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Power Rankings After Michigan

Driver Ratings | Standings | Stage Points

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – Win number six of the year was in sight for Harvick who came up one position short after a late battle with SHR teammate Bowyer who went on to take the checkered flag. Harvick did pace the field for a race-high 49 laps and collected 52 overall points along the way.

Driver Rating: 114.9
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

2. Kyle Busch – By far the fastest Toyota of the day belonged to Busch but by his own admission he had nothing for the Ford contingent and its dominance. He had to start at the rear of the field because his car had a splitter issue in pre-race inspection. He finished fourth and despite a fast car did not lead a lap on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 114.2
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Martin Truex Jr. – A very un-Truex Jr. like Michigan weekend for the defending series champion beginning with a poor qualifying effort on Friday. Saddled with a 17th-place starting spot, the driver who had two top-10 runs at Michigan a year ago and came into the weekend with a lot of optimism left with an 18th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 98.5
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Clint Bowyer – His second win of the season came with a mix of a fast car, pit strategy and an assist from Mother Nature. A call for two tires on a late pit stop gave Bowyer the track position he needed to wrestle away the lead and be there when the race ended because of rain 67 laps from its schedule completion.

Driver Rating: 95.2
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 9th

5. Kyle Larson – A bad qualifying effort relegated Larson to a 26th starting position but he quickly sliced his way through the field in search of a fourth straight Michigan win. His quest ended with a spin later in the race to remove Larson from contending for Victory Lane.

Driver Rating: 94.3
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 4th

6. Brad Keselowski – Started from outside the front row but Keselowski was never able to lead a lap at Michigan. Adjustments to his car in the late going had him running the fastest laps on track at one point but he wasn’t able to translate that into anything more than a still solid sixth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 98.8
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Kurt Busch – Lightning-fast in qualifying to win the pole and a very solid car in race trim. Busch had his car at the front of the field for 46 laps on Sunday and was in the battle for the win as weather came closer. In the end a very respectable third-place run for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

Driver Rating: 96.4
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

8. Ryan Blaney – He led 15 laps Sunday but stayed about the same level the rest of the race hovering inside the top-10, which is where Blaney finished with an eighth-place performance.

Driver Rating: 97.3
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 5th

9. Joey Logano – Twelve top-10 finishes in the season’s first 15 races for the consistent Logano with his latest coming Sunday in Michigan. Looking to find something during the summer stretch to bring the Shell/Pennzoil No. 22 up a notch or two in the competition department.

Driver Rating: 100.7
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

10. Denny Hamlin – Forced to start from the rear of the field in Sunday’s race because his car had a splitter issue in pre-race inspection. Hamlin got to about the top-10 and stayed there most of the day in a race that included some challenges but ended up with a 12th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 95.7
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

Dropped Out: None