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Power Rankings After Pocono

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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the historic doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway.

1. Denny Hamlin – Hamlin’s sixth career Pocono win on Sunday tied him with Jeff Gordon on the track’s all-time victory list. Hamlin’s fourth win of 2020 came on the heels of his second-place finish in Saturday’s opener which was his fifth top-two performance of the 2020 season.

Driver Rating: 98.0
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Kevin Harvick – He scored his first career Pocono Cup Series win on Saturday and followed that with a runner-up performance on Sunday, which was his fifth career second-place finish at the track. His Saturday victory was number three of the season and the 52nd in Harvick’s career.

Driver Rating: 106.9
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

3. Brad Keselowski – He did score a stage win on Sunday and looked to be in contention to win had pit strategies not changed so dramatically. But overall Keselowski’s Pocono finishes of ninth and 11th, respectively, were not what the Team Penske driver had hoped for over the weekend.

Driver Rating: 99.3
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

4. Aric Almirola – Back-to-back top-five finishes for Almirola, who enjoyed a very sweet Pocono weekend. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver opened things up with a third-place Saturday run and followed up coming his fifth on Sunday. He’s now posted four consecutive top-five performances in 2020.

Driver Rating: 85.8
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th

5. Chase Elliott – An up and down Pocono weekend for Elliott or more factually a down and up two days. Elliott’s Saturday effort wound up in a 25th-place finish but he came back to come home fourth on Sunday for his seventh top-10 finish of 2020 his most ever through 15 races in his career.

Driver Rating: 103.4
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Ryan Blaney – Surprisingly a non factor over the Pocono weekend the track where Blaney scored his first Cup Series win in 2017. He was just outside the top-10 in 12th Saturday but faded back to a disappointing 22nd in the Sunday weekend finale after contact, which led to an unscheduled pit stop.

Driver Rating: 98.0
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Alex Bowman – The Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 27th in the first race after having to pit late for a a flat right rear tire but, rebounded with a nine-place Sunday effort giving him top-10 finishes in three of the last five races of 2020.

Driver Rating: 94.7
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Kyle Busch – Still searching for his first win of the season and Busch is still without a stage victory as well. He finished fifth Saturday but a disastrous Sunday that included a trip into the wall after contact ended his string of eight straight Pocono top-10 finishes.

Driver Rating: 91.2
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 4th

9. Martin Truex Jr. – A couple of solid outings for Truex Jr. and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team in Pocono. He started out with a sixth-place run in Saturday’s opener and followed that by coming home 10th in Sunday’s weekend finale.

Driver Rating: 96.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Joey Logano – A very forgettable weekend for Logano in Pocono with the Team Penske driver after he was forced to backup for Sunday after having a tire go down late on Saturday. Logano and company have been more miss than hit in recent weeks.

Driver Rating: 96.5
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 8th

Dropped Out: None