Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Dover

By Maggie MacKenzie | NASCAR.com |
October 06, 2015 at 10.00 AM

1 Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
+10 1/11 1st Harvick quieted his disbelievers during his Dover dominance. The defending champion needed a win to advance. He not only won, but his name topped the leaderboard for a whopping 355 laps. So he tops Power Rankings, too.

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2 Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth
-1 1/14 7th Kenseth continued the JGR hot streak with his fourth consecutive top-10 finish -- and his 19th of the season. His No. 20 was no match for the No. 4 at Dover, but he's won at Charlotte twice and he'll be one to beat there.
3 Joey Logano
Joey Logano
+1 1/6 10th Logano was quiet at the "Monster Mile," but finished 10th. The No. 22 driver is a Contender Round favorite as he has strong finishes at both Charlotte and Kansas with a combined 11 top-10 results in 25 appearances.
4 Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
+9 1/NR 2nd "Rowdy" knew what he needed at Dover in order to keep his Chase hopes alive. For most of the race it was Busch hunting down the No. 4, and his runner-up finish was plenty good for advancement.

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5 Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
-3 2/13 18th The pressure was off for Hamlin at Dover, thanks to his Chicagoland win, but his 18th-place finish was a surprise. Hamlin should be good for the next round as he has a win at each of the three tracks.
6 Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards
-3 3/17 15th Edwards' 15th-place finish at the "Monster Mile" was his worst finish since July's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. At the Bank of America 500, he will be looking for the Charlotte sweep.
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
+5 3/11 3rd Coming into Dover, Junior was sitting in the cut-off position, a nail-biting scenario. His No. 88 was strong during the 400 miles, and he made his move when he had to.

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8 Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr
+2 2/19 11th Truex had issues at Dover after NASCAR found unapproved adjustments to his No. 78. He had to start his car at the rear. With that behind him, he looks for his second top-five at Charlotte.

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9 Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
---- 2/14 12th Gordon was the defending race winner but finished 12th. Although he hasn't been to Victory Lane all year, things could be looking up -- he has five wins at Charlotte, three at Kansas and six at Talladega.
10 Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
-3 3/NR 17th Busch was running in the top five throughout most of the day at Dover, but ended up with a 17th-place result. He is in pursuit of a back-to-back top-10 finishes at Charlotte.
11 Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
-5 3/11 16th Keselowski struggled at Dover and ended the day in 16th. He shouldn't have problems at Charlotte with one win, two top-fives and four top-10s under his belt -- or rather, his firesuit.
12 Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
-7 1/12 41st Johnson's dreams of a seventh title were shattered at Dover thanks to a broken axle seal on his No. 48. The veteran's Chase dismissal was unexpected to say the least.

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13 Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman
-5 6/16 19th If Newman wants a repeat of last year he'll have to do better than a 19th-place result. The key ingredient to 2014's successful recipe was top 10s -- he has 12 at Charlotte.
14 Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray
---- 7/16 4th McMurray's fourth-place Dover finish, although strong, was not enough for advancement. He needed to finish better than Junior, but the No. 88 surged ahead of his No. 1 during the final laps.
15 Paul Menard
Paul Menard
---- 13/NR 25th Menard's Chase chances ended at Dover thanks to a 25th-place finish on the leaderboard after lackluster races at Chicagoland and New Hampshire.
16 Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
---- 10/19 14th With MWR's most recent setback, Bowyer needed a win in order to advance. Instead, he finished 14th. Bowyer, however, has his 2017 move to SHR to look forward to.

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