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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 Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – The career year for Harvick continued at Michigan with yet another dominating outing that saw him lead 108 laps, sweep the first two stages and visit Victory Lane for the seventh time this season. The odds Harvick reaches double digits in wins – maybe before the end of the regular season – seem to improve every week.

Driver Rating: 116.3
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Kyle Busch – He led 22 laps after starting from outside the front row but Busch didn’t have enough to rundown the lead for the win. Still it was a solid outing for Busch at a track where he admittedly usually struggles on the Cup side and he came home third.

Driver Rating: 113.3
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Martin Truex Jr. – A rare “off” day for Truex Jr. and the Furniture Row Racing team. He ran out of fuel at the end of Stage 1 and the mistake was compounded by penalties for pitting too soon and an uncontrolled tire. After leading 25 laps, that took Truex Jr. out of contention for his fifth win of the season and home with a 14th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 104.3
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

4. Clint Bowyer – The June Michigan race winner wasn’t able to mount much of a charge in hopes of sweeping the two races at the track in 2018. Bowyer hovered around the top 10 before finally taking the checkered flag with a 12th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 94.5
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Chase Elliott – While he wasn’t an impact player for back-to-back wins after his Watkins Glen break through a week ago, Elliott’s impressive Michigan record remained intact. He has not finished outside the top 10 in any of his Cup career starts at MIS and finished ninth on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 89.8
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Erik Jones – Not the homecoming the Michigander had hoped for by any means. Jones suffered a pair of spins Sunday at Michigan and his string of top-10 runs after winning Daytona last month came to a close even though the sophomore driver was able to rebound to a 13th-place finish after starting fourth.

Driver Rating: 83.5
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: 5th

7. Kurt Busch – As rumors about his future at Stewart-Haas Racing swirled around Michigan, Busch kept focused and turned in a solid weekend performance. After qualifying 12th, Busch wheeled his Ford home to a sixth-place run at MIS.

Driver Rating: 96.1
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Ryan Blaney – A better day than recent weeks for Blaney Sunday in Michigan. He qualified eighth and worked himself into a top-five finish. Along with Teams Penske running mates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, Blaney helped give the organization a trio cars inside the top 10.

Driver Rating: 92.4
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 9th

9. Brad Keselowski – The Michigan native is still searching for that elusive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at his home track but he fell only one position short of the goal Sunday. Keselowski came home second and put top-five finish number six on the board.

Driver Rating: 94.7
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: NR

10. Denny Hamlin – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started from the pole and led 11 laps Sunday in Michigan. But he faded back to the second half of the top 10 for most of the afternoon before finally taking the checkered flag in eighth place for Hamlin’s 12th top-10 finish of 2018.

Driver Rating: 94.4
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: Kyle Larson