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Power Rankings After Dover

Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway.

1. Martin Truex Jr. – Truex Jr. couldn’t make it a Dover sweep after his May win but did the next best thing with a second-place finish on Sunday. He definitely had a fast car but could not run down Larson in the closing laps to make a pass for the lead and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver settled for a runner-up spot. Truex Jr.’s average finish in the first four races of the playoffs is a sparkling 2.75.

Driver Rating: 102.8
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd

2. Kevin Harvick – Although Harvick never led a lap on Sunday he was a near constant presence at the front of the field. A fourth-place starting spot turned into a finish in the same position and Harvick remained a solid figure in the playoff race after one race in the Round of 12.

Driver Rating: 105.8
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

3. Kyle Larson – The drought is over for Larson who ended a 75-race winless streak with his Dover win. Once Larson got the lead he flexed his muscles to the tune of leading a total of 154 laps and moving on to the Round of 8 for the first time in his career.

Driver Rating: 90.3
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 7th

4. Kyle Busch – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver had an interesting day that began in the 18th starting position. He made up spots in relatively short order but a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 122 sent him to the back of the field. Still Busch got near the front again and ended up with an all things considered decent sixth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 107.8
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 5th

5. Chase Elliott – A week after winning at Charlotte’s road course, Elliott was credited with a last-place finish in Dover thanks to an engine problem that eliminated the Hendrick Motorsports driver after just eight laps on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 94.4
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

6. Denny Hamlin – He started from the pole and led a race-high 218 laps on Sunday. However, Hamlin could not keep up after sliding back a few positions in the late going but still put a top-five run on the board.

Driver Rating: 95.7
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 8th

7. Brad Keselowski – A so-so day for Keselowski in what has become a bit of a trend for the Team Penske driver. He wasn’t terrible by any means but did not possess enough to challenge for the lead or the win and left Dover with an 11th-place finish.

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

8. Alex Bowman – He has been a top-10 machine in recent weeks with three of the last four playoff races finding Bowman at the front of the field. He posted another third-place Dover finish Sunday – the same spot where he finished in May – and remains in the hunt to move on to the next round.

Driver Rating: 83.3
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Joey Logano – Disaster doesn’t begin to describe the day for Logano who had a rear axle problem before the race even began. It sent him to pit road and then the garage for repairs and when all was said and done Logano’s playoff point cushion disappeared in Dover.

Driver Rating: 97.7
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 6th

10. William Byron – A good qualifying effort and a sixth-place starting position got Byron’s off on a solid note. But a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 184 hindered his hopes for a better finish than the 13th he brought home Sunday in Dover.

Driver Rating: 84.3
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Ryan Blaney