(Editor's Note: Each week we'll update the NASCAR power rankings to reflect the most recent race and project how drivers will perform going forward in the season.)
Ryan Newman used pit strategy to end a 127-race winless streak, while Kyle Larson grabbed his third-straight second-place finish.
Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott had two of the fastest cars all day but ended up third and 12th, respectively.
Check out the latest edition of power rankings after the Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway:
Chase Elliott, no change
Elliott had a dominant car for much of the race on Sunday but slipped back to 12th late. He’ll hold our top spot in the power rankings because he’s a threat every race.
Kyle Larson, +3
It’s only fitting to put Larson in second-place, it seems to be where he has become most comfortable. He’s finished second three-straight races, but does have the points lead. We keep waiting for him to pull through with his second Cup Series win.
Kevin Harvick, +3
Harvick didn’t dominate the desert like we’re used to seeing but he took a car that wasn’t to his liking and finished near the front. Expect SHR to keep ironing out things with Ford and get faster as the year goes on.
Brad Keselowski, -1
Why is Keselowski losing spots in the rankings after a good finish? It’s because he failed post-race inspection and will likely be dinged between 10-40 points, along with a suspension and fine for crew chief Paul Wolfe.
Martin Truex Jr., no change
The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing pit crew did no favors for Truex as he lost spots all day on pit road. He gambled late and stayed out but fell back to 11th on the final restart.
Joey Logano, -4
Logano had a dominant car for the early part of the race but a pit road penalty and then a blown tire turned his day sour quickly.
Jimmie Johnson, +1
The seven-time champ has been off to a slow start in 2017. Phoenix served as his first top 10 of the season, but expect the No 48 crew to trend in the right direction going forward.
Denny Hamlin, +4
Hamlin likely had one of the best cars in the field on Sunday but a cut tire in qualifying and the race, had him playing catch-up all day. He still pulled off a top-10 finish.
Kyle Busch, +4
Busch was ready to get his redemption over last week when his familiar foe, Logano cut a tire. Busch still ended up finishing third but was sailing to victory when the caution came out.
Ryan Blaney, -3
Blaney had a solid Ford all day but a late pit-road penalty was costly as he went from an assured top 10 to a 23rd-place result.
Kasey Kahne, -2
Kahne looked to have a car that could contend for a top-five in the closing stretch of the race, but a loose lug nut led the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy back to the pits and Kahne finished 20th.
Clint Bowyer, +2
Through the first four races of the season, Bowyer has shown speed but seems to be a bit off of the top-tier teams. He’s contending for a top-10 week after week, but hasn’t been able to really break through.
Ryan Newman, +4
It was a surprise win for Ryan Newman and Richard Childress Racing but the No. 31 Chevrolet showed speed all race. Newman was seventh before his pit strategy move took him to Victory Lane.
Jamie McMurray, +2
Another solid week for McMurray and the No. 1 team. Chip Ganassi has brought fast cars to start the season but the No. 1 team seems a bit slower than their teammate in the No. 42.
Kurt Busch, -5
More power issues hurt the Daytona 500 champion as Busch once again faced an issue with voltage. He ended up 25th.
Matt Kenseth, -5
A blown tire set Kenseth into the wall for a hard lick on Sunday. He’s had a handful of issues to start the season, but it’s been more bad luck than lack of fast cars.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., +1
A strong start to the race went away quickly as Dale Jr. faded to the middle of the pack, running between 14th and 20th for most of the day. He ended up right around there at day’s end.
Trevor Bayne, -2
Bayne looked good the first three weeks but salvaged a 19th-place finish in the desert. Roush Fenway Racing hasn’t found a way for both cars to be fast on the same day, yet.
Erik Jones, +1
It was a great day for Toyota rookie drivers as Jones ran up front all day and scored his first top 10 in the Cup Series.
Daniel Suarez, +4
Unlike Jones, Suarez didn’t run up front all day, but he found his way to seventh at the finish and also grabbed his first top 10 in the Cup Series.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., +4
Stenhouse had a car that was headed for a finish near 10th, but pit strategy improved his day and grabbed him a top-five finish.
Aric Almirola, -1
The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford has quietly settled into 17th in the standings through four races. Not bad for the single car team.
Ty Dillon, no change
This rookie race has been a tight one so far. Dillon has been consistent and sits a couple points above his older brother Austin in the points, and is a spot above him in the power rankings.
Austin Dillon, -5
There have been some glimpses of speed for Dillon this season but the No. 3 RCR Chevy hasn’t finished well. He didn’t have much speed or finish in Phoenix. Also, his antics in the XFINITY Series race might have him in some trouble with NASCAR.
Paul Menard, -3
After a solid start to the season, Menard has started to trend the wrong way in the standings the past two weeks. A 21st-place finish at Phoenix didn’t help that.