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NASCAR shakes up power rankings significantly ahead of Iowa

NASCAR shakes up power rankings significantly ahead of Iowa

After an exhilarating weekend at Sonoma Raceway, nascar The Cup Series moves to Iowa Speedway, with its debut at the track on the docket for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 350 Powered by Ethanol.

Ahead of Sunday’s Father’s Day extravaganza, NASCAR.com did just that Updated they Cup Series Power Rankings, with some major changes occurring. Of course, Kyle Larson will be close to the top, as he takes an impressive win during the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Elsewhere, stars at Joe Gibbs Racing, such as Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr., will look to return to Iowa, after some issues over the past two weeks. Check out the complete NASCAR Cup Series power rankings belowAnd all the movement that happened during the past week.

1) Kyle Larson (+1)

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With the saga of whether or not he would receive a qualifying waiver, Kyle Larson was finally able to race with a clear mind. This was bad news for the rest of the field, as Larson took his third win of the season at Sonoma Raceway.

After the win, Larsson took the lead in both the qualifying standings and the overall standings. As he searches for his second Cup Series title, it’s easy to see why the Hendrick Motorsports star is a favorite among many drivers, fans and media members alike.

2) Chase Elliott (+1)

Chase Elliott
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NASCAR’s resident road course expert has seen some struggles on the tracks since switching to a Next Gen car, but Chase Elliott had a more than solid afternoon at Sonoma. He ended up finishing fourth, despite the No. 9 being expected to race for the win on the weekend.

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It has been a great recovery season for Elliott after a disastrous 2023. The former Cup Series champion sits second to Kyle Larson in the overall standings, proving he has been among the most consistent in NASCAR week and week in 2024.

3) Tyler Reddick (+1)

Tyler Reddick
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Tyler Reddick was the top Toyota driver in the manufacturer’s namesake race, so this is a small win for a driver who came home eighth at Sonoma. This was helped by Martin Truex Jr. running out of fuel, but Reddick will take all the extra points he can get.

Reddick has proven himself as a top-tier racer since moving to 23XI Racing, and 2024 has been a big year for the No. 45. He has just one win at the moment, but sits sixth in qualifying points, and could climb even higher with a win at Iowa .

4) Denny Hamlin (-3)

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While disappointment has been the name of the game for some of NASCAR’s best cars at Sonoma, no one has experienced it earlier and in a greater way than Denny Hamlin. The No. 11 driver eventually ended up dead in the afternoon, blowing the engine in the first two laps.

Adding insult to injury was the fact that Hamlin lost points to Kyle Larson, as the Hendrick Motorsports star won the race, while Hamlin came home last. We’ll see if Hamlin can get back on the horse and have a better afternoon in Iowa this weekend.

5) Brad Keselowski (-)

Brad Keselowski
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Brad Keselowski always seems to struggle on road courses, but he performed solid enough at Sonoma Raceway over the weekend. A P13 finish in California is something the RFK Racing driver could have signed up for entering the weekend.

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After a slow start to the season, Keselowski has hit the ground running. He was easily among the best drivers in the sport in 2024. After a disappointing 2023, he has bounced back in a big way this season.

NASCAR Power Rankings – No. 6 to No. 20:

Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr. Daytona
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After the first five, the action calms down a bit in the middle Power ratings, before returning again to the end of the top twenty. In a surprise development, Kyle Busch actually gained two positions, despite a disappointing finish in Sonoma, while Illinois winner Austin Cindric began to decline.

6) Martin Truex Jr. (+1)
7) William Byron (—)
8) Christopher Bell (—)
9) Ross Chastain (-)
10) Ty Gibbs (-)
11) Ryan Blaney (-)
12) Chris Buescher (-)
13) Alex Bowman (-1)
14) Bubba Wallace (+1)
15) Joey Logano (-1)
16) Kyle Busch (+2)
17) Chase Briscoe (-)
18) Austin Cindric (-2)
19) Daniel Suarez (-)
20) Michael McDowell (gt)

As you can say, Nascar Cup Series Power Rankings It’s smooth, but very much in line with the standings and the eye test in 2024. We’ll see how it changes over the course of the season, but Iowa Speedway should shake things up a lot with the Cup Series making its debut at the track on Sunday.