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Power Rankings After Kansas

Driver Ratings | Standings | Stage Points

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the KC Masterpiece 400 at Kansas Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – Make it five for 12 for Harvick after his dramatic Kansas win on Saturday night. He’s already matched the number of wins he had in his 2014 championship season and shows no sign of slowing down. Can he make it to double digits in the win column? Harvick is halfway there.

Driver Rating: 116.1
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Kyle Busch – Frustrating night for Busch, who qualified third but battled a number of challenges just to stay in the top 10 Saturday night. There may have been some lessons learned when Kansas rolls back around in the playoffs come October.

Driver Rating: 111.8
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Martin Truex Jr. – His bid to win three straight Kansas races came up one position short with Truex Jr. finishing second Saturday night. It was somewhat surprising the defending series champion was even in position to bid for a win considering he wasn’t much of a factor in the race until it counted at the end.

Driver Rating: 96.4
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Joey Logano – Showed good speed and perseverance in Kansas to knock down a third-place finish. A strategy decision late in the race was a topic of discussion inside the team but in the end it all worked out to have Logano bring home another top five in his recent strong of successful runs.

Driver Rating: 104.5
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Kurt Busch – Started eighth and finished eighth in Kansas on a night when Busch and company could not find that next gear to move forward in the field. Not a bad night but Busch thought he had more than he was able to show in Kansas.

Driver Rating: 95.9
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Clint Bowyer – A not so sweet homecoming for the Kansas native. Bowyer’s weekend started by not getting through pre-qualifying inspection and starting at the back of the field. He fought some loose conditions throughout the race and wound up finishing outside the top 10 after getting some damage in the big multi-car crash with 14 laps to go.

Driver Rating: 93.2
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 5th

7. Kyle Larson – Spun in qualifying and was forced to start at the rear of the field. However, that didn’t stop Larson from leading a race-high 101 laps even though his chance to win evaporated in the late race restart frenzy. But there may be a catch to Larson’s run with a potential rear window mount infraction.

Driver Rating: 92.6
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 9th

8. Denny Hamlin – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is still trying to find Victory Lane for the first time in 2018 but he has been a very consistent presence at the front of the field. That was the case again Saturday night in Kansas when Hamlin brought home a fifth-place finish for his fifth top five of the season.

Driver Rating: 96.0
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Ryan Blaney – Had one of the fastest cars in the race and qualified outside the front row and won Stage 1 to start things off. But he got involved in an incident with Kyle Larson while racing for position and Blaney was eliminated from the race on lap 247 after leading 54 laps.

Driver Rating: 96.5
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 7th

10. Aric Almirola – Races his way back into the Power Rankings after a nice outing in Kansas Saturday night. A year after being involved in a violent accident and suffering a back injury, Almirola drove his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to a top-10 finish.

Driver Rating: 82.7
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Brad Keselowski