Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway could best be described as a war of attrition.
From an unpredictable racing surface to a trial run with the low-low downforce package, there we more variable for teams to account for than at any race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour. Throw in a hard compound tire from Goodyear and a crash fest-turned-fuel-mileage race, and teams were thrown more curveballs than the MLB’s best hitters.
At the end of the night, Brad Keselowski reigned supreme, stretching his fuel to the last moment and holding off Carl Edwards for the victory. However, in a race defined as much by the drivers that crashed out as it was by the ones that finished on top, figuring out who deserved a jump up or down the rankings was nearly as challenging as driving through that flat turn 3.
Thankfully, that’s what our experts are here for.
POWER RANKINGS: Quaker State 400 Edition
1. BRAD KESELOWSKI (108 POINTS, No Change)
2. KEVIN HARVICK (95 POINTS, +1)
3. KURT BUSCH (83 POINTS, +2)
4. CARL EDWARDS (71 POINTS, +2)
5. KYLE BUSCH (60 POINTS, -1)
6. JOEY LOGANO (51 POINTS, -6)
“No “shark” attacks on him this week, but still a rough race and a hard hit.” – Gable
“I GUESS TONY GIBSON GOT WHAT HE WISHED FOR BECAUSE LOGANO FINISHED 39TH.” – @AnnoyingRaceFan
7. MARTIN TRUEX, JR. (36 POINTS, +1)
8. CHASE ELLIOTT (30 POINTS, -1)
9. TONY STEWART (27 POINTS, +1)
10. TREVOR BAYNE (21 POINTS, Prev. Unranked)
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
One driver moved up after his first top 5 of the season. The other stayed the same after yet another poor showing. Neither were good enough to crack the top 10. C’est la vie.
Jimmie Johnson (18 Points) – “Ouch – 32nd or worse in three of his last five races.” – Utter
Ryan Newman (15 Points) – “Newman’s finally putting up some good results. He needs it; remember, he’s racing for his next contract since we know dang well he won’t be in the No. 31, even if he wins the championship.” – Allaway
Others receiving votes: Matt Kenseth (12), Denny Hamlin (9), Austin Dillon (5), Greg Biffle (4), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (3), Jeffrey Earnhardt (1).
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|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 fewer 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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