Magic Mile Power Rankings: Vegas
Next Up: CampingWorld.com 500
at Phoenix International Speedway
NASCAR is officially into its West Coast swing, and its the California Kid, Kevin Harvick, that's feeling right at home in victory lane with a win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Harvick led a race-high 142 laps in a simply dominating performance that made most of the field look like they were going in reverse. Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman all had strong cars at one point or another on Sunday, but time and time again it was the No. 4 that was stealing the show, and the lead.
It was the sixth straight finish of second or better for the No. 4 team, but was it enough to remove Joey Logano from his perch atop the Magic Mile Power Rankings? Let's see who made the list after Week 3 in Las Vegas.
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)
Here's a look at the MMPR heading into the fourth race of the season at Phoenix International Speedway on Sunday:
- Kevin Harvick(23 points) - This guy is just unbelievably good right now. His third win in his last five starts, dating back to last season, Harvick's car looks to be on rails right now. The fastest on the track week in and week out, it's going to take a miracle for anyone to dethrone the defending series champ and three-time defending champion at Phoenix.
Last week: Third, +2
- Joey Logano (19 points)- It was a rough day on pit road for Logano, who was penalized twice for speeding. But at the end of the day it was another top-10, and that's really all that matters for the 2015 Daytona 500 champ.
Last week: First, -1
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.(15 points) - Junior Nation hasn't had a lot to be disappointed about so far this year, as the No. 88 has been running up front for most of the laps at all three races. But he's yet to find victory lane, and that has to be a bit frustrating given how good his car has been.
Last week: Fourth, +1
- Martin Truex Jr.(11 points) - It's hard not to root for this guy. With everything he went through last season, the No. 78 Furniture Row car has been a force. Truex earned his first top-five and even led three laps at Vegas before Harvick muscled his way to the front.
Last week: Fifth, -1
- Jimmie Johnson(10 points) - Well that was a trip to Vegas that the 48 team would like to forget.
Last week: Second, -3
- Denny Hamlin(7 points) - Similar to Junior, Hamlin has been pretty solid so far this season - he was even a factor at Atlanta before a late crash. The strongest in the Joe Gibbs Racing camp so far this year, the 11 team is likely being poked and prodded during team meetings for what its doing right with the new rules package.
Last week: NR
- A.J. Allemendinger(6 points) - The mere fact that the Dinger finished sixth on Sunday and dropped a point in this power ranking is proof at how good the 47 team has been.
Last week: Sixth, -1
- Ryan Newman(5 points) - A very quiet third-place finish (he even led 14 laps) for Newman, who has rebounded with back-to-back top 10s after a 38th at Daytona.
Last week: NR
- Matt Kenseth(5 points) - One of the favorites to break into the win column at Vegas, Kenseth had to settle for a ninth-place finish. It's hard to believe that after a seven-win season in 2013, Kenseth has gone 47 races since his last win, which, coincidentally, came here at NHMS on Sept. 22, 2013.
Last week: Ninth, --
- Kasey Kahne(3 points) - He slapped the wall hard after a run-in with Carl Edwards on Sunday, but Kahne was still able to salvage a 17th-place finish.
Last week: Eighth, -2
Wave Around: Jamie McMurray - After a splendid finish to the 2014 season, McMurray has struggled so far in 2015. But he didn't on Sunday, leading 47 laps (only Harvick led more) and finishing what actually turned out to be a disappointing 11th.
*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.