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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances at Ironman, Gateway, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Jeff Kardas/Pro Motocross (1); Chris Owens/IndyCar (2)

Redemption was in the air over an exciting weekend of action motorsports, as some of the top racers in the NTT IndyCar Series, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, and Stadium Super Trucks all overcame disappointments of various magnitude to find triumph by the end of the weekend. On a weekend with some particularly Midwestern flair—the three series competed in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, respectively—here’s a look at who captivated some of America’s most passionate race fans:

Pro Motocross 450: Eli Tomac

Just because Tomac clinched his third consecutive Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 title a round early didn’t mean he was going to lay up at Ironman Raceway. Tomac’s 3-1 in Crawfordsville was good for his sixth overall win of the season and 23rd of his career, moving him into fourth on the all-time list. His second moto victory was also his class-leading 11th out of a possible 24 in 2019.

Pro Motocross 250: Adam Cianciarulo

Statement made: after seeing the Monster Energy Supercross 250 West title slip out of his hands in Las Vegas, Cianciarulo responded by dominating the outdoor 250 season with six wins and podiums in every race. He didn’t win a moto, much less the overall, at Ironman, but his 2-4 was good for third overall and allowed him to lock up the title after the first moto. After finishing up a Kawasaki outdoor sweep, he’ll partner with Tomac on a 450 in 2020.

IndyCar: Takuma Sato

Talk about silencing the haters. Sato was hung out pretty well by his fellow drivers and media after the first-lap incident he was involved in at Pocono, but all that did was set up a fairly redemptive weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. He led 61 of 248 laps and held off a hard-charging Ed Carpenter at the finish line. The result gave Sato his first multi-win season since joining IndyCar in 2010.

Stadium Super Trucks: Gavin Harlien

In a year where it seems like doubleheader sweeps have been hard to come by in SST, Harlien gave us the closest we’ve seen in a while by taking both Saturday victories at Road America. In fact, if not for a last lap battle with Matt Brabham in Friday’s race that sent both into the grass, he may have swept all three rounds on the weekend. Cole Potts, who won on Friday, finished second to Harlien in both Saturday events.

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