NASCAR Power Rankings: Toyota / Save Mart 350 From Sonoma

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By now, we’ve all gotten our gear dry from the Michigan regatta and can focus on the NASCAR Power Rankings for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 from Sonoma. The road course in California will produce another opportunity for someone to perhaps steal a Chase spot. Note: The restriction of being allowed an honorable mention only once during the season is being removed permanently, beginning with this list. There are simply too many talented teams out there that have great runs once in a while.

New (or returning) to the list this week:  5, 20

Dropping off of the list this week:  18, 24

Honorable Mention

HM. (Last Week: NR) – An up and down day which ended on an upswing due to the rain-shortened race.  Solid 8th-place finish for a deserving group. . No. 27. Richard Childress Racing. PAUL MENARD

HM. (Last Week: NR) – Moved forward from the statrt and stayed in the top 15 for the rest of the day.. No. 33. Richard Childress Racing. TY DILLON

Power Rankings

#10. (Last Week: NR) – Proving once again that if his car is literally perfect, he (along with my grandmother) can drive it.  Give him any adversity at all and he’s done. He earns a 10th-place mention with his pole-winning qualifying effort and for staying in the top 10 until the handling went away.. No. 5. Hendrick Motorsports. KASEY KAHNE

MATT KENSETH. #9. (Last Week: NR) – His son Ross won the ARCA race at Michigan and Matt will be traveling to Chicago this week to watch him in the Xfinity series this week. Just keep the debris off the grill during the trip, Matt.. No. 20. Joe Gibbs Racing

#8. (Last Week: 10) – So you benefited by bringing out a red flag during Pocono qualifying the week before, so now you want to see what doing it in practice gets you?. No. 11. Joe Gibbs Racing. DENNY HAMLIN

#7. (Last Week: 8) – Loved the animated “driver’s ed” segment on FOX during the rain delay. You make it sound so easy.. No. 2. Team Penske. BRAD KESELOWSKI

#6. (Last Week: 4) – Funny how the Shell car had a fuel issue.. No. 22. Team Penske. JOEY LOGANO

#5. (Last Week: 3) – His crew did a nice job pulling out the left-rear quarter panel after his involvement in a four-wide restart. Careful not to touch those side skirts though, boys!. No. 48. Hendrick Motorsports. JIMMIE JOHNSON

Hendrick Motorsports. DALE EARNHARDT, JR.. #4. (Last Week: 7) – Due to your recent engagement, look at each week’s check and say to yourself, “half.” Fans of Eddie Murphy’s ’80’s comedy will get this reference.. No. 88

#3. (Last Week: 2) – He took his son Keelan to a Jimmy John’s and asked him what he wanted. Keelan’s answer was “Budweiser.” That kid is going to grow up to be a sponsor’s dream or he was suggesting to his dad what to have to relieve the pain of a pesky valve stem that cost him a sure win.. No. 4. Stewart Haas Racing. KEVIN HARVICK

KURT BUSCH. #2. (Last Week: 5) – At the end of the year, they don’t ask “how,” they ask “how many.”  A win is a win.  Take ’em any way you can get ’em and offer no apologies for anything.. No. 41. Stewart-Haas Racing

#1. (Last Week: 1) – The difference that I see in Truex now that he has a win under his belt is confidence. It’s one of those situations where he and the team have earned the respect of the entire garage, but now that <em>they</em> believe that they’re a weekly contender too, they’ll be even stronger. He already has a win at Sonoma…. No. 78. Furniture Row Racing. MARTIN TRUEX, JR.

Do you agree with this week’s list?  Why or why not?  Be sure to comment below or reach out to me via social media (@mdhutton) to share your thoughts!