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NASCAR.com Power Rankings: Talladega/Martinsville

1 Kevin Harvick
+1 1/9 7th

Harvick is still on pace to be the only driver to make the Championship 4 all three years, but may have a bit of a distraction on his hands after mixing it up with teammate Kurt Busch after the race.


MORE: Harvick, Busch tussle

2 Jimmie Johnson
-1 1/13 23rd

Johnson is the 1A (more on that in a bit) man to beat at Martinsville, with eight wins and a 7.5 average finish, both best among active, full-time drivers.

3 Kyle Busch
---- 1/6 30th

Busch got through what appeared to be his weakest round, and now returns to the site of one of his most dominant wins -- when he was victorious at Martinsville in the spring with 352 laps led.



4 Joey Logano
+3 3/8 1st

Once again, Logano rides into the Round of 8 with a wave of momentum and should have a good shot at leading laps at Martinsville, where his three poles are tied for the most among active, full-time drivers.


MORE: Logano lands in Victory Lane

5 Denny Hamlin
+6 1/14 3rd

After just barely edging his way into the Round of 8, Hamlin -- our 1B option -- is one of the best-positioned drivers remaining, as his five Martinsville wins will attest.

6 Matt Kenseth
-2 4/13 28th

Kenseth advanced to the Round of 8 after being eliminated at Talladega last year. The 20 team has been strong at times and could certainly be racing for a title at Homestead.



MORE: JGR lands four cars in Round of 8

7 Kurt Busch
+1 2/12 4th

Not only does he have to worry about smoothing things over with teammate Kevin Harvick, but Kurt Busch's 21.2 average finish at Martinsville is worst among Chasers.


 MORE: Trouble brewing at SHR?

8 Carl Edwards
-2 1/12 29th

JGR employed an interesting strategy when they started the Talladega race from the back. It obviously worked, as Edwards and his cohorts all advanced.


MORE: Bold JGR strategy pays off

9 Brad Keselowski
+1 1/10 38th

Despite having the strongest car and leading the most laps, Keselowski was eliminated from the Chase at Talladega. Tough pill to swallow, but them's the breaks, kid.


MORE: Kes strong has bid end in heartbreak

10 Martin Truex Jr
-5 1/11 40th

Much like Keselowski, a poorly timed blown engine (is there ever a good time to blow one, though?) ended a title hopeful's chance at a championship.


MORE: Blown engine ruins Truex's Chase

11 Chase Elliott
+1 2/16 12th

While Elliott was eliminated and has yet to win, this is still an encouraging season for the young stud. Still has time to pick up a trophy, too.


MORE: Elliott out, but not down

12 Austin Dillon
-3 9/17 9th

Like with Elliott, no wins but this was certainly an encouraging season for Dillon, and something to build upon for 2017.


MORE: Dillon joins Kes, Truex in heartbreak

13 Kyle Larson
+1 4/20 6th

In the Round of 12, Larson had a pair of top-six finishes after having none on the opening round. 

14 Tony Stewart
-1 10/25 32nd

Each of Stewart's finishes got worse in the Round of 12, starting with a top 10 and winding up outside the top 30. Time is running out to see one last 'Smoke' win.

15 Jamie McMurray
---- 14/21 19th

After having a nice run from Watkins Glen to Richmond to firm up his Chase bid, McMurray has fallen flat in the six races since.

16 Chris Buescher
---- 16/30 22nd

Buescher didn't impress in the Round of 16, but his results have greatly improved in the Round of 12, with a best finish of 16th.