2022 Supercross Power Rankings after Round 11: Justin Barcia surges to second


Justin Barcia moved into second in the Monster Energy Supercross points standings and jumped two positions in this week’s Power Rankings after a controversial Round 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Eli Tomac continues to lead after getting his sixth feature win of the season. In the past 45 days, Tomac has been outside the top five only once when he was sixth in the Minneapolis main.

After getting docked three points for contact with Jason Anderson last week, Barcia is currently tied in points with the rider who has been Tomac’s closest competition through the first 10 rounds. Both Barcia and Anderson are now 51 points out of the lead. The Power Ranking looks at the past 45 days so we analyze recent strength. Barcia started this period with a heat win in Anaheim 3 and added another this past week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In between, he has been no worse than seventh in a heat or feature.

Malcolm Stewart also advanced one spot this week after finishing second in his heat at Indy. He was only eighth in last week’s feature, but with Anderson also experiencing trouble, Stewart was able to sneak past.

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Anderson has been on the negative side of rivalries with Barcia and Stewart in the past couple of months and it gradually has taken its toll. He was within sight of Tomac for the championship only a few weeks ago, but multiple incidents have sent him to the ground and well down the points. In the past 45 days, Stewart has been worse than sixth four times. Three of those were in features when points are on the line.

Maintaining fifth in the rankings, Cooper Webb put in one of the gutsiest performances of the week at Indy. Coming off his hard crash in Detroit two weeks ago, he wasn’t sure if he could mount up and ride in his home state. The team said to do it only if he was competitive and he proved that to be true by finishing fourth in his heat and fifth in the feature.

450 Rankings

1. Eli Tomac (Last Week: 1); [6 feature wins, 5 heat and wins]
2. Justin Barcia (4); [2 heat wins]
3. Malcolm Stewart (2); [3 heat wins]
4. Jason Anderson (3); [3 feature wins; 5 heat wins]
5. Cooper Webb (5); [3 heat wins]
6. Chase Sexton (6); [1 feature win, 5 heat wins]
7. Marvin Musquin (7)
8. Dylan Ferrandis (9)
9. Justin Brayton (11)
10. Vince Friese (8)
11. Dean Wilson (10)
12. Shane McElrath (12)
13. Brandon Hartranft (13)
14. Justin Bogle (15)
15. Kyle Chisholm (16)
16. Max Anstie (18)
17. Justin Starling (17)
18. Alex Martin (19)
19. Cade Clason (21)
20. Ryan Breece (23)

Triple Crown wins included with Heat wins

With only one result worse than fourth in a feature or main this season, Jett Lawrence easily hangs on to the top spot in the Supercross Power Rankings 250 East division. In fact, he is slowly eating into overall leader Christian Craig’s advantage after sweeping both his heats and features in the last three rounds.

Last week was a challenge for Lawrence, however, after he was tossed from his bike like a ragdoll at the start of the heat. He recovered from 18th at the close of Lap 1 to win that race. The only thing marring a perfect season was his 10th-place finish in Race 3 of the Texas Triple Crown when he and Austin Forkner had a mid-air collision.

Despite the winning streak by Lawrence, Cameron McAdoo is keeping his composure and pressuring the leader. He has a perfect record of podium finishes in five features and the only time he was outside that mark in a heat was the East opener in Minneapolis when he finished sixth.

The 250 West riders will get back in action this week in Seattle, but for the moment they continue to rest on their laurels with overall positions fourth through eighth.

That puts Stilez Robertson third among the 250 East riders. He has been on the uptick in recent rounds with second-place finishes in the past two heats and one of the features. He slipped a little overall last week after finishing eighth in the main.

Kyle Chisholm debuts in the top 10 overall this week and is ranked fourth in the East after busting out his 250 for the past two rounds. With top-five finishes in his two heats and a seventh in last week’s feature, he has shown consistency. He normally rides in 450s, where he is ranked 15th this week.

Rounding out the 250 East top five is Jordon Smith, who also owes his position to consistency. Except for a difficult round in Detroit when he crashed in his heat and had to qualify for the main via the Last Chance Qualifier, he’s been solid in recent weeks. Even with all his problems in the Motor City, he rallied to finish fifth in that feature.

