1. Kyle Larson
Larson leads the series in stage points, overall points and is among the leaders in laps led. He’s been racing up front all season, and it’s at the point where this is no longer and aberration. Larson is here to say as a legit contender.
2. Martin Truex Jr.
He’s not my favorite personality in the garage, but we’re going on two and a half seasons of Truex as a weekly contender. He’s dominating the series in stage wins and is second in laps led. There’s no denying it.
3. Brad Keselowski
He should have won on Sunday. You could argue that Brad should have four wins already this season. I’m having a hard time not putting him at the top of this list.
4. Chase Elliott
This dude needs to seal the deal and get a win. It’s going to happen, but I’m hoping sooner rather than later.
5. Joey Logano
My pick to win Richmond came through! I’ve never been happier to see that ridiculous grin. Joey has been pretty quiet this season, but he leads the series with eight top-10 finishes and six top-5s.
6. Jimmie Johnson
A week ago he was probably in the top spot. Weird to see him with two wins but only three top-10s. Also, he’s blind. I got your back Jr. Nation.
7. Kevin Harvick
Still waiting for that first Ford win. He’s been solid, but Ol’ Harv has got room to improve and plenty of time to do it. Is it a surprise that he leads the series in laps led?
8. Clint Bowyer
Compared to last season, Clint is a man on fire! He is yet to lead a lap in the 14 car, but things are surely better when CB is happy.
9. Jamie McMurray
Probably the biggest surprise in the rankings is J-Mac. No top 5s yet but he’s 7th in points and 6th in stage points this season. It’s good to see Chip Ganassi Racing battling up front every week.
10. Ryan Blaney
He struggled Sunday, and I struggled to put him 10th in the rankings. His two stage wins and seventh overall place in stage points helps him for this list, but he’s slipping.
Someone from Joe Gibbs Racing, Ryan Newman, D.J. Kennington, Kurt Busch and Corey LaJoie’s dad.