Magic Mile Power Rankings: The Glen
One week prior at Pocono Raceway, it was Joey Logano running out of fuel late in the race. This week, at Watkins Glen, Logano was more fortunate, passing the fuel-drained Kevin Harvick heading into the final turn to win at the 2.5-mile road course.
It was the first career win for Logano at Watkins Glen, having never finished better than fifth in six previous starts there. It's the second win of the season overall for the 22 and his first since taking the season-opening Daytona 500 back in February.
While it's been a while since Logano has visited victory lane, Sunday's victory marked his fourth top-five in his last five starts and his seventh top-five finish in his last nine starts. Maybe the only driver hotter than Logano right now is the guy who finished second behind him, Kyle Busch. But was the win at The Glen enough to put Logano ahead of Busch in the MMPR?
Here's a look at the rankings heading into the 23rd race of the season at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich:
- Kyle Busch(37 points) - Like Logano, Busch put running out of gas at Pocono in the rear view mirror with a solid runner-up at The Glen. That makes five out of his last seven starts with finishes of second or better.
Last week: First, --
- Joey Logano (27 points)- Nothing wrong with being in the right place at the right time. You can't take advantage of another driver's misfortune unless you're running well, too.
Last week: Fifth, +3
- Matt Kenseth(26 points) - The 20 team has righted the ship, finishing in the single digits for the last five races, including a win at Pocono.
Last week: Third, --
- Brad Keselowski(21 points) - With five straight top-10 finishes, Bad Brad has put a bad stretch of races behind behind him as he appears poised for another run at the title.
Last week: Fourth, --
- Kevin Harvick(17 points) - That's three third-place finishes in his last four starts. For a guy that has 10 top-two finishes this season, it's probably safe to call this a slump.
Last week: Sixth, +1
- Carl Edwards(16 points) - Well, hello there. It's been a topsy-turvy season for Edwards, who has twice as many finishes outside the top-25 as he does inside the top-five. But he has a win, and with four top-10s in his last five starts, the 19 team might be poised to make a serious run at a championship.
Last week: NR
- Kurt Busch(11 points) - The elder Busch brother has been nothing short of sensational this season - a very quiet sensational, that is. With 13 top-10s and two wins, Busch is going to be a threat in the playoffs. The four top-10s in his last five starts show he's not cooling off. And let's not forget he missed the first three races of the season.
Last week: Seventh, +1
- Jimmie Johnson(8 points) - It was a ho-hum 10th-place finish for the 48 team in New York, but back-to-back top-10s certainly has to make some teams nervous after Johnson and Co. stumbled through Loudon and Indianapolis.
Last week: Ninth, +1
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.(8 points) - No need to hit the panic button quite yet. It's just been a quiet couple weeks for Junior, who has gone five starts without a win with only two top-fives and three other finishes outside the top-10. That's not really a bad problem to have.
Last week: Second, -7
- Denny Hamlin(8 points) - There might be some nervousness coming out of the 11 camp, as Hamlin wrapped up Pocono (four career wins) and Watkins Glen with finishes of 22nd and 27th, respectively.
Last week: Seventh, -3
Wave Around: Clint Bowyer - The signs of life continue for this team with three straight top-10s.
*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.
Win: 10 points
Top-5: 5 points
Top-10: 3 points
Most Laps Led: 2 points
Pole: 1 point
*The most recent five races are counted.
(Last five weeks' point total in parentheses)