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Power Rankings After Phoenix

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

1. Kyle Busch – He continues to dominate across all three NASCAR national series and scored his fourth win in the last 10 days with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career victory number 52 on Sunday. Busch now sits at 199 total wins across the top divisions and is on pace to shatter the 200 victory mark in pretty short order.

Driver Rating: 117.9
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Joey Logano – One of the many drivers who amplified a difficulty to pass, Logano was still able to get a top-10 finish on Sunday. But after starting 12th, the Las Vegas race winner a week ago wasn’t a factor for a second straight win.

Driver Rating: 102.2
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Brad Keselowski – He had early trouble with a broken sway bar mount and despite having a fast car that qualified fifth, Keselowski was not a factor for win number two of the season in Phoenix and made it home with a 19th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 90.3
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 1st

4. Denny Hamlin – The Daytona 500 winner has been rock solid in the early going and scored his second top-five of the season. Hamlin has been inside the top-10 in three of the first four races of the year and had a fifth-place finish on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 98.3
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Martin Truex Jr. – He was able to come back from a pit road speeding penalty and save enough fuel to make it to the finish. Truex Jr.’s second-place run was his second top-five of the 2019 season and gave Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2 finish.

Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Kevin Harvick – Odd to say that a top-10 finish for any driver is a disappointment but it was for Harvick Sunday. That’s the price of being so dominant at a track for so many years and instead of getting a record 10th victory Harvick was forced to settle for a ninth-place effort.

Driver Rating: 113.1
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Kurt Busch – He keeps knocking down the top-10 finishes and put another on the board in Phoenix. Busch now has three top 10s in the season’s first four races and in a short time has made a significant impact at Chip Ganassi Racing.

Driver Rating: 90.4
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Aric Almirola – The Stewart-Haas Racing driver continued his prowess at ISM Raceway with another stellar effort on Sunday. Almirola moved inside the top five in the latter stages of the race and never left once he made it there coming home with a fourth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 94.2
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Kyle Larson – A bad qualifying effort put Larson in an early hole to start the race way back in the 31st starting position. He quickly sliced his way through the field and go two the front and although wasn’t able to lead any laps on Sunday still came away with a solid sixth-place performance.

Driver Rating: 90.3
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – A good if not great day for Stenhouse Jr. He didn’t finish inside the top 10 but did post an average running position of 15.4 before finishing 13th.

Driver Rating: 89.3
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Erik Jones