The NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings is a new leader for the third week in a row and for good reason.
William Byron drove a Chevrolet No. 24 in his second win of the season (and two in four weeks) on Saturday night at Martinsville Speedway.
No one has dropped out of class this week, but Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick are knocking on the door ready to kick off if people under the conditions are shaken.
NASCAR Power Standards
1. William Byron (Last week: No. 5) Although he is the only new winner of the Next Gen year, no lizard pilot uses more power now than Lord Byron. The No. 24 Chevrolet’s current top rating isn’t going to be easy. Since dropping the first two races of the season, Byron has finished averaging 6.7 in the past six races with two wins, four highs and no more offense than the 18th ( Phoenix). Leading 445 laps in the last four races, including a race-high of 212 in Martinsville, Byron also led the laps in leading laps and finished third. average (10.43). Dirt in Bristol next week will present another challenge, but Byron is expected to be here to stay.
2. Ryan Blaney (Last week: No. 1) Blaney fell somewhere this week but was the biggest threat despite the cornerstone in his winning column. After leading five laps in Martinsville, Ford No. 1 arrived. Blaney hasn’t finished better than the fourth of the season, but he’s also seen three top 10s in his last four starts, with the exception of Atlanta where he entered. the top five on the white flag but finished the 17th.
3. Ross Chastain (Last week: No. 2) In a way, Chastain wanted the Chevrolet No. Chastain, who finished 19th in Richmond, was seen for the same finish Saturday night with most of his evening spent outside the top 10, with an average of 14.5 running points. But the business year continues now for Melon Man, an eight -generation melon farmer from Florida.
4. Chase Elliott (Last week: No. 6) NASCAR’s most famous driver performed his toughest performance of the season on Saturday night, leading the way in opening 185 yards and sweeping the levels in Martinsville. Track’s position was a payoff, however, and left the lead to Byron, his partner Hendrick Motorsports, under Stage 2 caution who were shown to be unlikely to win at the end of the No. 1 spot. 9 Chevrolet in 10th. He entered the Bristol Dirt race this week with the headers again leading the hand and the league’s best average result (11.3).
5. Joey Logano (Last week: No. 8) Speaking about the drivers who had their best performance of 2022 in a scoring race, Logano picked up his best finish of the season with a second finish in Martinsville. Ford No.. 22 had two weeks of humiliating results – 31st at the Circuit of the Americas and 17th in Richmond – but was returned with a celebratory performance on a paper -type shortcut. Martinsville marked the second race Logano has not led this season, but he holds the third -best running average in Martinsville (4.83) and sits fourth in the overall division.
6. Alex Bowman (Last week: No. 7) The No. 48 team didn’t have a hard day in Martinsville, but Bowman and Co. did. combines weekly routines. Bowman hasn’t finished better than 14th since winning in Las Vegas and starting in March, a huge improvement from the first two races of the year where Bowman finished 24th (Daytona) and 25th ( Auto Club). His 12.0 average also finished with Blaney for second-best in the Cup Series.
7. Tyler Reddick (Last week: No. 4) Reddick’s hot start was very cold. The No. 8 team was seen as a threat to win each of the six races opened, but Reddick has now finished 12th or better in the last three races. with the 18th in Martinsville. Every moment raised by his early performances – such as leading 90 laps at Auto Club and finishing seven or more three times in a four -span – has decreased. down.
8. Kyle Larson (Last Week: No. 3) The fall of five places on the level got the defensive leader to a depth of 10 high this week. A speeding penalty on Lap 303 was awarded to a 19th finish in Martinsville for Larson. The No. 1 team has only finished three times. 5 before No. 19 the entire season. Those three results are the top five, with a win and a final finish. But the team’s performance paid off heavily when teammates Byron, Elliott and Bowman saw their feet.
9. Kyle Busch (Last week: No. 10) Busch left Martinsville with a finish of seventh, his fifth top 10 in eight races this year. The No. 18 Toyota had a 12.43 mileage on the 0.526 mile road but it slowly made another good finish and had a much better finish.
10. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week: No. 9) Truex is a nonfactor in Martinsville, a track in which it has had significant success over the years. Aside from a DNF loss due to an injury in Phoenix, Truex’s 22nd-place run on Saturday night was his worst hit of the season. The 2017 champion this week was boosted by the sum of his results and determination, but the No. 1 seed.
Set out: No.