Power Rankings After Texas
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on April 11, 2017 | 9:28 A.M. EST
MRN's Pete Pistone unveils this week's Power Rankings following the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski's solid Texas performance kept him on top of this week's Power Rankings.
1. Brad Keselowski: The Team Penske driver maintained the top spot in the Rankings with another steady performance in Texas. He started fifth and finished sixth to keep 2017 headed in the right direction.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 113.6
Points Standing: 4th
Previous Ranking: 1st
2. Kyle Larson: If you would have told Larson at the start of the season he'd have five finishes of first or second in the first seven races, he'd surely have accepted it. He came home in the runner-up position again Sunday on a day when it looked like with just a few more laps, he would have had victory No. 2 of 2017.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 112.6
Points Standing: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd
3. Joey Logano: It took some pit strategy to get Logano to the front of the field, but it nearly worked. He led late but couldn't maintain the top spot, giving up the lead to eventual race winner Jimmie Johnson. But a third-place finish was still a nice outing for Logano & Co.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.7
Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 4th
4. Chase Elliott: He started 33rd and made an impressive move through the field to get up toward the front. However, by Elliott's lofty standards this year, it turned out to be just an alright finish. He came home ninth.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.8
Points Standing: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd
5. Martin Truex Jr.: The man who dominated last spring's Texas race to only come up short of victory had another good car on Sunday. But it wasn't good enough to win as Truex led 44 laps but settled for eighth place.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.1
Points Standing: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th
6. Kyle Busch: He started from the back of the pack like a number of drivers due to pre-qualifying inspection problems, but Busch charged toward the front as expected. He hit a plateau that kept him from challenging for the lead and wound up a disappointing 15th.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.6
Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th
7. Jamie McMurray: Another week and another top-10 finish for McMurray. He had his car inside the top 10 all afternoon on Sunday at Texas and the Chip Ganassi Racing driver continues his impressive start to 2017.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.6
Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th
8. Kevin Harvick: Started from the pole, led 77 laps on Sunday and ended up fourth. Harvick is starting to overcome the early-season gremlins that have kept him from running even better than his finishing positions might indicate.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.6
Points Standing: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th
9. Clint Bowyer: A nondescript day for Bowyer, who started third but never mounted a challenge for the lead or the win. He finished just outside the top 10.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.7
Points Standing: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th
10. Jimmie Johnson: The slow start and second-guessing is in the rear-view mirror for now after Johnson extended his Texas mastery on Sunday with a seventh career win there. It wasn't easy for Johnson, who overcame a number of challenges to score victory No. 1.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.1
Points Standing: 11th
Previous Ranking: NR
Dropped Out: Ryan Newman