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Updated: 8/28/2017

Palaniuk Stays Put At Top

Brandon Palaniuk's 29th-place finish at last week's Lake St. Clair Bassmaster Elite Series was enough to keep him in the top position in the latest edition of the BassFan World Rankings. The new edition includes results from St. Clair and the Forrest Wood Cup, held two weeks earlier at Lake Murray.

Palaniuk, who leads the Elite Series Angler of the Year race heading into the AOY Championship event next month, has a narrow edge over new No. 2 Jason Christie (the winner at St. Clair) and Jacob Wheeler (whom Palaniuk supplanted in the top slot in the last edition). There's less than a point and a half separating the trio.

Kevin VanDam and Andy Morgan each dropped one place in this edition and now occupy the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, respectively. The bottom half of the top 10 consists of Jordan Lee, Bryan Thrift, Ott DeFoe, Greg Hackney and Gerald Swindle.

The next Rankings update will follow the AOY Championship, set for Sept. 14-17 at Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota.

Current Rankings - 8/28/2017

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Place Prior Start Angler City State Boat/Motor Points
1 1 28 Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum ID Skeeter/Yamaha 203.438
2 9 21 Jason Christie Park Hill OK Ranger/Mercury 202.436
3 2 10 Jacob Wheeler Indianapolis IN Triton/Evinrude 201.851
4 3 17 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 197.966
5 4 2 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bullet/Evinrude 197.730
6 6 13 Jordan Lee Vinemont AL Ranger/Yamaha 195.854
7 5 4 Bryan Thrift Shelby NC Ranger/Evinrude 194.717
8 8 27 Ott DeFoe Knoxville TN NItro/Mercury 191.851
9 7 6 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Phoenix/Mercury 188.249
10 10 14 Gerald Swindle Warrior AL Triton/Mercury 179.177
11 11 43 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Mercury 178.399
12 15 1 Scott Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 177.336
13 13 51 Casey Ashley Donalds SC Triton/Mercury 176.554
14 12 9 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Phoenix/Mercury 175.898
15 14 5 Keith Combs Huntington TX Ranger/Yamaha 175.013
16 16 12 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 173.235
17 19 22 Cody Meyer Grass Valley CA Ranger/Evinrude 172.696
18 17 35 Brent Ehrler Redlands CA Ranger/Mercury 172.525
19 18 29 Jeff Sprague Point TX Bass Cat/Mercury 172.398
20 25 41 Bobby Lane Lakeland FL Phoenix/Yamaha 171.066
21 20 59 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 170.138
22 21 11 Shinichi Fukae Osaka Ranger/Mercury 167.554
23 28 57 Seth Feider Bloomington MN Bass Cat/Mercury 167.317
24 22 53 Bryan Schmitt Deale MD Ranger/Mercury 167.112
25 33 55 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 166.587
26 30 7 Scott Canterbury Odenville AL Ranger/Mercury 165.744
27 23 37 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Mercury 165.504
28 26 19 Michael Neal Dayton TN Bullet/Yamaha 164.766
29 34 20 Wesley Strader Spring City TN Ranger/Evinrude 162.667
30 31 30 Alton Jones, Sr. Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 162.427
31 38 44 Brandon Cobb Greenwood SC Ranger/Evinrude 161.564
32 35 16 Jacob Powroznik Prince George VA Ranger/Mercury 161.208
