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NASCAR.com Power Rankings: Indianapolis/Pocono

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kevin Harvick
+1 1/4 6th

A case can be made for Kyle Busch (four wins to Harvick's one) here, but the Stewart-Haas Racing driver's season as a whole has been more consistently dominant, perhaps the most important ingredient in the recipe to advancing in the Chase.

2 Kyle Busch
+1 1/6 1st

"Rowdy" was on another level at Indy this past weekend, and that could continue at Pocono where he is the defending pole-winner of the race.


More: Busch dominates for Brickyard sweep

3 Brad Keselowski
-2 1/10 17th

A 17th-place finish came as a result of Keselowski's No. 2 being involved in a late-race "Big One," but he didn't fall any spots in the points standings.


More: Kes involved in 'Big One'

4 Joey Logano
---- 3/7 7th

Logano couldn't bring his team owner a Brickyard 400, but how 'bout a Pennsylvania 400? Logano led a race-high 97 laps in this event last year.

More: Team Penkse still chasing Indy

5 Kurt Busch
---- 2/10 16th

A winner at Pocono not even two months ago, Busch's consistency and his recent Victory Lane visit make him one of the race favorites.

6 Matt Kenseth
+1 6/13 2nd

Coming in as the defending race-winner, Kenseth and his JGR-powered No. 20 have an excellent shot at the "Tricky Triangle."


More: Kenseth clinches Chase berth

7 Carl Edwards
-1 1/12 35th

Edwards dropped two spots in the standings and now stands as one of just three drivers in the top 20 in points to have four DNFs.

8 Jimmie Johnson
+1 1/9 3rd

Not only did Johnson potentially end a "slump" (by his standards), he's officially locked up a Chase spot and can breathe a little.

More: Johnson officially in Chase

9 Martin Truex Jr
-1 5/11 8th

While he struggled in the spring event (19th), it wasn't that long ago that Truex Jr. won at Pocono (June, 2015). Good chance his team comes better prepared this time around.

10 Denny Hamlin
---- 3/14 4th

Denny Hamlin's winless drought of 19 races is the longest of any driver in the top 10 in points.

11 Chase Elliott
---- 8/16 15th

Elliott had a solid top-five run at Pocono earlier this season during his best streak of the year. Perhaps he can re-ignite the spark this weekend?

12 Tony Stewart
+1 12/25 11th

Stewart had another solid run in what was possibly a dizzying weekend of attention and fanfare for his last Brickyard race. He's still trending in the right direction.


More: Tony talks special moment with Gordon

13 Austin Dillon
+4 9/17 9th

Dillon could double his 2015 top-10 total (five) with one such result at Pocono. Only problem? He's yet to complete the task at the "Tricky Triangle."


More: Dillon on good side of RCR's luck

14 Kyle Larson
+2 11/20 5th

Heading into one of his best tracks (9.4 average Pocono finish), Larson is on the right side of the Chase bubble.


More: Larson sneaks into Chase picture

15 Ryan Newman
-3 12/20 31st

Newman had a rough day in his home state, matching his car number (31) with his finishing position. That's usually not a good thing, unless you're Jamie McMurray.

16 Jamie McMurray
-2 14/21 19th

McMurray's No. 1 Chevrolet was a mid-pack car most of the way at Indy, but he's still solidly in Chase contention as the regular season winds down.


More: Ganassi duo chasing Chase

17 Dale Earnhardt Jr
-2 5/17 13th

Junior will remain out at least through the weekend, but his season is on the line now as he's quickly losing ground in the standings.


More: Junior offers health update

18 Kasey Kahne
+3 14/26 18th

Kahne has won at Pocono as recently as 2013 and could really use another solid performance, as a driver just on the outside of Chase contention and looking in. 


More: Kahne on Chase bubble line

19 Trevor Bayne
---- 17/24 30th

A late-race mixup with Clint Bowyer relegated Bayne to a 30th-place finish, bringing him down to 18th place in the driver standings.


More: Bayne, Bowyer tangle late

20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
+2 20/25 12th

Stenhouse's near-top 10 at Indy (12th) shouldn't be overlooked -- but neither should his Pocono history. The Roush driver's 27.3 average finish could make his bump a short-lived one.