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Power Rankings After New Hampshire

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch – He led a race-high 118 laps but finished eighth when Busch, who hit the wall on Lap 214, got shuffled back in the closing stages. Once again a vocal opponent of the 2019 Cup Series rules package but Busch keeps knocking down top-10 finishes and now has 17 in the season’s first 20 races.

Driver Rating: 113.1
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Martin Truex Jr. – A good rebound for Truex Jr. who got caught up in an accordion style incident on the frontstretch where he received what turned out to be minimal damage. Truex Jr. set his sights back on the front of the field and rallied to finish sixth.

Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Joey Logano – Not a happy camper after finishing ninth on Sunday. Logano was upset at what he felt was an illegal restart by Aric Almirola to win the second stage. He struggled to get the right handling and balance the rest of the way and finished the day in ninth.

Driver Rating: 103.1
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Brad Keselowski – He started from the pole and looked strong early. But Keselowski only led 12 laps and could not mount a charge to the front when he needed to ending up with a 10th-place New Hampshire finish.

Driver Rating: 97.2
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Kurt Busch – Not the follow-up to his thrilling Kentucky win a week ago Busch had hoped for on Sunday. He qualified third but was not competitive in the race eventually falling back to a disappointing 18th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 90.7
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Denny Hamlin – A very impressive day for Hamlin who took the green flag from the rear of the field in a backup car and came within one position of winning for the third time this season. He did everything but wreck Harvick for the win but came out of New Hampshire with a second-place finish.

Driver Rating: 90.9
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Kevin Harvick – The drought finally ended for Harvick who had gone 21 races since his last victory. He did so in thrilling fashion holding off Denny Hamlin in the closing laps but was finally able to get into Victory lane for the first time in 2019.

Driver Rating: 101.2
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 8th

8. Alex Bowman – He drove his backup, backup car – actually Jimmie Johnson’s secondary machine – to an actually decent 14th-place finish after starting 37th. All things considered it was an impressive afternoon for Bowman.

Driver Rating: 84.2
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 6th

9. Chase Elliott – The miserable summer for Elliott continued in New Hampshire. A water pump issue took him from contention early and Elliott’s Talladega win seems like an eternity ago after another dismal finish on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 95.3
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Ryan Blaney – Solid day for Blaney, who qualified and stayed inside the top-five most all afternoon at New Hampshire. He’ll need more runs like Sunday in order to capitalize and score his first win of the season.

Driver Rating: 93.2
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None