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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. Austin Forkner: Sweeping the season so far and sweeping the Triple Crown event in Detroit means Forkner tops my list this week. It’ll be interesting to see what he does for the rest of the season.
2. Torrence Racing: How about them Capco boys? Billy is actually the points leader now after his win in Arizona. Combine that with Steve’s perfect playoffs in 2018 and runner-up finish in the Pomona opener, and the whole body of work on this team is phenomenal.
3. Brad Keselowski: Atlanta isn’t the easiest race to win on the NASCAR Cup schedule—it hasn’t been resurfaced in a while, and this year it was the first race for a new rules package. And on top of all that, Keselowski won that race with the flu. Three hours in a hot car isn’t where you want to be when you’re sick.
4. Matt Hagan: Hagan had a great effort at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to take the Funny Car win over JR Todd. It was a milestone win for both driver (his 30th) and team (Don Schumacher Racing’s 150th).
5. Eli Tomac: It wasn’t his most dominant effort and he didn’t sweep, but Tomac won the 450 overall in Detroit. It’s good to see him back to his winning ways after some struggles earlier in the season.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Austin Forkner: Any time you accomplish a first, you get number one on my list. Forkner is the only rider in Supercross history to sweep a Triple Crown event in either class. Oh, and he hasn’t lost a race yet this year going into next week’s East-West showdown in Atlanta.
2. Kyle Busch: All the hate for people comparing Rowdy’s national win total to Richard Petty’s Cup win total is moronic. No disrespect to The King, but have you ever looked at the entry lists on some of the races he won? Anyway, Busch now holds win records in two of NASCAR’s three national series.
3. Billy Torrence: It’s not just Steve who knows how to wheel a Top Fuel dragster. Billy makes it wins in back-to-back seasons after taking down Leah Pritchett in the finals in Arizona.
4. Matt Hagan: Hagan’s 30th career Funny Car Wally was also Don Schumacher Racing’s historic 150th Funny Car win. He took down defending champion JR Todd in the final to earn the victory at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
5. Eli Tomac: Coming off his worst finish of the season in Arlington, Tomac rebounded by winning the first two Triple Crown rounds in Detroit and doing just enough to keep from tying Cooper Webb in the overall in the third. He’s still fourth in points, but the gap is a bit smaller to first.