Monday Night Racing: Dirt Power Rankings Debut
Podium eSports is proud to present to you the inaugural set of Monday Night Racing Dirt Power Rankings. Below you will find the top 25 dirt drivers in Monday Night Racing as ranked per their dirt power rankings. On June 6th at 8 PM EST, Monday Night Racing heads into its 7th dirt race in series history. Be sure to tune in on the Podium eSports Twitch Channel to witness all of the action.
How are the ratings determined?
Power Rankings for a specific genre of racing are determined by a number of factors, which can include wins, laps led, starts, a drivers’ average finishing position and more. Winning the race on a last lap pass will improve your power ranking but winning the race and leading multiple laps will improve it more. After 6 dirt races under the MNR banner, there is enough data to present these rankings for the first time.
Shane van Gisbergen: Head of the Class
The 32-year-old New Zeeland native has a perfect dirt power ranking of 100. SVG is two for two in his MNR career at dirt tracks, and he’s looking to make a three peat. Those wins came at the dirt configuration of Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks and at Knoxville Raceway in the Dirt Street Stock vehicles. Improving his ranking is the fact that between those two races he led 135 out of a possible 160 laps. The only thing SVG hasn’t achieved yet is a pole position, and that could change this Monday at Eldora. You would have to think SVG is an odds-on favorite this coming Monday.
Anthony Alfredo and Maxwell Kennon: On the Podium
This is an appropriate title for these two drivers for multiple reasons. For one, they are second and third in the MNR Power Rankings with a 94 and 93 respectively. The second reason is each of them has two podium finishes in their 4 dirt track races in the series. Currently, Alfredo has a 1-point advantage over Kennon in the rankings, the difference you ask? The 10 laps led by Alfredo in season 4 at Knoxville in the Camping World Trucks.
Both drivers have great momentum coming into this race. Alfredo will be looking to achieve his 2nd win of season 5, after willing the Sunrise 500. Meanwhile, Kennon is riding a wave of strong finishes, having finished 4th or better in his last three dirt races.
Keep an eye on: Justin Melillo
Melillo comes into this dirt race with a power ranking of 78, despite not having a top 10 finish in his last three dirt races. That said, Melillo competed in the only two races at Eldora under the MNR banner back in season 1, and in those two races he finished 7th and 3rd, while driving the Dirt Street Stock. It just so happens that is the car that the drivers will pilot this coming Monday. Could that extra race experience help him win this race and boost his power ranking?
Honorable Mention: Gary Sexton
His dirt power ranking of 73 is held up by the two pole awards he earned at Knoxville and Bristol. Sexton is hoping to improve his average finishing position of 18.33 or lead some laps. Either factor could bring a boost to his dirt power ranking.