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Michigan Winged Sprint Car Power Rankings Final

With the 2023 season in the books and the 2024 season on the horizon, we put a bow on the Horsepower Happenings Michigan Winged Sprint Car Power Rankings Presented by Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing and Heating. This season, fans of Winged Sprint Car racing had a fair amount of choices from the weekly 410 division at Butler Motor Speedway, to the Great Lakes Super Sprints, and two visits from the All-Star Circuit of Champions.

By the time the dust settled, the 2023 GLSS Champion, Max Stambaugh also topped the HPH Power Rankings. An impressive season that earned him the Wolverine Region Championship and the overall Great Lakes Super Sprints Tour Championship, included a lights out performance in the Mitten State.

Of the 49 events registered on the My Race Pass App for Stambaugh, 20 of those events took place in Michigan. In those 20 events, 17 times Stambaugh finished inside the top 10. Perhaps more impressive is that of those 17, a top five was the actual finish 13 times. The Lima, Ohio native cracked the code into Victory Lane twice with wins at Hartford Speedway and I-96 Speedway.

Angola, Indiana's Tylar Rankin was atop the Michigan Power Rankings for the first part of the season, but a change in plans mid-season took them away from the GLSS Schedule, allowing Stambaugh to open up a points gap in the Power Rankings. Rankin also ran 20 events in Michigan, making up half of his 40 event schedule according to MRP. Three out of his four wins this season were in Michigan, all of which came at his former "home track", Butler Motor Speedway. Rankin also charted 15 top 10s, 11 of them inside the top five.

Rounding out the podium is Jerome, Michigan's Keith Sheffer, Jr. Known as a non-wing ace, Sheffer found consistent speed this season as the youngster prepared to part ways with his family-owned team at the end of the season. Part of that preparation included joining up with his future father-in-law, Jason Blonde at Rhino Racing. Sheffer sat behind the wheel of the No.10Jr at Butler Motor Speedway and alongside his family owned No.86 put together 14 top 10 finishes and 10 top fives. Doubling up his opportunities to race between Butler and GLSS allowed Sheffer to compete 23 times in Michigan.

Special thanks to Jim Coffey & Son Plumbing and Heating for their support of Horsepower Happenings and Michigan Motorsports in 2023. Several drivers in the Great Lakes region will be honored with the Great Lakes Super Sprints Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 13th in Jackson, MI.

Story - Zach Hiser

Photo - Jim DenHamer



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