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Power Rankings After Daytona

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Kyle Busch – Only his third finish outside the top 10 all year for Busch courtesy of some damage. He was somehow able to muscle his car to at least a 14th-place finish on a day when he also led three laps.

Driver Rating: 111.0
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Martin Truex Jr. – Last year Truex Jr. was edged out of a win by his current Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones. This year Truex Jr. was just another one of the many casualties sidelined in a crash.

Driver Rating: 101.3
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Brad Keselowski – A very early exit for Keselowski who left the race with a severely damaged car after getting hit from behind by Kevin Harvick. A 39th-place finish for Keselowski was the latest chapter in his string of Daytona bad luck.

Driver Rating: 97.4
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Joey Logano – Lightning fast all weekend including Sunday’s race with Logano out front for 40 laps. But his 25th-place finish was the other side of the story when he received damage from contact.

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

5. Denny Hamlin – No chance to be the first driver to sweep Daytona since Jimmie Johnson in 2013 for Hamlin. This year’s Daytona 500 winner was one one of the many victims involved in the day’s 17-car melee.

Driver Rating: 88.6
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Alex Bowman – The follow-up outing after his breakthrough Cup Series win at Chicagoland wasn’t the best with Bowman coming home 21st Sunday but as the saying goes it probably could have been worse.

Driver Rating: 85.8
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Kevin Harvick – The hits keep coming for Harvick both literally and figuratively. His latest challenge came Sunday in Daytona when contact knocked him out of contending for the win despite leading 12 laps.

Driver Rating: 101.1
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Chase Elliott – The good news is Elliott had his car in front for three laps on Sunday afternoon. You can probably figure out the bad news as he got swept up in a multi-car accident to finish 35th in the final rundown.

Driver Rating: 96.1
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Kurt Busch – A turn of events took Busch out of the lead and contention to win the race on a pivotal pit stop. Busch came down pit road planning for the race to return to green on the following lap but a lightning strike forced NASCAR to red flag the race instead and trap Busch down to a 10th=place finish.

Driver Rating: 88.7
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Ryan Blaney – Ran at the front of the field as is usually the case in Daytona and Talladega. But Blaney’s bad luck continued as he was one of many drivers who had their day wiped out in an accident.

Driver Rating: 93.5
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None