Power Rankings: Does Logano Top Our List of 43 After Daytona?


*Editor’s note: Welcome to the new Rubbings Racing Power Rankings. Each Tuesday we will break down the top drivers in NASCAR based on their recent performances, but what separates us from other outlets is that we rank not only Sprint Cup Series drivers, but 43 drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.


NASCAR National Series Power Rankings after Daytona International Speedway

1 (NR) Joey Logano (NSCS)
logano_joey In the last 10 races of 2014, Logano won two races and finished in the top five six times. Now in 2015 he has already added a Harley J. Earl trophy to his collection. There’s plenty of reason for the driver who was exiled by Joe Gibbs Racing to smile these days.


2 (NR) Kevin Harvick (NSCS)
harvick_kevin Harvick nearly showed everyone why he is nicknamed “the closer” on Sunday. Unfortunately a case of premature ‘caution-ation’ ended any chance Harvick had of taking the win. Still the 2014 champion is off to a great start in ’15.


3 (NR) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (NSCS)
earnhardt_dalejr I really expected some rust out of Earnhardt out of the gates as he and new crew chief Greg Ives got familiar with one another. I really guess I’m dumb sometimes. With Earnhardt’s finish on Sunday, his last four finishes in the Daytona 500 are as follows: 2nd, 2nd, 1st and 3rd.


4 (NR) Jimmie Johnson (NSCS)
johnson_jimmie Johnson was stout all of Speedweeks, but he couldn’t make all the right moves when it counted — oh and he was busted by the new NASCAR pit road robots. That didn’t help either. At least Chad Knaus sounded happy for the first time since their last championship.


5 (NR) Denny Hamlin (NSCS)
hamlin_denny Can we nickname him, Denny “So Close” Hamlin? He’s always so close to pulling off something special, only to go on to watch someone else get covered in confetti. This time had to be especially painful, as the Daytona 500 winner used to be the low man on the totem pole at his race team.


6 (NR) Chase Elliott (NXS)
elliott_chase I’m just going to wait and see, but I believe Elliott’s horrible run in the Xfinity race on Saturday was restrictor plate luck. We should see him jump up to dominating this series as early as the next race.


7 (NR) Carl Edwards (NSCS)
edwards_carl So much hype around his first race with Joe Gibbs Racing, and for the majority of Speedweeks it looked like he would be in the mix for the win. However, Edwards would slip to finish 23rd in the end. Must’ve been his horrible conditioning and strength training program that failed him down the stretch.


8 (NR) Jeff Gordon (NSCS)
gordon_jeff Gordon led the most laps on Sunday, 87, and looked to be heading toward a story book final Daytona 500. However he was swept up in a last lap crash and settled for a 33rd place finish. At least he didn’t have a Tony Stewart kinda day…


9 (NR) Clint Bowyer (NSCS)
bowyer_clint Possibly the first positive thing that has happened to Clint since that time he purposely spun out to help his teammate get into the Chase — allegedly of course. A nice seventh place finish, and if things don’t go well at MWR, Roger Penske now owes him one.


10 (NR) Matt Kenseth
kenseth_matt Man that 20 car looked like one of the best in the field leading up to the Daytona 500. Unfortunately Kenseth’s chance at victory was foiled when Tony Stewart opted to end both of their days so he could check out the amazing chicken tenders in the infield food vendor lot. I hear those things were the bomb.


Best of the rest
11 (NR) Kasey Kahne (NSCS)
12 (NR) Brad Keselowski (NSCS)
13 (NR) Ryan Newman (NSCS)
14 (NR) Kyle Larson (NXS, NSCS)
15 (NR) Regan Smith (NXS, NSCS)
16 (NR) Martin Truex, Jr. (NSCS)
17 (NR) Matt Crafton (NCWTS, NSCS)
18 (NR) Tony Stewart (NSCS)
19 (NR) Greg Biffle (NSCS)
20 (NR) Ryan Blaney (NCWTS, NXS, NSCS)
21 (NR) Casey Mears (NSCS)
22 (NR) Aric Almirola (NXS, NSCS)
23 (NR) Elliott Sadler (NXS)
24 (NR) Erik Jones (NCWTS, NXS)
25 (NR) Sam Hornish, Jr. (NSCS)
26 (NR) A.J. Allmendinger (NSCS)
27 (NR) Chris Buescher (NXS)
28 (NR) Austin Dillon (NXS, NSCS)
29 (NR) Landon Cassill (NXS, NSCS)
30 (NR) Ty Dillon (NXS, NSCS)
31 (NR) Darrell Wallace, Jr. (NXS)
32 (NR) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (NSCS)
33 (NR) David Ragan (NSCS)
34 (NR) David Gilliland (NSCS)
35 (NR) Ryan Reed (NXS)
36 (NR) Trevor Bayne (NSCS)
37 (NR) Brian Scott (NXS, NSCS)
38 (NR) Tyler Reddick (NCWTS)
39 (NR) Justin Allgaier (NSCS)
40 (NR) Johnny Sauter (NCWTS, NSCS)
41 (NR) Michael Annett (NSCS)
42 (NR) Brendan Gaughan (NXS)
43 (NR) Timothy Peters (NCWTS)
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About Toby Christie

Toby Christie is the Senior Writer for Rubbings Racing. He has been watching NASCAR since 1993, and has covered the sport as a media member since 2007. Toby is a proud member of the NMPA. Additionally, Toby is a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, subpar guitarist and he is pretty good around a mini-golf course.

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1 Comment

  1. Tom Patty

    February 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Why would Danica Patrick be left completely off this list?

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