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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. Simon Pagenaud: For the second week in a row, it’s Pagenaud on top for me. Winning the pole in Indianapolis is like winning a race, and that’s what the IndyCar Grand Prix winner did for Team Penske.
2. Steve Torrence/Ron Capps/Bo Butner: How do you separate these guys? They all took victories in NHRA action from Virginia, and they’ve all been on top of their games for multiple weekends in a row.
3. Kyle Kaiser: Everyone loves a good David versus Goliath story. Kaiser and Juncos Racing beat two of open wheel racing’s biggest names in Fernando Alonso and McLaren to get into the Indy 500.
4. Ken Roczen: Winning at Hangtown to open the Pro Motocross season was huge for Roczen. Here’s a guy who had to earn his way back after some major injuries, and he’s back on top of his game outdoors.
5. Kyle Larson: Even though he didn’t get much coverage thanks to the Clint Bowyer/Ryan Newman fight and Bubba Wallace’s feel-good run, Larson took home the big check in All-Star action from Charlotte.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. NHRA Winners: Jim’s got three of them covered, but I don’t want to forget Andrew Hines either, who already has four Pro Stock Motorcycle wins in five races in 2019.
2. Simon Pagenaud: Going by how his May has started, I think Pagenaud has rediscovered his form in 2019. From a win in the Grand Prix to the 500 pole, he’s gotta be the favorite this weekend.
3. Ken Roczen: Eli Tomac has been dominant over the past couple of years of Pro Motocross, so it’s great to see Roczen back to 100% to keep things interesting. I see lots more wins coming in 2019.
4. Rob MacCachren: A win and a second place in Pro 2 action from Estero Beach made MacCachren one of Lucas Oil Off Road’s best performers last weekend. The man knows a thing or two about succeeding in Mexico.
5. Kyle Kaiser: It’s more symbolic than anything that Kaiser has the last spot on my list. Talk about an amazing effort from the little, unsponsored team that could at Juncos Racing.