Images via Getty Images (1); The Mint 400 (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. Kyle Busch: It takes a ton of talent to win two main events in one weekend. Busch made it happen in Phoenix, and now he’s sitting on the cusp of something significant: his 200th NASCAR win.
2. Austin Forkner: Is Forkner having the best season of anyone in Supercross right now? He took yet another victory in Daytona last weekend and he’s got nearly a race’s worth of points on second in 250 East.
3. Justin Lofton: Lofton’s really got something figured out at the Mint 400. This year marked the third time that he won the race overall, the first time any driver has ever done that.
4. Mitch Guthrie Jr.: UTV Turbo is one of the toughest fields in off-road these days, and in the past month and a half alone Guthrie has bested it at both King of the Hammers and the Mint.
5. Josef Newgarden: You can’t hate on anyone who wins a season opener, and Newgarden got the job done with a mix of speed and strategy for Team Penske in St. Petersburg.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Justin Lofton: I’m super heavy on Mint 400 winners this week, but you would be too after experiencing the race for the first time. Running a near-perfect race is no easy task, but Lofton did just that on Sunday.
2. Ricky Brabec: Am I overrating the Mint’s first motorcycle race since 1976 a little bit? Maybe. But kudos to Brabec for not only taking the win, but for just supporting American off-road racing in general after how strong he was at Dakar.
3. Austin Forkner: Forkner hasn’t lost to another East rider in a main event yet. His entire season could blow up in his face tomorrow and he’d still basically be 250SX rider of the year in my book.
4. Brock Heger: Two races, two wins. Heger is one hell of a rookie in 6100 action, and that’s why he’s on this list. Of course, earning the pole in time trials before winning the Mint 400 only helps your case.
5. Kyle Busch: I’m going to talk about Kyle Busch a ton over the next few weeks, so I figure I should spare you today. But he may be one of the most special race drivers I’ve ever seen. Bar none.