Power Rankings


NASCAR.com Power Rankings: All-Star/Coca-Cola 600

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kyle Busch
---- 1/2 10th

Busch just barely managed to finish in the top 10, but did make it out in front of the pack for 15 laps. With zero wins and plenty of near-misses at Charlotte, expect him to race hungrily for 600 miles.

2 Kevin Harvick
---- 1/4 11th

Harvick finished just behind the reigning champ. He has two wins in the 600, and there's no reason to think he won't be a force again in NASCAR's longest race.

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3 Carl Edwards
---- 1/12 4th

Edwards overcame a lot to rally for a top-five finish, a typical M.O. for the No. 19 team in 2016. And hey, he's going to be on a videogame cover!


MORE: Edwards earns NASCAR Heat cover

4 Kurt Busch
+1 4/10 5th

Busch kept the momentum going at Charlotte, landing his seventh-straight top-10 finish (exhibition race or otherwise).

5 Brad Keselowski
+1 5/10 2nd

Think there's any chance Joey Logano splits some of his $1 mllion earnings with his Team Penske teammate, who finished second? Probably not, but a runner-up performance with an altered rules package is a solid consolation prize.

6 Joey Logano
+2 3/7 1st

Care to guess who won the most recent points-paying race at Charlotte? Hint: he's $1 million richer after this weekend.


MORE: Logano wins Sprint All-Star Race

7 Jimmie Johnson
-3 1/7 12th

After a forgettable All-Star Race performance, perhaps Johnson should focus on imitating the six-time champ that he is.


MORE: Johnson does driver impressions

8 Matt Kenseth
-1 7/13 18th

Kenseth couldn't win on back-to-back weeks, wrecking with Tony Stewart in the second segment. Still, his race wasn't going too well before that, having been penalized.


MORE: Stewart, Kenseth collide

9 Dale Earnhardt Jr
+1 5/10 3rd

Junior has been vocal about his team's (lack of) performance of late, so a third-place All-Star finish could mean big gains moving forward.


MORE: Dale Jr. looks to carry success to 600

10 Martin Truex Jr
-1 5/11 14th

Now that Matt Kenseth's team has shedded its skin as the "snake-bitten team," that onus may fall on the No. 78 squad and Truex Jr.

11 Kyle Larson
+5 11/20 16th

The past two weekends have belonged to Larson, despite not landing in Victory Lane. The breakout is upon us.


MORE: Hard luck, near-win for Larson

12 Chase Elliott
-1 9/16 6th

Apart from coming up short to Kyle Larson in the Sprint Showdown, Elliott didn't do a whole lot to impress on Saturday. But hey, he won the Sprint Fan Vote.


MORE: Elliott wins Sprint Fan Vote

13 Denny Hamlin
-1 3/12 9th

Hamlin was unable to win back-to-back All-Star Races, but his 10 top-10 finishes in the past 11 points-paying races at Charlotte should be enough to help him sleep throughout the week.

14 Austin Dillon
-1 9/17 12th

After failing to make the All-Star Race, look for Dillon to come back next Sunday with a vengeance -- and possibly even pick up his first Cup win.

15 Ryan Blaney
-1 14/26 3rd

Like Austin Dillon, expect Blaney to come out in the Coca-Cola 600 guns-a-blazin' after failing to make the Sprint All-Star Race. The No. 21 team should have good info after running both Charlotte races with the young driver last year.

16 Kasey Kahne
-1 13/18 19th

Kahne had the bad luck of getting caught up in the Kenseth/Stewart wreck. He does have a career-high four wins at Charlotte, however, and could get back on track on Sunday.

17 Jamie McMurray
---- 16/21 17th

McMurray doesn't have many tracks at which he's typically considered to be among the players going in, but Charlotte (two wins, seven top-fives) is certainly one of them.

18 Ryan Newman
---- 15/20 13th

Newman doesn't always win poles, but when he does, he prefers them to come at Charlotte Motor Speedway (career-high nine).

19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
---- 15/23 10th

Stenhouse Jr. had to watch the All-Star Race from the sidelines, while his girlfriend and two teammates both raced in the 20-car field. He'll be itching to get on track Sunday.

20 AJ Allmendinger
---- 19/24 5th

Allmendinger didn't make the big race this past weekend, but did have back-to-back top-10s at Charlotte once ... in 2011.