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Sport Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin remains No. 1 after Phoenix

10:20  21 march  2021
10:20  21 march  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Denny Hamlin is the first driver to be No . 1 for consecutive weeks in this season’s NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings . Hamlin scored another top-five finish this past weekend at Phoenix . He has finished no worse than 11th in the first five Cup races of the season. William Byron remains No . 2 after his third consecutive top-10 run. Seven of the last eight spots change position from last week. Also, reigning series champion Chase Elliott enters the top 10. Power Rankings after Phoenix .

Winning at Pocono keeps Denny Hamlin on top of this week’s NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings for the second straight week. Hamlin ’s win was his third of the season, which began with a victory in the Daytona 500 and includes a win at Texas. Joey Logano fell the most, dropping out of the rankings after being No. 5 last week. Here’s how this week’s rankings shape up: 1 . Denny Hamlin (39 points): Has three wins after going winless last year. Is this his year to finally win a championship? Last week: 1 st. 2. Erik Jones (37 points): Three consecutive top-three finishes has him closing in on a victory and

Denny Hamlin is the first driver to be No. 1 for consecutive weeks in this season’s NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings.

Hamlin scored another top-five finish this past weekend at Phoenix. He has finished no worse than 11th in the first five Cup races of the season. William Byron remains No. 2 after his third consecutive top-10 run.

Seven of the last eight spots change position from last week. Also, reigning series champion Chase Elliott enters the top 10.

Power Rankings after Phoenix

1. Denny Hamlin (Last week: No. 1) — Has a series-high four top-five finishes in the first five races of the season after placing third at Phoenix. He’s scored a series-high 77 stage points. He has nearly as many stage points as his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Christopher Bell have scored combined (86).

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Denny Hamlin roared to the win Sunday at Pocono and also roared to a unanimous No . 1 pick in this week's NBC Sports Power Rankings . The biggest drop was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who went from third last week to unranked this week. Here’s how this week’s rankings look: 1. Denny Hamlin (30 points): Keeps getting stronger. First four-time winner of the season. Could this be the year he finally wins his first Cup championship?

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2. William Byron (Last week: No. 2) — His eighth-place finish at Phoenix is his third consecutive top 10, matching the longest streak in his Cup career.

3. Kyle Larson (Last week: No. 4) — He has four top 10s, including a win this season. He came from the back three times at Phoenix to finish seventh. He started at the rear because of inspection issues and had two speeding penalties in the race. Larson passed 145 cars under green, second only to teammate Alex Bowman, who passed 146 cars under green.

4. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week: No. 7) — Phoenix winner showed significant improvement from his performance there last November. His average running position improved seven positions from that race to Sunday’s event. He led 64 laps Sunday. He led none last November. His laps led Sunday were more than he led combined in his previous 26 Cup starts at Phoenix.

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NBC Sports Power Rankings : Denny Hamlin 's runner-up finish at Daytona was good enough to vault him to No . 1 in this week's rankings . Hamlin ends Kevin Harvick ‘s six-week reign atop the rankings . Harvick falls to third behind Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR heads to Dover International Speedway for a busy weekend. The Truck Series races Friday. Saturday and Sunday features Xfinity/Cup doubleheaders.

Denny Hamlin returns to the No . 1 spot after his win at Talladega Superspeedway. Denny Hamlin survived a wild finish Sunday at Talladega to claim his seventh Cup win of the year. It helped send him back to the top of this week’s NASCAR power rankings . He once again took the spot from Kevin Harvick ahead of this Sunday’s race on the Charlotte Roval (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

5. Kevin Harvick (Last week: No. 5) — His sixth-place Phoenix finish gives him four top 10s this year. A concern is that he’s led only 17 laps, all in the Daytona 500. This will be a big weekend for Harvick and his team at Atlanta. He won there last year. He has six consecutive top 10s there and led 916 laps — 46.9% of the laps during that time.

6. Joey Logano (Last week: No. 9) — Finished second for the second time this season on Sunday. He led a race-high 143 laps. His average running position at Phoenix was 2.5. He has three top 10s this season and led the Daytona 500 on the final lap before contact with teammate Brad Keselowski.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week: No. 8) — Finished fourth at Phoenix, giving him three top fives this season. Had an average running position of 3.9 at Phoenix, behind only Joey Logano (2.5) and Denny Hamlin (3.8).

8. Christopher Bell (Last week: No. 6) — Bell’s ninth-place result at Phoenix is his third top 10 of the season.

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Denny Hamlin has won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hamlin , the series points leader, will start his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota from the pole position. Defending Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric won the pole for Saturday’s EchoPark 250 (5 p.m. ET, FS 1 , PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, and John Hunter Nemechek is on the pole for Saturday’s Fr8Auctions 200 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS 1 , MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in the No. 4 Kyle Busch.

This week, there is a new No . 1 in the rankings with New Hampshire runner-up Denny Hamlin . Loudon winner Kevin Harvick, ranked No. 2, leads five drivers who make this week’s poll after being unranked last week. And Kyle Busch falls to No. 4 this week. 1. Denny Hamlin (35 points): He’ll be kicking himself for months about the win getting away, but his team showed major mettle. Last week: 5th. 2. Kevin Harvick (33 points): No longer has to worry about when win No . 1 will come. The 2019 season is feeling like a repeat of ’17 when Harvick made the championship round.

9. Chase Elliott (Last week: Unranked) — Fifth-place finish at Phoenix marked his first top 10 since placing second in the season-opening Daytona 500. Phoenix was the first time he’s not led a lap in a race this season.

10. Michael McDowell (Last week: No. 3) — Daytona 500 winner finished 23rd at Phoenix, marking his second consecutive weekend outside the top 10.

Dropped out: Kyle Busch (No. 10)

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