33 27 24 Randall Tharp Port St. Joe FL Phoenix/Yamaha 161.104
34 39 3 John Cox Debary FL Crestliner/Mercury 159.722
35 44 26 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Evinrude 159.592
36 41 38 Michael Iaconelli Pittsgrove NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 159.353
37 45 23 Matt Arey Shelby NC Ranger/Evinrude 158.647
38 24 45 James Elam Tulsa OK Phoenix/Mercury 158.297
39 29 47 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 157.740
40 43 48 Randy Howell Guntersville AL Triton/Mercury 157.684
41 47 61 Shane Lehew Charlotte NC Ranger/Evinrude 157.394
42 37 31 Dave Lefebre Erie PA Ranger/Mercury 156.390
43 49 39 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Ranger/Mercury 155.929
44 32 32 Matt Herren Trussville AL Skeeter/Yamaha 155.680
45 40 8 Justin Lucas Guntersville AL Phoenix/Yamaha 154.578
46 53 201 Brandon McMillan Belle Glade FL Ranger/Evinrude 153.698
47 36 25 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Blazer/Suzuki 153.587
48 42 68 Hank Cherry Lincolnton NC Triton/Mercury 152.583
49 56 62 Clifford Pirch Payson AZ Phoenix/Suzuki 151.431
50 57 64 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 151.367
51 52 197 Jamie Horton Centerville AL Ranger/Mercury 150.913
52 48 60 Clark Reehm Shreveport LA Skeeter/Yamaha 150.771
53 67 100 Bradley Roy Lancaster KY Triton/Mercury 149.909
54 51 54 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 149.354
55 46 34 Bill Lowen Brookville IN Skeeter/Yamaha 148.408
56 62 46 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Mercury 147.628
57 58 58 Scott Suggs Alexander AR Ranger/Evinrude 147.594
58 54 82 Jason Williamson Aiken SC Nitro/Mercury 146.817
59 55 83 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 146.759
60 60 15 Stetson Blaylock Benton AR Nitro/Mercury 145.635
61 64 Alton Jones, Jr. Lorena TX Skeeter/Yamaha 145.227
62 65 18 Chris Zaldain San Jose CA Skeeter/Yamaha 145.042
63 86 152 Matt Lee Guntersville AL Ranger/Yamaha 144.682
64 91 40 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 144.653
65 66 50 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Ranger/Evinrude 144.467
66 50 33 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 143.329
67 59 56 Drew Benton Panama City FL Phoenix/Mercury 143.205
68 61 115 Cliff Pace Petal MS Skeeter/Yamaha 143.105
69 74 94 Brandon Lester Fayetteville TN Phoenix/Mercury 142.323
70 77 226 Austin Felix Eden Prairie MN 141.995
71 96 116 Mark Daniels, Jr. Tuskegee AL Ranger/Mercury 141.742
72 75 42 Darrel Robertson Jay OK Ranger/Yamaha 140.424
73 72 126 Kelley Jaye Dadeville AL Ranger/Mercury 140.096
74 69 36 Jeff Gustafson Keewatin ON Lund/Mercury 140.035
75 68 141 Chris Johnston Peterborough ON Ranger/Evinrude 139.975
76 79 70 John Crews, Jr. Salem VA Bass Cat/Mercury 139.697
77 73 84 Josh Bertrand San Tan Valley AZ Nitro/Mercury 138.803
78 84 142 Brandon Coulter Knoxville TN Triton/Mercury 138.784
79 63 96 Russ Lane Prattville AL Phoenix/Yamaha 138.510
80 89 147 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 137.879
81 141 Jamie Hartman Newport NY Nitro/Mercury 137.627
82 71 98 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 137.548
83 76 52 Adrian Avena Vineland NJ BassCat/Suzuki 136.814
84 93 119 Jonathon VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 136.708
85 81 252 Chris McCall Jasper TX Legend/Evinrude 136.665
