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Power Rankings After Auto Club

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

1. Kyle Busch – Unstoppable is the only word to describe the way Busch has started off the 2019 season and his 53rd career Cup Series win was the 200th national series victory of his career. In seven races on the West Coast swing across all three of NASCAR’s top tier divisions Busch won five of them.

Driver Rating: 124.0
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Joey Logano – A second-place finish to lead the way for the Team Penske stable at Auto Club. Logano battled Keselowski for the top spot for a few laps and had the lead for two before finally finishing in the runner-up position.

Driver Rating: 106.0
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Brad Keselowski – After struggling with the handling on the No. 2 Ford and a scrape with the wall during Stage 1 of the race, Keselowski’s car came to life in Stage 2. He had his Ford out front for 42 laps but couldn’t stay there in the latter stages and ended up with a third-place finish.

Driver Rating: 95.4
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Denny Hamlin – The dreaded speeding on pit road penalty again bit Hamlin on Sunday. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver got back to the top 10 and finished there for the fourth time in the 2019 season.

Driver Rating: 99.5
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Kevin Harvick – Still winless but a constant presence at the front of the field.That was the case again at Auto Club Speedway where Harvick did not lead a lap but remained in the lead pack and came home with a fourth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 112.0
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Martin Truex Jr. – Marched his way up to the front from the 27th starting position before getting damage to the right-rear of his car when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun in Turn 1 on Lap 61. The team never gave up and Truex battled back to finish eighth.

Driver Rating: 97.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th

7. Kurt Busch – The top-10 finishes continue to come for Busch who again was the best Chevrolet driver on track with a sixth-place finish. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver put his fourth top-10 performance on the board in the season first five races as well.

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

8. Aric Almirola – Consistency has been Almirola’s calling card this year and he demonstrated it in Sunday’s race. Another top-10 finish for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver, who now has four in the season’s first five races.

Driver Rating: 97.1
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Kyle Larson – Not the best homecoming for the California native who rose a string of first and second the last two races at Auto Club Speedway into Sunday’s race. Larson picked up some damage after brushing the wall but was able to wrestle his car home to a 12th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 88.2
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Ryan Blaney – Finally was able to minimize the bad luck that has plagued him in the early going and came home with a top-five finish at Auto Club Speedway one of three Team Penske drivers inside the first five across the finish line.

Driver Rating: 95.5
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.