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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. Steve Torrence: At this point, with the way them CAPCO boys are running, we may as well just hand the number one spot to Steve every week the NHRA is on and have everybody else battle it out for second.
2. Justin Haley: I don’t care what you think about how he did it—Justin Haley is a NASCAR Cup Series winner now. Daytona, rain-shortened as it was, is a huge triumph for a kid with a bright future.
3. Matt Hagan: Every year the NHRA heads to New England, Hagan seems to be on top of the Funny Car ranks. Sunday’s victory was his third in a row from New Hampshire. He owns that facility.
4. Vicki Golden: Huge shout-out to Vicki, who’s on the show this week, for setting a world record and making it look easy—all while having to carry the whole Evel Live 2 broadcast. That’s no easy feat.
5. Dylan Ferrandis: This was a tough one, but I’m going with Ferrandis over Eli Tomac. To be the man, you have to beat the man, and that’s what Ferrandis did going 1-1 at RedBud over Adam Cianciarulo.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Steve Torrence: Seven wins in the past eight final rounds. The only loss, a mechanical issue. Torrence is having the kind of run in NHRA Top Fuel competition that most of us couldn’t even dream of.
2. Matt Hagan: I don’t know if it was his crazy mustache power or just a good setup for this track, but Hagan owns New England Dragway. Sunday’s Funny Car victory was his third in the past three years.
3. Ross Chastain: I’ll be shocked if Chastain doesn’t have a good NASCAR Cup ride next year. It’s too bad NASCAR’s one-series points rule has robbed us of seeing him chase down two titles in 2019.
4. Mazda: There’s no better way to end a winless drought than by going back to back. Mazda’s IMSA prototypes have gone 1-2 the past two weeks, with each of their cars taking a victory.
5. Eli Tomac: Dylan Ferrandis had the 1-1 in the 250 class, but I’m out of room on my list, I’m not leaving off RedBud, and Tomac’s the guy who’s starting to run away on the 450s—again.