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The 12: NASCAR Power Rankings Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Edition

For Kevin Harvick, everyone knew it was coming. We just didn’t know when.

New Hampshire was when.

Harvick broke a 22-race winless streak and the first for his Stewart-Haas Racing team in 2019.

While Harvick was in victory lane, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were frustrated over their races as Hamlin led 113 laps but took four tires while Harvick took two on the final pit stop of the day. For Busch? He led most of stage one and some of stage two before getting a tire rub and spinning out, which made his car never function the same.

How did all of this-and Harvick getting his first victory of the season-fair in this week’s power rankings? Find out below.

How the power rankings are calculated: Following the conclusion of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, members of a voting panel, including Frontstretch writers and members of accredited media outlets as well as writers from other sites and social media personalities, submit their top 12 drivers for the Power Rankings.

The drivers are then given points based on their ranking by our panelists, with first place getting 12 points, and each subsequent driver getting one fewer point until the 12th-place driver, who gets a single point. Points are then added together, and the rankings are subsequently produced.

Power Rankings: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Edition

1. Kyle Busch 104 Points

First-place votes: 6

Last week’s ranking: 1st (-)

It seemed like it was going to be another regular day in the world of Busch. After dominating all of stage one and most of stage two, Busch got collected in an incident in which he had a tire go down and spun out to cause a caution. His day was just never the same after that, and the No. 18 ended up finishing eighth.

On to Pocono to see if they can sweep the year at the Tricky Triangle.

2. Joey Logano86 Points

First-place votes: 1

Last week’s ranking: 2nd (-)

Logano scored his first career win at New Hampshire in 2009, and, while he was trying to win another lobster, it just wasn’t to be. Logano was up in the bottom half of the top 10 all day long and ended up with a ninth-place finish. Solid day for the 22 squad.

3. Kevin Harvick85 Points

First-place votes: 2

Last week’s ranking: 7th (+4)

If there was one word to describe what Harvick fans were going through, “finally” would be a fair answer. Harvick snapped his 22-race winless streak as well as getting his team’s first win of the season.

Also, who was there to celebrate with him? His son Keelan. Keelan also decided he wanted to kiss the lobster after the race!

“Maybe someone’s happy?” – Rob Dutzar Jr, Rob’s NASCAR Blog

“He’s gonna win a lot more than 1 race” – Godwin Kelly, The Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Has to hope his team takes good care of the trophy this time (after one trophy breaking at his home).” – Joy Tomlinson, Frontstretch

4. Denny Hamlin— 83 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 5th (+1)

For Hamlin, it was what could have been. Hamlin was hungry for his third win of the season and went for it in turns one and two on the white flag lap. It just wasn’t enough as Harvick was able to hang on for his first victory of the season. Tough break for Hamlin but at least he has two wins on the season.

“Either choked that win away or he’s just scared of lobsters.”- Jake Baskinger

T-5. Martin Truex Jr. 69 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 4th (-1)

For Martin Truex Jr. his sixth-place run was a nice comeback after his day. Truex was involved in an incident with the Clint Bowyer after a restart that saw both drivers receiving damage. Bowyer wasn’t as lucky as Truex was as he finished all the way back in 20th.

T-5. Brad Keselowski — 69 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 6th (+1)

For Keselowski, it seemed like things were going his way. He won his first pole since 2017 and was up front for most of the first stage. As he fell back through the field, however, he lost precious track position and was never able to recover.

7. Kurt Busch 37 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 3rd (-4)

After getting his first win of the season, Busch was kinda invisible all day at New Hampshire. On the bright side, he didn’t suffer the same fate as teammate Kyle Larson, with Larson’s day ending prematurely.

“If he wins the championship, the team will carry the car to Victory Lane” – Kelly

8. Ryan Blaney— 30 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: unranked

After a fairly slow start to the season, Blaney has gotten to that point where he is rallying off top fives and top 10s, but still no wins. He does have a win at the next track (Pocono), so maybe he will break through and get the monkey off of his back.

“He is so close to getting his first win of the season. He’ll get it sooner than later. ”- Baskinger

9. Erik Jones — 29 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: UR (UR)

For Jones, the pressure is evident as he was involved in an incident with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the middle of stage two. With the No. 20 team being the only one in the Joe Gibbs Racing camp without a win, Jones took the track position instead of four tires at the end of the race, and it ended up working as the Michigan native finished third in New Hampshire.

10. Alex Bowman— 28 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 10th (+1)

To say it was a rough weekend for Bowman would be an understatement. He broke his driveshaft in qualifying, forcing his crew to switch to a back-up car. Then in final practice, he got into the wall and was forced to use teammate Jimmie Johnson’s backup car since they didn’t have a third backup car. Bowman persevered, though, and salvaged an 11th-place finish.

It’s safe to say that Bowman is ecstatic to leave New Hampshire in the rearview mirror.

11. Chase Elliott— 23 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 8th (-3)

While two of his teammates wrecked in qualifying and practice, Elliott was a mystery the entire weekend as he just couldn’t find the balance to run up front with the leaders.

12. Aric Almirola— 20 Points

First-place votes: 0

Last week’s ranking: 10th (-2)

While his teammate was in victory lane, Almirola was trying to figure out where he went wrong on Sunday. The Florida native, like Elliott, just didn’t have the speed or the balance to compete with the leaders. He did opt for track position late in stage two and took the win, adding to his playoff points.



Name Twitter Organization
Jake Baskinger @jbaskinger41 Jake Baskinger on YouTube
Rob Dutzar Jr @rob_dutzar Rob’s NASCAR Blog
Darian Gilliam @blackflagmatter Black Flags Matter
Leon Hammack @captainblowdri Working on My Rednck
Godwin Kelly @godwinkelly The Daytona Beach News Journal
Mark Kristl @markkristl Frontstretch
Kobe Lambeth @kobelambeth Kobelambeth.com
Trey Normile
Joy Tomlinson @jt_giantsfan Frontstretch

Do you agree with our rankings? Think someone was left out, or that one of the top drivers is overrated? Let us know in the comments, and tell others what your top 12 would be. 

About the author

Bryan Nolen currently goes to the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting at Full Sail. He would like to be involved in some aspect of Motor Sports after he completes school. He hosts a podcast that is on Apple Podcasts and Google Play called Sports Talk with Bryan and TB and lives in Boise, Idaho.

Follow him on Twitter @TheBryanNolen

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