Dylan Ferrandis leads, Justin Barcia climbs in 450 Motocross Power Rankings after Spring Creek

Motocross Rankings Spring Creek
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Dylan Ferrandis remains atop the 450 Pro Motocross Power Ranking for the fifth week, but he showed the first signs of vulnerability by finishing off the podium in Moto 2 for the first time in 2021. Meanwhile in the 250 class, Justin Cooper and Jett Lawrence continue to secure the top two spots, but there was plenty of movement further down the chart.

Despite his domination at the ends of motos, Ferrandis has struggled to get good starts. At Spring Creek, that hurt his effort and snapped a three-race overall winning streak. Buried in the pack in the opening laps, he was nevertheless able to climb to second at the checkers for Moto 1. He wasn’t as fortunate in Moto 2 and for the first time all season, Ferrandis failed to stand on the podium.

Eli Tomac moved up a spot this week from third to second in the Pro Motocross Power Rankings with consistency. Before Spring Creek, it had been difficult for him to string two strong motos together in 2021, but a 3-4 on the Minnesota track gave him second overall in the race results.

The overall win at Spring Creek helped raise Justin Barcia from sixth to third in the Power Rankings. Barcia has a few outdoor moto wins under his belt, but this was the first time in his career that he won a 450 Motocross race. It was also the first moto and overall win for GasGas.

Chase Sexton centerpunched his teammate Ken Roczen when that rider fell in the middle of the pack. Sexton high-sided over the handlebars, but was able to remount and finish seventh in Race 1. A third in Moto 2 elevated him to fourth overall and brought him up one rung in the Motocross Power Rankings.

Aaron Plessinger rebounded from his DNF in Moto 2 at Southwick to finish 5-9 at Spring Creek MX Park and narrowly hold onto fifth in the rankings.

This week’s big mover was Roczen. When he went down in Moto 1 at Spring Creek and was ridden over by several bikes, was helped from the track and finished last. He was checked for broken bones, passed inspection and came out to win Moto 2 – but the damage was done and Roczen finished only eighth overall.

450 Power Rankings (Last Week)

    1. Dylan Ferrandis [4 overall, 3 moto wins] (1)
    2. Eli Tomac [3 moto win] (3)
    3. Justin Barcia (6) [1 overall, 1 moto win]
    4. Chase Sexton (5)
    5. Aaron Plessinger (4)
    6. Ken Roczen [1 overall, 4 moto wins] (2)
    7. Christian Craig (9)
    8. Cooper Webb (8)
    9. Joey Savatgy (10)
    10. Marvin Musquin (11)
    11. Adam Cianciarulo [1 moto win] (7)
    12. Brandon Hartranft (13)
    13. Justin Bogle (12)
    14. Max Anstie (14)
    15. Chris Canning (17)
    16. Justin Rodbell (20)
    17. Fredrik Noren (15)
    18. Ryan Surratt (19)
    19. Jacob Runkles (23)
    20. Jeremy Hand (22)

Justin Cooper won’t be happy with failing to win either moto at Spring Creek, but he finished ahead of his principal rival in points and that secured the red plate. That has to salve the wound somewhat and his 2-3 in Minnesota keeps him atop the Motocross Rankings.

Jett Lawrence got off to two poor starts last week in Spring Creek, finished 4-6, and lost valuable points to Cooper in the process. With his fourth-place finish overall, he has four top-fives and a sixth in the past 45 days.

The gutsiest performance of Spring Creek belonged to the hometown rider Jeremy Martin. Racing on the track owned by his family and quite literally in his backyard, Martin overcame wrist and finger injuries to sweep the weekend with two moto wins and the overall.

Hunter Lawrence was also consistent, but not quite as strong. His 5-5 in the motos landed him fifth overall and secured his position fourth in the Motocross Power Rankings.

Colt Nichols rounds out the top five after finishing 7-7 last week and sixth overall. This is his fourth result of sixth or better in the last five Pro Motocross 250 races.

Michael Mosiman is also rebounding from injury. He finished 7-7 at the Wick and reappeared on the chart last week in 16th. At Spring Creek, his 3-2 was enough for second overall and it elevated him to eighth in the rankings. This is his first appearance in the top 10 in 2021.

250 Power Rankings (Last Week)

  1. Justin Cooper [1 overall, 2 moto win] (1)
  2. Jett Lawrence [1 overall, 3 moto wins] (2)
  3. Jeremy Martin [2 moto wins] (9)
  4. Hunter Lawrence [1 overall, 2 moto wins] (3)
  5. Colt Nichols (4)
  6. Jalek Swoll [1 overall, 1 moto win] (5)
  7. Jo Shimoda (6)
  8. Michael Mosiman (16)
  9. Max Vohland (12)
  10. RJ Hampshire [1 overall] (8)
  11. Austin Forkner (10)
  12. Stilez Robertson (19)
  13. Garrett Marchbanks (7)
  14. Carson Mumford (14)
  15. Dilan Schwartz (13)
  16. Pierce Brown (11)
  17. Ty Masterpool (15)
  18. Jarrett Frye (18)
  19. Ramyller Alves (NA)
  20. Joshua Varize (20)

World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

2023 Outlaws Sprint schedule
World of Outlaws

The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

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“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

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Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)