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Power Rankings After Darlington

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Pete Pistone’s updated Power Rankings following Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway.

1. Denny Hamlin – Win number two of 2020 came for Hamlin Wednesday night at Darlington to go along with his season-opening Daytona 500 victory. Hamlin scored his third Darlington win in 16 career starts and the 39th of his career.

Driver Rating: 90.1
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

2. Kevin Harvick – A win and a third-place finish at Darlington in the span of four days was not a bad week for Harvick. He remains the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race run so far this season. Harvick has finished top 10 in the last nine Darlington races, which is the longest streak at the track since Bill Elliott’s run of 12 straight between 1985 and 1990.

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

3. Joey Logano – A sixth-place effort for Logano Wednesday night was a marked improvement over his first Darlington outing. It was only Logano’s second top-10 finish in the last five Darlington races and it came after he led 19 laps and posted a 9.5 average running position.

Driver Rating: 100.9
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Kyle Busch – Nobody will remember his second-place finish, which was overshadowed by Busch’s incident with Chase Elliott. Busch has now finished in the top-three in three of the last four 2020 races. See Also: Busch Turns Elliott Late at Darlington

Driver Rating: 89.3
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: 7th

5. Alex Bowman – Wasn’t able to back up his Sunday runner-up finish as Bowman experienced some challenges with the balance of his car Wednesday on his way to an eventual 18th-place Darlington performance.

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

6. Brad Keselowski – A fourth-place run for Keselowski Wednesday was his best 2020 finish of the season. He has led in the last eight Darlington races, which is the longest streak at the track since Jeff Gordon led 10 straight between 1998 and 2003.

Driver Rating: 101.3
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Chase Elliott – The night ended in a controversial crash for Elliott after Kyle Busch made contact racing for the second position as the field headed into Turn 1. It added up to a 38th-place finish for Elliott and perhaps the start of NASCAR’s latest rivalry at least with both fan bases. See Also: Busch Talks to Elliott

Driver Rating: 106.6
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th

8. Aric Almirola – A best career Darlington finish for Almirola came on Wednesday night when he steered his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to a seventh-place run at "The Track Too Tough to Tame."

Driver Rating: 88.3
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Jimmie Johnson – A much better outing for Johnson the second time around after his disappointing early exit last Sunday. Johnson finished eighth to get the No. 48 team ship headed back in the right direction as the Hendrick Motorsports team again showed some good speed after starting 37th.

Driver Rating: 89.8
Point Standings: 12th
Previous Ranking: NR

10. Matt DiBenedetto – His first season with the Wood Brothers has been a so far so good story for DiBenedetto. He scored his second top-10 finish of 2020 and second career Darlington top-10 Wednesday night.

Driver Rating: 83.6
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: NR

Dropped Out: Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney