NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Indianapolis

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Power Rankings: Indianapolis

Kyle Busch controlled the entire race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started on pole for both, the XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series events, and won them both in dominant fashion.

Miss the race? Check out our race recap from The Brickyard.

NASCAR returns to Pocono Raceway this week for the running of the Pennsylvania 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 Kevin Harvick

Harvick has seven top tens in his last eight starts. The only exception is a 39th place finish at Daytona earlier this month. Harvick finished ninth at Pocono in June.

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2 Kyle Busch

Busch won his second consecutive Brickyard 400 to cap off a dominant weekend. Pocono is one of two active Sprint Cup Series tracks where Busch has yet to win.

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3 Joey Logano

Logano finished seventh at Indianapolis on Sunday. He was one of only three drivers that recorded a lap led. Logano finished fifth at Pocono earlier this year and has one career Pocono victory.

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4 Matt Kenseth

Kenseth finished runner-up at Indianapolis and has bounced back nicely from his slow start to the season. Kenseth is the defending winner of the Pennsylvania 400.

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5 Brad Keselowski

After back-to-back victories at Daytona and Kentucky, Keselowski has finished 15th and 17th at Loudon and Indianapolis, respectively. Keselowski is still in good shape and looks primed for a deep Chase run. He finished third at Pocono earlier this year.

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6 Jimmie Johnson

Johnson made a late-race surge from a pit road speeding penalty to bring home a solid third place finish. He has three Pocono victories and finished 35th there earlier this year following an accident.

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7 Tony Stewart

Stewart has been one of the hottest Cup Series drivers over the last two months. Since Michigan in June, he has five finishes of 11th or better including a win at Sonoma. Stewart is back and seemingly prepared to make one final Chase run.

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8 Kurt Busch

After a long streak of top tens came to an end after a crash at Daytona, Busch has struggled to find the consistency he had earlier in the season. He’ll look to rebuild that consistency at Pocono, where he won in June.

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9 Carl Edwards

Edwards was running in the top three all day at The Brickyard before a late race crash ended his day. He has two career Pocono victories and finished eighth there in June.

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10 Denny Hamlin

Hamlin, like Johnson, rebounded from a pit road speeding penalty at Indianapolis and earned a hard-fought fourth place finish. He’s a four-time Pocono winner.

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HM Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

All of us at Raceway Insider wish Dale Earnhardt, Jr. a speedy recovery. We can’t wait to see him on track again.

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Next Week: Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.

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