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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After New Hampshire

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. The visit to the land of Patriots, chowder and words ending with the “ah” sound has been a midsummer occurrence since 1993. Of late, the track has even gone so far as to have the winner hold a massive live lobster in Victory Lane.

Denny Hamlin was fine with holding the trophy. When it came time to proudly display the lobster, Hamlin was a bit shy about posing with the crustacean. Regardless, the victory put the driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the playoffs.

Additionally, it served as a bit of relief for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. The win was the first of the year for the top level organization and the latest it had gone into a season before winning since 2008.

The lobster was a clear loser this weekend, but that wasn’t much of a surprise. So who fished a little momentum out of New Hampshire, and who is feeling the pinch as playoff time approaches?

How the Rankings Are Calculated: Frontstretch does our power rankings similar to how the Associated Press does them for basketball or football. Our expert stable of NASCAR writers, both on staff and from other major publications, will vote for the top 10 on a 10-9-8-7… 3-2-1 basis, giving 10 points to their first-place driver, nine for second and so on. In the end, Frank Velat calculates the points, adds some funny one-liners and… here you go!

Rank
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Name
Total Votes

1

2017 Cup Martin Truex Jr Headshot
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Martin Truex Jr

He was as fast as anyone all day, until the last restart and closing laps.  The No. 78 was one of a few teams that let a potential win slip away. – Bryan Gable, Frontstretch

First-Place Votes: 5

59

2

 
2017 Cup Kyle Larson Headshot
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Kyle Larson

A week full of failed inspections and penalties didn’t stop Larson and the No. 42 team from another runner-up finish at New Hampshire. – Brent Jones, Tha Sports Junkies 101

First-Place Votes: 1

55

3

 

 +1
2017 Cup Kevin Harvick Headshot
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Kevin Harvick

This bunch is hitting its stride at just the right time, leading the rest of the garage to collectively mutter, “Aw, crap.” – Frank Velat, Frontstretch

48

4

 

 +1
2017 Cup Kyle Busch Headshot
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Kyle Busch

Coming close to scoring his first win of 2017, one has to wonder if Busch truly means it when he says that everything is fine. – Rob Tiongson, The Podium Finish

41

5

2017 Cup Denny Hamlin Headshot
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Denny Hamlin

There goes any chance Joe Gibbs Racing ever had at signing Red Lobster as a sponsor. – Michael Massie, Frontstretch

 

34

6

 +1

2017 Cup Jimmie Johnson Headshot
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Jimmie Johnson

He jumped the start something vicious.  Getting back to 10th after that is some kind of accomplishment. – Phil Allaway, Frontstretch

32

7

 -1
2017 Cup Brad Keselowski Headshot
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Brad Keselowski

With the way the last few weeks have gone for Keselowski, he was probably just happy to still be on the track when the checkered flag waved. – Velat

30

8

2017 Cup Jamie McMurray Headshot
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Jamie McMurray

Curiously, the No. 1 car was slowest at the end of the race, which resulted in the rare sight of McMurray finishing worse than where he typically ran. – Gable

 

22

9

 -6

2017 Cup Chase Elliott Headshot
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Chase Elliott

While the No. 24 team has the makings to make the playoff field without a win, it’d be a huge load off its back once it makes its way into Victory Lane.  – Tiongson

17

10

 

2017 Cup Clint Bowyer Headshot
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Clint Bowyer

Can’t say consistency isn’t Bowyer’s thing. A seventh at New Hampshire was eighth top 10 of 2017. – Brent Jones

 

13

Others Receiving Votes: Matt Kenseth (12); Kurt Busch (5); Ricky Stenhouse Jr (2); Daniel Suarez (1)

Who Voted: Bryan Gable, Frontstretch; Brent Jones, Tha Sports Junkies 101; Michael Massie, Frontstretch; Phil Allaway, Frontstretch; Frank Velat, Frontstretch; Rob Tiongson, The Podium Finish

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