBurlington, NJ210712
13Travis RilatForney, TX0958
14Jordon MallettGreenbrier, AR09416
15Wayne JohnsonOklahoma City, OK0949
16Davie FranekWantage, NJ29237
17Terry GrayBartlett, TN08919
18Matt CovingtonGlenpool, OK08723
19Cory EliasonSanta Cruz, CA28564
20Andy ForsbergN. Auburn Hills, CA18517
21Danny SmithChillicothe, OH08414
22Tony StewartRushville, IN17518
23Kyle HirstLoomis, CA07446
24Marshall SkinnerW. Memphis, AR07124
25Michael MillerOcean Springs, MS16843
26Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA16751
27Tim CrawleyBenton, AR06720
28Seth BergmanSnohomish, WA06727
29Matt KurtzJacksonville, FL26621
30Justin SandersPrunedale, CA06629
31Blake HahnSapulpa, OK06540
32Willie CroftSacramento, CA16361
33Justin HendersonTea, SD06322
34Colton HardyPhoenix, AZ16030
35Geoff EnsignSebastopol, CA159107
36Coleman GulickBinghamton, NY05871
37Danny Martin, Jr.Tampa, FL05825
38Rick ZiehlLas Cruces, NM05638
39Doug HammakerGrantville, PA25531
40Mitchell FaccintoHanford, CA05542
41Harli WhiteLindsay, OK05448
42Mason MoorePrinceton, CA05439
43Chad KemenahAlvada, OH05426
44Chuck HebingOntario, NY153320
45Greg HodnettThomasville, PA05363
46Gio ScelziFresno, CA05247
47Aaron ReutzelClute, TX05228
48Chandler LeibyCarlisle, PA15152
49Michael KofoidPenngrove, CA15058
50Colby CopelandRoseville, CA050223

Features Completed: 90

Number of Different Winners: 68

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 359


Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings

R.J. Johnson secured his position atop the Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings by racing to his sixth overall win of the year Saturday night in USAC Southwest action.

With the triumph, Johnson extended his advantage to 27 points over Ryan Bernal with Charles Davis, Jr., Austin Liggett and Stevie Sussex rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Shon Deskins, Jace Vander Weerd, Jake Swanson, Danny Faria, Jr., and Geoff Ensign.

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The current top 25 in Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings…

1R.J. JohnsonPhoenix, AZ61291
2Ryan BernalHollister, CA31022
3Charles Davis, Jr.Buckeye, AZ11003
4Austin LiggettTracy, CA4955
5Stevie SussexTempe, AZ1854
6Shon DeskinsWaddell, AZ0697
7Jace Vander WeerdVisalia, CA0679
8Jake SwansonAnaheim, CA1646
9Danny Faria, Jr.Tipton, CA16116
10Geoff EnsignSebastopol, CA0458
11Richard Vander WeerdVisalia, CA04311
12Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK03910
13Landon ClingTempe, AZ03812
14Cody MajorsSimi Valley, CA03814
15Mike MartinYuma, AZ03713
16Joe Stornetta, Jr.Napa, CA03421
17Nick AiutoCamp Verde, AZ03319
18Chris BonneauPhoenix, AZ02715
19Klint SimpsonMelbourne, AUS32620
20Dave DarlandLincoln, IN12517
21Andrew ReinboldChandler, AZ02424
22Brody RoaBuena Park, CA02418
23Brandon WileySanta Maria, CA02227
24Ryan TimmonsPleasant Hill, CA12051
25Matt RossiPeoria, AZ12022

Features Completed: 38

Number of Different Winners: 24

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 93


305 Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park

It’s a definite Texas flavor in the early going with the Lone Star state further into the season than most of the rest of the country.

Corsicana’s Marcus Thomas has already racked up 11 overall top-five finishes to open up a 21-point advantage over Jeb Sessums, who has ranked first overall in season 305 Power Rankings on two previous occasions.

John Ricketts gives Texas reps a sweep of the current top three with PASS contenders Zach Newlin and Tyler Reeser filling out he current top five.

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The current top 40 in 305 Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park…

1Marcus ThomasCorsicana, TX2156
2Jeb SessumsJoshua, TX4135
3John RickettsBurleson, TX0115
4Zach NewlinMillerstown, PA3107
5Tyler ReeserOrwigsburg, PA3106
6Tyler RussellAbbott, TX3104
7Kyle JonesKennedale, TX185
8Paul WeaverFremont, OH480
9Justin FifieldMesquite, TX077
10Andy ShouseOklahoma City, OK169
11Kyle GanoeMifflintown, PA065
12Nate DusselToledo, OH163
13Jamie MillerFostoria, OH058
14Kevin RameyFt. Worth, TX357
15Dalton StevensScurry, TX157
16Ken DukeSelinsgrove, PA053
17Chad WilsonN. Richland Hills, TX151
18Jeff EmersonMillsap, TX151
19Zane BlanchardHanford, CA250
20Dale WesterMesquite, TX150
21-tieJesse MackVisalia, CA149
21-tieTyler DruekeEagle, NE149
23Jake MartensFairview, OK049
24John IvyFremont, OH049
25Robert VetterWolfe City, TX048
26Cole DanellVisalia, CA147
27Joey DanleyLincoln, NE146
28Ricky PetersonRawson, OH046
29Austin MundieDallas, TX045
30Rick StiefGarnett Valley, PA143
31George TristaoTulare, CA042
32Ryan HallMidlothian, TX042
33Michelle MeltonFlower Mound, TX042
34Drew RitcheyEverett, PA039
35Nathan RolfeAtwater, CA038
36Logan ScherbDecatur, TX037
37Bobby ClarkFremont, OH036
38Steve RandoLindsey, OH035
39Jason MartinLiberal, KS035
40Don GrableEl Paso, TX134

Features Completed: 71

Number of Different Winners: 53

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 264


The latest Midget Power Rankings are available at

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 on a regular basis.  Please send any comments, questions or advertising inquiries regarding The Wheatley Chronicles at to Lonnie Wheatley at