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Who impressed you the most in the past week of racing? Each week, Jim Beaver shares his latest power rankings on the Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR and highlights the top performances in worldwide action motorsport. Here’s a look at Jim’s rankings from the show this week, as well as Down and Dirty Show columnist/media manager Chris Leone’s rankings:
Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings
1. Phil Blurton: Hands down, Blurton had the most dominant effort of the weekend, and that’s saying something given how busy it was. We may never see three wins in a row at the UTV World Championship again.
2. Takuma Sato: I’ve been a fan of Sato since his days in Formula 1, and he had an almost perfect event at Barber. It was a well deserved victory and a strong effort from the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team.
3. Busch Brothers: Kyle and Kurt had a pair of dominating efforts to finish 1-2 at Bristol. They’ve won the last four races at the track between them.
4. Mike Salinas: Mike who? That’s exactly it! Salinas admitted “This is the first thing I’ve ever won!” in an NHRA press release. The Top Fuel category at the Four-Wide Nationals is a pretty special first win.
5. Andy McMillin: McMillin had a phenomenal run to take the San Felipe 250 win this weekend. It was a solid, if not, dominant win, but it’s more than enough to qualify for my list.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Phil Blurton: Going back-to-back-to-back at any event is an impressive feat, and that’s what Blurton just did at the UTV World Championship. He became just the second three-time World Champion with his win on Saturday. (Shout-out to youth racer Dallas Gonzalez, who became the first on Friday!)
2. Bo Butner: If retiring and unretiring is the magic combination in the NHRA this year, expect to see a lot more of it. Since abandoning his plans to step away, Butner has a .750 winning percentage.
3. Takuma Sato: Leading 74 of 90 laps to win from the pole in an IndyCar race could only be this far down on the list on a weekend like this one. Sato was dominant at Barber, with very few mistakes.
4. Seth Quintero: Parker 250? Check. Mint 400? Check. UTV Worlds? Check. Quintero is the best UTV NA racer out there right now, and it’s not hard to imagine him going for a perfect season at this rate.
5. Andy McMillin: It was a hard battle with Ryan Arciero, but in the end it was McMillin who took the top step of the podium in the SCORE opener. He won the longest San Felipe 250 ever by nearly two minutes.