86 70 69 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg SC Nitro/Mercury 136.020
87 80 132 David Mullins Mt. Carmel TN Triton/Mercury 135.382
88 90 89 Luke Clausen Otis Orchards WA Ranger/Mercury 135.378
89 85 66 Matthew Stefan Junction City WI Skeeter/Yamaha 134.875
90 88 73 Barry Wilson Birmingham AL Ranger/Evinrude 133.747
91 92 87 Fred Roumbanis Russellville AR Legend/Mercury 133.649
92 106 102 Micah Frazier Newnan GA Ranger/Mercury 133.595
93 78 80 Todd Auten Gastonia NC Ranger/Mercury 133.062
94 83 63 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande CA Ranger/Mercury 132.774
95 109 124 Andrew Upshaw Hemphill TX Bass Cat/Mercury 132.212
96 117 128 Paul Mueller Naugatuck CT 131.765
97 101 92 Jason Reyes Humble TX Ranger/Mercury 131.611
98 113 111 Mark Menendez Paducah KY Skeeter/Yamaha 131.019
99 137 228 Brock Mosley Collinsville MS 130.215
100 94 85 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 130.147
101 82 120 Fletcher Shryock Newcomerstown OH Legend/Mercury 130.107
102 105 213 Cory Johnston Peterborough ON 129.557
103 87 74 Keith Poche Pike Road AL Skeeter/Yamaha 129.523
104 108 131 Cliff Prince Palatka FL Sterling/Mercury 129.117
105 99 123 Mike McClelland Bella Vista AR Ranger/Mercury 128.928
106 103 254 Christopher Brasher Spring TX 128.531
107 97 117 Alex Davis Albertville AL Ranger/Mercury 128.484
108 95 78 Brandon Card Caryville TN Bass Cat/Suzuki 128.446
109 138 Dustin Connell Clanton AL Triton/Mercury 128.439
110 115 175 Casey Scanlon Lenexa KS Nitro/Mercury 128.397
111 110 90 Michael Wooley Collierville TN Ranger/Mercury 127.798
112 98 113 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Yamaha 127.485
113 118 101 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 127.180
114 102 81 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 126.829
115 107 49 Chris Lane Guntersville AL Legend/Mercury 126.573
116 104 150 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/Mercury 126.046
117 120 114 Marty Robinson Lyman SC Skeeter/Yamaha 125.743
118 114 71 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 125.590
119 100 67 Boyd Duckett Demopolis AL Triton/Mercury 124.764
120 126 271 Andy Young Mound MN 123.991
121 116 261 Joshua Weaver Macon GA 123.491
122 112 93 Greg Vinson Wetumpka AL Phoenix/Mercury 122.816
123 125 105 Koby Kreiger Bokeelia FL Ranger/Evinrude 122.646
124 123 155 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 122.435
125 122 72 Jimmy Reese Witter Springs CA Ranger/Mercury 121.275
126 132 121 Zack Birge Blanchard OK BassCat/Mercury 121.222
127 127 136 Clayton Batts Macon GA 120.939
128 133 88 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville IL Phoenix/Mercury 120.891
129 121 160 Cliff Crochet Pierre Part LA Skeeter/Yamaha 120.029
130 128 127 Tom Monsoor La Crosse WI Ranger/Mercury 119.989
131 124 215 Jay Kendrick Grant AL Triton/Mercury 119.811
132 142 154 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 119.688
133 134 229 Kurt Mitchell Milford DE 119.588
134 119 76 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 119.028
135 129 97 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 118.803
136 135 122 Pete Ponds Madison MS Ranger/Mercury 117.714
137 130 129 Stephen Patek Dallas TX Ranger/Mercury 117.572
138 173 255 Gerald Spohrer Gonzales LA Bass Cat/Mercury 117.467
