Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag at New Hampshire, notching a Sprint Cup season-high fifth victory on the year. Denny Hamlin – last week’s winner at Chicagoland – was the runner-up at the Sylvania 300.
Leading just 48 laps combined, the duo of Kenseth and Hamlin finished one-two and have each earned a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Contender Round, which starts on Saturday, October 10th (at Charlotte).
Joey Logano, who finished third at New Hampshire, opens up an 18-point ratings lead on Kevin Harvick in the latest NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.
The aforementioned Harvick led 216 laps over the weekend, but finished in 21st.
Brad Keselowski remains in third place, followed by Matt Kenseth in fourth and Denny Hamlin in fifth.
Hamlin – fueled by a late-season surge – is the week’s biggest mover, jumping three spots and landing in the top five. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch (37th at New Hampshire) is the biggest loser, falling five spots to tenth place.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup Challenger Round finishes next weekend with the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, which takes place on Sunday October 4th at 2:30pm ET.
2015 NASCAR Power Rankings: Week 28
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.