Bayston Leads the Way in Mid-Season Midget Power Rankings

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 33

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (June 30, 2017) – With a four-day Holiday weekend of racing action looming, Lafayette, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston sits atop the Mid-Season Midget Power Rankings.

While “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney moved to the top of the charts after Indiana Midget Week, a trip east to central PA was enough to move Bayston to the top of the list by just ten points over Keith Kunz Racing teammate Tanner Thorson.

Bayston has a pair of wins to his credit including the Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo and then a USAC/ARDC tilt at Williams Grove Speedway four nights later that propelled him into the lead.

Finishing atop the Midget Power Rankings in 2016 with 16 wins, Nevada native Thorson sits second with just a pair of wins thus far in 2017.

With four wins to his credit, Courtney is just another 19 points back in third with Zach Daum and Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Golobic rounding out the Mid-Season top five.

The balance of the top ten in Mid-Season Midget Power Rankings includes New Zealand’s Michael Pickens, Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, Ryan Robinson and Rico Abreu.

The Mid-Season Top 50 in Midget Power Rankings through…

1Spencer BaystonLafayette, IN22704
2Tanner ThorsonMinden, NV22607
3Tyler CourtneyIndianapolis, IN42413
4Zach DaumPocahontas, IL02321
5Shane GolobicFremont, CA120310
6Michael PickensAuckland, NZ419198
7Justin GrantIone, CA21886
8Brady BaconBroken Arrow, OK318415
9Ryan RobinsonForesthill, CA01719
10Rico AbreuSt. Helena, CA117031
11Tyler ThomasCollinsville, OK31585
12Christopher BellNorman, OK41482
13Ronnie GardnerCorona, CA31288
14Logan SeaveySutter, CA112013
15Tucker KlaasmeyerPaola, KS111019
16Tanner CarrickLincoln, CA010616
17Jerry Coons, Jr.Tucson, AZ010512
18Alex BrightCollegeville, PA19517
19Holly SheltonSacramento, CA08824
20Jake SwansonAnaheim, CA07711
21Cory ElliottBakersfield, CA17622
22Daryn PittmanOwasso, OK07014
23Zeb WiseAngola, IN06525
24Jake NeumanNew Berlin, IL06321
25Chad BoatPhoenix, AZ05894
26Michael FaccintoHanford, CA05632
27Jonathan BeasonBroken Arrow, OK05618
28Kory SchudySpringfield, MO15165
29Travis BerryhillAmerican Canyon, CA15120
30Andrew FelkerCarl Junction, MO05036
31Brad LoyetSunset Hills, MO050116
32Davey RayLoves Park, IL24826
33Wesley SmithNixa, MO34739
34Keith RauchDenver, CO047108
35Larry WightPhoenix, NY04423
36Grady ChandlerEdmond, OK043127
37Ryan GrethShartlesville, PA14144
38Dave DarlandLincoln, IN04134
39Cannon McIntoshBroken Arrow, OK040147
40-tieC.J. LearyGreenfield, IN03927
40-tieDanny StrattonRiverside, CA03928
42Damion GardnerConcord, CA03929
43Brenden BrightCollegeville, PA13835
44Colten CottleKansas, IL03830
45Courtney CroneCorona, CA23633
46-tieCasey ShumanTempe, AZ03684
46-tieBrent BeauchampFairland, IN03647
48-tieSteven ShebesterPauls Valley, OK03540
48-tieGage WalkerIndianapolis, IN03543
50Matt MooreOklahoma City, OK13487

Features Completed: 58

Number of Different Winners: 35

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 176

Past Top Tens in Midget Power Rankings:

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 Midget Power Rankings are a part of the Open Wheel Power Rankings that also includes STIDA Winged 410s, Momentum Racing Suspensions Non-Wing 410s, Rod End Supply Winged 360s, Beaver Stripes Non-Wing 360s and 305s presented by Dodge City Raceway Park.

A part of the recurring “The Wheatley Chronicles” series of articles on, 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 2017 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 to Lonnie Wheatley at