Power Rankings


Power Rankings: Coca-Cola 600

By Pat DeCola | NASCAR.com |
May 26, 2015 at 11.00 AM

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
---- 1/2 9th For the first time this season, Harvick didn't finish at least second at an intermediate track. Somehow, we think he'll be able to recover from his terrible, awful, disappointing letdown of a top-10 finish.
2 Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr
+4 2/19 5th Win or no win, Truex and the No. 78 team are among the fastest cars every weekend, and with the series traveling to the site of one of his two career victories this weekend, he deserves this ranking.
3 Joey Logano
Joey Logano
---- 1/5 13th At Charlotte, Logano finished outside the top 10 for just the third time this season, meaning he's finished 10th or better in 75 percent of the season's races. Only two drivers have done it more -- Harvick and Truex, who have each finished worse than 10th just once.
4 Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
---- 3/8 7th Keselowski finished second in each of 2014's Dover races, and threw a Coors Light Pole in there, to boot. Think the No. 2 driver wants to break through for his first Monster Mile victory since his championship season?
5 Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
---- 5/NR 10th Through just nine races this season -- he missed three due to a suspension -- Busch has already matched his win total and nearly tripled his laps led count compared to 2014, including another 118 on Sunday night.
6 Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
-4 1/9 40th Johnson couldn't repeat his Coca-Cola 600 victory from last year, but for the second consecutive week he'll have a chance to defend his race win. The No. 48 driver led 272 laps on his way to a FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks victory last year.
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
---- 3/11 3rd Junior has an astounding average finish of 3.2 on intermediates this year, despite them not typically being his best tracks. With the No. 88 running so well on the mile-and-a-halves, it should be telling of his overall success to come this year.
8 Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth
+1 5/14 4th The only Joe Gibbs Racing car that's been running well for most of the season, Kenseth and the No. 20 should only improve from here on out now that the organization appears to be on the upswing.
9 Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
+1 5/13 8th With a victory in the All-Star Race and 53 laps led in the Coca-Cola 600 -- despite battling migraines and dehydration -- Hamlin appears to be back on track after a mediocre stretch that trailed his winning Martinsville run.
10 Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
-2 2/11 15th As Dover's most recent winner, Gordon certainly has a chance to pick up his first 2015 win this weekend at the Monster Mile. That said, it was just his second Dover win in 36 races since winning three straight at Dover from 1995-96.
11 Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
+1 9/NR 11th Any questions? Look past his 11th-place finish. Busch ran most of the Coca-Cola 600 -- all 600 miles, mind you -- inside the top 10 and said he felt surprisingly good after the race. As long as he gets himself into the top 30 (currently 41st), all that stands between the JGR driver and the Chase is a win.
12 Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards
+4 7/16 1st Edwards' Coca-Cola 600 win was about as unpredictable as they come, but he'll take it. Edwards said at Kansas that they thought their program was close and should be a force as the season goes on, so the fact he won one race after saying so implies they may be even further ahead than they thought.
13 Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman
---- 6/15 6th Newman hasn't led a lap since Martinsville -- where he led a grand total of ... two -- but he keeps getting it done. After a sixth-place finish at Charlotte, he hasn't fared lower than 12th since "The Paperclip."
14 Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne
-3 7/14 12th Typically regarded as one of his best tracks, a 12th-place finish for Kahne at Charlotte has to be a disappointment. He's still in the top 10 in points, but a win for the No. 5 team does not seem imminent.
15 Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray
-1 11/16 19th Since two poor finishes to start the season, McMurray has averaged a finish of 10.1. Still, with nine drivers in the win column already, the No. 1 team would feel a lot more secure about its Chase chances if it were to pick up a victory soon.
16 Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola
-1 15/NR 17th It's remarkable that Almirola has yet to finish in the top 10 this season but remains 12th in points. Consistency -- even consistently being average -- appears to be the way the No. 43 intends on making the Chase.
17 Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
---- 11/18 25th At what point in the 2015 season is Larson going to put it together? After starting slow last year, he finished strong -- but he's not a rookie anymore.
18 Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle
+2 12/NR 2nd For how poorly the No. 16 team has been this season, it was a surprise to see Biffle perform at Charlotte -- where he's had little success. Still, he'll take it.
19 Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
---- 10/19 20th Bowyer really succeeds at Dover, where he hasn't finished outside the top 10 since 2010. Thus, it'll be interesting if he can use the Monster Mile to spark a summer streak of good performances.
20 Paul Menard
Paul Menard
+1 14/NR 14th After being knocked out of the Power Rankings for not making the All-Star Race, Menard is back after a 14th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600, even if it did bring him down to 13th in the standings.