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Updated: 10/5/2018

Wheeler Ends Year On Top

Jacob Wheeler's 3rd-place finish at last month's Bassmaster AOY Championship event at Georgia's Lake Chatuge has pushed him back to the top slot in the final edition of the BassFan World Rankings for 2018. It's the third time this year that Wheeler has occupied the No. 1 position.

Previous leader Bryan Thrift dropped to 2nd and Brandon Palaniuk gained one place to 3rd. Josh Bertrand, who left the AOY Championship early to be with his pregnant wife, is down two places to 4th. Jason Christie, who finished 5th at Chatuge, jumped four places to 5th.

The remainder of the top 10 consists of Kevin VanDam, new crowned B.A.S.S. AOY Justin Lucas, Chatuge winner James Elam, Cody Meyer and Bradley Roy. Elam's victory catapulted him 23 places from 31st.

Current Rankings - 10/5/2018

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Place Prior Start Angler City State Boat/Motor Points
1 3 3 Jacob Wheeler Harrison TN Triton/Evinrude 193.959
2 1 7 Bryan Thrift Shelby NC Ranger/Evinrude 193.750
3 4 1 Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum ID Skeeter/Yamaha 188.056
4 2 77 Josh Bertrand San Tan Valley AZ Nitro/Mercury 183.979
5 9 2 Jason Christie Park Hill OK Ranger/Mercury 181.057
6 5 4 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 180.205
7 6 45 Justin Lucas Guntersville AL Phoenix/Yamaha 179.745
8 31 38 James Elam Tulsa OK Phoenix/Mercury 177.470
9 7 17 Cody Meyer Grass Valley CA Ranger/Evinrude 176.879
10 14 53 Bradley Roy Lancaster KY Triton/Mercury 174.747
11 8 14 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Phoenix/Mercury 174.455
12 16 11 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Mercury 174.106
13 15 12 Scott Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 172.855
14 10 71 Mark Daniels, Jr. Tuskegee AL Ranger/Mercury 172.468
15 24 18 Brent Ehrler Redlands CA Ranger/Mercury 170.303
16 12 8 Ott DeFoe Knoxville TN NItro/Mercury 169.004
17 17 9 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Phoenix/Mercury 168.382
18 21 75 Chris Johnston Peterborough ON Ranger/Evinrude 168.111
19 11 20 Bobby Lane Lakeland FL Phoenix/Yamaha 168.036
20 20 15 Keith Combs Huntington TX Ranger/Yamaha 166.535
21 18 23 Seth Feider Bloomington MN Bass Cat/Mercury 166.125
22 19 6 Jordan Lee Vinemont AL Ranger/Yamaha 165.840
23 13 13 Casey Ashley Donalds SC Triton/Mercury 165.557
24 23 34 John Cox Debary FL Crestliner/Mercury 163.421
25 26 81 Jamie Hartman Newport NY Nitro/Mercury 161.638
26 28 145 David Williams Maiden NC Nitro/Mercury 161.317
27 32 26 Scott Canterbury Odenville AL Ranger/Mercury 160.787
28 25 32 Jacob Powroznik Prince George VA Ranger/Mercury 158.057
29 34 16 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 158.001
30 29 43 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Ranger/Mercury 157.372
31 33 5 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bullet/Evinrude 156.529
32 30 29 Wesley Strader Spring City TN Ranger/Evinrude 155.567
33 39 37 Matt Arey Shelby NC Ranger/Evinrude 155.496
34 36 68 Cliff Pace Petal MS Skeeter/Yamaha 155.460
35 27 49 Clifford Pirch Payson AZ Phoenix/Suzuki 154.939
36 22 88 Luke Clausen Otis Orchards WA Ranger/Mercury 154.149
