Power Rankings After Daytona

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MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Power Rankings following the Daytona 500.

1. Denny Hamlin — The dominant driver of the day led a race-high 79 laps and powered his way to a third career Daytona 500 victory. Hamlin put himself in elite company with Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon to become a three-time winner of “The Great American Race” and is the first to go back to back since Sterling Marlin turned the trick in 1994-95.

Driver Rating: 101.6
Point Standings: 1st
Previous Ranking: 3rd

2. Ryan Blaney — One position short of winning his first Daytona 500, Blaney rebounded nicely during Speedweeks from a rough start at Daytona. He came from the 27th starting position to lead four laps and came home with a runner-up finish.

Driver Rating: 89.2
Point Standings: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 10th

3. Kevin Harvick — Pretty quiet day for Harvick who was in the mix for a run to the checkered flag when it mattered most. Although he was never at the front of the field, Harvick did enough to kick off the year with a very solid fifth-place performance.

Driver Rating: 68.0
Point Standings: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 4th

4. Joey Logano — He was at the center of the storm throughout Speedweeks that included a Duel win for Logano. However, some aggressive driving in the 500 helped trigger a multi-car accident that Logano survived only to get caught in another one later in the race. He led six laps and finished 26th.

Driver Rating: 91.1
Point Standings: 13th
Previous Ranking: 6th

5. Kyle Busch — The reigning Cup Series champion will have to wait another year to try and get his first Daytona 500 victory. Busch is now 0 for 15 after an engine malfunction knocked him out of contention this year and handed the Joe Gibbs Racing driver a disappointing 34th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 76.5
Point Standings: 25th
Previous Ranking: 1st

6. Kyle Larson — While the Chip Ganassi Racing driver didn’t lead any laps in the 500 he was a fixture near the front of the field much of the race. It did pay off for Larson to knock down a top-10 performance to start 2020 and his 10th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 63.8
Point Standings: 6th
Previous Ranking: 7th

7. Chase Elliott — He had a very good car as evident of leading 23 laps in the Daytona 500. Elliott found himself in the middle of too many incidents to make a serious run at winning the race and left Daytona with a finish of 17th.

Driver Rating: 95.5
Point Standings: 7th
Previous Ranking: 5th

8. Brad Keselowski — He probably led the charge out of Daytona after a frustrating Speedweeks for the Team Penske driver that included another accident Sunday that featured teammate Joey Logano in the mix. It’s safe to say Brad K. is happy to have Daytona in the rear view mirror.

Driver Rating: 89.7
Point Standings: 30th
Previous Ranking: 8th

9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — Solid Speedweeks for Stenhouse Jr. in his debut for JTG Daugherty Racing even if he doesn’t have the 500 finish to show for the effort. He won the pole for “The Great American Race” and led 24 laps only to have a variety of challenges that added up to a 20th-place finish.

Driver Rating: 84.8
Point Standings: 9th
Previous Ranking: NR

10. Martin Truex Jr. — A rough start to the year for Truex Jr. and new crew chief James Small. A victim like so many other drivers in the 500 of the “Big One” and Truex Jr. left Daytona with a disappointing 32nd-place finish.

Driver Rating: 68.0
Point Standings: 24th
Previous Ranking: 2nd

Dropped Out: William Byron

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