We’re entering the home stretch of the 2017 season! This is our last rankings before the Playoffs begin. Let’s take a look at who’s on top before we head to Darlington.
1 Martin Truex Jr. (LM 1)
Lock it up! The one seed in the Playoffs is going to be one of the last four standings.
2 Kyle Busch (LM 4)
Last month I asked KB to “Just. Win. Kyle.” He’s done that and is now the top Kyle in the rankings. His average finish is just as good as Martin Truex’s. The big difference between the two is Playoff Points.
3 Kyle Larson (LM 2)
In July I said this guy was still dangerous even though the team was slumping. Michigan proved that his talent, when put in the right position, will get the job done. If he can make Homestead, he’s got just as good of a shot as anyone.
4 Kevin Harvick (LM 5)
In 2017 we have not seen the Happy we’re used to. However, the dude is still really consistent. It’s impressive considering everything SHR has had to change going into the beginning of the year.
5 Denny Hamlin (LM 6)
He’s the third best Toyota driver. That’s enough for a top 5 spot for me.
6 Jimmie Johnson (LM 3)
The most impressive thing he’s done in the last two months is his 107 mile bike ride in Michigan. I still won’t count him out.
7 Chase Elliott (LM 7)
Just hang in there. Don’t let the bubble burst on you.
8 Jamie McMurray (LM 8)
Same with Jamie. Just hang on!
9 Brad Keselowski (LM 10)
I’ll be honest, I don’t know what to do with 7-10 in the rankings. It’s a weird paradox! Brad should have won Michigan. The second half of that race was pure Toyota power. Sandbagging?
10 Erik Jones (LM NR)
I’m not going to defend putting Erik here. He’s on fire! A win is coming but will it be before the Playoffs? I think so.
Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne, and The Darlington Stripe.