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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Detroit, Arizona, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Supercross (1); NHRA (2); Snocross (3)

Action motorsports across America came together for a thrilling few days of racing this weekend, with racers on two wheels and four (or on tracks, if you’re a Snocross fan) each producing some exciting competition. Whether on pavement, dirt, or snow, a select few racers found a way to stand out among the rest this weekend. Here are some of the names that found their way onto the top step of the podium on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

Supercross 250 East: Austin Forkner

It’s rare that the 250 class will get preference over the 450 riders on this list, but when you do something that’s never been done, you’d better believe you’re going first. Forkner became the first rider in Supercross history to sweep a Triple Crown event at Ford Field on Saturday, winning all three main events to continue what has thus far been a perfect 2019 season. He’s the man to beat in the East.

Supercross 450: Eli Tomac

Tomac slipped up in Arlington and gave away plenty of ground in the 450 standings, but he made up for it with a 2018-like performance in the first two finals in Detroit. Then, despite going off track in the third, he passed just enough riders to break a tie with Cooper Webb for event points and score the overall win. Tomac’s finish was especially clutch as Webb’s win in the last final would’ve been the tiebreaker.

NHRA Funny Car: Matt Hagan

Don Schumacher Racing earned its historic 150th Funny Car win at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Sunday, and it was Hagan behind the wheel of the winning ride. He beat defending Funny Car champion JR Todd in the final when Todd backfired off the line to earn his third win in Arizona in the past five years, as well as the 30th Wally of his Funny Car career.

NHRA Top Fuel: Billy Torrence

Steve Torrence may be the defending Top Fuel champion, but it was his father Billy who put the Torrence name on top of the box for the first time in 2019 on Sunday. The fastest qualifier for this weekend’s event, Billy Torrence beat Terry Totten, Mike Salinas, and Jordan Vandergriff before taking down Leah Pritchett in the final. It was Torrence’s second career Top Fuel victory.

NHRA Pro Stock: Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Racing his 1000th career Pro Stock round in Sunday’s final, Coughlin took down local favorite Matt Hartford in Arizona when Hartford red lighted. The win was Coughlin’s 62nd as a Pro Stock driver in 108 all-time final appearances, and the 81st of his illustrious NHRA career. It was also his fourth win in Arizona, joining a Super Stock victory in 1995 and Pro Stock wins in 2000 and 2009.

Snocross: Kody Kamm

For the first time in 2018-19, Kamm finally stood atop the Snocross podium in New York on Friday when he won the first of two rounds at the Seneca Allegany Snocross National. Despite finishing second and third in his heats, the 2017 Pro champion took the holeshot in the final and never looked back. With four rounds remaining in the season, he’s second to only Elias Ishoel in the Pro standings.

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