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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. Jeremy McGrath: It was go time for Showtime when he returned to Lucas Oil Off Road at Glen Helen this weekend. I think a little time off from Pro 2 was exactly what he needed to recharge his batteries.
2. Kyle Larson: Is Larson one to watch in the NASCAR playoffs now? He snapped a 75-race winless streak at Dover on Sunday, and anytime you can do that in a playoff race, it’s a big deal.
3. Brock Heger: It was another fantastic weekend for Heger in Glen Helen, as he swept the P1000 UTV races and took an additional victory in Pro Lite.
4. Ken Roczen: Red Bull Straight Rhythm is always a ton of fun, but the riders take it seriously. Roczen jumped on Jeremy McGrath’s old bike to take the 250cc victory in two races.
5. Chris Atkinson: Tanner Foust won the title, but Atko won the ARX season finale at Mid-Ohio for his second victory of the season. It also elevated him to second in Supercar points at year’s end.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Jeremy McGrath: I don’t know what McGrath and his team did with their time off this year, but they sure made the most of it. From two podiums at Crandon to a Pro 2 sweep at Glen Helen, they’re on fire.
2. Ken Roczen: Going through the Red Bull Straight Rhythm bracket is never easy, but Roczen made it look that way with a perfect night in Pomona, even making quick work of top qualifier Brandon Hartranft.
3. Brock Heger: I think the only way you can miss my list when you go four for four across two classes in LOORRS is is literally every other major racing series in the world is competing on the same weekend.
4. Kyle Larson: This weekend, NASCAR heads to Talladega with 11 drivers still hoping to punch a ticket to the next round of the playoffs. Larson, though? He can take it easy thanks to his Dover victory.
5. Fraser McConnell: The true standout driver in ARX this year was DirtFish’s ARX2 star. McConnell didn’t just dominate the year and win the finale, he made Jamaica a racing nation to watch.