Open-wheel racing may not have been on the calendar this weekend, but off-road and drag racing’s finest still gave us plenty of excitement to enjoy in the world of action motorsport. From an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series playoff round, to the penultimate event of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season, to even the zany Nitro Rallycross exhibition, this weekend’s biggest stars boast a very diverse motorsports background.
With all that in mind, today we take a look at those drivers, each of whom took home some solid hardware from their performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here were the three names that truly stood out in action across America:
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: RJ Anderson
Anderson’s dream of becoming the first driver to win dual Pro 4 and Pro 2 championships on the west coast since Carl Renezeder did it LOORRS’ inaugural season in 2009 is still mathematically alive. With first and second place finishes in both classes at Glen Helen, he managed to extend his lead in a tight Pro 4 battle to 11 points over Doug Mittag and 27 over Kyle LeDuc. Coincidentally, 27 points is his deficit to Rob MacCachren in Pro 2, which can be overcome with a win from the pole in Arizona next month.
Nitro Rallycross: Timmy Hansen
Hansen took his first major professional rallycross main event win in two years in the Nitro Rallycross invitational from Utah Motorsports Campus. The son of rallycross legend Kenneth Hansen, and the only driver on Hansen’s multi-car works Peugeot team from FIA World Rallycross to compete, qualified second, led the intermediate standings, won his semifinal, and stalked Mattias Ekstrom in the six-lap final, closing in every lap and finally taking the win on the final lap as Ekstrom took the longer Joker Lap.
NHRA: Robert Hight
It may have cost him his car, but Hight took the victory over Tim Wilkerson in the Funny Car finals at this weekend’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals even as his John Force Racing machine exploded in the pass. Hight joined Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence as one of two drivers to win the second race of the Countdown to the Championship from the top spot on the ladder. Hight defeated Dale Creasy, Force, and Tommy Johnson Jr. before beating Wilkerson in the decisive matchup, and climbed to first in points.
SCORE International: Cameron Steele
Steele grabbed his first career Trophy Truck victory in the Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge this weekend. He led the first two of four laps in the unique format, which featured two laps of racing per day among three distinct groups, and eventually posted a winning time of 3:21:36, including a first lap time of 49:37 that topped all competitors during the two-day event. Steele earned the win by nearly five minutes over the truck shared by Rob MacCachren and Justin Bean Smith.