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Power Rankings After Dover

Driver Ratings | Playoff Standings | Stage Points

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – An eighth win looked well in sight when Harvick was cruising at the front of the field to the tune of 286 laps and winning the first two stages. But a valve stem broke on a late pit stop for tires and that sent Harvick into catch-up mode and he did all he could just to finish sixth.

Driver Rating: 115.3
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Kyle Busch – Crew chief Adam Stevens made major adjustments to Busch’s car before the race but a speeding penalty and a track bar motor issue were too much to overcome but Busch was still able to come home eighth despite all those challenges.

Driver Rating: 109.7
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Martin Truex Jr. – First a pit road speeding penalty and then part of the end of race fireworks that damaged the Furniture Row Racing Toyota all added up to a sour return to Truex Jr.’s real home track.

Driver Rating: 102.9
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

4. Brad Keselowski – Some tire strategy by crew chief Paul Wolfe got Keselowski much needed track position in the late going an ehe was in contention for a victory. But he got swept up in the big accident at the end after contact from Almirola and Keselowski left Dover with just a 14th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 96.9
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Chase Elliott – Career win number two came with some redemption as Elliott was able to win the fall race at Dover that got away to Kyle Busch in the late stages a year ago. Elliott did a masterful job outrunning Denny Hamlin on an overtime restart and has moved on to Round 3 of the playoffs.

Driver Rating: 93.5
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 9th

6. Kurt Busch – Solid day for Busch who got shuffled back a bit in the late race theatrics but still was able to put another top five on the board. He’s been extremely consistent through the early part of the playoff schedule and was again in Dover.

Driver Rating: 97.6
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Joey Logano – With a battered and bruised car, Logano found his way home to a third-place finish despite taking an errant axel on track right in the gas pipe. But Logano was able to soldier on and heads to Talladega looking for a season sweep and in good playoff shape.

Driver Rating: 94.1
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 8th

8. Ryan Blaney – Couldn’t follow up his Charlotte Roval win with a string performance at Dover although Blaney wasn’t terrible by any means. He hovered around the top 10 before taking the checkered flag in 11th.

Driver Rating: 93.8
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 5th

9. Kyle Larson – A mysterious outing for Larson who has run extremely well during his Cup career at Dover. That was not the case Sunday when the Chip Ganassi Racing driver was mediocre at best and now finds himself in a bit of a playoff pickle heading to Talladega.

Driver Rating: 96.4
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 6th

10. Aric Almirola – Another one that got away from Almirola. He led 64 laps and had the top spot until a late caution changed the complexion of the race, sent Almirola to pit road for four tires and a subsequent slip on the backstretch triggered a multi-car accident and ended his chances of winning career race number two.

Driver Rating: 86.0
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Clint Bowyer