Schatz, Grant, Smith & Kofoid Lead Early Open Wheel Power Rankings!

Lonnie Wheatley, BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (March 24, 2021) – With the 2021 racing season picking up steam as spring begins to spring, the quartet of Donny Schatz, Justin Grant, Mark Smith and Buddy Kofoid are out to the early lead in the 2021 edition of the Open Wheel Power Rankings.

A look at the top 25 in each is as follows…

STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings

After taking the top ranking in the initial six editions of the STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Rankings that began in 2013, Donny Schatz finds himself back atop the point charts after surrendering the top ranking over each of the past two years to Brad Sweet and then Kyle Larson.

Among seven drivers to post a pair of feature wins in winged 410-ci competition, Schatz holds the top ranking on the strength of most overall top-fives (11) and most overall top-tens (15).

Schatz, who posted All Star wins in Georgia and Florida, holds a 54-point advantage over Brad Sweet with Logan Schuchart just another three points back in third.  Aaron Reutzel and Carson Macedo fill out the early top five with all of the top five among those already posting a pair of wins.

1Donny SchatzFargo, ND2219
2Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA2165
3Logan SchuchartHanover, PA2162
4Aaron ReutzelClute, TX2141
5Carson MacedoLemoore, CA2139
6David GravelWatertown, CT1124
7Cory EliasonVisalia, CA0117
8Sheldon HaudenschildWooster, OH293
9Danny DietrichGettysburg, PA185
10Giovanni ScelziFresno, CA083
11Justin PeckMonrovia, IN178
12Hunter SchuerenbergSikeston, MO161
13Kerry MadsenSt. Marys, NSW060
14Sam Hafertepe, Jr.Sunnyvale, TX052
15Ian MadsenSydney, NSW051
16Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA050
17-tieTyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN050
17-tieBrent MarksMyerstown, PA050
19Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA149
20Lance DeweaseFayetteville, PA146
21Dominic ScelziFresno, CA045
22Dylan CisneyPort Royal, PA044
23Anthony MacriDillsburg, PA044
24Kasey KahneEnumclaw, WA041
25Buddy KofoidPenngrove, CA240

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Non-Wing Sprint Car Power Rankings

With a limited number of events in the books thus far, Just Grant is out to the early lead in the 2021 edition of the Non-Wing Sprint Car Power Rankings.

Grant, who has finished among the top five in final Non-Wing Power Rankings over each of the past four fours and five times since the Rankings inception in 2013, holds the early lead after a strong USAC opening weekend in Florida that included a win and a runner-up finish.

Looking to best runner-up Power Rankings finishes in 2017 and 2019 and a third-place showing last year, Grant’s early lead is at 11 points over Kevin Thomas, Jr., who topped the Non-Wing Power Rankings for three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018.

Thomas, Jr., has the edge on Brady Bacon for second based on a feature win to kick off the year.  Bacon sits third as he guns for the top ranking for a second year in a row while Tanner Thorson and Buddy Kofoid fill out the early top five.

1Justin GrantIone, CA155
2Kevin Thomas, Jr.Cullman, AL144
3Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK044
4Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV033
5Buddy KofoidPenngrove, CA032
6C.J. LearyGreenfield, IN028
7Austin WilliamsYorba Linda, CA026
8Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN026
9Charles Davis, Jr.Buckeye, AZ025
10R.J. JohnsonPhoenix, AZ324
11-tieChris GansenVerdemont Heights, CA024
11-tieBrody RoaBuena Park, CA024
13Kyle CumminsPrinceton, IN022
14-tieRyan TimmonsPleasant Hill, CA120
14-tieMax AdamsLoomis, CA120
16Jake SwansonAnaheim, CA019
17Chris WindomCanton, IL018
18Davey RayLoves Park, IL017
19Damion GardnerConcord, CA015
20Robert BallouRocklin, CA014
21Matt MitchellYorba Linda, CA011
22Chase StockonFort Branch, IN011
23Sterling ClingTempe, AZ010
24Verne SweeneyLomita, CA09
25Timmy BuckwalterDouglassville, PA08


Rod End Supply Winged 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings

Vying to top the Rod End Supply Winged 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings for a second year in a row, Mark Smith has jumped out to the early lead in the 2021 edition.

The Pennsylvania racer has racked up four wins and 11 top-fives to open up an 81-point advantage over Shane Golobic while Washington’s J.J. Hickle propelled himself to third with a sweep of last weekend’s ASCS opener at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Tim Shaffer and Dale Howard fill out the early top five.

Smith became the fourth different driver to top the Rod End Supply Winged 360 Sprint Car Power Rankings since its inception in 2013 with previous number ones including Jason Johnson (2013-2014), Seth Bergman (2015) and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

1Mark SmithSunbury, PA4193
2Shane GolobicFremont, CA2112
3J.J. HickleQuilcene, WA3107
4Tim ShafferAliquippa, PA292
5Dale HowardByhalia, MS085
6Dominic ScelziFresno, CA279
7Danny Martin, Jr.Sarasota, FL179
8Greg WilsonBenton Ridge, OH175
9Connor LeofflerMyrtle Beach, SC075
10Justin SandersPrunedale, CA365
11Blake CarrickLincoln, CA164
12Joel Myers, Jr.Sebastopol, CA059
13Max StambaughLima, OH058
14Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA058
15Andy ForsbergN. Auburn Hills, CA156
16Paulie ColagiovanniCicero, NY153
17Danny SmithChillicothe, OH051
18Tanner CarrickLincoln, CA051
19D.J. NettoHanford, CA050
20Matt CovingtonGlenpool, OK049
21Ryan TimmsOklahoma City, OK045
22Kaleb MontgomeryTempleton, CA144
23Tim KaedingSan Jose, CA044
24Justin WebsterSarasota, FL343
25Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK041
25-tieAustin McCarlAltoona, IA041

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Midget Power Rankings

The early 2021 top of the Midget Power Rankings charts looks much like the final edition of 2020.  After Buddy Kofoid edged Cannon McIntosh by two points for the number one ranking in 2020, Kofoid holds the early lead once again over McIntosh.

After winning the USAC season opener in Florida in February and then sweeping through last weekend’s season-opening POWRi double at Wichita Falls, TX, Kofoid holds the early edge by 15 points over McIntosh.

Justin Grant is another five points back in third with current USAC co-points leader Chris Windom and Tanner Thorson also among the early top five.

Currently atop both USAC and POWRi points, Kofoid became the fifth different driver to top the Midget Power Rankings since 2013 with previous top rankings going to Christopher Bell (2013 and 2014), Tanner Thorson (2015 and 2016), Spencer Bayston (2017) and Logan Seavey (2018-2019).

1Buddy KofoidPenngrove, CA3119
2Cannon McIntoshBixby, OK1104
3Justin GrantIone, CA199
4Chris WindomCanton, IL091
5Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV088
6Kyle LarsonElk Grove, CA280
7Thomas MeseraullSan Jose, CA170
8Daison PursleyLocust Grove, OK069
9Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.Olive Branch, MS053
10Jake NeumanNew Berlin, IL052
11Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK051
12Brad SweetGrass Valley, CA051
13Christopher BellNorman, OK147
14Spencer BaystonLebanon, IN046
15Alex BrightCollegeville, PA046
16Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA144
17Cole BodineRossville, IN042
18Logan SeaveySutter, CA042
19Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN040
20Emerson AxsomFranklin, IN039
21Kyle CumminsPrinceton, IN037
22-tieBlake HahnSapulpa, OK035
22-tieColby CopelandRoseville, CA035
24Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK030
25Brent CrewsDenver, NC022

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.