Power Rankings


NASCAR.com Power Rankings: Richmond/Talladega

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Carl Edwards
+1 1/12 1st

For the sixth time in his career, Edwards won back-to-back races. Don't expect him to make it three in a row for the first time, however, as Talladega is his worst track (20.8 average finish).


MORE: Edwards bumps Busch for win

2 Kyle Busch
-1 1/2 2nd

Busch was certainly unhappy about his teammate's bump that forced him out of a Richmond win, but hey, maybe Carl Edwards will make it up to him by drafting with him at Talladega.

3 Kevin Harvick
---- 1/3 5th

Harvick finished in the top five after leading 63 Richmond laps, but it sure was a quietly solid finish for the 2014 champ. Look for another solid showing at Talladega, where he typically manages to avoid "The Big One."

4 Jimmie Johnson
---- 1/6 3rd

Through the season's first nine races, Jimmie Johnson is on pace for a career-best average finish of 7.9. 

5 Dale Earnhardt Jr
---- 5/8 13th

"Amelia" is back, so Junior instantly shoots to the top of the "Talladega favorites" list, even if it didn't do so well in the season-opening Daytona 500.


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6 Joey Logano
---- 3/7 8th

Logano has increased his top-10 finish count each of the past five seasons. After 28 last year, he's on pace for 24 in 2016.


MORE: Penske perserveres at Richmond

7 Denny Hamlin
+1 3/8 6th

After failing to win again at his home track, Hamlin will try to right the ship at Talladega in a race he won as recently as 2014 -- from a starting position of 34th.

8 Kurt Busch
-1 7/10 10th

Toward the end of the Richmond race, it looked like at least one of the Busch brothers would win, as they were running 1-2. To put it bluntly ... nope.


MORE: Kurt calls out crew

9 Brad Keselowski
---- 5/10 11th

If Keselowski hadn't already won this season, would people be wondering what's plaguing the No. 2 team? After a career-high top 10s in 2015, the 2012 champ has just four in nine races.

10 Martin Truex Jr
+1 5/11 9th

After being on the losing end of the closest finish in Daytona 500 history, want to guess if Truex Jr. is looking forward to the first restrictor-plate race since then?

11 Chase Elliott
-1 9/16 12th

Should be interesting to see how Elliott does in his first Cup foray at Talladega, but at least he should have some speed in his car: His No. 24 ride is the defending pole-winner.

12 Matt Kenseth
+1 7/13 7th

Kenseth has led multiple laps in eight of nine races this season, but has just two top-10 finishes to show for it.

13 Kasey Kahne
+3 13/18 4th

Based on Kahne's post-race comments at Richmond, it sounds like something clicked internally with the No. 5 team three or four weeks ago. If it keeps up, Kahne should be set for the Chase after missing it last year.


MORE: Kahne back on track

14 Austin Dillon
-2 9/17 20th

Dillon has cooled a bit, but certainly wouldn't mind putting the No. 3 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane at Talladega. Perhaps that gives him a little extra juice heading into the weekend.

15 Ryan Blaney
-2 14/26 28th

Something you're going to hear a lot later this week: Blaney finished fourth in last year's running of this race.

16 Jamie McMurray
+1 16/21 16th

Jamie McMurray is fascinating. He has just one top-10 finish, yet is 13th in the standings. Seven drivers who are below him in points have more top 10s.

17 Kyle Larson
-2 11/17 15th

Larson has yet to finish in the top 10 at Talladega since his debut at the restrictor-plate track in 2014.

18 Ryan Newman
+1 15/20 18th

Newman has a whopping 28 starts at Talladega under his belt. He's never won, and has an average finish outside the top 20.

19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
-1 15/23 26th

Stenhouse has led 38 laps in his Sprint Cup Series career. Eleven of those laps have come at Talladega, where he has an average finish of 12.2.

20 AJ Allmendinger
---- 20/24 25th

Allmendinger finished fifth at Talladega in the 2014 spring race. He has an average finish of 25.64 in the other 11 races on his resume at the Alabama track.