250 Rankings

1. Christian Craig – W (1); [4 feature wins, 7 heat wins]
2. Jett Lawrence – E (2); [4 feature wins, 3 heat wins]
3. Cameron McAdoo – E (3); [1 feature win, 3 heat wins]
4. Hunter Lawrence – W (4); [1 feature win, 2 heat wins]
5. Michael Mosiman – W (5); [1 feature win, 3 heat wins]
6. Jo Shimoda – W (6)
7. Vince Friese – W (7)
8. RJ Hampshire – W (11); [2 heat wins]
9. Stilez Robertson – E (8)
10. Kyle Chisholm – E (NA)
11. Jordon Smith – E (10)
12. Nate Thrasher – W (12)
13. Pierce Brown – E (9); [2 heat wins]
14. Mitchell Oldenburg – E (14)
15. Garrett Marchbanks – W (16); [1 heat win]
16. Carson Brown – W (17)
17. Jalek Swoll – W (18)
18. Jace Owen – E (19)
19. Enzo Lopes – E (15)
20. Robbie Wageman – W (20)

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: Jett Lawrence steps up to challenge Craig in 250s

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 8 AT ARLINGTON: Consistency once more give Tomac a Triple Crown win

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 9 AT DAYTONA: Tomac rides historic wave into the second half of 2022

POWER RANKINGS AFTER ROUND 10 AT DETROIT: Tomac holds position as Lawrence moves up

Winner Josef Newgarden earns $3.666 million from a record Indy 500 purse of $17 million


INDIANAPOLIS — The first Indy 500 victory for Josef Newgarden also was the richest in race history from a record 2023 purse of just more than $17 million.

The two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion, who continued his celebration Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earned $3.666 million for winning the 107th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The purse and winner’s share both are the largest in the history of the Indianapolis 500.

It’s the second consecutive year that the Indy 500 purse set a record after the 2022 Indy 500 became the first to crack the $16 million mark (nearly doubling the 2021 purse that offered a purse of $8,854,565 after a crowd limited to 135,000 because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

The average payout for IndyCar drivers was $500,600 (exceeding last year’s average of $485,000).

Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske, whose team also fields Newgarden’s No. 2 Dallara-Chevrolet, had made raising purses a priority since buying the track in 2020. But Penske but was unable to post big money purses until the race returned to full capacity grandstands last year.

The largest Indy 500 purse before this year was $14.4 million for the 2008 Indy 500 won by Scott Dixon (whose share was $2,988,065). Ericsson’s haul made him the second Indy 500 winner to top $3 million (2009 winner Helio Castroneves won $3,048,005.

Runner-up Marcus Ericsson won $1.043 million after falling short by 0.0974 seconds in the fourth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.

The 107th Indy 500 drew a crowd of at least 330,000 that was the largest since the sellout for the 100th running in 2016, and the second-largest in more than two decades, according to track officials.

“This is the greatest race in the world, and it was an especially monumental Month of May featuring packed grandstands and intense on-track action,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “Now, we have the best end card possible for the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500: a record-breaking purse for the history books.”

Benjamin Pedersen was named the Indy 500 rookie of the year, earning a $50,000 bonus.

The race’s purse is determined through contingency and special awards from IMS and IndyCar. The awards were presented Monday night in the annual Indy 500 Victory Celebration at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.

The payouts for the 107th Indy 500:

1. Josef Newgarden, $3,666,000
2. Marcus Ericsson, $1,043,000
3. Santino Ferrucci, $481,800
4. Alex Palou, $801,500
5. Alexander Rossi, $574,000
6. Scott Dixon, $582,000
7. Takuma Sato, $217,300
8. Conor Daly, $512,000
9. Colton Herta, $506,500
10. Rinus VeeKay, $556,500
11. Ryan Hunter‐Reay, $145,500
12. Callum Ilott, $495,500
13. Devlin DeFrancesco, $482,000
14. Scott McLaughlin, $485,000
15. Helio Castroneves, $481,500
16. Tony Kanaan, $105,000
17. Marco Andretti, $102,000
18. Jack Harvey, $472,000
19. Christian Lundgaard, $467,500
20. Ed Carpenter, $102,000
21. Benjamin Pedersen (R), $215,300
22. Graham Rahal, $565,500*
23. Will Power, $488,000
24. Pato O’Ward, $516,500
25. Simon Pagenaud, $465,500
26. Agustín Canapino (R), $156,300
27. Felix Rosenqvist, $278,300
28. Kyle Kirkwood, $465,500
29. David Malukas, $462,000
30. Romain Grosjean, $462,000
31. Sting Ray Robb (R), $463,000
32. RC Enerson (R), $103,000
33.  Katherine Legge, $102,000

*–Broken down between two teams, $460,000 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, $105,500 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Cusick Motorsports