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Power Rankings After Las Vegas

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

1. Martin Truex Jr. – Three times in the last four years Truex Jr. has started the Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs with a win with his latest triumph coming in Las Vegas. Truex Jr. got the lead away from Kevin Harvick with 20 laps to go and went on to score his fifth win of 2019 along with moving on to the Round of 12.

Driver Rating: 100.9
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 4th

2. Kevin Harvick – The Stewart-Haas Racing driver followed up his Indianapolis win with a second-place finish in Sunday’s playoff opening race. Harvick was very strong as told by his 47 laps led and was leading late until finally getting passed for the top spot eventually forced to settle for second.

Driver Rating: 104.7
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

3. Brad Keselowski – He kept his strong Las Vegas record intact with another top-five finish and did it from the 18th starting position. While Keselowski did not leave a lap he was a steady presence up front nearly the entire race.

Driver Rating: 97.5
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 8th

4. Joey Logano – Lots of speed and laps led for Logano who was at the front of the field for a race-high 105 laps. But contact with other cars and some mounting frustration were also part of the defending champion’s day in Las Vegas all adding up to a ninth-place effort.

Driver Rating: 101.2
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 5th

5. Kyle Busch – The regular season championship plus bonus points advantage evaporated in a hurry for Busch who had all sorts of problems and frustrations ending up with a 19th-place finish. It dropped Busch down the playoff grid with work to do in the remainder of the Round of 16.

Driver Rating: 108.9
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 1st

6. Denny Hamlin – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver lost a lot of end of season momentum Sunday in the Vegas playoff opener thanks to a mechanical issue that plagued the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin couldn’t mount much of a challenge and ended up 15th.

Driver Rating: 94.8
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

7. Chase Elliott – The Hendrick stable showed some strength in Las Vegas and Elliott was among the group that challenged in the lead pack. Elliott paced the field for 12 laps eventually finishing fourth to start his championship quest off on a good note.

Driver Rating: 95.3
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th

8. Ryan Blaney – He started the day 23rd and did a good job working his way through the field to pick up enough positions for a presence in the top 10 in the last going. Blaney turned that into a very solid fifth-place South Point 400 performance.

Driver Rating: 93.1
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Kurt Busch – Mixed results for Chip Ganassi Racing with Busch stumbling out of the playoff block. He had a cut tire that sent him slamming into the wall and out of the race with severe damage. Busch will have work to do in this round as he left Vegas credited with last place.

Driver Rating: 89.7
Point Standings: 14th
Previous Ranking: 7th

10. Kyle Larson – He led a couple laps in Las Vegas but maybe more importantly stayed near the front of the field throughout the whole race and also had to bounce back from a pit road penalty on Lap 164. He started his playoff run with an eighth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 88.3
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Erik Jones