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Power Rankings: Las Vegas/Phoenix

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Brad Keselowski
+2 1/8 13th

Keselowski just barely missed out on his second straight win, but still managed to come away with a top-five finish. The current points leader should stay hot in the desert.

2 Kyle Larson
+4 2/12 39th

Larson is nothing short of spectacular right now, and his 7.2 average start at Phoenix is tops among drivers with more than one start.

3 Martin Truex Jr
+4 3/9 1st

Truex Jr. helped himself out tremendously by sweeping the Las Vegas race, even if an unexpected parts failure for Brad Keselowski in the waning laps led to a bit of a fortuitous win for No. 78.

4 Chase Elliott
---- 4/9 4th

Like Larson, Elliott has been exception thus far and has a great shot to keep it rolling at Phoenix. The Hendrick Motorsports driver's 8.5 average finish at Phoenix is best among full-time drivers.

5 Joey Logano
---- 1/5 21st

Post-race chaos aside, Logano still managed a top-five finish at Las Vegas and rolls into Phoenix as the most recent winner at the track.

6 Kevin Harvick
-5 1/6 8th

Bad news for Harvick: His afternoon ended way, way early on Sunday. Good news for Harvick: He'll have a little extra motivation at his best track in Phoenix, where he hasn't lost the spring race -- ever -- since joining Stewart-Haas Racing.

7 Kurt Busch
-5 2/10 2nd

A battery issue plagued the Daytona 500 winner all race at Vegas, but Busch could get back on track at Phoenix -- his 17 top 10s at the track match teammate Harvick's.

8 Ryan Blaney
+5 8/19 3rd

Blaney is an absolute beast right now and has yet to finish outside the top 10 at Phoenix, albeit in just a pair of starts.

9 Denny Hamlin
---- 5/9 5th

Toyota has been shut out of Phoenix Victory Lane for the past nine races, but Hamlin is the most recent winner at the track for the manufacturer (Spring 2012).

10 Kasey Kahne
+2 10/15 15th

It's still early, but Kahne certainly appears to be for real through three races. After such a long performance drought, it's good to see one of NASCAR's most talented drivers competing at a high level again.

11 Jimmie Johnson
---- 2/11 11th

It's hard to believe two of his Hendrick Motorsports teammates have won at a track more recently than he has (three if you include Chase Elliott's No. 24 car landing the W with Jeff Gordon in 2011), but Johnson's last win at Phoenix was in 2009. Both Kahne and Earnhardt Jr. have more recent wins there.

12 Matt Kenseth
-2 7/12 37th

Kenseth does have a win at Phoenix, but it came a decade-and-a-half ago, and he has just two top 10s in his last six races there.

13 Kyle Busch
-5 3/13 10th

If emotions can be kept in check, Busch makes for a solid non-Harvick pick to win the race. Last year's pole-winner has three straight top-four finishes and five of six in the top 10.

14 Jamie McMurray
---- 14/16 34th

Larson isn't the only Chip Ganassi Racing driver enjoying a major uptick in performance this season. He isn't quite competing for wins yet, but McMurray should be in the conversation as a playoff lock for the time being.

15 Clint Bowyer
---- 15/17 19th

Sunday marked Bowyer's first top-10 finish since Daytona ... last July's Daytona. Great to see Bowyer finally in the thick of things after a few years of struggles.

16 Trevor Bayne
+2 16/20 20th

Bayne isn't quite running at the front of the pack yet, but he's hovering around the top 10 -- a major gain for him and Roush Fenway.

17 Dale Earnhardt Jr
-1 11/17 7th

It certainly feels like some time ago, but Junior's last win came at Phoenix in the fall of 2015. Perhaps he can rekindle some desert magic to spark his 2017 season.

18 Erik Jones
+4 18/22 35th

Jones has looked like a true veteran out there through his first three races, and should show his skills at Phoenix. He's experienced nothing but success at the desert track across other national series.

19 Austin Dillon
-2 13/19 14th

For all of the teams that seem to have received an uptick in performance, Richard Childress Racing isn't among them. Dillon has yet to sniff a top-10 finish.

20 Daniel Suarez
---- 14/20 36th

Some of Suarez's most notable performances in his NASCAR career have come at the Joe Gibbs Racing driver's adopted "home track," and a win at Phoenix this weekend would be a multi-national feel-good story.

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