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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. Alexander Rossi: What can you say about the kind of spanking that Rossi put on the field at Road America? His nearly 30-second victory just had other teams and drivers speechless on Sunday.
2. Steve Torrence: He’d firmly be atop the list if the streak was still going, but sometimes other drivers get a turn, too. Still, six wins in the last seven Top Fuel finals for Torrence is an impressive feat.
3. Martin Truex Jr.: I always put a little more weight on NASCAR road course races. Truex going back to back at Sonoma, this time with the carousel layout, makes him a deserving part of this week’s list.
4. Lewis Hamilton: This isn’t just for his win in France, but for his willingness to speak out on how Formula 1 is being run in hopes of improving it for the future. He’s the ambassador the sport needs.
5. Carl Marcum: Huge kudos to Marcum for finishing third overall at Idaho Rally last weekend. The purists have been staunchly anti-UTV, but I believe it’s an important part of the sport’s future.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Alexander Rossi: Remember when you were a kid and you played racing video games on easy mode so you would win races by a huge gap? That’s what Rossi looks like he’s doing on road courses now.
2. Steve Torrence: I used to hate drivers that went out and won everything when I was a kid. Seeing Torrence do it in Top Fuel action has changed my opinion on that kind of dominance completely. It’s fun!
3. Martin Truex Jr.: It’s funny that I come from a NASCAR background and almost always forget to add Cup winners to my lists. Not so this weekend—Truex’s latest win at Sonoma was impossible to leave off.
4. Andrew Hines: Five out of seven Pro Stock Motorcycle wins have Hines almost as dominant as Torrence right now. Coming off the 2018 he had, it’s a remarkable run to start the season.
5. Bob Tasca III: If you go back-to-back, there’s a good chance you’re going to be on my list. That goes for Tasca for sure, whose Bristol win was his first since 2012 and who had never won two in a row before until Norwalk.