Power Rankings

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson moved up three spots in this week's Power Rankings after winning Saturday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)

1. Greg Biffle: Led 74 laps Saturday night after winning the pole but could not stay in contention for a third Darlington win. A decent night, good enough to stay on top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.3
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: First

2. Jimmie Johnson: The winless drought of 17 races finally came to an end with Darlington win number three and, of course, the historic 200th victory for Hendrick Motorsports. Johnson is making a steady climb up the point standings.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.0
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Fifth

3. Matt Kenseth: A top-10 finish for Kenseth, who moved within two points of teammate Biffle for the series lead. Kenseth fans everywhere breathing a sigh of relief that the No. 17 will remain intact despite adding a new sponsor.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.9
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Second

4. Denny Hamlin: Had to settle for second place both nights in Darlington following his Nationwide Series performance with a runner-up effort in the Bojangles' Southern 500. Steady efforts continue for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.2
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: Fourth

5. Martin Truex Jr.: A sign of Truex Jr.’s changed performance and expectations came in his fifth-place finish Saturday night that was a disappointment for the driver. Pretty upset about some miscues during the race but a nice rebound for the Michael Waltrip Racing driver.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.1
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Sixth

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: An overall mediocre night for Earnhardt that ended up 17th and actually could have been even worse. Fought an ill-handling racecar all race long in what was Junior’s most forgettable performance in recent weeks.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.3
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Third

7. Tony Stewart: A broken clutch and fuel pressure issues couldn’t deny Stewart of finishing third. Looked like he had a car capable of challenging for the win and did an admirable job fighting through the many challenges of the night.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.3
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Seventh

8. Kyle Busch: Another good outing for Busch, who also appeared to be a contender for the win but had to settle for a top-five finish. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team is headed in the right direction.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.2
Point Standings: Ninth
Previous Ranking: Eighth

9. Kevin Harvick: No Darlington fireworks for Harvick this season after his celebrated run-in with Busch last year. Not a particularly stirring performance either for the Richard Childress Racing driver.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.1
Point Standings: Eighth
Previous Ranking: Ninth

10. Brad Keselowski: Not much to write home about for Keselowski in the wake of his Talladega victory last week. Darlington has not been one of the Penske Racing driver’s best Sprint Cup tracks and he turned in a serviceable effort all things considered.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.7
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 10th

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