Cabot Maintains Top Spot, Busch Moves Up in Monday Night Racing Power Rankings
When you think it can’t get any wilder in the Monday Night Racing Pro Series presented by Rowdy Energy, think again. Week two of season four brought Collin Fern his first career MNR victory in the Sim Seats 120 at the virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Here is your Week Two Power Rankings:
- Adam Cabot/ –
With two top-fives in the first two races of the season, Adam Cabot is solidifying his spot atop the weekly Power Rankings. Cabot fought for the lead multiple times in Monday night’s Sim Seats 120, keeping his machine clean en route to his fifth place finish.
- Rajah Caruth/ +1
Rajah Caruth disagreed with his fourth place Power Rankings position in the preseason, well now we know why. The driver of the No. 44 led ten laps as he brought home a seventh-place finish. Caruth has been so good at 1.5-mile racetracks in the past. With one more 1.5-mile track left in the MNR regular season, Caruth will need to broaden his skill set if he wants to win his way into the Playoffs.
- Garrett Smithley/ -1
While the scoring pylon might’ve shown Garrett Smithley finishing 30th, the way he raced throughout does not deserve a 30th-place finishing position. Smithley battled for the lead for the majority of the race but an incident with Caruth late in the race set him back. Smithley currently sits six points below the Playoff cut-line, but with his ability in the virtual racecar, many think he is a lock to make it into the postseason.
- David Schildhouse/ –
Last week’s winner made a bold strategy call to stay out when the yellow flag flew just past halfway Monday night. A caution fell right in Schildhouse’s lap with 17 laps to go and had driver No. 20 in a good spot until he picked up damage with three laps to go from an incident with James Bickford. Ultimately, Schildhouse finished 24th at Las Vegas and heads to Michigan next week ninth in the championship standings.
- Gary Sexton/ +1
Gary Sexton slowly made his way to the front of the field last in the Monday Night Racing Pro Series’ trip to Las Vegas. His fourth place finish puts him third in points with a 17 point gap to Preston Pardus who is on the cut-line.
- Gabe Wood/ +1
Before being involved in a wreck with 17 laps to go, Gabe Wood ran mid-pack for a majority of the 120 lap race. Despite his incident late in the race, Wood was able to fight back for a 10th place finish after using his fast repair on pit road. He sits fifth in the championship standings heading into a race I think he can have a lot of success at: Super Late Models at Michigan International Speedway.
- Robby Lyons/ +2
The champ, Robby Lyons, got a well-deserved third place finish last night at Las Vegas. He was consistently in the top ten all night and is making a strong case for himself that he could be a repeat champion.
- Collin Fern/ +4
Another week, another first-time winner. Collin Fern was able to lead 23 laps and hold off the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kyle Busch, en route to the Sim Seats 120 victory. Fern has begun the season with two straight top tens and if he can keep his momentum alive, he can be a big problem.
- Will Rodgers +1
Running top ten early in the Sim Seats 120, Will Rodgers was hit with a restart violation penalty forcing him to make a trip down pit lane. With less than 20 laps to go, Rodgers was collected in an incident forcing him to use his fast repair for a late race spring to the finish. The Spacestation Gaming driver rebounded for an 11th place finish.
- Kyle Busch/ +5
“Rowdy” was dominant last night in his hometown. The driver of the Rowdy Energy Toyota Camry led 56 laps as he came up just short of the victory. Busch made a big jump this week and I believe he will continue to climb if he can continue to race how he did on Monday.
- DJ Cummings/ -3
DJ Cummings was collected in two accidents in the last twelve laps of the race. Before that, Cummings seemed a little off. He finished 14th at Las Vegas and continues to be top ten in championship standings. If Cummings can find a rhythm, the competition needs to watch out.
- Preston Pardus/ +1
Coming off a third-place finish a week ago, Preston Pardus had to settle for 26th in the trip to Sin City. Pardus was able to lead the field for 17 laps in an early green flag run but got collected in an incident with twelve laps to go that ruined his chance to go for the victory.
- James Bickford/ +1
James Bickford led the field in Monday night’s event for eight circuits but ultimately finished ninth. He was involved in a wreck with just three laps to go but was able to rebound for his first top ten of the season. Bickford is a sneaky driver that could make slide into victory lane any given week.
- Devon Henry/ N/A
Talk about an underdog; Devon Henry is that. The sports reporter for Sports 360 AZ picked up his first top-ten of the season at Las Vegas and showed the potential he has. While Henry didn’t get a great finish in Daytona last week, the next couple of weeks could be really crucial for the Arizona native’s Playoff hopes
- TJ Majors/ N/A
Team Penske spotter, TJ Majors, currently sits second to last in the Monday Night Racing Pro Series championship standings. But, Majors has been really good in the two races thus far; he just hasn’t been able to get the finish he deserves. Majors is a borderline top fifteen driver, but if he can start finishing where he runs, he will climb the Power Rankings quickly.
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