By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on July 1, 2014 | 7:03 A.M. EST
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. remain 1-2 in Pete Pistone's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson delivered a solid finish in Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway to maintain the top spot in this week's Power Rankings:
1. Jimmie Johnson: A top-10 Kentucky finish and the only driver with three victories in 2014 is good enough to keep Johnson on top of the rankings for another week.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Not a fan of the rough-and-tumble Kentucky frontstretch but an impressive run for Earnhardt Jr., who started 29th and finished fifth in the Quaker State 400.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.0
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 2nd
3. Brad Keselowski: One of the most dominating performances in recent history for Keselowski. He was virtually untouchable all night in Kentucky, leading 199 of 267 laps on his way to win No. 2 of the season.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.2
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th
4. Jeff Gordon: An air gun malfunction during an early pit stop spoiled Gordon's night. He fought back to come home sixth in Kentucky.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.0
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd
5. Kevin Harvick: A decent race for Harvick, but it also included yet another pit crew misstep that cost the No. 4 car valuable track position.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.5
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 4th
6. Joey Logano: Was in the same zip code as his Team Penske teammate Keselowski for a while but was forced to nurse home the No. 22 Ford to a ninth-place finish when he dropped a cylinder late.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.4
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th
7. Matt Kenseth: More like it from the defending Kentucky winner. Despite a right front tire issue, he raced back to a solid fourth-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.8
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 8th
8. Carl Edwards: The euphoria from his Sonoma win faded away in less than a week with another 1.5-mile track struggle for the Roush Fenway Racing stable epitomized by Edwards' 17th-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.7
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th
9. Kyle Busch: Kentucky is exactly what Busch needed after a rough stretch with a runner-up finish on Saturday night.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.7
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: NR
10. Ryan Newman: Celebrated a contract extension from sponsor Caterpillar with his best outing of the year and a third-place finish for the Richard Childress Racing driver.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.7
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: NR
Dropped Out: Kurt Busch, Paul Menard