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Power Rankings After Bristol

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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – Scored a series-leading ninth win of the season Saturday night at Bristol to take two of the three races in the opening playoff round. Harvick led four times for 226 laps, including the final 32 to take the checkered flag in dominant fashion.

Driver Rating: 111.6
Playoff Grid: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Martin Truex Jr. – His streak of solid runs that started at the end of the regular season and carried over to the first two races of the playoffs came to a halt at Bristol. Truex Jr. ended the opening round with an uncompetitive 24th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 99.1
Playoff Grid: 6th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Brad Keselowski – The May Bristol race winner came nowhere near sweeping in "Thunder Valley" Saturday night. Keselowski took the checkered flag 34th after losing his power steering midway through the race.

Driver Rating: 99.8
Playoff Grid: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Denny Hamlin – An opening round of the playoffs Hamlin would soon like to forget after he crossed the finish line 21st Saturday night. Along with Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones, he was forced to start at the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice.

Driver Rating: 101.4
Playoff Grid: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Chase Elliott – He won Stage 1 and finished third in the second stage. Elliott faded back in the final run to the finish but was able to come out of Bristol with a top-10 run after crossing the line in seventh.

Driver Rating: 99.5
Playoff Grid: 5th
Previous Ranking: 6th

6. Kyle Busch – He led 159 laps, his most led in a race this season (259 of his 408 laps led in 2020 came in the two Bristol races). Busch scored his fourth runner-up finish of 2020, but remains winless.

Driver Rating: 92.9
Playoff Grid: 10th
Previous Ranking: 9th

7. Aric Almirola – End of a very consistent opening round of the playoffs with a fifth-place run Saturday night. Almirola scored only his second top-five finish at Bristol in 23 career Cup starts.

Driver Rating: 89.3
Playoff Grid: 9th
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Joey Logano – Not a great night for Logano, who caught criticism from Kyle Busch late in the race. Logano’s consistent streak ended with a finish just outside the top 10 in 11th.

Driver Rating: 99.2
Playoff Grid: 4th
Previous Ranking: 5th

9. Austin Dillon – Not as good as his first two races in the playoffs, but overall not bad for Dillon in Bristol. Stage finishes of 20th and 10th led to a final position of 12th when the checkered flag flew.

Driver Rating: 76.6
Playoff Grid: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

10. Alex Bowman – The first half of Bowman’s Bristol night was solid with a couple of top-10 stage finishes. However, the Hendrick Motorsports driver slipped back in the final laps of the race and ended up finishing 16th.

Driver Rating: 89.2
Playoff Grid: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None