NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Sonoma

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Sonoma

Tony Stewart won a thrilling Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. The win puts him in excellent position to earn a Chase berth in his final Sprint Cup Series season. Miss the race? Check out our race takeaways from Sonoma.

NASCAR returns to the World Center of Racing and Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the Coke Zero 400.

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

Once again, Busch finished tenth at Sonoma and extended his current top-ten finish streak to ten races. He has never won a points-paying restrictor plate race.

2 Kevin Harvick

For the second consecutive race, Harvick overcame a poor qualifying effort and collected a top-ten finish. He has two career Daytona points victories.

3 Carl Edwards

Edwards brought home a solid fourth-place finish at Sonoma. He, like Kurt Busch, is winless in points-paying restrictor plate races.

4 Jimmie Johnson

Johnson finished a lackluster 13th on Sunday at Sonoma. He has three career Daytona points-paying wins.

5 Joey Logano

Logano followed up his Michigan victory with a great third-place performance at Sonoma. He has one career Daytona points victory.

6 Kyle Busch

After a difficult month of May, Busch earned his first top-ten finish since his Kansas victory on May 7th. He has one Daytona points win.

7 Chase Elliott

Elliott enjoyed a win in the K&N Pro Series West on Saturday, but he was unable to back that up on Sunday. Still, it was only his first Cup Series road race. He has qualified on pole for both restrictor-plate races this season.

8 Brad Keselowski

Keselowski finished 15th at Sonoma. He still sits in the top five in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points. He has two top fives in 14 Daytona points starts.

9 Tony Stewart

After his brilliant Sonoma victory, Stewart sits only nine points out of the top-30 in the standings. So long as he is in the top-30 after the Richmond Chase cutoff, he’ll qualify for NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. He’s also tied for the active winningest driver at Daytona…

10 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

…with this guy. Both Earnhardt and Stewart have four career Daytona points-paying victories.

HM Denny Hamlin

Hamlin, who has struggled at road courses in the past, almost delivered the win at Sonoma. He returns to the site of his thrilling Daytona 500 victory this weekend.


Next Week: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Photo credit: Jonathan Huff