Mark Smith continued his winning ways by sweeping the weekend in Milton, Florida with The USCS. Smith now has earned an impressive 9 wins to start the year and has only lost 2 races. The Pennsylvania pilot has proven himself to be absolutely dominant on the red dirt/sand that is typical throughout the South East. Sam Hafertepe Jr, scored a big win in West Texas but Smith’s sweep keeps him comfortably atop of our power rankings.
Sam Hafertepe Jr scored an impressive win in The West Texas Crude Nationals, besting a stellar field that included some of the best 410 and 360 racers across the country. The win was Sam’s 2nd of the season to go with an ASCS National Tour win in Arizona. Hafertepe currently sits 2nd in ASCS National Tour points and gained some ground on Smith in our rankings.
Gio Scelzi was our biggest mover in the power rankings. Gio scored an impressive 4th place finish in West Texas before facing Smith and the rest of the USCS in Milton. Scelzi finished 8th in the opener before chasing Smith to the line and ultimately finishing 2nd in the finale. Gio’s performance was enough to move him from outside the top 25 in our power rankings to just outside the top 10 in 11th.
Scott Bogucki jumped 11 spots in our power rankings by virtue of an impressive 3rd place performance in West Texas. The ASCS National Tour regular closed last year with an impressive with at Texas Motor Speedway and has carried that momentum into this year. Bogucki earned the pole at The West Texas Crude Nationalsl and led early before eventually settling into 3rd. Look for Bogucki to possibly challenge for The ASCS title once the year gets going if he can find consistency in his program.
Brock Zearfoss hasn’t been known to race a lot in 360s but when he has, he’s found success. Zearfoss opened the year strong at East Bay and followed it up at The West Texas Crude Nationals by setting fast time over the field and charging to a top 5 finish. In 360 competition this year Zearfoss has yet to finish outside of the top 5 and as a result is firmly in the top 10 of our power rankings.
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