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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Watkins Glen, Southwick, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Pro Motocross (1); Sports Car Unleashed (2)

The pre-Independence Day weekend wasn’t a particularly big one in the world of action motorsport, with a number of top series off for the weekend. The Verizon IndyCar Series had a break after last week’s visit to Road America, the NHRA ended a four-week stretch of racing last weekend in Ohio, and top short course, rally, and drifting series were among the many others to be on a break.

But with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Formula 1 in full force, and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicking off its busiest month of the year, there was still plenty to watch this weekend. And with all events producing some exciting battles, it’s hard not to argue for quality over quantity with what we saw. Here are the drivers who stood out over the past few days of racing:

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Marvin Musquin

Musquin finally put an end to Eli Tomac’s dominance of the 2018 season so far by taking the overall victory at The Wick 338. He led laps in both motos, and while Tomac was able to chase him down to make the winning pass late in the first one, Musquin remained in the hunt for the win in the second after Tomac went down twice. The second incident was enough for the French rider to get by, and as he extended his lead to over 20 seconds, Musquin had enough of an advantage to claim the victory.

IMSA: Stephen Simpson

Simpson, Chris Miller, and Mishka Goikhberg returned some familiar colors to victory lane in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, as the GAINSCO Red Dragon, now fielded by JDC Motorsports, took the victory. But it was a phenomenal move by Simpson heading into the Bus Stop that attracted the most attention during the day, and rightfully so: he found a way around both Wayne Taylor Racing and Acura Team Penske to propel himself from third to first after a late-race restart.

Formula 1: Max Verstappen

Despite teammate Daniel Ricciardo’s retirement, it was still a sweet day for Red Bull Racing at the Red Bull Ring when Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix. The win, the fourth of the young driver’s career, came after he led most of the race. With the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton both falling out of the race as well, Verstappen would hold off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by 1.5 seconds to take his third consecutive podium, after finishing third in Canada and coming home second in France.

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