Driver Ratings

MRN‘s Pete Pistone unveils this week‘s Power Rankings following the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Busch — A stage win and a sixth-place finish for Busch was not a bad afternoon at all in the Irish Hills for the driver only three races away from winning the regular season points championship. Busch has finished in the top 10 in 19 of the season‘s 23 races to date.

Driver Rating: 111.5
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Martin Truex Jr. — Career Cup Series start number 500 for Truex Jr. on Sunday ended up with a top-five finish. It was quite the performance given Truex Jr. had to start from the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice. But give him credit for a hard drive to the front for a fourth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 102.3
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

3. Denny Hamlin — He has become a top-five machine with five straight now after finishing second behind Harvick at Michigan. Hamlin only led six laps but was at the front of the pack all afternoon to bring home the runner-up effort.

Driver Rating: 95.4
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Kevin Harvick — Make it two wins in four weeks for Harvick with his Consumers Energy 400 win at Michigan. A fast car, no pit road mistakes and the right fuel strategy helped Harvick overcome an early race tire problem to score his 10th career Michigan top-two finish on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 103.5
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

5. Chase Elliott — Back in the top 10 after winning Watkins Glen the week before. Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson had some nervous fuel strategy moments in the closing laps but the No. 9 Chevrolet had enough to make it to the end and a ninth-place Michigan performance.

Driver Rating: 94.3
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Brad Keselowski — It was a clean sweep for all three Team Penske drivers in losing the fuel strategy game in Michigan and Keselowski was not immune. He led a race-high 66 laps but remains winless at his home track.

Driver Rating: 97.5
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 4th

7. Joey Logano — The Team Penske was trying to sweep Michigan in 2019 and early on it looked as if he was well on his way. Logano led 52 laps Sunday but was the victim of missing the fuel game and gave up a chance to win 17 laps from the finish.

Driver Rating: 101.4
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 7th

8. Kurt Busch — The second-place finisher in June‘s Michigan race again had a fast car on Sunday and was ahead of the field for five laps. But Busch got caught on the wrong end of the fuel game like so many others and was saddled with a 23rd-place finish when all was said and done.

Driver Rating: 89.9
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Alex Bowman — There were a variety of strategies being employed by Bowman‘s team during Sunday‘s race. Eventually crew chief Greg Ives and company ensured Bowman had enough in the tank to keep him on track and out of Michigan with a top-10 finish.

Driver Rating: 83.8
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 10th

10. Ryan Blaney — A fuel mileage miscalculation caused Blaney to go from running third in the closing laps of Sunday‘s race to pit road and then a very disappointing 24th place finish for a driver that also led three laps in Michigan.

Driver Rating: 92.2
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 9th

Dropped Out: None