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Power Rankings After Richmond

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

1. Kyle Busch – Early on it looked like Busch was going to continue his Richmond mastery with a third straight win. But a pit road speeding penalty negated Busch leading over 100 laps and he did his best to drive back to an eighth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 120.3
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Denny Hamlin – He might have turned in the drive of the night. Hamlin was forced to a 30th-place starting position thanks to his car failing pre-race inspection. But he worked very hard to get through traffic and it paid off in an impressive fifth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 99.8
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Brad Keselowski – An overall quiet night for Keselowski despite leading 31 laps and finishing in the top 10. But Keselowski did not have a car that seemed capable of being in contention for the win in the final stages and ended up with a still respectable seventh-place finish.

Driver Rating: 99.1
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Joey Logano – He put serious pressure on Truex Jr. in the final laps in search of win number two of the season short of making contact with his rear bumper. But Logano could not find a way around MTJ and took the checkered flag in the runner-up spot.

Driver Rating: 107.2
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Martin Truex Jr. – The streak is over for Truex Jr. who had not won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series short track race until Saturday night when he led 186 laps to take the checkered flag. His Richmond win was the 20th of his career and first as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 8th

6. Kevin Harvick – He had a fast race car all weekend, including a pole winning run to kick things off in Richmond. Harvick led 30 laps on Saturday night and stayed inside the top five most of the race finally ending up with a fourth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 104.0
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

7. Kurt Busch – It’s a sign of respect to say Busch’s 11th-place finish was disappointing. His top-10 streak came to a close when Busch plateaued out in the second half of the race and was forced to settle for a performance outside the first 10 Saturday night.

Driver Rating: 92.3
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 6th

8. Clint Bowyer – Was in the mix as a challenger to win the race in the closing stages until Bowyer finally ran out of steam and fell back to finish third. He was frustrated by the lack of speed when needed but still has been solid in recent weeks.

Driver Rating: 92.8
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: NR

9. Ryan Blaney – A very mediocre night in Richmond for Blaney who cooled off tremendously from his early season performance. Blaney had a 20th place or so car in both qualifying and the race and ended up coming home in 25th.

Driver Rating: 97.1
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 7th

10. Chase Elliott – His day got off on the wrong foot when Elliott was one of the several drivers who had their cars fail pre-race inspection. It dropped him to a 32nd starting spot and the best he could do is get to a 15th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 89.2
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: Aric Almirola