Power Rankings

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. swept Pocono this weekend and earned the top spot in Pete Pistone's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)

Driver Ratings

Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s impressive season continued Sunday at Pocono Raceway, earning him the No. 1 spot in this week’s Power Rankings:

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Make it three wins in a season for the first time in over a decade and a Pocono sweep to boot after a strong run and crafty pit strategy on Sunday.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings:
2nd
Previous Ranking:
2nd

2. Jeff Gordon: Had one of the best cars - if not the best - on track in Pocono, but a restart challenge and maybe not the right pit strategy dealt Gordon a sixth-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.5
Point Standings: 
1st
Previous Ranking:
1st

3. Brad Keselowski: A 23rd-place finish after Saturday night's Iowa Nationwide win was not what Keselowski was looking for in Pocono, but he was one of many victims in the day's big crash.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.4
Point Standings:
3rd
Previous Ranking: 
3rd

4. Kevin Harvick: A battered racecar and speeding penalty on pit road added up to Harvick somehow finishing second and trying to chase down Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the win.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.5
Point Standings:
11th
Previous Ranking:
6th

5. Joey Logano: A third-place finish for Logano was the best of the Ford class on Sunday.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.5
Point Standings:
7th
Previous Ranking:
7th

6. Jimmie Johnson: Make it four straight sub-par performances for Johnson and an average finish well outside 30th after a pair of problems in Pocono handed him another disappointing afternoon.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings:
6th
Previous Ranking:
4th

7. Kyle Busch: His day ended in Pocono after only 23 laps when "something went wrong between the frame rails" according to Busch, which of course turned out to be an engine issue.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.7
Point Standings:
10th
Previous Ranking:
5th

8. Ryan Newman: Killing them quietly with consistent but not spectacular finishes, including another top-10 performance in Pocono.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.2
Point Standings:
5th
Previous Ranking: 
NR

9. Denny Hamlin: Considering it was Hamlin's first race without suspended crew chief Darian Grubb it wasn't an awful Pocono weekend to finish ninth, but Hamlin used to own the track and did trigger the day's 13-car pileup.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.4
Point Standings:
21st
Previous Ranking:
9th

10. Kyle Larson: Scored his first career Sprint Cup Series pole but faded in the race. Still, the rookie battled back for an 11th-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 80.3
Point Standings:
12th
Previous Ranking:
10th

Dropped Out: Matt Kenseth

 

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