Power Rankings After Talladega

M.Truex Jr.

MRN's Pete Pistone unveils this week's Power Rankings following the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: Getty Images)


2017 Driver Ratings

Martin Truex Jr. had a terrible day in Talladega but so did others, and he remains on top of the Power Rankings.

1. Martin Truex Jr.: For maybe the first time all season, Truex wasn’t a factor in Talladega - at least in a positive way. Unfortunately, he did trigger the race’s biggest accident and could only apologize after the race while his destroyed car sat in the garage area with several others.

Points Standing: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Kyle Larson: The Chip Ganassi Racing driver found himself in contention for the win on Sunday. But it was not to be and a 13th-place finish is all Larson could come out of Talladega with after his involvement in an accident.

Points Standing: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

3. Chase Elliott: Generated the second-loudest cheer of the day from the packed grandstands, behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. taking the lead, when Elliott got to the top spot. He was once again in position for a first career Cup Series win but caused the day’s final crash and left Talladega with a disappointing 16th-place finish.

Points Standing: 6th
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Brad Keselowski: The unrivaled new "King of Talladega" is Keselowski after he scored his fifth career win at the track in the Alabama 500. Keselowski now has six career restrictor-plate wins in the Cup Series and safely advanced to Round 3 of the playoffs.

Points Standing: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 9th

5. Kyle Busch: Had nowhere to go when he was clipped by Jimmie Johnson’s car in the 17-car melee. After starting the playoffs with two wins in the first four races, Busch is racing for his championship life Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Points Standing: 9th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

6. Denny Hamlin: Had to pit for a loose wheel early in the race and maybe that was a blessing because it kept Hamlin off-track and away from the pack madness for a while. He got right back into the thick of things late and finished sixth.

Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Kevin Harvick: The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was battered and bruised on Sunday. Harvick got a piece of several accidents and finally came to rest with a 20th-place finish.

Points Standing: 4th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Jimmie Johnson: He was right in the middle of the 17-car car pileup on Sunday and then the "48" team compounded things by working on Johnson’s car before the red flag had officially been rescinded. He goes to Kansas this week right on the playoff cutline.

Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: 5th

9. Ryan Blaney: He was not pleased getting caught in one of the day’s many accidents and after starting ninth and running in the lead pack much of the day, Blaney left Talladega with a destroyed car and an 18th-place finish.

Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: NR

10. Jamie McMurray: Made the earliest exit of the playoff drivers Sunday when McMurray got into an accident trying to come to pit road. He slid in front of Jeffrey Earnhardt, who made hard contact, and McMurray dropped to the bottom of the playoff grid with his 37th-place finish.

Points Standing: 12th
Previous Ranking: 8th

Dropped Out: Matt Kenseth

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