Pete Pistone’s Power Rankings After Atlanta – NASCAR Cup Series

Driver Ratings

Pete Pistone’s updated NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings after Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

1. Kevin Harvick – Win number two of the season on Sunday came for Harvick at the track where he scored his first career Cup win in 2001. Harvick led a race-high 155 laps and has now led over 10,000 laps in his seven year tenure at Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick has finished in the top 10 in nine of the ten races run in 2020.

Driver Rating: 110.3
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Brad Keselowski – A pit road speeding penalty put a crimp in Keselowski’s day as he was looking for a second straight Cup Series win. Keselowski led a couple of times for five laps and salvaged a ninth-place finish.

Driver Rating: 101.8
Point Standings: 4th
Previous Ranking: 1st

3. Kyle Busch – Still looking for his first Cup win of the season but Busch scored his second runner-up finish of 2020. He led twice for seven laps and finished in the top five in the first two stages on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 93.6
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

4. Chase Elliott – He led 26 laps on his way to an eighth-place finish on Sunday. Elliott has finished in the top 10 in four of his five career Cup starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Driver Rating: 109.4
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

5. Denny Hamlin – A fifth-place run for Hamlin was only his second top-10 finish at in the last six Atlanta races.

Driver Rating: 89.4
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 5th

6. Joey Logano – A pit road accident looked as if it would ruin Logano’s day in Atlanta. But he was able to rebound and post a 10th-place finish to salvage what could have been a disastrous Atlanta outing.

Driver Rating: 99.7
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Martin Truex Jr. – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned his first top-five finish of the season in Atlanta. Truex Jr. also swept the first and second stages of the race for his first stage wins in 2020.

Driver Rating: 96.4
Point Standings: 5th
Previous Ranking: NR

8. Alex Bowman – Decent if not spectacular day for Bowman who was not the factor in Atlanta as he has been on worn out, intermediate tracks in recent outings. Bowman was able to come home with a 12th-place finish on Sunday.

Driver Rating: 98.5
Point Standings: 8th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Kurt Busch – Was forced to come from the rear of the field as well as serving a drive-thru penalty for pre-race technical infractions. But Busch scored his seventh top-10 finish of the year in the last eight races.

Driver Rating: 88.1
Point Standings: 10th
Previous Ranking: 9th

10. Jimmie Johnson – His seventh-place finish was Johnson’s fifth top-10 performance of the 2020 season. It was the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s first Atlanta top-10 finish since he won at the track back in 2016.

Driver Rating: 90.3
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: 10th

Dropped Out: Erik Jones

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