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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Glen Helen, Gainesville, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Supercross (1-2); Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (3); Snocross (4)

This week’s motorsports headlines are bound to be dominated by Kyle Busch, and rightfully so. The Las Vegas native won his 200th career race across NASCAR’s three national touring series on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, tying the legendary Richard Petty for the most all-time (with apologies to NASCAR historians who want to make note of Petty’s single Convertible Series victory in 1959). Regardless of your opinion on the level of difficulty on either driver’s win total, or their respective personalities, the historic accomplishment cemented Busch’s place in the history books as one of NASCAR’s most talented drivers of all time.

But in spite of all the NASCAR-related hoopla, there was much more racing going on across the globe than just stock cars in California—in fact, stock cars weren’t even the only discipline holding a major event in the state last weekend! Here’s a look at some of the other competitors who stood out over the weekend:

Supercross 450: Marvin Musquin

Look who finally came out on top in Indianapolis! Musquin was viewed as a serious 450 title threat coming into 2019, only to be overshadowed by teammate Cooper Webb. But things finally came together for the French rider at Lucas Oil Stadium, as he held off Blake Baggett for the victory.

Supercross 250 East: Austin Forkner

Forkner is out there making 250 East look like easy mode in a video game. He still hasn’t lost an East-only main event in 2019, heading up Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper on the Indianapolis podium despite going down and finishing fifth in his heat race. Does anyone have what it takes to beat him?

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: RJ and Ronnie Anderson

Dual podiums were few and far between in the LOORRS opener from Glen Helen Raceway, but even without taking a victory, the RJ37 team went an impressive four for four. RJ himself was second in Pro 4 and third in Pro 2, while Ronnie was third in both Pro Lite and Turbo UTV, and led laps in the latter.

NHRA: Richie Crampton

Both Robert Hight and Bo Butner won their second rounds of the season, and Andrew Hines snapped a year-long winless streak, but Crampton’s second straight Gatornationals Top Fuel triumph came in the closest finals of the day. He beat Clay Millican to the stripe by the razor-thin margin of .0032 seconds.

ARA: Barry McKenna/Leon Jordan

Any time an American rally team can take down the heavyweights at Subaru Motorsports USA, it’s a big deal. McKenna and Jordan were consistently on Subaru’s heels all weekend long at 100 Acre Wood, and when electrical issues plagued David Higgins and Craig Drew, they seized the moment and the win.

Snocross: Elias Ishoel

After leading the championship for the entire season, Ishoel earned the Pro crown in the Snocross season finale from Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Wisconsin on Sunday. He led from start to finish in the 17th and final round of the season for his fifth victory and 11th podium of the 2018-19 calendar.

Formula 1: Valtteri Bottas

“To whom it may concern: f**k you” is already the quote of the year in motorsport, and it’s not close. Bottas opened the 2019 F1 season in Australia with a dominant victory, and while his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton suggested that he laid up, expect a fiery Bottas to persist through the season.

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