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Power Rankings After Kentucky


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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick: Was in position late to add another win to his mark but slid back in the two-lap shootout to the checkered flag. Still Harvick’s fourth-place finish was his best at Kentucky and he remained on top of the Cup Series point standings.

Driver Rating: 108.1
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Denny Hamlin – Was surprisingly a non-factor all day at Kentucky. He was 24th and 17th in the first two stages and things didn’t get much better in the final run to the checkered flag as Hamlin left Kentucky with a 12th-place effort.

Driver Rating: 96.8
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Brad Keselowski – The Team Penske driver paced the field for 34 laps and also took the second stage. Keselowski slipped back to a nine-place finish, his 12th top-10 in the season’s first 17 races.

Driver Rating: 99.4
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Aric Almirola – He led a career-high 128 laps at Kentucky but things didn’t pan out for Almirola later in the race. He ended up finishing eighth snapping his streak of five straight top-five finishes heading into the Quaker State 400.

Driver Rating: 89.2
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Ryan Blaney – Wrestled with a car that jumped out of gear but Blaney was still fast enough to be an impact player on Sunday. He led 18 laps and posted a 12th-place finish after top-five runs in the opening two stages at Kentucky.

Driver Rating: 97.3
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Chase Elliott – The summer stretch has not been good for Elliott, who had another disappointing outing in Kentucky. Three of Elliott’s last four finishes have been outside the top-10 the latest coming in the Quaker State 400 with a 23rd.

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

7. Martin Truex Jr. – Drove his way from the back of the field after a pre-race inspection issue relegated him to the rear. Truex Jr. led 57 laps on a strong day but was foiled trying to get a win by the last restart of the day to a second-place finish.

Driver Rating: 93.7
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

8. Joey Logano – Third in the opening stage and fourth in the second for Logano. His day went south from there as he drifted back in the pack and ended up with a 15th-place Quaker State 500 performance.

Driver Rating: 96.9
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 9th

9. Alex Bowman – The good news for Bowman is he did have a pair of stage finishes inside the top 10. However, the last stage that mattered most did not go well for Bowman who crossed the line with a disappointing 19th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 92.7
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 8th

10. Kyle Busch – Another miserable outing for Busch who remains winless and without a stage victory in 2020. A myriad of challenges took Busch from a front row starting spot to a 21st-place Kentucky finish.

Driver Rating: 90.9
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 7th

Dropped Out: None