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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. Robert Wickens: We’re going to six this week—it’s my list, I can bend the rules! Seeing Wickens get back on track in Toronto behind the wheel of a specially adapted Acura NSX was incredible.
2. Lewis Hamilton: After watching Silverstone, I retract my criticisms about F1 not letting the drivers race. Hamilton is still the best of those drivers, and his sixth British Grand Prix victory was epic to see.
3. Simon Pagenaud: It’s awesome to see Pagenaud take the fight to Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi for this year’s IndyCar title. Another victory in Toronto helped him close the gap to the leaders.
4. Christopher Polvoorde: Four for four this season makes Polvoorde one of the top drivers in Midwest Short Course. And to do it by beating 2018 LOORRS champion Ryan Beat all four times is pretty tough.
5. Busch Brothers: First, Kyle wins an ESPY. Then, Kurt takes him down in a battle to the wire at Kentucky. There’s no doubt: it was a great week to be a Busch last week!
6. CJ Greaves: No matter when Greaves hits the track, whether he’s in a Pro 4 or Pro Stock UTV, he’s the driver to beat. Three wins in four tries at ERX are just another example of that.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Lewis Hamilton: Credit to Jim for giving up the #1 to Wickens for this week. Swing and a miss on my part. But watching Hamilton make history in his home country was nothing short of special, too.
2. Simon Pagenaud: Remember when we all thought Pagenaud was on the hot seat at Team Penske for 2020? Yeah… about that. This could be another championship season for the Frenchman.
3. Christopher Polvoorde: Of all the Pro racers who swept ERX last weekend, I’m with Jim at rating Polvoorde the highest. Could he win Pro Lite titles in both LOORRS and Midwest Short Course in 2019?
4. CJ Greaves: After disappointing results at ERX last year that cost him the Pro Stock UTV title, Greaves returned and won both races last weekend. A win in Pro 4 didn’t hurt his status here, either.
5. Subaru Motorsports USA: Now the owners of all rally sports in the United States, Subaru swept ARX of Gateway with wins from Chris Atkinson on Saturday and Patrik Sandell on Sunday.