Matt Kenseth led 352 of the 400 laps at Richmond over the weekend, taking the checkered flag and notching his fourth victory of the Sprint Cup season.  With the win, Kenseth joins Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson, who also have four victories on the year.

In the latest edition of NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports, Kenseth – with his dominating performance at the Federated Auto Parts 400 – is the biggest mover, jumping four spots and cracking this week’s top five.

Kevin Harvick (14th at Richmond) remains in first place, but his lead has shrunk considerably.  Joey Logano (3rd at RIR) remains in second and is now just twelve ratings points behind Harvick.  Brad Keselowski holds steady in third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the aforementioned Matt Kenseth.

Martin Truex Jr. (32nd at Richmond) is the week’s biggest loser, falling five spots and out of the top ten.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set, and the madness begins next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, with the MYAFIBRISK.COM 400 (on Sunday, September 20th at 3:00pm ET).

The list of sixteen Chase finalists include Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin,Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.


Let the games begin, but first, here are the latest rankings:

2015 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 26


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.