37 35 10 Gerald Swindle Warrior AL Triton/Mercury 153.656
38 42 126 Zack Birge Blanchard OK BassCat/Mercury 152.627
39 38 47 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Blazer/Suzuki 152.369
40 40 39 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 152.170
41 43 113 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 151.685
42 45 28 Michael Neal Dayton TN Bullet/Yamaha 151.135
43 41 31 Brandon Cobb Greenwood SC Ranger/Evinrude 150.807
44 37 36 Michael Iaconelli Pittsgrove NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 150.400
45 52 138 Gerald Spohrer Gonzales LA Bass Cat/Suzuke 148.669
46 48 69 Brandon Lester Fayetteville TN Phoenix/Mercury 148.069
47 56 92 Micah Frazier Newnan GA Ranger/Mercury 147.940
48 46 109 Dustin Connell Clanton AL Triton/Mercury 147.402
49 47 46 Brandon McMillan Belle Glade FL Bass Cat/Mercury 146.780
50 49 33 Randall Tharp Port St. Joe FL Phoenix/Yamaha 146.589
51 44 21 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 146.238
52 54 156 Jesse Wiggins Addison AL Bass Cat/Honda 146.123
53 51 74 Jeff Gustafson Keewatin ON Lund/Mercury 145.842
54 50 19 Jeff Sprague Point TX Bass Cat/Mercury 144.981
55 53 67 Drew Benton Panama City FL Phoenix/Mercury 144.871
56 55 41 Shane Lehew Charlotte NC Ranger/Evinrude 144.037
57 61 22 Shinichi Fukae Osaka Ranger/Mercury 142.916
58 57 63 Matt Lee Guntersville AL Ranger/Yamaha 142.498
59 58 61 Alton Jones, Jr. Lorena TX Skeeter/Yamaha 141.791
60 60 54 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 141.598
61 59 64 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 141.324
62 63 35 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Evinrude 141.265
63 62 70 Austin Felix Eden Prairie MN 141.177
64 68 105 Mike McClelland Bella Vista AR Ranger/Mercury 140.472
65 71 206 Justin Atkins Florence AL Ranger/Mercury 140.393
66 64 27 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Mercury 140.111
67 72 86 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg SC Nitro/Mercury 139.748
68 103 115 Chris Lane Guntersville AL Legend/Mercury 139.534
69 67 66 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 139.119
70 65 103 Keith Poche Pike Road AL Triton/Mercury 138.873
71 74 62 Chris Zaldain Laughlin NV Skeeter/Yamaha 137.822
72 70 40 Randy Howell Guntersville AL Triton/Mercury 137.442
73 86 122 Greg Vinson Wetumpka AL Phoenix/Mercury 137.103
74 69 30 Alton Jones, Sr. Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 137.069
75 73 218 Joseph Webster Fulton MS 135.962
76 76 55 Bill Lowen Brookville IN XPress/Yamaha 135.928
77 84 222 Johnny McCombs Mount Olive AL 135.627
78 75 76 John Crews, Jr. Salem VA Bass Cat/Mercury 135.624
79 79 91 Fred Roumbanis Russellville AR Legend/Mercury 135.548
80 80 83 Adrian Avena Vineland NJ BassCat/Suzuki 135.529
81 77 107 Alex Davis Albertville AL Ranger/Mercury 134.647
82 82 56 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Mercury 134.393
83 88 82 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 133.843
84 87 89 Matthew Stefan Junction City WI Skeeter/Yamaha 133.578
85 91 205 Jason Lambert Michie TN Ranger/Evinrude 133.572
86 95 96 Paul Mueller Naugatuck CT 133.354
87 85 78 Brandon Coulter Knoxville TN Triton/Mercury 133.339
88 78 124 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 133.076
