Smithley and Cabot Top Monday Night Racing Preseason Power Rankings
The offseason is over and the quest to become the newest Rowdy Energy Monday Night Racing Pro Series championship is set to begin. Last season’s champion, Robby Lyons, looks to go back-to-back while some of NASCAR’s best look to take the top spot.
With the additions of Kyle Busch and NASCAR Hall of Famer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., this season is set to be the best one yet. But if these drivers want to be the best, they need to beat the best.
Here is your pre-season Monday Night Racing Pro Series Power Rankings:
- Garrett Smithley
Smithley narrowly made his way into the playoffs last year after being tied for tenth in points when the regular season concluded. Once the playoffs began, Smithley became dominant. He swept the Round of 13 by winning at both Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway and his consistency put him in a position to battle for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Smithley only failed to finish inside the top-five once in the seven race hunt for the championship and he will be looking for more this season.
- Adam Cabot
Adam Cabot came into Monday Night Racing as an underdog. He notched his spot in MNR after capturing the championship in Anthony Alfredo’s Esports Racing League. From there, he went on to finish third in regular season points and come 18 points away from stealing the championship from Robby Lyons. If he can mimic what he did last season, the competition will need to watch out.
- Robby Lyons
You can’t forget about last year’s champion, Robby Lyons. A strategy-filled season finale put Lyons in just the right spot to pick up his first career Monday Night Racing championship. While barely scraping his way through the Playoffs, he was able to win the most important one, the last one.
- Rajah Caruth
Rajah Caruth is an interesting iRacer to say the least. If you have seen his posts on social media, you’ll understand. He is aggressive when he needs to be and knows how to race when it comes down to the wire. Caruth didn’t race the full season, but his win earlier in the circuit was enough to lock him into the Playoffs. He went on to make a championship run, but finished the season third after finishing in that same position in the season finale.
- Anthony Alfredo
NASCAR Cup Series driver, Anthony Alfredo, is just as fast on iRacing as he is on the real-life track. The driver of the No. 38 was dominant in the regular season last time out. He was able to capture the regular season title but was eliminated in just the first round of the Playoffs. While he was unable to find victory lane in Season Three, Alfredo is a threat each and every week and he is an early championship contender.
- DJ Cummings
DJ Cummings is a top ten driver when his emotions don’t get to his head. Cummings is one of the hardest racers in Monday Night Racing, which led to his fifth place finishing position in last season’s championship standings. He came one point short of a Championship Four berth and this season could be one of his best chances ever to chase the Monday Night Racing championship
- David Schildhouse
David Schildhouse had an impressive debut season in Monday Night Racing. He was able to finish seventh in standings after the checkered flag flew in Miami. While he wasn’t able to pick up a victory during the season, he secured eight top five finishes. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him towards the top of these rankings come mid-season.
- Gabe Wood
Gabe Wood was one of those drivers that you knew was going to get to victory lane eventually, but didn’t know when his time would come. His time came in the Playoffs, after his elimination in the Round of 13. He was able to win on back-to-back weeks with the Porsche 911 RSR on the Homestead-Miami Roval and at Michigan International Speedway with the 1987 NASCAR Cup Series cars. Now that the first win is in the books, I think he has a real shot to succeed this season.
- Max Kennon
The mechanic at Kyle Busch Motorsports, Max Kennon, had a successful Season Three. He finished second in regular season points and seventh overall. With such diversity in the schedule, Kennon’s well-rounded skills put him as one of the best drivers in Monday Night Racing.
- Gary Sexton
While providing some of the best schemes on the racetrack, Gary Sexton is one of the most underrated drivers in Monday Night Racing. He failed to make the playoffs last season. He made an intense playoff push in the ladder stages of the regular season, but came up one point short. This season will be a make or break year for Sexton, and I think he can go out and perform on any given week.
- Will Rodgers
Will Rodgers was the Monday Night Racing Pro Series Season Two champion, but last season was not as smooth as his championship season. Rodgers only ran a partial schedule in the prior season and finished 17th in the final championship season. In the few races he was a part of, Rodgers made his name heard with five top ten finishes.
- TJ Majors
The host of Dirty Mo Media’s, Door, Bumper, Clear, looks to rebound this season after just missing the playoffs the year prior by one point. The Team Penske spotter has been one of the best qualifiers in his time in Monday Night Racing, but when he can start winning races, people will need to watch out.
- Kyle Busch
This year, Kyle Busch is coming back with added confidence after his lone start in Season Three yielded a fifth place finish. His energy drink, Rowdy Energy, is now the official title sponsor of the Monday Night Racing Pro Series. Rowdy looks to etch his name in the record books this year as a Monday Night Racing champion.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Twelve-time most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., is set to race in his debut season in the Rowdy Energy Monday Night Racing Pro Series. The expectations are high for the two-time Daytona 500 champion as they kick off the season this Monday on the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway.
- Ryan Vargas
Talk about bad luck, Ryan Vargas has had his fair share of that throughout the past two seasons. Vargas did not compete in the full season last time out, but this year he looks to make a run for the title. If he can stay out of the wrecks, Vargas will win many races.