FloRacing Dirt Racing Driver Rankings
FloRacing's Dirt Power Rankings (November 7)
FloRacing's dirt power rankings rank the top 10 dirt racers in the country as of November 7, 2022.
1) Matt Sheppard (Last Ranking: 2nd)
For the first time since July, we have a new name at the top of the dirt power rankings here on FloRacing. After "Superman" Jonathan Davenport held a firm grasp on the top spot for three months, it's now "Super Matt" Sheppard who has taken over the number-one position. Sheppard's recent stretch has been like nothing ever seen before in Big-Block Modified racing.
In October alone, Sheppard won the $50,000-to-win Super DIRT Week main at Oswego Speedway, the $50,000-to-win Speed Showcase at Port Royal Speedway and the $40,000-to-win Eastern States 200. He also added a $20,000 Small-Block Modified win during Super DIRT Week. Add in a $25,000 Short Track Super Series Elite, $15,000 STSS North Region, $15,000 STSS South Region and $60,000 Super DIRTcar Series championship and you have a driver worthy of the top spot in this month's power rankings.
VIDEO: Matt Sheppard reacts to winning a memorable Speed Showcase at Port Royal
2) Jonathan Davenport (Last Ranking: 1st)
October was a quiet month for Davenport after he set the world on fire in the dirt late model world in June, July, August and September. While only competing in two events during the month, Davenport earned finishes of 15th during Castrol FloRacing Night in America at Tri-County Race Track and sixth during the Lucas Oil Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Davenport scored his first win since September 18 this past Saturday during the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. More big money races lie ahead for Superman as he attempts to add more purse money to his record season.
VIDEO: Haley's Hot Topics recently asked whether or not Davenport should be in the G.O.A.T conversation.
3) Anthony Macri (Last Ranking: 4th)
Macri has established himself as one of the winningest and most consistent Sprint Car racers throughout the 2022 season. While other drivers have certainly been hot at times, Macri has been winning multiple races nearly every month. This past month, he picked up a pair of World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins during the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway.
VIDEO: Macri was battling for another win at Bridgeport Motorsports Park before this incident ended his race.
4) Tim McCreadie (Last Ranking: 10th)
After breaking into the top 10 last month, McCreadie works his way into the top five this month after putting an exclamation point on his second straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship. McCreadie collected a win in the penultimate event of the season at the Talladega Short Track to mathematically clinch the 2022 championship prior to the finale at Portsmouth Raceway Park.
VIDEO: Tim McCreadie reflects on his second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship.
5) Tyler Courtney (Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
Consistency was the name of the game for Courtney throughout the 2022 All Star Circuit of Champion season. While matching his total number of wins from last season (8), "Sunshine" collected a whopping 36 top-five finishes in 52 races on the way to his second straight All Stars championship. He put a cherry on top of his championship season by winning the penultimate race of the season at Fremont Speedway in October.
VIDEO: Take a look back at Tyler Courtney's journey towards winning a second straight championship.
6) Mat Williamson (Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
In an interview with FloRacing prior to the Short Track Super Series Elite finale at Georgetown Speedway, Willamson joked that his nickname had become "No Money Mat" due to his lack of big-money wins this season. A few hours later, he collected a $25,000 check as the winner of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. This past weekend, he earned two more winner's checks during the Super DIRTcar Series portion of the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
VIDEO: Mat Williamson lived up to his "Big Money Mat" nickname at Georgetown Speedway.
7) Garrett Smith (Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
In just his 15th career start with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Garrett Smith made his name known during the month of October. Competing against a stout field of dirt late model drivers, Smith came out on top and won the $100,000 Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park. With a big win already on his resume, the arrow is pointing up for the rising star from the state of Georgia.
VIDEO: Hear from Garrett Smith after his Dirt Track World Championship victory.
8) Gio Scelzi (Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
A trio of wins in unsanctioned 410 Sprint Car events highlighted a strong month of October for Scelzi. The California native took down the PA Posse and held off Buddy Kofoid to win the $7,500-to-win Brian Montieth Classic at Lincoln Speedway on October 4. He then made his way to BAPS Motor Speedway and come out victorious in "The Night Before" event. Finally, he ended the month by winning the $15,000 SprintOberfest main event at Bridgeport Motorsports Park.
VIDEO: Watch highlights from the SprintOberfest 410 Sprint Car main event at Bridgeport.
9) Mike Marlar (Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
Marlar collected a pair of wins during the month of October to add to a season that has been quite successful for the "Winfield Warrior." He began the month with a win in the Big Daddy Classic for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series at Ponderosa Speedway before scoring a World of Outlaws Late Model win at US 36 Raceway. He then proceeded to kick off November with a bang by winning the opening night of the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
VIDEO: Mike Marlar stole World Finals glory from Shane Clanton on the final lap of Wednesday's race.
10) Donny Schatz (Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
Schatz had been relatively quiet since winning the Knoxville Nationals in August, but the 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion ended the season with a pair of victories this past weekend. Schatz, the winningest driver in the history of the The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, won the final two races of the World Finals on Friday and Saturday night. The win on Saturday helped Schatz bookend the 2022 season with wins after also winning the season opener at Volusia Speedway Park in February.
VIDEO: Donny Schatz spoke with FloRacing after claiming his 306h World of Outlaws win on Friday.