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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. Ken Roczen: What Roczen did in Glendale was special. Sweeping a Triple Crown in the 450 class is an incredible feat, and proof that he’s all the way back after a difficult past few seasons.
2. Wayne Taylor Racing: Three Rolex 24 wins in the past four years, the most recent coming this past weekend, make these guys the team to beat whenever the season kicks off in Daytona.
3. Jason Voss: Shots fired! Harley Letner also had pretty strong pace, but Voss threw down on Saturday to dominate the season-opening Parker 425. Everyone else had better take notice this season.
4. Sports Car Racing: The Rolex 24 was big enough as a whole, but the IMSA-ACO announcement that we’ll see a unified global future for sports car racing is exciting for so many reasons on its own.
5. Jackie Riess: I had Jackie on the show a few weeks ago, not long before she returned to snowbike action in Deadwood. Earning a third place finish in the men’s class made it a historic weekend.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Ken Roczen: It’s funny how close Jim’s rankings are to mine after such a busy weekend, at least at the top of the pylon. Roczen’s dominance in Glendale was truly awe-inspiring, though.
2. Wayne Taylor Racing: Heads up, America: Kamui Kobayashi is that good in a sports car. Yes, even good enough to close out the Rolex 24 when one of his teammates is Scott Dixon.
3. Jason Voss: An astounding 25 minutes separated Voss from second place Tracy Graf in Parker. That’s hard to even put into perspective if you’re a fan of other racing series.
4. Kyle Jergensen: The last time Best in the Desert put on a race that Jergensen didn’t win in Class 6100, it was nearly a year ago. Does anybody have what it takes to catch him this season?
5. Austin Forkner: It wasn’t Ken Roczen’s 1-1-1, but two Triple Crown wins in the 250 West class in Glendale got Forkner back into the title hunt, and wrap up my very Arizona-heavy list for this week.