Power Rankings: Pocono – 1

  1. Kevin Harvick (+1)

Harvick led the most laps by far at Pocono and earned the most points other than winner Martin Truex Jr. His performance serves as a bounceback run after his last-place finish due a blown tire at Charlotte last weekend. His stellar run at Pocono, as well as his series-best five wins this season put him back on top of the rankings this week.

  1. Kyle Busch (-1)

Busch led a few laps at Pocono, but didn’t spend much time in front of Kevin Harvick. While he had a very strong run, it wasn’t quite enough to keep him at the top of the rankings.

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (NC)

Truex led quite a few laps, including the most important, on Sunday, to win his second race of the season. The win solidifies his status in the top three, but he’ll likely need another win, preferably in dominating fashion, to mix it up with the top two. A win’s a win, though, so Truex is in no danger of falling below third.

  1. Kyle Larson (+3)

Larson has been the strongest Chevy driver this season, and is putting himself in the conversation as a possible fourth musketeer, in addition to Truex, Busch, and Harvick. He’ll have to win a race or two, but he’s not far off. It’s worth noting that Larson has top ten finishes in six of his last seven races. This stretch includes 301 laps led, between Bristol and Kansas.

  1. Joey Logano (-1)

Logano had a ninth place run, but failed to score any stage points. This sends him down one spot in the rankings. An exceptionally consistent season with no DNFs keeps Logano in the top five.

  1. Brad Keselowski (+2)

A second consecutive top five finish helps Keselowski climb back up in the rankings. He scored points in both stages and led twice for a total of ten laps.

  1. Denny Hamlin (-2)

Hamlin was having a decent run, but a late wreck with Alex Bowman sent him into the inside wall and out of the race. He ended up 35th with a torn up race car. This ends Hamlin’s three-race top ten streak and sends him down in the rankings.

  1. Kurt Busch (-2)

Busch hit all kinds of problems on Sunday, including a radio issue which forced a long pit stop. He finished 19th without scoring a single stage point. Busch was on a four-race top ten streak.

  1. Ryan Blaney (NR)

Blaney had a solid sixth-place run at Pocono after winning the pole. While he fell back a bit after losing the lead, he never fell too far back, and seemed to, at times, have some serious speed. He’s been a very hard read, with his best runs being ruined by wrecks. However, look for him to run up front at Michigan next weekend.

  1. Aric Almirola (NC)

Almirola had a very respectable seventh-place finish on Sunday. He didn’t run super well all day, but had good speed late in the race, allowing him to grab a solid finish.

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