Power Rankings


Power Rankings: Indianapolis

By Pat DeCola | NASCAR.com |
July 28, 2015 at 10.00 AM

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
---- 1/2 42nd So, about that time Kevin Harvick matched the number of top-fives earned in his 2014 championship season just 20 races into the 2015 season … yeah. | RELATED:
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2 Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
+4 2/NR 21st With four wins in five races, nobody is as hot as Kyle Busch right now. The only reason he hasn’t surpassed Kevin Harvick in this space is because the reigning champ has been racing right there with him. | RELATED:

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3 Joey Logano
Joey Logano
-1 1/5 20th Joey Logano has six top-five finishes in the past seven races, which he recognizes says a lot about how strong his team is – but the Team Penske driver wants wins. | RELATED:

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4 Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
-1 1/9 6th Tough to say what happened to Johnson and Co. at the Brickyard, but it was a down day for Hendrick Motorsports overall. With another good track for the organization coming up, they’ll look to reboot things and get back on track. | RELATED:

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5 Martin Truex Jr
Martin Truex Jr
+3 2/19 19th Truex notched his first top 10 since Michigan when he finished fourth at Indy and now heads to the site of his sole win of the season. Good mojo.
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
-2 3/11 4th As we all know, Junior swept Pocono last season. Earnhardt Jr.'s third win of 2015 could very well be at the Tricky Triangle. | RELATED:

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7 Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
-2 3/8 2nd Keselowski nearly pulled off quite a feat and used an alternate strategy contend for the Brickyard 400 win from a 31st starting position, but cautions didn’t fall the way he needed and his plan was foiled, despite leading 17 laps.
8 Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
-1 3/NR 37th Busch has been consistently well-above average this season, finishing worse than 15th just a single time. Oh, and he's the most recent pole winner at Pocono.
9 Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth
---- 5/14 1st Kenseth has remained steady at ninth overall in these Power Rankings, but that’s just what Kenseth is – steady. His past three races, he’s finished fifth, sixth and seventh.
10 Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
+1 5/13 22nd Hamlin’s poor finishes seem to be fading into the past and he’s starting to emerge as a legitimate candidate for more race wins, he just has to earn them. Pocono (four wins) could be a start.
11 Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray
+1 7/16 15th McMurray hasn’t finished in the top 10 since rolling off back-to-back-to-back seventh-place finishes, the second of which was at Pocono.
12 Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
-2 2/12 3rd What a drag. In Jeff Gordon’s final Brickyard 400, a run-in with Clint Bowyer cut short any hopes of finding Victory Lane and, in fact, created perhaps Gordon’s most frustrating day of the season. | RELATED:

Gordon kisses Brickyard goodbye

13 Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards
---- 7/17 10th Sunday’s pole-winner led 20 laps but couldn’t capitalize on a late restart and fell back significantly. Still, the speed Edwards has shown in recent weeks – coupled with the success of that teammate of his who keeps landing in Victory Lane – is encouraging.
14 Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman
+1 6/16 23rd Newman wrecked out of the year's first Pocono race and he'd be well-advised to not do so again, given his shaky-at-best handle of a Chase spot right now.
15 Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne
-1 7/15 43rd All of a sudden, it looks like Kahne is spiraling toward needing a late regular season win to make the Chase, a la Atlanta last year. Only problem? We raced in Atlanta in March this year. | RELATED:

Junior, Kahne collide

16 Paul Menard
Paul Menard
+1 14/NR 11th Menard was unable to land his second career Brickyard 400, but remains entrenched in 14th in the Chase Grid standings.
17 Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
+1 10/19 8th Bowyer is just clinging on to the final Chase spot – almost certainly to be made irrelevant by Kyle Busch once he enters the top 30 in points – but races like Indy go a long way toward re-building a team's momentum. | RELATED:

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18 Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle
+1 17/NR 5th It's hard to believe we could have a Chase without a single Roush Fenway Racing car, but that's where we stand right now. The organization's best shot – Biffle – is 18th in points, and winless.
19 Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola
-3 15/NR 18th Almirola needs to get things squared away and back on track at Pocono if he still plans on making the Chase. As the most recent 43rd-place finisher at the track, he can ill afford another poor result. | RELATED:

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20 Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
+1 14/NR 12th Apart from the shifting, Pocono is a track that would seem right up Larson's alley. Now would be an excellent time to prove that theory correct.