How much fun was the past weekend in motorsports? The NTT IndyCar Series finally visited Circuit of the Americas. They brought Stadium Super Trucks along. Seattle hosted Monster Energy Supercross with a highly technical and interesting track and produced plenty of drama. And NASCAR visited its shortest track of the season, Martinsville Speedway, which always provides opportunities to beat and bang for the win. Here’s a look at the racers who stood out this weekend:
IndyCar: Colton Herta
Herta became an NTT IndyCar Series record setter on Sunday when he took the checkered flag in the inaugural IndyCar Classic from Circuit of the Americas. Just days short of turning 19, the Harding Steinbrenner Racing driver made good on his speed in preseason testing at COTA by scoring his first IndyCar win in his third start and surpassing Graham Rahal’s record for youngest race winner ever. Herta ran up front all race and pitted just before a decisive caution shook up the running order.
Supercross 450: Marvin Musquin
Jumping on a red cross flag was, obviously, a boneheaded move—especially when all the other riders saw it. But Musquin was penalized accordingly post-race, and so he gets to keep his second win of the season, as well as his second in two weeks. Yes, the penalty erased any gains that Musquin made on his Red Bull KTM teammate Cooper Webb in the points, but they’re still the clear-cut top team in the sport, and Musquin appears to be a stronger challenger to Webb than Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen.
Supercross 250 West: Dylan Ferrandis
Finally, the French rider claims a Supercross victory in the 250 class after besting Adam Cianciarulo in a head-to-head battle in Seattle. The Star Racing Yamaha rider was a bridesmaid four times in the first six rounds of the season before taking the checkered flag at CenturyLink Field. With Shane McElrath missing the main and Colt Nichols finishing last, Ferrandis is now Cianciarulo’s top championship challenger with just a handful of races remaining in the 2019 season.
Stadium Super Trucks: Blade Hildebrand
The 2019 SST season truly started at Circuit of the Americas alongside IndyCar this weekend, and Hildebrand opened the year by claiming his first-ever SST victory. The sophomore driver, who also competes in desert and short course racing, had to hold off series founder Robby Gordon to take the checkered flag in the Saturday race. Of course, the master got his revenge post-race: Gordon put his truck up on two wheels to wow the fans, but Hildebrand rolled trying to replicate the move.
NASCAR Cup: Brad Keselowski
Anytime you lead 446 of 500 laps in a race, you’ve put an absolute whooping on the field. Keselowski did exactly that in the STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway, even with major pressure from Chase Elliott throughout the final stage of the race. The Team Penske star and 2012 NASCAR Cup champion won his second race of the season, this time without having to battle through the flu as he did at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Truck: Kyle Busch