While a number of the world’s top action motorsports series were off this weekend (IndyCar and WRC took a break after racing last weekend, Formula 1 just kicked off its mid-season break, and Pro Motocross was on its final off weekend of the 2018 schedule), there was still plenty of racing to follow on Saturday and Sunday. From the end of the NHRA’s Western Swing to rallycross north of the border, it doesn’t matter if you prefer pavement or dirt—this weekend had something for you.
A number of each series’ proven top drivers triumphed on Saturday and Sunday, but there were a handful of surprise winners along the way as well. Here’s a look at some of the competitors who stood out in this weekend’s action:
NHRA: Antron Brown
Three-time Top Fuel champion Brown and Don Schumacher Racing returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in a year, as Brown beat teammate Leah Pritchett in the final round of eliminations. While Brown’s third consecutive triumph at Pacific Raceways was a special occasion in and of itself, the win also represented Brown’s historic 50th victory in the Top Fuel class, making him one of only four drivers to ever reach that threshold.
IMSA: CORE autosport
After taking their first career WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, CORE autosport drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett earned their second straight win in Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from Road America. An aggressive pit strategy enabled them to rise through the field as others needed to pit late in the race, and the duo just barely made it to the finish—running out of fuel during the cooldown lap.
The more things change (series, venues, competitors), the more they stay the same for rallycross in North America. Scott Speed, winner of the final three Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar titles, posted a perfect weekend for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in the ARX round from Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. In the feature World RX round, Johan Kristofferson completed a manufacturer sweep for PSRX Volkswagen Sweden, winning his sixth of a possible seven races this year.
Rally America: Piotr Fetela/Dominik Jozwiak
It may not have been a full-length Rally America event, but Sno*Drift Summer Rally still saw the top three crews in the championship standings show up and lock out the podium. They were led by Fetela and Jozwiak, whose four stage wins to kick off the event were enough to build a lead of nearly a minute over Dave and Mike Brown coming into service. The Fetela Rally Team managed to hang on through the final four stages by 10.5 seconds, earning their third victory of the 2018 season.