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NASCAR Power Rankings: The New Hampshire Shake Up

  1. Kevin Harvick (+1)

Harvick took the win on Sunday, his sixth of the season, the most of anyone. The final run brought him closer and closer to leader Kyle Busch, until Harvick was able to knock Busch out of the way to claim the win. Look for Harvick to win more races and lead more laps. While the Toyotas of Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have matched Harvick’s speed at times, the Stewart-Haas Fords are fast more consistently. Harvick now has an incredible 15 top five finishes this season, or 75% of the races, also the most of anyone so far.

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (-1)

Truex didn’t take home the win, but he did lead 83 laps and take home a fourth-place finish. This extends his streak of top-four finishes to five races. Add to that the fact that he has won three of the last seven races and Truex is certainly still a force to be reckoned with.

  1. Kyle Busch (NC)

Busch got knocked out of the way by Harvick, but still took home second place, his seventh top-five in his last eight races. While he’s placed third in these rankings currently, significant volatility still exists, especially among the “big three.”

  1. Kyle Larson (+1)

Larson floundered much of the day, unable to find much speed. However, he recovered to take home a respectable 12th-place finish. Thanks to issues for those around him, Larson moves up to fourth in the rankings.

  1. Kurt Busch (+2)

Like Larson, Busch benefits from others’ issues and moves up to fifth in the rankings after an eighth-place finish. Busch has eight top-10 finishes in his last 11 races, a very impressive streak. He still hasn’t taken home a win, but that’s not surprising considering how dominant the “big three” have been.

  1. Brad Keselowski (-2)

Keselowski fought issues all day and eventually lost his brakes. Fortunately the issue didn’t happen all at once, allowing him to keep the car in one piece. Even so, he ended the race 32nd, eight laps down.

  1. Aric Almirola (+2)

Almirola led 42 laps on Sunday, and looked to be on the way to his first win of the season. Unfortunately, the caution came out after his teammate Clint Bowyer hit the wall, and Almirola’s crew had a slow pit stop, setting him back to third, where he finished. It’s his first top five finish of the season and his ninth top ten finish.

  1. Clint Bowyer (-2)

Bowyer ran top-ten all day, but a penalty set him back, followed by a mechanical failure, which ended his day. This marks the third race in a row outside of the top ten for Bowyer, who had been on a streak of three top-fives in a row before this latest trio of races.

  1. Joey Logano (+1)

Logano ended up ninth, and ran right around there all day. It was a solid day for the Team Penske driver, who has had a solid but quiet season.

  1. Erik Jones (-2)

Jones ended the day in the 16th position after his car’s handling went away early on. This ends a four-race top-ten streak for Jones.

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