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The 10: NASCAR Cup Series Power Rankings After Michigan

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made the second stop of the year at Kyle Larson International Speedway… whoops. I meant Michigan International Speedway. Although with the way that the Chip Ganassi Racing driver has owned the two-mile oval lately, would it really matter if it were renamed after him?

Either way, despite valiant efforts from both Martin Truex Jr. and local product Brad Keselowski, Larson ended his race at Michigan in Victory Lane for the third consecutive time. The No. 42 Chevrolet seems to excel on both the wide, sweeping surface in Brooklyn, Mich. as well as its sister track in Fontana.

Our contributors were back in action this weekend as well. We looked at the whole body of work, not just the finish. Of course, there was only one body holding a checkered flag after the finish. One simply cannot overlook the mastery that Larson has shown recently at MIS. With that in mind, take a look at the list and decide. Did we lock up another triumph or did we overlook the obvious this time around?

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!

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Total Votes

1

2017 Cup Martin Truex Jr Headshot
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Martin Truex Jr.

His emphatic answer to a post-race team orders question shows that the No. 78 is still chasing playoff points.Bryan Gable, Frontstretch
First-Place Votes: 5

50

2

 +3
2017 Cup Kyle Larson Headshot
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Kyle Larson

The King of Michigan broke through with an important third win in 2017. The question becomes whether or not the 42 has the makings to win on a non-two mile speedway. – Rob Tiongson, The Podium Finish

43

3

 

-1
2017 Cup Kyle Busch Headshot
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Kyle Busch

10th-place finish following a breakthrough win at Pocono wasn’t the best result but points matter for seeding and the No. 18 team needs every one. – Brent Jones, Tha Sports Junkies 101

39

4

 

2017 Cup Kevin Harvick Headshot
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Kevin Harvick

He finished one spot higher than Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Sunday. He should have pulled over and let Earnhardt have the spot so NASCAR wouldn’t lose fans. – Michael Massie, Frontstretch

38

5

 -2
2017 Cup Brad Keselowski Headshot
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Brad Keselowski

The long-sought home-state win eludes him once more. He’ll still be in the playoffs, which is something you don’t hear much about in the Detroit area. – Frank Velat, Frontstretch

 

32

6

 

2017 Cup Denny Hamlin Headshot
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Denny Hamlin

Led 16 laps Sunday at Michigan but, like many, the last-two-lap shuffle placed Hamlin 16th at the finish. – Jones

28

7

2017 Cup Erik Jones Headshot
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Erik Jones

Magical Mullet Man nearly made it happen at Michigan. At this point, it’s Hail Mary racing from here to Richmond. – Tiongson

22

8

 -1
2017 Cup Jimmie Johnson Headshot
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Jimmie Johnson

The backup car-winning streak is over. It was fun while it lasted. – Massie

 

17

9

 -1

2017 Cup Matt Kenseth Headshot
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Matt Kenseth

It was a big surprise that Kenseth didn’t finish up front on Sunday. He did qualify up front though, which was an even bigger surprise. – Velat

14

10

 -1

2017 Cup Daniel Suarez Headshot
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Daniel Suarez

I was more impressed with Suarez’s string of 21 races without a DNF than the four consecutive top 10s. Unfortunately, both streaks ended at Michigan. – Gable

 

10

Others Receiving Votes: Clint Bowyer (6); Chase Elliott (6); Ryan Blaney (3); Ryan Newman (2)

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

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