139 139 179 Carl Jocumsen Queensland Bass Cat 117.169
140 140 234 Jim Jones Big Bend WI 117.096
141 143 240 Brian Latimer Belton SC 117.080
142 131 107 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 116.496
143 136 104 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO Nitro/Mercury 116.394
144 157 164 James Watson Waynesville MO Ranger/Mercury 114.209
145 147 135 David Williams Maiden NC Nitro/Mercury 114.150
146 149 140 Chad Pipkens Holt MI Skeeter/Yamaha 113.603
147 145 103 Britt Myers Lake Wylie SC Bass Cat/Mercury 113.352
148 146 77 Greg Bohannan Rogers AR Ranger/Evinrude 112.989
149 154 299 Tim Frederick Leesburg FL Falcon/Mercury 112.484
150 160 212 Shane Lineberger Lincolnton NC 112.233
151 144 206 Bradley Hallman Norman OK Phoenix/Mercury 112.202
152 151 143 Todd Hollowell Fishers IN Ranger/Mercury 111.834
153 155 181 Matt Reed Madisonville TX Nitro/Mercury 110.561
154 148 109 Clent Davis Montevallo AL Phoenix/Evinrude 110.447
155 150 138 James Niggemeyer Van TX Ranger/Yamaha 110.294
156 182 Jesse Wiggins Addison AL Bass Cat/Honda 109.967
157 152 95 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 109.544
158 156 134 Billy McCaghren Mayflower AR Bass Cat/Mercury 109.088
159 163 161 Lendell Martin, Jr. Nacogdoches TX Ranger/Yamaha 108.973
160 153 162 Terry Scroggins San Mateo FL Triton/Yamaha 108.371
161 161 274 Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach SC 108.034
162 159 99 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 107.944
163 164 91 Jim Tutt Longview TX Ranger/Evinrude 107.882
164 158 189 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO Ranger/Mercury 107.730
165 166 148 John Voyles Petersburg IN Phoenix/Mercury 107.664
166 162 144 Scott Wiley Bay Minette AL Ranger/Mercury 107.498
167 168 130 Ramie Colson, Jr. Cadiz KY Bullet/Evinrude 107.364
168 165 75 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Nitro/Mercury 107.010
169 176 237 Chris Whitson Louisville TN 106.342
170 171 173 Matt Greenblatt Port St. Lucie FL Ranger/Yamaha 105.982
171 111 110 Davy Hite Ninety Six SC Phoenix/Evinrude 105.855
172 172 263 Jason Abram Chuckey TN Ranger/Yamaha 105.352
173 169 145 Powell Kemp Scotland Neck NC 104.718
174 177 165 Shawn Murphy Nicholasville KY Ranger/Evinrude 103.888
175 174 86 Brad Knight Lancing TN Phoenix/Mercury 103.584
176 181 137 Rusty Trancygier Hahira GA Ranger/Yamaha 103.411
177 167 227 Buddy Gross Ringgold GA 102.580
178 178 158 Rob Kilby Hot Springs AR Ranger/Mercury 102.456
179 183 Brad Dortch Atmore AL Blazer/Mercury 101.749
180 175 65 Troy Morrow Eastanollee GA Ranger/Mercury 101.704
181 199 217 Brett Preuett Monroe LA 101.123
182 180 108 Morizo Shimizu Osaka Champion/Mercury 100.361
183 193 192 Paul Elias Laurel MS Bass Cat/Honda 100.282
184 184 257 Luke Dunkin Lawrenceburg TN 99.529
185 185 169 Kurt Dove Fairfax VA Skeeter/Yamaha 99.474
186 187 112 Jason Meninger Gainesville GA Ranger/Yamaha 98.717
187 186 172 Zell Rowland Montgomery TX Skeeter/Yamaha 97.287
188 191 184 Jay Yelas Corvallis OR Ranger/Mercury 96.236
189 190 170 Chad Grigsby Maple Grove MN Ranger/Mercury 96.228
190 197 205 Drew Montgomery Denver NC 95.540
191 198 193 Rex Huff Corbin KY 95.281
192 210 222 John Hunter, Jr. Shelbyville KY Falcon/Suzuki 95.033
193 196 253 Braxton Setzer Auburn AL 94.660
194 200 266 Curtis Richardson Belleville ON 93.902
