NASCAR Power Rankings after Bristol: Turbulence for the Big Three

  1. Kevin Harvick (+1)

Harvick finished tenth on Saturday night, which wasn’t great. However, a rough day for the Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. means Harvick ascends to the top of the power rankings once again.

  1. Kyle Busch (-1)

Busch had a really rough day at Bristol, getting caught up in a crash early, recovering, then spinning once again. The result, 20th place, could have been worse, though. A good recovery at Darlington will be key for Busch to build momentum towards the playoffs.

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (NC)

Truex finished 30th after being turned into the wall late in the race by Kyle Busch. Truex had also been caught up in the wreck involving Busch early in the race. This bad finish further distances Truex from the top two.

  1. Kurt Busch (NC)

Busch captured a much-needed victory on Saturday night. While he’s still far off the big three, a streak of six consecutive top ten finishes is drawing him slowly closer.

  1. Erik Jones (NC)

Jones finished fifth at Bristol, his third fifth-place finish in four races. In the six races since his breakthrough Daytona win, Jones has finished outside the top ten only twice, and never worse than 16th. Jones has some solid momentum as the playoffs loom.

  1. Clint Bowyer (NC)

Bowyer ended Saturday night sixth, a solid day for the Stewart-Haas driver. He ran near the front all race, which has been rare for him. This finish is his first top ten since Chicagoland back in July.

  1. Kyle Larson (+1)

Larson finished second behind Kurt Busch. That’s not shocking considering how fast Larson is at Bristol. Continuing this momentum into Darlington will be key, though, given that he hasn’t had two consecutive top five finishes all season.

  1. Chase Elliott (+1)

Much like Erik Jones, Elliott has been on fire since his win, which came at the Glen a few weeks ago, as a third place finish has extended his top ten streak to five races. Last season Elliott heated up big time during the playoffs, but can he one-up that this year?

  1. Brad Keselowski (-2)

Keselowski ended up 16th on Saturday night, continuing a exceptionally rough stretch for the Team Penske driver. In his last five races, Keselowski has finished inside the top 15 only once, a second-place finish at Michigan.

  1. Ryan Blaney (NR)

Blaney makes a reappearance in the power rankings following a seventh-place finish at Bristol. Blaney led 121 of the night’s 500 laps and won stage one. This is his sixth consecutive top 12 finish.

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