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Power Ranking After Pocono

Monday, June 4, 2018


Fantasy NASCAR players have entered a spot on the schedule with a lot of diversity. In the past 60 days, the series has visited eight tracks. Three of these were similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, two were short tracks, one was a superspeedway, and then Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway defy description.

In the next month, they will head to a two-mile track, a road course, a 1.5-miler, and a plate track.

The two most dominant drivers won every unrestricted race during the last 60 days – until last week. The Pocono 400 had the same cast of characters at the front of the field and given better track position at the end of the race, Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick would probably have won. Instead, they finished third and fourth respectively, which gave way for two fresh faces in the top two – Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson.

1. Kyle Busch (Last week: 1)
Weeks in the top 10: 13
Kyle Busch’s third-place finish last week at Pocono was the fifth top-five in eight races during the past 60 days. He won four of those events and finished poorly only one time when a drivetrain failed at Dover. His passion for winning came across the radio last week when he vociferously complained about how bad his car was handling – and yet, he never fell out of the top five under full speed and had an average running position of 2.86.

2. Kevin Harvick (Last week: 2)
Weeks in the top 10: 14
Kevin Harvick was just as upset with finishing fourth as Busch was with third. He blamed the “poor” finish on losing control of the race during a late pit stop. That underscores his competitiveness and is the driving force behind the domination he is currently experiencing. Both he and Busch are place-and-hold drivers, but neither are good differentiators because everyone has them activated on a given week.

3. Joey Logano (Last week: 3)
Weeks in the top 10: 15
Joey Logano held onto third with another solid run at Pocono. He rebounded from an incident in which he ran out of gas and had to fight an uphill battle in the middle stages of the race, or else his average running position would have been better than the 20th-best of 19.55. Michigan International Speedway is a track that has been kind to Team Penske in the past and Logano might actually be able to close some distance on the top two in terms of his Fantasy Power Rankings average.

4. Kurt Busch (Last week: 4)
Weeks in the top 10: 15
Even though Kurt Busch remains fourth on the chart, he actually lost a little ground. His Fantasy Power Rankings average fell from 8.3 to 8.9 and while he still has a substantial margin over fifth-place Brad Keselowski, the 19th-place finish he recorded last week was the second time in the past eight weeks that he finished outside the top 15. For a driver who’s main attraction is consistency, that is quite a blow.

5. Brad Keselowski (Last week: 6)
Weeks in the top 10: 14
His results have been hard-won, but Brad Keselowski is beginning to look like the driver we grew to expect last year. At Charlotte, he admitted to not having a top-five car after finishing fourth, but he was “best in class” at Pocono with a fifth. The top four drivers (Truex, Larson, Busch, and Harvick) really were in a zip code of their own. Look for Kez to hold his own or move up in the coming weeks because a 33rd at Texas Motor Speedway and 23rd at Bristol Motor Speedway are about to age out of our Power Rankings formula.

6. Clint Bowyer (Last week: 7)
Weeks in the top 10: 13
Bowyer fought a loose condition throughout the Pocono 400 and finished 20th – one position behind his teammate in the No. 41. It is rare for two members of the Stewart-Haas Racing to struggle in the same race and this could be a bad omen. Harvick and Aric Almirola continue to run well, but the rest of the field might be making gains on one of the powerhouse organizations.

7. Kyle Larson (Last week: 10)
Weeks in the top 10: 13
Kyle Larson was the big mover last week in the Pocono 400 – jumping three spots from 10th to seventh. He easily had one of the four best cars last week and earned his second-place finish with the fourth-best Average Running Position and Driver Rating. He now has six top-10s in the past seven races and is taking his place among the leaders. In fact, he was one of the favorites bandied about in last week’s race coverage to join Harvick, Busch, and Truex in the final four at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

8. Denny Hamlin (Last week: 5)
Weeks in the top 10: 15
Falling three spots, Denny Hamlin was the big loser last week. He is one of three drivers who have been in the Fantasy Power Rankings top 10 all year. With a 34th at Texas about to age out of the formula, he is probably safe for another couple of weeks, but is going to have to stop making mistakes on and off the track to become truly fantasy relevant.

