Open Wheel Power Rankings – The Latest

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume VI, No. 6

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 25, 2018) – The likes of Schatz, Thomas, Jr., Smith, Davis, Jr., and Robinson are those at the head of their respective classes in the latest edition of the Open Wheel Power Rankings going into the final weekend of April 2018 racing action.

Donny Schatz leads the way in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings, Kevin Thomas, Jr., holds the lead in Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings, Mark Smith has the edge in Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings, Charles Davis, Jr., tops the Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings and Ryan Robinson is atop the Midget Power Rankings.

STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings

Vying for the top spot in STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings for a sixth consecutive year, Donny Schatz is out to the early lead once again on the strength of six early-season wins in a rain-plagued season.

Schatz holds the top position by 63 points over Sheldon Haudenschild, who has racked up four overall wins.  An active Posse schedule has elevated Greg Hodnett to third on the strength of a leading 19 top-tens with Brad Sweet and All Star shoe Chad Kemenah rounding out the top five.

Others among the early top ten include David Gravel, Danny Dietrich, Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart and Lucas Wolfe.

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The current top 40 in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings…



1Donny SchatzFargo, ND6281
2Sheldon HaudenschildWooster, OH4218
3Greg HodnettThomasville, PA0197
4Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA0187
5Chad KemenahElida, OH1164
6David GravelWatertown, CT0154
7Danny DietrichGettysburg, PA3145
8Jason JohnsonEunice, LA0137
9Shane StewartBixby, OK0132
10Lucas WolfeMechanicsburg, PA1123
11Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK2122
12Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA2121
13Brian MontiethPhoenixville, PA2120
14Paul McMahanElk Grove, CA0119
15Freddie RahmerSalfordville, PA1109
16Parker Price-MillerKokomo, IN0108
17Kerry MadsenSt. Marys, NSW0100
18Brock ZearfossJonestown, PA295
19Joey SaldanaBrownsburg, IN093
20Lance DeweaseFayetteville, PA392
21Aaron ReutzelClute, TX189
22Cory EliasonSanta Cruz, CA187
23Anthony MacriDillsburg, PA082
24Carson MacedoLemoore, CA072
25Mark SmithSunbury, PA169
26Dave BlaneyCortland, OH169
27Cory HaasYork, PA168
28Alan KrimesDenver, PA066
29Dominic ScelziFresno, CA065
30Ian MadsenSydney, NSW058
31Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA057
32Kyle HirstLoomis, CA150
33Lee JacobsDalton, OH050
34Logan SchuchartHanover, PA050
35Jac HaudenschildWooster, OH149
36Kyle MoodyLewisberry, PA049
37Chad TroutDover, PA148
38Tony StewartColumbus, IN048
39Brian BrownGrain Valley, MO048
40Shane GolobicFremont, CA147

Features Completed: 46

Number of Different Winners: 33

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 150


Momentum Racing Suspension Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings

Emerging from a Florida logjam that had a trio of drivers in contention for the early lead, Kevin Thomas, Jr., used a No Way Out 40 victory this past weekend to jump out to a ten-point advantage in Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings.

Thomas, Jr., is just ten markers ahead of Chris Windom with Tyler Courtney another 30 points back in third.  Dave Darland picked up a Lincoln Park win to move to fourth while Damion Gardner has topped two of three USAC/CRA cards to round out the early top five.

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The current top 20 in Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410 Power Rankings…

1Kevin Thomas, Jr.Cullman, AL1109
2Chris WindomCanton, IL199
3Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN269
4Dave DarlandLincoln, IN157
5Damion GardnerConcord, CA253
6Chad BoespflugHanford, CA052
7Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK047
8-tieKyle CumminsPrinceton, IN146
8-tieJustin GrantIone, CA146
10C.J. LearyGreenfield, IN045
11Brody RoaBuena Park, CA045
12Jake SwansonAnaheim, CA043
13Robert BallouRocklin, CA040
14Chase StockonSullivan, IN133
15Isaac ChappleWillow Branch, IN030
16Jarett AndrettiMooresville, NC026
17Kody SwansonKingsburg, CA024
18Shane CottleKokomo, IN123
19R.J. JohnsonPhoenix, AZ022
20Austin LiggetTracy, CA120

Features Completed: 15

Number of Different Winners: 13

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 71


Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings

The battle for the top spot in the Rod End Supply Winged 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings is a tight one as usual with central PA rep Mark Smith atop the charts early on.

A strong Florida showing to open the season with a USCS sweep at Ocala among his three victories has Smith leading the way by just three points over Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson.  Cali is represented in third by three-time winner Andy Forsberg with Washington native Seth Bergman and Hall of Famer Sammy Swindell among the early top five.

