Power Rankings

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart captured his first win of the season on Sunday in Las Vegas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tony Stewart moved from eighth place to second on this week's Power Rankings after winning Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

1. Greg Biffle: Out of the box with three straight third-place finishes has brought Biffle to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Looks to be in good shape the next two weeks with Bristol and Fontana tracks where the Roush Fenway Racing driver has performed well in the past.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 114.8
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: Third

2. Tony Stewart: The bad news for the rest of the Sprint Cup field is the fact Stewart has already gone to Victory Lane and the calendar still reads March. If the usual Stewart summer heat-up follows suit, the defending series champion is on track for another multiple-win season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.9
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Eighth

3. Jimmie Johnson: Throw out the Daytona second-lap accident and the 25 point penalty from the pre-inspection penalty and Johnson would be right near the top of the standings. Finishes of fourth and second place after Daytona shows Johnson will be a formidable challenger for a sixth title this year despite the early season challenges.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.1
Point Standings: 23rd
Previous Ranking: Fifth

4. Matt Kenseth: Got tied up in a Roush Fenway Racing teammate scrap at the end of Sunday's race in Las Vegas that helped wipe out what looked like another solid finish for the Daytona 500 winner. He wound up 22nd on a day that should have been so much better.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.0
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Second

5. Denny Hamlin: Wasn't much of a factor in Las Vegas, a disappointing follow-up to his Phoenix win of a week ago. Should be in the mix this weekend when the short track racing madness of Bristol kicks in.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.0
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: First

6. Kevin Harvick: Had a solid car early on, but the handling went away and the problems were compounded by a twisted belt that forced Harvick to drive in discomfort over the last 50 laps of the Vegas race. Also an early favorite for Bristol success.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.5
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Fourth

7. Carl Edwards: The defending Las Vegas race winner was able to notch a top-five finish Sunday, but most felt Edwards would be much more of a factor. Still a nice rebound from the 17th-place Phoenix finish the week before.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.7
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Seventh

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Had Junior Nation on its feet when the No. 88 Chevrolet was out in front for the first 43 laps Sunday at Las Vegas. Faded back and battled, surviving a scuffle with Mark Martin on his way to a 10th-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.2
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: Ninth

9. Kyle Busch: Put on a stellar drive from the rear of the field after being forced to a back-up car from a practice crash. But a cut tire in the closing laps ruined the homecoming for the Las Vegas native.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.5
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: Sixth

10. Martin Truex Jr.: Was upfront early but faded late in Vegas. But Truex Jr. along with Michael Waltrip Racing teammates Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin have been one of the impressive teams of the early going.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2
Point Standings: Eighth
Previous Ranking: 10th

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