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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Wisconsin, Ohio, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via James Black/IndyCar (1); Rich Shepherd/Pro Motocross (2)

Another exciting weekend of action motorsports has drawn to a close, and some of the top racers in their respective disciplines found the top step of the podium on Saturday and Sunday. From the always popular NTT IndyCar Series tilt at Road America, to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ annual visit to Norwalk, Ohio, to a brand new Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event just outside of Jacksonville, here’s a look at who walked out of the weekend a winner:

NTT IndyCar Series: Alexander Rossi

When Alexander Rossi wins, he wins big. The Andretti Autosport driver made the rest of the IndyCar field look like they were running in slow motion at Road America, putting on a clinic at the popular Wisconsin course after leading all but one lap and winning by more than 28 seconds. Rossi’s victory, his first since another dominant win at Long Beach in April, has him just seven points out of the championship lead.

NHRA: Steve Torrence

What else can you say about Torrence right now? The NHRA’s newest ESPY nominee won his sixth Wally in his last seven tries, picking up where he left off with a win over Pat Dakin at Summit Motorsports Park on Sunday. Only Mike Salinas’ victory at Bristol Dragway the weekend before interrupted Torrence’s torrid run, and even then the defending Top Fuel champion still made it to the final round.

Pro Motocross 450: Marvin Musquin

After Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen traded blows with two victories apiece to start the Pro Motocross season, Musquin finally returned KTM orange to the top spot with the inaugural event at WW Ranch Motocross Park. The French rider won the first moto and finished third in the second moto, taking advantage of finishes outside of the top five for both Tomac and Roczen to claim the overall win.

Pro Motocross 250: Justin Cooper

Cooper’s first career Pro Motocross win came through consistency, as the Monster Energy Star Yamaha rider scored a pair of runner-up finishes in the Florida National to earn the overall title over teammate Dylan Ferrandis by a single spot. Cooper, who entered the weekend second in the championship standings to Adam Cianciarulo, closed the leader’s gap from 26 points to 18 with his performances.

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