Sport Power Rankings: Another strong run keeps Denny Hamlin No. 1
Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin remains No. 1 after Phoenix
Denny Hamlin becomes the first driver to lead this season's Power Rankings for consecutive weeks.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.
Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway, but yet scored another top-five finish.
It is enough to keep Hamlin atop the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings heading into the Easter break this weekend.
This week’s rankings features one new driver in the top 10.climbs into the rankings for the first time this season .
Power Rankings after Bristol
1. (Last week: No. 1) — While the final restart didn’t go his way at Bristol, he finished third. Hamlin is the only driver in the series to score six top-five finishes in the first seven races. His average finish this year is 4.7.
Power Rankings: Denny Hamlin remains No. 1; Kyle Larson closing on top spot
Three drivers climb into this week's rankings heading into the Bristol dirt race.Kyle Larson, who ranks second to Hamlin in this week’s rankings, will be among the favorites in the first Cup dirt race since 1970.
2. (Last week: No. 4) — Scored a career-high fifth consecutive top-10 finish Monday at Bristol. He placed sixth. Since starting the season with finishes of 26th and 33rd, he has not placed worse than eighth.
3. (Last week: No. 3) — He won a stage and led 126 laps at Bristol ( ) before a tire issue ruined his finish and he placed 19th. That snapped his streak of four consecutive top 10s.
4. (Last week: No. 2) — Car was damaged less than a quarter of the way into the Bristol Cup race when spun and Larson couldn’t avoid the car. Larson’s 29th-place finish snapped a streak of four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win.
5. (Last week: No. 7) — Despite limited dirt experience, he led the final 61 laps to win at Bristol. He’s won one race, finished runner-up twice and was leading on the last lap of the Daytona 500 when contact with teammate wrecked both.
Joey Logano drives away for Bristol dirt win
Joey Logano drives away for Bristol dirt winLogano drove away from Denny Hamlin during the 50-lap final stage and drove away from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Hamlin on a two-lap restart to end Monday's rain-delayed race at Bristol. The race was the first Cup Series race on a dirt surface since 1970.
6. (Last week: No. 5) — Placed eighth to earn his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, which includes a win.
7. Brad Keselowski (Last week: No. 8) — Placed 11th at Bristol, giving him three finishes of 11th or better in the last four races.
8. (Last week: No. 6) — Finished 15th at Bristol. Has two top 10s in the last four races and two finishes of 15th or worse in that span.
9. Daniel Suarez (Last week: Unranked) — Led a career-high 58 laps, finished second in stage 2 and placed fourth at the end to give Trackhouse Racing its best finish.
10. (Last week: No. 9) — Overheating issues early forced him to pit under green and fall off the lead lap. He got back on the lead lap and placed 17th.
Dropped out: (No. 10)
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