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POWER RANKINGS: STP 500

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1. Brad Keselowski (+1)

Keselowski became the first multiple-race winner of 2017 with Sunday’s victory at Martinsville giving him a coveted grandfather clock.

2. Chase Elliott (+2)

The paperclip is notorious for being tough on young drivers, but Elliott led 20 laps and finished third.

3. Kyle Larson (-2)

Larson’s four-race second-or-better streak ended as he finished 17th. He also failed to receive Stage points for the first time in the second segment.

4. Kyle Busch (+2)

Busch led 274 laps but ended up second to Keselowski, who made the winning pass with 43 to go. The 2015 champion’s runner-up result is his best of the season, thus far.

5. Joey Logano (—)

Logano finished fourth, giving him his third top-five of the season. The No. 22 driver is fifth in the standings after six races.

6. Martin Truex Jr. (-3)

Truex’s three-position drop isn’t because he did bad on Sunday; the drivers he was ahead of last week (Busch, Elliott, Logano) finished better than him. The No. 78 driver got his first finish outside the top-15 of the year after spinning with 69 laps to go.

7. Clint Bowyer (+3)

Bowyer’s transition to Stewart-Haas Racing is going seamlessly as he posted his third top-10 of the season by finishing seventh.

8. Erik Jones (+3)

The Furniture Row Racing rookie was 12th on Sunday and earned three points in Stage 2. Not too shabby for his first career Martinsville start.

9. Kevin Harvick (-1)

“Happy” wasn’t feeling it after finishing 20th. He’s been outside the top-10 in three of the last four races.

10. Ryan Blaney (-3)

The Wood Brothers Racing sophomore earned points in both stages but was relegated to 25th when the checkered flag waved. Blaney is seventh in the standings.

11. Ryan Newman (+2)

Newman had a top-10 car most of the race and finished eighth. He’s 11th in the standings with one win.

12. Jamie McMurray (-3)

Had McMurray not suffered a flat left rear tire on Lap 106, his No. 1 Chevrolet might have finished in the top-five. Chip Ganassi Racing’s hot streak came to an abrupt halt as McMurray finished 38th.

13. Matt Kenseth (Not ranked last week)

In 35 career Martinsville starts, Kenseth has no wins and 14 top-10s. But he had a much-needed rebound with a ninth-place finish.

14. Denny Hamlin (-2)

Thirtieth is not what the five-time Martinsville winner had in mind. Hamlin was caught up in a multi-car accident on Lap 417 and finished seven laps down.

15. Jimmie Johnson (—)

The No. 48 finished 15th, so that’s where Johnson is ranked this week. The defending series champion’s slow start to 2017 continues as he has only one top-10.

16. Austin Dillon (Not ranked last week)

Dillon earned his second career top-five at the half-mile track and first top-10 of the year. The Richard Childress Racing driver finished fifth and sits 18th in the standings.

Dropping out of the top-16 rankings this week: Daniel Suarez (was 15th) and Kurt Busch (was 16th).

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By John Haverlin

John Haverlin is currently studying Communication at Arizona State University. He has been a reporter at Phoenix International Raceway for three years and has written news stories for the track's official site. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Haverlin has lived in Arizona the past three years.