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Rankings are updated every Monday of the NASCAR season.

Rank   Driver Points   Change   Comment
1 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 225
Harvick led 34 laps and looked in a good position to complete a sweep of NASCAR’s western swing after winning the last two races. He led early, fell behind late and charged to the front, scoring a second-place finish on a wild last lap. Harvick now has a record of finishing in the top two in the last eight races dating back to last year.
2 Joey Logano Joey Logano 197
Logano never led a lap Sunday, but hung tough. He ran inside the top 10 and came home with a nice seventh-place finish.
3 Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 192
Truex led laps and stayed near the front most of the race in another impressive run. He finished eighth, his fifth top 10 of the year, equaling all the top-10 finishes he had in 2014.
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 164
▲ 2
Earnhardt Jr. rebounded nicely from a DNF last week at Phoenix. He never had the speed to contend for the win, but his team kept adjusting the car all day, allowing Earnhardt to come home sixth.
5 Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 163
▲ 4
Keselowski was on no one’s radar heading to Fontana. After all, he called it one of his worst tracks and had never finished inside the top 10. That changed Sunday when Keselowski pulled off a shocking win on the final lap for his 17th career victory.
6 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman 162
▲ 2
Newman staged another quiet run. He wasn’t fast enough to win, but he avoided trouble and came home with a fifth-place finish.
7 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 159
Johnson seemed to come alive in the second half of the race Sunday. He tried to run towards the front. Despite a brief appearance inside the top five, couldn’t hold on and fell back to finish ninth.
8 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne 159
▼ 4
Kahne had a forgettable day. He struggled all afternoon, starting 19th and finishing 17th.
9 Paul Menard Paul Menard 152
▲ 2
Menard was never a factor until very late in the going. A call for two tires got him inside the top 10. Menard turned that into a fourth-place finish.
10 Aric Almirola Aric Almirola 138
▲ 4
Almirola was never really near the front Sunday. A late-race charge though secured him a decent 11th-place finish.
11 A.J. Allmendinger A.J. Allmendinger 137
▼ 6
Allmendinger had a miserable day. Mechanical issues kept him deep in the field. He finished in 34th place.
12 Casey Mears Casey Mears 132
Mears started 37th, avoided issues and finished a respectable 23rd.
13 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth 127
▼ 3
Kenseth led 43 laps and looked to be the driver to beat late in the going. But on the next-to-last pit stop, Kenseth broke an axle, ending his hopes for the win and leaving him in 31st place.
14 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin 125
▼ 1
Hamlin took the lead early and went on to lead 56 laps. However, a series of pit road errors and penalties put him deep in the field. A late-race meeting with the wall ended his hopes to win and left him in 28th.
15 David Ragan David Ragan 124
▼ 15
Ragan substituting for the injured Kyle Busch was running inside the top ten when he was spun early in the race. He never really recovered and finished 18th.
 

About The Ranker:

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