New Leader in Power Rankings

Matt Kenseth

Matt Kenseth has scored three of his four victories this season on 1.5-mile tracks, including last weekend at Kentucky. (Photo Getty Images)

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It took some time but there's finally a new face on top of this week's Power Rankings:

1. Matt Kenseth: Victory No. 4 of the season came with a gamble on pit road as well as some hard driving on the track in the race's final restart.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 114.0
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th (Up 4)

2. Jimmie Johnson: Finally knocked off the top of the mountain by Johnson's Achilles heel - late race restarts.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 114.2
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st (Down 1)

3. Kevin Harvick: Put another top-10 finish on his record as he readies for a return to Daytona where he was very strong back during Speedweeks.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.4
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 2nd (Down 1)

4. Clint Bowyer: Was in the mix late in the race for possible victory but still came home a solid third place.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.9
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th (No Change)

5. Kyle Busch: Nice rebound from early race challenges to notch a fifth-place Kentucky finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.9
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 6h (Up 1)

6. Carl Edwards: A dismal finish for Edwards who was shuffled back to 21st in the final rundown.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd (Down 3)

7. Martin Truex Jr.: Followed his Sonoma victory with a more than respectable top 10 in Kentucky.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.8
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking:  9th (Up 2)

8. Jeff Gordon: Lost ground in the final restart madness but hammered home a top 10 after his runner-up Sonoma performance.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.6
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 10th (Up 2)

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Had the pole but was dealt major bad luck when he plowed into a tire carcass left on the track by Denny Hamlin.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.3
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 7th (Down 2)

10. Joey Logano: Surged into the rankings and into the top 10 of the point standings with a stellar Kentucky effort.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.1
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

Dropped out: Greg Biffle (8th)

 

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