2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 8: Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac battle head-to-head

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The cream continues to float at the top of the Monster Energy Supercross 450 Rankings after Round 8 with the top five in the rankings earning 13 of the available 15 top-fives in last week’s Triple Crown format at Arlington, Texas.

Eli Tomac scored his third overall win on consistency as he finished the night with a perfect record of podium finishes. Tomac had a bad start to the first race, but advanced to third as riders made mistakes during the evening.

But his last two races ended as the runner-up to Jason Anderson and losing those head-to-head matchups might be the precursor to a change in momentum as the series hits the halfway point.

The good news for Tomac fans is that Supercross heads to Daytona this week, where Tomac has been all but perfect in recent seasons. Last year, he tied Ricky Carmichael for the most Daytona wins at five.

MORE: Eli Tomac wins Texas Triple Crown

Malcolm Stewart continues to do everything except win an overall feature. Last week, in Race 1 of the Triple Crown, he challenged for the feature victory until an ill-timed pass by Anderson sent both riders to the ground. Stewart made his displeasure known throughout the evening, but managed to keep his overall top-five streak alive at seven races by finishing 5-6-3.

Chase Sexton’s Supercross Power Rankings after Round 8 is weighed down by two disappointing finishes in the past 45 days. He was 11th in Race 1 of the Glendale Triple Crown and 16th in the Main at Minneapolis. The remainder of his efforts in heats and features have been seventh or better in that span.

AT&T Stadium was extremely kind to Cooper Webb last year as he swept three separate nights of racing. It appeared he would regain his form this year with a win in Race 1, but he failed to podium in the next two features. Still, he swept the top five in Arlington with a pair of fourth-place finishes and a third overall.

450 Rankings

1. Eli Tomac (Last week: 1); [3 feature wins, 4 heat and wins]
2. Jason Anderson (2); [3 feature wins; 4 heat wins]
3. Malcolm Stewart (3); [1 heat win]
4. Chase Sexton (4); [1 feature win, 5 heat wins]
5. Cooper Webb (6); [2 heat wins]
6. Justin Barcia (5); [1 heat win]
7. Marvin Musquin (7)
8. Dylan Ferrandis (9)
9. Ken Roczen (8); [1 feature, 1 heat win]
10. Aaron Plessinger (9)
11. Vince Friese (NA)
12. Shane McElrath (12)
13. Dean Wilson (11)
14. Justin Brayton (13)
15. Josh Hill (18)
16. Brandon Hartranft (14)
17. Mitchell Oldenburg (15)
18. Kyle Chisholm (17)
19. Max Anstie (19)
20. Justin Bogle (20)


A wild night of racing at AT&T Stadium for the 250 East riders shook up their part of the combined Supercross Power Rankings after Round 8.

Christian Craig continues to hold the top spot overall as Jett Lawrence experienced some trouble in Arlington. Hunter Lawrence (third), Michael Mosiman (sixth), Jo Shimoda (seventh) and Vince Friese (eighth) remain in the top 10 as the 250 West series continues be on hiatus.

Cameron McAdoo moved up to second overall and is now the top rider in 250E after winning one of the three Triple Crown races and sweeping the podium. The ability to stay out of trouble was a key differentiator in Arlington.

Jett Lawrence had a bad start to his first race and ended the final feature dejectedly in 10th after making a minor mistake that ended in a major accident. In between, he won the second feature and was running third midway through Race 3.

The incident that demoted Lawrence to 10th in Race 3, likely ended the season for Austin Forkner. After making a thrilling pass on Forkner for third in the final bowl turn before the finish line, Lawrence clipped a Tuff Blox as he launched off the face of the jump, sending him to the right and across Forkner’s front wheel.

Forkner landed hard and broke his collarbone. He fell to 10th in the Power Rankings, (fifth among 250E riders), with a 19th-place finish in Race 3, but he was showing a lot of speed earlier in the night with a win in Race 1.

Third-ranked among the 250E riders, Jeremy Martin stands fifth in the combined standings after scoring two podium finishes in the Texas Triple Crown and finishing second overall.

Mitchell Oldenburg had a solid, consistent night in Arlington with finishes of 5-6-5 in the three feature races. Those results, and his fourth-place finish in the overall, rocketed him up the Supercross Power Rankings after Round 8 from 18th overall to ninth. He is the fourth-ranked rider in the 250E division.

250 Rankings

1. Christian Craig – W (1); [4 feature wins, 7 heat wins]
2. Cameron McAdoo – E (8); [1 feature win, 1 heat win]
3. Hunter Lawrence – W (5); [1 feature win, 2 heat wins]
4. Jett Lawrence – E (2); [1 feature win, 1 heat win]
5. Jeremy Martin – E (8)
6. Michael Mosiman – W (7); [1 feature win, 3 heat wins]
7. Jo Shimoda – W (10)
8. Vince Friese – W (12)
9. Mitchell Oldenburg – E (18)
10. Austin Forkner – E (3); [1 heat win]
11. Nate Thrasher – W (15)
12. Enzo Lopes – E (14)
12. Jordon Smith – E (16)
14. Stilez Robertson – E (10)
15. Garrett Marchbanks – W (20); [1 heat win]
16. Carson Brown – W (21)
17. Jalek Swoll – W (22)
18. Phil Nicoletti – E (18)
19. RJ Hampshire – E (3); [1 heat win]
20. Pierce Brown – E (6); [1 heat win]
Triple Crown wins included with Heat wins

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 1 AT ANAHEIM: Ken Roczen, Christian Craig have a perfect weekend

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 2 AT OAKLAND: Justin Barcia climbs to the top spot

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 3 AT SAN DIEGO: Consistency pays off for Eli Tomac

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 4 AT ANAHEIM: Tomac remains on top as competition levels

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 5 AT GLENDALE: Malcolm Stewart move up as Tomac stays No. 1

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 6 AT ANAHEIM: Jason Anderson closes the gap

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 7 AT MINNEAPOLIS: Consistency once more give Tomac a Triple Crown win

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

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Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

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