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Final Driver Power Rankings


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Pete Pistone’s NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after the Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway.

1. Chase Elliott – His 11th career win was the most important for Elliott as it earned him his first NASCAR Cup Series championship. He led seven times for 153 laps on his way to Sunday’s Phoenix win. He started at the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection two times but came to the front fast for the win and the crown, joining his father Bill Elliott as a father/son championship combo.

Driver Rating: 103.2
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Joey Logano – Was very strong at the start of the race and led 125 laps Sunday at Phoenix on his was to an eventual third-place finish. Logano finished top-three in four of the last five races of 2020, and finished 2020 with three wins, 12 top fives and 21 top 10s.

Driver Rating: 101.9
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Brad Keselowski – Keselowski matched his best Phoenix finish set in November 2018 and finished 2020 with four wins, 13 top fives and 24 top 10s. However, his chance to contend for Sunday’s win and the title was erased by a slow late-race pit stop for the Team Penske crew.

Driver Rating: 100.0
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Denny Hamlin - He was surprisingly not as strong in Phoenix as most people – including Hamlin – expected. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver won seven times in 2020 but again failed to win the championship.

Driver Rating: 100.8
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

5. Kevin Harvick - Was a pre-race favorite going into Phoenix because of his previous success at the track but in reality Harvick never really mounted a charge to steal the win away from any of the Championship 4 drivers. He won a season-high nine races but failed to make the Championship 4.

Driver Rating: 107.4
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Martin Truex Jr. - Ended the year with whimper and not a roar. Truex Jr. didn’t lead a lap Sunday and took the checkered flag with a 10th-place finish to end his 2020 performance.

Driver Rating: 99.7
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Ryan Blaney - A strong end of the season run continued for Blaney at Phoenix on Sunday. While he led only one lap, Blaney stayed near the front pack most all afternoon and took home a sixth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 96.3
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 8th

8. Alex Bowman - Maybe not the strongest last race of the season for Bowman but 2020 was still a good year for the Hendrick Motorsports driver. He made it to the Round of 8 and now next season takes over the iconic No. 48 for Rick Hendrick’s team.

Driver Rating: 90.4
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 6th

9. Kyle Busch - The defending series champion ended a difficult season with an 11th-place Phoenix finish. Busch was able to keep his streak of winning at least one Cup race per season alive at 16 straight in 2020 despite not challenging to become a back-to-back champ.

Driver Rating: 103.0
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Kurt Busch - Paced the field for four laps in Phoenix on his way to a 12th-place run to put him 10th in the standings. Overall, Busch enjoyed a solid year at Chip Ganassi Racing and will return to the No. 1 Chevrolet in 2021.

Driver Rating: 87.2
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 9th

Dropped Out: None