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NASCAR.com Power Rankings: Bristol/Michigan

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kevin Harvick
+2 1/4 1st

Harvick finally turned a "solid run" into a win Sunday at Bristol, topping the point standings once again. Looks like the No. 4 team could be headed for a hot streak -- and just in time for the Chase.

RELATED: Harvick wins rain-delayed Bristol race

2 Brad Keselowski
-1 1/10 33rd

Keselowski went 2-for-2 in Bristol snafus, wrecking with Kyle Busch in the XFINITY race and then colliding with Kurt Busch in the Sprint Cup show. He'll look to turn that around at his home track Michigan, where he's never won but finished the past five races in the top 10.

RELATED: Keselowski, Kurt collide at Bristol

3 Kyle Busch
-1 1/6 39th

As he predicted, Bristol was "The Kyle Busch Show" -- but briefly. Busch's spin and hit from Justin Allgaier left his No. 18 Toyota -- and spirits -- mangled.


RELATED: Busch wrecks, fed up

4 Joey Logano
+1 3/7 10th

Logano overcame quite a bit during his run at Bristol, finagling a top-10 in the process, but wasn't able to defend his back-to-back night race wins. He'll have a chance this weekend at Michigan, where he's the most recent winner and owns seven straight top-10s.

5 Kurt Busch
-1 2/10 38th

Busch's run-in with Keselowski left him limping with a 38th-place result. He's won at Michigan three times, but his results in the Irish Hills tend to vary race-to-race, depicted in his 20.2 average finish.

RELATED: Kurt, Kes wreck at Bristol

6 Carl Edwards
---- 1/12 6th

Polesitter Edwards led 31 laps at The Last Great Colosseum but wasn't able to secure the W. He has only finished worse than 12th four times in 24 starts at Michigan, though, so watch for the No. 19 to be strong this weekend.


MORE: Edwards at 37 -- through the years

7 Denny Hamlin
---- 3/14 3rd

Watkins Glen winner Hamlin battled back from a pit-road speeding penalty and a loose wheel to earn a hard-fought third-place result, extending his current streak of top-10s to five in a row.

8 Matt Kenseth
---- 6/13 37th

A mid-race multi-car melee saddled Kenseth with a 37th-place finish. But with Bristol behind him, he'll head to Michigan, where he's the reigning race winner.

9 Martin Truex Jr
---- 5/11 23rd

Truex was fairly quiet in a not-so-quiet Bristol race, finishing 23rd. He's never won at Michigan, but has finished two of his last three races there in third.

10 Jimmie Johnson
+1 1/11 7th

"Six-Time" battled the handling of his car and overcame a slow mid-race pit stop to post a top 10 at Bristol. Solid run, but the No. 48 camp will need to make sure his car is tip-top for the lower downforce package at Michigan.

11 Tony Stewart
-1 10/25 30th

Stewart's 30th-place finish in his final Bristol race wasn't memorable, but his epic double burnout with race winner Kevin Harvick definitely was.

WATCH: Harvick, Smoke share Bristol win

12 Austin Dillon
+3 9/17 4th

Dillon came out swinging at Bristol, winning the XFINITY race and battling Harvick for the win in the final leg of the race. Michigan is one of his favorite tracks -- and one the No. 3 team has circled on its calendar.

RELATED: Dillon shows skill with fourth-place at Bristol

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

Elliott's 15th-place run at Bristol wasn't his best, but the rookie will have a shot at redemption this weekend at Michigan, where he finished second to race winner Joey Logano in June.

14 Ryan Newman
-2 12/20 28th

After a 28th-place finish at Bristol, Newman finds himself in precarious position as he sits right on the bubble -- 16th -- in the Chase Grid. 

RELATED: Chase bubble after Bristol

15 Kyle Larson
-1 11/20 24th

A string of unforunate events left Larson with a 24th-place finish at Bristol -- and two spots outside the top 16 in the Chase Grid.

16 Jamie McMurray
---- 14/21 8th

Another eighth-place finish for Jamie Mac keeps him on the good side of the Chase Grid bubble watch. Consistency is key for the No. 1 team in these next few races.

17 Chris Buescher
+3 17/30 5th

Not only did Pocono winner Buescher land in the top 30, he also earned his second top-five finish of his young career at Bristol. Major props.

RELATED: Bristol finish gives Buescher Chase hopes

18 Kasey Kahne
-1 14/26 13th

Kahne earned his best result since Sonoma on Sunday at Bristol (13th), but sitting 19th in the Chase Grid, he'll need to do better than that to secure a spot in the playoffs.

19 Trevor Bayne
-1 17/24 12th

The past two weeks have been strong for Bayne, as he finished ninth and 12th. But will consistency be enough for a spot in the Chase?

20 Dale Earnhardt Jr
-1 5/18 13th

Junior's return date has yet to be announced. Should he return to racing at the Irish Hills, his chances are pretty stout: A two-time winner, he's finished four of the past five races in the top 10.