By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on August 23, 2016 | 9:21 A.M. EST
Kevin Harvick leads Pete Pistone’s weekly Power Rankings following his win in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol. (Photo: Getty Images)
Win No. 2 of the season for Kevin Harvick moved him to the top of the Power Rankings.
1. Kevin Harvick: Despite being buried mid-field after qualifying 24th, Harvick moved to the front and took command late in the race, leading the final 71 laps at Bristol.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.1
Points Standing: 1st
Previous Ranking: 8th
2. Denny Hamlin: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s summer surge rolled on as Hamlin qualified outside the front row and led laps before posting a third-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7
Points Standing: 7th
Previous Ranking: 2nd
3. Joey Logano: Couldn’t pull off the Bristol Night Race three-peat after winning the last two summer trips to “Thunder Valley.” But Logano still came home with a top-10 finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.2
Points Standing: 5th
Previous Ranking: 3rd
4. Brad Keselowski: Qualified inside the top 10 but that didn’t last long. He had nowhere to go but into the side of a sliding Kurt Busch, and exited Bristol with a battered racecar and a 33rd-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.6
Points Standing: 2nd
Previous Ranking: 1st
5. Kyle Busch: He led for 256 laps and looked as if he’d be the man to beat at Bristol. That is until a rear-end problem caused Busch to spin and as he sat on the track apron, he was hit hard by Justin Allgaier. Needless to say, Busch was not a happy camper.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.5
Points Standing: 6th
Previous Ranking: 4th
6. Matt Kenseth: Qualified fifth and led laps at Bristol. That’s the good news. The bad news was that he, too, got caught up in a multi-car accident and left Bristol with a 37th-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.7
Points Standing: 10th
Previous Ranking: 6th
7. Martin Truex Jr.: The story of his season continued in Bristol. Truex had a strong car with nothing to show for the effort. He was a victim of a multi-car crash and credited with 23rd place.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.1
Points Standing: 8th
Previous Ranking: 7th
8. Carl Edwards: Started from the pole and stayed out of trouble at the front of the field most of the race for a sixth-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.3
Points Standing: 4th
Previous Ranking: 10th
9. Kurt Busch: Looked capable of competing for a sixth career Bristol win until he made a mistake he later admitted to and got sideways, only to be collected by Keselowski and others to end his day.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.7
Points Standing: 3rd
Previous Ranking: 9th
10. Tony Stewart: The highlight of his final Bristol race was the dual celebration with teammate Harvick. The rest of the day was forgettable as Stewart fell many laps down early and limped home to a 30th-place finish.
Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 76.5
Points Standing: 27th
Previous Ranking: 5th