Monster Energy Cup Series points update after Martinsville Tom Jensen @tomjensen100 Apr 3, 2017 at 2:27p ET Six races into the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and already the points are taking shape. Here’s where the top 20 Cup drivers rank in points following Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Michael Thomas Shroyer Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports 1 Kyle Larson, 268 points (8 playoff points) The hottest driver in NASCAR, Larson had a bad race at Martinsville, but still holds a narrow points lead. Michael Thomas Shroyer Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports 2 Chase Elliott, 264 (2 playoff points) On Saturday, Elliott won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville and on Sunday scored his third top-five finish of 2017. © Scott R LePage/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Scott R LePage/LAT Images 3 Martin Truex Jr., 236 (9 playoff points) The Las Vegas winner is off to a strong start and so is his Furniture Row Racing team, which is outperforming Joe Gibbs Racing right now. Getty Images Getty Images 4 Brad Keselowski, 234 (10 playoff points) On Sunday, Keselowski scored his first Martinsville win, the first here for Team Penske since 2004 and the first for Ford since 2002. He has five consecutive top-five finishes. Getty Images Getty Images 5 Joey Logano, 207 (1 playoff point) A model of consistency, Logano has five finishes of sixth or better so far this season. 6 Kyle Busch, 188 With two top-three finishes in the last three races, Busch is knocking on the door to Victory Lane. 7 Ryan Blaney, 179 A runner-up finish in the Daytona 500 was the first of Blaney’s three top-10 finishes so far this season. 8 Clint Bowyer, 174 Bowyer and Stewart-Haas Racing are a great fit, but that shouldn’t really be too surprising. 9 Jamie McMurray, 163 Yes, Martinsville was awful, as McMurray lost a tire and finished last. But his season has been solid. © Nigel Kinrade/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Nigel Kinrade 10 Kevin Harvick, 154 (3 playoff points) This is kind of a surprise: Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR champion, has yet to post a top-five finish in 2017. 11 Ryan Newman, 152 (5 playoff points) Newman won at Phoenix earlier this year and is doing well in the points. 12 Kasey Kahne, 146 It’s been an up-and-down season so far for the Hendrick Motorsports driver, who opened the year with a pair of top-seven runs. He hasn’t finished in the top 10 since. © John K Harrelson/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 13 Erik Jones, 144 In his rookie season and with a start-up second car at Furniture Row Racing, Jones has acquitted himself well. © Nigel Kinrade/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Nigel Kinrade 14 Jimmie Johnson, 141 You expect a seven-time champion to be running better. But as we saw last year, Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team are one of the very few teams that can find speed quickly. © John K Harrelson/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 15 Trevor Bayne, 140 In six races, Bayne has finished no better than 10th and no worse than 23rd. Most of the time, he seems to run around 15th or so, which is where he stands in points. , LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Russell LaBounty 16 Denny Hamlin, 139 The 2015 Daytona 500 winner, like Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson, is still looking for his first top-five finish this year. 17 Aric Almirola, 127 A fourth-place finish in the Daytona 500 was the best so far in 2017 for Almirola. 18 Austin Dillon, 112 In the last two weekends, Dillon has finally started showing some improvement after a slow start to the season. © John K Harrelson/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk John K Harrelson 19 Kurt Busch, 119 (5 playoff points) It’s a good thing for Busch that he won the Daytona 500, because the rest of the season has been a real struggle. , LAT Images www.latimages.co.uk Nigel Kinrade 20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 113 The Roush Fenway Racing Fords are better this year, but still not where they need to be.