NASCAR Power Rankings

Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 866
Harvick led 15 laps and had a scary moment when he ran out of fuel while leading. He was able to rally back, but came up just short of the win. He finished second for the sixth time at Michigan.
2 Joey Logano Joey Logano 818
Logano never had the car to win on Sunday. He did avoid trouble and finished in the top 10, in seventh place.
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 784
Earnhardt was never a contender Sunday and spent part of the race deep in the field. He was able to rally back in the closing laps, however, and finish 10th.
4 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 755
▲ 2
Truex needed a good run after a few weeks of struggle. He got just what he needed Sunday, coming home third.
5 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 754
Keselowski was hoping to be the first Michigan native to win a Sprint Cup race at MIS. He came up short, never getting near the front and settling for a ninth place finish.
6 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 752
▼ 2
Johnson had his share of issues on Sunday. A flat tire sent him to the pits under green early in the race and late he spun and damaged his Chevy. He finished 39th, 10 laps down.
7 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 751
Kenseth was nothing short of dominating Sunday. After winning his first Michigan pole Friday, on Sunday he led 146 of the 200 laps to score his third win of the season and the 34th of his career.
8 Kurt Busch Kurt Busch 683
Busch spent a little time inside the top 10, but couldn’t stay there. He lost a tire late in the going and came home 20th.
9 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 670
▲ 1
Hamlin never had a car that could win Sunday, but he still avoided trouble and came home with a nice fifth place finish.
10 Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray 663
▼ 1
McMurray struggled all afternoon. He had to pit under green with mechanical issues, but at least he finished two places ahead of where he started, coming home in 16th.
11 Paul Menard Paul Menard 654
Menard kept out of trouble, but never had the speed to run inside the top 10; he finished 12th.
12 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 649
▲ 1
Newman had a typical Ryan Newman day. He didn’t have the speed to win, but hung around, avoided trouble, charged forward at the end and finished eighth.
13 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon 648
▼ 1
Gordon had a forgettable day in his last race at Michigan. He struggled all day and finished a disappointing 17th.
14 Carl Edwards Carl Edwards 628
▲ 1
Edwards led five laps and was inside the top five most of the day. He lost spots on a restart with an electrical problem, but was able to rally back to finish sixth.
15 Clint Bowyer Clint Bowyer 616
▼ 1
Bowyer needed a good day and almost had just that on Sunday. He was running in the top five for a time, but found himself outside the top 10 near the halfway point. He spun and crashed on lap 126 and was forced to the garage for repairs. He finished 41st, 39 laps down.
 

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