Weaver Tops 305 Power Rankings for 2016

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume IV, No. 45

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (December 6, 2016) – For the second year in a row, the top spot in the 305 Sprint Car Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park goes to the Buckeye State as Fremont’s Paul Weaver captured the number one ranking for the 2016 season.

Weaver earned this year’s top ranking after fellow Ohio rep Bobby Clark topped the 2015 Power Rankings.  Texas shoe Jeb Sessums earned the top ranking in both 2013 and 2014.

Weaver took this year’s number one ranking by a 45-point margin over Oklahoma’s Andy Shouse on the strength of ten feature wins at a handful of Ohio tracks that led to the Attica Raceway Park track championship and the FAST 305-ci title.

It was Weaver’s second-time among the final top ten after a ranking of ninth in 2013.  He climbed from 15th in last year’s final rankings.

Oklahoma City’s Shouse settled for second in his first concentrated year of 305-ci competition that netted the IMCA National crown and the inaugural Sprint Series of Oklahoma championship.

URSS National champion Luke Cranston of Ness City, KS, took the show position in the final rundown with Liberal, KS, native Jason Martin edging Eagle Raceway champion Tyler Drueke for fourth.

Ohio’s Nate Dussel missed a third top-five ranking by just one position in sixth while Mid-South hotshoe Eddie Gallagher racked up a 305-ci best 19 wins to claim seventh.

North Texas contender Chad Wilson ranks as the only driver to finish among the top ten in final 305 Power Rankings over each of the past four years with a ranking of eighth with fellow Lone Star shoe Marcus Thomas in ninth and Kansas racer Zach Blurton rounding out the top ten.

Weaver topped a total of 647 drivers that earned points in the 540 events that awarded points toward this year’s 305 Sprint Car Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park.

The state-of-the-art Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas is the presenting sponsor of the 305 Sprint Car Power Rankings.  Dodge City Raceway Park hosts a variety of racing events over the course of each year including World of Outlaws and URSS Sprint Cars along with a regular card of DCRP 305 Sprint Cars.  Check www.dodgecityraceway.com for the full schedule and more information.

The 305 Power Rankings are a part of the Open Wheel Power Rankings that also includes STIDA Winged 410s, Infinity Shocks Non-Wing 410s, Rod End Supply Winged 360s, Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360s and www.midgetmadness.com Midgets.  Final standings for those divisions will be released in the coming weeks at www.sprintcarmania.com.

A look at this year’s Top 100 in 305 Sprint Car Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park is as follows:

