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Power Rankings After Richmond


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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.

1. Kevin Harvick – The way he’s been running this season it feels like a seventh-place Richmond finish is off for Harvick. That’s fair but he’s also well on his way to the second round and his Saturday night in Richmond was just a blip on the radar.

Driver Rating: 110.5
Playoff Grid: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Martin Truex Jr. – The consistency train kept rolling in Richmond for Truex Jr. He has finished top-two in the last three Richmond races and posted his ninth top-four finish in the last 10 races of 2020.

Driver Rating: 100.0
Playoff Grid: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

3. Brad Keselowski – A dominating Richmond run to propel Keselowski into the next round of the playoffs. Keselowski led four times Saturday night for a total of 192 laps, including the final 48. Win number four of the season was the Team Penske driver’s 34th career Cup Series victory.

Driver Rating: 100.5
Playoff Grid: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

4. Denny Hamlin – Frustrating night overall for Hamlin at a track he had high hopes of running well at considering his past Richmond history. Hamlin’s playoff start hasn’t been terrible but so far he’s not shown the prowess of the regular season performance.

Driver Rating: 102.6
Playoff Grid: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 2nd

5. Joey Logano – Found the speed the No. 22 Team Penske Ford has been searching for with a great Richmond run. Logano has finished top four in five of the last seven Richmond races and posted his eighth top-10 finish in the last nine races of 2020.

Driver Rating: 98.9
Playoff Grid: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Chase Elliott – The Hendrick Motorsports driver scored his third Richmond top five in the last five races and knocked down his fourth top-five finish in the last six races of 2020.

Driver Rating: 99.0
Playoff Grid: 7th
Previous Ranking: 4th

7. Aric Almirola – Nothing spectacular but also nothing for Almirola and company to be ashamed of in Richmond. A solid top-10 finish put the Stewart-Haas Racing driver up two spots to 10th in the Playoff grid.

Driver Rating: 89.0
Playoff Grid: 10th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Austin Dillon – The early surprise of the playoffs. Dillon has finished top five in consecutive races for the first time ever in Cup after finishing second last week in Darlington. Scored his best Richmond finish of fourth after rebounding from a speeding penalty and a missing pit road under green.

Driver Rating: 76.6
Playoff Grid: 6th
Previous Ranking: 10th

9. Kyle Busch – Trending in the right direction after overcoming a Richmond challenge that sent Busch to the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice. Busch finished sixth for his best performance in the last four races of 2020.

Driver Rating: 91.9
Playoff Grid: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Alex Bowman – Bowman recorded his first top 10 in nine starts at Richmond to continue his solid start to the playoffs. He’s finished top 10 in the last four races of 2020, matching his career longest top-10 streak.

Driver Rating: 88.9
Playoff Grid: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

Dropped Out: None