Martin Truex, Jr., surged ahead of the field –and I mean way ahead, by over 10 seconds– to claim a dominant victory in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway, his fourth of 2016. With it, he also soared right back atop our power rankings.
I know. Spoiler alert. But that was obvious, right?
Much like in Sunday’s round-ending Chase race, it isn’t the top driver that provides the most intrigue in this week’s rankings. Instead, it’s the drivers at the back of the pack, the ones that are just hanging on, that offer the real storylines.
“Needs a touch of speed, but consistency can get the job done, too – up to a point.” – Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service
“Keselowski has been a contender for the win at Homestead in each of the last two years. With the consistency he’s showing this year, be may be a contender for a championship, too.” – Aaron Bearden, Frontstretch
“Managed to advance to the next round while a three-time champion, a Daytona 500 winner and a former rookie of the year were all eliminated. Not bad for a rookie who had to qualify for the Chase on points.” – McCole
“This kid ought to decline the rookie title–because he doesn’t drive like one.” – Spencer
These two drivers just snuck through to the Round of 12, but they’ll need to run better over the next three races if they ever hope to crack the top 8, whether it be in the Chase or our rankings. Best of luck, gentlemen.
Austin Dillon (7 Points) – “Will he be the Ryan Newman of the 2016 Chase?” – Utter
Kurt Busch(4 Points) – “Running under the radar so far and needs to show more speed in Round of 12.” – Spencer
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.