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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Le Mans, Crandon, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Jason Zindroski/Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League (1); Lucas Oil Pro Motocross (2)

After an incredibly busy stretch of racing to kick off the month, some of the world’s top action motorsports series finally got a break last weekend. The Verizon IndyCar Series took an off week after nearly two straight months of action, while WRC and Stadium Super Trucks began lengthy summer breaks and Formula 1 also took the weekend off.

In their place, however, the 24 Hours of Le Mans tested the endurance of some of the world’s best drivers, the NHRA season rolled on in Bristol, Pro Motocross returned to action at High Point, and the inaugural Midwest Short Course League season kicked off at the Big House in Crandon. With all that racing to watch, there were plenty of big names who stood out over the weekend—here are just a few:

Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League: CJ Greaves

Seeing the name Greaves atop the podium at a short course race is never a surprise, but watching father Johnny make a mistake in the Pro 4 at Crandon on Sunday to eventually hand a win to son CJ certainly was. The elder Greaves made it a happy Father’s Day for himself on Sunday by taking the Forest County Potawatomi Community Challenge Cup, but CJ also swept the Pro Stock SXS races and took second place in the Challenge Cup to take home four trophies in four tries over the weekend.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Aaron Plessinger

With Zach Osborne’s season-ending shoulder injury, many assumed that Jeremy Martin would take over as the man to beat for the 250 title. But Plessinger’s sweep of both motos at High Point not only proved that he’s going to be a championship threat, it also allowed him to jump into the overall points lead. With Martin only mustering 10th place overall after a DNF in the second moto, Plessinger now holds a 20-point lead going into next weekend’s event at Muddy Creek Raceway in Tennessee.

NHRA: Ron Capps

The only driver to successfully defend his win from last year’s Thunder Valley Nationals, Capps took down a talented group of Funny Car drivers on the way to his first win of the 2018 season at Bristol Dragway. After beating the legendary John Force in the first round, Capps took down defending champion Robert Hight, two-time 2018 winner J.R. Todd, and Bob Tasca III on the way to his 59th career victory. The win also marked Don Schumacher Racing’s incredible 300th nitro victory in NHRA action.

24 Hours of Le Mans: Fernando Alonso

After years of heartbreak and frustration, Toyota finally took its first Le Mans victory, exorcising the demons from an exasperating late-race power failure in 2016. Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi, two former Formula 1 drivers who drove that unlucky entry two years ago, found vindication, but it was Alonso who won the event in his first try. He became the first active F1 driver since Nico Hulkenberg in 2015 to win the event, and now only needs an Indianapolis 500 win for the Triple Crown of Motorsport.

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