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Maudsley's Power 10 Rankings

By: Jamie Maudsley | APC Racing Series | October 16, 2020 at 2:10pm
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After event number 4/5 - Jukasa Motor Speedway

#1 - Jo Lawrence - (Last Ranking #1) - Lawrence and Brandon Watson have been neck and neck all year, but during the twin bill to close the season at Jukasa, Lawrence took a stranglehold of the championship race, as well as the top spot in the Power Rankings.  Returning to the scene of his first career win in August, Lawrence started the day by capturing the pole for the Spectra Premium 75, his third of the year, and blitzed through the field to the front.  He waged a tremendous battle with Watson for the lead before bringing home his third win of the season.  During that time, he turned the fastest lap of the race, which was good enough for pole number four in the Qwick Wick Championship Race.  It was more smooth sailing for the youngster, as he won his fourth race of the year, the championship, and the number one spot in the post season Power Rankings.  The bad news is that if you aren't a fan of Lawrence, you might want to look away, as there will probably be a lot more wins in his future. 

#2 - Brandon Watson - (Last Ranking #2) - After three tremendous battles between Watson and Lawrence leading into the final evening of the season, round four was equally exciting.  The pair battled through the field, as Watson took the lead at lap 28.  A lap 49 yellow set the stage for Brandon and Lawrence running side by side for many of the final 26 laps in a race for the ages.  The 2018 APC United Late Model Series champion came up just a little short, as he scored his third runner-up finish of the year, to go with his win at Sauble Speedway.  In the nightcap, his car started third before a flat tire slowed the white #9 even more.  Watson fought back to finish seventh.  Three second-place finishes, second in the series in wins, second in the series in points... sound like second in the Power Rankings. 

#3 - Pete Shepherd - (Last Ranking - #3) - For the second consecutive race, when the green flag dropped on a feature, Shepherd was the third-fastest APC United Late Model Series driver on the track, not having quite enough speed to hang with Lawrence and Watson.  After qualifying 10th, Shepherd raced his way to the front throughout the first 50 laps and ran third for the remainder of the race.  A 13th-place starting spot in the finale meant Pete had some work to do, and he methodically picked his way to the front, making his #22 machine a factor for the lead.  He ran up front all race and brought home his best finish of the season with a second place run, but it wasn't near enough to unseat Watson for the runner-up in the Power Rankings.

#4 - Shae Gemmell - (Last Ranking - #7) - After struggling at Sunset Speedway for round three of the APC United Late Model Series presented by Grisdale, Gemmell ran well again at Jukasa Speedway.  In the Spectra Premium 75, Gemmell qualified eighth, and started fourth after the invert.  He was among the fastest cars all night, and ran right around fifth through the entire event, before finishing in fifth.  The invert for the Qwick Wick Championship Race put Gemmell 11th, and he proved he had a top-five car again as he blasted through traffic from deeper in the field.  Gemmell would climb as high as fourth, before he was shuffled back to fifth late in the second feature.  Gemmell was also able to win the second career pole of his career at Sauble in August.

#5 - Treyten Lapcevich - (Last Ranking - #4) -Lapcevich appeared to be on his way to a fourth in the Power Rankings until late in the first feature.  Treyten qualified fifth, and started sixth after the invert at Jukasa, but as the race went on, he faded.  It turned out that Lapcevich had a tire going bad throughout the event, and it became the only real blemish on a very competitive season.  With a couple of new sneakers for the Qwick Wick Championship Race, Lapcevich started deep in the field in 19th, and was able to carve his way towards the front and bringing home a solid eighth-place result.  Lapcevich came up just short of Gemmell, costing him fourth spot, as the latter knocked down a pole, and had three top-fives to Treyten's two.

#6 - Jake Sheridan - (Last Ranking - #7) - 'The Snake' qualified ninth, and after starting on the pole ran up front during the early portion of the Spectra Premium 75 and was able to close the deal with a solid ninth-place finish.  After the inversion for the Qwick Wick Championship Race, Sheridan started eighth.  Jake was able to hang in the top-ten for the entire feature event, bringing home a ninth-place finish, and running strong enough all season long at the front of the field to earn a sixth place in the Power Rankings. 

#7 - Gary Adriaensen - (Last Ranking - Not Ranked) - The shoe from Belmont was informed by the Power Rankings that he should call when he put up a top-ten.  After ripping off the fourth-fastest time in qualifying for the Spectra Premium 75, Adriaensen started on the outside of the front row, and led more than 20 laps before finishing seventh. Gary called the Power Rankings again during the Qwick Wick Championship Race to make sure the message was received, as he started ninth, led more laps, and came home with his first career top-five finish, a Rookie-of-the-Year title, and a spot in the Power Rankings.

#8 - Matt Pritiko - (Last Ranking - #5) - The defending APC United Late Model Series champion opened the season strong at Jukasa in August and looked like a championship contender.  From there it was all downhill, as Pritiko finished eighth at Sauble Speedway, ninth at Sunset Speedway, before arriving at Jukasa for the Spectra Premium 75.  Matt qualified third, and started fifth after the invert, but struggled to find speed in the feature.  He ended up pitting and racing to a 10th-place result, putting him sixth on the grid for the Qwick Wick Championship Race.  The slow slide in results ended in a thud to the wall with just nine laps to go when his right front gave out.  The Power Rankings scoring system does care 'what have you done for me lately', which puts Pritiko behind the top freshman.

#9 - 'Flying' Ryan Kimball - (Last Ranking - #6) - Kimball came to Jukasa on the heels of a sixth at Sunset Speedway, and his first top-ten of the season at Sauble Speedway.  He ripped off the 11th-fastest lap of qualifying and was running just outside the top-ten during the early stages of the race, but issues would force Kimball to the pits, and he finished 22nd, putting the black #29 on the outside of row 11 for the finale.  Ryan was able to pick his way through traffic and wound up just missing a top-ten run, finishing 11th.  It was still enough to keep 'Flying' Ryan in the season end Power Rankings.  

#10 - Shawn Chenoweth - (Last Ranking - Unranked) - Despite two terrible results to open the season, Chenoweth, a multi-time Flamboro Speedway champion had speed in his #89c, and finally put a run together at Sunset, with a sixth-place result.  At Jukasa for the season ending double-dip, Chenoweth qualified 25th and raced to a 13th-place finish.  After starting up front in the nightcap, Shawn put up his second top-ten of the season, and wiggled his way on to the Championship edition Power Rankings.


Out

Josh Stade - (Last Ranking #10) - A flat tire in the first feature put Stade in the wall, ending his time on the Power Rankings.

Just Missing

J.R. Fitzparick - (Last Ranking - Unranked) - Two top-fives and four top-15's in four starts.  A fifth start would've put him on the list.

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