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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. Keegan Kincaid: Crandon is Kincaid’s home track, and the Brush Run was his weekend. He swept the Pro 2 races and won the $10,000 Community Cup race in a highly emotional weekend.
2. Mike Salinas: To be the best, you have to beat the best. Salinas finally snapped Steve Torrence’s five-race NHRA Top Fuel win streak with an impressive victory in Bristol.
3. Christopher Bell: The Xfinity Series doesn’t get a lot of love from us very often, but Bell was totally dominant in Iowa last weekend. He led 186 of 250 laps on the way to the victory.
4. Adam Cianciarulo: It’s finally time for us to highlight Cianciarulo for going four for four to start the Pro Motocross season. He took yet another second moto victory in the 250 class at High Point.
5. Toyota Gazoo Racing: It wasn’t the most hotly contested 24 Hours of Le Mans ever, but for the second year in a row, Sebastien Buemi, Kaz Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso came out on top.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Keegan Kincaid: This one’s a given. Kincaid was head and shoulders above the field at Crandon over the weekend, and a perfect three for three. It’s early, but he genuinely looked “perfect season” good.
2. Mike Salinas: Scrappers Racing has lived up to its name this year with Salinas’ first two career wins. Snapping Steve Torrence’s win streak made Salinas just Top Fuel’s second multi-race winner in 2019.
3. Bob Tasca III: On another weekend, Tasca would’ve topped this list. He scored his first Wally since 2012, and to do it, he had to deny John Force his 150th win on a day where Force had a first-round bye.
4. Christopher Polvoorde: I love how many short course racers are doing a full national tour, and seeing Polvoorde take the fight to Pro Lite with a weekend sweep suggests it’ll be an absolutely terrific season.
5. Adam Cianciarulo: Cianciarulo should’ve gotten back on my list earlier, I’m sure, but this weekend just worked out to put him on. He’s the class of the Pro Motocross 250 field so far with four overall wins.