Schatz Takes STIDA Power Rankings Lead to Central PA
The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume III, No. 44
Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (May 13, 2015) – Fresh off a clean sweep of this past weekend’s World of Outlaws double at Eldora Speedway, Donny Schatz has extended his STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings lead as the Outlaws venture in central Pennsylvania for the first time beginning tonight at Lincoln Speedway.
Snapping out of an Eldora funk that stretched back to 2009, Schatz topped both nights of action to extend his STIDA Power Rankings lead to 41 points over Paul McMahan. Schatz also ran his North American season win total to eight wins, a mark he didn’t reach until June 29 of last year when he eventually won 26 feature events.
While McMahan still holds second, Shane Stewart jumped ahead of Joey Saldana for third while Kerry Madsen climbed back into the top five.
At least nine of the top ten drivers in STIDA Winged 410 Power Rankings are expected to be in World of Outlaws action in Central PA this weekend with seven Outlaws and the Posse duo of Greg Hodnett and Brian Montieth among the top ten.
Montieth and Hodnett both tuned up for Outlaw action with wins this past weekend, as Montieth topped Williams Grove and Hodnett was best at Port Royal. Taking the Lincoln tune-up was 13th-ranked Danny Dietrich.
Danny Lasoski climbed four positions from 15th to 11th after his NSL win at Knoxville on Saturday while runner-up Tim Kaeding jumped five positions to 19th.
Brian Brown is the only one to break into the top 25 this week, making a move up to 21st.
Brad Loyet captured his first 410 win by topping Friday’s NSL card at Eagle while Bud Kaeding picked of his second consecutive KWS win with a Saturday score at Petaluma.
Other winners over the previous weekend included, Ben Schmidt (IRA at Beaver Dam), Carl Bowser (Lernerville), Eric Williams (Mercer), Nathan Skaggs (Peebles, OH), Jonathan Allard (Chico) and Nate Vaughn (Skagit).
STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings – Top 50 (Through May 10):
Rank – Name, Hometown (Wins) – Points (+/- previous ranking)
- Donny Schatz, Fargo ND (8) 393
- Paul McMahan, Elk Grove CA (3) 352
- Shane Stewart, Bixby OK (3) 310 (+1)
- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg IN 298 (-1)
- Kerry Madsen, St. Marys NSW (3) 291 (+1)
- Greg Hodnett, Thomasville PA (5) 289 (+1)
- Brad Sweet, Grass Valley CA (2) 275 (-2)
- Daryn Pittman, Owasso OK (3) 243
- Brian Montieth, Phoenixville PA (5) 204 (+1)
- Dale Blaney, Hartford OH (2) 197 (-1)
- Danny Lasoski, Dover MO (2) 192 (+4)
- Brent Marks, Myerstown PA 188
- Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg PA (4) 185 (+1)
- Jason Sides, Bartlett TN 184 (-3)
- David Gravel, Watertown CT 165 (-2)
- Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg PA (1) 140 (+1)
- Rico Abreu, Rutherford CA (3) 134 (+3)
- Chad Kemenah, Alvada OH (2) 131 (-2)
- Tim Kaeding, San Jose CA (1) 127 (+5)
- Terry McCarl, Altoona IA (1) 121 (-2)
- Brian Brown, Grain Valley MO (1) 111 (+5)
- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville PA (1) 109 (+1)
- Cody Darrah, Red Lion PA (1) 106 (-4)
- Byron Reed, Monclova OH (1) 99 (-3)
- Aaron Ott, East Berlin PA (1) 98 (-3)
Also in the Top 50: 26. Alan Krimes 97, 27. Bud Kaeding (2) 94, 28. Ryan Smith (1) 94, 29. Cory Haas 94, 30. Kraig Kinser 92, 31. Brad Loyet (1) 89, 32. Steve Kinser (1) 87, 33. Dean Jacobs (2) 81, 34. Steve Buckwalter (1) 79, 35. Danny Holtgraver 79, 36. Stevie Smith (1) 74, 37. Austin Hogue 72, 38. Sean Becker (1) 71, 39. Tanner Thorson (1) 71, 40. Cap Henry 70, 41. Greg Wilson 70, 42. Tim Shaffer 70, 43. Carson Macedo 69, 44. Jimmy Stinson (2) 68, 45. Parker Price-Miller (2) 68, 46. Wayne Johnson (1) 66, 47. Shane Golobic 65, 48. Craig Dollansky 65, 49. Cole Duncan 64, 50. Jonathan Allard (1) 63.
On the Rise (Breaking into the Top 50): Greg Wilson, Carson Macedo, Wayne Johnson, Shane Golobic, Cole Duncan, Jonathan Allard.
Falling Down (Out of the Top 50): Christopher Bell, Aaron Reutzel, Freddie Rahmer, Logan Schuchart, D.J. Foos, Kyle Hirst.
Features Completed: 103
Number of Different Winners: 63
Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 272
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The STIDA Winged 410 Sprint Car Power Rankings are a part of the Open Wheel Power Rankings that also includes Infinity Shocks Non-Wing 410s, Rod End Supply Winged 360s, Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360s, www.midgetmadness.com Midgets and 305s presented by Dodge City Raceway Park. Title sponsorship is still available for the 305 Power Rankings.
A part of the recurring “The Wheatley Chronicles” series of articles on www.sprintcarmania.com, 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.
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