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Power Rankings After Texas


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Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – Salvaged a 16th-place finish after a myriad of problems that started with the trip into the wall early in the Texas race. Harvick was forced to battle through everything from a vibration to a loose tire on pit road to stay very much alive in the Playoff picture.

Driver Rating: 108.7
Playoff Grid: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Joey Logano – A top-10 effort for Logano, who doesn’t have anything to sweat after earning his Championship 4 spot the week prior with his Kansas win. Logano is very much in tune-up mode to make a run for title number two.

Driver Rating: 100.6
Playoff Grid: 1st
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Denny Hamlin – He battled back for a top-10 finish as Hamlin fought for his Playoff life at Texas. His journey included nose damage from an incident involving Matt Kenseth and Bubba Wallace but he was still able to persevere to remain in the title hunt.

Driver Rating: 100.4
Playoff Grid: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Martin Truex Jr.- A big hole to start the race greeted Truex after a pre-inspection penalty for an unapproved spoiler cost him crew chief James Small and 20 championship points. Despite also starting from the rear, Truex Jr. roared back to finish second but is in a win or nothing situation next week at Martinsville for any championship aspirations.

Driver Rating: 99.7
Playoff Grid: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th

5. Alex Bowman – He continues to show prowess on intermediate tracks and post consistent finishes. However, Bowman’s fifth-place Texas run after leading 43 laps didn’t help him gain anything at all in terms of the Playoff grid and he goes to Martinsville below the cutline.

Driver Rating: 90.9
Playoff Grid: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Brad Keselowski – Finding consistency at the best time of the championship run. Keselowski has now finished in the top 10 in back-to-back races for the first time in the 2020 Playoffs. His Texas run kept the Team Penske driver well above the cutline going to Martinsville.

Driver Rating: 99.3
Playoff Grid: 4th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Chase Elliott – Fuel strategy did not play out for Elliott who tried to gather stage points and played catch up pretty much the whole Texas race ending up with a 20th-place finish. He also had a tire come apart. The Hendrick Motorsports driver faces a do or die situation at Martinsville in order to get to the Championship 4 field.

Driver Rating: 101.0
Playoff Grid: 6th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

8. Kyle Busch – Was able to keep his season winning streak alive by scoring his first victory of the season using fuel mileage to get to Victory Lane. It was the 16th straight year Busch has won in the Cup Series and he scored his 57th career victory in Texas, leading five times for 94 laps, including the final 24.

Driver Rating: 92.7
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th

9. Ryan Blaney – Found himself at the front of the field for 20 laps as Blaney kept up his recent run of strong Texas outings. He crossed the finish line with a solid fourth-place finish as the Team Penske driver looks to end the year on an up note.

Driver Rating: 95.3
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Kurt Busch – While his younger brother took the checkered flag, Busch put a top-10 finish on the board. However, it did not improve his place in the Playoff standings and he’ll have to find a way to get to Martinsville’s Victory Lane in order to have a shot to compete for the crown in Phoenix.

Driver Rating: 86.5
Playoff Grid: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

Dropped Out: None