89 92 117 Marty Robinson Lyman SC Skeeter/Yamaha 133.060
90 81 42 Dave Lefebre Erie PA Ranger/Mercury 132.966
91 94 189 Chad Grigsby Maple Grove MN Ranger/Mercury 132.942
92 83 94 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande CA Ranger/Mercury 132.441
93 89 154 Clent Davis Montevallo AL Phoenix/Evinrude 132.315
94 100 148 Greg Bohannan Rogers AR Ranger/Evinrude 131.630
95 90 95 Andrew Upshaw Hemphill TX Bass Cat/Mercury 131.533
96 93 84 Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 131.215
97 96 146 Chad Pipkens Holt MI Skeeter/Yamaha 129.853
98 98 80 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 129.554
99 101 210 Jeremy Lawyer Sarcoxie MO 129.172
100 104 73 Kelley Jaye Dadeville AL Ranger/Mercury 129.054
101 99 102 Cory Johnston Peterborough ON 129.015
102 97 44 Matt Herren Trussville AL Skeeter/Yamaha 128.579
103 108 99 Brock Mosley Collinsville MS 127.811
104 105 119 Boyd Duckett Demopolis AL Triton/Mercury 127.498
105 107 48 Hank Cherry Lincolnton NC Bass Cat/Mercury 127.254
106 106 60 Stetson Blaylock Benton AR Nitro/Mercury 127.123
107 102 87 David Mullins Mt. Carmel TN Triton/Mercury 127.102
108 115 97 Jason Reyes Humble TX Ranger/Mercury 125.577
109 66 59 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 125.299
110 109 58 Jason Williamson Aiken SC Nitro/Mercury 125.076
111 114 98 Mark Menendez Paducah KY Skeeter/Yamaha 124.552
112 116 155 James Niggemeyer Van TX Ranger/Yamaha 123.987
113 113 24 Bryan Schmitt Deale MD Ranger/Mercury 123.741
114 117 241 Dylan Hays Sheridan AR Nitro/Mercury 123.630
115 112 25 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 123.546
116 111 179 Brad Dortch Atmore AL Blazer/Mercury 123.513
117 110 139 Carl Jocumsen Queensland Bass Cat 123.349
118 120 65 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Ranger/Evinrude 122.603
119 118 193 Braxton Setzer Auburn AL 122.534
120 122 172 Jason Abram Chuckey TN Ranger/Yamaha 122.110
121 121 143 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO Nitro/Mercury 122.013
122 127 85 Chris McCall Jasper TX Legend/Evinrude 121.710
123 119 112 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Yamaha 121.316
124 123 236 Jordan Osborne Longview TX Bass Cat/Mercury 120.898
125 126 101 Fletcher Shryock Newcomerstown OH Legend/Mercury 120.473
126 124 79 Russ Lane Prattville AL Phoenix/Yamaha 118.833
127 125 100 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 118.545
128 129 52 Clark Reehm Shreveport LA Skeeter/Yamaha 118.031
129 131 72 Darrel Robertson Jay OK Ranger/Yamaha 117.019
130 130 50 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 116.814
131 132 165 John Voyles Petersburg IN Phoenix/Mercury 116.535
132 133 129 Cliff Crochet Pierre Part LA Skeeter/Yamaha 116.022
133 128 151 Bradley Hallman Norman OK Phoenix/Mercury 115.443
134 136 158 Billy McCaghren Mayflower AR Bass Cat/Mercury 115.387
135 134 128 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville IL Phoenix/Mercury 115.103
136 135 108 Brandon Card Caryville TN Bass Cat/Suzuki 114.710
137 138 135 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 112.773
138 179 Roy Hawk Lake Havasu City AZ 112.645
139 137 110 Casey Scanlon Lenexa KS Nitro/Mercury 112.519
140 139 123 Koby Kreiger Bokeelia FL Ranger/Evinrude 111.333