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The current top 40 in Rod End Supply Winged 360 Power Rankings…

1Mark SmithSunbury, PA3153
2Wayne JohnsonOklahoma City, OK2150
3Andy ForsbergN. Auburn Hills, CA3138
4Seth BergmanSnohomish, WA2127
5Sammy SwindellGermantown, TN0121
6Jordon MallettGreenbrier, AR1110
7Justin SandersPrunedale, CA3101
8Sam Hafertepe, Jr.Sunnyvale, TX198
9Terry GrayBartlett, TN196
10Blake HahnSapulpa, OK193
11A.J. MaddoxTampa, FL192
12Danny SmithChillicothe, OH190
13Tony StewartColumbus, IN181
14Shane GolobicFremont, CA081
15Morgan TurpenCordova, TN073
16Tyler ClemTampa, FL269
17Terry McCarlAltoona, IA167
18Matt CovingtonGlenpool, OK067
19Thomas KennedyWinnipeg, MAN165
20Johnny HerreraAlbuquerque, NM064
21Jeff HalliganEphrata, PA257
22Danny Martin, Jr.Sarasota, FL057
23Hayden CampbellMontverde, FL456
24Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV056
25Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA054
26Buddy KofoidPenngrove, CA051
27Tim CrawleyBenton, AR250
28Willie CroftSacramento. CA049
29Colton HardyPhoenix, AZ347
30Dominic ScelziFresno, CA147
31Kyle HirstLoomis, CA047
32Garen LinderCentral Point, OR145
33Bud KaedingCampbell, CA244
34Travis RilatForney, TX044
35Dylan WestbrookScotland, ONT043
36Dale HowardByhalia, MS142
37Brandon HanksBurlison, TN042
38Chase DietzYork, PA140
39Jamie BallKnoxville, IA138
40Giovanni ScelziFresno, CA037

Features Completed: 68

Number of Different Winners: 54

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 280


Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings

Looking to unseat R.J. Johnson from the top run of the Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings, “Chargin’” Charles Davis, Jr., is out to the early lead with a pair of USAC Southwest wins to his credit.

Davis, Jr., is 29 points ahead of Johnson in the early going with Tye Mihocko, Brody Roa and Jake Swanson also among the early top five.

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The current top 20 in Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360 Power Rankings…

1Charles Davis, Jr.Buckeye, AZ276
2R.J. JohnsonPhoenix, AZ247
3Tye MihockoPeoria, AZ043
4Brody RoaBuena Park, CA240
5Jake SwansonAnaheim, CA040
6Dennis GilePhoenix, AZ132
7Stevie SussexTempe, AZ032
8Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK032
9Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN030
10Josh PelkeyPeoria, AZ026
11Richard Vander WeerdVisalia, CA025
12Michael CurtisCottonwood, AZ022
13Jace Vander WeerdVisalia, CA019
14Brady ShortBedford, IN018
15Mike MartinYuma, AZ017
16Chris BonneauPhoenix, AZ016
17-tieRyan BernalHollister, CA115
17-tieJason GradyFlora Vista, NM115
17-tieSteven DrevickiReading, PA115
20-tieDalton HillMadera Ranchos, CA015
20-tieJason McDougalBroken Arrow, OK015

Features Completed: 10

Number of Different Winners: 7

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 52 Midget Power Rankings

There’s a KKM flavor in the early going of the Midget Power Rankings with Keith Kunz Motorsports reps occupying the top four positions.

While denied victory lane thus far, Ryan Robinson leads the way in top-fives (seven) and top-tens (nine) to hold a 15 point advantage over Logan Seavey for the early number one ranking.  Christopher Bell sits third on the strength of four wins in four starts with Tucker Klaasmeyer up to fourth after last weekend’s POWRi sweep.  An Ocala sweeper in February, Kevin Thomas, Jr., rounds out the early top five.

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The current top 40 in Midget Power Rankings…

1Ryan RobinsonForesthill, CA0162
2Logan SeaveySutter, CA1147
3Christopher BellNorman, OK4140
4Tucker KlaasmeyerPaola, KS2101
5Kevin Thomas, JrCullman, AL297
6Justin GrantIone, CA190
7Chad BoatPhoenix, AZ085
8Spencer BaystonLebanon, IN081
9Rico AbreuRutherford, CA175
10Zeb WiseAngola, IN073
11Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN168
12Andrew FelkerCarl Junction, MO063
13Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV062
14Zach DaumPocahontas, IL061
15Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA058
16Tyler ThomasCollinsville, OK057
17Chase JohnsonPenngrove, CA051
18Ryan BernalHollister, CA049
19Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK048
20Jake NeumanNew Berlin, IL042
21Kyle LarsonElk Grove, CA141
22Shane GolobicFremont, CA040
23Chris WindomCanton, IL035
24Jason McDougalBroken Arrow, OK034
25Grady ChandlerEdmond, OK033
26Blake HahnSapulpa, OK033
27Tom HarrisBanbury, OXF033
28Holly SheltonSacramento, CA031
29Caleb ArmstrongNew Castle, IN029
30Tracy HinesWilkinson, IN027
31Ace McCarthyTahlequah, OK126
32Sammy SwindellGermantown, TN026
33Brent BeuchampFairland, IN025
34Terry BabbDecatur, IL024
35Billy Pauch, Jr.Frenchtown, NJ024
36-tieMatt MooreOklahoma City, OK023
36-tieJoe B. MillerMillersville, MO023
38Tanner CarrickLincoln, CA023
39Alex BrightCollegeville, PA122
40Dave DarlandLincoln, IN022

Features Completed: 19

Number of Different Winners: 14

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 111


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 2018 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