Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.
Kenseth made a strong statement Sunday by scoring his fifth win of the season. He now leads all drivers with wins this year and shows no signs of slowing down.
Hamlin won last week and has already secured a spot in the next round of the Chase. That doesn’t mean he will lie back in the next two races. Hamlin led 21 laps and finished second Sunday.
Edwards led 19 laps but was sent deep in the field with a pit road penalty. He rallied back to finish fifth and show that he is far from out of it.
Logano started eighth, but never really had the speed to go for the win. He did make one final charge in the closing laps and was rewarded with a third place finish.
Johnson spent much of the first half of the race in the top five, but he lost a tire on lap 200 and made an unscheduled pit stop under green. Showing championship form, Johnson managed to fight back to finish sixth.
Newman never had the speed for the win, but did avoid trouble and came home 10th.
Busch was running inside the top five much of the race and could have contended for the win, but a missed pit road strategy call left him without fuel in the final three laps and in 19th place.
Keselowski looked strong much of the day, but was penalized by NASCAR for a restart violation on lap 241. He was forced to fight back for a 12th place finish.
Martin Truex, Jr.
Truex spent much of the race outside the top 10, but thanks to a late race pit call and hard driving, Truex finished eighth.
Gordon didn’t have the speed to contend for the win. He did manage to avoid trouble and finish seventh in his final race at New Hampshire.
McMurray struggled all day, appearing in the top 10 thanks only to pit strategy. He finished the day 14th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt was running near the front in the closing laps and looked to be setting up for a top five finish. His pit strategy backfired though and Earnhardt ran out of fuel in the final laps, finishing 25th, one lap down.
Busch has had a string of good luck most of the season. That ended Sunday when he lost a tire on lap 159, hit the wall hard and ended up in the garage. He would return, but finished 37th, 38 laps down.
Menard started 20th, but never could make it toward the front. He finished the day 15th.
Harvick needed a good run after crashing out at Chicago. For most of Sunday, he had it all going his way. He led a race high 216 of the 300 laps, but it all came apart in the end as the wrong pit strategy left him without fuel with three laps from the end. Harvick was scored 21st, one lap down.
Bowyer also needed a good run but never had anything near that Sunday. Bowyer started 26th and finished 26th.
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