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Power Rankings: Michigan – 1

  1. Kevin Harvick (NC)

As with last week at Pocono, Harvick led the most laps, at 49, again at Michigan. He and his Stewart-Haas Racing teammates had absolutely unmatched speed, which resulted in a 1-2-3 finish for the team, with Harvick finishing second.

  1. Kyle Busch (NC)

Busch was solid all day, but wasn’t able to get up front all race. However, a fourth-place run is good enough to keep his spot in the rankings.

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (NC)

After a win at Pocono, Truex was riding high. His momentum entering Sunday was stopped far short, though, as he ran outside the top ten all day, finishing 18th, without scoring a single stage point. We’ll see where the team goes from here, but the total lack of speed Truex showed is certainly worrying. We’ll see what he does in the second Michigan race later this summer.

  1. Brad Keselowski (+2)

Another solid run is just what the doctor ordered for Keselowski, who ended his day in sixth. He scored points in both stage and was just plain quick all day. If he can keep this up, the wins will be coming.

  1. Kyle Larson (-1)

Like Truex, Larson was also riding high after last weekend, but had his run at Michigan thwarted by a spin in stage two. The rain killed any comeback he might have had and Larson ended his day in 28th spot.

  1. Joey Logano (-1)

Logano had a similar finish to Keselowski, but failed to get more than a couple stage points. He just hasn’t had the outright speed of his teammates Keselowski or, at times, Blaney, but he’s been consistent, which has helped him big time.

  1. Kurt Busch (+1)

Kurt Busch finished third on Sunday, and had a very impressive run, showing off Stewart-Haas Racing’s astonishing speed. At times, it seemed that only his teammate Kevin Harvick was faster than Busch. He’s been strong in recent weeks, with top ten finishes in five of his last six races.

  1. Ryan Blaney (+1)

Blaney came out of Sunday’s race with a stage win and a solid eighth-place finish. Only the SHR trio at the top scored more points than Blaney on Sunday. 15 laps up front is certainly solid for Blaney, especially when neither of his Penske teammates led a single lap. He’s had the speed to lead at times, but hasn’t been able to put a whole race together yet. That should come with time.

  1. Clint Bowyer (NR)

Bowyer’s crew chief, Mike Bugarewicz, took a gamble that nobody else was willing to, taking two tires at the end of stage two. Bowyer held off teammate Kevin Harvick and grabbed the win after the rain began to come down. Some might say it’s not a “legitimate” win, but when it comes from a guy who finished in the top three in both stages, it’s hard to say he didn’t deserve it.

  1. Denny Hamlin (-3)

Hamlin had a decent race, scored a few stage points, and finished 12th. However, the drivers that passed him all scored more points and finished better than Hamlin. He just hasn’t quite been in the right form to contend this season.

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