What else can you say after a dominating performance like Martin Truex, Jr.’s record-breaking beatdown of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field in the Coca-Cola 600?
One year removed from a heartbreaking loss in NASCAR’s longest race to Carl Edwards on fuel mileage, Truex and his Furniture Row Racing team left no doubt who the best group was in the hub of the NASCAR world.
After that run, it’s safe to say Truex saw a bump in the standings. As for the rest of the field? Things were bit more interesting.
Who moved up? Who dropped like the sun on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? Let’s find out.
POWER RANKINGS: Coca-Cola 600 Edition
1. KEVIN HARVICK (123 POINTS, +1)
2. MARTIN TRUEX, JR. (113 POINTS, PREV. Unranked)
3. KURT BUSCH (95 POINTS, No change)
4. BRAD KESELOWSKI (80 POINTS, +1)
5. KYLE BUSCH (78 POINTS, -4)
6. CARL EDWARDS (73 POINTS, -2)
“He started the season with eight top tens in nine races, only to finish outside the top ten for the last four races.” – Gable
“ESPN 20 for 20: From back flips to the back of the pack – The Carl Edwards speeding penalty story.” – Bearden
7. JIMMIE JOHNSON (54 POINTS, +1)
8. CHASE ELLIOTT (52 POINTS, -2)
9. JOEY LOGANO (47 POINTS, -2)
10. MATT KENSETH (37 POINTS, No Change)
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.
Denny Hamlin (16 Points) – Hard to believe the Daytona 500 winner is performing the worst in the standings for Gibbs. – Fesko
Kyle Larson (12 Points) – “Fair or not, I expected more from Larson after he won or nearly won the last four races he competed in.” – Bearden
Others receiving votes: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (8) Ryan Blaney (2), Alexander Rossi (1)
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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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