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Final 2019 Power Rankings

2019 Driver Ratings

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils the final Power Rankings of the season following the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

1. Kyle Busch – He ended a 21-race winless drought at the perfect time. Busch’s win on Sunday earned him a second Cup Series championship and he is know one of just 16 drivers in NASCAR history to have won multiple titles. Busch passed Rusty Wallace for ninth on the all-time win list with his 56th career victory and became the first driver to repeat in the Championship 4 era.

Driver Rating: 108.4
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Martin Truex Jr. – A mistake on front tires during a pit stop cost Truex Jr. valuable track time and maybe a second Cup championship. He did come back to finish runner-up for the second straight season and has not been worse than second in the last three Homestead races.

Driver Rating: 103.4
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Kevin Harvick – A mistake-free day with a fast car was the positives from Homestead for Harvick. He led 41 laps bust mostly in the early going before fading back some and taking the checkered flag with a fourth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 105.2
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Denny Hamlin – The quest for an ever-elusive championship will continue for Hamlin. Despite having one of the fastest cars in the race, a decision to tape the front grille of Hamlin’s car to help find speed and better handling backfired in an overheating problem. Hamlin could only muster a 10th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 98.0
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

5. Joey Logano – A return to Homestead to defend his championship wasn’t in the cards for Logano. But he was still competitive in the spoiler role on Sunday hanging around at the front and taking the checkered flag in fifth place.

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

6. Kyle Larson – Running up high against the wall still works at Homestead even with this year’s Cup Series rules package and it was where Larson made some hay on Sunday. However a blown engine ruined the season-finale for Larson who was credited with a last-place finish.

Driver Rating: 90.4
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Ryan Blaney – He hovered around the top 10 Sunday in Homestead before finally settling for an 11th-place finish to end his 2019 season. Blaney made some strides this year for sure including advancing to the Round of 8 in the playoffs.

Driver Rating: 93.8
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 6th

8. Brad Keselowski – A mediocre day in Homestead for Keselowski to bring down the curtain on his season. It was a year that began on a positive note but as the months passed Keselowski lost his ability to race consistently at the front of the field.

Driver Rating: 94.8
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. William Byron – An oil pressure problem that led to an engine failure ended Byron’s 2019 season on a sour note. While he made progress this year and has some strong outings along the way, Sunday at Homestead was not one of them.

Driver Rating: 85.0
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Chase Elliott – He ended the season with a whimper and definitely not a roar. Elliott posted a 15th-place Homestead finish and was not competitive most of the day. The good news is he snapped his string of 30th place or worse finishes that knocked Elliott out of the playoffs in the Round of 8.

Driver Rating: 92.2
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None