Images via NHRA (1); Andy McMillin (2)
Who impressed you the most in the past week of racing? Each week, Jim Beaver shares his latest power rankings on the 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:
Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings
1. Steve Torrence: When you get Steve Torrence hot, there’s just no stopping him. He may have started off a bit slow this season, but his victory at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals was his fourth in a row.
2. Andy McMillin: It’s been a great year for the McMillin family so far, as Andy and cousins Luke and Dan were actually sweeping the Baja 500 podium at one point. But Andy had the physical lead the whole way.
3. Ken Roczen: It’s great to see Roczen back on top of his game in Pro Motocross. His 2-1 at Thunder Valley put him back into the 450 points lead, and he should be fighting Eli Tomac all year long.
4. David Higgins: Higgins is now 10 for 11 at DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally. It’s one of the hardest races on the schedule with some very diverse stages, and he conquers them all with relative ease.
5. Scott Dixon: Dixon’s Saturday was a yard sale, but it takes a special breed of driver to go from last place in the first round of a doubleheader to first in the second round, and that’s just what he did.
Chris Leone’s Power Rankings
1. Steve Torrence: Four for four! Torrence’s torrid winning streak continues, in shades of the dominance he showed last fall when he swept the entire NHRA Top Fuel Countdown to the Championship.
2. Andy McMillin: Holding the physical lead throughout an entire desert race is an impressive feat. McMillin is two for two in SCORE events so far this year and two for three in the past three Baja 500s.
3. Craig Scanlon: Talk about a close finish in Baja! The top three Pro UTV FI racers crossed the line within minutes of one another, and it was Scanlon who earned the win when penalties shook out.
4. Scott Dixon: Crashing out of the first Detroit race wasn’t ideal, obviously, but the reason I’ve got Dixon on here is because he won the very next day. It takes a legendary mind to put a mistake like that out of your consciousness so quickly.
5. Ty Majeski: How could I leave Ty off of this week’s list? Back-to-back ARCA victories mean he’s two for three since joining Chad Bryant Racing this season, and firmly back on the map as a top NASCAR prospect.