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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. Scott Dixon: Mr. Mid-Ohio strikes again. Dixon held off teammate Felix Rosenqvist in a fantastic fight to the finish on Sunday, his sixth victory at the track during a historic IndyCar career.
2. Billy Torrence: If anyone was going to end Steve Torrence’s nine-race finals streak, why not his dad? Billy’s third career Wally was also his second of the season, and he’s in the hunt for a Countdown spot.
3. Robert Hight: His season has almost seemed quiet compared to Steve Torrence, but Hight is every bit as much the real deal in Funny Car, and another victory in Sonoma—his 50th—proves it.
4. Rodrigo Ampudia: RodAmp made Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series history in Reno by becoming the first Pro 2 driver to win a race under the new engine formula.
5. Sebastian Vettel: I honestly considered putting Vettel as high as first on my list. It’s hard to top the kind of show he put on in Germany coming through the field.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Scott Dixon: I’m not going to lie—for variety’s sake, I was pulling for Felix Rosenqvist to make the move on his teammate for the win. But Dixon proved, once again, why he’s the Mid-Ohio master.
2. Torrence Racing: If Steve and Billy didn’t end up on the same side of the bracket in Sonoma, I bet they’d have met in the Top Fuel finals. Nine wins in 10 races for this team is a phenomenal stat.
3. Sebastian Vettel: Like Jim, I briefly considered having Vettel at #1. Going from 20th to second in F1 requires a ton of skill and a little bit of luck, even if he couldn’t catch Max Verstappen for the victory.
4. Robert Hight: The John Force Racing Funny Cars have been fast all year, and it’s why Hight has five wins so far this season—behind only Steve Torrence and Andrew Hines for the overall NHRA lead.
5. Denny Hamlin: For once, I don’t forget NASCAR on my list! Hamlin’s been quick lately, and his victory at Pocono was the third of the 2019 season for this year’s Daytona 500 winner.