Kofoid Captures Top Position in 2020 Midget Power Rankings!

Lonnie Wheatley, BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (December 15, 2020) – Michael “Buddy” Kofoid of Penngrove, CA, made the most of his first full season of Midget racing action by snaring the number one position in the 2020 edition of the www.midgetmadness.com Midget Power Rankings.

And he did it by the narrowest of margins, edging Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Cannon McIntosh by just two points for top honors.

After capturing his first career Midget win in local action at Jacksonville in 2019, Kofoid embarked upon the entirety of the 2020 USAC Midget trail as well as a bulk of the POWRi schedule.  Kofoid finished fourth in points with both series, earning “Rookie of the Year” honors in USAC action and topping the POWRi win charts with seven triumphs.

Kofoid collected ten overall wins on the season, knocking off a half-dozen POWRi wins before finally landing his first USAC National Midget score at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on September 5.  Kofoid then finished out strong with another pair of USAC wins in November including a Western World Championship triumph at Arizona Speedway and then by outdueling Kyle Larson at Bakersfield.

That hard-fought victory over Larson at Bakersfield proved to be just enough to give the then 18-year-old Kofoid the top ranking by a nose over Oklahoma’s McIntosh.  Also in his first full season among the Keith Kunz Motorsports flock, McIntosh picked up eight wins along the way to rank second.  After scoring a Chili Bowl preliminary win, a pair of USAC triumphs were among the McIntosh victory drives.

Also racking up eight overall wins between a pair of rides along the way, California’s Tanner Thorson claimed third.  Top-ranked in Midget Power Rankings in both 2015 and 2016, Thorson added seven USAC wins including the Leffler Memorial and Western World to a Chili Bowl preliminary win to kick off the season.

Tyler Courtney finished the season ranked fourth aboard a Clauson-Marshall Racing entry, his third time among the top-five in the past four years, while 2020 USAC Midget champion Chris Windom cracked the top-five for the first time in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports camp focusing solely on USAC action when turning Midget laps.

USAC rookie contender Daison Pursley was sixth aboard another KKM entry with Jake Neuman cracking the top-ten for the first time in seventh after capturing the POWRi National title.  After ranking first the previous two years, Logan Seavey was eighth in 2020.

Running a limited slate of Midget events, Kyle Larson ranked ninth with Chili Bowl and Indiana Midget Week titles among his abundant 2020 accolades while Thomas Meseraull cracked the final top-ten for the first time.

Among this year’s top-ten, Thorson has finished in the top-ten five times over the past eight years while five racers (Kofoid, Pursley, Neuman, Larson and Meseraull) broke into the top-ten for this first time since the inception of the Midget Power Rankings in 2013.

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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, Non-Wing Sprint Cars and Rod End Supply Winged 360s along with the STIDA Super Late Model Power Rankings.

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

 

Rank

Name

Hometown

Wins

Points

2019 Rank

2018 Rank

2017 Rank

2016 Rank

2015 Rank

2014 Rank

2013 Rank

1

Buddy Kofoid

Penngrove, CA

10

689

39

124

NR

233

NR

NR

NR

2

Cannon McIntosh

Bixby, OK

8

687

7

34

39

NR

NR

NR

NR

3

Tanner Thorson

Minden, NV

8

559

12

20

2

1

1

6

25

4

Tyler Courtney

Indianapolis, IN

5

481

2

7

4

80

126

102

NR

5

Chris Windom

Canton, IL

4

457

6

44

44

49

63

15

119

6

Daison Pursley

Locust Grove, OK

2

390

27

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

7

Jake Neuman

New Berlin, IL

2

317

16

17

25

22

41

193

132

8

Logan Seavey

Sutter, CA

2

304

1

1

11

164

NR

NR

NR

9

Kyle Larson

Elk Grove, CA

7

299

11

29

40

25

24

55

14

10

Thomas Meseraull

San Jose, CA

4

271

35

65

147

44

51

93

65

11

Justin Grant

Ione, CA

2

242

20

10

5

126

90

76

141

12

Emerson Axsom

Franklin, IN

2

236

149

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

13

Tanner Carrick

Lincoln, CA

0

227

5

4

17

NR

NR

NR

NR

14

Zach Daum

Pocahontas, IL

1

192

8

8

8

4

8

2

2

15

Ace McCarthy

Tahlequah, OK

2

173

32

67

56

247

NR

NR

NR

16

Andrew Felker

Carl Junction, MO

1

173

13

32

23

13

7

7

4

17

Kaylee Bryson

Muskogee, OK

0

163

96

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

18

Trey Gropp

Lincoln, NE

1

146

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

19

Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Cullman, AL

0

124

10

9

61

112

9

31

97

20

Spencer Bayston

Lebanon, IN

1

122

44

19

1

2

3

21

200

21

Trey Marcham

Newcastle, OK

3

117

30

39

122

NR

44

18

109

22

Jonathan Beason

Broken Arrow, OK

1

112

22

28

32

35

60

49

81

23

Jerry Coons, Jr.