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RankNameHometownWinsPoints2015 Rank2014 Rank2013 Rank 
1Paul WeaverFremont, OH1047015209
2Andy ShouseOklahoma City, OK8425113193281
3Luke CranstonNess City, KS6393183717
4Jason MartinLiberal, KS536991673
5Tyler DruekeEagle, NE835028NRNR
6Nate DusselToledo, OH434436153
7Eddie GallagherOlive Branch, MS19315696854
8Chad WilsonN. Richland Hills, TX10306245
9Marcus ThomasCorsicana, TX4297633NR
10Zach BlurtonGreat Bend, KS52821445130
11Blake RobertsonVisalia, CA14269295NRNR
12Clint BensonPapillion, NE4254421851
13Jamie MillerFostoria, OH425316322224
14Tyler ReeserOrwigsburg, PA824210157159
15Kyle CapodiceSandusky, OH223922174NR
16John Carney IIEl Paso, TX5236118528
17Don GrableEl Paso, TX11235NR15585
18Kyle JonesKennedale, TX6232263258
19Steve RandoLindsey, OH123031293
20Ken DukeSelinsgrove, PA22223369NR
21John IvyFremont, OH2221777
22Tyler RussellAbbott, TX321575104NR
23Raven CulpMesquite, TX3211961415
24Jake MartensFairview, OK3205NRNRNR
25Zach NewlinMillerstown, PA12051982217
26Trevor GrossenbacherHolland, NE120313NRNR
27Eddie StradaLake Ariel, PA5201200NRNR
28Michelle MeltonFlower Mound, TX220156125203
29Taylor VelasquezTurpin, OK519918314877
30Scott LutzFredericksburg, PA2199NRNRNR
31Toby ChapmanLincoln, NE119971105NR
32Jeff DayGreenville, TX51963428135
33Robert VetterWolfe City, TX3190804927
34Dan McCarronDundee, MI2188155349447
35Logan ScherbDecatur, TX118721127147
36Dave BrownAston, PA3183277470
37Drew RitcheyEverett, PA218335NRNR
38Jake BubakArvada, CO21825913
39Michael DayGreenville, TX2178187NRNR
40Justin MeltonFlower Mound, TX2177973211
41Ricky PetersonRawson, OH017436106324
42Kyle GanoeMifflintown, PA2173NRNRNR
43 (tie)Lorne WoffordAlamogordo, NM31725211210
43 (tie)Brian KrummelMiddletown, NY317246NRNR
45Mike HaggenbottomLevittown, PA2169121518
46Christian BowmanDes Moines, IA4167126NRNR
47Alvin RoepkeElmore, OH2166245322
48Stu SnyderWaverly, NE1165NR261NR
49Shon PointerGrand Island, NE116461194NR
50Kyle SmithSouth Egremont, MA 316341217480
51Scott GoodrichMiddletown, NY2161175140
52Michael StienCeylon, MN3159121527524
53Nathan GramleyLewistown, PA41585110397
54John RickettsBurleson, TX21575962
55Tim Tanner, Jr.Ivyland, PA1156325574
56Justin FifieldMesquite, TX0156702229
57Dalton StevensScurry, TX515410220786
58Devin KlineKnoxville, IA315491181NR
59Joe Wood, Jr.Oklahoma City, OK2153NRNRNR
60Dustin DinanPort Clinton, OH0153152118
61Matt FoosFremont, OH2152NRNRNR
62Bobby ClarkFremont, OH21501842
63Ty WilliamsArcadia, OK1145140160111
64Mike PetersWichita, KS0144NRNR524
65Bryan DebrickIrving, TX0140158343NR
66Brian HerbertDodge City, KS3138395938
67Chris WalravenPrairie City, IA3135217258128
68Jack DoverSpringfield, NE5133241164NR
69Adam GullionLincoln, NE31332021375
70Steven RichardsonLiberal, KS2132854678
71Jason KecklerFremont, OH21302127035
72Cody HowardByhalia, MS1125422NRNR
73Mike KiserCooperstown, NY11243843155
74John MartinFayetteville, PA0124157NRNR
75Colby DiceChambersburg, PA012410561231
76Chad KochWichita Falls, TX0122310NRNR
77Jeb SessumsJoshua, TX2121811
78Scott EllermanLandisburg, PA21205812667
79Rick StiefGarnett Valley, PA11209214631
80John BarnettTabernacle, NJ2119278NRNR
81Cale ReigleNewport, PA1119190NRNR
82George WhiteFt. Worth, TX21188419193
83Joey DanleyLincoln, NE11184554NR
84Mike BostonCrete, NE0117909012
85Jed WernerCodell, KS111665185NR
86Zac TaylorGreen River, WY5115255233
87Zane LawrenceLillian, TX0114194205NR
88Jeff GeigesHillsborough, NJ111312536NR
89C.J. HulseyEl Paso, TX1113143NRNR
90Wes WoffordAlamogordo, NM2112639883
91Tyler ThompsonDes Moines, IA2111185111NR
92Ryan LynnHollidaysburg, PA111112431189
93Kevin RameyFort Worth, TX011022110121
94Dale SchweikartLinden, PA1109272254365
95Mark WatkinsMcConnellsburg, PA01094918050
96Dustin StroupFremont, OH010662362239
97Weston GorhamColleyvile, TX2105NRNRNR
98McKenna HaaseDes Moines, IA1104154233NR
99Andy PriestNew Castle, PA4103156NRNR
100Shayle BadeLincoln, NE1103486799

Features Completed: 540 (560 in 2015, 470 in 2014 and 407 in 2013)

Number of Different Winners: 244 (240 in 2015, 202 in 2014 and 182 in 2013)

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 647 (641 in 2015, 599 in 2014 and 532 in 2013)

Past Top Tens in 305 Power Rankings presented by Dodge City Raceway Park:

2015 – 1. Bobby Clark (10) 460, 2. Chad Wilson (11) 455, 3. Steve Rando (5) 345, 4. Jordan Ryan (4) 338, 5. Jake Bubak (7) 330, 6. Marcus Thomas (5) 321, 7. John Ivy (5) 318, 8. Jeb Sessums (8) 304, 9. Jason Martin (9) 302, 10. Tyler Reeser (10) 298.

2014 – 1. Jeb Sessums (5) 475, 2. Jordan Ryan (7) 446, 3. Kyle Jones (4) 413, 4. Chad Wilson (10) 403, 5. Nate Dussel (6) 371, 6. John Ricketts (6) 333, 7. John Ivy (3) 313, 8. Bobby Clark (5) 311, 9. Jake Bubak (8) 309, 10. Kevin Ramey (8) 300.

2013 – 1. Jeb Sessums (8) 412, 2. John Ricketts (11) 391, 3. Nate Dussel (12) 372, 4. Logan Wagner (10) 323, 5. Chad Wilson (7) 313, 6. Jordan Ryan (2) 298, 7. John Ivy (3) 284, 8. Dustin Dinan (6) 262, 9. Paul Weaver (2) 224, 10. Lorne Wofford (4) 221.

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 2016 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.