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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Vegas to Reno, Budds Creek, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via NHRA (1); Rich Shepherd/Pro Motocross (2); Chris Owens/IndyCar (3)

A massively busy weekend in action motorsports saw competitors of all types in action in all corners of America. Whether on two wheels or four, and whether on dirt or pavement, you had to be living under a rock to miss all of the racing excitement across the country. Here’s a look at the drivers and teams that delivered the most impressive performances of the weekend:

NHRA: Don Schumacher Racing

Just like John Force Racing at Pacific Raceways two weekends ago, one of the NHRA’s most historic teams had plenty of reason to celebrate at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday. Leah Pritchett scored her first Top Fuel victory of the season over Mike Salinas, clinching a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, while Ron Capps took his sixth career Brainerd victory in the Funny Car class.

General Tire Vegas to Reno: Phil Blurton

Bryce Menzies took the overall win in Trick Truck, but Blurton was the big winner in UTV competition, and in doing so became the only driver to win General Tire Vegas to Reno three times in a row in the UTV Turbo class. Blurton beat Jason Murray to the finish by over 20 minutes to further extend his Best in the Desert points lead after previous wins in the UTV World Championship and Silver State 300.

Pro Motocross 450: Eli Tomac

Tomac locked up his third consecutive Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship on Saturday from Budds Creek Motocross Park after scoring a 1-1 in the two 450 motos and his fifth overall win of the season. The overall victory, his 22nd of all time, also put him in a tie with the legendary Ricky Johnson for fourth all-time on the series wins list. He’ll aim to break the tie this weekend in the season finale at Ironman.

Pro Motocross 250: Shane McElrath

It’s been a year to forget for McElrath on a 250, but he won’t come out of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season empty handed thanks to a victory at Budds Creek. McElrath’s second 250 overall win came on the heels of a 1-1 sweep, just like Eli Tomac had in the 450 class. It was McElrath’s first moto win since Washougal last July, and his first overall victory since Tennessee the month before that.

IndyCar: Will Power

In what may prove to be the final NTT IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway, Power kept alive a winning streak that dates back to the final Champ Car World Series season in 2007 by taking the checkered flag in the rain-shortened ABC Supply 500. The Australian led 31 of the 128 laps completed, taking the point for the final time on Lap 115 before severe weather cut the event short.

Nitro Rallycross: Kevin Hansen

Following in the footsteps of his brother Timmy, who won the event last year, Hansen scored Saturday’s Nitro Rallycross victory from Utah Motorsports Campus with six perfect laps in the final. The Swedish standout, who also holds the points lead in both the FIA World Rallycross and Titans RX standings, held off top qualifier Patrik Sandell of Subaru Motorsports USA for the victory.

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