Driver Ratings

MRN‘s Pete Pistone unveils this week‘s Power Rankings following the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Kyle Busch — For the first time in his NASCAR career Busch finished second to his older brother Kurt and that was the story Saturday night in Kentucky. Busch did all he could to score win number five of the season but was ultimately edged out by Kurt in the thrilling finish.

Driver Rating: 112.2
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Martin Truex Jr. — No Kentucky three-in-a-row for Truex Jr. who was curiously non-competitive by his standards over the weekend. A 19th-place finish for the No. 19 car Saturday night.

Driver Rating: 100.0
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Joey Logano — Pretty frustrated is the best way to sum up Logano‘s night in Kentucky. He felt he had the fastest car but could not pass anyone in the overtime dash to the checkered flag and got stuck with a seventh-place finish.

Driver Rating: 104.0
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Brad Keselowski — A third-place qualifying effort was the highlight of Keselowski‘s Kentucky weekend, which continued his summer swoon with a 20th-place Quaker State 400 finish.

Driver Rating: 96.1
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

5. Kurt Busch — It seemed inevitable Busch would find Victory Lane this season and he did so in Kentucky in dramatic style, edging out his brother Kyle in one of the most thrilling finishes in recent NASCAR history.

Driver Rating: 90.8
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 9th

6. Alex Bowman — The 1.5-mile magic was not there in Kentucky for Bowman who had a mid-pack car all night as evident by his 22nd-place starting spot and then finishing 17th.

Driver Rating: 85.1
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Denny Hamlin — Not a bad night for Hamlin in Kentucky who did maintain a spot at the front of the field most of the 400 miles. When the checkered flag flew he scored a solid fifth-place Kentucky finish.

Driver Rating: 89.2
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 5th

8. Kevin Harvick — Will it ever end for Harvick? He had speed, which has not been the problem this year. But what Harvick couldn‘t do is avoid something taking him from contention and Saturday it an uncontrolled tire penalty and a power issue in the closing laps.

Driver Rating: 99.8
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 7th

9. Chase Elliott — Early problems for Elliott when a tire went down set the tone for his Kentucky night. The Hendrick Motorsports driver had his hands full simply bringing home a 15th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 94.7
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

10. Ryan Blaney — Surprisingly Blaney was not a factor at Kentucky and finished just about where he started with a 13th-place finish adding to his summer of mediocrity.

Driver Rating: 92.6
Point Standings: 11th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: None