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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Minneapolis, Daytona, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Supercross (1-2); Venturini Motorsports (3)

While we have to wait until later today to find out who the first NHRA winners of the season will be, rainy weather in Pomona impacted just one of the many action motorsports events on offer this weekend. From the conclusion of King of the Hammers week on Thursday and Friday, to the openers for both ARCA and Supercross 250 East riders on Saturday, this weekend’s action ran the gamut of disciplines and had something to captivate just about any fan.

Whether your thing is two wheels or four, dirt or pavement, closed circuit or wide open desert, here are the racers who stood out in your favorite events this weekend:

Supercross 450: Cooper Webb

It’s crazy just how effective a change of scenery can be for a racer coming off a down year. Webb won his third event out of six since joining Red Bull KTM over the offseason, and he’s now engaged in an insane four-way fight for the points lead. Top rider Ken Roczen, who finished second in Minneapolis, is just one point ahead of him; Webb’s teammate Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac are one point behind him.

Supercross 250 East: Austin Forkner

After over a month of waiting their turn, Supercross’ 250 East riders finally dropped the gate on Saturday. Forkner grabbed the holeshot over top qualifier Jordon Smith and led all 20 laps of the main event. Forkner finished fourth in class points last year after missing the final two rounds of the season, and partners with 250 West rider Adam Cianciarulo as Kawasaki looks to sweep both regions in 2019.

King of the Hammers: Jason Scherer

This year’s Ultra4 podium at King of the Hammers boasts eight overall victories, counting the one that Scherer scored over Erik Miller and Shannon Campbell on Friday. But what makes Scherer’s victory extra special, besides equaling Campbell as a three-time KOH champion, is the fact that it made him the first back-to-back winner in race history. Scherer’s first victory in the grueling race came in 2009.

King of the Hammers Trophy Truck: Luke McMillin

While the 25 entries that took on KOH’s inaugural Trophy Truck Invitational didn’t have to go over the rock crawling sections that everybody else did, the race still proved to be so challenging that only eight trucks finished. First among them was McMillin, who took his first major event win and a $100,000 purse against a field that included many of the sport’s top names.

ARCA: Harrison Burton

In the always-exciting ARCA season opener from Daytona, Harrison Burton held off Todd Gilliland in a one-lap overtime dash to the finish line. Burton, the son of longtime NASCAR standout Jeff Burton, made his first superspeedway start and debut for Venturini Motorsports a memorable one by leading 48 laps, but most importantly, fighting off a strong challenge from Gilliland on the last one.

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