Lead Change in Power Rankings
Authored by Larry Jewett on February 12, 2020
A new leader has emerged as many series have hit the halfway mark of the 2020 Championship Tour Season.
Neil Elliott (Max-D™) treated the familiar surroundings of Angel Stadium in Anaheim as his personal playground when the Stadium Series Green returned last weekend. Elliott, who has compiled a 30-5 racing record in Anaheim since 2015, added three more round wins and his fifth Skills Competition victory. He lost the Event Championship in a tiebreaker, finishing sixth in Freestyle. Elliott moves up one spot as the series heads to San Diego.
Morgan Kane (Grave Digger®) slips down one spot, thanks in large part to Elliott’s successes. Despite a first round win in Racing, Kane could not advance and that misfortune resulted in the fewest Racing points of the year. The top five finishes in Skills Competition and Freestyle keep Kane in the conversation, but the loss of the series points lead was enough to demote him this week.
Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) won three Event Championships and swept Speedster Obstacle Course action as the Triple Threat Series™ Central rolled through four appearances in Pittsburgh. Eichelberger stretched his points lead to 44, but there is still plenty of action remaining. Freestyle appears to be his Achilles’ heel as he has won only 2 of the 21 Freestyle competitions this year.
Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) becomes the week’s biggest mover. He dominated Racing in Indianapolis for Stadium Series Red, putting up a perfect 7-0 in the two stops at Lucas Oil Stadium. His effort allowed him to stretch a lead of 20 points over his nearest rival as he claimed 66 of the available 84 points.
Coty Saucier (Monster Energy) rounds out the top five after Stadium Series Yellow started a string of double-show weekends with a visit to NRG Stadium in Houston. Saucier made the final round of Racing in both events, losing to Camden Murphy (Bakugan Dragonoid™) on Saturday, but defeating Steve Thompson (EarthShaker®) on Sunday. He will carry an eight-point series lead into Oakland, a place he has only visited once before (2017).
Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) crawls back up the charts with his efforts in Denver’s four shows propelling him to his best spot in the 2020 Power Rankings. By winning nearly half of the weekend competitions, Vinson put some breathing room between himself and current runner-up Tristan England (EarthShaker) in the Triple Threat Series West point standings.
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) had a good weekend in Greenville, but the stellar performance by Brandon Vinson pushed Menninga down a spot in the Power Rankings. Menninga still claimed a win in 11 of the 19 weekend competitions, including a clean sweep of Freestyle. He will be returning to Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he swept Freestyle and won three of the four Event Championships in 2017.
Eighth position will be the domain of Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®), winner of the Stadium Series Green Event Championship in Anaheim. Anderson rose to the top with the Freestyle victory, his third of the season and second consecutive triumph in that competition. He has jumped from eighth to third in the series standings and lurks within striking distance of the top two spots.
Justin Sipes (Megalodon®) returns to the top 10 after a two-week absence. Sipes recorded 42 of a possible 48 points in one of the four Pittsburgh stops. Weekend wins included two ATV Racing, two Donuts and Two Freestyles.
The final spot in this week’s Top 10 goes to 2019 World Freestyle Champion Linsey Read (Scooby-Doo™). Read had previously bumped up to ninth two weeks ago, but fell out of the rankings for one week. She retained the points lead in the Arena Championship Series, taking four wins and a number of second place finishes. She is also attempting to hold off a hard-charging Randy Brown (Grave Digger), who trails her by one point in the series standings.