NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings after 2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500

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FORT WORTH, TX – MARCH 31: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin earned his second victory of the season in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. How did this victory affect the NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings?

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin entered the seventh race of the 36-race 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, at Texas Motor Speedway as one of four drivers who had won at least one of the season’s first six races, as he won the season opener, the Daytona 500, at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin exited this 334-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval in Fort Worth, Texas as one of three drivers who have won at least two of the season’s first seven races.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch and Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski have also earned two victories each so far this season while Team Penske’s Joey Logano has earned one.

Hamlin, Busch, Keselowski and Logano have been the only four drivers who have won at least one race so far this season since after the season’s fourth race, the TicketGuardian 500, at ISM Raceway, over three weeks ago.

How did Hamlin’s second victory of the season affect the NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings? Here are the non-formulated NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings following the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

Non-formulated NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings

Rank – Driver – Car, Team, Manufacturer – [Last Rank (Trend)]
1st – Denny Hamlin – #11, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota – [3rd (+2)]
2nd – Kyle Busch – #18, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota – [1st (-1)]
3rd – Kevin Harvick – #4, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford – [4th (+1)]
4th – Joey Logano – #22, Team Penske, Ford – [5th (+1)]
5th – Aric Almirola – #10, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford – [8th (+3)]
6th – Martin Truex Jr. – #19, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota – [7th (+1)]
7th – Brad Keselowski – #2, Team Penske, Ford – [2nd (-5)]
8th – Kurt Busch – #1, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet – [10th (+2)]
9th – Chase Elliott – #9, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet – [9th (0)]
10th – Ryan Blaney – #12, Team Penske, Ford – [6th (-4)]
11th – Clint Bowyer – #14, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford – [12th (+1)]
12th – Daniel Suarez – #41, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford – [14th (+2)]
13th – Erik Jones – #20, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota – [18th (+5)]
14th – Jimmie Johnson – #48, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet – [17th (+3)]
15th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – #17, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford – [13th (-2)]
16th – Kyle Larson – #42, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet – [11th (-5)]
17th – Austin Dillon – #3, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet – [15th (-2)]
18th – William Byron – #24, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet – [20th (+2)]
19th – Ryan Newman – #6, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford – [21st (+2)]
20th – Alex Bowman – #88, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet – [16th (-4)]
21st – Paul Menard – #21, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford – [19th (-2)]
22nd – Chris Buescher – #37, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet – [23rd (+1)]
23rd – Ty Dillon – #13, Germain Racing, Chevrolet – [22nd (-1)]
24th – Ryan Preece – #47, JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet – [25th (+1)]
25th – Matt DiBenedetto – #95, Leavine Family Racing, Toyota – [24th (-1)]
26th – Michael McDowell – #34, Front Row Motorsports, Ford – [29th (+3)]
27th – Darrell Wallace Jr. – #43, Richard Petty Motorsports, Chevrolet – [26th (-1)]
28th – David Ragan – #38, Front Row Motorsports, Ford – [27th (-1)]
29th – Daniel Hemric – #8, Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet – [28th (-1)]
30th – Matt Tifft – #36, Front Row Motorsports, Ford – [30th (0)]
31st – Corey LaJoie – #32, Go Fas Racing, Ford – [31st (0)]
32nd – Landon Cassill – #00, StarCom Racing, Chevrolet – [32nd (0)]

Biggest Movers
Up: Erik Jones (+5)
Down: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson (-5)

Here are the formulated NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings following the season’s seventh race. To see how the formulated NASCAR Cup Series Driver Power Rankings are calculated, click here.

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