After races, wrecks and crashes at the Tricky Triangle, DSPORT has listed down the NASCAR drivers’ power rankings for the upcoming race at Michigan. Have a look:
Martin Truex Jr.
He has finished lower than 2nd place Kyle Larson just once over the past four races, which is ultimately the reason he has taken and hung onto the lead.
Truex Jr. has seen a real mixed bag of results at Michigan, summed up perfectly by his last two years there. In 2015, he scored a pair of third-place finishes. Last year he failed to finish in the top 10 in both starts.
Larson has been in contention for the win several weeks in a row now and picked up his first Monster Energy Series victory at Michigan last August.
Larson finished a spot behind Truex in seventh. He won the second stage after a one-lap shootout following a 23-minute red flag for crashes involving Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray.
Harvick has a great shot to break through for his first 2017 win at Michigan. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is one of two active drivers with double-digit top fives with 10.
Harvick finished second to Blaney and got within a couple car lengths over the final two laps. He scored 51 points Sunday, the only driver in the field to score over 50 points.
Kyle Busch dominated the race at Pocono from pole, but he finished in 9th place after eight cars that came to the pits for tires passed him following the final restart of the race.
Two weeks in a row, Busch failed to win from the pole. Perhaps he’ll try a new approach at Michigan, where he’s never led the field to green to start a race.
After two straight finishes outside of the top 37, Brad Keselowski appears to be back on the right track with a 5th place finish at Pocono, his eighth top 5 finish of the season. He’s banging on the door with an average finish of 5.5 in his last six races at Michigan.
Jimmie Johnson has been all over the place in these power rankings due to the fact that he has had a very inconsistent season. Johnson finally broke through for his first Michigan win in 2014, and it was about time. Despite just the one win, the seven-time champ leads active drivers in the series with 687 laps led there.
Chase Elliott is one of three drivers in the top 7 in the championship standings without a win this season. But following a four-race rough stretch from Richmond to Charlotte, he is one of just three drivers who has finished in the top 8 in both of the past two races. Despite being winless in 55 NASCAR Cup Series starts, Elliott is driving on a high level for a 21-year-old, and he appears to be picking up momentum.
In two Michigan starts, Chase Elliott has a pair of second-place finishes.
From 2009 to ‘14, Mcmurray had 12 straight non-top-10 finishes. Since then, he has three in his last four. McMurray’s consistent streak as the only driver with seven consecutive top 12 finishes came to an end in a fiery crash at Pocono. That wreck also dropped him three spots in the championship standings.
Not only did Blaney pull off history at Pocono, he has a shot to go back-to-back. He placed fourth last time out at Michigan, and his team has only improved since.
Denny Hamlin has been one of the more underrated drivers in NASCAR this season. He along with all three of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates are all winless thus far, but they have all been fast. Despite having just six total top-10 finishes on the season, Hamlin is nearly averaging one over in his last six races (10.3). This team is not far off from a win.