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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Las Vegas, Perth, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Supercross (1); Best in the Desert (2)

From the three Supercross championships that were awarded in Las Vegas to a history-making victory for a big name in NHRA action from Atlanta, the past weekend of racing had plenty of special moments on both two and four wheels. All across America (and even in Australia!), some of the world’s top action motorsports handed out hardware in spectacular race events that took place on dirt, pavement, and even in the air.

Of course, the month of May is always a special one to race fans, and the return of Formula 1, IndyCar, and Formula Drift next weekend will provide plenty of watercooler talk next Monday. But as spectacular as those series are, their drivers are going to have a hard time topping some of these storylines:

Monster Energy Supercross: Jason Anderson

Eli Tomac won the battle, but Anderson won the war at Sam Boyd Stadium to take his the 450SX title for both himself and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. Anderson barely put a wheel wrong all year, save for last weekend’s wheel change in the Salt Lake City final, and held the points lead all the way from the second round of the season in Houston to the Las Vegas finale. Needing only to finish in the top 10 to claim the championship, Anderson rode to fifth place on Saturday night.

NHRA: Courtney Force

Force’s second Wally of the season in the Funny Car class came from the top qualifying spot in this weekend’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. But as impressive as that is on its own, and as special as she admitted that it was to triumph at the same track where her sister Ashley Force-Hood took her first career victory, this win was also one for the record books: the younger Force is now the winningest female driver in NHRA Funny Car history, with 10 victories to her name.

Best in the Desert: Justin Matney

Fresh off appearing on the Down & Dirty Show (click here to listen), Matney and Kellon Walch earned the overall victory in the return of the Silver State 300 to the Best in the Desert schedule. Matney and Walch, who qualified fourth in Trick Truck, completed the 300-mile event in their RPM Offroad ride in 5:14:33.028—almost six minutes faster than the second-place truck led by Tracy Graf. It was a defiant return to form after mechanical struggles at the Mint 400 relegated the team to 28th in class.

Stadium Super Trucks: Jeff Hoffman

The only dual podium finisher in Perth (Paul Morris was penalized out of third place in the second race after making a pass without taking the ramps), Hoffman placed second to Arie Luyendyk Jr. on Saturday after starting sixth, and came through the field from seventh to earn a victory on Sunday. Hoffman, who entered the weekend sixth in the championship standings, took his first-ever SST win, first podium since the Lake Elsinore opener in January, and the fourth and fifth podiums of his SST career.

IMSA: Ricky Taylor

The popular sports car racer, in the midst of his first season with Acura Team Penske, became the 50th different driver to take a victory for Roger Penske when he and teammate Helio Castroneves bested the field in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio on Sunday. While Castroneves qualified the car on the pole, it was Taylor, who won IMSA’s 2017 Prototype championship alongside brother Jordan, who crossed the finish line in first place, 8.464 seconds ahead of teammate Dane Cameron.

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