Images via Matt Fraver/IndyCar (1); Stadium Super Trucks (2)
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. Colton Herta: I expect tons of good things to come from Herta in his career. He kept himself toward the front of the pack all day, they played the race perfectly, and he crossed the stripe first.
2. Brad Keselowski: I may not be a NASCAR guy, but anytime you dominate a race the way Keselowski did, especially at a track like Martinsville that requires some luck, I’m going to drop you on my list.
3. Dylan Ferrandis: The Supercross 250 West riders have a massive break right in the middle of their season, so it’s big for whichever rider can come back from that strongest. Ferrandis did just that in Seattle.
4. Matt Brabham: Brabham won the 2018 Stadium Super Trucks title, and he came into the season with a target on his back. That didn’t stop him from taking the checkered flag in the second race of the year.
5. Blade Hildebrand: I’ve watched Blade come up through the ranks in his career, and he’s made the transition from off-road to pavement in SST incredibly well. He finally got his first victory at COTA.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Colton Herta: Hard to debate this one. Any time you become the youngest winner in IndyCar history, especially if you do it in the series’ first race at America’s Formula 1 track, that’s a special day.
2. Dylan Ferrandis: A challenger appears! Ferrandis did an incredible job to hold off Adam Cianciarulo to win the 250 West main in Seattle. He’s now second in points and ready to mount a title charge.
3. Brad Keselowski: I had Kes second at first, but gave the nod to Ferrandis on sheer physicality. Still, the Team Penske star dominated by leading 446 of 500 laps to win Martinsville. And without the flu this time!
4. Marvin Musquin: The red cross jump drops him a few spots on here, but Musquin is still second in Supercross 450 points after he won the last two races in a row.
5. Will Power: COTA was an absolutely heartbreaking loss for a driver whose luck seems to be rotten more often than not. He won the pole and led every lap before problems in the pits ended his day.