Tucson, AZ

0

110

18

18

20

19

12

45

11

24

Rico Abreu

St. Helena, CA

1

109

21

23

18

11

4

4

5

25

Clinton Boyles

Greenwood, MO

0

107

198

NR

NR

NR

138

NR

NR

26

Christopher Bell

Norman, OK

1

104

19

5

6

29

5

1

1

27

Robert Dalby

Anaheim, CA

0

104

23

33

55

54

148

NR

NR

28

Blake Hahn

Sapulpa, OK

2

102

60

40

94

84

46

NR

NR

29

Chase Johnson

Penngrove, CA

0

97

121

47

NR

199

NR

NR

NR

30

Andrew Layser

Collegeville, PA

0

97

31

66

159

NR

NR

NR

NR

31

Noah Gass

Mounds, OK

0

86

53

206

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

32

Shane Golobic

Fremont, CA

0

84

28

27

3

17

54

51

29

33

Kyle Cummins

Princeton, IN

0

81

81

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

34

Tyler Thomas

Collinsville, OK

0

79

15

13

10

8

10

9

13

35

Tristin Thomas

Burlington, WA

0

76

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

36

Cole Bodine

Rossville, IN

0

74

63

48

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

37

Ryan Bernal

Hollister, CA

0

73

66

45

NR

138

18

133

91

38

Sam Johnson

St. Peters, MO

0

70

87

35

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

39

Chance Morton

Coweta, OK

0

67

41

164

223

117

147

NR

NR

40

Carson Macedo

Lemoore, CA

1

61

58

NR

53

3

NR

NR

NR

41

Tucker Klaasmeyer

Paola, KS

0

60

9

2

13

12

28

NR

NR

42

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Olive Branch, MS

0

57

47

80

84

77

82

160

NR

43

Jason McDougal

Broken Arrow, OK

0

54

14

16

156

24

136

95

NR

44

Hank Davis

Sand Springs, OK

0

43

29

26

232

NR

NR

NR

NR

45

Frankie Guerrini

San Rafael, CA

1

38

NR

82

34

34

17

104

115

46

Kyle Jones

Kennedale, TX

0

36

76

70

NR

58

65

NR

NR

47

Jesse Love

Menlo Park, CA

0

36

48

106

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

48

Joe B. Miller

Millersville, MO

0

36

94

24

69

118

261

NR

NR

49-tie

Colby Copeland

Roseville, CA

0

35

65

90

67

NR

162

NR

NR

49-tie

Sammy Swindell

Germantown, TN

0

35

198

87

147

186

73

73

52

 

Features Completed: 87 (124 in 2019, 116 in 2018, 131 in 2017, 158 in 2016, 141 in 2015, 126 in 2014, 154 in 2013)

Number of Different Winners: 37 (51 in 2019, 56 in 2018, 60 in 2017, 62 in 2016, 65 in 2015, 57 in 2014, 66 in 2013)

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 167 (214 in 2019, 226 in 2018, 236 in 2017, 278 in 2016, 274 in 2015, 241 in 2014, 248 in 2013)

Past Top Tens in www.midgetmadness.com Midget Power Rankings:

2019 – 1. Logan Seavey (16) 891, 2. Tyler Courtney (9) 605, 3. Zeb Wise (5) 490, 4. Jesse Colwell (2) 467, 5. Tanner Carrick (2) 435, 6. Chris Windom (2) 404, 7. Cannon McIntosh (1) 382, 8. Zach Daum 375, 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer 363, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2) 326.

2018 – 1. Logan Seavey (9) 734, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer (6) 483, 3. Ryan Robinson (1) 457, 4. Tanner Carrick (2) 442, 5. Christopher Bell (9) 345, 6. Chad Boat (2) 321, 7. Tyler Courtney (3) 312, 8. Zach Daum (1) 295, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5) 294, 10. Justin Grant (2) 281.

2017 – 1. Spencer Bayston (8) 668, 2. Tanner Thorson (7) 608, 3. Shane Golobic (1) 444, 4. Tyler Courtney (5) 408, 5. Justin Grant (3) 359, 6. Christopher Bell (10) 346, 7. Brady Bacon (4) 342, 8. Zach Daum (1) 325, 9. Ryan Robinson 289, 10. Tyler Thomas (6) 277.

2016 – 1. Tanner Thorson (16) 795, 2. Spencer Bayston (3) 666, 3. Carson Macedo (3) 551, 4. Zach Daum (4) 469, 5. Brady Bacon (1) 356, 6. Bryan Clauson (5) 317, 7. Chad Boat (3) 310, 8. Tyler Thomas 294, 9. Ryan Robinson 282, 10. Justin Peck (1) 273.

2015 – 1. Tanner Thorson (7) 548, 2. Darren Hagen (5) 522, 3. Spencer Bayston (5) 500, 4. Rico Abreu (9) 488, 5. Christopher Bell (8) 438, 6. Bryan Clauson (6) 422, 7. Andrew Felker (3) 383, 8. Zach Daum (3) 379, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3) 373, 10. Tyler Thomas (2) 276.

2014 – 1. Christopher Bell (16) 659, 2. Zach Daum (4) 589, 3. Bryan Clauson (10) 555, 4. Rico Abreu (5) 449, 5. Darren Hagen (6) 421, 6. Tanner Thorson (2) 411, 7. Andrew Felker (3) 313, 8. Tracy Hines (2) 304, 9. Tyler Thomas (1) 283, 10. Alex Bright (5) 244.

2013 – 1. Christopher Bell (10) 543, 2. Zach Daum (8) 504, 3. Darren Hagen (8) 415, 4. Andrew Felker (2) 406, 5. Rico Abreu (7) 402, 6. Bryan Clauson (8) 397, 7. Brad Kuhn (1) 325, 8. Tracy Hines (2) 322, 9. Ronnie Gardner (13) 280, 10. Alex Bright (3) 231.

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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