9. Jimmie Johnson (Last week: 9)
Weeks in the top 10: 4
With an eighth-place finish last week at Pocono, this is only the second time in 2018 Jimmie Johnson has posted back-to-back successes. The two laps he led in stage one on the Tricky Triangle were the first he has posted all year – and there is a little more reason to be hopeful that he is starting to trend upward. Five of six top-10s earned this year have come in the last seven races and it is starting to look like he might inch further up the chart.

10. Aric Almirola (Last week: 8)
Weeks in the top 10: 4
Aric Almirola needs to look over his shoulder. Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. are currently outside the top 10 largely because of misfortune experienced in the past two months. If their luck changes, Almirola is going to struggle to record the kinds of finishes he earned last week. Still, he is one of the top contenders in level two of most games and cannot be ignored.

Big Mover outside the Top 10

22. Austin Dillon (Last week: 24)
Weeks in the top 10: 1
It’s been a while since Austin Dillon was fantasy relevant, but he has hovered around the top 15 with some regularity in the past two months. His 12th at Pocono was his best result since he finished 10th at Auto Club Speedway, but it was the fourth time in the last eight weeks that he finished 17th or better. 

 

This
Week

Driver

Avg.
Finish

Last
Week

Difference

1.

Kyle Busch

5.24

1

0

2.

Kevin Harvick

5.28

2

0

3.

Joey Logano

6.36

3

0

4.

Kurt Busch

8.91

4

0

5.

Brad Keselowski

10.22

6

1

6.

Clint Bowyer

10.39

7

1

7.

Kyle Larson

10.83

10

3

8.

Denny Hamlin

10.93

5

-3

9.

Jimmie Johnson

11.18

9

0

10.

Aric Almirola

11.37

8

-2

 

11.

Ryan Blaney

11.72

11

0

12.

Chase Elliott

11.93

13

1

13.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

12.78

12

-1

14.

Martin Truex Jr.

13.82

15

1

15.

Alex Bowman

15.46

14

-1

16.

Erik Jones

16.45

16

0

17.

William Byron

16.69

18

1

18.

Daniel Suarez

16.81

17

-1

19.

Jamie McMurray

17.54

19

0

20.

Paul Menard

17.97

20

0

21.

Ryan Newman

19.08

21

0

22.

Austin Dillon

20.11

24

2

23.

David Ragan

20.41

23

0

24.

Darrell Wallace Jr.

20.94

22

-2

25.

AJ Allmendinger

22.74

25

0

26.

Kasey Kahne

23.44

26

0

27.

Chris Buescher

23.75

27

0

28.

Brendan Gaughan

24.00

28

0

29.

Trevor Bayne

24.95

30

1

30.

Michael McDowell

25.06

32

2

31.

Matt DiBenedetto

25.70

31

0

32.

Ty Dillon

25.82

33

1

33.

Matt Kenseth

26.17

34

1

34.

Cole Whitt

27.29

29

-5

35.

Landon Cassill

29.64

35

0

36.

Ross Chastain

30.52

36

0

37.

DJ Kennington

31.00

37

0

38.

Corey LaJoie

31.78

38

0

39.

Gray Gaulding

31.94

39

0

40.

Timothy Peters

32.25

40

0

41.

Parker Kligerman

32.75

41

0

42.

Reed Sorenson

33.07

42

0

43.

Harrison Rhodes

33.69

44

1

44.

Joey Gase

34.00

43

-1

45.

Daniel Hemric

34.25

45

0

46.

Cody Ware

34.50

46

0

47.

Chad Finchum

35.50

47

0

48.

Timmy Hill

35.64

48

0

49.

Jeffrey Earnhardt

36.00

49

0

50.

Derrike Cope

37.00

51

1

51.

JJ Yeley

37.14

52

1

52.

BJ McLeod

37.25

50

-2

 

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Dan Beaver has been covering fantasy NASCAR for more than 12 years with a little help from his >500,000 record database. He can be found on Twitter @FantasyRace.
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