For the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, it was another race in the books and another solid run by both Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr. led a race-high 131 laps at the Coca-Cola 600, finishing in fifth, while Harvick led 26 laps and finished ninth.
But the bigger stat to note is that this weekend’s race in Charlotte was the 11th top ten finish for both Harvick and Truex Jr., leaving just one race where each driver finished outside of the top ten.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see these two drivers at the top of the latest edition of NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.
Harvick, with his two victories and numerous runner-up finishes, maintains a large lead over the field. Truex Jr. jumps two spots to second place, following his strong finish at Charlotte. Joey Logano now sits in third place, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch. Jimmie Johnson, following a disappointing 40th place finish, falls out of the top five.
Elsewhere, Carl Edwards – signature backflip and all – ended a 31-race winless stretch and took the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600. The win pushes Edwards towards Chase eligibility, but only bumped him up one spot to 14th place in the latest ratings.
Greg Biffle (up five spots) headlines this week’s list of biggest movers, followed by Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Newman.
On the other side of the fence lies Jimmie Johnson, who sits at the top of this week’s list of biggest losers, falling four spots.
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2015 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 12
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.