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.

Rank

Name

Hometown

Wins

Points

1

Donny Schatz

Fargo, ND

2

219

2

Brad Sweet

Grass Valley, CA

2

165

3

Logan Schuchart

Hanover, PA

2

162

4

Aaron Reutzel

Clute, TX

2

141

5

Carson Macedo

Lemoore, CA

2

139

6

David Gravel

Watertown, CT

1

124

7

Cory Eliason

Visalia, CA

0

117

8

Sheldon Haudenschild

Wooster, OH

2

93

9

Danny Dietrich

Gettysburg, PA

1

85

10

Giovanni Scelzi

Fresno, CA

0

83

11

Justin Peck

Monrovia, IN

1

78

12

Hunter Schuerenberg

Sikeston, MO

1

61

13

Kerry Madsen

St. Marys, NSW

0

60

14

Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

Sunnyvale, TX

0

52

15

Ian Madsen

Sydney, NSW

0

51

16

Rico Abreu

St. Helena, CA

0

50

17-tie

Tyler Courtney

Indianapolis, IN

0

50

17-tie

Brent Marks

Myerstown, PA

0

50

19

Tim Shaffer

Aliquippa, PA

1

49

20

Lance Dewease

Fayetteville, PA

1

46

21

Dominic Sclezi

Fresno, CA

0

45

22

Dylan Cisney

Port Royal, PA

0

44

23

Anthony Macri

Dillsburg, PA

0

44

24

Kasey Kahne

Enumclaw, WA

0

41

25

Buddy Kofoid

Penngrove, CA

2

40


 

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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.

Rank

Name

Hometown

Wins

Points

1

Justin Grant

Ione, CA

1

55

2

Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Cullman, AL

1

44

3

Brady Bacon

Broken Arrow, OK

0

44

4

Tanner Thorson

Minden, NV

0

33

5

Buddy Kofoid

Penngrove, CA

0

32

6

C.J. Leary

Greenfield, IN

0

28

7

Austin Williams

Yorba Linda, CA

0

26

8

Tyler Courtney

Indianapolis, IN

0

26

9

Charles Davis, Jr.

Buckeye, AZ

0

25

10

R.J. Johnson

Phoenix, AZ

3

24

11-tie

Chris Gansen

Verdemont Heights, CA

0

24

11-tie

Brody Roa

Buena Park, CA

0

24

13

Kyle Cummins

Princeton, IN

0

22

14-tie

Ryan Timmons

Pleasant Hill, CA

1

20

14-tie

Max Adams

Loomis, CA

1

20

16

Jake Swanson

Anaheim, CA

0

19

17

Chris Windom

Canton, IL

0

18

18

Davey Ray

Loves Park, IL

0

17

19

Damion Gardner

Concord, CA

0

15

20

Robert Ballou

Rocklin, CA

0

14

21

Matt Mitchell

Yorba Linda, CA

0

11

22

Chase Stockon

Fort Branch, IN

0

11

23

Sterling Cling

Tempe, AZ

0

10

24

Verne Sweeney

Lomita, CA

0

9

25

Timmy Buckwalter

Douglassville, PA

0

8

 

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).

Rank

Name

Hometown

Wins

Points

1

Mark Smith

Sunbury, PA

4

193

2

Shane Golobic

Fremont, CA

2

112

3

J.J. Hickle

Quilcene, WA

3

107

4

Tim Shaffer

Aliquippa, PA

2

92

5

Dale Howard

Byhalia, MS

0

85

6

Dominic Scelzi

Fresno, CA

2

79

7

Danny Martin, Jr.

Sarasota, FL

1

79

8

Greg Wilson

Benton Ridge, OH

1

75

9

Connor Leoffler

Myrtle Beach, SC

0

75

10

Justin Sanders

Prunedale, CA

3

65

11

Blake Carrick

Lincoln, CA

1

64

12

Joel Myers, Jr.

Sebastopol, CA

0

59

13

Max Stambaugh

Lima, OH

0

58

14

Rico Abreu

St. Helena, CA

0

58

15

Andy Forsberg

N. Auburn Hills, CA

1

56

16

Paulie Colagiovanni

Cicero, NY

1

53

17

Danny Smith

Chillicothe, OH

0

51

18

Tanner Carrick

Lincoln, CA

0

51

19

D.J. Netto

Hanford, CA

0

50

20

Matt Covington

Glenpool, OK

0

49

21

Ryan Timms

Oklahoma City, OK

0

45

22

Kaleb Montgomery

Templeton, CA

1

44

23

Tim Kaeding

San Jose, CA

0

44

24

Justin Webster

Sarasota, FL

3

43

25

Daryn Pittman

Owasso, OK

0

41

25-tie

Austin McCarl

Altoona, IA

0

41

 

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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).

Rank

Name

Hometown

Wins

Points

1

Buddy Kofoid

Penngrove, CA

3

119

2

Cannon McIntosh

Bixby, OK

1

104

3

Justin Grant

Ione, CA

1

99

4

Chris Windom

Canton, IL

0

91

5

Tanner Thorson

Minden, NV

0

88

6

Kyle Larson

Elk Grove, CA

2

80

7

Thomas Meseraull

San Jose, CA

1

70

8

Daison Pursley

Locust Grove, OK

0

69

9

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Olive Branch, MS

0

53

10

Jake Neuman

New Berlin, IL

0

52

11

Daryn Pittman

Owasso, OK

0

51

12

Brad Sweet

Grass Valley, CA

0

51

13

Christopher Bell

Norman, OK

1

47

14

Spencer Bayston

Lebanon, IN

0

46

15

Alex Bright

Collegeville, PA

0

46

16

Rico Abreu

St. Helena, CA

1

44

17

Cole Bodine

Rossville, IN

0

42

18

Logan Seavey

Sutter, CA

0

42

19

Tyler Courtney

Indianapolis, IN

0

40

20

Emerson Axsom

Franklin, IN

0

39

21

Kyle Cummins

Princeton, IN

0

37

22-tie

Blake Hahn

Sapulpa, OK

0

35

22-tie

Colby Copeland

Roseville, CA

0

35

24

Brady Bacon

Broken Arrow, OK

0

30

25

Brent Crews

Denver, NC

0

22

 

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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