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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: Torrence’s five NHRA Top Fuel wins in a row is one of the most impressive runs in motorsports in a long time. To take the fifth against his father Billy in Topeka was even more impressive.
2. Greg Biffle: To come back after two-plus years on the sidelines and win in his NASCAR return was huge for Biffle. The Truck Series has changed a lot in the nearly two decades since he’s last run it.
3. Ryan Tuerck: Look at some of the drivers that Tuerck beat to get back on top of the Formula Drift podium. Taking down Chris Forsberg, James Deane, and Frederic Aasbo is no easy feat!
4. Josef Newgarden: It hasn’t been the sexiest season from Newgarden, but it’s been the most consistent, and that’s what matters. Three wins so far have him a clear-cut championship favorite.
5. Scott Speed: Fun fact: Speed has never lost his debut rallycross event with a new manufacturer. His win in his Subaru Motorsports USA debut from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course made him three for three.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Steve Torrence: How can you even consider anybody else for number one at this point? Well, you can, and there are some worthy picks, but Torrence’s win streak is the stuff of legend right now.
2. Greg Biffle: I’m always wary of one-off events for top drivers (right, Fernando Alonso?), but Biffle came out, kicked ass, and scored the win in his NASCAR return at Texas. Talk about a great return!
3. Sebastian Vettel: I wanted to give Vettel the symbolic number one because of how badly he was robbed this weekend, but just couldn’t justify it. Everybody knows who really won in Montreal.
4. Josef Newgarden: I feel like, for all of the attention we heap on Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud, we’ve let Newgarden fly completely under the radar—and yet he leads the IndyCar standings by 25.
5. Ryan Tuerck: It’s always cool to see one of Formula Drift’s veterans atop the podium, and Tuerck did it in epic fashion at Wall Speedway last weekend. It was his first win in four years.