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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. RJ Anderson: The World Cup at Crandon really is the hardest race to win in short course. RJ could have DNFed every other race he ran and won this one and he’d still be on top of my list.
2. Christopher Polvoorde: A perfect season is such a difficult feat to accomplish. Polvoorde did just that in the midwest, and he took home a Crandon World Championship to boot.
3. Doug Kalitta: When you have to beat drivers like Clay Millican, Austin Prock, Brittany Force, and Billy Torrence all in a row, you know your US Nationals triumph has to be a worthy one.
4. John Force: When it rains, it pours. Force just might have opened the floodgates on wins when he took his 150th at Pacific Raceways, and scoring #151 in Indianapolis was another huge deal.
5. Will Power: He isn’t in the title hunt, but Power’s recent wins in Pocono and Portland show that he’s still got it. Could he spoil teammate Josef Newgarden’s party with another win at Laguna Seca?
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. RJ Anderson: Watching Anderson carve through one of the most stacked entry lists in history in a thrashed Pro 4 for the World Cup win was a sight to behold.
2. CJ Greaves: We almost take Greaves for granted, don’t we? Two more titles, a Pro 4 World Championship, and a perfect Pro Stock SXS regular season, and he’s still not #1? Tough crowd.
3. Charles Leclerc: I can think of no better man to honor Anthoine Hubert’s passing than Leclerc, whose godfather Jules Bianchi was the last driver to die in F1 and who won his first Grand Prix at Spa.
4. Erik Jones: Punching his ticket to this year’s NASCAR playoffs had to give Jones a little relief as the rumor mill continues to discuss his long-term future at Joe Gibbs Racing.
5. John Force: It’s a little embarrassing that I forgot the US Nationals entirely on my first pass at this list. Out of four worthy winners, though, I had to give my final spot to Force.