After event number 1 – Jukasa Motor Speedway
#1 - Brandon Watson - The 2017 APC United Late Model Series champion is still the guy to beat every time the APC Late Models unload. His 15 career wins dwarf Andrew Gresel's second-place total of seven, and Watson has done it all winning in almost half his starts. Brandon qualified second in the season opener at Jukasa Motor Speedway and led the early portion until locking up the front wheels avoiding a spinning lapped car. We will never be sure if that lock up caused his seemingly race winning car to become a silver medalist. When you combine the career win leader, with a second-place finisher the first time out in 2020, it equals a trip to the top of the Power Rankings.
#2 - Matt Pritiko - The reigning APC United Late Model Series champ narrowly gets the nod for second over Jo Lawrence after race number one. Pritiko was able to qualify third (Started fifth after invert), and picked his way forward in the running order early in the Dayco 75 presented by Pennzoil to open the 2020 season. On the restart after the races first yellow flag, Pritiko was shuffled back in the field. The four-time career winner worked his way forward again, but with only one more yellow to assist him, he was unable to close on the two leaders, despite having a stout car. A third-place finish put Pritiko second in the power rankings, heading to Sauble Speedway, a track he has won at three times before.
#3 - Jo Lawrence - In 2019 the second-generation driver showed why he is going to be one of the top drivers on tour for years to come, as the youngster won three pole awards, and had a pair of fifth-place results. Jo continued to show his qualifying prowess at Jukasa for the season opener, qualifying P1, and tucking into line early behind Brandon Watson. Lawrence took control with a little less than 20 to go and sped his way to career win number one. Another trip to the top of the box for the Stewart's 100 presented by Quaker State would be enough to leapfrog one, or both drivers in front of him in the Power Rankings.
#4 - Shae Gemmell - Gemmell was runner-up in the APC United Late Model standings in 2019 and recorded his first career win at Sauble Speedway in August. In the season opening Dayco 75 presented by Pennzoil, Gemmell started tenth, and raced his way to a sixth-place result to open the campaign. Look for Gemmell to be even faster this weekend as he heads back to the site of that maiden voyage to Epic Racewear victory lane for the first time since win number one.
#5 - Treyten Lapcevich - It is hard to believe that Treyten is still just 16 years old, as he enters his fourth full-time campaign of APC United Late Model action in 2020. Lapcevich has been knocking on the door to victory lane several times. Including an epic battle at Jukasa that he came up short, last summer versus Watson. Lapcevich has two career poles to his record and has posted 9 top-fives in his last 20 starts. Treyten was able to qualify fourth and finished seventh in the season opener at Jukasa Speedway.
#6 - Pete Shepherd - After making less than a handful of starts over the past few seasons, including a pair of podium finishes at the Jukasa grand opening event in 2018, Shepherd finds himself on tour full-time in 2020. Pete, a former winner in the Roush 'Gong Show' made a few starts south of the boarder in ARCA, and NASCAR's touring divisions for the Cat in the Hat and is also a multi-time winner in the NASCAR Pinty's Series. Shepherd started 2020 off with a solid fifth-place finish at Jukasa in the opener.
#7 - J.R. Fitzpatrick - The 2018 APC United Late Model Series champion struggled through 2019 season, and his victory in the season finale at Delaware Speedway was only his third top-five of the campaign. In the season opening Dayco 75 presented by Pennzoil, Fitzpatrick qualified seventh, and made one of the wildest moves of the race, going three wide on the apron. With 20 to go, Fitzpatrick knew he did not have the car to win, so he pitted to try to improve his machine. J.R. was only able to race his way back to 13th but taking a swing at the win from a spot where he was not going to win gets him points in the Power Rankings.
#8 - Jake Sheridan - Sheridan's track record since entering the APC United Late Model series has been spectacular. After winning the Rookie of the Year title and finishing third in points in 2018, he wound up sixth in 2019. Jake's results of 10 top-fives, and 14 top-ten's in 20 starts are even better considering he can barely shave. It was a tough opener for Sheridan at Jukasa, as they struggled to find speed, and qualified 14th. He was able to pass a few cars in the feature before spinning. Sheridan fought back from the rear of the pack but ended the day from the pits with a 29th-place result. Look for 'The Snake' to climb the ladder starting this weekend.
#9 - Mat Box - Box was an APC United Late Model title contender back in the early days, finishing third, nine points out of the title in 2015. In 2016, Box finished eighth but for the past few seasons has only been spotted on the back of the milk cartons. The problem seemed to be a combination of equipment and luck, but in 2019, Box proved that he hadn't forgotten how to drive as he found speed through the summer, and had a shot at a win in the season finale at Delaware before running out of fuel. With a second-place finish in a June Late Model show at Flamboro, and a run of 19th to 10th at Jukasa, Box has stealthy raced his way into the power rankings, and off the milk carton.
#10 - 'The Road Warrior' Andrew Gresel - The 2016 APC United Late Model series champion and undisputed ironman of the APC Series being the last remaining driver to start every series event has seven career wins on the tour, good enough for second all-time, however The last one came all the way back in 2017. Gresel just missed the top-ten in points in 2019, and at the 2020 season opener at Jukasa Speedway he was only able to finish 24th. There would be no better place to turn the season around for Gresel than his home track, but he is hanging onto the tail end of the Power Rankings by a thread.
Just missed the rankings
'Prime Time' Josh Stade - Two-time Late Model champ at Sauble champ could make noise at his home track this weekend.
'Flyin' Ryan Kimball - He's run well at Sauble before - can he crack the Power Rankings at the beach?
Blair Wickett - A career best eighth at Jukasa puts 'The Polar Blair' on the cusp of the Power Rankings
Ray Morneau Jr. - 'Little Ray' is looking like the next youngster who is going to become a fixture in the Rankings.