Power Rankings

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 95 of the 200 laps run at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)


1. Jimmie Johnson: Started from the back of the pack after an engine change and promptly charged his way to the head of the field to come home with a rather impressive fifth-place finish in Michigan.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.7
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: First

2. Matt Kenseth: Found himself will an ill-handling car around the midway point on Sunday, but positive adjustments from crew chief Jimmy Fennig got the Kenseth ship righted.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.9
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: Second

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: The end of a 143-race winless streak lifts a giant load off Junior’s shoulders and might provide even more momentum to a driver who had already climbed to second in the point standings before the Michigan victory.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.2
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Fourth

4. Greg Biffle: Like his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Kenseth, Biffle had to battle through a day full of ebbs and flows Sunday at Michigan to come out of the Irish Hills with a top-five finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.0
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Third

5. Martin Truex Jr.: A decent day for the Michael Waltrip Racing driver who is still searching for the early-season charge he carried out of the gate. But overall, Truex will take his afternoon in Michigan.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.0
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Fifth

6. Tony Stewart: Considering how Stewart felt after the Goodyear tire change and Saturday night’s added practice session, his second place finish Sunday was nothing short of miraculous.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.6
Point Standings: Eighth
Previous Ranking: Eighth

7. Kevin Harvick: The day started poorly in Michigan with a left front hub issue but ended on a positive note when Harvick and the No. 29 team were able to come home with a 10th-place performance.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Seventh

8. Denny Hamlin: Made a fiery exit from Sunday’s race when the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 entry burst into flames on pit road as a result of Hamlin’s involvement in a multi-car crash. Thankfully Hamlin was uninjured, but his dream of a third-straight June Michigan win was over.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.8
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Sixth

9. Brad Keselowski: The Michigan native had hoped for much more on Sunday than the 13th-place finish the Blue Deuce was credited with in the final standings.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.9
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Carl Edwards: Considering Edwards started 42nd after a horrible qualifying effort, the 11th-place finish was not a bad day at all in Michigan. However, Edwards is working on a winless drought of his own, dating back more than a year ago.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.6
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: N/R

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