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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.
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Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings
1. Takuma Sato: There were people calling for Sato to hang it up after his incident with Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay at Pocono. He shut them up in a huge way with a win at Gateway.
2. Alex Rins: When a clip like Rins’ .01-second photo finish victory over Marc Marquez at Silverstone dominates my social media feed the way it did this weekend, I have to take notice.
3. Christopher Bell: We all know by now that Bell is the real deal, but if there was any doubt left, he proved it by scoring his first career NASCAR road course victory at Road America.
4. Dylan Ferrandis: If not for Adam Cianciarulo, Ferrandis might’ve swept both the indoor and outdoor 250 classes this year. He capped off a stellar 2019 with a 1-1 sweep at Ironman.
5. Gavin Harlien: He wasn’t on the podium all three races at Road America, but Harlien scoring two victories in Stadium Super Trucks action grants him the final spot on my list this week.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Eli Tomac: Fourth all-time on the 450 wins list. Back-to-back-to-back titles. I’m usually pretty hard on Tomac during Supercross season, so no way will I underrate what he’s accomplishing in Pro Motocross.
2. Takuma Sato: For Sato to rebound from Pocono the way he did—hell, for him to drive back through the field at Gateway the way he did—was spectacular. He’s basically 1B on my list.
3. Christopher Bell: Bell’s win wasn’t just impressive in the context of his season. Guy shredded his tire in qualifying right before the start of the race but found a way to keep on keeping on and earn the W.
4. Brett Moffitt: You couldn’t pick two more different tracks than the ones Moffitt’s now won on back-to-back: Bristol Motor Speedway last week, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this one.
5. Cole Potts: I guess my NASCAR background is showing. I’m giving Potts the edge on Harlien in SST because his consistent 1-2-2 weekend made him the best driver overall at Road America.