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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Houston, Fort Worth, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Supercross (1); Stadium Super Trucks (2)

No matter your pleasure—two wheels or four, pavement or dirt, car or truck—the past weekend in action motorsports had something to bring you to your feet and captivate you. Supercross held its final Triple Crown round of the season at NRG Stadium in Houston, while Stadium Super Trucks brought the art of flight to a NASCAR weekend at Texas Motor Speedway and Formula 1 and WRC brought incredible drama across the globe. Here are some of the racers who deserve praise for their efforts this weekend:

Supercross 450: Cooper Webb

Supercross’ top 450 rider went 1-2-1 in this year’s three Triple Crown events, culminating with another overall win in Houston to gain three more points on Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin. Since scoring his first career win in the top class at Anaheim 2, Webb has missed the podium exactly twice in 11 events, and even one of those rounds was a wash in points thanks to Musquin’s penalty in Seattle. Four clean events are all that stand between him and a well-deserved first 450 championship.

Supercross 250 West: Dylan Ferrandis

Sometimes, it just takes one breakthrough win to start a streak (see the rider above). Ferrandis’ 19th career 250SX start in Seattle ended with his long-awaited first victory, and thanks in part to a rocky second main event for Adam Cianciarulo, the French rider scored back-to-back wins as he came out on top in the Lone Star State. He’s now whittled Cianciarulo’s points lead down to five with only a handful of races remaining—and he just might be ready to make a move.

Stadium Super Trucks: Sheldon Creed

It’s almost like Creed never left SST, even as he’s on to perhaps bigger things as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Truck Series. The two-time series champion continues to run part-time, though, and will join Ryan Beat and Greg Biffle in a Continental Tire-backed superteam for the 2019 season. Creed delivered the new series sponsor its first victory on Sunday morning at Texas Motor Speedway before the Cup Series race, and backed it up with another win later that afternoon.

Formula 1: Charles Leclerc

The best driver on any given weekend doesn’t always win. Leclerc was exactly that this weekend in Bahrain, leading a Ferrari sweep of the front row, fighting back after losing the top spot to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the start, and extending an insurmountable lead before heartbreaking mechanical gremlins zapped him of 160 horsepower. Leclerc still salvaged a podium and earned the respect of the whole F1 paddock—winner Lewis Hamilton consoled him post-race—but the loss was tough to swallow.

WRC: Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin

See above. Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul earned the spoils from Tour de Corse as the World Rally Championship returned to tarmac in France this weekend, but Evans and Martin were well on their way to returning M-Sport to the top of the podium for the first time since Sebastien Ogier’s departure before a stunning puncture on the final speed test. Evans wrestled the lead away from Neuville on the penultimate stage before the heartbreak, but like Leclerc, the Welshman still salvaged third place.

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