NASCAR Power Rankings after the Glen: Business in the Front, Party in the Back

  1. Kyle Busch (NC)

Despite fuel issues on the last pit stop of the day, Busch ended the day third, behind Martin Truex Jr. and winner Chase Elliott. Busch now rides a streak of four consecutive top four finishes, and has a total of 16 top five finishes in the 22 races so far this season.

  1. Kevin Harvick (NC)

Harvick didn’t really show up all day, ending up tenth. Lucky for him, only one more road course remains this season. It might be an important one, though, given it takes place during the playoffs at the roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He and Kyle Busch are very closely matched, both with six wins, 16 top five finishes and 18 top ten finishes. Busch, however, bests Harvick in points and average finish.

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (NC)

Truex has fallen back from the top two, but was the fastest of them on Sunday. He fought Chase Elliott for the win, but ran out of fuel two corners short of the finish line, and ended up second. The runner-up finish acts as a nice rebound from a disappointing 15th place finish at Pocono last weekend.

  1. Kurt Busch (NC)

Busch has been the strongest outside of the top three as of late. A ninth place finish means he’s on a four-race top ten streak, his second of the season. Busch only has three top five finishes, but has collected 13 top ten finishes as well, and has an average finish of just better than 13th.

  1. Kyle Larson (NC)

Larson ended the day in sixth place, a solid drive, and a nice recovery from a 23rd place finish at Pocono. The finish is Larson’s 12th top ten finish of 2018.

  1. Erik Jones (+3)

Jones finished fifth at the Glen, following up a fifth at Pocono the weekend before. Jones is now on a streak of six top ten finishes in seven races, including his win at Daytona and two other top five finishes. Another win could solidify him as a legitimate championship contender.

  1. Clint Bowyer (-1)

Bowyer finished 11th at the Glen, a rather disappointing day for the skilled road course racer. Bowyer hasn’t score a top ten finish since he finished fifth at Chicagoland over a month ago.

  1. Brad Keselowski (-1)

A third consecutive finish worse than 15th is disappointing for Keselowski, especially considering he’s been strong at road courses in the past. Like Bowyer, Keselowski has rapidly fallen from grace in the last few weeks.

  1. Chase Elliott (NR)

Elliott won at the Glen on Sunday, and had been on a strong run in the last three weeks. In that time, Elliott has won three stages, led 150 laps, and finally grabbed his first career win. Keeping this up could launch Elliott up the rankings. After seeing how Elliott heated up in last year’s playoffs, his competitors should take notice.

  1. Aric Almirola (-2)

Almirola ended up getting turned into the turn seven wall early in Sunday’s race. He would continue, but never got close to seventh, where he started the day. Instead, he ended up with a finish of 22nd. In the last six races, Almirola has finished outside the top 20 four times, despite leading over 100 laps in that timespan.

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