ROCKLIN, Calif. – HammerDownUSA.com has named the 2018 All-HammerDown! Team.
Brad Sweet, the Champion of the Racer’s Racing Series, heads the list of the 40 driver team.
The All-HammerDown! Team includes drivers that finished in the top 40 in HammerDownUSA.com’s Racers’ Racing Series point standings. Points are awarded for a 60-race schedule of big-race events. You have to finish in the top-11 positions in an A-Feature to score points. This year there were 177 drivers that earned points, but only the top 40 receive All-HammerDown! status.
Three drivers continued their streak of making the All-HammerDown! Team in each of the 16 years since the honor was created in 2003. The trio is Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz.
Eight drivers made the All-HammerDown! team for the first time in their careers: Jacob Allen, Spencer Bayston, Dave Blaney, Chad Boat, Parker Price-Miller, Freddie Rahmer, Gio Scelzi and Trey Starks. The age range of the 40 driver team goes from Scelzi at age 17 to Blaney at age 56.
“To me, the All-HammerDown! Team is simply a way to ‘tip my cap’ to a group of drivers that excelled this season,” said Bobby Gerould, editor of HammerDownUSA.com. “We tinkered with the points system this time around, making it even tougher to score points. The results delivered a diverse group of 40 drivers that, I think, any race fan would love to watch do their thing.” Gerould continued, “From the beginning, in 2003, when we started this deal, it was meant to highlight the highest paying races and at the same time encourage drivers to challenge themselves by traveling to different tracks across the country.”
The 40 members of the All-HammerDown! Team are:
Rico Abreu, Jacob Allen, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dave Blaney, Chad Boat, Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Danny Dietrich, Cole Duncan, Cory Eliason, Justin Grant, David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Tim Kaeding, Chad Kemenah, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Carson Macedo, Ian Madsen, Kerry Madsen, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Parker Price-Miller, Freddie Rahmer, Aaron Reutzel, Joey Saldana, Giovanni Scelzi, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Tim Shaffer, Ryan Smith, Trey Starks, Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Chris Windom, Lucas Wolfe.