Joey Logano has risen to the top of the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings to move up the standings for the Cup playoffs.
Despite the chaos, Logano led 64 laps to finish fourth at Darlington on Sunday night. Soon after the opening run of Round 1, he also reached the top of the playoff list.
Chase Elliott, who dominated the NBC rankings for much of the year and made his first-place playoff debut, moved from first to ninth in the playoff standings and from first to second in the NBC rankings, among other results.
The start of the playoffs has caused a remarkable level of stir in the power rankings. Now you will know who has occupied which position in the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings.
01. Joey Logano:
Sunday’s race was undoubtedly a great step in the right direction for Logano, with Joey Logano’s victory on pole making him the first driver since the 1992 Stirling Marlins to sweep Darlington poles in a season.
Five of his six recent finishes have been sixth or better, demonstrating his positive consistency in recent weeks.
02. Chase Elliott:
The race at Darlington was decidedly un-Elliott. He finished the race after only 113 laps, hitting the wall with Chase Elliott now failing to finish two races in a row after having only one DNF in the first 25 events. He fell to ninth place in the playoff standings after finishing last.
03. Denny Hamlin:
Denny Hamlin is to be commended for the way he navigated the last corner. Following his second-place result at Darlington, Hamlin moved up two places in the rankings. In the playoff standings, he moved up three places and now sits in third place.
04. Kyle Larson:
After facing difficulties, Larsson achieved three laps and finished 12th at Darlington.
05. Kevin Harvick:
In Darlington, Harvick parked his burning car and finished 33rd. Without his own, Kevin Harvick received his sixth DNF of the 2022 campaign. This equals the career-high numbers the DNF achieved in its second cup season, 20 years earlier in 2002.
06. Christopher Bell:
Bell’s night in Darlington was very quiet, which is beneficial in the context of a bizarre race. Despite having no lap lead, he finished fifth and moved up to fourth in the playoff rankings.
07. Ryan Blaney:
Ryan Blaney’s crew feared he had let loose a wheel at his final stop, but Blaney is still the lone driver without a race win in the playoff standings. He finished 13th on Sunday night despite never being in the lead.