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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. Marc Marquez: I love MotoGP, and after seeing Marquez’s performance in Argentina, it’s hard for me not to put him at the top of my list. He took a dominant victory from the pole to claim the points lead.
2. Sheldon Creed: It’s awesome to see Creed back in Stadium Super Trucks, and he earned the weekend sweep at Texas Motor Speedway in his first event of the season.
3. Cooper Webb: This year’s most consistent Supercross rider earned another victory in Houston in the last Triple Crown round of the year. His ability to keep running up front this year is downright impressive.
4. Charles Leclerc: They still haven’t quite nailed down what happened to Leclerc’s engine in Bahrain, but you have to feel for the guy after he drove a nearly perfect race before his bad luck.
5. Stewart-Haas Racing: Placing four cars in the top 10 in any series is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what SHR did at Texas this weekend. No matter what you feel about NASCAR, you’ve gotta respect that.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Cooper Webb: No, it wasn’t a perfect weekend, but Webb is having an unreal season. The guy keeps finding his way onto podium after podium. I’d call it even more impressive than Jason Anderson’s 2018, if only because Webb hasn’t been spotted a whole race in the points by Marvin Musquin or Eli Tomac.
2. Sheldon Creed: Why can’t we have SST run every week? I mean, it’s good that Creed is running part-time, because nobody else would have a chance (apologies to Matt Brabham). He was the class of an intensely exciting show in Texas.
3. Charles Leclerc: Much like what actually happened in the race, Leclerc’s sour engine drops him from a sure-fire win to third on my weekend list. One of the biggest heartbreaks in recent memory in F1.
4. Denny Hamlin: NASCAR’s third two-time winner of the season proved that Daytona was no fluke by returning Joe Gibbs Racing to victory lane in Texas—even with two pit road penalties hampering him.
5. Dylan Ferrandis: 2-1-2 was a stronger result for Ferrandis than Webb had, but if you throw out Adam Cianciarulo’s awful second main, they were 1-1 head to head. Talk about a great title fight for 250 West, though!