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Who impressed you the most in the past week of racing? Each week, Jim Beaver shares the latest Vision Wheel Power Rankings on the General Tire Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR and highlights the top performances in worldwide action motorsport. Here’s a look at Jim’s rankings from the show this week, as well as Down and Dirty Show columnist/media manager Chris Leone’s rankings.
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Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings
1. Josh Blyler: The King in 2020 may have been a little bit of a dark horse coming in compared to all the repeat winners, but any time you conquer a race that tough, you’re going to be on top of my list.
2. Michael Self: This year’s ARCA race really had a big-time feel, and Self showed up with a big win. He’s more than talented enough to be much higher on the stock car racing ladder than he is.
3. Jack Beckman: Beckman didn’t quite bring the championship home last year, but you know he’s out to make up for it with a Wally to kick off the season in Pomona. Could this be his year in Funny Car?
4. Dylan Ferrandis: Three wins to open the 250 West season have Ferrandis as the clear-cut championship favorite. He’s certainly proving that last year’s championship was no slouch.
5. Hailie Deegan: I don’t usually put a second place finisher on my list, but Deegan had the weight of the world on her shoulders coming into Daytona and performed admirably to earn that runner-up spot.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Doug Kalitta: Three in a row at Pomona is utter domination at one of the flagship tracks in the sport of drag racing. For Kalitta to be the first to ever do that in NHRA history is an incredible achievement.
2. Josh Blyler: Last year’s Ultra 4 points champion proved his mettle once again at King of the Hammers by becoming just the seventh driver to ever win that race. The series has a new superstar.
3. Cooper Webb: Look who’s back on top! After suffering through the flu to start the season, Webb has been consistent enough to stay in the points hunt, and his win in San Diego could set him on a big run.
4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Few racers have more to prove than those who were dropped from an old team. Stenhouse’s first Daytona 500 outside of the Roush Fenway Racing camp will see him starting on pole.
5. Michael Self: Hailie Deegan got the headlines in her Daytona debut, sure. But nobody had anything for Self in last weekend’s ARCA race, as the 2019 season runner-up won his second opener at Daytona.