Phoenix Raceway

MRN’s Pete Pistone unveils this week’s Energy Rankings following the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway. (Picture: Getty Photographs)


2017 Driver Rankings

Third place within the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway was adequate to maintain Martin Truex Jr. on high of the Energy Rankings.

1. Martin Truex Jr.: A pair of second-place finishes adopted by a third-place Phoenix effort is how Truex goes to Homestead-Miami Speedway in his quest for a primary Cup Sequence championship. Certain, he hasn’t gained in three weeks – an eternity for the Furnishings Row Racing driver. However make no mistake, Truex will make a powerful run Sunday to try to cap off an unimaginable season on the best of notes.

Factors Standing: T-1st
Earlier Rating: 1st
Driver Score: 115.7

2. Kyle Busch: A really non-Kyle Busch day at Phoenix with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver not an element to win. Nonetheless, he too now goes to Homestead-Miami Speedway with eyes targeted on a second profession Cup Sequence crown.

Factors Standing: T-1st
Earlier Rating: 2nd
Driver Score: 108.2

three. Kevin Harvick: Didn’t get Phoenix profession win No. 9 however had a strong day within the desert. Harvick is poised to compete for profession title No. 2.

Factors Standing: T-1st
Earlier Rating: third
Driver Score: 102.7

four. Brad Keselowski: Generally, it’s higher to be fortunate than good and that’s what acquired Keselowski a spot in The Championship four. He had a mediocre day in Phoenix however because of Denny Hamlin’s misfortune, the Group Penske driver has an opportunity to run for profession title No. 2.

Factors Standing: T-1st
Earlier Rating: 4th
Driver Score: 95.9

5. Chase Elliott: As soon as he acquired achieved with Hamlin, Elliott got here inside 9 laps of scoring his first Cup Sequence win and with it, a spot in The Championship four. That was till Matt Kenseth acquired by for the lead and win, leaving Elliott with yet one more second-place end.

Factors Standing: fifth
Earlier Rating: sixth
Driver Score: 96.2

6. Denny Hamlin: His feud with Elliott greater than possible value Hamlin an opportunity to run for the title. They made contact because of some aggressive racing on Elliott’s half – which led to a reduce tire, a visit into the wall and an finish to Hamlin’s championship aspirations.

Factors Standing: sixth
Earlier Rating: fifth
Driver Score: 94.eight

7. Matt Kenseth: Turned in one of the crucial spectacular and emotional performances in Phoenix, when he took the lead with lower than 10 laps to go and scored profession win No. 39. Kenseth might not have a journey any longer within the Cup Sequence, however he proved he is nonetheless very a lot a top-caliber driver.

Factors Standing: seventh
Earlier Rating: eighth
Driver Score: 93.four

eight. Ryan Blaney: A valiant attempt for Blaney in Phoenix after successful the pole and racing as laborious as doable to remain upfront. It didn’t work out and he’ll make his last begin for the Wooden Brothers on Sunday earlier than transferring to Group Penske subsequent season.

Factors Standing: eighth
Earlier Rating: seventh
Driver Score: 88.6

9. Erik Jones: His spectacular rookie season at Furnishings Row Racing continued with one other top-five Phoenix run. Jones has another begin within the No. 77 journey earlier than transferring over to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 and can shoot for win No. 1 this week within the season finale.

Factors Standing: 17th
Earlier Rating: NR
Driver Score: 83.5

10. Jimmie Johnson: There shall be no run for a record-breaking eighth title for Johnson this week in Miami. A reduce tire and journey into the wall ended his hopes Sunday in Phoenix and for the primary time in a really very long time, he’ll play the function of a championship spoiler this weekend.

Factors Standing: 10th
Earlier Rating: ninth
Driver Score: 86.7