By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on May 13, 2014 | 7:45 A.M. EST
Kevin Harvick's runner-up finish at Kansas keeps him No. 1 in Pete Pistone's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick didn't win, but he was strong enough Saturday night in Kansas to stay atop this week's Power Rankings:
1. Kevin Harvick: Led 119 laps and clearly had the dominant car of the night. A late-race mistake coming down pit road cost Harvick another shot at victory.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.0
Point Standings: 15th
Previous Ranking: 1st
2. Jeff Gordon: Finally knocked down the door to Victory Lane after coming so close a couple of times this season. At age 42, there doesn't appear to be any slowing down in Gordon's game.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.8
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd
3. Joey Logano: Was a player at the front of the field most of the night in Kansas and came away with another top-five performance.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.0
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 2nd
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: There was no Talladega carryover for Earnhardt in Kansas. Like his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, he had a strong car all night and finished in the top five.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.2
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 7th
5. Carl Edwards: Wasn't able to score the home-track victory but still turned in a very solid performance, as talks about his contract and future with Roush Fenway Racing swirled around Kansas all weekend.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.8
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 8th
6. Kyle Busch: A 15th-place finish might not sound like much, but with Busch's Sprint Cup body of work at Kansas, he'll take it. Had to use some strategy to get back into the game after getting pegged for speeding on pit road.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.5
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 5th
7. Matt Kenseth: The defending race winner clearly lacked speed and fell a lap down. But Kenseth rallied and had a fast car in the second half of the race to knock down a top-10 finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 6th
8. Denny Hamlin: Wasn't able to follow-up his Talladega win with much momentum in Kansas. The night saw Hamlin spin and have to work some pit strategy to even have a shot at finishing in the first half of the field.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.2
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 4th
9. Brad Keselowski: Led a little bit at Kansas but the strategy game caught up with the No. 2 team and a dash to pit road late added to a 13th-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.8
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 9th
10. Kyle Larson: Came out of Kansas with a 12th-place finish despite some handling problems early and a couple extra stops on pit road for adjustments.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.7
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: NR
Dropped Out: Greg Biffle