Schatz to the Early STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings Lead

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 6

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (February 22, 2017) – Donny Schatz simply stormed through Florida.  With that in mind, it comes as little surprise that Schatz sits atop the initial release of this year’s STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings.

Carrying new Arctic Cat colors for 2017, Schatz captured victory in five of eight overall feature events to take the top STIDA ranking by a substantial early margin of 72 points over David Gravel.  Schatz has finished atop the STIDA Winged 410 Power Ranking over each of the past four years.

Schatz kicked off the 2017 campaign by winning two of three All Star events at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park then split the All Star portion of Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals last week with Gravel.  After Jason Johnson won last Friday night’s World of Outlaws opener at Volusia, Schatz bounced back by winning both feature events on Sunday.

Finishing outside the top ten just once thus far in eight events, Schatz is 72 points ahead of Gravel, who collected the Big Gator at the DIRTcar Nationals.  Schatz also escaped Florida atop both All Star and WoO points.

While Schatz and Gravel lead the way exiting Florida, reigning All Star champ Chad Kemenah is third in the early STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings with Ocala All Star winner Kerry Madsen and Tim Shaffer rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the early top ten includes Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman, Jason Johnson, Ian Madsen and Christopher Bell.

While the World of Outlaws are idle this coming weekend, Posse action is slated to fire off at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday with March 3-4 action including the World of Outlaws at Lonestar Speedway and the Gator Motorplex in Texas, a double at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway that includes the KWS opener and another round of action at Lincoln Speedway.

The current top 25 in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings…


RankNameHometownWinsPoints2016 Rank
1Donny SchatzFargo, ND5181
2David GravelWatertown, CT1109
3Chad KemenahAlvada, OH091
4Kerry MadsenSt. Marys, NSW180
5Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA074
6Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA064
7Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK060
8Jason JohnsonEunice, LA155
9Ian MadsenSydney, NSW048
10Christopher BellNorman, OK045
11Kraig KinserBloomington, IN041
12Joey SaldanaBrownsburg, IN038
13Caleb ArmstrongNew Castle, IN035
14Brian BrownGrain Valley, MO035
15Paul McMahanElk Grove, CA034
16Greg HodnettThomasville, PA031
17Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA029
18Lucas WolfeMechanicsburg, PA028
19Kyle LarsonElk Grove, CA021
20Shane StewartBixby, OK021
21Danny DietrichGettysburg, PA019
22Logan SchuchartHanover, PA018
23Aaron ReutzelClute, TX016
24Cole DuncanLockbourne, OH015
25Dale BlaneyHartford, OH014

Features Completed: 8

Number of Different Winners: 4

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 34


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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 released next week, 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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