Power Rankings After Las Vegas
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 8, 2016 | 9:20 A.M. EST
Kyle Busch posted another top-five finish in Las Vegas to remain in the top spot of this week's Power Rankings. (Photo: Getty Images)
Kyle Busch posted another top-five finish in Las Vegas to remain in the top spot of this week's Power Rankings.
1. Kyle Busch: Has three top-five finishes to start the year and his latest came Sunday in Vegas, when he was fourth even though he was leading with six laps to go. Still, Busch charged from a 23rd starting spot to knock down yet another impressive performance.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.7
Points Standing: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st
2. Jimmie Johnson: Followed his Atlanta win with another strong outing in Vegas. It's very early, but it seems as if Johnson has taken to the low-downforce rules package quite nicely.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.1
Points Standing: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th
3. Brad Keselowski: Put an end to a 33-race winless drought that dated back to Fontana, Calif., last March with with a strong performance and the checkered flag in Las Vegas.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.0
Points Standing: 6th
Previous Ranking: NR
4. Kevin Harvick: Last year's Vegas winner had to battle the flu all weekend and put on a valiant effort to finish seventh on Sunday. He's one of three drivers to have top-10 finishes in all three races so far in 2016.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 112.6
Points Standing: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 5th
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Had the best average finish of active drivers in Vegas heading into the weekend at 9.7. Earnhardt didn't hurt that number with an eighth-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.5
Points Standing: 12th
Previous Ranking: 6th
6. Denny Hamlin: Remember Hamlin, the Daytona 500 winner? His victory in "The Great American Race" seems like a while ago given the last two weeks of struggles by Hamlin and the No. 11 team. He was not a factor on Sunday.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.0
Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: 3rd
7. Joey Logano: Led 70 laps and battled teammate Brad Keselowski for the second spot before finally watching Brad K. race by and go on to pick up the checkered flag. Logano's second-place finish capped a very encouraging day for the Penske organization.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.5
Points Standing: 4th
Previous Ranking: 9th
8. Kurt Busch: He's won two straight poles and Sunday, Busch had a car that was capable of running with the leaders. A speeding violation on pit road threw a challenge at the No. 41 team that it was not able to overcome. Busch settled for a top-10 finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.8
Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 8th
9. Martin Truex Jr.: An 11th-place Las Vegas finish was kind of a letdown, the way Truex and Furniture Row Racing have started the year on the heels of last season's solid effort. The team put the controversy of two straight roof-flap violations behind and focused on Sunday's race.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.6
Points Standing: 9th
Previous Ranking: 2nd
10. Carl Edwards: Had a chance to finish near the front of the field on another day when Edwards had a fast car. But he got caught up in a late incident that involved JGR teammate Matt Kenseth to end any hopes of a better performance.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.2
Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th
Dropped Out: Matt Kenseth