195 201 306 Bill Day Frankfort KY 93.648
196 195 159 John Devere Berea KY Ranger/Yamaha 93.588
197 203 125 Jason Johnson Dawsonville GA Phoenix/Mercury 93.531
198 194 176 Jim Dillard West Monroe LA Ranger/Mercury 93.464
199 188 202 David Fritts Lexington NC Ranger/Evinrude 92.711
200 192 79 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville FL Ranger/Mercury 92.611
201 202 118 Mike Surman Boca Raton FL Ranger/Evinrude 91.946
202 204 182 Kerry Milner Bono AR 90.785
203 170 168 Ken Iyobe Aichi 90.297
204 211 196 Billy Shelton III La Crosse VA 90.205
205 206 157 Jason Lambert Michie TN Ranger/Evinrude 90.052
206 212 Justin Atkins Florence AL Ranger/Mercury 88.249
207 207 166 Dennis Tietje Roanoke LA Nitro/Mercury 87.902
208 209 207 Bill McDonald Greenwood IN Ranger/Evinrude 87.307
209 213 284 Nick Gainey Charleston SC 86.530
210 215 Jeremy Lawyer Sarcoxie MO 84.438
211 179 174 J. Todd Tucker Moultrie GA Phoenix/Mercury 82.212
212 205 151 Mike Kernan Wylie TX Skeeter/Yamaha 82.124
213 216 167 Jimmy Brewer Marshall TX 81.327
214 234 331 Jesse Tacoronte Orlando FL 80.995
215 217 190 Charlie Evans Gilbertsville KY 80.890
216 214 186 Jimmy Houston Cookson OK Ranger/Mercury 80.211
217 189 178 Randy Allen Shreveport LA 80.007
218 219 Joseph Webster Fulton MS 79.911
219 218 223 Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow OK Legend/Yamaha 79.009
220 220 246 Jay Brainard Enid OK 78.995
221 229 Aaron Britt Yuba City CA Ranger/Mercury 77.430
222 221 Johnny McCombs Mount Olive AL 76.814
223 224 298 Matt Wittekiend Angleton TX 76.504
224 228 Cody Bird Granbury TX Skeeter/Yamaha 76.364
225 208 187 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 76.292
226 226 219 Gary Yamamoto Mineola TX Legend/Yamaha 75.933
227 222 244 Kenneth (Boo) Woods Oneida KY Ranger/Mercury 75.455
228 230 Joey Cifuentes Clinton AR Ranger/Mercury 75.053
229 223 139 Austin Terry San Angelo TX Ranger/Mercury 75.051
230 225 188 Blake Smith Lakeland FL 74.267
231 227 183 Blake Nick Adger AL Ranger/Mercury 72.678
232 233 272 Joe Holland Jefferson ME 72.674
233 231 191 Tom Redington Royse City TX 72.632
234 232 185 Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 71.975
235 241 Darrell Ocamica New Plymouth ID Phoenix/Yamaha 70.582
236 235 302 Jordan Osborne Longview TX Bass Cat/Mercury 70.406
237 237 Robert Behrle Hoover AL 68.593
238 236 198 Cody Kelley Conway AR 68.281
239 238 305 Eric Jackson Walling TN 66.095
240 248 Robbie Latuso Gonzales LA 65.862
241 239 Dylan Hays Sheridan AR 64.938
242 242 Dean Alexander Florence TX 64.667
243 250 Skylar Hamilton Dandridge TN 64.204
244 244 210 Chris Neau New Orleans LA 63.524
245 243 106 Randy Haynes Counce TN Ranger/Mercury 63.308
246 246 149 Marcus Evans Angola IN 62.771
247 267 Tyler Carriere Youngsville LA 62.476
248 240 233 Glenn Browne Ocala FL Ranger/Evinrude 62.427
249 247 293 Daryl Biron South Windsor CT 62.275
250 252 133 Jayme Rampey Liberty SC 60.987
251 249 245 Fabian Rodriguez Ocean City MD 60.926
252 251 Jeff Dobson Bartlesville OK 60.478
253 245 232 Charlie Weyer West Hills CA Triton/Mercury 60.260
254 264 163 Glenn Chappelear Acworth GA 59.014
255 255 Kyle Weisenburger Ottawa OH 58.216
256 262 156 Brandon Hunter Benton KY 57.705
257 254 300 Chase Brooks Iraan TX 57.340
258 259 230 Troy Gibson Eufaula AL 57.251
259 256 251 George Kapiton Inverness FL 57.213
