Kevin Harvick returns to the top of the mountain.

Harvick – in Harvick-like fashion – took the lead during the 294th lap, landing in Victory Lane and notching his third victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Harvick led just eight laps (of 300) on the day, while fellow Chase competitors Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth combined to lead 246 laps.

As a result, Harvick lands the weekend trifecta, winning at New Hampshire, automatically advancing to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and – most importantly (in the eyes of TWHS) – takes back first place in the latest edition of NASCAR Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.

Harvick owns a slight edge over Brad Keselowski, who falls back to second place.  Kyle Busch returns to the top three, followed by Denny Hamlin in fourth place and Martin Truex Jr. in fifth.

The aforementioned Kyle Busch is the biggest mover of the week, jumping two spots and into 3rd place.  Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne also landed on the list of positive movers.

On the flip side, Joey Logano falls out of the top five  first and is the biggest loser of the week.  Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon also had tough weeks.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup now shifts to Dover for the final race in the Round of 16.


Kevin Harvick advances to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup

Next Up: Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 2nd at 2pm ET

2016 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.