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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Mid-Ohio, Sonoma, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Matt Fraver/IndyCar (1); Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (2); Stadium Super Trucks (3)

One of the most action-packed weekends of the year in action motorsports saw everything from NTT IndyCar Series and Stadium Super Trucks action at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to perhaps the wildest German Grand Prix in recent memory at Hockenheim. No matter what you were watching on Saturday and Sunday, though, we’ve got a look at the top performers from all the biggest events:

IndyCar: Scott Dixon

An alternate strategy got him out front, and four lapped cars between him and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Felix Rosenqvist gave Dixon just enough buffer to win his sixth career IndyCar event in Mid-Ohio. With only one lap to try and take down the five-time and defending series champion, Rosenqvist’s aggressive moves and push on the final straightaway were no match for Dixon’s calculated driving.

NHRA: Billy Torrence

The Torrence family’s domination of Top Fuel racing continued at Sonoma Raceway, but this time it was father, not son, who came home with the Wally. Billy Torrence had to take down his son Steve, winner of eight of the past nine events, in the semifinals before edging past Clay Millican by a wing in the final. It was Torrence’s third career victory and second of the 2019 season.

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: Mickey Thomas

Lots of drivers had a good weekend at Wild West Motorsports Park, from Kyle LeDuc sweeping Pro 4 to dual podiums for drivers like Ryan Beat, Adrian Cenni, Brock Heger, and Bradley Morris. But Thomas not only scored a win and a third place in Pro Lite, where he’s Beat’s closest competition for the 2019 title, he also stepped in for Robert Stout in Production 1000 UTV and scored a victory on Friday.

Pro Motocross 450: Eli Tomac

For the fourth time this season, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tomac took the overall victory on Saturday, this time winning from Washougal MX Park with 1-1 results in his two motos. Now well clear of Marvin Musquin in the championship standings, Tomac’s 50-point advantage means he could take an extra weekend off after next week’s break and still at least be tied for the overall lead.

Pro Motocross 250: Dylan Ferrandis

Another 1-1 from Washougal gave Ferrandis his second victory of the season, keeping him Adam Cianciarulo’s closest threat in the 250 standings. While Cianciarulo’s 28-point advantage remains healthy with three events remaining, remember that Ferrandis strung together strong results towards the end of the Supercross 250 West season that already enabled him to steal one title from his closest rival.

Stadium Super Trucks: Matt Brabham

The only driver to podium twice this weekend, Brabham finished third on Saturday and second on Sunday as Stadium Super Trucks made their debut at Mid-Ohio as a support event to IndyCar. Brabham’s continuous tally of podium after podium has made him the clear favorite for a second straight SST title. He has two wins and eight podiums in 10 starts so far this year.

Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel

Yes, Max Verstappen won. Yes, Daniil Kvyat’s return to the podium was impressive. Yes, it was kind of a shame that Vettel knocked Lance Stroll off of what would’ve been the most unique podium of the season. But watching the German driver climb from last on the grid due to an intercooler issue in qualifying to second at his home event was to see what may have been the drive of the season in F1.

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