Power Rankings

Kurt Busch

Busch has an 8.2 average finish and a series leading 390 laps led in the last nine races of the season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Season-to-Date Driver Ratings

Kurt Busch takes the top spot back in the rankings after a solid outing at New Hampshire that saw him post his sixth top 10 in the last eight races of the season.

1. Kurt Busch: Busch takes back the top spot in the rankings from his brother Kyle after leading 66 laps en route to a 10th-place finish in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. The finish was Busch's ninth consecutive finish of 14th or better of the season to give him an 8.2 average finish and a series leading 390 laps led in that span. Busch posted a 4.3 average running position at New Hampshire and was running fifth on the final lap before running out of fuel. Now, Busch will shoot for another top 10 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he is coming off his best finish there in five starts with Penske Racing in 10th.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.2
Point Standing: Third
Last Week's Ranking: Third

2. Jeff Gordon: Gordon had a fast car in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 and was running fourth on the final lap until he blew a right-front tire. He wound up finishing 11th on a day that saw him lead 19 laps, battle an alternator issue and fall a lap down at one point because he had to switch to backup ignition. Gordon, who made 87 green flag passes and was second in fastest laps run at New Hampshire with 40, now has a series leading 7.3 average finish in the past seven races of the season. Now Gordon will set his sites on a possible fifth win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has recorded a 9.5 average finish in 17 starts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.3
Point Standing: Seventh
Last Week's Ranking: Fourth

3. Jimmie Johnson: Johnson had an up and down day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway en route to his fifth-place finish. After starting 28th, Johnson was able to lead 19 laps after staying on the track during the third caution. But after pitting under green on lap 128, Johnson had to battle back from a number of issues that included a missing lug nut on a pit stop and a spin in Turn 2. In the end, Johnson made his way back to the front by passing cars and wound up with a race-tying high 93 green flag passes. The finish was Johnson's seventh top five of the season and it boosted him three spots to second in the championship standings. Johnson will now look to take the championship points lead for the first time this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has won three times in the last five races there.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.3
Point Standing: Second
Last Week's Ranking: Sixth

4. Carl Edwards: Edwards took the championship points lead back with his 13th-place finish in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. He was running third with less than 50 laps to go, but started to back off in the end for fuel mileage in case the race went into overtime. Even with his 27th-place finish at Daytona, Edwards has a 12.6 average finish in the last five races on the season. Now, Edwards will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he is coming off his third top 10 in six starts, in seventh.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.8
Point Standing: First
Last Week's Ranking: Fifth

5. Kyle Busch: Busch drops to fifth in the rankings and fifth in the championship standings after finishing 36th in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. A blown right-front tire and impact with the Turn 3 wall on lap 61 ended Busch's shot a solid finish. Busch wound up returning to the track, but in the end it marked his worst finish since Las Vegas where he finished 38th. Busch also posted a 38th-place finish in 2009 at the site of the next race, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he turned that result around with his fourth top 10 there last season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.6
Point Standing: Fifth
Last Week's Ranking: First

6. Matt Kenseth: Kenseth falls to sixth in the rankings following his 20th-place run in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Although the finish was his worst since finishing 25th at Darlington Raceway, 10 races ago, Kenseth still has the best average finish (9.8) among all drivers in the span. Now, Kenseth will look to rebound at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has posted six top-10s in the last nine races there.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5
Point Standing: Sixth
Last Week's Ranking: Second

7. Joey Logano: Logano moves up two spots in the rankings after posting his second top five in the last four races of the season with a fourth-place run in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Logano's 6.8 average finish in the four race span is first among all drivers and the result has boosted him to a season-high 18th in the championship standings. Logano will look to keep things going at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has posted an average finish of 10.5 in two starts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 76.4
Point Standing: 18th
Last Week's Ranking: 10th

8. Ryan Newman: Newman returns to the rankings after he posted his first win of the season in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Newman led a race-high 119 laps from the pole and was the only driver to run every lap inside the top 15. Newman’s pit crew also helped him capture his 15th career win after the No. 39 Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road after being one of three teams to make only five pit stops. The victory hopefully will carry over momentum for Newman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has only posted one top 10 in 10 starts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.2
Point Standing: Eighth
Last Week's Ranking: N/R

9. Kevin Harvick: Harvick had a tough outing in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, posting a 17.7 average running position en route to a 21st-place finish. The team battled handling issues and track position throughout the race and could not back up their pair of fifth-place finishes at the track from one year ago. Harvick, who fell one position in the championship standings, will now use the off week to regroup before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he has finished in the top 10 in seven of his last nine starts there, including a win in 2003.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.3
Point Standing: Fourth
Last Week's Ranking: Seventh

10. Tony Stewart: Stewart returns to the rankings after finishing second in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Along with teammate and race winner Ryan Newman, Stewart had a stellar day on his way to help capturing the first career 1-2 finish for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart helped maintained his Wild Card spot in the standings by producing solid numbers at New Hampshire that included a 5.7 average running position and 48 laps led. Stewart, who has now finished second twice this season, will look to break into the win column at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he took the checkered flag in 2005 and 2007.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.2
Point Standing: 11th
Last Week's Ranking: N/R

Off This Week: David Ragan (was eighth) and Brad Keselowski (was ninth)..

Other Notable Drivers Making Moves in the Point Standings: Kasey Kahne +3 to 14th; AJ Allmendinger +2 to 16th.

Current Chase Wild Cards: Tony Stewart and David Ragan

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