260 260 Derrick Blake Rockwood TN 57.145
261 263 Grae Buck Harleysville PA 56.498
262 253 153 Tony Davis Williston FL 56.462
263 261 Brandon Medlock Lake Placid FL 56.344
264 257 171 Jonathan Newton Rogersville AL Ranger/Evinrude 56.241
265 269 Keith Bryan Novato CA 55.482
266 268 177 Travis Fox Lowell AR 55.305
267 258 256 Shawn Gordon Russellville AR 54.961
268 270 260 Bob Morin Seymour TN 54.597
269 265 262 Richie Eaves Nauvoo IL 54.227
270 266 Chad Warren Sand Springs OK 54.222
271 271 327 Tim McDonald Hagerhill KY 53.222
272 272 247 Richard Lowitzki St. Charles IL 53.148
273 277 Daniel Kweekul Bryant AR 51.817
274 274 Wade Curtiss Meadow Vista CA Phoenix/Mercury 51.014
275 276 Josh Douglas Mound MN 50.993
276 281 Ron Farrow Rock Hill SC 50.326
277 278 Peter Cherkas Des Moines IA 50.204
278 283 279 Rodney Thomason Maumelle AR 50.156
279 273 208 Keith Amerson Bethel Springs TN 49.755
280 282 Chris Gosselaar Fresno CA 48.957
281 280 Jonathan Henry Grant AL Charger/Mercury 48.136
282 279 270 Tommy Dickerson Orange TX 47.859
283 287 Billy Hines Vacaville CA Ranger/Mercury 47.324
284 284 Jim Moulton Merced CA Ranger/Mercury 47.004
285 288 275 Sven Hilland Sanford FL 46.980
286 286 Kyle Cortiana Broken Arrow OK 46.849
287 289 180 Charles Ingram Santa Fe TN Ranger/Honda 46.673
288 285 146 Darrell Davis Dover FL 46.340
289 275 199 Dave Smith Del City OK Ranger/Mercury 46.219
290 290 267 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 45.543
291 291 269 Harry Moore Valley AL 45.440
292 293 Mark Fisher Glenview IL 43.846
293 295 277 Robert Pearson Oak Hill VA Ranger/Evinrude 43.802
294 292 282 Kyle Monti Okeechobee FL Phoenix/Mercury 42.861
295 298 286 Kyle Mabrey McCalla AL 41.271
296 296 Bill Smith Burlington KY 40.836
297 299 Chad Randles Elkhorn NE 40.491
298 297 224 Terry Segraves Kissimmee FL Ranger/Evinrude 40.291
299 300 Evan Barnes Hot Springs AR 39.490
300 294 281 Kevin Johnson Valencia CA 39.297
301 302 194 Mike Boyles Highlandville MO 36.596
302 303 Brandon Mosley Choctaw OK 36.336
303 306 243 Nick Prvonozac Warren OH 34.909
304 307 231 Dalton Cooksey New Concord KY 34.646
305 301 290 Ryan Chandler Hobart IN 33.891
306 305 195 Tim Malone Gatlinburg TN 32.941
307 308 236 Bill Terrell Memphis TN 32.546
308 304 Mike McCoy Mentor On The Lake OH 32.469
309 310 258 Craig Livesay Johnson City TN 31.452
310 313 Jeff Cannon Douglasville GA 31.302
311 311 303 Gene Eisenmann Frisco TX 30.528
312 312 238 Michael Hall Annandale VA 30.319
313 309 218 Troy Broussard Beaumont TX 29.850
314 320 220 Robbie Dodson Harrison AR Ranger/Mercury 29.202
315 317 Jamey Caldwell Carthage NC 28.988
316 316 Bill Hutchison Bessemer AL 27.908
317 315 309 Rick Cotten Guntersville AL 27.538
318 314 307 James Stricklin, Jr. Texarkana AR 27.525
319 318 200 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia NC Ranger/Evinrude 26.021
320 319 311 Shane Melton Kokomo IN 25.450
321 321 315 Jerry Lawler Athens AL 19.250
322 322 295 Shirley Crain Van Buren AR 17.376
323 325 321 Larry Schroeder Clayton OH 13.240
324 323 317 Billy Shelton III La Crosse VA 12.904
325 327 324 Matt Vermilyea Perrysburg OH 12.537
327 330 316 Tony Dumitras Winston GA 6.380
328 332 287 Byron Velvick Boerne TX Triton/Mercury 5.358
329 337 285 Colby Schrumpf Highland IL 3.107

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