Tanner Thorson Tops 2015 Midget Power Rankings – See the Top 50!

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume III, No. 88

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (December 21, 2015) – With the final Midget events of the 2015 season in the books, Minden, Nevada native Tanner Thorson has emerged atop this year’s www.midgetmadness.com Midget Power Rankings.

A part of the potent Keith Kunz Racing stable that amassed 28 overall Midget feature wins this year, Thorson reached victory lane on seven occasions to take the top spot by 26 points over Mid-Season Power Rankings leader Darren Hagen.

Among Thorson’s triumphs were victories during both POWRi and USAC Midget weeks, an Iron Man 55 score, a sweep of Tri-City Speedway’s Gold Crown Nationals and a Turkey Night triumph to round out the season.

While Thorson made the leap from sixth last year to the top spot, POWRi champion Hagen ranked among the top five for the third year in a row with his runner-up ranking.

Picking off a handful of wins, Spencer Bayston made a leap from a ranking of 21st in 2014 all the way to third this year while Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell rounded out this year’s top five with both running a limited slate of events.

Belleville Midget Nationals champ Bryan Clauson was sixth with the balance of the top ten including Andrew Felker, Zach Daum, Kevin Thomas, Jr., and Tyler Thomas.

Bayston and Kevin Thomas, Jr., both ranked among the top ten for the first time while Hagen, Abreu, Bell, Clauson, Felker and Daum have each ranked among the top ten over each of the past three years.

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The www.midgetmadness.com Midget Power Rankings are a part of the Open Wheel Power Rankings at www.sprintcarmania.com that also includes STIDA Winged 410s, Infinity Shocks Non-Wing 410s, Rod End Supply Winged 360s, Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360s and 305s presented by Dodge City Raceway Park. Bobby Clark topped the 305 portion, R.J. Johnson was best in the Non-Wing 360 ranks and Seth Bergman bested the Winged 360s with the final standings for the remaining divisions to be released in the coming days.

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A look at this year’s Top 50 in www.midgetmadness.com Midget Power Rankings is as follows:

RankNameHometownWinsPoints2014 Rank2013 Rank
1Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV7548625
2Darren HagenRiverside, CA552253
3Spencer BaystonLafayette, IN550021200
4Rico AbreuRutherford, CA948845
5Christopher BellNorman, OK843811
6Bryan ClausonNoblesville, IN642236
7Andrew FelkerCarl Junction, MO338374
8Zach DaumPocahontas, IL337922
9Kevin Thomas, Jr.Cullman, AL33733197
10Tyler ThomasCollinsville, OK2276913
11Tracy HinesNew Castle, IN026688
12Jerry Coons, Jr.Tucson, AZ11974511
13Austin BrownMillstadt, IL01841618
14Ronnie GardnerNorco, CA2167199
15Anton HernandezArlington, TX2164NRNR
16Dave DarlandLincoln, IN01521112
17Frankie GuerriniSan Rafael, CA5147104115
18Ryan BernalHollister, CA114113391
19Kyle SchuettUrbana, IL1141188NR
20Justin PeckMonrovia, IN21311466
21Steven DrevickiReading, PA11151219
22Matt SherrellOwasso, OK210948158
23Keith RauchDenver, CO61066170
24Kyle LarsonElk Grove, CA11065514
25Cody BrewerChoctaw, OK01063884
26Payton PierceBridgeport, TX0101166NR
27Danny StrattonRiverside, CA1987821
28Tucker KlaasmeyerPaola, KS097NRNR
29Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK09632170
30Michael FaccintoHanford, CA295NR156
31Michelle DeckerGuthrie, OK19289NR
32Chase StockonSullivan, IN192202NR
33Ryan RobinsonForesthill, CA091NRNR
34Ryan GrethShartlesville, PA3905827
35Damion GardnerConcord, CA0904186
36Tony RossiBrighton, CO38913588
37Bob HarrArvada, CO18786174
38Steve BuckwalterRoyersford, PA2862316
39Chett GehrkeBroken Arrow, OK2842239
40Gage WalkerIndianapolis, IN183111NR
41Jake NeumanNew Berlin, IL183193132
42Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK1833622
43Brian GardKelseyville, CA18246NR
44Trey MarchamNewcastle, OK08218109
45Daniel RobinsonWayne City, IL0811735
46Blake HahnSapulpa, OK080NRNR
47Nick ChivelloManteca, CA1795261
48Trevor KobylarzBirdsboro, PA0792915
49Ty HulseyOwasso, OK17777NR
50P.J. GargiuloMorton, PA2743931

Features Completed: 141 (126 in 2014, 154 in 2013)

Number of Different Winners: 65 (57 in 2014, 66 in 2013)

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 274 (241 in 2014, 248 in 2013)

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.

The Wheatley Chronicles brings insight and highlights from all variety of racing series throughout the nation in 2015 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 www.sprintcarmania.com to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.