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Power Rankings After Kansas

Kansas Recap and Results | Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Denny Hamlin – Win number five of the season came after Hamlin survived a pair of overtimes in Kansas. He led 153 laps, more than double his career laps led total at Kansas coming into the weekend, and once again staked his claim as a strong contender for this year’s Cup Series championship.

Driver Rating: 96.4
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

2. Martin Truex Jr. – MTJ had his Toyota at the front of the field for 33 laps on Sunday but couldn’t sustain a charge in the late going to challenge for a win. Truex Jr. ended the round with a sixth-place Kansas finish.

Driver Rating: 101.4
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Kyle Busch – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver suffered from throttle issues earlier in the race but was able to work through those challenges to finish third. He has now finished in the top-10 in nine of the last ten Kansas races.

Driver Rating: 107.5
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Kevin Harvick – His weekend started off poorly after Harvick’s car failed inspection three times and he started the race from the 40th position. But he quickly moved his way through the field and Harvick came home with a top-10 Kansas run after all.

Driver Rating: 104.4
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

5. Chase Eliott – The defending Hollywood Casino race winner literally was racing for his Playoff life on Sunday. Elliott tried his best to make it two straight wins in the race but despite coming up one position short of the goal still advanced to the next round of the Playoffs.

Driver Rating: 95.1
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 10th

6. Ryan Blaney – He followed up his Talladega win with a mediocre Kansas outing. After qualifying third and leading two laps, Blaney dropped back in the field and endured an uncompetitive day to finally finish 21st.

Driver Rating: 92.6
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 4th

7. Joey Logano – Another day of heavy lifting for Logano, which was the defending champion’s theme throughout the Round of 12. He battled back from being two laps down to win Stage 1 and despite getting swept up in a late race accident that caused some damage to his car, Logano finished just high enough in the running order to move on in the Playoffs.

Driver Rating: 97.7
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 8th

8. Kyle Larson – He was battered and bruised after crashing at Talladega last week. But Larson muscled his way from a fifth starting spot to finish 14th, not the best day to be sure but he’d already scanned his bar code to the next Playoff round thanks to winning at Dover.

Driver Rating: 90.1
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th

9. Brad Keselowski – A disastrous day in Kansas punctuated by problems in the overtime restarts doomed Keselowski. The Team Penske driver, who had won at Kansas in May, ended up in 19th place and missed moving on to the Round of 8.

Driver Rating: 97.3
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 7th

10. William Byron – Coming from the 24th starting spot to finish fifth was good but just not good enough. Despite the strong outing in Kansas, Byron was eliminated from the Playoff picture.

Driver Rating: 84.6
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Alex Bowman