Magic Mile Power Rankings: Michigan
It wasn't exactly the kind of win that Kurt Busch will remember for the rest of his career. It won't be a victory lane celebration that he touts as the most joyous. But at the end of the day, more importantly at the end of the race, Busch's No. 41 Haas Automotive Chevrolet was the one leading the pack during the rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
It was the second victory of the season for Busch, who has done an incredible job putting the three-race suspension to open the season behind him. With seven top 10s, including five top fives, Busch has not only climbed the Magic Mile Power Rankings, but he currently sits 11th in the overall standings. That's an incredible achievement. And given his points per race average of 38.7, he'd sit third behind teammate Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. for the overall points lead.
Busch has assured himself a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his latest win, but was his victory on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway enough to push him up to the top spot in the Magic Mile Power Rankings?
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 (in exactly 10 words) heading into the 16th race of the season at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 28 in Brooklyn, Mich.:
- Martin Truex Jr.(34 points) - The most top-10 finishes (14) in all of NASCAR.
- Jimmie Johnson (22 points)-Two wins in his last five starts - not good enough.
- Kurt Busch(19 points) - He sits 11th overall after missing first three starts. #Wow
- Kevin Harvick(19 points) - Only his second finish outside the top 10 all season.
- Joey Logano (16 points)- Back-to-back top-five finishes after a sluggish May.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.(15 points) - His 10.8 average finishing position stat is a career-best.
- Matt Kenseth(14 points) - His last five races: fourth, sixth, 38th, fourth, sixth. Weird.
- Carl Edwards(10 points) - The win really helps, as he's been very average otherwise.
- Jamie McMurray(9 points) - If McMurray were a slot machine he'd be spitting quarters.
- Brad Keselowski (9 points)- Bad Brad's last top-five finish? April 11 at Texas.
Wave Around: Kyle Larson - The sophomore led seven laps on Sunday. Well, that's something.
*This list is comprised of drivers that compete in the Sprint Cup Series on full-time basis.