141 183 Jake Whitaker Fairview NC Triton/Mercury 111.252
142 140 149 Tim Frederick Leesburg FL Falcon/Mercury 109.964
143 142 125 Jimmy Reese Witter Springs CA Ranger/Mercury 109.907
144 147 202 Kerry Milner Bono AR 109.162
145 141 228 Joey Cifuentes Clinton AR Ranger/Mercury 108.553
146 144 221 Aaron Britt Yuba City CA Ranger/Mercury 108.021
147 151 286 Kyle Cortiana Broken Arrow OK 107.879
148 146 131 Jay Kendrick Grant AL Triton/Mercury 107.788
149 143 51 Jamie Horton Centerville AL Ranger/Mercury 107.253
150 145 57 Scott Suggs Alexander AR Ranger/Evinrude 106.686
151 150 243 Skylar Hamilton Dandridge TN 106.160
152 160 192 John Hunter, Jr. Shelbyville KY Falcon/Suzuki 105.852
153 155 255 Kyle Weisenburger Ottawa OH 105.794
154 153 90 Barry Wilson Birmingham AL Ranger/Evinrude 105.774
155 157 116 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/Mercury 105.663
156 154 167 Ramie Colson, Jr. Cadiz KY Bullet/Evinrude 105.629
157 152 134 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 105.602
158 148 153 Matt Reed Madisonville TX Nitro/Mercury 105.475
159 156 147 Britt Myers Lake Wylie SC Bass Cat/Mercury 105.210
160 158 186 Jason Meninger Gainesville GA Ranger/Yamaha 104.947
161 165 166 Scott Wiley Bay Minette AL Ranger/Mercury 103.715
162 159 118 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 103.656
163 161 174 Shawn Murphy Nicholasville KY Ranger/Evinrude 103.411
164 149 130 Tom Monsoor La Crosse WI Ranger/Mercury 103.355
165 166 240 Robbie Latuso Gonzales LA 103.154
166 170 199 David Fritts Lexington NC Ranger/Evinrude 102.939
167 171 164 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO Ranger/Mercury 102.840
168 173 302 Brandon Mosley Choctaw OK 102.794
169 169 275 Josh Douglas Mound MN 102.562
170 162 235 Darrell Ocamica New Plymouth ID Phoenix/Yamaha 102.130
171 163 185 Kurt Dove Fairfax VA Skeeter/Yamaha 102.006
172 172 247 Tyler Carriere Youngsville LA 101.859
173 168 111 Michael Wooley Collierville TN Ranger/Mercury 101.550
174 176 160 Terry Scroggins San Mateo FL Triton/Yamaha 100.872
175 180 133 Kurt Mitchell Milford DE 100.718
176 164 144 James Watson Waynesville MO Ranger/Mercury 100.583
177 175 191 Rex Huff Corbin KY 100.480
178 167 114 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 100.316
179 182 208 Bill McDonald Greenwood IN Ranger/Evinrude 100.216
180 174 157 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 100.068
181 178 142 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 99.941
182 184 175 Brad Knight Lancing TN Phoenix/Mercury 99.498
183 181 141 Brian Latimer Belton SC 98.828
184 177 104 Cliff Prince Palatka FL Sterling/Mercury 98.405
185 185 177 Buddy Gross Ringgold GA 97.957
186 187 170 Matt Greenblatt Port St. Lucie FL Ranger/Yamaha 97.835
187 186 127 Clayton Batts Macon GA 97.476
188 191 181 Brett Preuett Monroe LA 97.072
189 196 93 Todd Auten Gastonia NC Ranger/Mercury 96.364
190 199 260 Derrick Blake Rockwood TN 96.304
191 198 196 John Devere Berea KY Ranger/Yamaha 96.288
192 195 106 Christopher Brasher Spring TX 96.183
193 189 121 Joshua Weaver Macon GA 96.146
194 194 132 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 96.024
195 188 184 Luke Dunkin Lawrenceburg TN 95.951
196 192 183 Paul Elias Laurel MS Bass Cat/Honda 95.924
197 190 204 Billy Shelton III La Crosse VA 94.280
