(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.)
Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski were the dominant drivers all race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A mechanical failure knocked Keselowski to a fifth-place finish while Truex went on to victory.
Kyle Busch and Joey Logano got into a fight in the pits post-race for an action-packed race in Sin City.
Check out the latest edition of power rankings after the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas:
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Chase Elliott, +1
Through three races, Elliott has been one of the most consistent drivers, week after week. He’s on the verge of grabbing his first Cup Series win and takes the top spot in the power rankings this week.
Joey Logano, +1
He may or may not have been punched in the face by Kyle Busch, but he still pulled off a fourth-place finish and has been the most consistent driver through the first three races.
Brad Keselowski, +2
Keselowski was two laps away from getting back-to-back victories when a mechanical failure knocked him back to fifth. He leads the standings by one point over Kyle Larson.
Martin Truex Jr, +2
Luck finally landed on Truex’s side. He had a dominant car and closed the deal when Keselowski had issues. After a shaky start at Daytona, Truex has been solid the past two weeks.
Kyle Larson, +2
Only a few drivers have been running up front at the end of each race this season. Larson is definitely one of them. He ran out of fuel at Daytona with a shot to win and has placed second the next two weeks. He’s setting his sights on his second Cup victory.
Kevin Harvick, -5
A blown tire early in the race knocked Harvick out at Las Vegas. It would have been a bigger hit to his season if he didn’t have so many stage points racked up. Heading to Phoenix this weekend should be a big boost, too.
Ryan Blaney, +5
The young driver of the famous No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford has been impressive and consistent to start the season. He's part of the new guard of NASCAR along with Elliott and Larson, who have all looked superb through the first three races.
Jimmie Johnson, +1
It’s been a bit of a slow start to 2017 for the seven-time champ. He hasn’t been bad but the Hendrick Chevys seem to be a step behind the top-tier teams to start the year. He posted his best finish of the season at Vegas.
Kasey Kahne, +1
Kahne has been a pleasant surprise to start 2017 and looks to be running the best he has in several years. He didn’t have a great car early at Las Vegas but once again battled for a respectable finish.
Kurt Busch, -6
The Daytona 500 winner saw a bad day get worse at his hometown track as a battery issue left him with a finish of 30th.
Matt Kenseth, no change
The three-time Las Vegas race winner was relatively quiet on Sunday. He still pulled off a ninth-place finish and should continue to climb up in the standings.
Denny Hamlin, +1
Hamlin bounced back from a rough first two weeks with a solid sixth-place finish at Las Vegas. The JGR cars are slowly coming around after a few slow weeks.
Kyle Busch, -5
It went from a great day and a top-10 finish after overcoming a pit-road penalty, to making contact with Joey Logano then getting into a fight with him in the pits. He finished 22nd and his actions will likely put a keen eye on him from NASCAR going forward.
Clint Bowyer, +1
Bowyer grabbed a 10th-place finish after being largely quiet most of the day. He’s shown great speed to start the year but hasn’t turned it into the best results.
Trevor Bayne, +1
Hey, look at Bayne sitting there in 11th in the standings. Good start to the year for the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team. He’s quietly finished 13th or better in each of the first three races.
Jamie McMurray, +3
The Chip Ganassi Chevrolets are the strongest they’ve been since McMurray won three races in 2010. It seems like McMurray’s No. 1 is a bit slower than his teammate in the No. 42, but still faster than it's been in years.
Ryan Newman, +1
Newman saw a great effort go to waste at Atlanta because of battery issues and never had much speed on Sunday at Vegas. He’s not in a bad spot if Richard Childress Racing can get the speed they had at Atlanta back.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1
Bad luck was the story the first two weeks as Dale Jr. had fast cars that didn’t make anything happen. He seemed to have a top-10 car at Vegas but ended up finishing 16th.
Austin Dillon, -5
We went easy on the RCR drivers at Atlanta after their battery issues ended good performances. Not so much at Las Vegas, where Dillon finished 25th and didn’t have a competitive car all race.
Erik Jones, +2
We added Jones to the power rankings after a strong showing at Atlanta and he moves up a bit more after a solid effort in Sin City. The rookie has shown speed at the intermediate tracks which should bode well for a good season.
Aric Almirola, new
Don’t overlook the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. Almirola sits at 14th in the standings after threes races and that’s the same spot he finished the race in Vegas.
Paul Menard, new
In a similar vein to Almirola, Menard sits 16th in the standings after three races. With some of the top drivers in the sport on his heels in the points, he’ll need good efforts to hang around that spot.
Ty Dillon, no change
The No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet has made a solid bump from 2016 to 2017. The rookie driver looks better than expected so far this season and sits ahead of his older brother in the standings.
Daniel Suarez, no change
The final Rookie of the Year contender has undergone quite the learning experience in the first three weeks of the season.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr, -8
A crash at Daytona and late issues at Las Vegas haven't started off the season very well for Stenhouse. He’s shown some speed but hasn’t been able to finish.