Power Rankings: The Quicken Loans 400 From Michigan


The Power Rankings for the Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway are given below now that the first of the Sprint Cup series’ two unfortunate visits to Pocono is behind us. Congratulations to the No. 78 team of Martin Truex, Jr. on their win and move to the top of the rankings this week!

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There are no additions or deletions from the top 10 this week, just some movement within the list. Read below to see how your driver fared:

Honorable Mention

HM. (Last Week: NR) – The highest finishing driver from those not in the top 10 last week or a previous HM recipient.  . . . CASEY MEARS

HM. (Last Week: NR) – Second highest finishing driver from those not in the top 10 last week or a previous HM recipient.. No. 33. Richard Childress Waltrip Racing. TY DILLON

Power Rankings

#10. (Last Week: 9) – Seems to have lost the Pocono magic he had a few years ago. Qualified 8th and finished 10th.. No. 11. Joe Gibbs Racing. DENNY HAMLIN

#9. (Last Week: 10) – Quiet day. Qualified 10th and finished 9th. Awkward exchange with Michael Waltrip pre-race regarding green M&Ms.. No. 18. Joe Gibbs Racing. KYLE BUSCH

No. 2. Team Penske. BRAD KESELOWSKI. #8. (Last Week: 6) – They say that if someone spins in front of you to aim right for them because by the time you get there, they’ll be gone. Leave it to Brad to be different. Mr. Keselowski, please meet Mr. Moffitt. Nothing better than seeing two Fords in the wall, though.

No. 88. Hendrick Motorsports. DALE EARNHARDT, JR.. #7. (Last Week: 5) – He said that Martin Truex, Jr. should wake up on Monday with one hell of a hangover. Dale’s Monday morning headache will be from that body slam he gave Kahne in the No. 5.

JEFF GORDON. #6. (Last Week: 3) – For those of you wanting any lessons in Morse code, please listen to a bleeped-out replay of Jeff and crew chief Alan Gustafson’s radio exchange near the end of the race. Rated NC-17 for sure. . No. 24. Hendrick Motorsports

KURT BUSCH. #5. (Last Week: 8) – Top 5 all weekend with a pole win on Friday and 5th-place finish in the race. Good behavior continues.  Lots of racing left, though.. No. 41. Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 22. Team Penske. JOEY LOGANO. #4. (Last Week: 7) – An up and down day just happened to be on an upswing when the music stopped. The down swings were all of their own making however, with the gear change before the race sending them to the back and Joey’s pit-road speeding penalty on lap 25.

JIMMIE JOHNSON. #3. (Last Week: 4) – He blew a left front tire and did half a lap on the splitter early in the race. Shouldn’t have even been in the race, though — three times to get through morning inspection is too many. One fail identifies a problem and the 2nd time through should fix it.  More than that should be a DNS.. No. 48. Hendrick Motorsports

#2. (Last Week: 1) – He won everything except the two that counted this week. Practice 1, practice 2, qualifying round 1, qualifying round 2 and final practice. Guess poles and wins are getting old, huh?. No. 4. Stewart Haas Racing. KEVIN HARVICK

#1. (Last Week: 2) – Martin has now led the most laps for four weeks in a row, and now finally has the most well-deserved win in a while!  Next big win for this team: Indianapolis. You heard it here first.. No. 78. Furniture Row Racing. MARTIN TRUEX, JR.

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