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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Anaheim, Tulsa, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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As strong as the first few rounds of the year have been, the 2019 action motorsports season really began to get interesting last weekend. Monster Energy Supercross entered its first Triple Crown event of the year in Anaheim, the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals united hundreds of the world’s best racers for a midget battle in the dirt in Tulsa, and to top it all off, 20 more international superstars convened in Mexico for the return of Race of Champions.

So many amazing drivers and riders competed on Saturday and Sunday, but only four made our list for top picks of the weekend. See if you agree with our standout performances:

Supercross 450: Cooper Webb

After changing teams in the offseason when Yamaha replaced him with last year’s 250SX West champion Aaron Plessinger, Webb had a lot to prove coming into the season. On Saturday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, he did just that, breaking through for his first main event win as a 450 rider and taking the overall win in the first Triple Crown event of the season. The victory marked KTM’s first of the year and part of a sweep of the event with Shane McElrath.

Supercross 250: Shane McElrath

Three consistent rides in three main events enabled McElrath to take the first 250 Triple Crown event of the year. The North Carolina-based rider worked his way up the ranks throughout the evening in Anaheim, finishing third to Colt Nichols and Dylan Ferrandis in the first main, second to Ferrandis in the second, and winning the third and final race as Ferrandis slid to 10th. McElrath left Anaheim only two points behind Nichols for the points lead.

Chili Bowl: Christopher Bell

The defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion headed to Tulsa in search of his third Golden Driller and once again came home victorious. In a battle for the ages with fellow NASCAR star Kyle Larson, Bell made a thrilling late-race pass and somehow avoided contact with his rival to score the checkered flag. After earning the win, Bell’s celebratory donuts were so fierce that he ended up on his roof. What’s a good win without an even better celebration?

Race of Champions: Benito Guerra

The 2012 Production World Rally Champion returned to Race of Champions for the first time since his title season, and didn’t disappoint in his native country. From his group stage defeat of Sebastian Vettel to two more victories over Formula 1 stars, Guerra set the stage for a thrilling Grand Final with Loic Duval. In the best-of-three matchup, Guerra took two straight victories to earn the title of Champion of Champions for the first time.

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