Kevin Harvick, despite a race-high 154 laps led at Martinsville, finished in eighth place over the weekend, posting his first non-top five of the young season and his first finish outside of the top two.  But did the finish impact his lead in the NASCAR Power Rankings?

Harvick and Joey Logano combined to lead 262 of the 500 laps at the STP 500.  But it was Denny Hamlin that took the checkered flag, his fifth overall victory at Martinsville.

The win moved Hamlin up three spots (from 10th to 7th) in the latest edition of NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.

Harvick, meanwhile, continues the dominate the field, opening up a 100-plus point ratings lead over Joey Logano, who has a firm hold on second place.

Rounding out this week’s top five is Martin Truex Jr., Martinsville runner-up Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

David Ragan and Danica Patrick are this week’s biggest movers, climbing seven spots.

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Next Up: Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11th at 730pm ET

2015 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 6

2015 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 6

The Wife Hates Sports | Write-up by Kevin Paul | Rankings by Bill Schneider

Bill Schneider has pieced together a unique ratings system that differs from all the mainstream rankings.  Along with the data he uses, Bill includes and incorporates recent finishes.  He also ties in the big picture for the entire NASCAR season.