The past weekend in action motorsports served as a sort of calm before the storm. Aside from Monster Energy Supercross heading to Atlanta and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returning to the dirt in Las Vegas, stock cars on a cookie-cutter 1.5-mile oval made up most of the notable racing action. Compare that to this coming weekend, where Supercross heads to Daytona, the NTT Data IndyCar Series season starts in St. Petersburg, Snocross holds its penultimate round of the season in Iowa, and did we forget to mention a little off-road race in Las Vegas called the Mint 400?
With all that in mind, this weekend’s list of standout performers may not be long, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Here are three racers who impressed by taking the checkered flag:
Supercross 450: Cooper Webb
The dream season continues for the newest Red Bull KTM rider, as Webb took his fifth victory of the season in Atlanta on Saturday night. He led an all-orange sweep of the podium for the second time this year, with Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Blake Baggett in second and factory teammate Marvin Musquin in third. Webb’s advantage over Honda’s Ken Roczen is now up to 13 points, or half a victory, heading into the iconic Daytona International Speedway this weekend.
Supercross 250 East/West Showdown: Adam Cianciarulo
It took another Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider to end Austin Forkner’s perfect start to the 2019 season, and even then, it only happened in the first of two East/West Showdown rounds of the year. Cianciarulo scored his fourth victory in six tries this year by taking the checkered flag at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, leading Dylan Ferrandis and Forkner to the finish line. While Cianciarulo’s 15-point lead in the West is slightly smaller than Forkner’s 18-point East advantage, it’s clear that Kawasaki is the bike to beat.
K&N Pro Series West: Hailie Deegan
Deegan’s dirt racing roots came in handy as the KNPSW season opened on the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year, she won the pole and finished second at this track; this time around, she took the victory by passing Jagger Jones in Turn 2 on the final lap of the race, in the series’ first race with General Tire supplying the rubber. Deegan is now the first woman in series history to ever lead the point standings, as she continues her path up the stock car racing ranks.