It’s a playoff edition of the rankings!
1 Martin Truex Jr. (LM 1)
There’s been one driver and one driver alone who deserves this spot for the majority of the season. That’s the highest praise you can give Martin Truex Jr. His team is the best out there week in and week out.
2 Kyle Busch (LM 2)
Three drivers have separated themselves this season. Kyle’s number two…
3 Kyle Larson (LM 3)
…and number 3! Larson is still my pick to win the title. He’s not given me a reason to waiver.
4 Brad Keselowski (LM 9)
This is where the rankings get difficult. Brad spent most of the season hanging around my 10th spot. But he’s really coming on strong when it matters. That’s enough for me to give him the big jump to 4th.
5 Denny Hamlin (LM 5)
Hanging around, hanging around, hanging around. I feel like Denny isn’t that far off but he’s not known for hot streaks.
6 Chase Elliott (LM 7)
Chase is still in the show me something point of his career. Being the best performing car at Hendrick used to mean something but man, what a struggle it’s been.
7 Matt Kenseth (LM NR)
Introducing, for the first time this season, the driver of the number 20 (but not for much longer), Matty Ice!
8 Kevin Harvick (LM 4)
If one guy is going to sneak into the final four at Homestead, I think it’s this dude right here. The New Hampshire accident hurt but he’s got enough cushion to push through.
9 Jimmie Johnson (LM 6)
What a strange season. I’ve never seen Jimmie struggle like this and yet he’s still a top 10 driver in the series. We have 8 races to go and he only has 3 top-fives and 9 top-tens! Can we count him out yet? I’ll answer that… NO!
10 Ryan Blaney (LM NR)
He gets this spot by default only because he’s 8th in points. Honestly, I have no idea what to do here.
Jamie McMurray and… I don’t know… pick a number.