198 197 150 Shane Lineberger Lincolnton NC 94.152
199 193 140 Jim Jones Big Bend WI 94.092
200 200 252 Jeff Dobson Bartlesville OK 93.895
201 202 261 Grae Buck Harleysville PA 92.283
202 203 188 Jay Yelas Lincoln City OR Ranger/Mercury 92.049
203 204 178 Rob Kilby Hot Springs AR Ranger/Mercury 91.615
204 201 182 Morizo Shimizu Osaka Champion/Mercury 91.369
205 205 245 Randy Haynes Counce TN Ranger/Mercury 90.861
206 206 197 Jason Johnson Dawsonville GA Phoenix/Mercury 89.138
207 211 Ray Hanselman Del Rio TX 88.701
208 212 230 Blake Smith Lakeland FL 88.473
209 209 161 Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach SC 88.385
210 208 120 Andy Young Mound MN 88.129
211 210 201 Mike Surman Boca Raton FL Ranger/Evinrude 87.891
212 207 176 Rusty Trancygier Hahira GA Ranger/Yamaha 87.682
213 213 Caleb Sumrall New Iberia LA 87.180
214 216 Scott Dobson Clarkston MI 86.763
215 214 283 Billy Hines Vacaville CA Ranger/Mercury 86.378
216 215 Jared McMillan Belle Glade FL Ranger/Evinrude 86.221
217 217 274 Wade Curtiss Meadow Vista CA Phoenix/Mercury 85.641
218 224 268 Bob Morin Seymour TN 83.580
219 218 152 Todd Hollowell Fishers IN Ranger/Mercury 83.061
220 221 198 Jim Dillard West Monroe LA Ranger/Mercury 82.809
221 219 136 Pete Ponds Madison MS Ranger/Mercury 82.496
222 227 200 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville FL Ranger/Evinrude 81.866
223 223 233 Tom Redington Royse City TX 81.370
224 225 Matt Becker Finleyville PA 80.906
225 228 214 Jesse Tacoronte Orlando FL 80.048
226 232 207 Dennis Tietje Roanoke LA Nitro/Mercury 79.760
227 220 237 Robert Behrle Hoover AL 79.730
228 229 Rick Morris Bracey VA Falcon/Mercury 79.476
229 226 163 Jim Tutt Longview TX Ranger/Evinrude 79.330
230 231 Wes Logan Springville AL Blazer/Mercury 79.141
231 230 Tyler Stewart West Monroe LA 79.094
232 222 265 Keith Bryan Novato CA 78.932
233 236 Todd Castledine Nacogdoches TX Ranger/Mercury 78.684
234 234 194 Curtis Richardson Belleville ON 77.906
235 233 Cody Hahner Wausau WI 77.834
236 235 187 Zell Rowland Montgomery TX Skeeter/Yamaha 77.337
237 237 280 Chris Gosselaar Fresno CA 77.002
238 239 293 Robert Pearson Oak Hill VA Ranger/Evinrude 75.774
239 238 Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown OH Phoenix/Mercury 75.618
240 240 Randy Sullivan Breckenridge TX 75.603
241 241 215 Charlie Evans Gilbertsville KY 74.643
242 245 213 Jimmy Brewer Marshall TX 73.941
243 242 Chris Groh Spring Grove IL Phoenix/Mercury 73.828
244 244 209 Nick Gainey Charleston SC 73.719
245 247 180 Troy Morrow Eastanollee GA Ranger/Mercury 71.725
246 243 224 Cody Bird Granbury TX Skeeter/Yamaha 71.718
247 246 242 Dean Alexander Florence TX 71.153
248 248 294 Kyle Monti Okeechobee FL Phoenix/Mercury 70.441
249 250 238 Cody Kelley Conway AR 69.802
250 249 Sheldon Collings Grove OK Ranger/Mercury 69.789
251 253 249 Daryl Biron South Windsor CT 69.149
252 251 219 Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow OK Legend/Yamaha 68.162
253 255 227 Kenneth (Boo) Woods Oneida KY Ranger/Mercury 67.919
254 254 226 Gary Yamamoto Mineola TX Legend/Yamaha 67.355
255 252 223 Matt Wittekiend Angleton TX 66.863
256 256 299 Evan Barnes Hot Springs AR 65.833
257 257 284 Jim Moulton Merced CA Ranger/Mercury 64.427
