1. Kyle Larson (+4)
Larson has been on fire this month. He finished second for a third consecutive week and leads the series standings, becoming the first Chip Ganassi Racing driver to do so since Sterling Marlin in 2002.
2. Brad Keselowski (-1)
Although he fell out of the points lead after Phoenix, Keselowski is the only driver with three top-fives and a win through the first four races.
3. Chase Elliott (+3)
No sophomore slump for this ‘Young Gun.’ Elliott led 106 laps at Phoenix but is still searching for his first victory. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet is third in the standings with two top-five results.
4. Joey Logano (–)
If it weren’t for a pit road speeding penalty, Logano might have been the man to beat on Sunday. He won the pole for the Camping World 500 but finished 31st after suffering a blown right front tire with six laps to go.
5. Martin Truex Jr. (-3)
After a dominating win at Las Vegas, Truex had a quiet day at the desert oval. The No. 78 team elected to stay out for track position during the final caution and restarted third but was shuffled back to 11th in the final two laps on older tires.
6. Kevin Harvick (-3)
Phoenix International Raceway has been Harvick’s playground the last four years, having won five of the last eight events there. However, he’s failed to lead a lap at the track the last two races and struggled throughout the first half of Sunday’s race. While he rallied to finish sixth, he has yet to post a top-five this season.
7. Kyle Busch (+1)
After a rocky start to 2017, ‘Rowdy’ finally earned a finish reflective of his performance with a third-place result on Sunday.
8. Ryan Blaney (-1)
Blaney was fast this weekend but also got nabbed for speeding, which led to his 23rd-place finish after qualifying second at the mile-long track.
9. Ryan Newman (Not ranked last week)
The choice to not pit during the final caution paid off for Newman, and Richard Childress Racing visited Victory Lane for the first time since Harvick won at Phoenix in November 2013. Performance-wise, RCR is still searching for more speed, but Sunday’s win was certainly a weight lifted off Newman, who ended a personal 127-race winless streak, and organization’s shoulders.
10. Jimmie Johnson (+3)
Johnson finished ninth on Sunday, marking the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet’s first top-10 of the year.
11. Jamie McMurray (+1)
McMurray was quick at the Arizona short track. He qualified his No. 1 Chevrolet fifth and ran in the top five early in the race, but settled for 15th place as pit strategy didn’t play into his favor at the end.
12. Kasey Kahne (-2)
The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet took a step backward by finishing 20th after three top 15s to start the season but remains ninth in the standings. He has an average finish of 10.8 after four races.
13. Kurt Busch (-4)
For a second straight week, Busch’s No. 41 Ford suffered voltage issues, and he finished 25th on Sunday. He’s tied with Kahne for ninth in points.
14. Denny Hamlin (+2)
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver got his second top-10 of the season with a 10th-place result but has yet to lead a lap in 2017.
15. Erik Jones (Not ranked last week)
Jones earned his first career top-10 with an eighth-place finish at the site of his first NASCAR national touring series victory. The No. 77 has been consistent the last three weeks, with three consecutive top-15 results.
16. Matt Kenseth (-5)
It was hard to choose who would claim the final position in the rankings. Clint Bowyer was almost put in the 16th spot, but Kenseth is given the benefit of the doubt despite wrecking on Sunday since he has one top-five and a top-10 while Bowyer has only one top-10.
Dropping out of the top-16 rankings this week: Trevor Bayne (was 14th) and Clint Bowyer (was 15th).
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