April 16, 2021

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M.Truex Jr.

With a dominating win Sunday, Martin Truex Jr. climbs to fourth in the MRN Power Rankings. But he’s still chasing Kyle Busch. (Photo: Getty Images)

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2016 DRIVER RATINGS

It wasn’t a great night in Charlotte, but Kyle Busch remains on top of this week’s Power Rankings.

1. Kyle Busch: Overall, a night to forget for Busch – who did race his way from a 16th starting position to the top five at one juncture. A tire issue late in the race sealed his fate and he left Charlotte with a disappointing 33rd-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.3
Points Standing: 4th
Previous Ranking: 1st

2. Kevin Harvick: The way Truex ran Sunday night, finishing second as Harvick did is nothing to be ashamed of. His team improved the performance of his car as the race wore on and cashed in that effort for the runner-up finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 115.9
Points Standing: 1st
Previous Ranking: 4th

3. Kurt Busch: Continues to be a top-10 machine and knocked down yet another in the Coca-Cola 600. But he’s still looking for that first victory in 2016.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.0
Points Standing: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 3rd

4. Martin Truex Jr.: Most everyone knew it was a matter of when Truex would win, but not many saw the dominating performance he turned in Sunday night coming. Truex obliterated the field and scored one of the most popular wins in recent memory.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.8
Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: 10th

5. Chase Elliott: Another top-10 finish for the rookie, even if it was one of the more quiet performances of his freshman campaign. Elliott continues to be the second-best driver at Hendrick Motorsports in recent weeks.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.9
Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

6. Jimmie Johnson: One of the few drivers not named Truex to lead Sunday night in Charlotte. But it was far too little to challenge for the victory. Johnson came home with a respectable 3rd-place run.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.3
Points Standing: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 6th

7. Brad Keselowski: A quiet night for the Team Penske driver, who didn’t have enough to challenge for the win although he wasn’t alone in that category. Keselowski had a decent 5th-place Coca-Cola 600 finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.1
Points Standing: 6th
Previous Ranking: 5th

8. Matt Kenseth: Started in the middle of the field but was stealth in his charge to the front. Kenseth turned in an all-things-considered, solid top-10 effort.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.1
Points Standing: 10th
Previous Ranking: 9th

9. Joey Logano: Fast early after starting on the front row but after falling back in the field, a mistake on pit road cost Logano a penalty. He rallied to finish in the top 10 but overall, a disappointing night in Charlotte.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.9
Points Standing: 9th
Previous Ranking: 8th

10. Carl Edwards: Last year’s Coca-Cola 600 winner had a mostly miserable night. He wound up a lap down to the field and came home with a disappointing 18th-place finish.

Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.1
Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 7th

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