By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on April 29, 2014 | 7:56 A.M. EST
Joey Logano's second win of the year vaulted him to the No. 1 spot in Pete Pistone's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)
Joey Logano's second win of the Sprint Cup Series season Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway put the Team Penske driver on top of the mountain in this week's Power Rankings:
1. Joey Logano: Team Penske rises as the top Cup organization with its third win thanks to victory No. 2 for Logano, who did it in dramatic style at Richmond.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.6
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 8th
2. Kevin Harvick: After dominating Friday night's Nationwide Series race, Harvick was, by comparison, quiet with an 11th-place run Saturday night. He stays near the top of the rankings thanks to his pair of victories.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.0
Point Standings: 20th
Previous Ranking: 1st
3. Jeff Gordon: Led a race-high 173 laps Saturday night but still came up one position short of his first win of the season. Gordon does remain the Sprint Cup Series point leader after nine races.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.3
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior had a fast car all night long in Richmond but did not have a great final restart. That cost him a shot at win No. 2 of the season.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.5
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd
5. Matt Kenseth: Came out of nowhere to challenge for the win in the closing laps Saturday night but got caught in some tight racing with Brad Keselowski and others, forcing Kenseth to settle for a top-five finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th
6. Kyle Busch: Took four new tires on the final trip to pit road and charged his way into the battle for the lead in the closing laps. Busch wasn't able to get his second win of the year but still came home from Richmond with an impressive third-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.0
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 6th
7. Carl Edwards: Another week where Edwards finished in the top 10 and remained third in the point standings, but he really was not much of a factor Saturday night in Richmond.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.3
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 7th
8. Brad Keselowski: Finished fourth in Richmond after leading 114 laps. He wasn't able to seal the deal and was furious with Matt Kenseth after the checkered flag flew.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.2
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 9th
9. Jimmie Johnson: Multiple tire issues - again - kept the three-time Richmond winner from adding to his victory total Saturday night. Johnson remains winless after nine races this season - maybe the season's biggest surprise.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.5
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 5th
10. Ryan Newman: Richard Childress Racing cars usually run well at Richmond and Newman had an admirable night on Saturday. The newcomer to the team continues to be the most consistent finisher for the organization.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.2
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: NR
Dropped Out: Kyle Larson