Power Rankings

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski captured his second consecutive Bristol win on Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)


Brad Keselowski claimed a spot in this week's Power Rankings after winning Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

1. Greg Biffle: Wasn’t able to master the short track at Bristol on Sunday and experience some issues with a broken splitter. Survived with the point lead intact and should be good this weekend in Fontana.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.8
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: First

2. Jimmie Johnson: Came out of Bristol with another top-10 finish and had Chad Knaus calling the shots prior to this week’s appeal. Most likely won’t have that benefit this weekend in Fontana but based on his track record at Auto Club Speedway, Johnson should be just fine.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.8
Point Standings: 17th
Previous Ranking: Third

3. Matt Kenseth: Did what he could to get by eventual race winner Brad Keselowski in Bristol, but couldn’t find a way around the Blue Deuce. Still the second-place finish kept the Roush Fenway Racing driver’s early-season run very much alive.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.4
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Fourth

4. Tony Stewart: His Bristol disappointment continued, even with the addition of new crew chief Steve Addington, who has enjoyed great success there in recent years. A 14th-place finish for the driver of car No. 14 was the best Smoke could muster in “Thunder Valley.”

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.6
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Second

5. Kevin Harvick: Was fortunate to escape the early-race multi-car accident with minor damage and kudos to the No. 29 team for making repairs on a series of pit stops to allow Harvick to come home 11th. Heads to Fontana as the defending race winner.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.5
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Sixth

6. Denny Hamlin: Not a factor Sunday in Bristol on an afternoon compounded by a loose wheel and several lost spots on pit road. Did win the pre-race ceremony competition with his dance moves during driver intros.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.9
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Fifth

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Ran near the front of the field for some of Sunday but his Bristol day will be remembered for an infamous tangle with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon. Junior took full responsibility for the incident but that didn’t help Gordon much who was knocked from the race with a battered racecar.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.1
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Eighth

8. Carl Edwards: A victim of the early-race crash that ended any chance of Edwards being a factor Sunday at Bristol. The end result dropped the Roush Fenway Racing driver to 14th in the standings and his attempt to follow-up last year's near championship-winning effort is off to a bit of a rocky start that he hopes to turnaround this weekend in Fontana.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.0
Point Standings: 14th
Previous Ranking: Seventh

9. Martin Truex Jr.: Led the Michael Waltrip Racing charge with a third-place finish. Keep your eye on Truex when Bristol rolls back around in August as he’s been red-hot his last two times out in “Thunder Valley.”

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.8
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Brad Keselowski: If Truex Jr. is red-hot at Bristol, then Keselowski is white-hot. Scored his second-straight win at the track in Sunday’s Food City 500 and is starting to look like the driver that was so impressive at the tail end of last season.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.5
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: N/R

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