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Power Rankings: Atlanta/Las Vegas

RANK DRIVER CHANGE H/L LAST FINISH COMMENTS
1 Kevin Harvick
+1 1/4 20th

Though Harvick has come up short in the win column in the season's first two races, the 2015 Las Vegas winner knows how to make the most of the new format and is your current points leader.

2 Kurt Busch
+1 2/10 25th

On the heels of a hot start to the season, Busch heads to his home track at Las Vegas where he's yet to win. He broke Daytona's curse -- can he get lucky in Sin City?

3 Brad Keselowski
+5 3/8 1st

Keselowski and Ford appear primed to have a strong season, and the Team Penske driver has a legitimate chance to go back-to-back, having won two of the past three Las Vegas races.

4 Chase Elliott
---- 4/9 16th

Elliott nearly came away with a win in his home state but instead settled for a fifth-place finish. While win No. 1 won't come at home, it will come this year.

5 Joey Logano
-4 1/5 4th

Logano owns the best average start (8.2) and the best average finish (10.8) at Las Vegas, but has yet to land in Victory Lane.

6 Kyle Larson
+4 6/12 13th

Larson has come speeding out of the gate to start the season, and could be a sneaky title contender if this proves to be the real deal.

7 Martin Truex Jr
+2 79 23rd

Truex was unable to get out in front of Sunday's race and lead laps -- like mostly everyone else, unless your name was Kevin Harvick -- but a top-10 finish has him in good standing.

8 Kyle Busch
-1 3/8 27th

Both Busch brothers start well in their hometown (8.9 average starting position for Kurt, 9.5 for Kyle), but it's 'Rowdy' who holds the better finishing average at 13.5.

9 Denny Hamlin
-4 5/9 6th

Hamlin had a mechanical issue that relegated him to his poor finish and an overall rough start to the season for JGR.

10 Matt Kenseth
+2 7/12 14th

Hopefully for JGR, however, Kenseth can be the team's beaming light after a great run at Atlanta. His Las Vegas numbers (three wins, nine top-10s) are stout, too.

11 Jimmie Johnson
-5 2/11 24th

Johnson has a series-best four wins and has led the most laps (576) at Las Vegas, which should set him up for success this weekend -- but then again, we thought the same about Atlanta.

12 Kasey Kahne
+3 12/15 8th

Kahne looks really solid early on, and could look to benefit from a good starting spot at Vegas (series-high three poles).

13 Ryan Blaney
---- 13/19 18th

Blaney couldn't follow up his remarkable Daytona run, but should have a decent shot at Vegas, where he placed sixth last year.

14 Jamie McMurray
+2 14/16 37th

Chip Ganassi Racing is off to a fast start for the Chevrolet camp after Stewart-Haas Racing's transition to Ford. McMurray has momentum coming to Vegas after a top-10 finish at Atlanta.

15 Clint Bowyer
+2 15/17 35th

There's no debating Tony Stewart left some speed in his No. 14 ride for Clint Bowyer. Expect him to continue to rise.

16 Dale Earnhardt Jr
-5 11/16 7th

While Junior's return has been less than glamorous thus far, it could turn around quickly at Vegas. Earnhardt has a series-best 10 top-10s at the track.

17 Austin Dillon
-4 13/18 29th

Dillon was expected to get off to a much hotter start than he has. It's still super early, so keep an eye on this talented young driver.

18 Trevor Bayne
+5 17/20 3rd

At the forefront of Roush Fenway's Ford revival right now is Trevor Bayne, who is sitting pretty in the standings at 10th.

19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
+6 20/21 26th

Stenhouse showed some serious skill in Atlanta -- even his 13th-place finishing position isn't indicative of how well he was running throughout the race.

20 Daniel Suarez
-2 14/18 15th

Suarez's adjustment to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level is still a rocky one, but give it time. We're just two races in.

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