Power Rankings: Daytona – 2

  1. Kevin Harvick (NC)

While Harvick was caught up in a late-race wreck at Daytona, he had a solid run, staying near the front much of the race and leading a handful of laps. That means Harvick has led laps in 13 of the 18 races so far in 2018, the most of anybody. He’s still at the top, and Kyle Busch looks like the only fast enough to take him down.

  1. Kyle Busch (NC)

Speaking of Busch, he was taken out in an incident late in stage two after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Like Harvick, Busch showed a decent amount of speed, so he maintains his second-place position.

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (NC)

Truex was strong at Daytona, leading laps and ending up second behind winner Erik Jones. Overall, though, Clint Bowyer may threaten his third-place position in the near future.

  1. Clint Bowyer (+1)

After being involved in the first large wreck in stage one, Bowyer bounced back and was running up front until contact with Darrell Wallace Jr. sent him into the wall. He had a strong car, but was never able to show it.

  1. Kyle Larson (-1)

Larson was involved in the massive wreck in stage two, and his car was never the same after that. In the final stage, he blew a tire, sending him spinning. He collected Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and wouldn’t continue, ending up 29th.

  1. Brad Keselowski (NC)

Keselowski’s day ended early as he was turned by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., tipping off the massive wreck that also ended the days of his two Penske teammates. Keselowski ended his day in 36th spot.

  1. Kurt Busch (NC)

For Busch, it’s pretty much the same story as Brad Keselowski. He was caught up in the first big wreck, and that ended his day. Busch ended up 37th.

  1. Aric Almirola (NC)

Like the two above him, Almirola was caught up in the big wreck early on, but he would continue. After the damage, his car wasn’t the same, but he was able to survive until a four-car wreck ended his day late in the race.

  1. Joey Logano (NC)

Like his Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, Logano’s day was ended by the big wreck in stage two. Logano finished 39th.

  1. Erik Jones (NR)

Jones pulled out the win in Saturday night’s race, beating a very strong Martin Truex Jr. Jones now rides a three-race top ten streak. It seems to be coming together for Jones a bit. Keeping this up could cement his place as the second-best Joe Gibbs Racing driver behind Kyle Busch.

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