Labor Day weekend was an absolutely packed time for action motorsport, as many of the world’s biggest racing series took on their longest-tenured and most prestigious events. Ranging from the 49th Annual World Championship Off Road Races at Crandon International Raceway, to Formula 1’s oldest event at Monza in Italy, to the NHRA’s famed US Nationals in Indianapolis, it was a weekend to remember.
Today, we take a look at five drivers who left a lasting impression with their Saturday, Sunday, and in some cases, Monday performances. Not all of them were race winners, either—read on to find out who:
Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League: CJ Greaves
He may not have defended last year’s Pro Stock SXS title, but we’re pretty sure Greaves wouldn’t trade anything else he won this weekend to get that back. He won the inaugural MSCL Pro 4 title over his father Johnny, took the Pro 2 and Pro Stock SXS World Championship races on Sunday, and added third in the Pro 4 World Championship. Then, in the Amsoil Cup race that capped off the weekend, he carved through the field to win in his unlimited Pro 2—a truck he hadn’t raced in two full years before Sunday.
Verizon IndyCar Series: Scott Dixon
It’s hard to take this one away from Takuma Sato, who took his third career IndyCar win in the sport’s return to Portland International Raceway by effectively managing his push to pass button and holding off Ryan Hunter-Reay. But Dixon literally drove into a massive first-lap wreck, somehow found his way out unscathed, and clawed his way from outside the top 20 back up to fifth to actually gain points on Alexander Rossi, despite the latter starting the race third. Hollywood writes movies about days like that.
NHRA: JR Todd
Todd entered Monday’s Chevrolet Performance US Nationals with a Countdown spot already clinched, but the Indiana native had something else on his mind anyway: defending the victory he took at Lucas Oil Raceway last year in the sport’s biggest race. Mission accomplished: after qualifying first, Todd rode the momentum all the way to the final and defeated Matt Hagan for his fifth career Funny Car victory and third of the 2018 season. Entering the weekend seventh in points, he climbed two spots with the win.
ARCA: Logan Seavey
There’s a reason why so many in the world of stock car racing are high on Seavey right now. The USAC National Midget Series points leader impressed in his NASCAR debut in the Eldora Dirt Derby in July, and finished third in his ARCA debut on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. On Monday, he returned to the series at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, qualifying fourth, taking the lead on lap 66 of 100, and holding off the field on four late restarts to give Venturini Motorsports its 50th all-time ARCA victory.
Formula 1: Kimi Raikkonen
Yes, Lewis Hamilton and McLaren spoiled the party for the Ferrari faithful at the team’s home race in Italy. But Raikkonen had an absolutely spectacular weekend, beginning with the fastest qualifying lap in Formula 1 history and a clear shot at winning the race from the pole. Although Hamilton managed to catch and pass the Finn with eight laps to go to secure the victory, Raikkonen held onto second to score his 100th career Formula 1 podium, making him one of only five drivers to ever reach that mark.