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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Russia, Gateway, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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While the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval dominated most of the headlines from the past weekend in racing, the world of action motorsports brought plenty to the table as well. From the second round of the NHRA Countdown outside of St. Louis, to Americas Rallycross’ annual stop at Circuit of the Americas, to Formula 1 in Russia and Motocross des Nations in Assen, here are the drivers who made their mark on an interesting weekend:

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

By the time Hamilton retires, most of the Formula 1 record books will be written in his name. He set another record in Russia on Sunday, taking over the mark for most races led from Michael Schumacher at 143. He took the lead when Sebastian Vettel pit on Lap 22 and held the lead from that point forward, extending Mercedes’ perfect streak in Sochi and taking his fourth victory in the event.

NHRA Top Fuel: Torrence Racing

The last driver to make the playoff cut in Top Fuel, Billy Torrence beat son and defending class champion Steve in the final round from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The win was Billy Torrence’s third of the 2019 season, alongside victories in Arizona and Sonoma. Meanwhile, Steve Torrence’s final round appearance allowed him to climb to within two points of Doug Kalitta for the championship lead.

NHRA Funny Car: Shawn Langdon

Kalitta Motorsports’ winning streak continued on Sunday when Langdon beat teammate and defending Funny Car champion JR Todd at Gateway. Langdon joined Doug Kalitta (Indianapolis) and Richie Crampton (Maple Grove) as drivers with recent victories on the team. He’ll continue his chase for the title in Charlotte in two weeks’ time, where he already won the Four-Wide Nationals in April.

Americas Rallycross: Tanner Foust

Foust became the first repeat winner of the 2019 ARX season by taking the checkered flag over Patrik Sandell and Steve Arpin at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday. The Andretti Rallycross driver now holds a 17-point advantage over Sandell in search of his first rallycross title since 2012. He’ll have a chance to lock it up this weekend as the season concludes on Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Motocross des Nations: Netherlands

Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeffrey Herlings, and Calvin Vlaanderen gave the Dutch squad the first home win in MXoN since France took the victory in 2015. Coldenhoff locked up his second straight Champion of Champions honor with wins in both of his races, while no rider on the team finished worse than 10th in any race on the sand-based TT Circuit Assen course.

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