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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. Kyle Busch: I’m sure you guys had a pretty good inkling of who this was going to be. Coming in with his 200th career victory in the top three NASCAR series, you’re going to be at the top of my list when you hit a milestone like that whether I like NASCAR or not.
2. Austin Forkner: He’s just dominating Supercross 250 East. It’s been an insane season for him, and I wonder if next year he’s going to move up to a 450. He’s almost swept the season except for the East-West Showdown.
3. Robert Hight: Hight took a big win in the 50th anniversary Gatornationals, one of the NHRA’s marquee events. He’s two out of three in Funny Car so far in 2019.
4. Jerett Brooks: The field was a little bit deeper in Pro 2 than in some of the other Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series classes, and Brooks had to come through the field to win the opener in Glen Helen. He made a last-lap pass on Cory Winner for the victory.
5. Ryan Beat: Beat kicked off his LOORRS Pro Lite title defense with a win. He had a great qualifying run, came into Glen Helen, and took the first race of the year.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Kyle Busch: Officially NASCAR’s GOAT. No disrespect to anybody else, but NASCAR fans like to talk about wins mattering the most. Well, Rowdy’s got 200 of ‘em, and he’s proved he can win in just about any kind of car. Sorry if you don’t like him, but if you don’t respect what he’s done, you’re off your rocker.
2. Austin Forkner: At this rate it’s hard to imagine Forkner losing another main event, much less giving up the 250 East title. Indianapolis was just more of the same.
3. Robert Hight: I know Jim and I lined up with our top three picks here, but I think it’s hard to debate these three. Two out of three ain’t bad to start the season as Hight chases his third Funny Car title.
4. Marvin Musquin: Finally. Musquin worked his tail off to take his first 450 win of the year, not only because his teammate Cooper Webb has been on fire, but also because he had to hold off Blake Baggett for most of the race in Indianapolis.
5. Elias Ishoel: We don’t touch on Snocross a lot in these power rankings, but a season-ending win to lock up the title is a great way to end 2018-19. Ishoel totaled five wins and 11 podiums in 17 starts.