Power Rankings: Bristol I

Power Rankings: Bristol I

Welcome to the first edition of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings. This year, I thought I would wait until after the first off-week to present my weekly rankings of the top teams in the sport.

Jimmie Johnson continues his climb up the all-time leaderboards with his second career Bristol win and his 82nd career victory. With three more triumphs, Johnson will pass Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, and Cale Yarborough in career premier series victories.

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 Jimmie Johnson

After a rocky start, Johnson’s drive for a record eighth series championship is looking stronger and stronger each week.

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2 Kyle Larson

Larson maintained his lead in the championship standings after a sixth at Bristol. With only two finishes worse than sixth, Larson is showing the consistency to be a bonafide championship threat.

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3 Martin Truex, Jr.

Truex has picked up right where he left off last year with solid performances and speed each week. With one victory already to his credit, he’ll obviously look to build up more Playoff Points each week.

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4 Joey Logano

Although Logano has yet to win this year, he has been perhaps the most consistent driver in the series. With only one finish worse than sixth, he has shown speed week-in and week-out.

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5 Chase Elliott

Up until the last two races, Elliott was the “bell-cow” for Hendrick Motorsports with his early season performances. Elliott continues to show speed each week and suffice it to say that a maiden victory is likely not too far away.

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6 Brad Keselowski

Keselowski is currently tied with Johnson for the series lead with two race victories this year. Like teammate Logano, BK has shown speed each week. Look for him to contend for more wins as the summer heats up.

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7 Clint Bowyer

What a difference a year (and new race team) makes. Bowyer appears to be back to his old self in his new Stewart-Haas team and has performed well over the first term of the season.

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8 Ryan Blaney

Blaney, like his Team Penske affiliates, has shown speed. However, one thing that Blaney currently lacks is consistent finishes. All in all, he’s had a great start to the season and will be a threat to score his first victory this year.

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9 Jamie McMurray

McMurray and Larson punctuate Chip Ganassi Racing’s resurgence. McMurray is enjoying his best season since his 2010 three-win campaign. He’ll look to parlay their new-found speed into victories.

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10 Kevin Harvick

Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas team have appeared to turn the corner within the last two races. With finishes of fourth and third, they’re trending in the direction they have grown accustomed to over the last three seasons.

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HM Trevor Bayne

How about Trevor Bayne sitting at 13th in the series standings? Although he only has one top-ten finish, he has seven finishes inside the top-20. How’s that for a start to a potential Roush rebound?

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Next Race: Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

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