Power Rankings After Phoenix

Phoenix Raceway

MRN's Pete Pistone unveils this week's Power Rankings following the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)


2017 Driver Ratings

Third place in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway was good enough to keep Martin Truex Jr. on top of the Power Rankings.

1. Martin Truex Jr.: A pair of second-place finishes followed by a third-place Phoenix effort is how Truex goes to Homestead-Miami Speedway in his quest for a first Cup Series championship. Sure, he hasn’t won in three weeks - an eternity for the Furniture Row Racing driver. But make no mistake, Truex will make a strong run Sunday to try and cap off an incredible season on the highest of notes.

Points Standing: T-1st
Previous Ranking: 1st
Driver Rating: 115.7

2. Kyle Busch: A very non-Kyle Busch day at Phoenix with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver not a factor to win. However, he too now goes to Homestead-Miami Speedway with eyes focused on a second career Cup Series crown.

Points Standing: T-1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd
Driver Rating: 108.2

3. Kevin Harvick: Didn’t get Phoenix career win No. 9 but had a solid day in the desert. Harvick is poised to compete for career title No. 2.

Points Standing: T-1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd
Driver Rating: 102.7

4. Brad Keselowski: Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good and that’s what got Keselowski a spot in The Championship 4. He had a mediocre day in Phoenix but thanks to Denny Hamlin’s misfortune, the Team Penske driver has a chance to run for career title No. 2.

Points Standing: T-1st
Previous Ranking: 4th
Driver Rating: 95.9

5. Chase Elliott: Once he got done with Hamlin, Elliott came within nine laps of scoring his first Cup Series win and with it, a spot in The Championship 4. That was until Matt Kenseth got by for the lead and win, leaving Elliott with yet another second-place finish.

Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 6th
Driver Rating: 96.2

6. Denny Hamlin: His feud with Elliott more than likely cost Hamlin a chance to run for the title. They made contact thanks to some aggressive racing on Elliott’s part - which led to a cut tire, a trip into the wall and an end to Hamlin’s championship aspirations.

Points Standing: 6th
Previous Ranking: 5th
Driver Rating: 94.8

7. Matt Kenseth: Turned in one of the most impressive and emotional performances in Phoenix, when he took the lead with less than 10 laps to go and scored career win No. 39. Kenseth may not have a ride any longer in the Cup Series, but he proved he's still very much a top-caliber driver.

Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: 8th
Driver Rating: 93.4

8. Ryan Blaney: A valiant try for Blaney in Phoenix after winning the pole and racing as hard as possible to stay upfront. It didn’t work out and he’ll make his final start for the Wood Brothers on Sunday before moving to Team Penske next season.

Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: 7th
Driver Rating: 88.6

9. Erik Jones: His impressive rookie season at Furniture Row Racing continued with another top-five Phoenix run. Jones has one more start in the No. 77 ride before moving over to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 and will shoot for win No. 1 this week in the season finale.

Points Standing: 17th
Previous Ranking: NR
Driver Rating: 83.5

10. Jimmie Johnson: There will be no run for a record-breaking eighth title for Johnson this week in Miami. A cut tire and trip into the wall ended his hopes Sunday in Phoenix and for the first time in a very long time, he’ll play the role of a championship spoiler this weekend.

Points Standing: 10th
Previous Ranking: 9th
Driver Rating: 86.7

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