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Power Rankings: Texas/Bristol

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kyle Larson
+1 1/12 6th

All he does is (almost) win, no matter what. Larson got back to his runner-up ways at Texas. Another strong showing may be difficult to produce at Bristol, however, where he has an average finish of 21.5.

2 Brad Keselowski
-1 1/8 34th

Look for Team Penske to dominate another weekend at Bristol, where Keselowski and Logano hold the two best average starts (10.6 and 7.8, respectively). They each hold two wins as well.

3 Chase Elliott
---- 3/9 7th

Is this the week Chase Elliott breaks through for win No. 1 of his career? His stats at Bristol are limited, but encouraging (9.5 average finish, tops in series), and he's a good bet to land in Victory Lane.

4 Joey Logano
---- 1/6 5th

Logano has a pair of wins at Bristol, but each of them came in August at the night race when conditions will assuredly be different than Monday's race in April.

5 Martin Truex Jr
---- 3/9 8th

Bristol has been extremely unkind to the typically well-rounded Truex Jr. In 22 career starts, the Furniture Row Racing driver has a dismal pair of top-10 finishes.

6 Ryan Blaney
+3 6/19 33rd

We can officially put to bed any doubt of Blaney being a contender this season, yeah? While the result wasn't quite what he was looking for, his 142 laps led at Texas account for 82 percent of his career laps led.

7 Jamie McMurray
+3 7/16 12th

With an average finish of 10.8 over his last five races at Bristol, look for McMurray to keep his hot start intact at the short track this weekend.

8 Kyle Busch
-2 3/13 35th

Busch once ripped off a streak of winning four of five Bristol races from 2009-11. More recently, he has four of five finishes 29th or worse since the start of 2014.

9 Jimmie Johnson
+3 2/12 1st

Before we rush to judgment and say "Jimmie is back," let's take into account his Texas win was on one of his best tracks. Let's see how he does at Bristol, where he (somewhat surprisingly) has just one career win.

10 Kevin Harvick
+1 1/11 3rd

At some point, Harvick will break his semi-rough start to the season and remind us why he's among the sport's elite. It could happen as soon as this weekend, as Harvick is the most recent Bristol winner.

11 Clint Bowyer
-4 7/17 2nd

Bowyer has already matched his top-10 total from 2016 (three), and should have a solid chance to top it at Bristol. The SHR driver hadn't finished worse than 17th at the track since 2011 until last year's 31st-place showing in August.

12 Ryan Newman
-4 8/24 14th

Newman is the active leader in poles at Bristol with three. Still, the strong starts have not resulted in strong finishes on the whole, with no wins and just a pair of top fives in 30 races.

13 Denny Hamlin
---- 5/13 10th

The same (mostly) goes for Hamlin, who also has three Bristol poles. While he and Newman have similar average finishes (16.2 to 16.4, respectively), Hamlin has broken through for one win and six top fives in eight fewer starts.

14 Kurt Busch
+2 2/16 25th

Like his brother, Busch has had plenty of success at Bristol, but it came forever ago. The Daytona 500 winner's last win at the short track was in 2006.

15 Trevor Bayne
+3 15/20 11th

With three straight finishes of 15th or better (including one top five) at Bristol, don't expect Bayne's sudden resurgence to slow down at his home track.

16 Erik Jones
-1 15/22 17th

Jones had three straight Bristol poles in the XFINITY Series, one of which led to him landing in Victory Lane during this weekend last year. While he has no Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action there, the talented rookie should contend for a top 15.

17 Dale Earnhardt Jr
+2 11/19 38th

Junior is rolling off his best finish of the season and was the highest finisher in last year's Bristol race who's still competing. That might as well count as a win, right?

18 Kasey Kahne
-4 10/18 20th

One of Kahne's more recent wins came at Bristol (2013). The Hendrick Motorsports driver followed that up with a runner-up finish, but hasn't had much success since, with just one top-10.

19 Matt Kenseth
+1 7/20 4th

Kenseth still has yet to really get in the swing of things in 2017, but perhaps Bristol will offer some respite. He led 142 laps in this race last year.

20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
+2 17/22 9th

Stenhouse Jr. is quietly putting together his best season to date, and has a chance to open some eyes at Bristol, his best track (10.6 average finish).

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