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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. Martin Truex Jr.: Winning a race like Las Vegas and kicking off the playoffs on a high note is huge, especially when most of your competition was pretty frustrated with how things went down.
2. Marc Marquez: Marquez pulled off a thrilling last-lap pass to win the San Marino Grand Prix this weekend. He has a massive points lead in MotoGP at this point, and results like that are why.
3. Oliver Solberg: I hope Solberg keeps rallying in the States for another year. Beating a legend like David Higgins, even on the weekend he secures his 10th career title, is no easy task.
4. Richie Crampton/Jack Beckman: Hard for me to separate this week’s NHRA Nitro class winners. The four winners from Maple Grove aren’t the four I would’ve expected going into the weekend.
5. Juan Montoya/Dane Cameron: Another victory for Team Penske in IMSA action has Montoya and Cameron on the verge of locking up this year’s championship at Road Atlanta.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Team Kalitta: Richie Crampton’s win allowed him to jump to fifth in NHRA Top Fuel points, but teammate Doug Kalitta also snagged the points lead with his own final round appearance on Sunday.
2. Team Penske: I’m all about the teams this week. Montoya and Cameron won, but don’t forget their teammates Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor not far off in second place at Laguna Seca.
3. Martin Truex Jr.: It’s funny to think of Truex as having a quiet season—blame it on teammate Kyle Busch, I guess. But a win to start the playoffs is never something you can take for granted.
4. Chelsea DeNofa: Gotta show Formula Drift a little love for an exciting season with six winners in the last six events. DeNofa’s triumph in Texas, his first since Long Beach in 2016, makes him the latest.
5. David Higgins: Congratulations to Higgins, an incoming Off-Road Motorsport Hall of Famer, for locking up a well-deserved 10th championship in America alongside Craig Drew this weekend.