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Power Rankings After Kansas


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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway.

1. Denny Hamlin – Scored win number five of the season in Kansas after leading four times for 57 laps. Hamlin said he’s as mentally sharp as ever this year and that along with some stellar race cars from Joe Gibbs Racing has added up to the solid season Hamlin has had so far in 2020.

Driver Rating: 98.4
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

2. Kevin Harvick – Hovered around the front of the field all night long but just did not have enough to challenge for the win at the end. Still another top-five finish for Harvick with his fourth-place finish to keep him on top of the Cup Series point standings.

Driver Rating: 108.5
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Brad Keselowski – A second-place performance for Keselowski in Kansas to keep his strong summer intact. He is the only driver in the Cup Series to have finished in the top 10 in every 1.5-mile track race this season.

Driver Rating: 99.8
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Aric Almirola – His sixth-place finish was Almirola’s eighth consecutive top-10 finish of the season, the best in the Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s career.

Driver Rating: 94.4
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 5th

5. Chase Elliott – Surprisingly not much of a factor in Kansas considering how strong Elliott has been on intermediate tracks in the past. Finished 12th after posting runs of 13th and 10th in the opening two stages.

Driver Rating: 101.3
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Ryan Blaney – Looked great early in the race with finishes of fourth and second in the first two stages Thursday night in Kansas. But Blaney made contact with the Turn 1 wall causing a flat tire and unscheduled pit stop in the final run to the checkered flag and left with a very disappointing 20th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 99.4
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

7. Martin Truex Jr. – A much-needed performance for Truex Jr. in Kansas to end a series of struggles for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. His third-place finish was only Truex Jr.’s second top five in the last eight races of the season.

Driver Rating: 96.8
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 8th

8. Kyle Busch – He finally ended his drought of not scoring any stage points by winning the opening segment in Kansas. Busch followed that with a fifth-place run in the second stage and was in the mix for win number one of the season until he faded late and took the checkered flag with an 11th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 93.0
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th

9. Joey Logano – A fast car but any hopes of a good finish ended for Logano when he made contact with the wall and was part of a multi-car accident in Kansas. That added up to a disheartening 35th-place finish for the Team Penske driver.

Driver Rating: 96.8
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 7th

10. Kurt Busch – A ninth-place finish for Busch in Kansas who has finished top 10 in the last three races after failing to finish top-10 in the prior three.

Driver Rating: 98.0
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None