New Number One in NASCAR Power Rankings: A Look at This Week’s Rankings

Kyle Larson ascends to the top spot in NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings:

With a new number one in the NASCAR Power Rankings, there is a new driver in the top 10. Here’s a breakdown of this week’s rankings.

After winning at Sonoma for his third victory of the season and second win in his last five Cup starts, Kyle Larson moved to the number one spot in points and took over the top ranking from Denny Hamlin. Larson’s strategic questioning of his team during the race led to his eventual victory, where spotter Tyler Monn simply advised him to “just be you”. Larson not only won the race but also took the points lead, along with accumulating a series-high 22 playoff points.

Denny Hamlin finished fifth at Sonoma after experiencing engine trouble early in the race which led to a last-place finish for the second year in a row at Sonoma. This outcome ended his streak of five consecutive top-five finishes.

Chase Elliott finished fourth at Sonoma, marking his sixth top-five finish in the last 10 races and moving him from ninth to second in the points standings.

Brad Keselowski’s 13th place finish at Sonoma broke his streak of three consecutive top-three results, but he still has five top-fives in the last eight races and has risen from 18th to seventh in the points.

Tyler Reddick won a stage and finished eighth at Sonoma, continuing his streak of top-10 finishes in the last three races and accumulating a series-high 10 top-10 finishes this season. Christopher Bell finished ninth at Sonoma, marking his fourth top-10 finish in the last five races. William Byron finished 30th at Sonoma due to a leaking tire and being involved in an incident. This marked

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