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Power Rankings After Kansas

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle Busch – He made it to the front of the field and was challenging for the lead until a pit road miscue took Busch out of contention. He drove through too many pit stalls to generate a penalty that help lead to a 30th-place finish to end Busch’s top-10 streak to start the season.

Driver Rating: 112.5
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Brad Keselowski – A masterful driving performance by Keselowski in the wild final laps of Saturday night’s overtime race led to win number three of the season for the Team Penske driver. It was also Keselowski’s 30th career win, a stat he believes warrants potential Hall of Fame consideration.

Driver Rating: 100.0
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

3. Martin Truex Jr. – Not a great follow-up to his Dover win a week ago. Truex Jr. battled handling issues and then picked up some front nose damage after on track contact that all added up to his worst Kansas finish in two years in 19th place.

Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

4. Chase Elliott – The hot streak continued for Elliott at Kansas with his third straight top-five performance. Elliott was one of the only drivers capable of keeping up with Harvick in the early going but he wasn’t able to mount a challenge for the win in the closing laps.

Driver Rating: 96.2
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

5. Joey Logano – A rough weekend for Logano who was one of several drivers to have their car fail pre-race inspection. It forced Logano to the back of the pack and he received some damage after contact on a restart adding to a frustrating 15th-place finish night in Kansas.

Driver Rating: 103.4
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 4th

6. Kevin Harvick – He had the field covered in the early going or so it seemed. Harvick had some debris on the front end of his car and thought he had a tire going down, which eventually shuffled him back in the pack and the Stewart-Haas Racing driver did what he could to finish in 13th place.

Driver Rating: 101.3
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Kurt Busch – Better outing for Busch who returned back to his top-10 machine ways. Busch finished in the first 10 in the first two stages and ended up seventh when the race came to an end.

Driver Rating: 91.8
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 6th

8. Clint Bowyer – He is still looking for that elusive home track victory at Kansas. Bowyer had a strong outing and a top-five performance that ended in a disagreement with Erik Jones about blocking tactics in the race to the checkered flag.

Driver Rating: 90.1
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th

9. Denny Hamlin – It has been a very unforgettable three week stretch for Hamlin that started in Talladega moved on to Dover and continued in Kansas. Hamlin had an early problem and spin and did all he could just to race back and finish 16th Saturday night.

Driver Rating: 88.2
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th

10. Alex Bowman – The Hendrick Motorsports driver set a record Saturday night by becoming the first driver to finish runner-up in three straight races prior to his first career win. Bowman was impressive but could not hold off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski at Kansas and was forced to settle for second yet again.

Driver Rating: 81.8
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Ryan Blaney