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Power Rankings After Talladega


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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Yellawood 400 at Talladega Superspeedway.

1. Denny Hamlin – Scored his seventh win of the season in Sunday’s controversial Talladega finish. Hamlin finished the season with a superspeedway average finish of 2.25 after leading four times for 26 laps. He also was forced to battle back from a pit road speeding penalty earlier in the race.

Driver Rating: 101.8
Playoff Grid: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd

2. Kevin Harvick – The second straight week Harvick has suffered through a poor outing and subsequent rough finish. Although he was out front for two laps on Sunday, Harvick wasn’t one of the day’s players and faded to cross the finish line in 20th.

Driver Rating: 109.5
Playoff Grid: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Chase Elliott – He led 41 laps and as has been the case at Talladega in recent outings, Elliott had one of the best cars in the field. He was originally penalized for being below the yellow out of bounds line but after appealing, Elliott was credited with a fifth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 99.8
Playoff Grid: 4th
Previous Ranking: 7th

4. Martin Truex Jr. – He more than likely led the charge out of Talladega after Sunday’s race. Truex Jr. did lead six laps but after a multitude of incidents and damage finally ended up coming home 23rd Sunday afternoon.

Driver Rating: 98.6
Playoff Grid: 6th
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Brad Keselowski – The Team Penske group worked well together for much of the day at Talladega and Keselowski was right in the thick of things. He was the leader for six laps but things did not turn out great in the end for Keselowski with an 18th-place finish.

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

6. Kurt Busch – Good thing he did all the heavy lifting in the Round of 12 the week before at Las Vegas by winning. Busch got wiped out in a lap 108 multi-car accident and his day ended in 32nd.

Driver Rating: 92.0
Playoff Grid: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

7. Joey Logano – Aggressive as usual and at the front of the field a lot on Sunday. Logano was even penalized twice for forcing a driver below the yellow out of bounds line but continued to be a force before finally getting swept up in a massive accident on the frontstretch. He led 45 laps but finished 26th.

Driver Rating: 99.5
Playoff Grid: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

8. Kyle Busch – Despite being involved in a series of early incidents Busch and company continued to soldier on and stay relatively competitive until one last crash was too much for the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota and Busch’s afternoon was over on lap 188.

Driver Rating: 86.0
Playoff Grid: 9th
Previous Ranking: 6th

9. Alex Bowman – He was in the middle of a lot of testy racing on Sunday and got into his share of contact. Still Bowman was able to persevere for a 14th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 89.6
Playoff Grid: 7th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Austin Dillon – A 12th-place performance not too bad for Dillon and the Richard Childress Racing team after they battled back from two laps down following having to change the oil cooler behind the wall. But he’ll be fighting for his Playoff life this week at Charlotte’s Roval trying to make up for lost ground at Las Vegas.

Driver Rating: 76.5
Playoff Grid: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None