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Power Rankings After Las Vegas

Driver Ratings

Two straight weeks of dominance by Kevin Harvick keeps him on top of this week’s edition of Pete Pistone’s Power Rankings.

1. Kevin Harvick – He’s led 49 percent of the laps run the last two weeks and turned in back to back dominating performances at Atlanta and Las Vegas. Harvick goes to Phoenix this week looking for his first Cup Series three-peat and with his track record in the “Valley of the Sun” has an excellent shot at doing so.

Driver Rating: 126.4
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Brad Keselowski – Could not find the track position he was looking for to make a run at the lead in Las Vegas. Keselowski got a bit frustrated on the radio Sunday but he wasn’t alone as the entire field was covered by race winner Harvick.

Driver Rating: 97.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 4th

3. Joey Logano – His consistent start to the campaign rolled on in Vegas with a 10th-place qualifying effort followed by a seventh-place finish after leading 25 laps. The No. 22 team is looking to find a little bit more to compete for wins but its been steady as she goes for now.

Driver Rating: 101.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Martin Truex Jr. – Wasn’t able to muster up the performance of a year ago and make it back-to-back Las Vegas wins but Truex Jr. did come home with a second straight impressive 1.5-mile run and a fourth place finish.

Driver Rating: 100.6
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

5. Ryan Blaney – He started from the pole but only led a lap Sunday in Vegas. Still Blaney came away with a solid effort with a fifth place finish and one of three Team Penske drivers all inside the top-10.

Driver Rating: 109.0
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 8th

6. Denny Hamlin – Not a great day for Hamlin in Vegas who qualified 19th and only finished a couple of starts better. He endured some pit road problems and could not find the speed or the handling to be an impact player on Sunday afternoon.

Driver Rating: 93.5
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

7. Aric Almirola – Speaking of seamless transitions, that’s also been the story for Almirola in his move from Richard Petty Motorsports to Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola came out of Las Vegas with a top 10 finish and has been one of the early season surprises.

Driver Rating: 83.7
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 9th

8. Paul Menard – He continued his steady start to the season with another top-10 at Las Vegas. Menard has made a seamless transition to the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford and has been a consistent player near the front of the field over the course of the opening trio of races.

Driver Rating: 83.3
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Kyle Larson – The best Chevrolet all day and only Camaro in the top 10, Larson notched a solid third place Las Vegas performance. So far he has been the lead driver in the manufacturer’s transition to the new body style in 2018.

Driver Rating: 89.7
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: NR

10. Kyle Busch – Made a nice run near the end of the race trying to run down eventual Las Vegas race winner Kevin Harvick but even Busch admitted he didn’t have enough to catch the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. But he did lead 10 laps on his way to a runner-up finish.

Driver Rating: 89.7
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon