Power Rankings


Power Rankings: Pocono

By Pat DeCola | NASCAR.com |
August 04, 2015 at 10.00 AM

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
---- 1/2 42nd Harvick picked a good week to have his engine expire in the early going. With so many heavyweights struggling at Pocono as well, no driver threatens his No. 1 ranking. | RELATED:

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2 Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
---- 2/NR 21st Now, had Busch been able to pull off his fourth win – he came thisclose to doing so – he'd likely be on top here. But thanks to a slight miscalculation in fuel, a 21st-place finish doesn't put him above Harvick. Yet. | RELATED:

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3 Joey Logano
Joey Logano
---- 1/5 20th Logano was on auto pilot the second half of the Pocono race, leading a race-high 97 laps. Even cruise control couldn't help him conserve enough fuel, however, and he ran out while leading just a few laps from the checkered.
4 Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
---- 1/9 6th What Hendrick woes? From the cars that didn't crash on pit road five laps into the race, Johnson was the worst-finishing HMS car … in a solid sixth place. | RELATED:

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5 Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
+2 3/8 2nd Keselowski probably doesn't want to make a habit out of hitting his own crew men, but even that incident couldn't slow down the Blue White Yellow Deuce, which picked up a runner-up finish. | RELATED:

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6 Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
---- 3/11 4th After his No. 88 Microsoft Chevy spun out somewhat late in the race, Earnhardt rebooted his efforts to recover a top-five finish. Now, there's that speed he and his Hendrick mates have been looking for. | RELATED:

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7 Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth
+2 5/14 1st Say what you want about Kenseth lucking out into that win because the leaders ran out of fuel and he didn't, but even if he hadn't wound up in Victory Lane, Kenseth was still running one of his best Pocono races ever. The trophy is just a bonus. | RELATED:

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8 Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr
-3 2/19 19th June's Pocono winner couldn't repeat his Tricky Triangle trumph, but hey – he might be getting a new (old) teammate next year. | RELATED:

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9 Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
-1 3/NR 37th Busch's 37th-place finish broke up a string of seven consecutive top-10s. He could get back on track at Watkins Glen, with four top 10s in his last six races there.
10 Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray
+1 7/16 15th For how well-rounded of a driver McMurray tends to be, his numbers at Watkins Glen leave some to be desires – he only has two top 10s in 12 attempts.
11 Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
+1 2/12 3rd Gordon was not able to extend his series-best six wins at Pocono, but a third-place result is just enough to give the four-time champ a little momentum after a disappointing final Brickyard. | RELATED:

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12 Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
-2 5/13 22nd Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 at Watkins Glen four times – in his first four starts. Since 2010, Hamlin is averaging a finish of 30.0 in five starts.
13 Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards
---- 7/17 10th Edwards is a near lock to finish in the top 10 every time he races at the Glen. In 10 starts, he's done so seven times and has never finished worse than 19th.
14 Paul Menard
Paul Menard
+2 14/NR 11th Menard (four top 10s) is on pace for less top-10 finishes than he had in 2014 (13), but is on pace for a much better points finish (12th to last year's 21st). Go figure.
15 Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
+2 10/19 8th Pocono marked the first time all season Bowyer put together back-to-back top-10 finishes. Progress.
16 Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman
-2 6/16 23rd Last season's runner-up is inching closer and closer to not even making the 16-driver, expanded Chase. Not good for the No. 31 driver.
17 Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle
+1 17/NR 5th When an entire organization has been as rough around the edges as Roush Fenway has been in 2015, a fifth-place finish for a struggling team will go a long way for Biffle and Co.
18 Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne
-3 7/18 43rd Kahne typically excels at Pocono and was likely planning on padding his Chase resume at the Tricky Triangle before a Lap 5 wreck into the pit wall derailed his hopes. A 43rd-place finish won't help, and he's dropped to his lowest mark of the season.
19 Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola
---- 15/NR 18th Almirola just missed out on his typical, sneak-into-the-top-15-by-the-end-of-the-race strategy it seems he always employs, but an 18th-place finish won't hurt him too badly.
20 Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
---- 14/NR 12th Larson spent much of the day in the top 10, but settled for a 12th-place finish. Definitely disappointing for the second-year driver, but not terrible.