258 261 297 Chad Randles Elkhorn NE 63.193
259 260 272 Richard Lowitzki St. Charles IL 62.817
260 258 Allen Boyd Salem IN 62.202
261 264 216 Jimmy Houston Cookson OK Ranger/Mercury 61.950
262 262 Furman (Joe) Thompson Clayton GA 61.878
263 263 Miles Howe San Juan Capistrano CA 61.100
264 268 195 Bill Day Frankfort KY 60.138
265 265 190 Drew Montgomery Denver NC 59.758
266 259 137 Stephen Patek Dallas TX Ranger/Mercury 59.751
267 272 168 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Nitro/Mercury 59.353
268 266 Rob Jordan Flowery Branch GA 59.088
269 267 Bill Weidler Helena AL Triton/Mercury 58.716
270 271 Taylor Ashley Warrior AL 57.952
271 273 305 Ryan Chandler Hobart IN 57.557
272 275 David Larson Mound MN 57.114
273 270 292 Mark Fisher Glenview IL 56.942
274 269 159 Lendell Martin, Jr. Nacogdoches TX Ranger/Yamaha 55.907
275 278 173 Powell Kemp Scotland Neck NC 54.680
276 276 David Nichol Gainesville GA 54.498
277 279 239 Eric Jackson Walling TN 53.802
278 280 Tim Cales Sandstone WV 53.190
279 277 263 Brandon Medlock Lake Placid FL 52.941
280 282 162 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 52.102
281 283 244 Chris Neau New Orleans LA 51.949
282 281 270 Chad Warren Sand Springs OK 50.711
283 274 169 Chris Whitson Louisville TN 50.418
284 285 276 Ron Farrow Rock Hill SC 49.637
285 286 277 Peter Cherkas Des Moines IA 48.929
286 288 271 Tim McDonald Hagerhill KY 48.800
287 289 Andy Wicker Pomaria SC 48.405
288 284 273 Daniel Kweekul Bryant AR 48.367
289 291 Craig Rozema Simpsonsville SC 47.126
290 290 Greg Mansfield Burnsville MN 46.230
291 293 281 Jonathan Henry Grant AL Charger/Mercury 45.647
292 294 Clint Brown Bainbridge GA 44.730
293 292 290 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 43.929
294 287 211 J. Todd Tucker Moultrie GA Phoenix/Mercury 42.370
295 296 291 Harry Moore Valley AL 41.812
296 297 269 Richie Eaves Nauvoo IL 40.896
297 298 Russell Cecil Willis TX 40.134
298 301 254 Glenn Chappelear Acworth GA 39.782
299 300 Cameron Gautney Muscle Shoals AL 39.715
300 299 257 Chase Brooks Iraan TX 39.420
301 303 David Wootton Collierville TN 39.395
302 304 Ronald Young Lake Wales FL 39.272
303 295 234 Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 38.609
304 302 232 Joe Holland Jefferson ME 36.789
305 306 288 Darrell Davis Dover FL 36.465
306 305 296 Bill Smith Burlington KY 35.354
307 307 231 Blake Nick Adger AL Ranger/Mercury 34.308
308 308 Matt Garner Seminole OK 32.893
309 309 Freddy Hurley Somerset KY 32.513
310 312 308 Mike McCoy Mentor On The Lake OH 31.361
311 310 310 Jeff Cannon Douglasville GA 30.726
312 311 248 Glenn Browne Ocala FL Ranger/Evinrude 30.630
313 313 316 Bill Hutchison Bessemer AL 30.496
314 315 327 Tony Dumitras Winston GA 29.309
315 314 315 Jamey Caldwell Carthage NC 29.059
316 316 278 Rodney Thomason Maumelle AR 27.330
317 318 Steven Hatala St. Clair Shores MI 26.355
318 317 William Campbell Middlesboro KY 26.189
319 319 289 Dave Smith Del City OK Ranger/Mercury 23.852
320 322 229 Austin Terry San Angelo TX Ranger/Mercury 17.393
321 320 212 Mike Kernan Wylie TX Skeeter/Yamaha 17.253
322 321 220 Jay Brainard Enid OK 15.240
323 323 324 Billy Shelton III La Crosse VA 6.733
324 329 322 Shirley Crain Van Buren AR 1.354

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