NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Pocono

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Pocono

Kurt Busch emerged victorious at Pocono Raceway for the third time in his career.  Miss the race? Check out our race recap.

NASCAR heads to Brooklyn, Michigan, and the two-mile Michigan International Speedway this weekend.

Each week, we’ll present our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings. Agree? Disagree? Let us know on Twitter @ThePaddockPress.

Rank Driver Last Week
1 Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch emerged victorious at Pocono. Fuel mileage or not, he showed tremendous speed down the stretch. He’s reeled off eight straight top-tens. He won the June race at Michigan one year ago and has three total career wins there.

2 Kevin Harvick

Harvick appeared to have the correct strategy before a series of late cautions overthrew those plans. Still, he finished a respectable ninth. Harvick has one Michigan win.

3 Jimmie Johnson

Johnson’s bid for a fourth career Pocono victory ended when he found himself in the outside wall and subsequently took his car to the garage. He finished a disappointing 35th. He has one career Michigan victory.

4 Carl Edwards

Edwards battled for an eighth-place finish at Pocono. He has two career victories at Michigan.

5 Kyle Busch

Busch was involved in an incident with Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman which ultimately ended his bid for his first career Pocono victory. He has one career win at Michigan.

6 Chase Elliott

Elliott led a race-high 51 laps at Pocono on Monday afternoon. He appeared poised for his first career victory before Kurt Busch was able to overtake Elliott and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt, Jr. Elliott will make his first career Michigan start this weekend.

7 Brad Keselowski

Keselowski arguably had the best car on Monday at Pocono. He was hampered by a body modification penalty which set him back to 38th place. He rebounded to finish a solid third. He has three career top-fives at his home track in Michigan.

8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Earnhardt appeared to be in the catbird’s seat on the final restart before Kurt Busch was able to get by. Earnhardt heads to another one of his favorite tracks in Michigan where he has two career wins.

9 Martin Truex, Jr.

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug. At Pocono, Truex was the bug. He has five top-fives in 20 Michigan starts.

10 Matt Kenseth

Kenseth was the highest finishing Toyota on Monday, recording an unheralded seventh-place finish. He is one of four active drivers with three or more victories at Michigan.

HM Kyle Larson

Larson finally enjoyed some good fortune by winning the rain-shortened inaugural Xfinity Series race at Pocono on Saturday. He followed that up with a 10th place finish on Monday. He has an average finish of 20.2 at Michigan.


Next week: FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Photo credit: Jonathan Huff