Is anyone else still confused?
Our writers certainly were after one of the wildest All-Star races in recent memory. From infield puddles to control booth blunders, the new format for the race led to one of the most exciting – if mind-numbing – nights in NASCAR history.
With so many of our contributors still scratching their heads, and few deserving a small break for 600 miles of racing this weekend, the minds at Frontstretch elected to give a few of them the week off. But a small core of our crew still came together to determine who stands tall after the final exhibition of the year.
Here’s what they had to say.
POWER RANKINGS: After NASCAR’s All-Star Race
1. KYLE BUSCH (83 POINTS, No Change)
“I would have loved to hear what was going through Kyle Busch’s mind when the entire field blew past him on that last restart. At least he and his team learned for next week that you’re gonna be dead meat on old tires.” – Pete McCole, AutoRacing1.com
2. KEVIN HARVICK (76 POINTS, No Change)
3. KURT BUSCH (74 POINTS, +1)
6. CHASE ELLIOTT (51 POINTS, +1)
“Earned his way into the All-Star Race this year through the Sprint Fan Vote. Why do I have a funny feeling he won’t need that backdoor entry ever again?” – Bowles
7. JOEY LOGANO (40 POINTS, Prev. Unranked)
8. JIMMIE JOHNSON (38 POINTS, No Change)
9. MATT KENSETH (35 POINTS, -3)
10. KYLE LARSON (30 POINTS, No Change)
“Three weeks, three near-misses. One of two things is going to happen here: Kyle Larson is getting closer to Victory Lane or this team is going to start souring on itself after a little too much oh-so-close.” – Bowles
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
These two drivers didn’t end up in the money, but all things considered, the night could’ve gone worse. Some Coca-Cola 600 success could push them over the top.
Trevor Bayne (19 Points) – “More of that aggression, please.” – Bearden
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|Kyle Pokrefky||@KPokrefky||Writer, The Fourth Turn|
|Reid Spencer||@Reid_Spencer||Lead Writer, NASCAR Wire Service|
|Doug Turnbull||@DougTurnbull||Announcer, PRN Live, Atlanta Motor Speedway|
|Jim Utter||@jim_utter||NASCAR Editor, Motorsport.com|
How they’re made: Following the conclusion of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, members of a voting panel, including Frontstretch writers, members of accredited media including Motorsport, NASCAR and USA Today, as well as writers from other sites and social media favorites, submit their top 10 drivers for the Power Rankings. The drivers are then given points based off their position, with first place getting 10 points, and each subsequent driver getting one few point until the 10th-place driver, who gets a lone point. Points are then tallied, and the rankings are created.
Do you agree with our rankings? Think someone got snubbed, or that one of the top drivers is overrated? Let us know in the comments, and tell others what your top 10 would be.
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