Power Rankings

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski earned his fourth win of the season at Chicagoland. (Photo: Getty Images)


Season-to-Date Driver Ratings

1. Brad Keselowski: Powered to the top of the rankings with a powerful statement Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway to win the opening race of the Chase.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.3
Point Standings: First
Previous Ranking: Second

2. Jimmie Johnson: Didn't come away with the Chicagoland victory, but still a dominating afternoon with a race-high 172 laps led. Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are in this year's title race in a big way.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.3
Point Standings: Second
Previous Ranking: Fourth

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: A weekend full of adversity ended with an eighth-place finish. Earnhardt blew an engine after qualifying and started from the rear with a tire issue early in Sunday's race also presenting a challenge.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.2
Point Standings: Seventh
Previous Ranking: Third

4. Denny Hamlin: Gave away a lot of points that were earned in the regular season by running out of fuel on the final lap at Chicago. Hamlin went from the number one seed to 15 points behind the lead in short order.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.4
Point Standings: Fourth
Previous Ranking: First

5. Tony Stewart: A decent start to the Chase for the defending Sprint Cup Series champion with a steady, if not spectacular, sixth-place finish in the GEICO 400.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.4
Point Standings: Third
Previous Ranking: Eighth

6. Kasey Kahne: A nice kick-off to Kahne's first Chase as a member of the Hendrick Motorsports team with a third-place performance at Chicagoland.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.0
Point Standings: Fifth
Previous Ranking: Ninth

7. Clint Bowyer: Nothing fantastic, but still a productive effort in Chicago for the Michael Waltrip Racing driver who brought home a top-10 finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.8
Point Standings: Sixth
Previous Ranking: Seventh

8. Matt Kenseth: Somehow managed to finish 18th after losing a shock absorber just after the midway point of the race. A rough and weird start for the Roush Fenway Racing driver.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.7
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: Fifth

9. Greg Biffle: Pretty quiet afternoon for the other member of the Roush stable in the Chase, as Biffle finished just outside the top 10 in the Windy City.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.9
Point Standings: Eighth
Previous Ranking: Sixth

10. Martin Truex Jr.: Right behind his MWR teammate Bowyer, with a top-10 finish that won't hurt Truex Jr.'s chances in the championship race.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.8
Point Standings: Ninth
Previous Ranking: 10th

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