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Maudsley's Power 10 Rankings

By: Jamie Maudsley | APC Racing Series | September 24, 2020 at 9:30am
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After event number 3 - Sunset Speedway

#1 - Jo Lawrence - (Last Ranking #2) - The end of the London Recreational Racing 100 presented by Shell Rotella featured a thrilling finish, as Lawrence, and title combatant Brandon Watson got physical late in the event, with Lawrence pulling off a 'bump and run' with a little side drafting coming to the stripe.  Lawrence held on for his second victory of the season, following a season opening win at Jukasa Speedway.  With the series returning to the Hagersville 5/8th-mile speedway, and by the slimmest margin of 2 victories to 1, Lawrence moves to the top of the power rankings heading into the Spectra Premium 75 presented by Pennzoil and Qwick Wick Championship Race.

#2 - Brandon Watson - (Last Ranking #1) - Watson finished second at Sunset Speedway, while crossing the line backwards and smashing into the fence, coming up feet short of Jo Lawrence.  The duo waged an incredible late race duel throughout the closing stages of the London Recreational Racing 100 presented by Shell Rotella.  The 2017 APC United Late Model series champ slides down one rung on the Power Rankings but is almost even money to end the 2020 season at the top of the list.  Watson is a former Jukasa winner, and through 33 career starts, has a most impressive 16 wins.

#3 - Pete Shepherd - (Last Ranking #8) - Other than Matt Pritiko at Jukasa, Shepherd's third-place finish at Sunset Speedway seemed to closest anyone has come to matching the speed of the title favorites in the late goings all year. Shepherd led 19 laps last time out and has made noted improvements in his performance throughout the season. When you couple that with his track record at Jukasa, including two podium finishes in 2018, Shepherd is the next best bet to join Lawrence and Watson as a race winner in 2020.    

 #4 - Treyten Lapcevich - (Last Ranking - #6) - Treyten and his team put in a gutty performance at Sunset Speedway a few weeks ago.  Lapcevich ripped off the third-fastest lap of qualifying, and after starting fifth raced up front, until contact did extensive damage to the left side of the black #32 machine.  The car was still fast enough for the former Rookie-of-the-Year to race his way back through the pack, and record a fifth-place finish, helping him climb back into the top-five in the Power Rankings heading into the Spectra Premium 75 presented by Pennzoil and Qwick Wick Championship Race.  Lapcevich has the fourth best average finish of all drivers in series history at 9.5 (minimum 10 starts).

#5 - Matt Pritiko - (Last Ranking #3) - After qualifying fifth for the London Recreational Racing 100 presented by Shell Rotella, the defending series champ ran in the top five until the very late stages of the race.  He lost a number of spots on a late-race restart, then faded even further over the closing laps, leading to a ninth-place result.  Expect Pritiko to be a player again at Jukasa, where he finished second against the best of the best last Labour Day in the Canadian Short Track Nationals, but so far, like everyone else, he has struggled to keep up with Watson and Lawrence. 

#6 - 'Flying' Ryan Kimball - (Last Rankings - #10) - Another big mover on the Power Rankings this week, Kimball rode a solid fourth-place finish past four drivers on the list following the London Recreational Racing 100 presented by Shell Rotella.  The driver from Norwood, struggled in time trials, only turning the 14th-fastest lap of the session, but he battled uphill to a solid fourth-place finish, holding off a strong charge by Shawn Chenoweth in the closing laps, and giving him some momentum heading into the season finale doubleheader.

#7 - Shae Gemmell - (Last Ranking - #4) - Sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug.  At Sunset Speedway, Gemmell was the latter, as contact from a few wrecks ended his night early.  Look for the Dorchester driver to rebound in the Spectra Premium 75 presented by Pennzoil and Qwick Wick Championship Race and climb back up into the top-five. Gemmell finished second and fourth on the 5/8th-mile oval in 2019, and sixth there earlier this year.  

#8 - Mat Box - (Last Rankings - Unranked) - The roller coaster season for Box continued at the London Recreational Racing 100 presented by Shell Rotella.  He finished eighth, his best results of the year, one spot better than the ninth be posted at Jukasa in the opener.  Between that, his Mr. Hyde moment came with a 23rd-place result at Sauble.  Box has two top-ten's on the year, after having just three over the past three years, so his program seems to be trending in the right direction in 2020.

#9 - Jake Sheridan - (Last Rankings - #7) - After being extremely fast at Sauble Speedway, Sheridan struggled during the race at Sunset in round three of the APC United Late Model Championship presented by Grisdale.  Handling woes forced a trip to pit road, before Jake had contact that ended his night.  Despite being 13th in the point standings, Sheridan keeps his spot in the top-ten of the Power Rankings, as he continues to run up front, and is on a short list along with Lapcevich, and Shepherd, as the drivers closest to victory lane who just haven't got there yet.

#10 - Josh Stade - (Last Ranking #9) - The Power Rankings loves drivers who qualify second, and the Power Rankings give huge points for getting some TV time running up front, but the Power Rankings frowns on running out of gas.  'Prime Time' was looking to move far up the ladder, and then it looked like he might fall out of the rankings completely, but at the end of the day, nobody behind Stade was able to mount an impressive enough run to knock him out of the top-ten heading to Jukasa.

Falling Out of Power Rankings

J.R. Fitzparick - (Last Ranking - #5) - Fitzpatrick wasn't in attendance at Sunset.

Just Missing

Gary Adriaensen - So far the freshman has a pair of 11th-place results.  Want in the Power Rankings?  Show me a top-ten and we can talk.

Blair Wickett - Was on his way into the Power Rankings until he ended up parked under Shawn McGlynn's car late in the race at Sunset. 

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