Thorson Holds Midget Power Rankings Lead

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume III, No. 30

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 14, 2015) – Darren Hagen and Spencer Bayston may have dominated this past weekend’s headlines, but Tanner Thorson still holds down the top spot in the latest Power Rankings.

The Nevada native posted another podium finish by crossing the stripe third in Saturday’s USAC Midget Kokomo Grand Prix to hold the top spot by 15 points over Kokomo GP winner Hagen, who jumped from 11th to second with the big win.

With Hagen and reigning POWRi Midget champ Zach Daum holding an identical point total, Hagen gets the nod for second with his triumph while Daum still looks for his first win of the year. Daum was third in Friday’s POWRi Battle at Belle-Vegas.

Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu round out the current top five.

After capturing his first career Midget win in Friday’s Battle at Belle-Vegas, Bayston made the jump from 16th to eighth.

After winning Saturday’s POWRi West card at Outlaw Motor Speedway, Matt Sherrell is one position outside of the Top 25 in 26th.

Also picking up a win since the most recent Midget Power Rankings release was Brian Gard, a BCRA victor at Placerville on April 4.

The ARDC Midgets will try to kick off its season once again at Linda’s Speedway in Jonestown, PA, this Friday night before moving on to Path Valley on Saturday with Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway trying for its Midget opener as well on Saturday.

(Photo courtesy of TeeJay Crawford) Midgets (Top 25 – Through April 12):

RankDriver, HometownWinsPointsChange
1.Tanner Thorson, Minden NV106
2.Darren Hagen, Riverside CA191+9
3.Zach Daum, Pocahontas IL91+1
4.Christopher Bell, Norman OK283-2
5.Rico Abreu, Rutherford CA280-2
6.Blake Hahn, Sapulpa OK71-1
7.Kevin Swindell, Germantown TN67-1
8.Spencer Bayston, Lafayette IN163+8
9.Kyle Larson, Elk Grove CA161-2
10.Daryn Pittman, Owasso OK58-2
11.Andrew Deal, Caney KS57-2
12.Bryan Clauson, Noblesville IN155-2
Jerry Coons, Jr., Tucson AZ155+2
14.Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills MO55-2
15.Andrew Felker, Carl Junction MO52+2
16.Sammy Swindell, Germantown TN51-3
17.Damion Gardner, Concord CA49-2
18.Ronnie Gardner, Norco CA142+9
19.Chris Windom, Canton IL36-1
20.J.J. Yeley, Phoenix AZ35-1
21.Ryan Bernal, Hollister CA34-1
22.Kevin Thomas, Jr., Cullman AL33-1
23.Jonathan Beason, Broken Arrow OK32-1
24.Chad Boat, Phoenix AZ31-1
25.Colten Cottle, Kansas IL29+3

On the Rise (Breaking into the Top 25): Ronnie Gardner, Colten Cottle

Falling Down (Out of the Top 25): Terry Babb, Trey Marcham.

Features Completed: 13

Number of Different Winners: 11

Number of Drivers to Earn Points: 102


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