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Power Rankings After Indianapolis

 Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Big Machine Vodka 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. Kyle Busch – Busch will go into the playoffs as the number one seed and regular season champion even if things didn’t end the way he’d hoped for in Indianapolis. Busch exited the race with a blown engine a bitter way to end the regular season but he hopes for better things beginning in Las Vegas as Busch chases his second career Cup championship.

Driver Rating: 110.3
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Denny Hamlin – Starting from the rear of the field in a backup car after a crash in Saturday’s practice session. Hamlin drove his way toward the front of the field and took the checkered flag with an all things considered impressive sixth-place performance.

Driver Rating: 95.2
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Kevin Harvick – A two-time Brickyard 400 winner thanks to his dominating performance on Sunday when Harvick started from the pole and led 118 laps, including the final 30 on his way to Victory Lane. He has won three of the last seven races this season and appears poised to make a strong run for a second career Cup title.

Driver Rating: 103.8
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th

4. Martin Truex Jr. – Another off the radar day for Truex Jr. who has had more of those in recent weeks than he would like. He started 27th and finished in the same exact spot without ever being a factor in the outcome of Sunday’s race in Indianapolis.

Driver Rating: 99.9
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

5. Joey Logano – An aggressive day for Logano who finished second in the Brickyard 400 on a day when he led 11 laps. The defending series champion will try to become the first driver to win back-to-back titles since Jimmie Johnson in 2009-2010.

Driver Rating: 100.3
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 8th

6. Chase Elliott – He started 24th and had a very adventurous day in Indianapolis that ended with a ninth-place finish. Elliott will look to kick things up a notch or two in the first round of the playoffs.

Driver Rating: 94.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Kurt Busch – He got a piece of a multi-car accident that damaged his Chevrolet and took Busch out of contention for a better finish than his 30th on Sunday. He’ll be looking to get his playoffs off to a much better start in Las Vegas.

Driver Rating: 89.9
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Brad Keselowski – A hard hit into a tire barrier protecting a wall on the inside of the track ended Keselowski’s day at Indianapolis. He was thankfully uninjured in the accident that will no doubt bring some additional safety changes to the track design.

Driver Rating: 97.9
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 4th

9. Erik Jones – Certainly not the follow-up to his Southern 500 win at Darlington the week before Jones had hoped for at Indy. He was involved in an early accident with Brad Keselowski and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was credited with a 39th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 84.9
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Ryan Blaney – He led 19 laps at Indianapolis in one of his best outings in recent weeks. Blaney was frustrated after the race with how the aerodynamics of the rules package impacted the ability to pass but he still came away with a top-10 Brickyard 400 finish.

Driver Rating: 92.7
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Kyle Larson