NASCAR Power Rankings: Chase Elliott is back on top

After his third win of the season on Sunday at Atlanta Motor SpeedwayAnd the Chase Elliot He regained number one spot in our NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings.

Elliott has won two of the last three Cup races, He also won the Nashville Superspeedway on June 26. He followed that up by taking second place in Road America.

Ross Chastain, the former No. 1, slipping to No. 2 in the strength ratings. His second place finish on Sunday continues a streak of solid results for him, but It did not come without further controversy.

Ryan Blaney It is still ranked third. As he continues to strive for his first win of the season, Team Penske’s pilot is working toward solid results together.

The Cup Series season continues Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET, USA Network).

NBC Sports NASCAR Strength Rankings

1. Chase Elliott (last week: #2) – Elliott swept both stages, topping most laps (96), and tackled Corey LagoyLast lap attack to keep winning. Sunday’s victory continues Elliott’s impressively consistent tour in 2022.

2. Ross Chastain (Last week: No. 1) – Chastain’s second place was his third in a row in the top five and his fifth in the last 10 races dating back to His win is on April 24th at Talladega Superspeedway. During the same ten-race period, he scored eight places in the top 10.

3. Ryan Blaney (last week: #3) – Blaney drove only two laps on Sunday, but came out with a 46-point lead (the second-highest among all drivers) on his way to fifth. He still holds the largest point cushion (+133) among the three drivers currently in the 16-driver points-clincher field.

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4. Kyle Larson (last week: #4) The cup champions did a good job saving the 13th on Sunday. Larson had early handling problems and then after they were resolved he was also involved in two major crash wrecks on Sunday in Lap 91 and Lap 170. It could have been a lot worse.

5. Joey Logano (Last week: No. 5) – An innocent bystander on the Lap 91 wreck, Lugano was able to climb back up to the first lap and was inside the top ten late in the final stage. But another accident left eight laps – this time Denny Hamlin – He finished his day and gave him 26th place.

6. Christopher Bell (Last week: No. 7) – Bale scored points both times, but his day went south at the worst possible time. He was out of the top 10 25 laps ago, and then during a pit stop at the next warning his left rear tire came off while out of his stall. bell, whose crew has been renewed to enter Sundayfinished nineteenth place.

7. Kevin Harvick (Last week: No. 8) – A poor car hampered Harvick in traffic control, but his twelfth-place finish still cuts a gap to Christopher Bell’s sixteenth and final place in the playoffs by one point (-20 to -19).

8. Kyle Bush (last week: #6) – Tough day at Busch’s office, who crashed into Logano during a Lap 91 buildup and was later involved in another crash with kodi ware And the Landon Castle On lap 189. He got the car home, and finished 20th.

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9. Martin Truex Jr. (last week: unrated) – After Chastain turned around to start the big crash at Lap 91, Truex Jr. His back and was in the front row to resume the first half on Sunday 3 laps before. But contacting Corey LaJoie sent Truex out of the package and out of the feud. Truex finished 11th.

10. Denny Hamlin (Last Week: No. 9) – The potential finish in Hamlin’s top five was shattered when Chastain climbed onto the racetrack and cut him 14 laps to go, sending him off. Hamlin finished in 25th place.

Leaving the study: Tyler Riddick (last week: #10)

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