Magic Mile Power Rankings: Daytona
Joey Logano is finally starting to live up to his nickname. NASCAR best thing since ... is red hot, dating back to a pair of wins in the final Chase races, making him one of the hottest drivers in the sport right now.
One race does not make a season, but it certainly puts the No. 22 Penske team on the right track.
This week will surely be a whirlwind for Logano as he handles the media spotlight, but will he be able to hang on to the top spot following next week's race in Atlanta, or will we have a new No. 1? For now, let's see who made the list after Week 1 in Daytona.
Win - 10 points
Top-5 - 5 points
Top-10 - 3 points
Most Laps Led - 2 points
Pole - 1 point
21-30 - Minus-1
31-40 - Minus-3
41-43 - Minus-5
*The most recent five races are counted.
(Last five weeks' point total in parentheses)
Here's a look at the MMPR heading into the second race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday:
- Joey Logano (10 points)- It was his ninth-career Sprint Cup Series victory, but it was the third win in his last 10 starts dating back to last season for Sliced Bread. This could be the year for the driver that was tabbed by Mark Martin to one day be "one of the greatest that ever raced in NASCAR."
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5 points) - It was a disappointing finish for Junior, who thought he had the car to beat. And for 32 lead laps it looked like he did, the 88 just ran out of time when a late caution prevented any sort of run at the 22.
- Jimmie Johnson (5 points) - Six-Time was all over the place on Sunday, running anywhere from first, which he did for 39 laps, all the way to outside the top 20. But the 48 team rallied and when the last caution flew, Johnson was right there in fifth.
- Kevin Harvick (5 points) - Well, it's good to see there's no championship hangover. Heck, without that last caution, Happy might have had a chance to make a run at Logano.
- Denny Hamlin (5 points) - Hamlin ran the inside line on the green-white-checkered restart, but didn't get the same push that Logano did from Clint Bowyer on the outside. A fast car all weekend, the 11 is going to be a serious threat week in and week out.
- Clint Bowyer(3 points) - He finished seventh, but the 15 deserves a lot of credit for the win by the 22. We'll see what happens when roles are reversed.
- Martin Truex Jr.(3 points) - He started the race in 10th and finished eighth, running inside the top five for much of the second half of the race. This is the kind of start this team needed after a dismal 2014.
- Casey Mears (3 points) - This was no fluke; Mears had a strong car all day. Now we'll see if the 13 team can build off this or fall back to where everyone predicted them.
- Kasey Kahne (3 points) - He never really threatened for the lead, but it was a solid run for the 5 team, which will have its hands full making headlines in that camp this season.
- Greg Biffle(3 points) - Roush Fenway needs some positive vibes right now, and a top-10 from its top driver certainly will help boost the spirits of a company that has worked impeccably hard in the offseason.
Wave Around: Jeff Gordon - Hey, it was his final Daytona 500 start and he led a race-high 87 laps.
*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.