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Power Rankings After Las Vegas

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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – An uncharacteristic off-night for Harvick, who despite finishing in the top 10 was not a factor Sunday in Las Vegas. He kicked off the Round of 8 in less than stellar fashion but still enjoys a comfortable margin in the playoff standings.

Driver Rating: 111.1
Playoff Grid: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Denny Hamlin – He led the most laps at 121 after only 18 laps led at Las Vegas in his career prior and matched his best Las Vegas finish of third. But despite having fresher tires in the final stage was not able to run down the lead for the win.

Driver Rating: 102.7
Playoff Grid: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

3. Kurt Busch – Scored his first win of the season and finally took the checkered flag at his home track. Busch led two times for 29 laps, including the last 26, thanks to pit strategy and a late race caution flag. He moves into the Round of 8 for the fourth time in his career.

Driver Rating: 86.2
Playoff Grid: 1st
Previous Ranking: NR

4. Martin Truex Jr. – Followed up his race-winning performance of a year ago with another solid outing Sunday at Las Vegas. Truex Jr. came home fourth and has finished top-four in 10 of the last 12 races of 2020.

Driver Rating: 99.4
Playoff Grid: 5th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

5. Brad Keselowski – Although he led two laps, Keselowski could not find any of the Las Vegas magic that has made him so strong there in the past. A disappointing 13th-place finish for the Team Penske driver.

Driver Rating: 99.2
Playoff Grid: 4th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

6. Kyle Busch – Another good performance by Busch to kick off the Round of 12 after his Bristol runner-up effort a week ago. Busch has now finished top-10 in the last four races, his longest streak of top-10 finishes in 2020.

Driver Rating: 93.3
Playoff Grid: 9th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Chase Elliott – An ultimately frustrating night in Las Vegas that included challenges on pit road for his crew. Elliott led 73 laps and restarted ninth on the final restart but lost all his track position in overtime to cross the finish line 22nd.

Driver Rating: 100.0
Playoff Grid: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th

8. Joey Logano – Some early race controversy when he got into some trouble after a three-wide battle with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch for position. It could have been worse but Logano soldiered on for a 14th-place Las Vegas finish.

Driver Rating: 99.3
Playoff Grid: 6th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Alex Bowman – A very encouraging outing for Bowman, who finished fifth and led five laps at Las Vegas. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has finished in the top 10 in five of the last six races of 2020 and Sunday was his best Las Vegas finish.

Driver Rating: 90.1
Playoff Grid: 8th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Austin Dillon – A Disastrous night for Dillon in Vegas after he fared so well in the opening round of the Playoffs. A pit road penalty as well as mechanical challenges added up to Dillon being credited with a dismal 32nd-place finish.

Driver Rating: 76.7
Playoff Grid: 12th
Previous Ranking: 9th

Dropped Out: Aric Almirola