Power Rankings

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick's victory last weekend at Kansas Speedway was his third of the season and moved him higher in Pete Pistone's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson remained on top of the Power Rankings after a gutsy performance Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway:

1. Jimmie Johnson: Not one of Johnson's most memorable efforts in Kansas but he was able to eek out a sixth-place finish despite a number of challenges, including a blown engine on the final lap.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.1
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Matt Kenseth: What a difference a few months made for Kenseth. After scoring the April Kansas win, he struggled all weekend this time and was relatively happy with just an 11th-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.8
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Kevin Harvick: What "Lame Duck?" Harvick is ending his run at Richard Childress Racing as one of the hottest drivers in the Sprint Cup Series. His third victory of the season Sunday at Kansas pulled him back into the championship picture.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.1
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Jeff Gordon: Not giving up the fight to remain relevant in the Chase with a solid third-place Kansas performance that was anything but easy and featured a spirited battle against Kurt Busch.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.4
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

5. Joey Logano: You have to wonder what Logano's fate might have been had he not suffered a blown engine in the Chicagoland Chase opener. The Penske Racing driver notched another impressive finish in Kansas, coming home fourth.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.2
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: He continues to rebound from engine woes in the Chase opener with a third straight top-10 run. The No. 88 team is showing great determination after its rocky playoff start.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.8
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

7. Greg Biffle: Was buried in 26th at the start of Sunday's race but managed to slice that in half by finishing 13th. However, Biffle is still way out of championship contention.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.2
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Kyle Busch: The defining moment of the Chase came in Kansas for Busch. After a disastrous weekend that ended in a 34th-place finish and dropped him from third to fifth in the standings, all eyes will be on the Joe Gibbs Racing driver this week in Charlotte to see if he's capable of putting it behind.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.2
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

9. Kurt Busch: One of the most impressive outings of the year for Busch, who started the race from the back of the field after crashing his primary car in practice and rallied to a runner-up finish behind Kevin Harvick.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.4
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: N/R

10. Clint Bowyer: One of the more vocal critics of the new Goodyear tire's performance over the weekend, Bowyer muddled through for a 14th-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: Ryan Newman

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