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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.
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Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings
1. Adam Cianciarulo: The rest of the Supercross field has to be nervous right now after seeing Cianciarulo’s 450 debut at the Monster Energy Cup. Him and Eli Tomac on the same team? Crazy!
2. Torrence Racing: I found a loophole! Steve’s win in Charlotte was rain-delayed by a day, and we do a seven-day span here, so adding it to Billy’s win in Texas means the whole CAPCO team makes my list.
3. Ken Gushi: I’ve always seen Ken as one of the OGs of drifting, and Irwindale is definitely the sport’s Indy 500 here in America. His win to cap the FD season was both popular and well-deserved.
4. Oliver Solberg: Solberg has been every bit the driver we all hoped he’d be when we found out that Petter’s son was going rallying. A dominant victory at LSPR only further enforces that point.
5. Chase Elliott: Yeah, I went with second place over winner Denny Hamlin, but I’ve become a big fan of Elliott, and racing his way into the next round of the NASCAR playoffs in Kansas took plenty of guts.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Adam Cianciarulo: Talk about a statement victory. Cianciarulo’s win in Las Vegas didn’t just come in his 450 debut, it came after staring down teammate and defending $1 million winner Eli Tomac.
2. Matt Hagan: 3.90. 3.90. 3.90. 3.90. You can’t ask for more consistency than that, and that’s exactly what Hagan and Don Schumacher Racing delivered in NHRA Funny Car action from Texas.
3. Denny Hamlin: No, he didn’t need the win to clinch a spot in the Round of 8, but credit to Hamlin for surviving a hectic last few laps at Kansas anyway and avoiding the drama that befell other top drivers.
4. Billy Torrence: I gave Steve credit for his win last week, so I’m not going to double dip, ha! Billy actually became the first Top Fuel driver to win multiple Countdown races this season in Texas.
5. Oliver Solberg: 10 stage wins at LSPR allowed Solberg to climb to third in national points at the end of the season. Here’s to more successes for him and Aaron Johnston with Subaru in the near future.