Kyle Busch’s streak just keeps on rolling by completing a Turkey at Indianapolis with his first win at the track. It also happened to be Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing’s first Brickyard 400 triumph.
By virtue of his win, he continues to climb up the power rankings. On the opposite end of the spectrum, another driver dropped after a second straight disappointing outcome. Here’s a full look at the most recent rankings ahead of the fall Pocono race.
1. Kyle Busch
Last Week: 2
2015 Statistics: Four wins, four top fives, five top 10s
Recent Result: Win
Why He’s Here: Let’s be honest, did you really expect anyone else at the top? The man has accomplished in the last five races what only one other driver was able to all season. No one deserves the top spot more than Kyle Busch—the hottest driver in the sport right now.
2. Kevin Harvick
Last Week: 3
2015 Statistics: Two wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s
Recent Result: Third
Why He’s Here: The wins haven’t been there, but Kevin Harvick hasn’t cooled off since his red hot start. No driver has as many top fives or top 10s as Harvick, who has two top-two finishes at Pocono since moving over to Stewart-Haas Racing.
If it could happen today, it most likely did. Gotta brush it off and get back at it next week @poconoraceway. We like that place!
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 26, 2015
3. Jimmie Johnson
Last Week: 1
2015 Statistics: Four wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s
Recent Result: 15th
Why He’s Here: Similar to last season, Jimmie Johnson went on a massive run through the midway point only to slip. The former No. 1 driver dropped to No. 3 after two straight finishes of 15th or worse.
4. Joey Logano
Last Week: 6
2015 Statistics: One win, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s
Recent Result: Second
Why He’s Here: Joey Logano is becoming the new Bride’s Maid in NASCAR. He finished second to Busch for a second time in the last three races, but has three straight top-five results to show for his efforts. A strong showing at Pocono—where he has five top 10s in his last seven attempts— might even propel a one-win driver over JJ next week.
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week: 4
2015 Statistics: Two wins, 10 top fives, 12 top 10s
Recent Result: 22nd
Why He’s Here: Much like his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. dropped this week due to a poor showing at Indy. Don’t expect him to stay down for long, though, after clinching two wins at the Tricky Triangle last season.
— NASCAR Stats (@NASCARStats) July 26, 2015
6. Kurt Busch
Last Week: 5
2015 Statistics: Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
Recent Result: Eighth
Why He’s Here: He’s not even the biggest comeback story in his family anymore. While Kurt Busch is being overshadowed by brother Kyle, he’s still putting together a phenomenal season. Along with Harvick, SHR has one of the most formidable duos in the sport.
7. Brad Keselowski
Last Week: 7
2015 Statistics: One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s
Recent Result: 10th
Why He’s Here: Brad Keselowski typically doesn’t fare well at Indianapolis. In fact, it’s typically a sore spot since he has no wins or top fives at the track. Coming off a top 10 and 17 laps led at one of his worst tracks, Kes remains at No. 7 heading into Pocono.
8. Martin Truex Jr.
Last Week: 8
2015 Statistics: One win, six top fives, 15 top 10s
Recent Result: Fourth
Why He’s Here: Welcome back, Martin Truex Jr. in a big way. After several weeks without a top-10 finish, Truex came away with his best finish at Indianapolis in his career. Now he returns to the track where he handed Furniture Row Racing its second career win. Life is good for Truex, who will likely be climbing this list next week.
9. Denny Hamlin
Last Week: 10
2015 Statistics: One win, six top fives, nine top 10s
Recent Result: Fifth
Why He’s Here: Joe Gibbs Racing just keeps on truckin’, and it’s not just Kyle Busch making noise. Denny Hamlin secured another top-five finish for his third in the last four races. While he’s never won at Indy, Hamlin has a chance to be the second Toyota driver to kiss the bricks next season.
10. Matt Kenseth
Last Week: 9
2015 Statistics: One win, six top fives, 12 top 10s
Recent Result: Seventh
Why He’s Here: The only reason Matt Kenseth dropped this week is Hamlin faring slightly better in recent weeks. Unfortunately, he now heads to Pocono, a track where he has just one top-10 result in the last six races. Kenseth holds a firm grip on the 10th spot, but others will make a strong push if the No. 20 machine struggles on Sunday.
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