NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Michigan

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Michigan

Joey Logano claimed victory in the Irish Hills of Michigan this past weekend and virtually guaranteed himself a spot in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Miss the race? Check out our race recap.

NASCAR heads to wine country and Sonoma Raceway in two weeks. We hope everyone enjoys the off-weekend.

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

Rank Driver Last Week
1 Kurt Busch

Busch finished tenth at Michigan to extend his top-ten finish streak to nine races. He has one career Sonoma win.

1st
2 Kevin Harvick

Harvick recovered from a 29th place qualifying effort to score a fifth-place finish. He has four career top-fives at Sonoma Raceway.

2nd
3 Carl Edwards

Edwards and his No. 19 team showed solid speed during his sixth-place effort at Michigan. He has one Sonoma win in 11 career starts.

4th
4 Jimmie Johnson

Johnson made contact with Trevor Bayne late in the race and ultimately finished 16th. Johnson’s lone Sonoma win came in 2010.

3rd
5 Chase Elliott

Elliott continued to impress at Michigan with a career-best second-place run. His first career victory should be right around the corner. He’ll make his first career start at Sonoma next weekend.

6th
6 Brad Keselowski

Keselowski has quietly reeled off six consecutive top ten finishes since his Talladega win. He has one top ten in six Sonoma starts.

7th
7 Kyle Busch

An engine failure at Michigan extended Busch’s run of finishes of 30th or worse. He is still the series leader in wins and won at Sonoma one year ago.

5th
8 Joey Logano

Although it took Logano longer than he would have liked to reach victory lane this season, he reached it in dominant fashion at Michigan. Now that he’s all but guaranteed a Chase berth, we’ll see how the team performs over the next few months. He has three top tens in seven career Sonoma races.

NR
9 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Earnhardt, Jr.’s run of inconsistency continued at Michigan after an early-race wreck. He’s still in prime position to qualify for the Chase and will be eying victory at Daytona next month. He has two top-tens in 16 Sonoma starts.

8th
10 Matt Kenseth

Kenseth’s 14th place finish broke a streak of four straight top-tens. He has one top ten in 16 career Sonoma starts.

10th
HM Tony Stewart

Stewart had solid speed all weekend and finished a respectable seventh. He’ll look to Sonoma to achieve a potential Chase berth-clinching win at Sonoma, where he has two career victories.

 NR

Week after next: Toyota-SaveMart 350 at Sonoma Raceway

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